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How to tie Alan Scotthorne's Hooklength Knot

Here Alan Scotthorne reveals the knot that he uses to join a hooklength to his fishing mainline. It's a variation of the loop-to-loop method, but with a twist. It's easy to tie and incredibly strong... Alan Scotthorne was never really happy with using loop to loop knots for joining his mainline to his hooklength namely because it can potentially cause ...

  • Knots
  • Line to line knots
  • 17 December 2014

Presenting bunches of hair rigged maggots for carp and barbel

Have you ever wondered how to fish for carp and barbel with a wriggling bunch of maggots on a hair rig? Well here's how you can do it easily and quickly using Korda's brilliant Maggot Klip. All too often anglers feel they need to resort to either boilies or a drilled halibut pellet to catch big barbel and carp, but ...

  • Advice
  • 16 December 2014

How to fish the lift method for carp, tench and bream

This technique is brilliant for tackling the margins. It was made famous by John Wilson, who has used it extensively for carp on many of Britain's lakes to catch countless fish of all sizes. It works with almost all baits, including boilies. A The lift method works best if the float rod is placed upon rod rests. This ensures that ...

  • Rigs
  • Float rigs
  • 11 December 2014

Rig for floatfishing close to islands and features

This float rig is ideal when casting tight to an island to catch the carp that patrol around its margins. As you will be casting to a feature you can actually use this rig with the line clipped up because a hooked fish will not be able to swim away from you - it can only swim to the side ...

  • Rigs
  • Float rigs
  • 11 December 2014

The best pole rig for fishing with chopped worms

This simple pole rig is perfect for fishing with chopped worm for a number of reasons - it's stable so the bait remains still, it pushes the bait to the bottom quickly to avoid smaller bait-snatching fish, and it is perfect for lifting and lowering the bait to entice a bait. A A rounded or body-down pole float is ideal ...

  • Rigs
  • Pole rigs
  • 11 December 2014

Get more bites when feeder fishing for bream, carp and tench

If you want to get more bites when fishing a groundbait or open end feeder, try this neat trick and twitch your rig back. It’s easy to do and can trigger even more bites than you’ve ever had before. It works brilliantly for bream, carp and tench – even roach too when you’re fishing a maggot feeder. It is very ...

  • Rigs
  • Feeder rigs
  • 14 October 2014

How to fish for carp with popped-up bread crust and bread flake

All anglers know that carp are suckers for bread crust fished on the surface in the summer, but it is often a very underused bait at all other times of the year. Here we show you how it can be used to catch more carp just off the bottom of stillwaters at any time of the year. Bread crust and ...

  • Rigs
  • Leger rigs
  • 12 October 2014

Groundbait feeder rig for river barbel, chub and bream

This simple yet very effective feeder fishing rig is perfect for catching river barbel, chub and bream. It’s easy to make and can be used in deep sluggish rivers through to fairly shallow and swift flowing rivers. The beauty of this rig is that it can be used to catch all of our larger river species, providing you use an ...

  • Rigs
  • Feeder rigs
  • 17 September 2014

Prevent foul hooking carp when margin fishing

We've all done it at some time - foul hooked a carp in the fin or flank when pole fishing tight to the margins or an island. It's almost inevitable that the feeding carp will, at some time, swim into our lines and become foul-hooked. Not only is this unsporting, but playing a foul-hooked carp is twice as hard as normal, ...

  • Rigs
  • Pole rigs
  • 22 August 2014

In-line Method feeder rig for carp, bream and tench

The Method feeder is a devastating item of tackle for the commercial carp angler as it not only attracts fish to the swim, but it’s easy to use and easy to catch fish with!To create this rig you’ll need to thread an in-line Method feeder upon your strong mainline – between 8lb and 12lb is ideal. Next thread a small ...

  • Rigs
  • Feeder rigs
  • 28 May 2014

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