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Welcome to your May 25-31 issue loaded with all the very latest angling gear

Fox lifts the 10 lid on its FX Match rods TOP

Mark Pollard and Derek Willan have designed the Fox Match FX to the highest specifications.

Sellers in Anglers World this week

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Underwater Coarse Angling DVD – Feeder Fishing with Phil Ringer and Steyn Van Oostwaard. £9.99

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Preston Zyrium X pole + two spare top kits. £199.99 ESP Strip-Teaze two tone coated braid (Green, Camo and Silt, 15lb, 20lb and 25lb) on 20m spools. £10.95

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Dynamite Baits Peach and Mango, Spicy Tuna and Sweet Chilli, Banana Nut Crunch, Chocolate Malt and Tiger Nut boilies. All £8.99 for a 1kg bag

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Maver Storm Rider Day Shelter. RRP: £59.99 Our price: £50 Fox keepnet/ landing net combo – 3m carp net, 2.5m silver net and landing net plus double net bag. £59.99 (RRP £79.99)

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MARK SAWYER ANGLING TIMES TACKLE EDITOR

First Look k Slim, versatile and built to the highest standards – what more could any angler want?

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ssex-based Fox Match is looking to reinvigorate the brand name by introducing some very interesting and highly innovative new product ranges on to the market during the next couple of months – and this week it’s the turn for the wraps to come off its new FX Match range of rods. This follows on from the first wave of new products to come from the Fox ‘think-tank’ just a couple of months ago in the form of its petite Trickle Pots. Now, hot on their heels, is this considerably larger and more expensive launch led by the Fox Match duo of Mark Pollard and Derek Willan. All the rods have been designed to be a totally versatile range of tools, catering not just for the needs of the match or pleasure angler on commercials, but also for anglers who prefer natural rivers, lakes and canals. It is claimed that they are equally at home being used for shy-biting roach

and chunky river chub as they are for taming commercial carp. All are constructed using high grade quality carbon cloths that have helped to produce pencil-slim and perfectly balanced blanks. Particular attention has been paid to the spacing of the Fuji guides along the rods to ensure that the reel line follows the natural curve of the carbon blank, giving perfect line control and balance at all times. Built with full natural cork handles that are finished with engraved butt caps, the rods also feature ergonomically designed FX reel seats that Fox claims to be ‘the most comfortable grip on a rod that you can get’. All models come supplied with waterproof Neoprene rod bags. Prices range from £149 through to £179. However, it isn’t just pots and rods that Fox is launching this summer. The company has also unveiled a stunning new range of landing net handles that look and feel the business and will be available any day now at very realistic prices. A new take on the pellet waggler float, that is so devastatingly deadly in its use that it will make you wonder why someone hadn’t thought of it before, is also on the way. Look out for more on this float and other exciting products from Fox Match in the next few weeks.

Fox Platform Barrow RRP £169.99. Our price: £145

Preston Carbonactive Mini series – 15% off any rod Fox Duralite Luggage – 15% off any product. Garbolino Rocket Carp Pellet Waggler 10ft two-piece. £29.99 Source: Source Lewis’ Anglers World, Norwich Call 01603 619381 Email anglersworld@sky.com

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Guide spacing ensures that the reel line follows the natural curve of the blank Mark Sawyer

FOX FX MATCH ROD SERIES Dual Feeder rods

The Dual Feeder range comprises three models: 8/9ft, 10/11ft and 12/13ft with the additional foot provided by an extension which can be added directly above the butt without the need to tackle down. The rod folds neatly into equal sections when the extension is removed. Each rod comes with five carefully selected tips, all of which are interchangeable throughout the range. The rods feature a delightful parabolic action which bends through to the butt but without compromising the strength at the bottom end. They do not lock up

under pressure, so you are always in full control. Prices: 8/9ft model retails at £149.99 10/11ft £169.99 12/13ft £179.99

The rod tips are fully interchangable throughout the FX range of rods.

