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How to catch roach from commercial fisheries

The two deep lakes of Fields End Water are teeming with carp, and for much of the year they are targeted with pellet wagglers and feeders by the fair-weather angling brigade.But when it’s cold the lethargic state of the bigger fish gives other species a look-in, in the shape of some fantastic sport with roach… big roach. Largely ignored and untouched, ...

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  • 26 March 2015

How to fish single hookbaits in matches

Having the confidence to cast out a single hookbait with no loosefeed relies solely on your complete trust in the bait you’re using.After all, more often than not you might only be casting once every 30mins, so using the wrong bait for one cast can be very costly.So how do you choose the right hookbait? There are lots of things ...

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  • 11 March 2015

How to add 30 yards to your cast

Since setting up and managing the England feeder team I’ve learnt crucial lessons which have made a huge difference to the way I cast in order to achieve distance and accuracy.Just as well... after fishing Irish festivals for the first time in ages last year, and with rumours of a Feeder World Championships where we’d have to cast 100-plus yards ...

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  • 11 March 2015

How to catch on the waggler in the cold

One big problem among anglers on commercials in winter is not striking at every movement of the float.Perhaps this stems from childhood, when we’re taught to wait for the float tip to disappear completely before striking, but all I know is that on a cold day on a commercial fishery there are times when you’ll freeze to death before that ...

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  • 11 March 2015

Buying a new rod

If you’re looking to buy a brand new coarse fishing rod, but need a little help to pick the right one, or you’re unsure about all the many styles of rod and their features, read on as here’s a comprehensive guide to purchasing fishing rods. It’s no wonder anglers can’t decide which fishing rod to choose as there’s so many ...

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  • 18 December 2014

Matt Hayes: How to catch pike

As winter arrives and prey fish shoal up, pike go on the prowl. Even if you’ve never fished for them Matt Hayes has the advice you’ll need to enjoy a winter of great predator sport. This is the best time of the year for pike, don’t miss it... Tales of monster pike are etched in the annals of angling history. ...

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  • 17 December 2014

How to fish a mag-aligner rig for big specimen carp

Big specimen carp aren't always caught on boilies - they do eat other bait too, including maggots. This means that a carefully presented maggot or two can prove the downfall of the biggest fish in the lake, but you have to be a little clever in how you do this or you'll just catch roach, perch or gudgeon. The perfect ...

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  • 16 December 2014

How to use Peperami

One thing that is vital at this time of year is your bait choice. In winters gone by one of my favourite baits for scratching time has always been a little sliver of Peperami, or as I refer to it - ‘Rami’. I don’t know whether it’s the garlic, spice or oil content but it’s a superb winter bait and ...

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  • 14 December 2014

Guide to carp leads

Here is a simple guide to carp leads... 1) The Big Grippa The Big Grippa is a unique lead, available in sizes up to 10oz, and is best suited to anywhere you need more grip, like rivers, on the sides of bars, along marginal slopes, boating out or at extreme range. The small raised nodules grip the lake or river ...

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  • 09 December 2014

How to catch chub in winter

If you are looking to carry on fishing rivers and streams throughout the winter months there’s one fish that you should target and that’s the chub. Here’s a mass of fishing and bait tips, tactics and advice that is sure to help you catch plenty of chub – one of our most obliging cold water fish…   WHERE TO FISH ...

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  • 04 December 2014

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