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Baitzone Early Summer Tips
Action on the early summer zigs.
Filled with floaters this can be dispatched quickly and easily, getting
plenty of food items out to the
required spots. This type of fishing is
a great way to enjoy your early summer sport, and I’ll often leave the
alarms and banksticks at home, simply laying the rods on the floor waiting for one of the reel’s clutches to
sing out its tune.
Hookbaits don’t have to be particularly special, and I’ve found trimmed
down pop-ups work superbly early on
in the summer – just make sure they
are buoyant and you carry a variety of
different colours. Terminal tackle is
simple, and my usual choice is Gardner Tackle Zig Link in 10lb breaking
strain, and coupled with one of their
excellent Mugga hooks you have the
perfect combination.
A quality lead clip arrangement or
small inline set up is perfect, but
remember if weed is present dropping the lead is of paramount importance. I often get asked how to avoid
tangles when fishing long zigs, and
the answer is simple, as two or three
little floaters in a PVA mesh bag
hooked onto your rig will stop tangles
May is a great time to be out fishing, and if you’ve not tried some surface action at this time of year I’d seriously recommend you give it a go. n
Nailed on the zigs.
Back goes a stunner in the clear
Trimmed down pop-ups are ideal
early in the season.
Pretty much all I need for a few hours
on the top.
A corking May capture – almost 30lb and the perfect early season present.

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