101 and more Tips..
A cheap alternative to pole float winder anchors. Use
any left over pole elastic, just a few inches and tie a
loop either end and use as a cheap alternative to
expensive pole winder anchors. Simply loop one end to
line and the other to the winder.
Small drip feeder cup. When fishing the pole and want a
small drip of feed going into the swim. Use a plastic
kinder egg container bought from a local sweet shop.
Simply make a hole either end of the cup ready to slip
onto the end of the Pole. Before doing so, either make a
few holes so that maggots can crawl out and drop into
the swim. Alternatively cut a hole large enough for feed
to drop out when shaking the pole. The plastic kinder
egg can split in the middle for filling.
Keeping hooks rust free. Simply drop a few rice seeds
into the hook box. The rice will absorb any moister
present. Change the rice when needed.
Hook traces. It is so much easier when changing hook
lengths to have them made up on a readymade trace. Tie
them up at home and lay them on a rigid card, 10 inches
by 8 inches. Use either a cereal package or cut a piece
from a cardboard box. Simply cut a groove either end and
attach the hook to one end and loop the other and
attach. Mark the size of hook and breaking strain with a
pen on the card next to the trace.
Keeps hook sharpened. A small emery cloth 2 inches by
2inches kept in the tackle box is an ideal hook
sharpener. Alternatively use a small sharpening stone
and with a few gentle rubs along the point of the hook
will keep them sharpened. Especially when hooking the
bottom of a stone based waterway.
Hooking more fish. By turning the hook slightly outwards
and to the side will allow the point of the hook to
penetrate a fishes mouth much easier allowing more
hooked fish when striking.
Easy joints. Use candle wax on joints of the pole or
rods, This will help to protect the joints as well as
making them slip easier together or apart.
Stop line freezing in rod eyes. When winter fishing use
a dab of glycerine to each eye on the fishing rod. This
will stop the eyes from freezing up in cold winter
Loading line on to reels. When loading line onto a
fishing reel, place the new spool of line into a
container of water (small bucket or sink will do) attach
new line to reel either by a loop or tie onto backing
line. Manually whip a few loops of line around the knot
before reeling on new line. The water in the container
will clean the line as well as loading the reel spool
correctly without twisting.
Disposing of line. Cut up old or discarded line with a
pair of scissors, into small one inch pieces before
Pole Cups. Use tops of old canister’s as pole cups.
Either fix to end of spare pole top or Glue a small
spring attachment to bottom of the top. Fix to pole as a
cheap alternative to a pole cup. Available in small
Unhooking eels. Hold an eel upside down with the use of
the top of the keep net or landing net. This will subdue
the eel whilst holding the wriggling eel still. Use a
stompo disgorger for deep swallowed hooks.
Swimfeeders. Use plastic hair curlers as a cheep
alternative. Simply apply a small strip of lead to the
side and attach a swivel to the top.
Mini feeder. Use a strip of thick cellophane such as an
x-ray sheet. Roll into a small cone. Attach a swivel to
the top and swan shott in the top of the cone. A cheap
and ideal mini groundbait feeder.
Plummet for snaggy bottoms. Roll a flat piece of lead
around a strip of sponge and flatten. Pass the hook
through the sponge. Use as a plummet. If the plummet
gets stuck on the bottom simply apply pressure. The
float rig will come away all in tact. A convenient and
cheap way of not loosing the float rig in a snaggy swim.
Camouflaging a float. Simply paint the body of a float
white. This will camouflage the float against a bright
sky. Allowing shy feeding fish to feed under the float
Degrease fishing line. Place the fishing reel spool in a
tub of water, add washing up liquid and leave to soak
over night. This will degrease the fishing line and
allow the line to sink. Ideal when waggler or ledger
Floating line. Use a flat piece of cloth dipped in
Vaseline. Cast the line out and retrieve holding the
cloth so that the line runs between pinched fingers.
Alternatively purchase musclin from tackle shop and
apply the same. Ideal for stick float fishing.
Hooking worms. Break the worm in half and hook the two
pieces on the top. This will allow the juices to leak
from the bottom of the worm whilst the natural wriggle
will attract those feeding fish.
