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Fluoros glugged in pure GLM digest.
year, but there are a few things that
you can do. Mozzies hate garlic, so try
eating plenty of it before you venture
out, and vitamin B in your system
puts them off too, so try getting hold
of some tablets. Once the rods are out
and all your baits and rigs are packed
away, then get some repellent on.
Check on the side of the bottle for the
percentage of Deet, which will tell
you how effective it will be. I think the
one I use is around 30%, but it goes
up to 100% if your lake is particularly
bad or they love your blood type. But
be very careful what you touch with it
on because it can be harmful to aqua
life in larger doses. The best thing to
do is pull a large clump of wet weed
out before you use it and wipe your
hands thoroughly on it, if you need to
touch your rigs again, before discarding the weed in the bushes.
Coots and other diving ducks picking up the hookbaits aren’t too much
of an issue as long as you have hard
hookbaits and you’re not fishing a
small spot in the weed. Sometimes
they can give you a better presentation (especially on chods over weed)
and they create a feeding situation,
A must for this
year – check out
the small print on
the back for the
Deet content.
which the carp can home in on. Some
people use laser pens to scare them
off, and waving the landing net can
have an effect on less humanised
lakes. I have fished waters in the past
where an air rifle is standard piece of
kit, but I wouldn’t suggest that; it’s a
good way to get in trouble!
Fishing bloodworm on the hook to
try to catch carp would be like casting a blade of grass into a field to
catch a cow! It’s a million to one
chance and in my opinion it just isn’t
worth trying. The best thing to do
(and this goes for question 2 as well)
is to find the natural (bloodworm) bed
and fish a boilie on it; you stand a
much better chance of a pickup.
Sean Leverett
Hi ya all. Well I don’t really know what
happened last month regarding the
rotary letter but I didn’t receive the
questions due to a problem I was having with my PC. I know Rob sent
them to me but I didn’t get them. Well
he kindly sent them over again in a
different way and they came through
fine, so here is my response to them. I
understand that no one actually got
the answers in to Rob in time for last
month anyway, so I don’t feel quite so
bad now.
Here we go then..
Q1 from Mr M Marshall from Notts
regarding losing fish at the net is a bit
of a tough one to answer, as a bit
more info would have been good. If
you are upping the lead size in order
to reach the fish but you are not losing the lead on the take then that
would probably be your reason. Playing in a fish with a bloody great lead
hanging down from the mouth is
going to loosen the hookhold and
even possibly tear the area where the
hook has penetrated. The weight of
the lead allows the fish to use that
weight, and this in turn enlarges the
hook hole, which allows the hook to
come out. Larger fish can also use
their weight to their own advantage
so this could be why it’s the larger
fish that you are losing.
The first thing to do is fish a lead
clip that discharges the lead on the
take. This will rise the fish up in the
water pretty much instantly and will
make playing the fish in a lot easier.
The other thing is that you are then in
direct contact with the fish and there
is nothing coming between you and
the carp (as in a lead). You can then
keep the pressure on at a steady rate
and generally you won’t lose another
fish. There will always be the odd
occasion though when things just
simply don’t go to plan and one falls
off, but generally these are few and far
You can also fish a helicopter rig in
the same way providing that you lose
the lead on the take. This can be
achieved by using a dropper system
or weak mono link where you tie the
lead on. The other thing is I find that I
get a better hook hold with smaller
hooks and other than when I use a
pop-up rig and I’m using the ESP Stiff
Riggers where I use a size 4 or 5, most
other times I prefer to use a size 7 or 8
hook, and I don’t generally have hook
Don’t go too crazy; it will be down
to something simple and with a bit of
thinking something will click into
place and all will end up good.
After just a few hours in the water the
krill boilie was covered in snails. A
sign of a good bait surely.


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