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The 360, my favourite pop-up rig.
whatever else I might be fishing over.
Trouble is, almost every Tom, Dick
and Harry are using them nowadays
due to the amount of publicity they’ve
received, therefore I’m sure the carp
must have wised up on a lot of waters
and you’d be better off fishing with
bottom baits. I was speaking to someone down the lake a couple of weeks
ago who’d had quite a bit of success
using bottom baits on a chod rig. I
suppose when you think about it, the
bait should still ride up to the stop
bead on the cast so will still be presented fairly well. Other than a chod
rig, my favourite pop-up presentation
is the 360 rig, as invented by Dave
Lane I think. For a start I like the long
shank curved patterns of hook such
as Fox LSCs and believe that this
shape of hook hooks more fish in the
first place regardless of whether
you’re using pop-ups or bottom baits.
Perhaps the only difference with the
version of the 360 rig that I use is that
rather than have the bait tight to the
ring on the hook shank, I like to have
a bit of a hair so that the bait stands
proud of the hook, which I think then
gives the hook better hooking properties. Well that’s about it from me this
time, and hopefully spring really will
be here soon!
All of these are good for long-range
fishing.
178 FREE LINE
Dave Lane
Ok, I’m back again after a little layoff.
In reality I have been just so busy,
and, what with the school holidays
and filming for TF Gear on top of my
normal writing and angling commitments, I just haven’t been able to fit it
all in. I can hear the false violins
already and the cries of, “Poor bloke,
he ought to try getting a real job.”
Well, maybe you are right, but I certainly don’t seem to get a minute
spare as it is. Anyway, with my moaning and excuses put to one side, let’s
crack on, shall we?
In issue 188 there were four questions put forward, and the first was
based around spring edges – top tips
for the early part of the year. I have
read through the other answers, and
most mention the temptation to put
in too much bait, and the fact that the
carp are not really eating large
amounts throughout the early part of
spring, and I totally agree with this
myself. Some of my best spring fishing has been with single hookbaits,
particularly yellow pop-ups, so I suppose that would be my first tip for the
top. My second tip comes before the
last one can take effect, and that is
exact location of the fish. They tend to
show quite well as they wake up from
a long, hard winter, and early morning
is by far the best time to see them, but
it still amazes me how few anglers
can be bothered to get up and look.
I recently fished over at Linear
Fisheries; I was filming a DVD for
work and I was up at first light on
both mornings to make sure we were
in the right area, and most importantly, to make sure my hookbaits
were bang on the money. For the first
two hours of light, which was about
5.30 to 7.30, I saw only one other
angler up and taking notice of the
fish, and the lake was packed out
solid with every swim occupied. On
my new target water I have to leave
home at four in the morning to arrive
at first light, and although this is
ridiculously early, it’s an investment
well worth making. I could turn up at
ten o’clock, after the rush hour, and
still get the swim I wanted, but the
problem is of course, that I would
have no idea what swim that was
because I had missed the period
when the carp show. So, I suppose
this second tip would be entitled,
“Get up early, find the fish first, and
then worry about how you are going
to catch them.”
Thirdly, if we are talking about
Always be up before the sun if you want to find the fish.

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