Hooking maggots. Hook a maggot from underneath the two
eyes. This will allow the hook to face upwards so not to
snag on the bottom. Whilst lifting up when striking into
Double maggot hooking. Top and tail the maggot when
using double maggot. This will help stop twisting of
line when retrieving.
Shy bites. Thread a maggot or worm up the shank of the
hook when fish are biting shy. This will conceal the
hook allowing fish to feed confidently.
Floating maggot. Introduce a small amount of water into
a bait container, ¼ inch. Cut out a square in the lid.
This will stop the maggots from crawling out when wet.
Add a hand full of hook bait maggot. Within a few
minutes the maggot will absorb moister and the maggot
will become floating. Use these maggots as hook bait as
they will counter balance the weight of the hook, making
the bait more natural.
Sticky maggot. Clean your loose feed bait (Maggots)
riddle them through a sieve. Introduce them into a
ladies nylon stocking. Tie the end and wash them under a
running tap. Dry them with a cloth or hair dryer. Place
in clean bait box, add a couple of spoonful of Horlicks
powder drink. The maggot will stick together allowing
them to be moulded into a ball, ready for catapulting
into the swim at long distances.
Groundbaiting Rivers. Add small stones or aquarium
pebble gravel into bread-based groundbait. This will
give weight to the groundbait which will sink quicker in
a fast flowing river, allowing the groundbait to break
up whilst on the bottom of the river.
Baiting up a flowing river. Use a carrot mesh bag, add a
few stones into the bag as weight. Fill up with bait
such as maggot, caster, worms, groundbait etc.. Tie up
the end of the bag. Tie a heavy fishing line to the top,
throw the bag into the swim where you expect to fish.
Leave whilst fishing. Retrieve when required. Repeat
Catapulting correctly. Turn the folk of the catapult
upside down before using. The cup or pouch of the
catapult will rebound without hitting knuckles or the
back of the hand.
Camouflaging a pole over the top of feeding fish. When
the water is clear or fishing near the surface, paint
the top sections of the pole white or light blue. This
will act as Camouflage against the sky or cloud.
Allowing fish not to spook.
Stopping rubbish or weed covering the bait. When fishing
a swollen river a lot of rubbish can attach itself to
the line slipping down and covering the bait. Simply
place a bb shot 2 inches above the hook. The weed or
rubbish will stop on the shot allowing the bait not to
be covered. Also place the same size shot above the
swimfeeder eliminating the same.
Degreasing a constant floating line. Wrap a sponge
around the head of a rod rest top, with the use of
electrical ties, add a few drops of washing up liquid to
the sponge. Retrieve the line through the sponge by
resting the rod on top of the sponge.
Landing big fish on light gear on rivers. When hooking
large fish on rivers, play out the fish and guide the
fish above you in the swim, add a little pressure and
bring the fish over the landing net.
Snag in the swim. When hooking a snag in the swim, try
pulling from the opposite direction to release. If that
fails try adding pressure with the rod pointed straight
at the snag.
Breeding gozzers or Extra large maggots. Use a carcase
of a chicken with a little meat left on the bone. Add
boiled eggs to the centre then fill completely. Place
chicken in shade. Watch over with stick and repel all
flies until the large blue bottle fly arrives. Allow
them to lay eggs. Wrap up chicken in newspaper and leave
in a dry warm place. Check after 5/7 days when maggots
are large enough place carcase over a maggot sieve.
Introduce soft bran to maggots keeping them soft.
Collecting worms. A quick easy and convenient way of
collecting worms for fishing. Find a cut grass lawn, use
a water can and introduce washing up liquid to the
water. Sprinkle over a square meter at a time. Worms
will come out of the earth, collect and wash them
quickly in clean water then dry in peat or moss.
Making fishing paste. Half fill a container with fine
fish pellet. Add the same amount of hot boiling water.
Leave to soak until cool. Add egg yolk and food gluten.
Mix with hands until soft paste is required. Mould into
medium size balls and seal in plastic bags until
Turning casters golden. Place white turned casters onto
a damp cloth. Wrap or roll them up and place into a
fridge. Leave for a few hours. The caster will all turn
into the same colour, place them in an air-tight
container until use.
