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Thursday is our Big Fish Blog and it’s the turn of Pallatrax, our magazine’s Specimen Cup sponsors. Team Pallatrax leader Jez Brown wrote this interesting instalment.

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WELL summer is here with temperatures hitting 30 degrees on a daily basis. The lack of rain and low river levels making a stealthy approach essential…

It’s great to be back on the rivers and isn’t it funny hearing people moan about the heat after freezing conditions as soon ago as May!

It has been a real sustained hot spell and first thing to say is please be really careful with your fish – make sure you wet your unhooking mat thoroughly before every landed fish and get your catches back after a really quick photo if one is required.

As well as showing you some impressive fish from the last four weeks we’re going to share one of our top tips with you which will hopefully help you put more fish on the bank. These are tried and tested, but somewhat different, ideas for you to try that will set you apart from the ‘rest’.

The barbel season got off to a real bang on the famous Royalty stretch of the Hampshire Avon where Team Carp Manager (fast becoming a coarse specialist) Ray Pulford obliterated his PB by almost 5lb’s with this truly stunning 13 lb 9 oz weir caught specimen.

Ray’s 13lb 9oz barbel

Fishing into the evening is a real must and that golden hour as the sun sets can make all the difference as the below photo of my 14lb Royalty barbel shows, a single Sausage Sizzle Squab in the margins proved the downfall of this great looking fish.

Blog man Jez with his 14-pounder

Not to be outdone our Kennet specialist Luke Ayling caught his first double of the season this week and at 14 lb 2 oz looks like its got some filling out to do. It took a Crustacean Cocktail squab and hope you bump into it later in the year Luke!!


Luke Ayling


Now for that tip that has really been making a difference!

Glugs and sprays are widely used but some are highly flavoured and just don’t smell right and some are so watery they can’t possibly be on the hookbait when it hits the bottom of the lake or river.

The Pallatrax Neutral Glug allows you to add your choice of flavour or product and has the consistency of thick treacle. In the photos below you can see the glug as a neutral product and then with the dried river shrimp added. This has worked amazingly well in testing as the glug has a good 20 minute ‘leak off’ period with the shrimp exploding into the water layers.

Give it a go – it’s extremely simple and a pot of this will last you many sessions with no sell by date.

So good luck out there and please do keep us posted as we’d like to use your photos in this report – send any pictures into our Facebook page and we’ll make sure they are highlighted.



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