A cheap alternative
to pole float winder anchors. Use any left over pole elastic,
just a few inches
and tie a loop either end and use as a cheap alternative to expensive
winder anchors. Simply loop one end to line and the other to the winder.
Small drip feeder
cup. When fishing the pole and want a small drip of feed going
into the swim.
Use a plastic kinder egg container bought from a local sweet shop.
a hole either end of the cup ready to slip onto the end of the Pole.
doing so, either make a few holes so that maggots can crawl out and
the swim. Alternatively cut a hole large enough for feed to drop out
shaking the pole. The plastic kinder egg can split in the middle for
Keeping hooks rust
free. Simply drop a few rice seeds into the hook box. The rice
will absorb any
moister present. Change the rice when needed.
Hook traces. It is so
much easier when changing hook lengths to have them made up on a
trace. Tie them up at home and lay them on a rigid card, 10 inches by 8
Use either a cereal package or cut a piece from a cardboard box. Simply
groove either end and attach the hook to one end and loop the other and
Mark the size of hook and breaking strain with a pen on the card next
Keeps hook sharpened.
A small emery cloth 2 inches by 2inches kept in the tackle box is an
sharpener. Alternatively use a small sharpening stone and with a few
rubs along the point of the hook will keep them sharpened. Especially
hooking the bottom of a stone based waterway.
Hooking more fish. By
turning the hook slightly outwards and to the side will allow the point
hook to penetrate a fishes mouth much easier allowing more hooked fish
Easy joints. Use
candle wax on joints of the pole or rods, This will help to protect the
as well as making them slip easier together or apart.
Stop line freezing in
rod eyes. When winter fishing use a dab of glycerine to each eye
on the fishing
rod. This will stop the eyes from freezing up in cold winter
Loading line on to
reels. When loading line onto a fishing reel, place the new
spool of line into
a container of water (small bucket or sink will do) attach new line to
either by a loop or tie onto backing line. Manually whip a few loops of
around the knot before reeling on new line. The water in the container
clean the line as well as loading the reel spool correctly without
Disposing of line.
Cut up old or discarded line with a pair of scissors, into small one
pieces before disposal.
of old canister’s as pole cups. Either fix to end of spare pole top or
small spring attachment to bottom of the top. Fix to pole as a cheap
alternative to a pole cup. Available in small sizes.
Unhooking eels. Hold
an eel upside down with the use of the top of the keep net or landing
will subdue the eel whilst holding the wriggling eel still. Use a
disgorger for deep swallowed hooks.
plastic hair curlers as a cheep alternative. Simply apply a small strip
to the side and attach a swivel to the top.
Mini feeder. Use a
strip of thick cellophane such as an x-ray sheet. Roll into a small
Attach a swivel to the top and swan shott in the top of the cone. A
ideal mini groundbait feeder.
Plummet for snaggy
bottoms. Roll a flat piece of lead around a strip of sponge and
the hook through the sponge. Use as a plummet. If the plummet gets
stuck on the
bottom simply apply pressure. The float rig will come away all in tact.
convenient and cheap way of not loosing the float rig in a snaggy swim.
Camouflaging a float.
Simply paint the body of a float white. This will camouflage the float
a bright sky. Allowing shy feeding fish to feed under the float
line. Place the fishing reel spool in a tub of water, add
washing up liquid and
leave to soak over night. This will degrease the fishing line and allow
line to sink. Ideal when waggler or ledger fishing.
Floating line. Use a
flat piece of cloth dipped in Vaseline. Cast the line out and retrieve
the cloth so that the line runs between pinched fingers. Alternatively
musclin from tackle shop and apply the same. Ideal for stick float
Hooking worms. Break
the worm in half and hook the two pieces on the top. This will allow
to leak from the bottom of the worm whilst the natural wriggle will
those feeding fish.
Hooking maggots. Hook
a maggot from underneath the two eyes. This will allow the hook to face
so not to snag on the bottom. Whilst lifting up when striking into a
hooking. Top and tail the maggot when using double maggot. This
will help stop
twisting of line when retrieving.
Shy bites. Thread a
maggot or worm up the shank of the hook when fish are biting shy. This
conceal the hook allowing fish to feed confidently.
Introduce a small amount of water into a bait container, ¼ inch.
