How to sink your line – three sim­ple meth­ods ex­plained

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THE abil­ity to sink your reel line un­der the sur­face is one of the most es­sen­tial skills in coarse fish­ing.

It might only be a small point but it’s re­ally im­por­tant from a pre­sen­ta­tion point of view – how­ever, there are ex­cep­tions. If you’re fish­ing for a bite within 10 sec­onds of the float land­ing, for ex­am­ple on the pel­let wag­gler, then you can some­times get away with leav­ing your line float­ing on the sur­face.

When a pel­let wag­gler lands, you don’t want to pull it out of place away from the splash and you want to be ready for a bite the sec­ond the float lands.

You might also be able to leave your line on the top on a com­pletely flat calm day, al­though this is very rare. Most of the time, though, a bow will quickly form in any wind or tow. If you don’t sink this it will cause poor pre­sen­ta­tion, drag­ging the float out of place.

Sink­ing your line is just as im­por­tant when fish­ing a bomb or feeder. If you don’t do it, again a large bow will form in the line, es­pe­cially if there is tow on the venue. Some­thing like the flow of a river can be enough to dis­lodge your rig. And if you’re fish­ing for smaller fish on a feeder, when you’ll prob­a­bly have to strike to hook them, any bow in the line will make the line at your rod end less di­rect to the rig. Keep­ing a straight line will al­low you to see the tini­est of in­di­ca­tions from small fish, or line bites from big­ger ones.

A good sink­ing main­line such as Pre­ston Power Max is a must, and I have a few sim­ple ways to sink all of it...

“Sink­ing the reel line un­der the sur­face is im­por­tant in terms of pre­sen­ta­tion”

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