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n just one year on the market Bait-Tech’s Envy groundbait has proved so successful that it holds the title as the company’s most popular product, selling in its tens of thousands since its 2009 launch. Now success looks set to continue following the recent decision to release it in a new green colour. The Suffolk-based company has kept to the same tried-andtested flavour combination of ground hemp and crushed halibut pellets that made the original version so successful, but has altered the colour. Bait-Tech’s sales and marketing manager Wendy Lythgoe explained the reasons behind the move: “Envy has proved itself as one of the best commercial fishery groundbaits on the market, and green is a proven winner on these waters, as the success of our Special G has proved. We are taking what we have learnt from this and applying it to Envy.” The new recipe is said to be just as effective for Method feeder fishing as the old one, thanks tzo its fine, sticky consistency that makes it cling well to frame feeders. Mix it on the dry side and it can still be used inside cage feeders or cupped in on the pole. Envy Green comes in the same 2kg sized bags as the original and offers great value for money, priced at £4.99.

The launch comes as part of a secondary 2010 product release from Bait-Tech that follows on from five new groundbaits added to its range earlier in the year. Another new product of note for the match and pleasure angler is N-Tice Polony. This is a 340g tin of the popular hookbait meat that is said to offer near-neutral buoyancy for improved presentation. It has been boosted with the addition of Betaine and is ideal for cubing or punching with a meat punch. Alternatively, you can pull off chunks to offer a rugged hookbait and fool wary fish.

Completing the wave of products is a series of powdered additives under the N-Hance range. In the selection there is a Salmon Fry Crumb, Fishmeal, Crushed Hemp and Fine Brown Crumb. All are ideal for altering your mix, creating unique pastes or for use on their own. Each comes in a large bag and prices run from £1.99 for the Brown Crumb to £2.99 for the Fishmeal and Salmon Fry Crumb.

N-Tice Polony has near neutral buoyancy



Green has proved to be a winning colour for groundbait on fisheries up and down the country, and Bait-Tech has taken note of this, launching Envy Green Method Mix.




Envy Green has a fine, sticky consistency that makes it ideal for traditional Method fishing as well as for use in cage feeders, or even cupping in on the pole.


Powdered additives can enhance groundbait mixes or pastes.



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Hair-rigs made easy k

Drennan has launched three new patterns of barbless hook specifically designed for hair-rigging. Known as Hair Riggers, they are available in Carp, Silverfish and Power patterns. All feature an upturned eye so that when tied with a knotless knot the line sits straight in line with the hook. Carp Hair Riggers are ideal for commercial fisheries and are available in size 10 to 18. The Silverfish version has the same wide swept crystal bend but is made from a slightly finer wire for F1s and silvers in sizes from 12 to 18. And the Power version is a wide gape design made from a thick wire for big fish or fishing

in snaggy situations. Each pack of 10 hooks sells for £1.10. All three of these patterns are also available as ready tied ‘Bandit’ hooklengths that measure 30cm in length. The hair on these has been twisted so that it acts as a semi-stiff boom to prevent the bait spinning on the retrieve. Carp Bandits are available in sizes 10 to 18, tied with suitable strength line from 7lb down to 4lb. Silverfish Bandits come in size 12 to 18, tied to lines from 5lb to 3lb 8oz, and Power Bandits are offered in size 8 to 16, tied to lines from 8lb down to 5lb. You get eight hooklengths in each packet for £1.99

A Hair Rigger hook, ready tied on a Bandit hooklength.

Beat the biting bugs k

A new product has been launched in the UK called ThermaCELL and it’s ideal for deterring mosquitoes when the weather warms up or on trips abroad. It’s a butane-operated device that is said to create a 15ft by 15ft zone of protection around the unit that is 98 per cent effective against biting insects. This means you don’t have to apply sticky lotions or chemical sprays which can then be transferred on to your bait. The device works by burning a single butane cartridge which then heats a mat and releases a synthetic copy of a naturally-occurring insect

repellent. Each of the mats contains enough repellent to last for four hours, and each butane cartridge will run the unit for 12 hours. A holster holds spare cartridges and mats. It is available in both Olive and Realtree Hardwoods Green models. Price: £29.99 for the Olive and £39.99 for the Realtree Hardwoods Green. Ask at your local tackle shop for the ThermaCELL device or contact Chapman’s Angling on 01724 277 610 or visit www.

