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Learning and Earning
cious degrees. But as I sat with
another member of the syndicate, the
left-hand bobbin rose, the tip pulled
hard round to the left, and the clutch
began screaming. I was up and on it
and pulling back as the fish powered
off left towards a mass of sunken
branches that would have spelt disaster. Being a little rusty at this stage of
the season, I was slightly unsure as to
how much I could actually give it, but
a quick glance at the snags told me it
was time for some serious tactics.
Once the fish changed its plan and
plodded about in the relative safety in
front of the swim, I felt I had some
measure of control, and I was
delighted when I pulled it over the
outstretched net and the fish was
mine. A fine 37lb 2oz of shining mirror
in true winter colours was just the
tonic I needed and a truly special welcome back.
Confidence is a massive part of my
fishing. I’m not into complex rigs, and
I use baits designed by far more
knowledgeable people than me. I simply want to catch fish, and when I
start to catch I try my best to push forward with those successful methods
and really exploit them. I certainly
subscribe to the theory that confidence catches carp, and after getting
off the mark early I knew I had to
crack on down there. I also find that
when my confidence is high everything seems that much easier in fishing terms. What I mean by that is
important things like finding spots in
heavy weed, and getting that allimportant drop on the lead hitting
bottom.
For me, rigs are limited to about
three different systems that I have the
utmost faith in, and when a fish is
hooked, it stays on. I measure my rigs
by the quality of their hookholds, and
will always sacrifice finesse for security. For bottom baits, a size 8 Mugga
fits every situation, and the hooking
ability of these is almost unfair. For
pop-ups I use the Stiff Riggers in the
large sizes of 4 and 5, and again these
never seem to let me down. With this
end tackle arrangement I know I can
(Top) Off the mark early – just what I
needed.
(Left) 37 from the neglected swim.
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