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Soft enough to lose the lead with ease
in weed.
lead. I have included a picture to
show how I do this. With the lead clip
system, use a clip that is soft enough
to lose the lead easily. The ESP Ejector Lead System is perfect for this.
Rob Maylin
Right, well I’ll go straight to the first
question, which is from Mr White
from Barnstaple who’s having problems casting up tight to an island. He
says when he puts the float out it
looks close, but if he walks up the
bank at the side he can see that it’s
still miles off.
Of course the further out you’re
casting the harder it is to see exactly
how close you are. I think most people
reading this will know the tip about
clipping up and using the clip on your
spool when you’re casting out to get
the right distance. If you haven’t got a
clip on your spool, just put an elastic
band around it, then wind over it so
next time you cast you’re the right
distance out. There’s also marking up;
something that I developed when I
was fishing at the Waltonians a long
time ago in the 80s. This is when you
have two fixed points on the bank,
normally sticks, one where you put
your spool and the other one where
you’d walk out and drop your lead.
That gives you the exact distance to
fish to something.
But casting up close to an island, or
even casting up close to a float when
you’re casting dead in line is a separate problem entirely, and something,
luckily for you, Mr White, that I
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thought very carefully about quite a
while ago, probably the early 90s
when I was fishing a lake in the Colne
Valley which had islands around
about 70 yards out in front of me. I
didn’t want to overcast because it
would end up in too shallow water
and there were brambles and whathave-you very close to the island. But
I wanted to be up against the island,
and this trick that I developed left me
in good stead some years later when
fishing the Car Park Lake, particularly
the Gate swim when I found a bar out
to the left of me. It was a tiny little
spot, and you could drop the float on
there, but if you cast right or left of the
float you were in the weed, so you had
to cast dead in line with the float and
drop it right on the float.
The idea I came up with came from
the earlier fishing up against the
island in the Colne Valley when I
noticed that when I cast out and the
lead plopped into the water, rings
were created from the lead entering
the water. Now the rings obviously
generate from the point of contact of
the lead in the water and make their
way out from that point in ever
increasing circles, but once the rings
hit the bank they stop. I don’t know
whether any of you have even noticed
this before – it’s a bit of lateral thinking. If you look at your float or at the
spot where your lead hits and look to
the side, either to the right or to the
left of where the lead has hit, you will
see the rings go out, and the point
that they go out to the side is the distance that you are from the bank, or
the distance that you are from the
float. Obviously the rings stop behind
the lead or behind the float when they
hit the bank, so those rings that you
can view to the right or to the left of
the float are the exact distance that
you are from the bank.
It’s hard to explain, so I hope you
can imagine what I’m saying. It’s a
great little edge, and something I’ve
managed to keep to myself for years,
but luckily for you Mr White you’ve
asked a good question; something
that I’m sure will help a lot of people.
So, as the lead hits the water, watch
the rings coming out from the point. If
the rings go out about 1ft before they
stop then you’re 1ft from the island. If
they go out 3ft before they stop, then
you’re landing 3ft from the island. It’s
the same when you’re casting dead in
line with the float – watch the rings to
the side because they will stop when
they hit the float, and that’s the distance you are from a float fishing dead
in line with it. It’s a good little trick
anyway, and one that’s caught me lot
of fish over the years. Now I’ve ended
up telling everybody and it will probably catch them a lot of fish too.
Question 2 is from Mr Long in
Nuneaton who’s fishing a deep pit; he
sees carp head and shouldering on
Accurate casting to the far bank caught this thirty pounder.

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