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Angling

Subcategories from this category: Catch Report

Now the new fishing season is nearly upon us I decided that a new elasticated strap was needed as the old one is starting to wear out. The straps I've had before have all been made out of an odd bit of elastic that I managed to get hold of. This time I decided to look for something that little bit more robust and will last a bit longer. One of the straps I had before I was made out of elasticated corset that someone didn't want any more. So I had a roof around on the Internet and found some elasticated back support that people use if they've got bad backs, or require some extra support when working. After looking around for a day or two I found one that seemed to fit the bill so ordered it. I was absolutely delighted when it arrived, it was almost made for the job. The only alterations I had to make were the removal of an extra strap that wasn't needed and the attachment of some extra Velcro. Apart from that the strap was perfect and should last for many years.

I got my strap from an online website called Better Life Healthcare and it cost around £14.

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I had a nice chat with Martyn Green the other day on the phone about fishing the River Dart at Totnes the other day. I've never spoken to him before but after our telephone call had learnt so much about where to catch flounder and bass and the best ways to catch them when fishing in the River Dart. If you are looking for a fishing tutor then I don't think you could go wrong with hiring Martyn. You can hire him as a fishing tutor for as little as an hour, or a full day. According to his website he can take up to 4 people.

Go to his website for more information on hiring a fishing tutor in the south-west Devon area

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A couple of years ago I experimented with Berkely Gulp artificial baits when fishing in the sea. I tried lugworm, ragworm and peeler crab. Even though I did get some interest in the worm baits, and never actually caught anything. With the benefit of hindsight and a few YouTube videos for help, I now realise that I should have scaled down the size of the bait for where I was actually fishing.

So I've just bought myself some 2-inch gulp sandworms which are basically ragworm. I've bought the blood red colour which looks unbelievably realistic in the packet. If I don't catch anything on these them I won't catch on anything.

I'm going to be going fishing in the next few weeks and will be experimenting so check back in a few weeks time to see how I get on.
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When autumn arrives and water temperatures drop, carp will reduce their feeding considerably. If you are planning on fishing during the colder months then there's a few important things that you should consider. The carp will normally retreat to a slightly deeper parts of the lake so fishing the margins may not be quite as good as it is during the summer months. Because the carp don't eat as much during colder months, there really is no need to pile lots of food in. So forget about lots of ground bait and pellets, and put your large method feeders away until summer arrives again. However, it's always a good idea to give the carp an incentive to come to your hook bait.

Guru tackle have come up with a very nifty device called the . To be honest, there's nothing really sophisticated about the device, it simplicity in itself and it's actually very clever as it enables you to offer up a small amount of pellets right on top of your hook bait. 

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One of my favourite swims at the Town Parks Fishery just happens to be quite snaggy to the right. The carp know whether snaggy areas are and nine times out of 10 this is where they bolt to when hooked. One of the problems with float fishing tackle around snaggy areas is that when the line is pulled through underwater foliage, the shot will often either get moved on the line, or completely ripped off. Having to reshot the line and rearrange the float every time you catch a fish can get a little bit tiresome. So I have now started using a different float fishing method which completely eliminates the need to use shot on the line.

I've had some Middy fishing semi-loaded crystal wagglers knocking around in my tackle box for some time now. I decided to have a look at them the other day and see exactly how they could benefit me. Because they are only partially loaded they require some extra weight to cock them correctly in the water. What I do is lock the float onto the line with a couple of rubber float stops. Then if the float does get caught and pulled up or down the line, all you have to do is slide it back into place. Floats coming all different sizes.  The one I was using yesterday requires an extra 0.8 g of weight to bring it perfectly down in the water so only the colour was sticking out. Now rather than using split shot to add that extra weight, I opted for Drennan in-line olivettes. Match anglers normally use olivettes on their pole rigs to replace the need for using bulk shot. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with using them on a normal float set up. Like your standard shot, olivettes come in various sizes so you won't have any problem finding the exact weight you need.Because the olivettes slide onto the line, there is absolutely no chance they can fall off. However, they need to be secured on the line so they don't slide. The instructions tell you to use a couple of very small shot to lock the olivettes onto the line. Personally, that really defeats the object of why I'm using them in the first place. So what I do is use a couple of Korum rubber float stops to lock them in place.

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