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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

How to use sweetcorn

Sweetcorn has caught more fish over the years than almost any other bait. It is one of those bait that fish adore, especially in the cooler months when its bright colour helps it to stand out in the water. One expert with corn is Jonny Watt. Jonny is a real thinking angler and as well as using it straight out of ...

  • Fishing Videos
  • Coarse
  • 25 November 2014

How to use meatballs

Normally associated with catching barbel from rivers, huge meatballs are a brilliant bait for commercial carp too, as match ace Matt Pillay has found. When tackling commercial waters where large 'target' baits work, a single hair-rigged meatball can be a devastatingly effective bait to use. The soft and strongly-scented meat is loved by carp of all sizes, including those monsters ...

  • Fishing Videos
  • Coarse
  • 22 November 2014

How to fish winter commercials

Here’s our extensive fishing guide to help you keep on catching on pole, waggler and feeder on commercial carp fisheries during the colder winter months.It’s packed with handy hints, tips and advice that is sure to keep your float going under and your quivertip slamming around.So, whatever style of fishing you prefer, take a good look through this in-depth guide ...

  • Advice
  • 20 November 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

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