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PASTE has worked well at my lo­cal com­mer­cial all sum­mer, but is it still ef­fec­tive at this time of year?

Dar­ren Martins, Colch­ester

PASTE tra­di­tion­ally scores best in the hottest months of the year, but if you play with the con­sis­tency of it you can still get plenty of bites in au­tumn.

Make sure your paste is stiffer than you are used to. You’ll have to wait longer for bites, and a sloppy paste will fall off the hook in the mean­time.

You can also add damp­ened mi­cro pel­lets and hemp to your paste so it pro­vides the one mouth­ful of food that the fish are crav­ing. I HAVE started fish­ing for big perch on the pole but seem to be los­ing a lot of fish – what’s go­ing wrong?

Wayne Thack­eray, Shrews­bury

ONE of the most com­mon mis­takes an­glers make when tar­get­ing big perch is to fish too light.

A big perch has a very bony mouth, and pen­e­trat­ing that with the hook can be tricky.

But by us­ing a fairly heavy elas­tic and a big hook this can still be achieved, and you can land every fish you hook.

Use a Pre­ston In­no­va­tions 12 or 14 Dura Hollo elas­tic and a medium-wire size 12 hook and your for­tunes will soon be trans­formed.

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