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SPEED HOLDS THE KEY

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

Be­ing able to build a big weight of small fish is very im­por­tant in the World Pairs, and never more so than on the Pump­house sec­tion of Lough Scurr.

A lot of an­glers on this sec­tion opted to fish a whip here for speed, but as this isn’t some­thing I do much of I de­cided to fish to my strengths and use a long pole and short line.

This meant fish­ing any­where be­tween a top kit and one sec­tion and a top kit and three sec­tions out from the bank. Ba­si­cally it was a case of con­stantly chas­ing the fish in and out. The key was al­ways go­ing to be speed, so the first thing I did was po­si­tion my rollers so I didn’t have to break the pole down.

One of the slow­est parts of short lin­ing is break­ing the pole down, so by elim­i­nat­ing this I could be a lot quicker.

It clearly worked, as I caught more than 400 small roach and hy­brids for a county-win­ning 18 kilo 750g.

My win­ning catch from Lough Scurr.

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