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Seven essential river pike tips

Leading predator angler Dean Brook reveals how he targets the biggest fish on the river... UNDERSTAND THE VENUERivers are wild, constantly changing entities, so you need to take the time to learn the stretch you are targeting to get the most out of your pike fishing. Ideally, walk the river prior to the season, when the river is low and ...

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  • 13 November 2015

How to cast a carp rod accurately

Technique in carp fishing is as crucial as in any sport. Here’s how to master the casting basics for distance and accuracy It's a compliment often paid to footballers: “He does the simple things well.” A good midfielder might not win adulation for his five-yard passes, but you’d soon notice if they started going awry. The same can be said of ...

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  • 16 April 2015

How to catch tench in the margins

All-rounder Julian Chidgey shows how to use a simple two-pronged attack to bank big summer tench from the margins Standing beside the lake at dawn, it was difficult not to marvel at the sight of two large tench feeding just inches from the bank, sending up clouds of mud as they twisted and turned on their heads in the search for ...

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  • 16 April 2015

Pop-up baits vs. Bottom baits

Fishing is all about the choices you make. There are many variables, but in carping one of the key decisions is whether to present your hookbait on the bottom or just above it.Pop-up baits: Bottom baits: POP-UP BAITS PRESENTATIONAll rigs can tangle or get caught on detritus as the lead plummets through the water, but the buoyancy of a pop-up ...

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  • 02 April 2015

Guide to carp hooks

Together, these four main hook types will cover every carp-angling situation you’re likely to encounter. Learn their strengths to ensure you pick the right one for the task in hand. The wide gape Perhaps the most classic looking carp pattern, a wide-gape hook is a good all rounder. They are great for use with bottom baits but come into their ...

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  • 02 April 2015

How to catch a 2lb roach

A 2lb-plus roach would rank as the ‘catch of a lifetime’ for many fishermen, but how do you best target one of these magnificent creatures? Dai Gribble reveals his approach... Specimen-sized roach are the ‘Holy Grail’ of targets for many anglers. No matter how hard-nosed they are, few fishermen can remain unmoved by the sight of such a magnificent creature.“It’s ...

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  • 01 April 2015

How to catch big roach using pellets

Pigeon-chested and fit to burst with spawn, stillwater roach all over the country are piling on the ounces – but what is their favourite meal?Sweetcorn? A great bait, but not quite on the top table. Maggots? To win a bite there is little better but (and it’s a big but) it is not selective in terms of stamp of fish. Surely ...

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  • 26 March 2015

How to catch a new personal best bream

A big bream sliding towards the landing net is one the most impressive sights in angling. Targeting them can seem daunting, partly because of the time and effort involved in fishing large stillwaters, but also because ‘going’ venues for the species are few and far between. However, there are plenty of specimen bream out there, and catching them is easier ...

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  • 26 March 2015

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

Steve Ringer's 101 greatest stillwater tips

1 How often to cast when fishing the Method is a question I get asked a lot. Every day is different and it pays to vary it during the day anyway. Start by leaving the feeder out for 5 mins at a time and then time how long it takes to get a bite. If you’re getting bites within a ...

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  • 26 March 2015

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