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New lake gets me buzzing - Terry Hearn

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to secure a ticket for a small syndicate water set deep in the Essex countryside. Although I'd not actually seen the water before, I'd already heard a little about it and knew it was a nice quiet place, surrounded by open farmland with only a limited membership. Nowadays the most important thing to ...

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  • 20 September 2013

Underwater Angling: Stillwater Waggler Fishing Revealed

IT’S Summer and that means the waggler comes to the fore in my fishing, whether I am targeting tench in the margins, carp up in the water, or bream on the deck.If, like me, you have ever wondered what difference all those fancy shotting patterns really make, how obvious your hookbait is on the drop, or what the falling rig ...

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  • 13 August 2012

Underwater Angling

Welcome to a unique series... In a never been seen before feature we take you under the surface of real lakes and rivers to give you a fish-eye view of how your end tackle really looks and performs. Each month lifelong angler and fish scientist Dr Paul Garner does the fishing, while former British Record barbel holder, expert scuba diver ...

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  • 06 August 2012

How to avoid deephooking pike while deadbaiting

If the majority of pike you catch are hooked deep within the fish’s gullet, you are doing something wrong. Here’s how to ensure that the pike you catch are either lip-hooked or easy to unhook...   The ideal scenario WHEN pike fishing, every fish you catch should be enjoyed during the fight, unhooked quickly and safely, and returned to the ...

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  • 01 December 2011

River roving for barbel

WITH miles of Britain’s rivers being virtually unexplored and unfished these days, this is the perfect time to go roving. By travelling light and moving from swim to swim, you can enjoy all the glories of the English countryside as well as some prolific barbel and chub fishing. These are the very thoughts that inspire river wanderer Chris Holley. By ...

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  • 16 June 2011

Steve Ringer on targeting bream and tench on the pole

I talk a lot through this column about working my rigs to force a fish to take your hookbait. But there are times when you need to nail your bait to the bottom, keep it still and wait for the fish, especially when big bream, tench and carp are the targets! Just recently I’ve started using a bump bar on ...

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  • 16 May 2011

Steve Ringer on fishing with paste on the feeder

Paste is a bait you fish only on the pole, right? Wrong! I’ve had a lot of success on it with a feeder. Here’s how to do it…   Why does it work? When you say ‘paste on the feeder’ to many anglers, the first thing they think is that fishing paste on the pole is difficult enough, so why ...

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  • 04 May 2011

Steve Ringer on fishing tight to an island swim

Fishing tight to a feature while using a feeder is a technique that is anything but chuck-it-and-chance-it. In fact, there is a real art in being able to cast within inches of an island on a regular basis, and it’s this accurate casting that can be the difference between catching or not on many pressured commercials across the country. Get it ...

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  • 21 April 2011

How to fish paste on the pole

With its soft texture, instant attraction and awesome fish-pulling power, paste is one of THE best summer carp baits. G.O.T Baits’ Gary Thorpe shows you how to get the best from it… HAVING predicted a catch of well over 100lb by three o’clock, it looked like Gary Thorpe would achieve this goal in half that time. With his swim almost ...

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  • 07 April 2011

Steve Ringer on fishing with dead maggots on the pole

If you’re only fishing with dead maggots as a feeder hookbait then you’re not getting the best from this awesome bait. I use them on the pole and as a dump feed, too. Here’s how…   I started using dead maggots as a hookbait around 15 years ago. For years it was THE bait when fishing the Method, and it ...

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  • 25 March 2011


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