Spending a lot of time doing tutorials with clients on Linear Fisheries has made me realise one thing: anglers of all abilities struggle to cast and spod accurately over 100yds. When we meet up for their tutorial, most anglers believe they’ve already mastered hitting the spot, but our ideas on what’s accurate and what’s not are often very different. Fishing two rods on an area the size of a football penalty box and throwing sticking boilies over the top is not fishing accurately, in my opinion.
My general approach, regardless where I’m fishing, is to fish three rods on an area the size of a groundsheet and bait heavily over the top. There’s no better way to create a competitive feeding scenario and it’s the ultimate way to catch lots of big carp. I don’t go fishing to catch one fish. I want to catch ten. I know what some of you are thinking, you’re questioning whether this approach will work on your venue. The answer is yes. I’ve tried it on a whole host of venues and it’s never failed me. Some of the most impressive anglers in the game employ this approach and they catch consistently wherever they go, even on sparsely stocked venues for big fish.
Now this style of angling may appear pretty simple but it can soon get interesting when you’re trying to fish all three rods at over 100yds range, especially if there’s a savage crosswind. Fortunately, there are a couple of small things anglers tend to get wrong, which once corrected can make the whole process much, much easier.
It’s important you fish like a well-oiled machine. Stand in the same place every time you cast and make sure your rod is in the same position every time you hit the clip. Stand back, assess the situation and think about all these things before you start making mistakes.
2. The right tools
There are a couple of items that will completely transform how accurately you can fish. If you haven’t got a set of Yard Sticks or marker sticks, get some! I use them every time I go fishing and they have totally transformed my angling when it comes to accuracy.
3. Big leads
If you’ve got rods up for the job, use a big lead. Big leads fly better then smaller ones, especially when there’s a bit of wind blowing across the lake. You then have more control over them, plus, with most anglers using 3oz leads, using one of 4 or 5oz is an edge in itself.