My change of swim brings two mag­nif­i­cent fish

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

ORNING broke with dis­ap­point­ment on my part – why had I blanked on my overnighter? al­ways look to bait a sec­ond spot. Bar­bel or carp, it never pays to put all your eggs in one bas­ket, and so on this oc­ca­sion I had in­tro­duced bait to two mar­ginal swims.

Sticky Manilla boilies and Krill Clus­ters had by now, I hoped, at­tracted the fish’s at­ten­tion and my first task of the day was to check these primed spots.

From a van­tage point in a tree I could see that the gravel in both swims had been cleared of feed, but what had eaten it?

No carp were ev­i­dent, so birds were a pos­si­bil­ity. I de­cided to top each mar­gin up again with boilies and clus­ters and re­turn in an hour for an­other check.

While the ket­tle boiled I de­cided to or­gan­ise the equip­ment I hoped I would need, even though an ob­vi­ous tar­get was yet to ap­pear.

On my heavy 25lb fluoro­car­bon main­line I po­si­tioned a 2g olivette 6ft be­hind the ter­mi­nal tackle. Semi-fixed be­tween two pieces of sil­i­cone, it of­fered a safe back lead. Next came 12ins of 1.75mm E-S-P An­chor Rig tub­ing and an ad­justable lead clip.

I was tak­ing no chances with line man­age­ment – ev­ery­thing

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