DOWN THE EDGE

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

FOR big mar­gin carp I like the 0.2g Mick Wilkin­son Mar­gin Di­a­mond. This is a very strong float with a glass stem. It has a de­cent length bris­tle which helps me ‘read’ bites.

When fish­ing in the edge I al­ways like to leave plenty of bris­tle show­ing at the sur­face. This makes it eas­ier to dis­tin­guish be­tween line bites and proper bites.

I’m a big be­liever in tak­ing no prison­ers where big fish are con­cerned, so main­line is 0.22mm N-Gauge to a 4ins hook­length of 0.19mm. Hook is a size 14 Guru XS spade, which is a very strong wide gape pat­tern lend­ing it­self per­fectly to bunches of dead mag­gots or dou­ble sweet­corn.

Shot­ting pat­tern is a strung bulk of No10s with the bot­tom shot 6ins from the hook and the rest spaced at 1ins in­ter­vals above this.

I ac­tu­ally don’t like the bot­tom shot too close to the hook for mar­gin work as I find when big fish are in the swim that it can lead to line bites and fish spook­ing.

0.22mm GURU N-GAUGE BULK OF No10s SIZE 14 GURU XS SPADE

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