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The moon!
e-zine, The Session. Basically I looked
at several factors to both support and
dispel the theory and came to the
conclusion that there wasn’t any conclusive evidence either way, so I suppose it comes down individual belief.
Question 5
Interesting question, Mr Wright!
What I will suggest is most anglers
that are sponsored are sponsored for a
reason, and that reason is they are
good anglers that are capable of putting a few fish on the bank. So they
have learned a trick or two in that
time and their advice can help everyone else catch a few. But I assume
you mean should you take notice of
the products they endorse? From a
personal point of view I wouldn’t promote a product I didn’t have faith in,
and I certainly wouldn’t join a company just to get free gear if I didn’t
believe in their ethics and products.
Part of being a sponsored angler is
giving feedback on products, so if I
receive a product I’m not happy with
or feel it can be improved then it’s my
job to feed that back to the manufacturer. The level of this depends on the
company and my role in that. Aqua
Dynamix welcome product feedback
from me and my ideas and concepts.
The Edge was a bait I created from
scratch and I took the mix to Aqua
Dynamix when I joined and we developed it further. There were several
trial batches produced until we got to
the version we were happy with. All
in all there were 18 months of testing
with The Edge until I was happy it
was the best it could be. A lot of
anglers will be surprised at how much
tinkering will go into a new bait
before it’s right. In some of the early
batches I had issues with it being
under-flavoured, too oily and overflavoured, too soft, too coarse and
c r u m b l y, t o o e x p e n s i v e ( R o b a t
Dynamix will say it still is) etc, and
that is just the boilie. Then there are
the pop-ups, fluoro pop-ups, pellets...
All this has to be bang-on before I will
endorse it, and looking at the results
that people are having on the bait
then I know all the effort and messing
about was worth it.
Things are similar at Grey’s and
Chub, although saying that I can’t use
too many products before their
release because I fish circuit waters,
so certain products have to be kept
under wraps until near the release
date. One of the items I did get before
release was the Chub Floatation
Sling. It was a good product but it had
a minor flaw; the fish tended to slide
to one side when they were being
weighed. All the academy members
(consultants) fed this back and the
problem was rectified by attaching
the straps to the end of the bars and
sewing in a central O-ring. This was
done before it went to market and I
believe it’s now the best one out there
because it sits open in the water and
allows a better flow through it.
There are products that my sponsor
do that I don’t endorse, because I
don’t use them. Korda do at least five
different patterns of hooks, but I only
use three of them. That’s not to say
there is something wrong with the
other two because I know anglers
who swear by them; it’s just they
don’t suit the rigs I use so I don’t carry
So to sum up my answer Mr Wright,
I endorse what I use and what works
for me, and I don’t mention products
that don’t fit my needs and don’t use.
And all the tips and stories I write are
genuine and true accounts of what I
do and what I have done.
Question 6
Basically without going into each
rig with a fine-tooth comb, the hard
and fast rule is, if the line should
break, make sure the hook link can
separate from the lead easily. So if you
use a lead clip make sure the tail rub-
ber is pushed on lightly so the lead
comes off without too much tension,
and on helicopter/chod setups, make
sure the rig can pull off the line. My
chods are trebley safe (if that is a
word?) – I fish a chod dropped system
so the lead comes off if it hits weed. I
also use a 4mm rubber bead that will
pull over any of my knots and the ring
on the swivel will pull over the bead if
needs be.
One thing that is surprising is how
many anglers don’t know how to play
a fish properly. I have seen people
p i c k u p t h e r o d, d i s e n g a g e t h e
baitrunner and literally try and crank
the fish in without a properly set
clutch! I’m sure I don’t need to tell
anyone reading this how harmful to
the fish this can be, but if you see anyone on your local club water or day
ticket lake winching the fish in then
please inform them of the finesse
required in playing fish, such as using
the rod to absorb their lunges, setting
the clutch so they can run and how to
wind down and ease the rod back to
bring the fish in.
Good luck, Ed Betteridge.
This month I’m going to first touch on
a few of the answers from the rest of
the rotary panel guys and then I’ll go
on to answer some, if not all, of the latest questions that have been sent in
by you the public.
Ok.. The first question was about
winter baits/baiting methods, and it
was clear by the varied answers that
we have our own very different views
on this subject, and this is good. It
just goes to show that there are no
hard and fast rules as to what to do
come winter. Now I have always been
a big boilie angler, and for me the
winter is no different to the rest of the
year, but I change my bait over to a
birdfood/milk protein bait that is easily digested. There is also the option
of a low temperature fishmeal that is
purposely designed for colder water.
However, the point Lee made about
the use of high oil fishmeals in winter
is a valid one that needs to be highlighted again. I personally feel that a
large volume of the fish deaths in the
spring are down to the improper use
of fishmeals in winter. Fish are so
bound up with indigestible bait
through winter that come spring
when the water warms up, the fish
are unable to fight any viruses as their


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