Keeping maggot fresh. After purchasing fresh maggot
bait, riddle them clean through a sieve. Place into
plastic bag, take out the air and tie up bag. Place them
in fridge and keep until fishing day. Open bag a few
hours before fishing, place maggots on sieve and wait
until they revive. Dispose of dead maggot and use fresh
Dead maggots. When dead maggots are required for fishing
(Bream or eel fishing) Place maggots into pellet pump,
extract air then place in freezer for an hour. Open
pellet pump and place maggot in water until use.
Alternatively pour boiling water over live maggot.
(However this may make the maggot tough)
Catching small fry. When required to catch small fish
minnows, fry etc.. (Winter league etc) Pinch small hook
together until the gape is extra small. Cut head of
maggot or pinky maggot place on hook. Fish with light
line. Alternatively Use the yolk of a caster, dip hook
into open caster bait and twist. The yolk will hang onto
hook, place bait in front of fish in view.
Punched bread. When using punch bread as bait, place
fresh slice of bread into clear plastic bag, seal and
place into microwave for 30 seconds. This will make
punched bread more pliable and stay on hook longer.
Alternatively place slice of bread into plastic bag and
hold open end over steaming kettle for a few seconds.
Seal bag until use.
Mole Hill. Locate mole mounds in field close to fishing
venue. Collect earth mounds, sieve though ally taking
out stones, grass etc. Add to small amount of groundbait
prior to fishing. Add small amount of water whilst
mixing. This mix becomes almost a non feed groundbait,
ideal for keeping fish in the swim longer.
Laxative. Add natural salt to groundbait which acts as a
laxative to feeding fish. Catch rate should improve for
the need of the fish to come back to ground-baited
Preparing Tares. When cooking tares for use, add a
spoonful of bicarbonate of soda to boiling water before
intruding the tare to the cooking pot. For an ideal
black tare add black dylon die after cooking.
Preparing Hemp seed. Soak un-split seeds in water prior
to cooking over night. Add to boiling water in saucepan
then add a few spoonfuls of bicarbonate of soda. For
extra flavour When boiling add a few drops of
Float tips. Colour fishing float tips for changing light
and backdrops. Apply white tipex to tip of float when
fishing a dark backdrop and when the Sun is shinning.
For light backdrop and gleam on water colour float tip
with a permanent black felt marker pen.
Stop groundbait from rolling away. Simply flatten
groundbait prior to throwing into the swim. Ideal for
moving waters such as Rivers and moving canals.
Loaded waggler floats. Wrap a lead wire around base of a
waggler float to allow a self cocking float. Ideal for
Bigger Squatts. Place a slice of bread that has been
soaked in milk on top of the squat maggots in the bait
box the night before fishing. The squats will feed off
the bread and will enlarge the squatt magot ready for
Shotting up a pole float. Acquire a long cylinder from a
chemist. The ideal size should be 24 inches high. Shot
up float as required before placing on winder.
Alternative to a long cylinder would be a large Lemonade
bottle with the neck cut off.
Light Ledger. String onto the end of the fishing line a
few swan shotts. Before tying off to the hook length.
Space the shotts as required this will enable the weight
to hold bottom of moving water. Add more shot as
Keeping worms fresh. When worms are in storage, either
in a large container or large sack. Keep in either moss
or light mixture of peat and earth. Place mashed bread
within. The worms will feed from decaying food and keep
fresh as well as growing
Picking up small hooks. When picking up a small hook
from the tackle box, lick tip of finger and place on
hook lift and the hook will stick, ready for tying on
line. Alternatively use a small magnet to pick up hook
from tackle box.
Keeping hooks tidy. Use a small magnet in each hook box
to secure the hooks. This will stop hooks from dropping
out of tackle box.
Holding bottom in a flooded river. Use a large 4-6oz
round crab lead for holding bottom in a flooded river.
Alternatively use a small breakaway lead or a flattened
bomb. Flatten lead weight with hammer
Wash Odour away. Rinse hands in water prior to fishing.
Ideally in the river or lake before handling hooks, bait
etc.. This will take away salt, chemicals and humans
smells that the fish may be aware of.
