Dis­cover hid­den fea­tures – Andy May

Fish O’Ma­nia champ Andy May re­veals why a plum­met could be the best £1 you ever spend!

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Contents - Words & Pho­tog­ra­phy Tony Grig­or­jevs

IT’S in­cred­i­ble just how much money an­glers spend on tackle, but could an item cost­ing less than £1 be the most im­por­tant item in our tack­le­boxes? Thou­sands of pounds are splashed out on the best rods, poles and seat­boxes but cur­rent Fish O’Ma­nia cham­pion Andy May puts a lot of his suc­cess down to the in­tri­cate use of a tiny piece of kit that would fit in the palm of your hand. “Peo­ple pay a lot of at­ten­tion to the cover that they can eas­ily see such as is­lands and aer­a­tors but what a lot of them for­get about is that there are dozens of fea­tures hid­den be­neath the sur­face,” ex­plained Andy. “There’s only one way to find out what it looks like un­der­wa­ter and that is by care­fully us­ing a plum­met to pre­cisely gauge depths and con­tours of the lakebed.”

Com­mon mis­takes

Ev­ery an­gler owns a plum­met and if they are us­ing the pole they will al­most cer­tainly use it briefly at the be­gin­ning of the ses­sion. But Andy be­lieves the time they spend us­ing it is of­ten cut short by the an­tic­i­pa­tion of ac­tu­ally start­ing to fish and that can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the fi­nal re­sult. “An­glers will plumb up in one place for each line. So if they have a line at 13m they will ship straight in front of them, quickly plumb up and then leave it at that. “The chances are they are go­ing to have to chase the fish around and fish to the left or right of the orig­i­nal tar­get zone and when they move their rig, they as­sume they will have the same depth of wa­ter be­cause they are still hold­ing the pole at the same dis­tance. “That may be cor­rect is some cases but at

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