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Summer Tactics and Edges
A common caught right under the rod tip.
mer situation is to find them close in
in front of the weed and be able to
place a bait almost where I can see it
being taken. An example of this was
last summer when the weed was up
at its highest and being mid-August
the summer doldrums had really hit.
The fish were preoccupied on the
natural food, and takes were becoming priceless.
Fishing out in the pond meant taking to the boat every time, and many
of the favoured known about clear
areas were covered in boilies that
simply weren’t being eaten. It was
clear from all the fish sightings I’d
that the fish were spending the warm
days in the lake’s abundant snags and
not venturing out far as the cooler
evenings came in. I picked two swims
that both had great marginal potential, and made simple underarm flicks
either side of the swim, and each
went down firmly. It was exciting
stuff too, as all day long I would see
fish passing across in front of me, and
some of them looked real lumps.
It was hard not to keep getting up
and looking, but I settled for sitting
back and being as quiet as possible,
and this was one time I really didn’t
want visitors! I had 6ft lengths of
heavy Plummet leadcore on with
Atomic inline flat pear leads, and the
leadcore looped over the outside of
the lead drop-off style. I do like a
heavy lead when margin fishing, and
had 5oz ones on to ensure the best
hooking. I feel this arrangement, coupled with extremely slack lines and
bobbins flat on the floor achieves
great hookholds, as well as the best
form of line and end tackle concealment. After dropping the bait in I
always pull several feet of line from
the spool and allow it to sink before
setting the bobbins, I like the line literally hanging from the tip ring, and
as much line as possible to be pinned
to the lakebed.
The next thing I heard the buzzer
start and looked up to see the rod
bending round to the right as the fish
began to power off. I had the clutch
screwed down tightly and was on it
immediately, running out barefoot
and grabbing the rod. The trouble
with hooking fish this close to your
own bank is that they generally go
berserk, and on such a short line they
can really take off extremely hard.
Almost as soon as I picked up the rod
t h e l e a d h a d g o n e, a n d t h e f i s h
remained high in the water above the
weed. I began to get control, and as I
looked down thinking the fish must
be getting closer in, a big, darkcoloured mirror swam past across in
front of me with my boilie hanging
from the corner of its mouth. That certainly got me going, but soon after he
was in the net, and I looked down at a
stunning upper-30, outwitted by my
marginal trap. A lesson learnt in
strong tackle, but also in having the
confidence and ability to fish that
close in.
So with summer hopefully on the
way I shall be taking advantage of my
fishing time more than ever. The winter’s gone, and with the long days of
summer and some adapting of my
own tactics, I hope success will be
forthcoming. It isn’t easy though, but
it’s more likely to come if you go out
and earn it, rather than doing what
many do and simply wait for it to
come to them.
I wish you all the best. n
FREE LINE 199

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