Air pressure. Keep an eye on a barometer for changes in
air pressure. Sudden changes affect the way most fish
feed. High pressure will spurt fish to feed, while low
pressure changes will affect feeding patterns.
Try threading bait up the line. For bream and carp
fishing. Hook the maggots in the middle and tread a
bunch of maggots up the shank of the hook and then push
them up above the hook. This produces a similar affect
to a hair rig producing good quality bites from big
Adding flavour to bait. Add flavour to bait, this will
enhance the smell and flavour of bait encouraging fish
to feed. Aniseed and hemp for roach, fish meal for carp,
cheese for chub, sweetcorn or vanilla for bream, etc..
Attracting fish into the swim. Throwing a pebble or
stone into the swim can attract fish to your bait.
Simply throw a pebble or stone around your baited area
this will have an affect of a ripple and sound and can
attract fish into a swim.
Attracting fish when float fishing. Holding the line
against the flow of a river or wind on still water can
lift the bait off the bottom. This can attract fish and
produce a bite.
Attracting fish on still water. When pole fishing, place
tip on top of water and shake, this will produce a
vibration that can attract fish to the area.
Sky lining. Fish are spooked by shadows on the water.
Avoid walking on an open area above the swim. This will
also apply to spectators who may inevitably walk up to
an angler. Always crouch below an open sky line.
Colour in depth of water, Red is the most natural colour
of most living natural food. Red colour can be seen in
depth far greater than any other colour. Using red bait
and ground bait in depth can produce more fish than any
Twitching. Either float fishing or ledgering. Try
twitching bait by retrieving a few inches of line. This
will produce movement to the bait and most fish will be
attracted to a sudden movement.
Keeping unused groundbait. Unused ground bait can be
frozen for future use. Simply put any unused mixed or
damp groundbait into a sealed plastic bag. Take away the
air and store in freezer. Un-frost before using by
leaving out in warm area before using. Alternatively
defrost in microwave oven.
Bait bags. Maggots or worms can be kept in a cloth bag
or cloth pillow case. Using a cloth bag will allow the
bait to breath and fit into any space in the tackle box
or tackle bag. Hanging the cloth bag outside a moving
car on a wing mirror can keep the bait cool when driving
to the fishing venue.
Silkweed. Collect strands of silkweed from weirs and
rockery in flowing rivers. Keep submersed in water in
bait box. Wrap around the hook. Use, when Fishing moving
waters.The most natural bait available for moving water,
small worms live within the weed therefore fish
associate this natural weed with food.
Temperature. Keep a thermometer in the fishing box. Make
records of temperature drops. This will affect the
feeding fish. Sudden drops will make the fish reduce
their feeding. Whilst a sudden rise will make fish
increase their feeding.
Hooking Hemp. The normal hooking method is placing the
hook between the split where the cornel appears, the two
halves holding the hook in position showing the point.
Holding the hemp on the hook without the seed coming off
during strike then use this method. Simply piece a hole
either side on top of an under cooked hemp seed. Thread
the hook through the hemp seed this will allow many fish
to be caught on the same seed.
Keeping the Pole clean. Lay the complete pole on top of
water and roll. Wipe the residue of water off with a dry
cloth. Apply a silicone polish spray along the pole and
polish with a dry clot.
Pulling stuck pole joints apart. This will take three
people. One person will hold one end of the pole about
12 inches away from the stuck joint. The other person
will do the same on the other part of the pole. Apply
pressure by pulling. The third person will hold gently
the middle part of the joint. Rotate in a circular
motion and the pole joint will come apart.
Pulling stuck fishing rods apart. Hold each part of the
stuck fishing rod just above the joint firmly. Hold them
between the back of the legs and add pressure from the
legs as well as the pressure from the arms.
Holding the bottom on a fast flowing river. Cast a heavy
swimfeeder or ledger into the middle of the river
straight in front. Sufficiently enough to hold bottom,
(3-4oz) Let out a bow of line from the rod to the
feeder/lead. Hold the rod in an upright position keeping
as much line off the water as possible. Bites are
projected by the arch of the rod straightening.
