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Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ABOUT five years ago I took up match fish­ing, and it’s fair to say I was ab­so­lutely use­less to start with!

I got it into my head early on that the suc­cess­ful an­glers in the club were do­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent to the rest of us. So to com­bat that I tried all sorts of dif­fer­ent bait con­coc­tions. Need­less to say they all bombed out.

But as time pro­gressed and I spent more time talk­ing to those that won lots of con­tests, I started to re­alise that it was the sub­tle changes they made that were do­ing the dam­age. Al­ter­ing shot­ting pat­terns, ten­sion­ing the elas­tic cor­rectly and feed­ing a swim ap­pro­pri­ately were just some of the sim­ple, yet vi­tal, el­e­ments.

Since I started tweak­ing things as op­posed to over­haul­ing them my re­sults have im­proved dras­ti­cally. Gra­ham Porter, Don­caster

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