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Spring Tactics
He liked a trimmed up tiger nut.
most important thing for me is that it
enables you to know which way the
wind is blowing on the lake even
before you’ve got there, which can a
massive edge.
If you live close to the lake you’re
going to fish, then regular visits to the
venue with a marker rod and some
bait will help. The times that you
want to be visiting the lake are early
morning at first light, and the change
of light at night. By doing this you
should be able to find which areas
they are choosing to feed in, and once
you have found these feeding areas
you can start introducing your bait.
By going to the lake at different times
you should have a good idea of where
they are at all times of the day and in
any weather conditions. I mentioned
at the beginning of this piece that it is
easier to keep an eye on the lake if
you live locally, but I know some people who travel vast distances just for
recce trips.
I know this is not always possible
due to people having family and work
commitments, but if I’m fishing a lake
that is too far to regularly visit during
the week, I will make sure at the end
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of each session I spend some time
walking around with a marker rod
and some bait so that I can gather as
much info on the make-up of the lake
as possible, and to check out areas I’d
seen fish showing in on my session. I
would introduce bait into these areas,
and still add small amounts of bait
around the rest of the lake so the fish
get to taste and recognize my bait for
future sessions. I know this seems
like a lot of hard work, and most people would rather go home after a session at the lake, but pushing yourself
that extra mile will help you find out
more about the lake, which can only
towards helping you achieve your
goal. I find if the lake that you’re baiting has a lot of bird life and nuisance
fish don’t be deterred by this, as the
easiest way around this is to up the
size of your baits, but I wouldn’t use
anything under 20mm, and if need be
I would use a larger size.
When I was fishing the Tip Lake,
which was under the control of
Leisure Sport Angling in those days, a
friend of mine, Mick Kavanagh, was
having problems with the coots generally just causing a lot of problems.
Mick made a call to the museum asking them if they could tell him with
how wide a coot’s mouth could open,
and once he had the information he
then went about making his new size
baits bigger than the coots could deal
with. Mick, armed with his new sized
baits, returned to the lake and I
believe went on to catch the lake
record at the time, so just by putting
in that little bit of extra effort just
proves it does help. The one thing I
have changed in the last year was my
bait – after using fishmeals for well
over 20 years, I decided I wanted a
complete change, and was fortunate
enough to be able to use the new
Grange mix from Mainline baits.
Once I received my bait I couldn’t
wait to get out and get fishing, and I
only had one night available that
week due to work commitments. I
needed to find somewhere to fish, and
as the weather was very mild for
s p r i n g, I d e c i d e d o n a q u i c k
overnighter on Larky 2, not the easiest of waters in spring, but it would be
a good venue to try out my new bait.
On arriving at the lake and realizing
I’d left one of my buzzers at home, I
thought, please don’t let this be one of
those sessions where everything goes
wrong! After having a quick look
round I decided on a swim that I’d

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