Tough holdall k

JRC has launched two new rod holdalls as part of its budget priced Contact range. Two models are available. One will hold three assembled rods with reels and three without. The other will hold four ready prepared set-ups in addition to three unmade rods. An aluminium ‘spine’ prevents the holdall from collapsing and risking damage to your rods. This can be removed if desired so that the holdall can packs down into a smaller unit. On the front of the bag there are two pockets that can be used to store banksticks, a rod pod or an umbrella.

Stay fresh k

Keeping your bait fresh and cool on the bank is vitally important, and this new cooler bag from Browning will prove ideal for match anglers in the warmer months ahead. It will store up to six two-pint bait tubs and has a separate top section that is designed for carrying packs of bloodworm and joker but will prove just as useful for storing small items like packs of polony, tubs of expander pellets or bottles of drink. A strong base ensures the bottom won’t wear out and there are two carry handles that strap together for easy transportation. Price: £35



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Your guide to more bites this weekend

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Welcome to the dream lake that John built kWe join John Wilson for a day’s stalking on the Norfolk lake he built himself, and see why for him it is still the finest fishing spot on the planet


o true angler can have failed to close their eyes at night and picture their perfect fishing paradise. But Britain’s most famous angler only has to glance out of his bedroom window to see his. Globetrotting journalist and TV star John Wilson has fished in some of the most remote and visually awesome locations on earth to do battle with exotic and often scary species from barracuda to vundu catfish. But his heart is always at his own tiny, woodland-shrouded fishery in Norfolk. Beneath gently swaying birch, oak, maple, willow and sycamore trees alive with birdsong is a two-and-a-half acre portion of paradise that John created almost 30 years ago. Originally sketch-planned on a piece of paper with tiny bays, promontories, islands and narrow channels spanned by quaint wooden footbridges, a once weed-choked, three-quarter-acre gravel pit dug to provide runways for World War Two airfields blossomed into a little piece of angling heaven. Lakeside, near Norwich, was built by John to put the intrigue back into angling while becoming an oasis for wildlife. Hundreds of willows and conifers, 20 different varieties of water lily and a riot of foxgloves, deliberately sown along the pathways, are now home to kingfishers, grey squirrels, wildfowl, hawks and native mammals. Overlooked by John’s luxury bungalow, the two inter-connected lakes are filled with lean and immaculate common, mirror, leather,

grass and ‘metallic’ (ghost) carp, many bought as fingerlings 28 years ago, along with catfish, golden orfe, golden tench, eels, chub, roach and rudd. Most of the carp weigh in the mid-teens, and all are long, lean, muscular and fin-perfect, as near to a wild river strain as you’ll see. These stunning and special fish were never destined to experience modern carping methods with bivvies, bolt rigs and bank-side barbecues. The water is a haven where John can quietly stalk fish while being at one with nature. ‘Keep it simple, travel light, move quietly and constantly scan the water to spot signs of feeding fish’ are John’s golden rules. At Lakeside, there’s no need for a mountain of tackle. A mesh, multi-pocket angling waistcoat holds all his terminal and unhooking gear. Seatboxes and even lightweight chairs are out, too. For stalking, John simply kneels on the tops of the cut-off rubber waders that he’s made so famous in his TV programmes. A lightweight unhooking mat doubles as a kneeling or sitting cushion. A good pair of polarising glasses is

John gets the lowdown on where the fish are by lying close to the surface.

