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The bites came as close as possible to the far bank reeds.
times they are taking in air to regulate
their buoyancy, sometimes they are
trying to rid themselves of parasites,
sometimes they are doing it to gain
some momentum to help propel
themselves down through the water,
and sometimes they are purely and
simply playing. Sometimes though I
think that it might just be that they
are clearing their gills in readiness for
a feed, hence why the feeding starts
once the showing stops.
Where allowed I’ve used tiger nuts
a great deal in the past and think
they’re a superb and very instant bait
when used in moderation. Generally
I’ve only really used ordinary tigers,
mainly because they seem to work
fine, as they are without any additional attractors being added to them,
in fact, other than perhaps the addition of a bit of salt and sugar, I’ve
found them to work better as they are.
The problem is, like maize, I don’t find
that tigers take on attractors very easily, and other than salt and sugar, the
R.I.P Fang – possibly died due to being tethered.
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only attractors that I’ve had success
with is soaking and then cooking
them in chilli flakes or/and carophyll
red. For anybody who doesn’t know
what carophyll is, it’s an artificial vitamin thing that is responsible for making Robin Red red, and like Robin Red,
although quite expensive, is also
available from Haith’s.
One little tip I’ll pass on with tigers
is that I always shave my hookbaits
so that they leak off attractors better.
If you shave a tiger, drop it into a glass
of water then you’ll see what I mean.
Unlike some of the others, I prefer to
use tigers fresh as opposed to leaving
them for a few days to go all gooey,
and apart from maize, which I like to
leave for a long time until it adopts a
cheesy smell, this is how I prefer to
use all of the baits that I use – as fresh
as possible in other words. As for
black tigers, I’ve never ever tried
these, if for no other reason than I
don’t really like the look of them. I
don’t know; I might be missing out,
but I prefer tigers that are quite light
in colour and not too shrivelled and
knobbly to begin with, although I
suppose that is governed by what the
crops are like that particular year.
With regards to rigs, like most of the

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