The Coach Andy May’s box ad­vice

THIS WEEK: How to set up your seat­box prop­erly

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AN­GLERS spend hours mak­ing rigs, spool­ing reels and check­ing elas­tics, but other vi­tal el­e­ments to prepa­ra­tion can be ig­nored.

Cur­rent Fish O’Ma­nia cham­pion Andy May won’t touch a rod or bait bag for a some time af­ter ar­riv­ing at his peg – set­ting up his seat­box is his num­ber one pri­or­ity.

“So many peo­ple sit on their box with­out mak­ing sure it is set up prop­erly and there is ab­so­lutely no doubt that is go­ing to af­fect your day on the bank,” he ex­plained.

“You’ll not be as ef­fi­cient as you could be and so will catch fewer fish – and you’ll soon be re­ally un­com­fort­able, too.”

LEVEL PLAY­ING FIELD

“If I had a pound for every time I’d seen some­one sit­ting on a wonky seat­box I would be a very rich man!” Andy con­tin­ued.

“A lot of peo­ple set their seat­box legs one ses­sion and then leave it like that for months on end. Slight ad­just­ments need to be made to each leg at the be­gin­ning of each ses­sion to ac­count for the peg it is on.

“Every peg – even pris­tine plat­forms on com­mer­cials – will have slight div­ots or a slant, and it is re­ally im­por­tant to ac­count for these ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and make sure your box is level.

“If you don’t, it is bound to feel un­com­fort­able and that is go­ing to di­vert your at­ten­tion from the job in hand and lead to re­duced catches.”

HEIGHT AD­JUST­MENT

“One ques­tion that peo­ple of­ten ask me is how high they should sit on their seat­box.

“Put sim­ply, you should be able to per­form every ac­tion from that height.

“You should be able to scoop bait up from your side tray with­out lean­ing over, net a fish with­out hav­ing to reach for it and ship back your pole on to the rollers with­out cre­at­ing an awk­ward an­gle that could lead to an ex­pen­sive break­age.

“If your box legs are ex­tended too much and you are sat too high, all sorts of prob­lems arise, in­clud­ing trou­ble in feed­ing and even los­ing fish.”

AC­CES­SORY PLACE­MENT

“There’s lots of room to po­si­tion var­i­ous ac­ces­sories on a mod­ern seat­box and it is im­por­tant that you place them in the ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion.

“If you are right-handed then place your feeder rest on the left-hand side of your box at a slight an­gle, so that you can ten­sion the tip and be spot-on when hit­ting bites.

“The height of it de­pends on the length of rod you are us­ing – make sure the last eye of the rod-tip is a cou­ple of cen­time­tres above the sur­face.

“A pole sock should be sit­u­ated on the right-hand side of your box. This will pre­vent your pole from rolling around when you are un­hook­ing fish.

“Make sure it is set at ex­actly the same height as your pole rollers so that it slides smoothly into the sock with­out putting a bend in your ex­pen­sive pole.

“Set­ting your box up prop­erly takes only a few min­utes, but that will be time very well spent – and you’ll be amazed at how much dif­fer­ence such prepa­ra­tion will make,” con­cluded Andy.

It takes only min­utes to set up com­fort­ably.

Set up your pole sock level with the rollers. Care­fully ad­just your rod rest to suit you.

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