Latest edition of improve Your Coarse Fishing on sale now – includes free DVD and stacks of top tactics and tricks essential for fish-spotting. John looks for fish cruising the surface, bubbles created by bottom-feeding fish or ‘knocking’ reeds. His float rod is a Masterline, John Wilson Heritage, 1.75lb test curve, through-action rod with a Bob James

lightweight centrepin reel loaded with clear, 10lb monofilament line. For surface floater fishing he uses a through-action John Wilson Classic 3+1 Avon rod supplied with a standard butt section and separate test curve tops of 1.25lb, 1.5lb and 1.75lb, teamed with a smooth, front drag fixed spool filled with clear 8lb line. The only other gear he needs is a landing net, compact weigh scales and a bucketful of bait. In the early mornings, John aims to stalk Lakeside carp from right under his feet, or at most a couple of rodlengths out. His first job is to find a position where he can lie down with the water close to his face. By looking across the lake from this low angle, the bumps and tail patterns of fish cruising just under the surface are easy to pick out. Next, he makes his way around the lake to them. He reckons the stalking angler should learn to pick his feet up ‘like a chicken’ because, he says, hens that scrape their feet don’t catch worms!

Today it’s warm, so John hopes to catch carp on freelined, coloured and flavoured floaters with only the hook and bait as casting weight. This way the fish won’t be spooked by a big controller float sitting in the water. John’s float rig is simplicity itself and designed to ensure he doesn’t strike at false line bites. He cuts off a 4ins length of raw, unpainted peacock quill, adds a single, thick piece of silicone at the base and runs his reel line through this. A size 10 barbed hook with a short Dacron hair is attached via a grinner knot, and a 15mm boilie is mounted. He nips a large swan shot on to the line 5ins from the hook – and that’s it! The float is set to lie flat on the surface, rather than cock. As fish mill around the loosefeed and catch the line with fins and bodies the float is merely dragged around the surface, vanishing only when one sucks in the bait and moves off. Once John has sneaked up on his fish he’s in no hurry to cast out a bait. By


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Every man has an idea of his angling heaven. This special place is mine”

John reckons the best way to present hard floating mixers is to snap a junior hacksaw blade in half (giving you two separate, pocket-sized tools costing pennies) and cut a shallow groove in the top, flat surface of the bait. Add a drop of Superglue and press the back of

the hook shank firmly into the groove. Hold it for 10secs and the floater will not come off, even after repeated casting. For consistently clean hook-ups, it’s vital that the floater sits uppermost in the water, with the hook below and its point facing downwards.



John Wilson

Snap a junior hacksaw blade in half and use it to cut a shallow groove in the top of the bait.


Press the back of the hook shank into the groove and hold it steady for around 10secs.


Spread a little Superglue into the groove you’ve cut. Don’t overdo it, you don’t need much.

Your finished floater. The hook should sit face-down in the water like this, point exposed.

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You’ll find no split fins and deformed mouths on the carp in John’s lake. every one of them is long, lean and in perfect fighting trim.

sitting quietly and watching different carp he can pick out the biggest and best and, by flicking in floating baits, tempt it within freeline range before dropping his hookbait right on its nose. No smaller specimens can get in first. Within a few minutes of spotting fish and positioning himself, half-a-dozen superb-looking carp are slurping down his floaters just a rodlength out. After watching for a while, a careful and deliberate underarm swing sends his freelined floater plopping on the surface inches away from the snout of his target – the biggest fish in the pack, a superb looking a common. A much smaller fish turns and accelerates towards the sound of the bait splashing on the surface, but the big common only has to open its mouth and suck in the offering. In a split second the water erupts, sending spray glistening through the rays of sunshine cutting through the canopy of birch trees and spooking a squirrel, which scampers away through

An unhooking mat and cut-down waders are John’s only creature comforts.

the branches. It’s a short but spectacular fight before 18lb of pure muscle lies gasping in the folds of the landing net. In the lovely summer light the common carp’s scales look like polished

armour. As John lifts the fish it raises its dorsal in defiance and the sun’s rays make its scales gleam like beaten gold. “Tell me how it can possibly get any better than this?” John asks. We can’t think of an answer. A fabulous 4lb 12oz golden orfe and an amazing, torpedo-shaped, 16lb grass carp follow – all individually stalked and targeted – but today the metallic carp, John’s favourite in the lake, elude him. Not that it matters. John avoids transferring fish from the landing net to a weigh scale, in order not to stress them. Instead each one is weighed in the landing net, the known weight of the wet net being subtracted. Who cares if he’s a few ounces out? The fish come first. John’s parting words sum up his deep love of Lakeside: “Every man has an idea of his angling heaven. This is mine. “For a kid who lived in a London flat and didn’t even have a garden until he was 28 years old, I’ve come to love every single day I spend at this special place.”

