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  • Missed Bites..

    Well ,came away from Higham Farm today a tad dissapointed,fishing the float using sweet corn, castor,dead maggott,not all at once mind,with only 5 small roach caught after 4 hours,anyway last hour decided to have a crack at the carp that were coming to the surface in the margins to the left of me.

    Fishing about a foot deep with a small piece of bread ,i was soon into a fish which turned out to be a 15 pound mirror..very pleased,so quickley on with another piece of bread....now after numerous bites..i'm talking 20 odd here..kept missing em...maybe the one and only carp was sheer luck....???What do you think i could have done different so as more fish ended up on the bank...very frustrated fisher man...by the way i was using a drennen size 14 to 5ib

  • #2
    I wouldve freelined crust on the surface,if not fished bigger pieces of flake shallow,in both cases on a bigger hook.
    Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hurricane View Post
      I wouldve freelined crust on the surface,if not fished bigger pieces of flake shallow,in both cases on a bigger hook.
      Can you elaborate Pete.

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      • #4
        For freelining in the magins,the deadliest metod i know is to hair rig a oiece of crust and lower it to just lay on the surface under the rod tip,with the rod in 2 rests and the baitrunner on(or clutch set lightly)and wait for the fireworks.for under the float pinch on a decent piece of flake and let the bite fully develop before striking,in both cases a size 6 or 8 would be my choice.
        Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hurricane View Post
          For freelining in the magins,the deadliest metod i know is to hair rig a oiece of crust and lower it to just lay on the surface under the rod tip,with the rod in 2 rests and the baitrunner on(or clutch set lightly)and wait for the fireworks.for under the float pinch on a decent piece of flake and let the bite fully develop before striking,in both cases a size 6 or 8 would be my choice.

          Right Pete,i'm with you now,gonna try this method next time..cheers.

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          • #6
            My old man used to do a similar thing but with soaked Pedigree Chum Mixer, worked very well with just a few inches of line dropped amongst the reeds when the carp were up and you could see them knocking the stems searching for food.

            Some places ban mixers, but if they're allowed try soaking them for a bit in some water flavoured with oxo, they always used to go very well.

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            • #7
              5lb line,s not strong enough for higham farm the fish go big there ,you will get
              smashed a lot on five lb,
              your hook ought to be bigger as well at least a ten

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              • #8
                Similar to Hurricane's suggestion, try dapping with the pole. 18" of 8lb line, 16 elastic, size 8 or 10 hook and just lower the crust until it touches the surface with no line on the water. The fish will hook themselves against the elastic and bolt.
                Not pretty, not everyone would want to do it, but can be very effective.
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