Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

Make a splash and you’ll catch more carp! A 0.1g-0.3g dib­ber or cut-down pear or round float is the most pop­u­lar choice. It’s not very prone to tan­gles and the thick tip al­lows larger baits to be pre­sented well off bot­tom. Choose one with a weighted wire or fi­bre­glass stem, so it cocks when it en­ters the wa­ter. Sim­ple is best – use a small bulk of No10s. For proper carp, have the bulk un­der the float to achieve a slow fall, while for F1s it’s best to bulk the rig right down on top of the hook­length, oth­er­wise the fish will spit the bait out even be­fore you see the bite. Try us­ing a fairly thick hi-tech main­line to make up your shal­low pole rigs. Even though you might only use a 0.12mm (3lb) or 0.14mm (4lb) hook­length, try us­ing a 0.18mm (6lb) or 0.20mm (8lb) main­line. Thick lines re­duce tan­gles and al­low the bait to fall more slowly. For pel­lets and meat, a hair-rig is a must for shal­low fish­ing. With the whole hook ex­posed, more bites are hit, and the hookhold is cleaner. Use a knot­less knot with a small gap down to the bait.

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