To cast a freelined floater further, John has devised a simple and speedy way of attaching a standard controller float

to the line in seconds without the need to cut off the hook and waste time in re-tackling.



John threads his size 10 hook through the eye on the top of his Masterline Tenpin controller float.


John snips off a 30cm (12ins) length of 10lb mono to form a five-turn sliding stop knot (see diagram right).


To start, John sets the bead 3ft from the hook. You can always increase/decrease the distance by moving the sliding knot.

Next, he pushes a soft 3mm rubber bead around the bend and up on to the mainline.



Tactics Bream on fishmeal baits

Bream go tails up for fishmeal F

h to catch stillwater slabs it After I had struggled in my yout . rs Common and bag up on them was a relief to come to Tyle

By adding more or less water to fishmeal groundbait balls you can vary their break-up rate.


Stillwater bream

ishmeal groundbait and pellets have totally transformed the way I fish for bream. After using these baits on a number of waters to catch carp, I realised I was ‘accidentally’ bagging up on slabs too. Never one to miss a trick, I decided to use them on purpose to try and catch the big, elusive bream living in a lake near my home. After piling in several balls of fishmeal-based groundbait made from ground trout pellets, along with some oily pellets to give the bream something to feast on, I cast a fishmealloaded Method feeder on top of the feed. The results were staggering. My catch rate on the pool more than trebled compared to bags on traditional bream fayre such as cereal groundbait, maggots, casters, squatts and worms. Since then I’ve tried the same trick on several venues and the results have been the same. Most anglers think carp like fishmeal groundbait and pellets, but I’d say that bream like it even more. They are addicted to the stuff! If I’m after bream I NEVER go fishing without taking a fishmeal-based groundbait and some high-oil halibut pellets. I’d feel severely handicapped if I tried to catch without them. Halibut pellets contain lots of fish oil and give off a very potent fishmeal smell, while one of the good things about fishmeal groundbait is that you can customise the mix by adding more or less water to it. If you want a fairly dry mix that explodes from a feeder you need add only a small amount. Add more water to make the mix stickier and you can form it into balls for feeding, or you can make a mix that will stick to a Method feeder. The outcome is always the same – once it’s in the water it disintegrates

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Commercial bream tend to feed close in.

into a fine carpet on the bottom, releasing the potent attractors and fish oils, while the bream can dig into the fine particles of feed. A shoal of feeding bream behaves just like a flock of sheep. They graze the groundbait, using their large telescopic mouths to dig up pieces of solid food. As they get stuck in they stir up tiny particles of fishmeal, which are then held in suspension near the lakebed. This colours up the water, which is a great attractor for more fish that are passing the area or which might need some inducement to start feeding. As long as you load the groundbait with some pellets, or you loosefeed them over the top to provide a solid lump of food as a ‘reward’, you will keep the fish in your swim and be well on the way to building a great catch. When I was a kid growing up in the Midlands, most waters I had access to didn’t contain many bream and I didn’t have the fishmeal baits available now. In the big, natural lakes I fished they were tricky species to target, and it took me years to catch one by design. How things have changed! In commercials where bream do gain a solid foothold they really prosper. Unlike their cousins in large, natural lakes, to get any food they must compete with the carp for anglers’ bait, wherever it is. This means shoals of bream sweep the margins, searching

Three balls of groundbait go out to start.