Making a maggot feeder float. Use a clear straight
plastic waggler with long antenna. Super glue a small
clear maggot-feeder (Without any weight) at the base of
the float. Allow the top of the feeder to open for
filling with bait. Slightly over shot the float allowing
the maggot to escape into the water while the tip will
raise slightly in the swim.
Making a groundbait waggler. Use a clear straight
waggler with or without antenna. Super glue a small
groundbait feeder to the base. Shot the float normally
and fill feeder with groundbait. When the float is cast
and settles in the swim the ground bait will empty from
the feeder and fishing will resume.
Knot Picker. Carry a knot picker within the tackle box.
Numerous usage such as knot picking, removing glue from
float eyes, making holes in baits etc..
Disgorgers. Carry within the tackle box various
disgorgers. Mini head disgorges are used on small hooks
and small mouth of fish. Medium head disgorgers are used
in conjunction with 16 – 14 size hooks. Large head
disgorger can be used for larger hooks and fish such as
Carp, Barbel, Perch. Deep throat disgorgers (Stompo)
have an oval shape on the end and are used for hooks
that are swallowed deeply by the fis<>h.
Forceps. Surgical forceps can be a useful tool within
the tackle box. Used as a disgorger for large hooks
embedded firmly within the fish. Can be used for
applying shots on the fishing line, useful for
many other appliances.
Unhooking. Hold the fish firmly and upside down. This
will disorientate the fish and stop it from wriggling.
Place disgorger on the fishing line above the entrance
of the fish mouth. Move the disgorger down to the bend
of the hook. Push the hook with the disgorger and pull
the fish apart gently in one motion.
Unhooking large wriggly eels. Make a groove on the
fishing bank the same size as the eel. Place the eel
upside down in the groove. The eel will become dormant
within a few moments and will lay still in the groove.
Hold the head firmly against the ground with finger and
thumb. Unhook with other hand or use a disgorger.
Reviving fish. Barbel, Grayling, Bream, Carp and Perch
just to mention a few, can sometimes be distressed when
caught or held in a keepnet over a period. If the fish
shows distress then release the fish as soon as
possible. Hold fish upright in the water and against the
flow of the river if possible. Making sure that
oxygenated water is passed through the gills before
letting the fish swim away naturally.
Sinking line quickly. Place the tip of the fishing rod
under the water about 12 inches. Quickly strike upwards
and this will allow the line to sink quickly under the
water surface. Use when skim is on the water and when
wildlife is present.
Quick Rigs. When finished fishing, place stickfloat or
wagglers on large plastic winders. Mark them on side of
winder with size hook and shotting capacity. These can
be reused for future fishing. Tie line from the rig to
the main reel line, using a double hitch knot when
Waders and Wellington boots. Store away Waders and
Wellington boots by stuffing crumpled up dry newspaper
down the whole length of the boot. The paper will absorb
any moister and keep the boot in shape.
Hair rig. Using hair rigs can produce a natural
presentation and account for more bites. Make a small
loop close to the hook when tying hook to the line. The
small loop will hold the bait away from the hook. Push
the baiting needle through the bait. (The baiting needle
will have a small hook on the end.) Attach the loop to
the small hook and pull the loop through the bait. Pass
a small blade of grass through the loop and pull until
Band attachment. Tie a small silicone band on the line
close to the hook. Use instead of hair rig loop. Can
also be used as a banded attachment on pellets and
particle baits as well as worms etc..
Hair rig hemp. Simply piece a hole either side and on
top of an under cooked hemp seed. Thread and tie a
cotton loop through the hemp seed. Hook the cotton loop
and fish, this will also allow many fish to be caught on
the same seed.
Quick sieving. Use the top of a micro landing net top as
a quick sieve. Use by holding net with both hands.
Swaying back and forth allowing the maggots to roll up
and down net sieving off maggot sawdust or crumb.
