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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.

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