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The 360 rig.
This is just a result of some evolutionary process that gives them a higher
chance of survival. The problem is not
the otters’ fault; it lies firmly with the
lack of understanding or indeed
responsibility of the people restocking the bloody things. I hear on the
interweb that they are now considering the reintroduction of beavers as
Times have changed; fish and fishing are huge business, and the sport
of angling is our national pastime, not
otter watching. Fencing off the lakes
we fish will help of course, but how
the hell do you fence somewhere like
Wraysbury or Sonning and, more
importantly, who pays for this exercise? The local clubs and angling
societies cannot afford to that’s for
sure. So what is the answer? I’m not
really sure I have one, but I must
admit I did have to chuckle at Sean’s
quote, “Maybe someone should write
a cookery book with a few otter
recipes in and give it away free to the
Eastern Europeans. I’m sure the otter
problem may start to disappear then.”
Maybe with the changing face of our
country as it is now the otters might
end up with a natural predator after
all – I hear they are particularly tasty
when stuffed with minced tufted
duck by the way!
And finally for issue 189, the old
‘ultimate rig’ finally raises its mythical
head. If there was such a thing as an
ultimate rig then we would all use it,
and, within two shakes of a carp’s tail,
it would no longer be an ultimate rig,
merely a good rig that the carp have
got used to dealing with, and, more
importantly, the anglers have gotten
bored using and moved on in search
of the ‘NEW ultimate rig’. The hair rig
was the ultimate rig, and nobody uses
it anymore, not in its original form
anyway, with a tiny hook and a 4in
length of 2lb line as a hair and a rockhard bait. If they did I think they
would be amazed at just how effective it still is, but times change and so
do fashions. I would have to say that
the best rig I have ever used is the 360
rig, but I would say that wouldn’t I,
having been involved in the original
concept? I still use it all the time
though, and I think that you have to
have something pretty damn special
to outfish it. It’s not for everyone
though, and it’s not for every situation. All problems have a solution, and
the ultimate rig is the one that finds a
solution to your specific problem at
the right time and in the right situation.
The first question for issue 189 is
about rock salt and it comes from Mr.
L Jackson from Kent. Hmmm, I seem
to recognise that name from somewhere… Well, Mr. Jackson, or can I
call you Lee? I am a bit of a latecomer
to this new salt explosion. I suppose I
spend so much time writing for magazines that I must have forgotten to
actually read any for a while, and I
certainly hope I haven’t missed out on
the new ‘wonderbait’ again (yes, that
was sarcasm). There is always something, isn’t there? It’s like the ultimate
rig question from last month; we are
always searching for that magic
ingredient to level the playing field
and empty every lake we cast into.
Fortunately for us though, there is a
whole industry out there that is also
searching for something that can
carry the label ‘Magic Ingredient
Enclosed’ and, at the moment, it
seems to be the turn of the humble
salt crystal.
We’ve had aniseed, bloodworm,
amino acids, belachan, chili powder,
munga, and now its salt. Unlike a lot
of the previous list though (apart from
maybe munga as I have no idea what
that is) salt does not smell of much,
and, therefore, the old misconception
that more is better will not be
instantly apparent when taken to
ridiculous levels, as it of course will
be. Let me elaborate…
A glass of red wine a day is good for
the heart, but three bottles of red
wine a day is not infinitely better for
the heart – in fact it’s a bloody sight
worse. 5ml of aniseed or three drips of
an amino acid may well enhance your
bait, as will a pinch of belachan but,
stick in a bucket load and your nose
will instantly tell you that you’ve
overdone it. Salt, however, is an
inconspicuous little bugger, but, as
we all now, it can be deadly if abused.
Now angler A catches three more fish
a trip with two spoonfuls of salt in his
bait, and he tells angler B this – how
long before angler B thinks, ‘What if
put five spoonfuls in my bait, will I
then catch even more than angler A?’
It’s going to happen – of course it is.
Now, add to that the fact that repackaged salt products are going to be
available to anglers through the fish-
A modicum of restraint in all matters,
apart from maybe the wine!
ing industry (‘magic ingredient
enclosed’) at an inflated price, and
how long before people cotton on that
it’s cheaper in Tesco’s? This is fair
enough of course, but what about
industrial salt? Surely that must be
cheaper still, and then you can use
loads, practically spod it out neat, and
what about that stuff they throw on
the roads, that’s got salt in it hasn’t it?
Think before you leap onto any bandwagon, especially one that we know
little about, and, if our own bodies are
any sort of a guide to the effects of
overuse and abuse of any one foodstuff then think very carefully, and for
Christ sake don’t get carried away – it
might all just be hype in the first
place. Now where did I leave the pepper?
Next up we have fish oils – similar I
think to the salt in many ways, but
thankfully a bit more evolved and well


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