Flat floats. Use a flat or rudder float when holding a
float still in running water holding the bait static can
produce bites in fast water. Over shot the float and
hold back with either pole or rod. Lifting the tip of
the float just above the surface. A very sensitive bite
Bouncing bomb method. When using a waggler at distance
and the need to hold the waggler still against a wind
drift use the bouncing bomb method. Tie a ledger to a
length of line. Attach the ledger and line above the
waggler allowing the distance of line greater than the
depth. Use a long rod. Casting out with an over head
cast the ledger will settle and hold the float still
against any flow.
Know your depth. It is Important to know the depth of a
venue. Always start fishing at full depth just on
bottom. Most fish live near the bottom and feed off by
scavenging. Laying on a few feet can also camouflage the
line and create a more natural presentation. Adjust the
presentation and come off the bottom as required
Plumbing the depth. Attach a plummet to the hook on the
fishing rig. Firstly guess the depth of the water.
Cast or place the plummet in the area that is intended
to fish. Move the float up or down the line until the
tip is just above the water surface. Once established
make a mental note. Then explore the rest of the swim
with the same plummet attached. Building a mental note
of the depth all around the swim.
Pole depth. Use a white tipex marker pen or brush. Mark
the depth of the float against the top sections of the
pole with a line. When moving the float up or down
seeking the feeding fish. The depth can be easily
restored by moving the float to the white mark on the
pole. Use a black marker pen if pole is painted white.
Plumbing at distance. Set up the rig under shotted or
without any shot on the main line. Pinch lightly a swan
shot just above the hook or attach plummet to the hook.
Cast out at distance adjust the float by moving it up or
down the line until the exact depth is found. Finish off
by adding the required shot to the line before fishing.
Loose feeding while holding fishing rod. Hold the rod at
the reel base using the arm as a lever against the butt.
Holding the rod with small finger and two index fingers,
leaving the thumb and first finger to hold end of maggot
pouch. Using the opposite hand, hold the catapult
towards the area of the swim intended to feed and by
moving that hand outwards stretching the elastic
releasing the pouch from the thumb and forefinger. Hold
the pouch again with same hand on the rod, fill pouch
with bait with opposite hand and repeat process.
Holding pole for loose feeding. Rest the pole parallel
against and along knee and leg using an elbow for
balance. Hold the pouch of the catapult with the same
hand as the pole. Using the opposite hand to hold the
catapult stretch out towards the area at the tip of the
pole and release the pouch. Refill by holding the pouch
and placing the bait into the pouch and repeat.
Alternatively sit on base of pole cross the legs and
rest the pole into the cross where the legs meet,
leaving both hands for catapulting.
Line clipping. Use the line clip on the spool of the
reel for casting accuracy. Whether ledgering or float
fishing. Cast out to the required area of swim, far
bank, bushes etc.. Clip the line after casting. Overcast
each time the clipped line will stop on the exact spot.
Pegging out keepnets. Use the loop on the base of
keepnet to peg out a the net avoiding the net to
collapse on the fish in the net. For windy conditions
use a large stone to hold out the net in the swim.
Alternatively tie a plastic shopping bag to the end,
place keepnet out in the swim, the bag will fill with
water holding the net static and full stretch in the
Releasing fish from the keepnet. Gather the end of the
keepnet toward the mouth of the keepnet, keep the fish
submersed whilst doing this. Lift the net from the water
leaving the fish at the mouth of the net. Hold mouth of
net on surface of water and release fish unharmed.
Landing fish. Hold the landing net in one position in
the swim, when the fish is ready for landing after being
played out, guide the fish over the net whilst keeping
the net firm and steady. Chasing the fish with the net
will spook the fish and may possibly shed the hook.
Magical WD40. Keep all moving parts on fishing box,
levers, arms, legs, hinges and screws etc oiled with
wd40 Keeping Reels smooth with wd40 spray. The spray
repels water and avoids rust gathering, as well as
keeping all moving parts lightly oiled
1) check the angle of the tip ring. You want it to be
slightly less than
90 degrees. This helps prevent the line tangling round
(especially on fine tipped rods)
2) a feeder reel with a double handle will balance
itself and resist
annoying and troublesome free rotation.
3) line tends to bed in on closed faced reels. Minimize
this by using as
little line as possible. 30m for stick float, 45m for
4) if bumping fish switching to a smaller hook can
5) to clean maggots run them through a riddle. Then wet
your hand, shake
the excess wet off, and run your hands through the
remaining powder etc will stick to your hands.
