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SHOULD I al­ways use a dark-coloured caster, or are there times when the lighter ones will work bet­ter?

Alan Mount­ford, Smeth­wick

AS A rule yes, a dark caster is prefer­able be­cause it will sink through the wa­ter more nat­u­rally, but there are oc­ca­sions when a light, al­most white caster will catch too.

Perch, in par­tic­u­lar, love a light caster and in coloured wa­ter, a lighter bait should be eas­ier for the fish to see.

Be­gin by fish­ing a dark bait but reg­u­larly change to try and gauge the re­ac­tion of the fish. DO COLOURED lines make much dif­fer­ence to how many fish you catch?

Ed­die Maud­s­ley, Sale

AS A main­line, no, colour is not im­por­tant be­cause this is a part of the rig that fish won’t see, al­though the fash­ion these days tends to be for dark brown or clear lines.

Reds, blues and even yel­lows are avail­able too, so the choice is yours – but for hook­lengths it is vi­tal to stick to a clear line as this is clos­est to the hook and so most likely to be seen by feed­ing fish. Di­am­e­ter of the line is, how­ever, more im­por­tant in the long run than its colour. CAN I ex­pect to catch much on the pole from the mar­gins of a river?

Tony Klein, Nuneaton

MUCH de­pends on just how shal­low the wa­ter is, of course, but pro­vided there is a good depth (3ft up­wards) and the river is car­ry­ing a rea­son­able amount of colour, it is pos­si­ble to catch fish all day from the mar­gins.

Ex­pect small fish – es­pe­cially perch with per­haps a bonus later in the day in the form of a tench or an eel.

You won’t need to fish long down the edge as you might have to on a com­mer­cial fish­ery, with per­haps 4m of pole more than enough.

Feed heav­ily with ground­bait at the start and then drip in loose­feed over the top.

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