for grub. When they find something to scoff they pretty much fight for food, and the consequence is, many mature commercial waters now contain big shoals of large bream. To show you how to use fishmeal groundbait and pellets to catch

commercial water bream I recently visited a venue called Tylers Common, near Brentwood in Essex. This four-lake day-ticket complex is typical of modern waters. Dug out from a bare field in 2000, the fishery was stocked with all sorts of fish species. Some seven years later, the four-acre Wagtail Lake is home to shoals of 3lb to 6lb bream plus real giants that top 10lb. The biggest from the water is over 13lb! As on many commercial stillwaters, the bream at Tylers are usually caught fairly close to the bank, on either the waggler or the pole. I opted for the rod and line approach. I’m cautious about the amount of bait I introduce at the start of a session, so I tossed three tomato-sized balls of fairly soft fishmeal groundbait into the water a couple of rodlengths out, where I’d got a flat area of lakebed at the base

of the marginal slope. To add some food to the smell I also catapulted five pouches of 4mm halibut pellets into the same area, plus two pouches of red maggots. As expected, I didn’t get fish straight away – in fact it took me 45 minutes to get a bite. I then connected with a 4lb bream. When I bagged another 20 minutes later I put more bait in. In the traditional bream textbook you were always advised not to feed balls of groundbait on top of feeding fish – it would scare the daylights out of them and clear your swim. All I can say is that commercial water bream are different. They are used to disturbance, and not a bit bothered by bait bombardments. As a rule I top-up a swim with three balls of groundbait after every two or three fish, and I also increase the



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BAITS FOR BREAM Once bream are stirring up the bottom and colouring the water they slip into hoover mode – they use their big mouths to suck up anything that’s edible. Consequently, I offer smelly baits or ones that really stand out. Here are my top seven hookbaits...


Double red maggot: A natural, highly visible bait that stands out amid the fishmeal.


Maggot and worm cocktail: I cut the tail off a worm and tip it with a maggot. Bream love the scent of chopped worms.


Hard pellets: A drilled or bait-banded hard halibut pellet can be good if bream become preoccupied with fishmeal.

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Soft hooker pellets: As above.


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quantity of loosefed pellets. To ensure the bait gets to the bottom, where the bream feed, I don’t feed little-and-often. Instead I ‘blast’ in two pouchloads of 4mm pellets every three casts to make sure there is plenty of food on the deck. This is very important. While the smell of the fishmeal groundbait will attract bream in the first place, if there is no food for them to actually eat they will soon leave the swim. This is why the pellets are so important – they provide the reward that will hold the fish. At Tylers Common this feeding pattern worked a treat. By rebaiting the swim in this fashion I kept the fish coming on a regular basis, bagging bream to over 6lb. They really were superb specimens and were hugely impressive. True, they don’t fight like a carp, and they cover

Casters: A bait that produces more than its fair share of bream.

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Corn: This is more selective for bigger fish.

Luncheon meat: Its smell stands out in the carpet of fishmeal.

Bream mouths

Bream love my pellet and fishmeal tactics.

everything in slime, but I defy any angler not to enjoy catching them on light float tackle. If this catch picture (above) doesn’t prove how potent the pulling power of pellets and fishmeal is, I don’t know what will.

This picture shows you one reason why fishmeal groundbait works so well. When closed, the mouth of a bream looks quite small, but when it is fully extended it becomes telescopic – a large hoover of a gob that provides a lot of feeding power. Bream suck and blow through the fishmeal, throwing up a huge cloud of attraction as they do so.


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The top rigs you need this k The sun is out and the fish are on the feed again. So how do you catch them? This week Angling Times reveals five simple rigs to try


Bright-coloured rig foam helps you see where the feeder is, and also aids the bolt rig effect of the rig and the fish will often hook themselves.

ave you stepped outside recently and felt the warmth of the sun? For us, it’s a welcome relief from the worst winter in 30 years. For the fish, the arrival of the summer sun means warmer waters and the need to get feeding properly. Look at Angling Times’ match results each week and you’ll see the winning weights are improving every weekend, and for big bream and tench anglers this is the time to start putting some grub in again. For carp anglers, a few hours of sun can mean the fish come up to the surface layers, and late on in the day you can get them off the top, too. Here are a few alternative rigs for you to tie up and try this weekend.

To make this rig safe to use with carp, attach the feeder to your mainline via a running feeder bead with a snap link. Mainline should be a robust line around 6lb.

A mix such as Vitalin dogfood creates an attractive, fish-holding cloud in the surface layers.

There’s no need for complicated rigs here, a simple Korum Feedabead stops the feeder and allows you to attach your hooklength with a loop, too.

