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(Top left) The final improved loop
knot should look like this – then trim
the tag end.
(Middle left) Pass the loop through the
eye of the hook and pass the other end
of the hooklink through the new loop.
(Bottom left) Lubricate and pull the
loop tight on the eye of the book and
you should have a connection like
this.
(Top right) Place some shrink tube on
the hook and trim it so it covers to the
end of the loop knot.
(Middle right) Heat the shrink tube
and form a curve to look like this.
(Bottom right) Attach the bait like
this, using bait floss or fine braid such
as Silkwork.
your own conclusions and modify
your angling setup to suit.
Aside from the points already mentioned, there are another couple of
points worthy of a mention regarding
specific protocols to follow when
snag fishing. Firstly, when setting up
the rods, I generally like to have them
pointing directly at the snag because
this reduces the amount of line that
can be taken when you get a bite. The
clutch should be tightened down, or if
using Baitrunner type reels, that facility shouldn't be engaged because you
don't want to give the fish an inch
more line than you have to. The idea
is to draw them out of the snag and
keep them out, so this is where the hit
and hold aspect of the battle comes
into play. If the swim won't accommodate the rods being pointed
directly at the snag, you should
employ the use of some kind of snag
bar arrangement that stops the rod
being pulled off the rest with a violent
sideways take. This snag bar arrangement can take a couple of forms - primarily you can place a spare bankstick on the snag side of your bite
alarm, or you can buy one of the com-
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