Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

1 When us­ing static bot­tom baits such as fish sec­tions or boilies, try com­bin­ing them with a cou­ple of lob­worms to add move­ment and draw the fish’s at­ten­tion to them.

2 On un­pres­sured cat­fish waters I will often fish di­rect to a loose freespool mech­a­nism, but once the fish be­come an­gler-aware it is far bet­ter to use an open spool and bob­bin set-up.

3 When re-set­ting pop-up live­baits in the dark I use a large Dren­nan night light pushed into the foam ball so I know when it’s on the sur­face. That way I can eas­ily count it down to the depth I want.

4 To avoid tan­gles with live­baits use a heavy monofil­a­ment hook­length and a fluoro­car­bon leader that will pin it to the bot­tom.

5 Try to think like a fish and sense any changes in the weather. Th­ese small de­tails have a huge im­pact on how, where and to what de­gree feed­ing will take place.

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