MARK’S TOP TIPS

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1

Top up with a small nugget of ground­bait af­ter ev­ery fish. This will keep the scent in the wa­ter and make sure the shoal doesn’t drift off while you are play­ing a fish.

2

Use a bulk of No8s to shot your float. This should be set just above your hook­length and will get the hook­bait to the deck quickly and make sure it re­mains an­chored in place.

3

Strike side­ways when you get a bite. This will pre­vent a fish be­ing brought to the sur­face mo­men­tar­ily and thrash­ing about be­fore it even knows it is hooked.

4

This tac­tic isn’t just about carp, and is equally ef­fec­tive when big bags of F1s, tench and bar­bel are the tar­get.

5

Al­ter­nate how you hook each mag­got. Hook one through the head and the next through the tail, and con­tinue this pro­cess. Do­ing this makes sure more of the hook point is show­ing and leads to fewer missed bites.

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