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soon has you doubting your own
ability, which to be honest was just
plain silly, as I’d nailed a number of
fish before with these tactics, and
was in fact doing exactly the same
on those occasions. Despite this I
decided to scrutinise everything I
was doing in an attempt to keep the
bites coming my way, and after picking the brains of one or two other
anglers, and after examining every
last inch of their rigs I went away for
a rethink and a brainstorming session.
Having a couple of days away
made all the difference; I returned
with a more positive outlook, and
was now more determined than ever
to flex those carbons once more.
When it comes to zig rig components I have always favoured small
hooks and light hooklinks matched
to either E.S.P Big T Raptors or
Korda Wide Gapes in size 10’s to
Drennan Double Strength in 8, 10 or
12lb breaking strains. Fishing the
pressured Oxford waters like St
John’s or Hardwick taught me that
to get bites you needed to fine down
your end tackle, but on a venue
where zigs and surface fishing is relatively new, and after watching
other anglers in action, it soon
became clear that you could get
bites on a number of different baits
and almost any hooklink and hook
I knew at this point I was doing
nothing wrong, and once you realise
that it’s a lot easier to concentrate
on other more important matters like
One thing worth mentioning, and
one of the tips I picked up from one
of the other anglers is that if any of
you guys are suffering from tangles
when casting out those long links,
then try attaching a mini thumbnail
size PVA bag of mixers to your hook.
For these I use either the Korda
Longchuck PVA or their boilie size
(Top left) An essential item at any
time of year now available through
Korda Tackle
(Below) Nice common taken on the
spicy shrimp pop-ups


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