Cut out a
square in the lid. This will stop the maggots from crawling out when
wet. Add a
hand full of hook bait maggot. Within a few minutes the maggot will
and the maggot will become floating. Use these maggots as hook bait as
will counter balance the weight of the hook, making the bait more
Sticky maggot. Clean
your loose feed bait (Maggots) riddle them through a sieve. Introduce
a ladies nylon stocking. Tie the end and wash them under a running tap.
them with a cloth or hair dryer. Place in clean bait box, add a couple
spoonful of Horlicks powder drink. The maggot will stick together
to be moulded into a ball, ready for catapulting into the swim at long
Add small stones or aquarium pebble gravel into bread-based groundbait.
will give weight to the groundbait which will sink quicker in a fast
river, allowing the groundbait to break up whilst on the bottom of the
Baiting up a flowing
river. Use a carrot mesh bag, add a few stones into the bag as
weight. Fill up
with bait such as maggot, caster, worms, groundbait etc.. Tie up the
end of the
bag. Tie a heavy fishing line to the top, throw the bag into the swim
expect to fish. Leave whilst fishing. Retrieve when required. Repeat
correctly. Turn the folk of the catapult upside down before
using. The cup or
pouch of the catapult will rebound without hitting knuckles or the back
Camouflaging a pole
over the top of feeding fish. When the water is clear or fishing
surface, paint the top sections of the pole white or light blue. This
as Camouflage against the sky or cloud. Allowing fish not to spook.
Stopping rubbish or
weed covering the bait. When fishing a swollen river a lot of
attach itself to the line slipping down and covering the bait. Simply
bb shot 2 inches above the hook. The weed or rubbish will stop on the
allowing the bait not to be covered. Also place the same size shot
swimfeeder eliminating the same.
Degreasing a constant
floating line. Wrap a sponge around the head of a rod rest top,
with the use of
electrical ties, add a few drops of washing up liquid to the sponge.
the line through the sponge by resting the rod on top of the sponge.
Landing big fish on
light gear on rivers. When hooking large fish on rivers, play
out the fish and
guide the fish above you in the swim, add a little pressure and bring
over the landing net.
Snag in the swim.
When hooking a snag in the swim, try pulling from the opposite
release. If that fails try adding pressure with the rod pointed
straight at the
Breeding gozzers or
Extra large maggots. Use a carcase of a chicken with a little
meat left on the
bone. Add boiled eggs to the centre then fill completely. Place chicken
shade. Watch over with stick and repel all flies until the large blue
fly arrives. Allow them to lay eggs. Wrap up chicken in newspaper and
a dry warm place. Check after 5/7 days when maggots are large enough
carcase over a maggot sieve. Introduce soft bran to maggots keeping
Collecting worms. A
quick easy and convenient way of collecting worms for fishing. Find a
lawn, use a water can and introduce washing up liquid to the water.
over a square meter at a time. Worms will come out of the earth,
wash them quickly in clean water then dry in peat or moss.
Making fishing paste. Half fill a
container with fine fish pellet. Add the
same amount of hot boiling
water. Leave to soak until cool. Add egg yolk and food gluten. Mix with
until soft paste is required. Mould into medium size balls and seal in
bags until required.
golden. Place white turned casters onto a damp cloth. Wrap or
roll them up and
place into a fridge. Leave for a few hours. The caster will all turn
same colour, place them in an air-tight container until use.
Keeping maggot fresh.
After purchasing fresh maggot bait, riddle them clean through a sieve.
into plastic bag, take out the air and tie up bag. Place them in fridge
keep until fishing day. Open bag a few hours before fishing, place
sieve and wait until they revive. Dispose of dead maggot and use fresh
Dead maggots. When
dead maggots are required for fishing (Bream or eel fishing) Place
pellet pump, extract air then place in freezer for an hour. Open pellet
and place maggot in water until use. Alternatively pour boiling water
maggot. (However this may make the maggot tough)
Catching small fry.
When required to catch small fish minnows, fry etc.. (Winter league
small hook together until the gape is extra small. Cut head of maggot
maggot place on hook. Fish with light line. Alternatively Use the yolk
caster, dip hook into open caster bait and twist. The yolk will hang
place bait in front of fish in view.
Punched bread. When
using punch bread as bait, place fresh slice of bread into clear
seal and place into microwave for 30 seconds. This will make punched
pliable and stay on hook longer. Alternatively place slice of bread
plastic bag and hold open end over steaming kettle for a few seconds.
Mole Hill. Locate
mole mounds in field close to fishing venue. Collect earth mounds,
ally taking out stones, grass etc. Add to small amount of groundbait
fishing. Add small amount of water whilst mixing. This mix becomes
almost a non
feed groundbait, ideal for keeping fish in the swim longer.
