How do I get re­sults when fish­ing with a quiv­er­tip?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

I STRUG­GLE to see bites on a quiv­er­tip, and of­ten get chewed mag­gots. What can I do?

Jim Rolfe, Chor­ley, Lancs

US­ING the light­est tip pos­si­ble will give you the best chance of spot­ting del­i­cate knocks from roach and bream. These tips are usu­ally made out of glass fi­bre, com­pared to stiffer tops that tend to be of car­bon.

Start with a 1oz tip and only step it up if, when the rig is cast into the swim, the tip is bent round too much by tow or wind to show bites. For flat-calm con­di­tions you can get away with as fine a tip as your rod comes with.

Ten­sion the tip to leave just a slight bend in it, giv­ing fish plenty of op­por­tu­nity to pull it right round.

Many an­glers use a pa­ter­nos­ter set-up for bream but a run­ning loop (if fish­ery rules al­low) is bet­ter as this is a self-hook­ing rig. Give the bite time to de­velop. Ig­nore the knocks and plucks and wait for a pos­i­tive pull round on the tip be­fore strik­ing.

Set the tip with just a slight ten­sion. The only time it should show a curve like this is when a fish has taken the bait and pulled it right round!

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