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NOTHING is certain in fishing. Methods and baits that worked one day will be useless on another.
Some ideas you were told are a load of old rubbish – could catch you fish after fish.
And there are so many urban myths – you know like perch (pictured) have poisonous spines… not! It’s stuff like this that makes you start to wonder what is true and what is not.
So here are some fishy ideas that can help you catch more. Or then again they may not work…
Fish bite best in the rain
We’ve all heard this one. I think the opposite is true! Only last week I was catching well when the heavens opened up and then the fish switched off. The drop in temperature was noticeable – and that is why I believe the fish stopped biting.
Always fish to features
Total rubbish! Fish do love features and probably seven times out of ten you will catch near those reeds, overhanging bushes or a drop off you can’t see underwater. But fish will often live in open water – probably because this is well away from the bank, they feel safe and there is food in the area.
Again…I couldn’t cash near some great rushes, despite the water being the right depth. I did catch away from this feature in no-man’s land.
Noise scares fish
Err…why then does smacking down a feeder, pinging pellets or smacking the water with your pole top or rig bring in the fish? They associate the noise with food arriving, it’s their dinner gong.
Remember how we used to be amazed at how continental anglers caught immediately after a bombardment of groundbait…something we now do in the UK?
Don’t keep smacking banksticks into the ground with a mallet though…that does NOT help.
Cast as far as possible
Sometimes it works, but only if you are accurate and the fish live at that distance. With the right depth and right conditions you can find fish right under your feet, even at the end of your keepnet.
Pole outscores the waggler
Not always! In clear water conditions or when it is busy the fish could push further away from your bank and you may only reach them with a waggler or other running line method. Sometimes the fish also don’t like the shadow of a pole being waved above their heads.
More bait = more fish
Sometime less is more! Too much bait can lead to too many fish in your swim (yes you can have too many) and that can in turn lead to foulhooking.
Feeding a lot can also bring the fish higher in the water – where you can of course catch them providing you adjust your depth. But feed less and they have to compete for what is there, including the offering on your hook.
With winter approaching you might think it’s not worth venturing out to fish when venues are iced over. Wrong! Sometimes some of the best sport around is through holes in the ice or when it is just melting. Of course, take extra care and don’t walk on ice!
Oh the best times of the day during summer and autumn are usually early and late. But at this time of the year never ignored the final hour of daylight.
A swim you may have fished all day without a bite could be solid once that sun goes down and the fish can just start feeding like someone has flicked a switch. Even if it is getting cold it’s worth staying on for this period.
Don’t think small…
When the fishing is harder the usual thing to do is scale down hook and line size and in the process go to a smaller bait.
Quite often the reverse can work! When that single pinkie on a 22 hook won’t buy a bite a big worm on a 14 or 12 will sometimes bring an instant reaction from a big fish in an apparently dead swim.
Lighter gear brings more bites is something that is often proved right. But sometimes if pays to get some weight down your line – this can give better stability, hence better presentation, especially in faster flows or windy conditions.
Light feeders won’t always hold the bottom when you need a bait nailed to the deck and likewise light floats can get dragged all over the place by the current in a river or the tow in a stillwater.