The key to making this tactic work is regular casting to keep a cloud of bait going into the surface layers and your rig falling through the water. If you’ve not had a take within 90 seconds, it’s time to refill the feeder and cast again.

The floating feeder This is a rig which not only spurs fish into feeding, but gives them the confidence to stay up in the water too. Based upon an adapted groundbait feeder, the floating feeder is ideal for when you can see fish cruising in the top layers, but they’re not taking baits like dog biscuits off the surface. Get hold of a groundbait feeder and replace the weight on it with a piece of high-density rig foam – you can find this in the carp side of most tackle shops. Superglue the foam, and the original connector, to the back of the feeder. You then need a groundbait mix which produces a cloud in the water. Some anglers use Vitalin dog food which is mixed so it’s just wet enough to stick in the feeder but spills out when the feeder hits the surface, creating an attracting cloud which carp can feed in confidently.


Slow-falling hookbaits are a killer with this rig and a single dead red maggot on the hook or a hair-rigged tiger nut pellet attached with a bait band will fall slowly down among the feed.

The ‘Dink Dink’ roach rig Roach love maggots and on some waters right now these natural baits are outfishing pellets and corn baits. This is a really streamlined rig, which can be cast beyond pole and waggler range, and gets its name from the ‘dink dink’ type of bites you get on your rod tip when it’s used on the rivers for chub. On stillwaters, it’s deadly for roach and bites tend to be proper wrap arounds on your tip. The other bonuses are the rig is tangle free and you can regulate the amount of feed you’re putting in depending on the number of bites, and how quick you get them.


Feeding is key. If you find you’re waiting ages for a bite, or the fish are coming on the drop, then try putting less maggots in the feeder as this will mean they come out of the feeder quicker

Tie a 2ins long, double overhand loop in the end of your 5lb mainline, leaving a 6ins tag end for you to attach the feeder to. Use the loop to attach a short, 4ins long hooklength. A size 16 or 18 Kamasan B520 hook baited with single or double maggot is ideal.

Vary the hooklength from 18ins to 3ft during the session as the fish will move up and down in the water in the cloud of feed . You need a hooklength of around 0.14mm or more, depending on the size of fish you’re after.

and are available to the fish. Likewise, if you want a slow release of maggots to concentrate fish on the bottom, pack the feeder tightly and they’ll take ages to come out.

Use a 40g maggot feeder to help create a bolt rig where the fish will hook themselves against the weight of the feeder.


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weekend Bream feeder This safe and simple running rig is ideal for bream on the commercials. Pack your mix with loads of micro pellets!


Double up the last 6ins of your mainline and tie a double overhand loop knot. Thread on a snap link swivel (to attach your feeder to) and this will run along the doubled

line without damaging your mainline. Attach a feeder bead and swivel loop to loop style and this will stop the feeder. Attach your hooklength to the swivel.

Bream love ‘modern’ hookbaits like hair rigged pellets and 6mm boilies, but don’t leave home without a tin of corn either! Hair rigging will result in more fish being hooked.

Twist the last 3ins of your hooklength and tie it into a loop to create a stiff anti-tangle arm. Vary your hooklength from 12ins to 3ft.

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Windy waggler Always use a float with a bristle for margin fishing as it means you won’t be striking at line bites and spooking fish.

Pick a float which is big enough for you to cast properly on windy days. Use a float adaptor and put the bulk of your shot around the base.

Cloudy margins Carp love to feed in the margin later on in the day and you’ll often find you catch the bigger fish here, too. On some waters, cupping in a red cloud can see you catching all day down the edge as fish feed with confidence. The best way to make a cloud is to add far too much water to a red groundbait and cup it in.


Lift and drop the rig to give the hookbait some life and keep it falling through the cloudy mix.

There are few better ways of catching bream, tench and carp than on the waggler and this simple rig is ideal for big fish on windy stillwaters.


Look to fish in at least 18ins of water and place your shot at least 8ins away from the hook.

Two pairs of smaller, No8 shot down the line will help get your hookbait down to these bottom-feeding fish quickly.

Don’t worry about laying line on the bottom in windy conditions as this will help keep the rig stable and in your swim for longer – anything from 6ins to 12ins is ideal. A still hookbait is best for bigger fish.