Waggler rods These slim, three-piece rods are available in 12ft, 13ft and 14ft versions, with a special 12ft Lite version also available. All of them feature the same delightful parabolic action as the Dual Feeder rods, having bags of power in reserve, and an anti-lock action when under pressure. Designed for both natural and commercial work, the two longest models are great trotting rods that are equally

at home running a float downstream for chub as they are when launching a pellet waggler. The 12ft Lite version features a spliced glass tip that delivers a beautifully soft action which is very forgiving to delicate hooklengths. But, as with its heavier brothers, there are reserves of fish playing action and the anti-lock-up build structure that allows you to give some serious stick to big fish on light lines. Prices: The 12ft and 12ft Lite models retail at £149.99. The 13ft model is priced at £154.99


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SIMPLICITY Preston’s new double elastics makes it much easier to double up on your top kits.

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Doubled pole elastic is all the rage at the minute, and tackle giant Preston Innovations has launched a new rubber that makes setting up your top kits a much simpler task. The elastic is supplied on a spool already doubled up and joined together from end to end, so instead of having to try and run two single strands through the length of your top kit, this new product can simply be dropped or pulled through the top kit. Then your bung and elastic connector can be attached.

Once fitted, the two lengths can then be separated and you are left with two perfectly even lengths of equal tension. It is available in the four most common sizes which are doubled – four, five, six and eight – which have the following diameters: D4 – 0.85mm; D5 – 0.91mm; D6 – 1.06mm; and D8 – 1.25mm. You get 3m of elastic on each spool. Expect to see Prestons Double Elastic in the shops from the middle of June. Price: £3.99

Drennan top kits will fit any pole Drennan has launched three new universal top kits under its Series 7 banner and all come ready elasticated. They will fit a wide range of poles thanks to the 18ins reinforced section at the top kit base that allows you to trim it back to the desired diameter, and this should leave you with a top kit of around 2.5m. You can choose between three different strengths of Drennan’s Carp Bungee hollow elastic. The green 6-8 model is inside the Silverfish top-2 which weighs 60g. Above this

is the Carp top-2 which weighs in at 65g and houses Drennan’s yellow 10-12 elastic. The heaviest model is another Carp top-2 but this one is fitted with pink 14-16 rubber. The stronger

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Fans of Preston Innovations’ popular PR36 eyed hair rig hook will be glad to hear that it is now available in a heavier gauge wire to suit the biggest of carp or hit-and-hold situations. It still features the same out-turned eye that made the PR36 so popular with anglers hair-rigging on commercial fisheries, and the eye is large enough to accept thick diameter lines twice so it can be used in conjunction with the knotless knot. You can get this hook in sizes from 10 to 16 and there are 10 hooks in each packet. Price: £1.20

elastic adds another 5g in weight, taking it to 70g, but it is perfect for taming large carp. Price: £33.95 each

Versatile A dual position clip can be made to grip the line or be left free running.

Smaller Bug k

Specialist tackle giant Gardner has launched a lightweight version of its Bug bite indicator known as the Nano Bug. It weighs in at 3g and has done away with the chain and metal fitting to make it as light as possible and suited to the specialist angler that wants extreme sensitivity or to fish with slack lines. They have a white body, although a limited number of black versions are available, and there is a Betalight slot that allows you to fit an isotope. The Nano Bug comes with a 42cm black cord. Price: £8.99 each


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ANGLING TIMES / TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

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If only it was always like this RICHARD LEE Angling Times editor in chief

Big-fish tactics

When the wind picked up, Steve rowed his baits out for the perfect presentation.

k Big-fish angler Steve Younger decided that 2010 was going to bring more than his beloved zander and pike, so he set his stall out to catch a few different species… beginning with bream. Angling Times editor Richard Lee joined him on his first attempt to bank a big ’un – and what a start it was!

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here’s an old saying in the book of Legendary British Quotes that claims ‘there are no shortcuts to life’s great achievements’. But that well worn piece of wisdom can’t be levelled at the world of fishing for there is always a stroke to be pulled, and advantages to be gained, in tracking down your target fish. When Steve Younger decided the 2010 season would be about going back to his roots and trying to catch more than the predators that have made him famous, he didn’t just put a pin in a map and declare: “I’ll have a stab here.” It was far more calculated than that. Some years ago myself, fellow journalist Steve Broad and Younger’s fishing pal Mark Fox tackled an unfished Northamptonshire gravel pit. The result was virgin carp, tench, and bream to 14lb. The venue was eventually purchased by Tony Bridgefoot and became Mallard Lake, part of the Bluebell Lakes phenomenon. Those early

