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15 Dec 2016
by Rob Hughes
10 things to do on our next session to avoid a blank
Our resident underwater diving pro, Rob Hughes reveals 10 things you need to do on your next session to help avoid a blank...

1 Keep in-tune

Tune into what has been going on at the lake. A little knowledge before you get there always helps.

2 Go for a walk

Make sure you have a quick walk round, even if it’s late when you get there. You never know what you will find.

3 Look after your points

Check your hook points from last session. They may have been blunted in transit.

4 Is it the right rig?

Think whether the rigs you used last time out are the right ones for this session….if not, change

5 Look at the water clarity...

Have a look at the colour of the water and think about how that effects your bait choice. Coloured water = smelly baits.

6 Go light...

Keep the bait to a minimum at the moment. Bags sticks and singles are brilliant tactics at this time of year. It’s amazing how many you catch on them.

7 Recast - regularly...

Regularly Re-cast – how many times have you heard people say “It’s only been in there 10 minutes”. Sitting behind static rods for long periods is boring.

8 Opportunist angling

Always cast at a moving fish. If you see one, put a bait on it. Opportunist angling is both exciting and very very productive. Singles or tiny sticks are the best for this.

9 Line lay

Choose your line lay wisely. Semi slack is a great cold water compromise. Bow strings can spook ‘em in clear water, slack gives terrible indication unless your close

10 Mini Zig Rigs

Unless your bagging up, try a zig just off the bottom 18 inches to 2 foot. With a bright 10mm pop up and a small hook. Deadly when the going gets tough. .

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