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Weirpool Magic. It was supposed to be a stream programme, but with the worst summer flood John Wilson can remember, the conditions are not hospitable. Can he find a decent swim? k Discovery Shed 05:30

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Halibut Fishing Off Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada. John is hunting PICK halibut in the clean OF THE seas of the Pacific. DAY The fish here can exceed 200lb, but will he land a monster? k Discovery Shed 10:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Matt Hayes gets a soaking while fishing for roach, so he heads for the sunnier climes of Florida to search for sailfish. Meanwhile, back in the UK, guest Jan Porter is catching tench. k Quest 17:00

Fishing aficionado Matt Hayes travels to Ireland’s famous Lough Corrib in County Galway. Will the luck of the Irish rub off on his quest for luscious local brown trout? k Discovery Shed 00:30

go Fishing: spinners, spoons and gadgets

Angling expert John Wilson talks tackle this time, with top tips to tempt monster fish. k Discovery Shed 05:30

extreme Fishing with Robson green PICK

OF THE Robson Green DAY profiles the hottest fishing destinations around the globe. This instalment sees Robson travel to the wilds of Australia to tackle the barramundi, the milkfish and the giant trevally. k FIVER 09:00

John Wilson’s Fishing World

Norwegian Fjords Inshore Fishing. Fishing the stunning fjords of northern Norway, John Wilson takes to the water to catch coalfish and flatfish on the fly. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Matt Hayes braves the cold and goes pike fishing in the snow – and the sun’s are not the only rays that John Everard is catching in Australia. k Quest 17:00

Fishing fanatic Matt Hayes joins the famed Belgian angler Ronny de Groot as the pair fish for barbel and chub in the River Wye on the English-Welsh border. k Discovery Shed 00:30

go Fishing: Carp in The lilies

Legendary fishing expert John Wilson is determined to catch some unco-operative crucian carp, but the mallards seem more interested in his bait. k Discovery Shed 05:30

extreme Fishing with Robson green

Robson visits the rich fishing grounds of America’s Eastern Seaboard on the hunt for bluefin tuna, Massachusetts lobster, striped bass and steelhead fighting fish. k FIVER 09:00

John Wilson’s Dream Fishing

Join angling expert John Wilson as he goes long-trotting for winter grayling on Hampshire’s picturesque and famous River Test. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

PICK Matt Hayes’ fishing OF THE DAY odyssey continues. He reels in golden orfe in Australia and manages to snare his first-ever Great White shark. Meanwhile, Dave Harrell is catching carp. k Quest 17:00


may 21

Oliver’s First Carp. Angling legend John Wilson introduces an 11-year-old boy to the fishing fold and is delighted to find he is hooked. k Discovery Shed 05:30

extreme Fishing with Robson green

Robson heads to Southern Australia to catch some of the most exotic creatures he has yet encountered. He dives in a shark-proof cage to recover abalone, a form of mollusc; tangles with feisty blue manna crabs; retrieves poisonous octopuses; and joins in the World Championship Tuna Toss. k FIVER 09:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Sharks. Matt Hayes takes you on one of the most fantastic fishing trips on TV. k Quest 17:00

Tight lines

Each week Keith Arthur is joined in the studio by an expert from the world of PICK OF THE fishing, with a look DAY at all the latest angling news and all the tips and tactics you could need. k Sky Sports 2 19:00

Thinking Tackle

Danny is in central France fishing for carp, and the lake is full of monster 40lb fish, but these are pressured waters and they are not climbing the lines. Also, tackle tactics. k Discovery Shed 21:00

ClUes Down

may 22

Intrepid angler Matt Hayes heads off the coast of the island of Madeira into mid-Atlantic waters in search of the spectacular grande wahoo. How will our fishing fanatic fare? k Discovery Shed 00:30

go Fishing

In Search of a Trout. Angling expert John Wilson is using wet flies in pursuit of the perfect trout, but it is very windy. Can he avoid the mass of ivy and hook a beauty? k Discovery Shed 05:30

