Tommy Pick­er­ing’s

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Tip of the week

THERE is no big­ger thrill than catch­ing big fish such as barbel on the feeder when on a river.

As you would ex­pect from such lumps, the bites can be sav­age and if you present your rig in­cor­rectly you could be snapped up. Feed­ing a bow into your line pro­vides a cush­ion that helps stop such dis­as­ters oc­cur­ring, and this week I show you how to do it.

Cast out slightly down­stream, and once the feeder has hit the wa­ter, keep the rod high un­til you feel the feeder make con­tact with the river bed. With prac­tice this is easy to de­tect.

Once the feeder has landed, al­low 4m-5m of line to peel off the reel, keep­ing the bailarm open. Line will run down­stream with the flow, and once you close the bail-arm the bow will tighten up.

If the rod-tip starts to bounce, re­lease an­other me­tre of line to make the bow slightly big­ger. If it con­tin­ues to hap­pen, a slightly heav­ier feeder is needed to hold bot­tom prop­erly.

Bites usu­ally de­velop as a small tap fol­lowed by a drop-back. The feeder is dis­lodged and the fish is hooked. With­out a bow the rod tip would be ripped round and the fish could be lost.

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