Q: I tried the split shot rig but can’t get my shot to stay in place. Any tips? DEREK MONTEVILLE, BY EMAIL
AK & DS say: Get some rubberised, thin rig tube, cut a tiny section and thread it on the line where you mount the shot. Then secure the shot to the tube. Not only will the rubber tube help the shot grip the line but it will allow you to move it if the rig needs adjusting.
Q: Do the lure colours that work for wrecking, such as rhubarb and custard, have similar results in LRF? BILL HUNNINGS, PLYMOUTH, DEVON
AK & DS say: Those same bright and dark lures definitely have their day with LRF, but the range of successful colours is much greater.
The colours that we favour for deep sea wrecking are most likely successful because of the effects of depth on colour. We’ll never know what fish see, but we do know that deep water affects visible light. Thankfully, we don’t have that challenge with LRF.
Natural-looking colours work best in clear water, but bright or dark colours do well in poor water clarity.
Q: I’m just starting out in LRF and would like to know what line you would recommend and how you would attach the lure. CARL DOCHERTY, CROWBOROUGH, EAST SUSSEX
AK & DS say: We’d definitely recommend a light braid for LRF mainline. Look for a braid categorised by a ‘PE’ number.
For LRF, a PE0.3 or PE0.4 would be a good place to start. In old money, you’re looking for a braid with a breaking strain of between 4-6-lb. The aim here is to have the thinnest braid safely possible.
With braid you will need a light, fluorocarbon leader – 4lb is a good starting point. The uni-to-uni (double grinner) knot is an easy one to master.
With regard to the connection to a lure, more often than not we tie direct to the hook or jig head. But if you change your lure a lot, a tiny lure clip is an acceptable solution. Make sure it’s really light so it doesn’t affect the action of the lure.
Q: Can you tell me if it’s worth trying LRF when the water isn’t clear? I never seem to catch on lures when the water is dirty. TREVOR SANDERSON, DEREHAM, NORFOLK
AK & DS say: Without doubt, when there is colour in the water and visibility is diminished, fishing with lures is often slower. Get it right, though, and the results can be spectacular.
The key to success under these conditions is to fish tight to known fish-holding areas. You need to get your lure right on the nose of the fish, and you need to fish slowly.
If you can locate the fish, they are very likely to feed well, especially predators, because their reduced vision makes it harder for them to hunt and feed.
Increase your odds further by using a contrasting colour lure. For instance, dark lures on sand, or bright lures in weed.