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and turning up with shed loads of bait
to pile in. Needless to say they
blanked, but wondered why… Der!! It
might have something to do with the
fact that the guy before you did
exactly the same thing, and the guy
before that, and so on. Pressured
waters with a high turnover of anglers
do not need to be filled in! I’m a huge
fan of single hookbaits; I always have
been. It’s a different matter on a large
pit or where you have fewer anglers
all doing the same thing. If you’ve got
the place to yourself then by all
means go ahead and be more generous with your bait application. At the
end of the day, its common sense, so
play the game.
One more tip, and I don’t know if
anyone else has mentioned it,
because I don’t have everyone’s
answers in front of me, but a good
place to be placing small parcels or
single hookbaits will be close to or
amongst fresh shoots of weed coming
through. When walking around Coningbrook one warm spring morning, I
noticed eight or nine carp milling
around on the bottom of what looked
to be a clean sandy area. I fished the
area with a single hookbait and managed to bank a lovely dark common
known as the Little Friendly Common. It wasn’t until I’d landed it and
spooked everything else in sight that
I dragged a lead across the area and
pulled in one or two pieces of freshly
rooted weed, which convinced me
that it was the shoots they were feeding on.
As Sean pointed out last month, we
had sort of covered why weights of
fish on the continent have increased,
and I’m sure it was me that initially
Halo adjustable Zig Float from Fox.
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The Little Friendly from the Brook, caught from a spot where fresh weed shoots
were.
posed that point in one of my earlier
rotary letters. Most of us agree on the
reasons being climate, diet and to
some extent angling pressure, and I
don’t have any more to add to that, so
there’s no point in me harping on
about something for the sake of trying
to add to my word count. You’ve
probably noticed I’m not the kind of
person to go into depth over the questions. Most of the BC readers are
actually already of a good stamp and I
keep it simple and to the point, so I’m
sure some of you don’t mind that.
So on now to the next point, which
again I’m not going to go into much
detail about because I don’t have an
answer for it, which is the otter problem. What can we do about it other
than keep on trying to keep them out
or trap/cull the nasty things? It’s terrible; you spend months or years try-
ing to catch one particular fish and
then that fish gets half eaten. I know
what I’d like to do but it probably
wouldn’t be appropriate to write it. I
hate the things!
Question four of last month’s rotary
letter and question four for this
month’s seem to go hand in hand, so
I’ll include what I have to say about
both questions simultaneously. Firstly
last month’s and which pop-up rig I
would recommend? Hmmm… Not
difficult this one, as most people know
which rig I use, as it has in the past
been named the ‘Jon Mac rig’. The
only reason I think it took that name is
because I’ve been using it for over ten
years now, and over the years I have
shown it in features I’ve done with
other angling magazines. That rig is
also commonly known as the multirig. If Mr D. Smith from Liverpool has
seen lots of different rigs in magazines and DVDs, then I’m sure you
have seen this excellent pop-up rig. I
absolutely love, love, love it!! It does
exactly what it says on the tin – IT
WORKS!
Call me narrow minded if you like,
but I’ve been using it for 90% of my
fishing for TEN YEARS! It’s caught
me nearly all of my big fish from every
single lake I have fished in that time
span. There is not a single lake I’ve
fished where that rig doesn’t work. I
don’t like chod rigs Mr. Smith; just
please use my favourite rig and do not
ever worry about whether it works or
not because it categorically does –
FACT! So I think the readers have
kind of worked out which is my

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