pioneering trips had been mentally logged by people in the know, and it was on a swim that had produced a big bream to Foxy that Steve had set up camp. With his personal-best slab standing at a little over 12lb, I was confident there were a couple of resident specimens easily capable of setting a new landmark. When chasing dreams, anglers have to try and stack the cards in their favour, and selecting the right venue, and then the right peg, is absolutely crucial to success. For you can thrash the water to a foam, but if the fish you so desperately want doesn’t live in the place you are targeting, you’re never going to catch it! A simple philosophy but one so many people choose to ignore as the romance of the sport glazes the Polaroids with a rose tint. Before a rig was even cast, it was a case Steve scoping out the area in front of him, looking for the exact right spot to

position the traps. On natural venues, bream are normally located some distance from the bank, whereas on commercial fisheries sometimes a margin pole is all that’s required to haul them in. But sit yourself down on a big pit, or Irish lough, and slabs seem to demand space. It’s almost as if they crave vast areas to graze over. The other critical factor for location is the underwater features. On gravel pits, the lakebed can rise and fall with

A cage feeder was chosen.

steep-sided bars, and it’s often at the bottom of drop-offs that you’ll discover your prize. To help detail the underwater features, Steve and pal Andy Dickinson rigged up a depth finder on a little rowing boat and paddled out, combing every inch to build a mental picture of what lay in front of him. There was a large, weedy 8ft plateau covering several tennis courts and this suddenly plunged to 14ft. While a decent haul of tench could have been possible from on top of the shelf in the shallower water, Steve felt that his best chance of a big bream was at the bottom of the drop off where fish would naturally patrol. To give you an idea of the size of the task, Mallard Lake is approximately 15 acres, and although it is unknown how many bream reside in the water, I’d wager you wouldn’t need two hands to count them. This was a tall order, especially in front of the Angling Times cameras, but when the rods are out, there’s always a chance! With the marker buoy in place some 60 yards from the bank, it was time to prebait and prime the swim with particles. These days big bream on gravel pits get a rich larder of pellets due to the amount of bait spodded out by carp anglers. Kilos and kilos of fishmeal-based pellet and boilies goes into these waters and it is this factor that has helped push the UK bream record up to 22lb 9oz. But with spring a little slow in arriving, and water temperatures quite low, Steve elected to be very sparing with the oily feed and went right back to basics. According to fish scientists, fishmeal is to be avoided in the colder months because many species find it hard to digest. He’d brought with him a gallon of dead maggots, which are a great feed as they don’t wriggle away into the silt and

Venue Information

Bluebell Lakes Located: Tansor, Northants, PE8 5HP. Tel. 01832 226042. Description: An all-round angler’s paradise with carp over 50lb being taken in the last few weeks, plus huge bream, chub and tench spread over six lakes. Pleasure anglers can also enjoy incredible sport from big shoals of bream and roach on Bluebell Lake. The river and backwater offer plenty of fun when the season opens. A full shop, café, showers and toilets makes it ideal for the whole family.

weed; two gallons of live maggots; some soaked groats, which give off a very milky residue in the water; and a gallon of hemp. Steve took to the boat and spread the feed all around the marker. He put half the particles in on the first night, and would top-up on the second evening. It was the back-end of the session that he believed would give him the best chance of a bream stumbling across the trap. As Steve ladelled the grub in off the boat, a slick of oil and micro particles hung enticingly in the crystal clear water. Once back on dry land, the rods were prepared – two Avon-style 12-footers with a forgiving action that allowed hooks as small as a size 18 to be

used, but with backbone enough to chuck a 2oz feeder to the mark. The rig was a cage feeder with a 4ins hooklength with two fake maggots on a hair, and two real maggots on a size 12 hook. The buoyant nature of the plastic grubs meant the bait just sat above the thin carpet of weed and detritus that coated the lakebed, making it easy for fish to spot it. Then came the wait. For if you are in a battle against bream, your two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Choose the right lake, the perfect swim, the ideal bait and


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Martin Bowler is on the track of one of the biggest fish around our coastline

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Learn some more of the secrets to catching a specimen stillwater bream

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Have you tried it yet? Matt Hayes goes flyfishing for pike – and raves about it

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Then came the wait. For if you are in a battle against bream, your two most powerful warriors are patience and time Steve Younger, big-fish specialist

