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Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

A BOT­TOM rig should al­ways be heav­ier than an up-in-the-water rig. You want to get your bait down quickly to where the fish are feed­ing, so in a typ­i­cal 6ft deep swim I’ll go for a 0.6g or 0.75g pear-shaped pat­tern. On a float this size an olivette is best as a bulk weight, and be­low this I space three No9 or No10 drop­per shot at equal in­ter­vals.

My up-in-the-water rig is lighter, at around 0.2g or 0.3g, with the shot strung out over an area of a few feet. With this I’m look­ing to pick up bites as the bait falls through the top half of the water col­umn. Some­times you’ll catch the bet­ter roach near the sur­face, as they bully oth­ers out of the way to get to the bait. At other times it might only be tiny fish off bot­tom, and you’ll need to lower your deck rig down through them.

Pear-shaped body pat­terns are a good choice for typ­i­cal swims.

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