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Master the two-turn water knot

This knot for attaching the main line to the hook link was originally shown to me by Dave Harrell when we were fishing a match at Evesham years ago. The…

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Glowing carp bait – fluoro pop-ups

IN THE depths of winter carp are reluctant to feed at the best of times, so the last thing you want to do is give them too much feed as…

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How to tie line to a spade-end hook

Many experienced match-style anglers, certainly those who learned their craft years ago before stepped-up gear for carp pools came along, tie spade-end hooks by hand. But the easiest way to…

how to tie a dropshot rig

How to tie a dropshot rig

THE Palomar knot is a key part of the dropshot rig. When tied correctly it allows the hook to stand off the main line at 90 degrees. I use a…

This shows the completed rig with the hook length attached.  It is a universal rig and the colours of the components can be mixed up to give a much more camouflaged appearance to suit the background of the area you are fishing over.

How to set up a simple carp rig

One of the most important things when targeting carp is to use a safe rig. This safety clip rig ejects the lead easily, should the main line break or snag up. The…

Push the corn up to the end of the hair, ensuring the point of the match hook is buried inside the rubber.

Crawling corn cocktail rig for carp

This is a deadly little rig that’s just the ticket on busy waters. It’s a brilliant cocktail bait that catches fish out where tit-bit fishing with bags and sticks is…