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a deadly rig and still you may fail, but when the indicator does eventually sound, the rewards will be rich and impressive. It was about 32 hours later, at 6.02am to be precise, that the silence was broken by the single bleep on his right-hand alarm. Steve ambled to his rod without urgency, but his manner quickened when the indicator arm lifted two inches. He swept the rod back in an instant strike and a deep curve ran through the carbon. He gently coaxed the heavy weight towards him, being careful not to rush the fight – he’d waited long enough for this moment not to mess it up at the final hurdle. Up popped the big black frame of an enormous fish – the

surrender was complete – and seconds later she simply fell into the arms of the outstretched landing net. It was a personal best all right…but just how big? At a colossal 16lb 10 oz it was one of the biggest bream in the country this year, and the largest ever captured ‘live’ for the Angling Times cameras. Next stop for Steve is a big tench… and on this form, I reckon he might just do it!

Who is Steve Younger? A zander expert with fish to 17lb 4oz, Steve live in King’s Lynn and runs Specialist Angling Supplies. Book him for guided trips here or abroad (he is also an expert on sailfish). Tel: 01553

Maggots, dead or alive, make great bream fodder.

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ANGLING TIMES / TUESDAY, MAY25, 2010

Tactics Fishing the old way

A taste of how it used WRITTEN BY BEN HERVEY-MURRAY

The one that didn’t get away – despite the ancient tackle, this tench was mine.

TOP TIP A slim, dense-bodied buoyant float like a peacock quill pattern stays stable in windy conditions and cuts through surface drift well, keeping the hookbait stationary and in prime position for longer. Old but good!

All-round big-fish angler and writer

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he hand-painted white band on my peacock quill float dipped just below the waterline and crept back towards the surface before sailing off, the bright orange tip steadily disappearing away from the glare of the morning sunshine and the reflections of a reedbed. There is no more iconic sight in British coarse fishing. Striking, it felt like another good rudd but the Milbro Planet rod – an 8ft lightweight all-round model finished in a suitably-vintage shade of bottle green – isn’t the best line of communication between fish and angler, so it wasn’t until the tench made for the nearby lily pads that it revealed its true size. Thankfully, although older than me by quite some way, the clutch on the Le Omnia Super fixed-spool reel still worked and gave line to the angry fish in small measures, but with enough pressure to persuade it that a change of direction would be a good idea. After plodding from snag to snag in a very tench-like fashion, it eventually tired and the little rod – some three or four feet shorter than I’m used to using but still light, well-built and reasonably pokey – began to exert useful pressure on the fish as it rolled on the surface. The broad Bentley-green shoulders suggested a good-sized specimen. With the net out and a pair of rubbery lips showing, the prize was almost mine but the tench made one last desperate run for freedom towards a small clump of reeds close to the bank. The small rod couldn’t provide enough leverage to turn the fish and the low-ratio reel couldn’t gain enough line in time – the trace pinged off a reed stem and the hook-hold failed. After spending the winter and autumn in pursuit of big fish using every means at my disposal I decided that a return to some of angling’s more basic values would be a useful and enjoyable exercise. No bolt rigs, fake

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Broad Bentley-green shoulders suggested a good specimen Ben Hervey-Murray


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to be... baits, bite alarms, carbon-fibre or fancy lures – just a vintage rod and reel, a selection of hand-made peacock quill floats (courtesy of Willow Grange Tackle’s stock of lovingly-crafted traditional floats) and baits your grandpa would have heard of – maggots, sweetcorn, barley and worms. This sort of tackle was standard equipment for many anglers during the golden age of Richard Walker and his pioneering friends, so I was also keen to gain a greater appreciation of how much harder it was to catch a decent-sized fish on this sort of set-up,

The quill’s bright tip reflects in the mirror-like water.

