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09 Mar 2017
by CARPology
How do you compare to Nigel Sharp?
Well, take our test and find out - and if you are in virtual reality, then get out there sharpish (excuse the bad pun) as he's currently on fire!
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The next 15 questions are to test your knowledge against the chap who can’t stop catching thirties. It’s a simple three option selection for each question and all you have to do is pick which one you think is correct. And don’t worry, even if you get it wrong, Nigel will still explain why he picked the ones he did.

So, for today’s section, picture the scene: the pond Nige is fishing for this session is Frimley Pit 3 – a lake which he knows like the back of his hand. He’s down for 72hrs, he’s been ‘Top Rod’ on here over the winter and early part of the spring and he’s very much in the groove right now. The lake is also pretty quiet too. So how would you fare on a day like today? Find out now!

1) Nige has arrived at midday to find the lake pretty much empty and the swim he’s been having success from this winter/spring – The Double Boards – is free, so should he…

(A) Jump straight in there?
(B) Do at least one, if not two, laps of the lake?
(C) Terry Hearn’s also down on the lake and he’s opposite The Double Board, so should go next to him – after all, it’s Terry…

2) He’s selected the swim he wants to fish, so what’s next?

(A) Get the bivvy set-up first (a) just in case it starts raining and (b) he can tie up some fresh rigs.
(B) Make a brew and then watch the water for ten or so minutes before making his next move?
(C) Get the rods made up ASAP and cast out whilst watching the water?

3) Jerry Hammond was last in the swim Nige has jumped into and he used Zigs but blanked, so should he…

(A) Follow Jerry and fish Zigs – after all, it’s prime Zig time.
(B) Do what 95% of the other guys who fish this swim do: cast out Chods?
(C) Stick to what he’s been using – i.e. the tried and tested Stiff Bottom Bait rig?

4) He’s made his decision when it comes to rigs, but now it’s the all-important hookbait. Does Nige…

(A) Opt for super fluoro hookbaits so they really stand out?
(B) Go for slightly dulled down hookbaits so it’s different to the norm?
(C) Use little bits of bait, like a single tiger nut tipped with a piece of fake corn for extra colour?

5) Although he’s got 72hr ahead of him, does Nigel…

(A) Do one rod at a time – i.e. tie a fresh rig, put a fresh hookbait on and then cast it out before starting the next one?
(B) Get all the rods ready and then cast them out one after another in quick succession?
(C) Get two sorted but leave the third set-up as a single hookbait rod and have it ready to cast at anything that shows?

6) Okay, so the swim choice is sorted, the rods are made up, the rigs have been attached and the hookbaits have been selected. He now has three options of what to do, but which one is correct?

(A) Get the marker rod out and explore all of the swim?
(B) Cast out, feel the leads down and leave them for an hour before redoing them?
(C) Cast the rods out to his tried and tested hot spots?

7) Nige is pretty sure there are fish in the area – after all, Terry did say he saw a fish show on Nige’s side of the raised bar/island the night before and this part of the lake is a known winter/spring holding area, so when it comes to baiting up, does he…

(A) Get the Spomb out and bait up with a kilo or so of boilies?
(B) Cast out little Stick Bags fished with a single, small food item?
(C) Do nothing! Just fish single hookbaits

8) The known bite time – 3pm to 5pm – has come and gone and he hasn’t received any indication, so what does he do next?

(A) As everything went out perfectly – the ‘drop’ was cock-on, the line sunk beautifully, etc., so just leave it as it is?
(B) Get the spod out and introduce some more bait – maybe a mixture of boilie crumb to get some smell into the water.
(C) Redo all the rods one rod at a time, putting on fresh hookbaits on all three rigs?

9) As we go into the evening, Nige has started receiving the odd slow rise on the bobbin and the odd bleep on the buzzers, but does this mean…

(A) He’s been ‘done’; the fish has got away with it?
(B) There are fish in the area which is causing the odd line bite?
(C) His alarms are set too sensitive and these bleeps are caused by the ever-increasing wind strength?

10) Between 11pm and 2am, the weather turned really rough with very strong winds. As a result, Nige has received loads of bleeps on his buzzers, so should he…

(A) Place his bobbins on the other side of the bite alarm as this dynamically reduces the amount of false bleeps?
(B) Stay awake so he could turn his buzzers off and then back on once the wind reduces?
(C) Put backleads on so his line isn’t caught by the wind?

11) Result! Nige has come good with a bite to his middle rod just on first light. After an epic battle it turns out to be a stunning common of 32lbs, however, he observed a strange occurrence when it came to the weighing…

(A) It weighed a lot less than he was expecting?
(B) If you place a storm pole through the scale’s hook loop you get a different weight to when you hold them?
(C) If you hold the scales from underneath – i.e. with your hands around the dial – it adds a pound to the fish’s weight?

12) After the weighing and placing the carp in the retainer it’s now starting to get quite light, so does Nige…

Put on a fresh hookbait and get it back out on the spot ASAP as there might still be fish in the area and on the feed?
Don’t put the rod back out as his left-hand rod isn’t more than 10yds from the spot where he took the fish from and that way he doesn’t run the risk of spooking any other fish in the area?
Leave the same hookbait on so it looks washed-out and ultimately safe and then get it back out on the spot?

13) It’s now 10am and the day is turning into a real spring classic: one minute beautiful blue skies with strong sun and then the next clouding with the odd heavy downpour. What should Nige’s approach be…

(A) Switch over to a Zig Rig?
(B) Stick to what he’s doing – i.e. the Stiff Bottom Bait rigs?
(C) Fish on the higher underwater marks – i.e. at the top of the gravel slopes/bars/plateaux?

14) It’s now almost midday and Nige knows there’s another feeding spell coming up between 3 and 5pm, so does he…

Recast the two that have been out for almost 24hrs (i.e. the left and right-hand rods)?
Leave the rods as they are – they went out fine, so why redo them?
Leave them until after the known feeding spell and then do them just on dark?

15) We are well into the session now and we’re down to the last 12hrs. Nige is happy with his left and middle rods’ placements but the right-hand one to where Terry has seen fish the day before Nige’s arrival looks dead, so does he…

Stick to his original place and leave it where it is?
Move it closer to the middle-hand rod’s position – after all it has done the only bite of the session?
Try a completely different area – maybe something on a hunch?
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