Angling gurus Matt Hayes and Mick Brown fish out their passports and head over to Sweden for some fine coarse fishing. Perky perch and pike are up for grabs. k Discovery Shed 07:00

Matt Hayes stays at the Osel Chalet Fishing Camp in Vestervik for a weekend’s pike fishing in Sweden. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Thinking Tackle

may 24

Join Danny Faibrass, Ali Hamidi and Adam Penning as they show off the latest carp-fishing methods and travel around Europe catching some superb specimens. k Discovery Shed 01:00

World fly-casting champion Hywel Morgan provides a fly-fishing masterclass with top angling tips when he visits Lenches Lakes near Evesham. k Discovery Shed 15:30

Each week Keith Arthur is joined in the studio by an expert from the world of fishing, with a look at all the latest angling news and all of the tips and tactics you could need. k Sky Sports 3 01:30

Join Danny Faibrass, Ali Hamidi and Adam Penning as they PICK OF THE show off the latest DAY carp fishing methods and travel around Europe catching some superb specimens. k Discovery Shed 12:00

Hooked on Fishing: louisiana Wetlands

Wet nets

Thinking Tackle

Hooked on Fishing

Tight lines

Catfish. Angling gurus Matt Hayes and Mick Brown head to a PICK THE Kent lake in search OF DAY of some corking catfish. Will the net be bulging come the end of the day? k Discovery Shed 07:00

Fly Fishing with Hywel morgan

It is a family affair this time when local legend Hywel Morgan is joined by his daughter at Lancashire’s stunning Bank House Fishery. Will young Yasmin be hooked by the experience? k Discovery Shed 09:30

1 e.g. pass line through hook’s eye 2 Plastic/nylon filaments for (6) mounting baits (5) 5 A duck (* I plan it) (7) 3 Sweeteners, etc. added to bait (9) 9 Big prize match for Angling Trust 4 Sort of boilies used by members (4, 6) weightlifters? (7) 10 Devon river – dash! (4) 5 Floating bridge is a game! (7) 11 Taste, smell, etc. (5) 6 “____ and dearest” (7) 12 Excessive line-stripping by a 7 Does it reckon it’s a viper? bolting fish (4-3) (5) 13 Landmark in Moscow’s ANSWERS 8 Type of fish passes Red Square (7) allowing access ON PAgE 66 upstream 14 e.g. secure horse by reins (6) 16 Made fun of sedate sort * (6) (* airliners!) (9) 18 Day or weekly ones? (7) 13 They don’t quite reach as 20 A marsh plant (* bone bag) (7) high as waders (4-5) 22 Bait – a can of them is trouble! 15 Where you’ll find the rivers Yare, (5) Bure, etc. (3, 6) 24 Less than warm – brill! (4) 17 From the briny depths (4-3) 25 Hardly stirring, such a pool? 18 Line tautness (7) (10) 19 Flower making Daisy take a 26 Keep going (* USA isn’t) (7) tumble? (7) 27 Temporary permits – for 8dn? 21 Fishes’ breathing apparatus! (5) (6) 23 Riddle (5) (* indicates an anagram)

may 23

Join Danny Faibrass, Ali Hamidi and Adam Penning as they show off the latest carp-fishing methods and travel around Europe catching some superb specimens. k Discovery Shed 13:00

Hooked: monster Fishing – Chainsaw Fish

Fishing exert Zeb Hogan travels down under to Australia in search of the saw fish – a terrifying cross between a shark, a stingray and a chainsaw, and one of the world’s most highly endangered species. k National Geographic 15:00

Phil Robichaux guides Paul Young through the Louisiana Wetlands, where plenty of speckled trout and an alligator are happy to take the bait. k Discovery Shed 16:00

Canadian Trout. Ace angler Paul Young is joined by Kensey Cuthbert to fish for wild trout on Vancouver Island’s Cowichan River, before casting their lines in some stunning lakes. k Discovery Shed 16:30

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

If fishing is your PICK thing, then tune in OF THE DAY to master angler Matt Hayes as he takes you on one of the most fantastic fishing trips on the box. k Quest 17:00

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Angling Times - 19 May 2010  

19th May 2010 issue of Angling Times

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