the limitations of which were cruelly pointed out to me by that big tench. Life without 12ft of carbon and a reel full of ball-bearings isn’t easy. Using this tackle on a commercial venue would almost be an insult to its makers and their craftsmanship, but with the rivers closed and truly wild stillwaters that are realistically fishable with this vintage tackle at a premium, I was at a loss until I was pointed towards

a small lake near Chittering, Cambridgeshire. It was a place that I’d not fished before. Reed-lined margins, lily pads in abundance, surrounded by fields and willow trees and containing a decent head of sizable tench, bream Le Omnia Super, pe and rudd, it sounded perfect – and acock quill and a nic e rudd. it was. Bigger than a tennis court up to 10ft deep, it has some useful drop-offs close to the bank where fish Losing that fish made me realise that patrol during feeding time before going there was far more of an art to catching back to sulk in the deeper areas. a specimen on such tackle than I first It’s the sort of innocent, quiet place assumed, plus the disappointment at where you would have happily spent coming so close to landing it was also school holidays fishing for tiny silver proportionately higher for the effort I’d fish among the weed beds, occasionally expended in hooking it in the first getting snapped up by an unseen place. I would be back, and I would land monster, and now a perfect venue to one of those tench on this tackle – so I blow the cobwebs from the elderly vowed at the end of that session. tackle and catch a classic summer Some days later, on a sunny morning species or two on traditional techniques. with a gentle breeze rippling the water That first morning on the lake when I around the lake’s sole island, I again encountered the big tench had been a took station and cast towards the clear learning experience. Tackle of a certain channel where I’d hooked the runaway age often requires a definite technique tench. This time I’d tackled up with a to using it, and this rod and reel were no smaller quill float so I could see every exception. Casting brings out the most minute bite through the incredibly fine noticeable differences, with far more and sensitive tapered tip – as good as energy being used in standing up on any insert waggler if shotted correctly. every chuck so the terminal tackle clears A bed of sweetcorn, barley, rice and the vegetation around the swim and other similar particles – all boiled giving it a bit more welly than you’d together in molasses – set a trap for any have to use on a modern float rod. patrolling fish and I sat back to enjoy the Striking also required more effort to sunshine, keeping one eye on the pick up any slack line (6lb Maxima – you centimetre or so of red float that lay four can’t get much more traditional) and rodlengths out in about 6ft of water and the reel’s narrow spool wasn’t the most occasionally feeding some maggots or a efficient casting tool, but after a while few grains of corn. the tackle’s foibles grew on me and I After the sort of wait that leaves you enjoyed the miniature battles with rudd contemplating a re-bait and another and perch on the soft-actioned rod and ball of feed, the stumpy float – set to having to reel rapidly to gain line on any suspend my maggot and caster an inch sort of fish. off the bottom – gave one dip and then That was, until one of the lake’s trundled off to the left, slowly resident tench eventually decided to disappearing from view. I struck take my double red maggot hookbait. straight away and the vintage rod

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showed a healthy bend as a confused tench wondered what had happened to its late-morning breakfast before setting off on a determined exploration of the lily roots that hedged the swim. This time, however, I’d learnt my lesson and by using my arms and body position to gain extra leverage I just kept the tench out of the half-dozen or so snags it had access to within short swimming range, all the while reeling furiously to keep everything taut. If this reel was the 'Super' model then I’d hate to be stuck with the non-super version! Giving a characteristic nod-nod on the rod tip, my quarry tried to explore every possible escape route but with each lunge I hung on, slowly gaining line on to the miniature spool and hoping it would soon be beaten. Eventually, and with one predictable and final escape attempt thwarted, the tench was mine and a bright orange eye looked up at me from the net folds. On a modern specimen rod the fight would have been a virtual formality but this tackle, despite its shortcomings, provided a vastly different experience – far more physically demanding than hanging on to a pole while the elastic does the work, or using a carp rod to winch in something weighing barely more than its test curve rating. While not as big as the one I lost – isn’t this always the case in vintage fishing tales? – the tinca was still a fantastic fin-perfect summer fish, and the quill float nestling in the net beside it reminded me that this was one specimen I’d really worked for. So although it’s not be the biggest tench I’ve landed this year, it’s certainly the hardest-won and the most satisfying - for that the makers of the Milbro Planet and Le Omnia Super have my sincere thanks.

Venue details

Willow Grange lake – situated near Chittering, Cambridgeshire on the A10 between Cambridge and Ely – also contains carp and roach and is fishable on a day ticket. For more information contact Willow Grange tackle shop on 01353 649573 or info@willowgrange.co.uk or visit www.willowgrange.com

Five Vintage Tips

The way it used to be – and still a great way to spend a day fishing.

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Boiling up a large vat of barley, rice, sweetcorn and chickpeas in their own juices with a good helping of molasses and letting the whole lot reduce down to a syrupy mess provides a classic cheap tench and carp groundbait that really works.