Laxative. Add natural
salt to groundbait which acts as a laxative to feeding fish. Catch rate
improve for the need of the fish to come back to ground-baited area.<>
cooking tares for use, add a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda to boiling
before intruding the tare to the cooking pot. For an ideal black tare
dylon die after cooking.
Preparing Hemp seed.
Soak un-split seeds in water prior to cooking over night. Add to
in saucepan then add a few spoonfuls of bicarbonate of soda. For extra
When boiling add a few drops of honey
Float tips. Colour
fishing float tips for changing light and backdrops. Apply white tipex
of float when fishing a dark backdrop and when the Sun is shinning. For
backdrop and gleam on water colour float tip with a permanent black
Stop groundbait from
rolling away. Simply flatten groundbait prior to throwing into
the swim. Ideal for
moving waters such as Rivers and moving canals.
floats. Wrap a lead wire around base of a waggler float to allow
a self cocking
float. Ideal for light presentation.
Bigger Squatts. Place
a slice of bread that has been soaked in milk on top of the squat
the bait box the night before fishing. The squats will feed off the
will enlarge the squatt magot ready for fishing.
Shotting up a pole
float. Acquire a long cylinder from a chemist. The ideal size
should be 24
inches high. Shot up float as required before placing on winder.
a long cylinder would be a large Lemonade bottle with the neck cut off.
Light Ledger. String
onto the end of the fishing line a few swan shotts. Before tying off to
hook length. Space the shotts as required this will enable the weight
bottom of moving water. Add more shot as required.
Keeping worms fresh.
When worms are in storage, either in a large container or large sack.
either moss or light mixture of peat and earth. Place mashed bread
worms will feed from decaying food and keep fresh as well as growing
Picking up small
hooks. When picking up a small hook from the tackle box, lick
tip of finger and
place on hook lift and the hook will stick, ready for tying on line.
Alternatively use a small magnet to pick up hook from tackle box.
Keeping hooks tidy.
Use a small magnet in each hook box to secure the hooks. This will stop
from dropping out of tackle box.
Holding bottom in a
flooded river. Use a large 4-6oz round crab lead for holding
bottom in a flooded
river. Alternatively use a small breakaway lead or a flattened bomb.
lead weight with hammer
Wash Odour away. Rinse hands in
water prior to fishing. Ideally in the river or lake before handling
bait etc.. This will take away salt, chemicals and humans smells that
may be aware of.
Air pressure. Keep an
eye on a barometer for changes in air pressure. Sudden changes affect
most fish feed. High pressure will spurt fish to feed, while low
changes will affect feeding patterns.
Try threading bait up
the line. For bream and carp fishing. Hook the maggots in the
middle and tread
a bunch of maggots up the shank of the hook and then push them up above
hook. This produces a similar affect to a hair rig producing good
from big fish.
Adding flavour to
bait. Add flavour to bait, this will enhance the smell and
flavour of bait
encouraging fish to feed. Aniseed and hemp for roach, fish meal for
cheese for chub, sweetcorn or vanilla for bream, etc..
Attracting fish into
the swim. Throwing a pebble or stone into the swim can attract
fish to your
bait. Simply throw a pebble or stone around your baited area this will
affect of a ripple and sound and can attract fish into a swim.
Attracting fish when
float fishing. Holding the line against the flow of a river or
wind on still
water can lift the bait off the bottom. This can attract fish and
Attracting fish on
still water. When pole fishing, place tip on top of water and
shake, this will
produce a vibration that can attract fish to the area.
Sky lining. Fish are
spooked by shadows on the water. Avoid walking on an open area above
This will also apply to spectators who may inevitably walk up to an
Always crouch below an open sky line.
Colour in depth of
water, Red is the most natural colour of most living natural
food. Red colour
can be seen in depth far greater than any other colour. Using red bait
ground bait in depth can produce more fish than any other.
float fishing or ledgering. Try twitching bait by retrieving a few
line. This will produce movement to the bait and most fish will be
a sudden movement.
groundbait. Unused ground bait can be frozen for future use.
Simply put any
unused mixed or damp groundbait into a sealed plastic bag. Take away
and store in freezer. Un-frost before using by leaving out in warm area
using. Alternatively defrost in microwave oven.
