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Dave Lane
A. White from Barnstable – I am having a problem casting up tight to an
island. When I put the float out it
looks close, but if I walk up the bank
and look from the side it’s miles off.
Any ideas?
It’s amazing sometimes just how
different things look from a side angle,
but, of course, this is the only true
angle to look at it from. Your perception of a swim when viewed across a
flat plain, from the rods, will be so
misleading, and what might look tight
to an island or marker very rarely is.
The greater the distance fished, the
more deceptive this becomes, and the
less accurate you become. If anyone
has ever used a bait boat (it’s alright,
you don’t have to admit it in print)
over very large distances then you
will have noticed this more than
most. Once you get to about 200
yards it is almost impossible to see
the boat gaining any ground, but the
line is still pouring off the spool at the
same rate, even though the boat
appears to have stopped. The same is
true when casting long range up
against an island; the final few yards
are compacted into a shorter distance
by the flat angle you are looking
across. The only way to guarantee
you are landing where you need to is
by casting a marker up tight, checking from the side angle and then,
once you are satisfied, reel the float
down, clip up the line and bring it
Sometimes a marker float can tell you
more than just the depth – use it as a
measuring tool for distances.
A bubble trail, but not from very far down!
back in again. Pace the marker out
along the bank and mark it up
between two trees or bank-sticks or
whatever, and then pace out the rod
you want to cast in the same way.
This will ensure you hit the same
mark, regardless of how it looks from
behind the rod.
L. Long from Nuneaton – I’m fishing a deep pit and see carp head and
shoulder on the spot, then immediately bubble up. They can’t be touching bottom so quickly, so why the
It’s good that you notice this, as I
often see anglers casting at rolling
fish with an added shout of, ‘Look at it
bubbling up; it must be having it.’ But
of course you are right; how on earth
could a fish hit the bottom and start to
feed so quickly? It just isn’t happening. The bubbles are just trapped air
that is taken on as the fish breaks the
surface, not only through the mouth
and out of the gills but along the body
as well. By watching carefully after a
fish rolls you can see the actual spot
that it ends up in and cast to that,
rather than the area it first rolled and
no longer occupies. Quite often I will
use the timing of the bubbles and the
direction to ascertain whether the
fish are feeding on the bottom or just
travelling under the surface, and this
will decide whether I fish for them
with bait or zigs. If I see fish continually showing in an area but the bubble tail is obvious, quick to appear
and spread across the surface in a
line, then I know that the fish are just
under the surface, whereas if the bubbles appear later and stay pretty
localized, then I assume that fish is
back on the bottom and I’ll fish for
them down there.
N. Sargent from Cambs _ I want to
use tigers and hemp on my syndicate
water this year, but what’s best – natural, black, talin etc, and what rig
would you use?
Blimey, that all sounds a bit complicated; I wasn’t aware there were so
many choices. Personally I just buy
the best possible quality hemp I can
afford and a kilo or two of standard
tigers in whatever colour they happen
to be – tiger colour, I assume! I did get
into using jumbo tigers for a while,
but it think it sort of defeats the object
a little bit, as tigers are fished as a particle, particularly when mixed with
Black ones, brown ones, some as big
as yer head!


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