WEL­COME

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

WE ALL love sur­prises, and fish­ing has an amaz­ing knack of throw­ing them up at this time of year.

I’m not talk­ing about catch­ing a partly thawed chicken in­side a su­per­mar­ket car­rier bag while feeder fish­ing for bream on the river (I’ll tell you about that an­other time), but land­ing sur­prise fish from waters where you wouldn’t ex­pect them to be.

This week it seems that roach and perch have re­ally switched on to an­glers’ baits on the carp waters, with some huge catches and spec­i­men fish hit­ting the banks.

Those an­glers who are pre­pared think a bit dif­fer­ently with their ap­proach and ex­per­i­ment on the bank can re­ally reap the re­wards right now.

If we’ve had a cold night and you’re fish­ing the fol­low­ing day I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend tak­ing a few prawns with you to a com­mer­cial, be­cause they’re a mag­net for big perch.

You could even ask your lo­cal stillwater fish­ery owner if they’ll let you have a rove around with a light lure or drop shot gear – I’m sure they’d be amazed to see some of the huge stripeys that live among their stocks of F1s and matchy carp. Talk­ing of sur­prises, how about an all-car­bon seat box to sit on next sea­son? We’ve just seen an amaz­ing cre­ation from the lads at Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, just one prod­uct in a long line of ex­cit­ing new tackle for 2018, and I reckon it’s sim­ply stun­ning. Find out more in our ex­clu­sive tackle sec­tion, start­ing on page 40.

STEVE FITZ­PATRICK ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

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