Bait bags. Maggots or
worms can be kept in a cloth bag or cloth pillow case. Using a cloth
allow the bait to breath and fit into any space in the tackle box or
bag. Hanging the cloth bag outside a moving car on a wing mirror can
keep the bait
cool when driving to the fishing venue.
strands of silkweed from weirs and rockery in flowing rivers. Keep
water in bait box. Wrap around the hook. Use, when Fishing moving
most natural bait available for moving water, small worms live within
therefore fish associate this natural weed with food.
Temperature. Keep a
thermometer in the fishing box. Make records of temperature drops. This
affect the feeding fish. Sudden drops will make the fish reduce their
Whilst a sudden rise will make fish increase their feeding.
Hooking Hemp. The
normal hooking method is placing the hook between the split where the
appears, the two halves holding the hook in position showing the point.
the hemp on the hook without the seed coming off during strike then use
method. Simply piece a hole either side on top of an under cooked hemp
Thread the hook through the hemp seed this will allow many fish to be
the same seed.
Keeping the Pole
clean. Lay the complete pole on top of water and roll. Wipe the
water off with a dry cloth. Apply a silicone polish spray along the
polish with a dry clot.
Pulling stuck pole
joints apart. This will take three people. One person will hold
one end of the
pole about 12 inches away from the stuck joint. The other person will
same on the other part of the pole. Apply pressure by pulling. The
will hold gently the middle part of the joint. Rotate in a circular
the pole joint will come apart.
Pulling stuck fishing
rods apart. Hold each part of the stuck fishing rod just above
firmly. Hold them between the back of the legs and add pressure from
as well as the pressure from the arms.
Holding the bottom on
a fast flowing river. Cast a heavy swimfeeder or ledger into the
middle of the
river straight in front. Sufficiently enough to hold bottom, (3-4oz)
Let out a
bow of line from the rod to the feeder/lead. Hold the rod in an upright
position keeping as much line off the water as possible. Bites are
the arch of the rod straightening.
Making a maggot
feeder float. Use a clear straight plastic waggler with long
glue a small clear maggot-feeder (Without any weight) at the base of
Allow the top of the feeder to open for filling with bait. Slightly
the float allowing the maggot to escape into the water while the tip
slightly in the swim.
Making a groundbait waggler.
Use a clear straight waggler with or without antenna. Super glue a
groundbait feeder to the base. Shot the float normally and fill feeder
groundbait. When the float is cast and settles in the swim the ground
empty from the feeder and fishing will resume.
Knot Picker. Carry a
knot picker within the tackle box. Numerous usage such as knot picking,
removing glue from float eyes, making holes in baits etc..
within the tackle box various disgorgers. Mini head disgorges are used
hooks and small mouth of fish. Medium head disgorgers are used in
with 16 – 14 size hooks. Large head disgorger can be used for larger
fish such as Carp, Barbel, Perch. Deep throat disgorgers (Stompo) have
shape on the end and are used for hooks that are swallowed deeply by
forceps can be a useful tool within the tackle box. Used as a disgorger
large hooks embedded firmly within the fish. Can be used for applying shots on the fishing line, useful for many
Unhooking. Hold the
fish firmly and upside down. This will disorientate the fish and stop
wriggling. Place disgorger on the fishing line above the entrance of
mouth. Move the disgorger down to the bend of the hook. Push the hook
disgorger and pull the fish apart gently in one motion.
Unhooking large wriggly eels. Make a
groove on the fishing bank the same size as the eel. Place the eel
upside down in the groove. The eel will become dormant within a few
will lay still in the groove. Hold the head firmly against the ground
finger and thumb. Unhook with other hand or use a disgorger.
Barbel, Grayling, Bream, Carp and Perch just to mention a few, can
distressed when caught or held in a keepnet over a period. If the fish
distress then release the fish as soon as possible. Hold fish upright
water and against the flow of the river if possible. Making sure that
oxygenated water is passed through the gills before letting the fish
Sinking line quickly.
Place the tip of the fishing rod under the water about 12 inches.
strike upwards and this will allow the line to sink quickly under the
surface. Use when skim is on the water and when wildlife is present.
Quick Rigs. When
finished fishing, place stickfloat or wagglers on large plastic
them on side of winder with size hook and shotting capacity. These can
reused for future fishing. Tie line from the rig to the main reel line,
double hitch knot when reusing.
Waders and Wellington
boots. Store away Waders and Wellington boots by stuffing
crumpled up dry
newspaper down the whole length of the boot. The paper will absorb any
and keep the boot in shape.