6) Add regularly spaced marks to a bankstick so you can
tell if the
river is rising or falling.
7) Look inside a fishes mouth before putting it into the
can tell you whether it has been eating your free
8) When feeder fishing always count the number of reel
turns it takes to
retrieve the feeder. Your line clip might work loose!
9) Knot strength is generally lower on matt lines and
highest on hard
5) Regularly check for wind knots - a knot in the line
will weaken the
10) If line or braid is coming away from the line clip
try wrapping a
silicone bait band around the line clip.
11) On a closed face reel, the spool moves forward and
backward as you
turn the handle. The line comes off the spool easiest
when the spool is
in its furthest back position (furthest away from the
rod tip). This
position will always match up to the same reel handle
position. So make
sure it is in that position before you cast and when
12) If your landing net is too deep use a cable-tie or
rubber band to tie
off half of it.
13) Fine mesh on the landing net can stop a hair rig
through a hole in the mesh and getting tangled.
14) In cold weather roll your hookbait maggots between
your fingers -
this stuns them and stops them shrivelling up when in
15). Push a section of pipe insulation around the top of
your rod rest to
help if float when landing a big fish. Let the net head
sink - it will
hang just under the surface, bouyed by the pipe foam.
16). If you break or want to change your elastic while
fishing and have no
pole threading kit, take a piece of long line 0.22mm or
there abouts and
tie one end to your elastic and attach a string of No 8
or No 6 shot to
the other end. Then feed the line followed by your
elastic through your
pole. A quick and inexpensive fix.
17)When you check your maggot check your hooklengths for
wind knots too.
A knot in the line weakens it by a massive amount. You
can see this for
yourself - take some 0.11 line and try to snap it. Now
try to snap it
with a granny knot tied in the middle.
18) To keep the line from unravelling off spare spools
simply place a
rubber band over the spool. It is important that the
band can be easily
removable without any danger of damaging the line.
Simply cut the rubber
band and then knot the two ends together. The tags ends
of the band will
be easy to grab with your fingers.
19) Tie knots carefully and with patience. Wet the line
increase tension on the line to bed the knot, then
maintain full tension
on the knot for three seconds, then release the tension
this way you can cut the tag end as close as you like.
20) If you are getting bites on the feeder and cannot
hit them it for
love nor money perhaps the fish are bumping into the
line or attacking
the feeder. Test this idea by casting out with nothing
on the hook and
see if you still get a "bite".
21) A very good reason to slow the bait down (eg when
when waggler fishing) is simply to ensure the hook is in
the water for
13) The idea of the crystal bend hook style is that it
holds the maggot
directly below the hook point and makes it harder for
the maggot to
wriggle round and catch on the point.
24). If you are fishing double maggot and the maggot
keeps on wrapping
over and covering the hook then try rolling the second
your fingers to "stun" it before hooking it.
25). If you miss a bite look carefully at the maggot. A
limp maggot that
is crushed but not cut generally indicates a smaller
fish whereas a
maggot that is cut generally indicates a larger fish.
26) If a spigot joint is slightly loose, pad it
with a blade of grass.
27). Attaching the line to the reel with a good knot is
important - if you
drop the reel into deep water and the bale arm is open
you will lose the
reel if the knot gives.
28). Stick a piece of electricians tape onto your pole
to act as a simple
29). Before fishing discard the top three yards of line
(this will be line
used previously and will be where any weaknesses show).
discard it when tackling down.
30) Drop a few maggots onto a hard surface and watch how
the crawl. They
always crawl along the same way up. When you have hooked
drop it onto the hard surface and see if it is still
able to crawl in
the same manner. You will find that by hooking the
maggot from behind
the two eyes it will behave more naturally.
31) Instead of putting your
locking shot directly on the line there is an
alternative which avoids
any potential problem with them damaging the
line....What you do is tie
a small loop of thick line onto the eye of the waggler.
Then you nip the
locking shot onto this loop so both strands of line are
the shot. Leave a small loop protruding through the last
shot and thread
the mainline through that, locking with small shot.