Having an edge or doing something different with your bait can certainly pay off, especially on pressured lakes, were generally anglers are using same tactics, we all do it, if it works why change, but sometimes a change in how your bait is presented or looks can be that little edge needed for a bite.

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During the late autumn months I often find myself packing away my barbel and chub kit for the season as in recent years I have found myself spending most of the colder winter months in search of big pike. Pursuing big pike can become very addictive and when targeting any species to specimen sizes it…

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It was a rainy Tuesday morning, as ever I was sitting and staring out of the window and searching for inspiration. What next? My tench fishing for the year was already over; I’d spent the last two months chasing shadows. Chris says I spend my time fishing for imaginary tench. Well sometimes it works out…

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Last autumn and early part of this winter and I have been bang into my barbel fishing. After gaining a ticket to a rather special stretch of a Thames Tributary, I have dedicated a fair amount of my time trying to track down and catch some of its big, yet nomadic residents.

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June During the early part of spring I had a burning desire to catch a big bream. As the weather seemed favourable I decided to start my campaign early and got the rods out at the end of March. The pit in question had a track record of producing big fish, and although I knew…

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I’ve been using plastic bait in one form or the other for a number of years, initially to simply give my bait an edge or to look just that little bit different than anyone else. And this is still the case today.

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At the start of the 2014 season I had a good think about what I wanted to try and achieve.  For me I get the most enjoyment and satisfaction targeting big fish, so I decided that I would only fish venues that would give the chance of a monster.  

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This autumn I have been bang into my barbel fishing. After gaining a ticket to a rather special stretch of a Thames Tributary, I decided to dedicate a fair amount of my time trying to track down and catch some of its big, yet nomadic residents.  I have fished some hard and low stock section…

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After a setting a new PB during my last session, I couldn’t wait to get back to the Southern Stillwater I had been targeting this spring.  I arrived early Friday morning and with it being a Bank Holiday weekend, I knew the venue was going to be busy.  

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In recent years I’ve had a burning desire to better my PB bream of 16lb 7oz. I always set aside some time each year, with the hope of achieving this. Well this season was no different and I had been putting in a lot of ground work through the colder months in the hope that…

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