Hair rig. Using hair
rigs can produce a natural presentation and account for more bites.
small loop close to the hook when tying hook to the line. The small
hold the bait away from the hook. Push the baiting needle through the
(The baiting needle will have a small hook on the end.) Attach the loop
small hook and pull the loop through the bait. Pass a small blade of
through the loop and pull until tight.
a small silicone band on the line close to the hook. Use instead of
loop. Can also be used as a banded attachment on pellets and particle
well as worms etc..
piece a hole either side and on top of an under cooked hemp seed.
tie a cotton loop through the hemp seed. Hook the cotton loop and fish,
will also allow many fish to be caught on the same seed.
Quick sieving. Use
the top of a micro landing net top as a quick sieve. Use by holding net
both hands. Swaying back and forth allowing the maggots to roll up and
sieving off maggot sawdust or crumb.
Flat floats. Use a
flat or rudder float when holding a float still in running water
bait static can produce bites in fast water. Over shot the float and
with either pole or rod. Lifting the tip of the float just above the
very sensitive bite indicator.
Bouncing bomb method.
When using a waggler at distance and the need to hold the waggler still
a wind drift use the bouncing bomb method. Tie a ledger to a length of
Attach the ledger and line above the waggler allowing the distance of
greater than the depth. Use a long rod. Casting out with an over head
ledger will settle and hold the float still against any flow.
Know your depth. It
is Important to know the depth of a venue. Always start fishing at full
just on bottom. Most fish live near the bottom and feed off by
Laying on a few feet can also camouflage the line and create a more
presentation. Adjust the presentation and come off the bottom as
Plumbing the depth.
Attach a plummet to the hook on the fishing rig. Firstly
guess the depth of the water. Cast or place the plummet
in the area that is intended to fish. Move the float up or down the
the tip is just above the water surface. Once established make a mental
Then explore the rest of the swim with the same plummet attached.
Building a mental
note of the depth all around the swim.
Pole depth. Use a
white tipex marker pen or brush. Mark the depth of the float against
sections of the pole with a line. When moving the float up or down
feeding fish. The depth can be easily restored by moving the float to
mark on the pole. Use a black marker pen if pole is painted white.
Plumbing at distance.
Set up the rig under shotted or without any shot on the main line.
lightly a swan shot just above the hook or attach plummet to the hook.
at distance adjust the float by moving it up or down the line until the
depth is found. Finish off by adding the required shot to the line
feeding while holding fishing rod. Hold the rod at
the reel base using the arm as a lever against the butt. Holding the
small finger and two index fingers, leaving the thumb and first finger
end of maggot pouch. Using the opposite hand, hold the catapult towards
area of the swim intended to feed and by moving that hand outwards
the elastic releasing the pouch from the thumb and forefinger. Hold the
again with same hand on the rod, fill pouch with bait with opposite
Holding pole for
loose feeding. Rest the pole parallel against and along knee and
leg using an
elbow for balance. Hold the pouch of the catapult with the same hand as
pole. Using the opposite hand to hold the catapult stretch out towards
at the tip of the pole and release the pouch. Refill by holding the
placing the bait into the pouch and repeat. Alternatively sit on base
cross the legs and rest the pole into the cross where the legs meet,
both hands for catapulting.
Line clipping. Use the
line clip on the spool of the reel for casting accuracy. Whether
float fishing. Cast out to the required area of swim, far bank, bushes
Clip the line after casting. Overcast each time the clipped line will
the exact spot.
Pegging out keepnets.
Use the loop on the base of keepnet to peg out a the net avoiding the
collapse on the fish in the net. For windy conditions use a large stone
out the net in the swim. Alternatively tie a plastic shopping bag to
place keepnet out in the swim, the bag will fill with water holding the
static and full stretch in the swim.
Releasing fish from
the keepnet. Gather the end of the keepnet toward the mouth of
keep the fish submersed whilst doing this. Lift the net from the water
the fish at the mouth of the net. Hold mouth of net on surface of water
release fish unharmed.
Landing fish. Hold
the landing net in one position in the swim, when the fish is ready for
after being played out, guide the fish over the net whilst keeping the
and steady. Chasing the fish with the net will spook the fish and may
shed the hook.
Magical WD40. Keep
all moving parts on fishing box, levers, arms, legs, hinges and screws
oiled with wd40 Keeping Reels smooth with wd40 spray. The spray repels
and avoids rust gathering, as well as keeping all moving parts lightly
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