GET YOUR SPOT ROCK­ING WITH A RAKE

CLEAN A SPOT WITH EASE THANKS TO A CASTABLE WEED RAKE

Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS -

ACED with a weedy swim, you can ei­ther give up and move on, or do some­thing about it.

Carp, of course, love weed and spend a lot of time in and around it, so you could try to present a bait in the ex­ist­ing un­der­wa­ter land­scape – or you could cre­ate your own clear­ing.

The eas­i­est way to do this is with a castable weed rake and Gard­ner

Fmakes two dif­fer­ent ones. Both weigh about 3oz, so they’re easy to fling about, and they’re both ca­pa­ble of shift­ing a sur­pris­ingly large amount of de­bris.

With this in mind, strong line is cru­cial. Braided main­line (30lb min­i­mum) and a qual­ity shock­leader of about 50lb is the ideal pair­ing – you will ap­pre­ci­ate the power when up­root­ing big clumps of weed from the lakebed.

If you are will­ing to put in a bit of hard work, these palm-sized rakes can re­ally al­ter a swim. The

“THEY’RE EASY TO CAST AND CA­PA­BLE OF SHIFT­ING LARGE AMOUNTS OF DE­BRIS”

orig­i­nal, bow-shaped rake is the all-rounder, ca­pa­ble of scyth­ing through weedbeds, while the knob­bly deluxe ver­sion is the fin­isher to be used in a more lo­calised area where you want to present your hook­bait.

Us­ing a castable weed rake isn’t just about mak­ing space for your rig, though. You can find the per­fect ex­ist­ing clear area, only for sur­round­ing weedbeds to se­verely ham­per line lay and ruin your pre­sen­ta­tion. That’s where the orig­i­nal rake is so ver­sa­tile – it can be used to cre­ate a chan­nel be­tween the bank and your hook­bait for your line to sit in.

Fi­nally, it’s al­ways worth check­ing the con­tents of the weed that you bring back to the bank. The type of weed and the nat­u­rals it con­tains will give you a more com­plete idea of the area you are fish­ing in.

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