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shelf if it always has a food source on
it. When they come across my six
baits and hookbait there is no fear of
my hookbait. Confidence to pick that
hookbait up is the end product of all
those free meals!
Rob: Again it’s doing it a bit differently to how everyone sees a water of
this size. How far is it to the far side as
we sit here looking now? It’s got to be
over half a mile! I see a lot of anglers
putting their baits out as far as they
can in these situations, but the funny
thing is, at certain times of the day
they could be inches from this margin.
Marc: Yeah, that’s the mentality –
bait boat it out 350 yards is all they
have in their angling armoury – echo
on and off they go! Dump one drop
per boat, and that’s them fishing!
(At this point it is worth mentioning that not all bait boat users are
noddies. Marc’s strong feelings on
the matter are rightly coming through
here in this interview as the end product of being stitched up by a minority
of guys on here… and yes they are a
problem!)
Rob: But they are not seeing the
fish, the fish in real close. We have
noticed these fish are using the
marginal shelves only at specific
times, and bites and sightings are
coming only very early on these margins. We all set our alarm clocks this
morning for 4am.
Marc: Golden hour – four till five!
Rob: And if we are lucky, the odd
day, 4am till 5.45am, it’s alive and you
see the fish. The guys are zipped up
and in the sack till 6am usually, and
it’s all over by the time they are
awake.
Marc: That’s the thing I’ve done
differently; I’ve got my head down
early and set my alarm clock for silly
o’clock, 3.30am, to be ready for that
4am feeding time. It’s just light at this
time of year, but that’s when they
have been active. That’s when I have
been havin ‘em!
Rob: I was talking to young Dan in
my local tackle shop the other day. A
couple of the good anglers on Yateley
Car Park (I think he said one was Mad
Martin) were advising him that when
you drive through those gates and
you’re angling, normal time goes out
the window. People are used to getting up at 7am and going to bed at
11pm, but when you are fishing you
have to break that routine. Set your
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clocks and sleep time around the fish
and sometimes the other anglers. I
had a little kip this morning around
8am, and we chatted last night with a
bottle of red till I think 11pm, but the
alarm clock was still set for 3.30am.
It’s easy to think you have stumbled
across a lazy angler when you find
them in bed at midday, but it could be
an angler that has baited up at 2am
and was up watching the water again
at 4am, or he could have been stalking.
Marc: Yeah, you know the critical
times if you approach a water and figure out the feeding times, or times
when they show. Every lake is different, and on here I am active when the
fish are and that’s why I’m having
them.
Rob: I’ve also noticed that 2am
also seems to be a bit of a hive of
activity on this lake regarding you
two?
M a r c : D o n ’t k n o w w h a t y o u
mean… (laugh).
Chris: No, that’s nothing to do
with me, mate. (More laughter).
Rob: Everyone else is fast a-kip
and you two are grafting at 2am for
half an hour, and up at bite time. It’s
Stalked in the edge – DT Baits do it again.
great to watch guys – mind you, I did
catch Gristy in bed till 9am the other
morning!
Marc: Yes definitely – on all the
lakes I like to fish I’ve challenged
myself. A lot of guys are happy to sit
on a water for eight years for a few
fish, and I have total respect for them
and their determination. But I feel
every year you must challenge yourself with new waters. I don’t like
camping. Always do your homework
and have some research done on
another water for a year down the
line. Challenge yourself with many
waters, I’m on my 55th UK thirty from
22 different waters. I set myself a
challenge many years ago, and here I
am talking about it – every capture is
a memory and a story. Scout Lake,
St.Ives, Longreach, Brogborough; you
know – some really tricky waters.
Also Swarkstone with its 75 acres and
just 25 fish in it, and it was winter
when I had my thirty on there – that’s
what I have been up against. I have
lived and learnt on every water, and
been turned over by some very good
anglers, but you learn. I’ve had a few
strokes pulled on me, but you adapt.
(Laugh).

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