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I love us­ing a cen­tre­pin, but for all the ad­van­tages of line con­trol and set­ting the hook in a split sec­ond, it does have its dis­ad­van­tages, es­pe­cially when fish­ing close to snags. Where giv­ing line may let a bar­bel find a snag, a fixed­spool reel with a tight clutch will stack the odds in your favour. But a de­gree of line con­trol will be lost, and the bail arm click­ing over will cost you fish. Back­wind­ing is an op­tion, but also an art!

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4 It’s not a mon­ster. It’s what I would con­sider a stan­dard-sized bar­bel for this swim, around 4 lb 8 oz, but oc­ca­sion­ally a much big­ger spec­i­men barges in, twice the size. I have two land­ing nets with me, one used to let each bar­bel re­cover af­ter...

5 My de­ci­sion to use a cen­tre­pin reel has back­fired, as af­ter those two mod­est bar­bel I’ve lost a cou­ple in the snag be­cause I wasn’t able to stop them. I have been hav­ing to get closer and closer to the snag to get bites, so not want­ing any more...

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