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A peacock quill float is very effective due its stability, sensitive tapered tip and inconspicuous appearance. Minute changes in depth often bring about instant bites. A couple of inches overdepth or an inch off the bottom are two good options, and try dead-depth, especially with non-live baits like sweetcorn. Accurate plumbing is essential.

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Ring the changes with hookbaits. Try an inch of worm and a grain of corn, or a dark caster with a single red maggot. The buoyancy of a floating caster will help balance the hookbait in the water.

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Look for clear areas and channels between reeds, lily pads and weedbeds where the fish patrol and look for food at certain times of the day – these are prime ambush points.

Tackle Breakdown ROD: Milbro Planet 8ft glassfibre, two-piece REEL: Le Omnia Super fixed-spool FLOATS: Hand-made peacock quill floats MAINLINE: 6lb Maxima HOOKLENGTH: 4.4lb Silstar Matchteam HOOK: Mustad Ultrapoint Freshwater Eyed Maggot in sizes 18 and 16


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The leger rig every angler should be using WRITTEN BY RICH WILBY

Nash Tackle media manager

k A gadget that came to prominence 20 years ago has had a significant facelift, to make life much easier for all anglers

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e’ve come a long way since hair curlers for feeders and washing up bottle tops for bobbins. Rigs have advanced to such a degree that not only do they perform brilliantly and consistently, they are also very easy to tie and safe for fish. Tactics that were once purely the domain of big-carp hunters, who used to create all manner of complicated rigs in the secrecy of their sheds and garages, have now been honed for every angler. Whether you fish for barbel on rivers, big tench, bream and carp on gravel pits, or small commercials, there is one simple solution that can be adapted for all anglers. The ‘lead clip’ was first brought to prominence by Kevin Nash two decades ago when he was fishing famous Harefield and kept being ‘cut off’ because he was presenting his bait over gravel bars. For those of you who have never fished a gravel pit, bars can often attract fish to feed, but they are sharp, and slice through line like a knife through butter. The clip was employed so that the leger would

Rich Wilby with a nice double, fooled using his new lead clip set-up.

be instantly shed from the rig and the carp could be played high in the water, keeping the mono out of trouble. That early clip has now developed into a system that should be in every angler’s bag because it allows instant change between legers and feeders, it never tangles, and if you ever get snagged the weight will break away, leaving you connected to your catch. Here’s how to use the 2010 system. The basic rule of a lead clip set-up is that the weight must eject before the hooklink swivel pulls out. To ensure this, the super tough Nash Safety Bolt Beads have a unique Safety Pin Lock System, which fixes the hooklink swivel inside the clip to ensure the lead or feeder will discharge. This guarantees the hooklink swivel never comes loose, which is a frequent problem on other designs I have tested. Common mistakes that I have witnessed on the bank with lead clip rigs are anglers pushing the tail rubber on far too tightly – I have also seen and found rigs where the tail rubber has been glued on! How far you push the tail rubber on to the Bolt Bead dictates the amount of pressure needed for the lead to eject. If I am fishing in open water, on a lake that I believe has minimal underwater obstacles, I will push the rubber halfway on to the clip. This is the maximum weight security for me and I will still always lubricate the Bolt Bead before I push the tail rubber over, just to be certain the lead will discharge if I need it to. More and more lakes across the country have an abundance of weed in them during the warmer months. Fishery owners are no longer allowed to use effective herbicide control, so it is

a problem that more anglers need to come to terms with if they are to know how to fish safely and effectively. For extra confidence on weedy venues I use the Nash Safety Weed Bolt Beads –these purposely designed shorter lead clips guarantee the lead is ditched on the take or the first run. Even if you’re fishing a clear open-water spot, you can be sure that a hooked fish will fight on the top and not take you into submerged weedbeds. One downside with the Weed Bold Beads is that if you are casting out with a PVA bag, or fishing at extreme range, the lead can come off on impact with the water. To alleviate the problem all you need to do is secure the lead in place with some PVA tape. This tape dissolves after a few minutes in water, and I find a couple of granny knots are enough to secure it. From a carper’s perspective, the Bolt Bead system allows me to quickly connect the lead I need for the job, which will be determined by the rig I use and the range I’m fishing at. For margin fishing I prefer using a flat pear-shaped lead, but for long to medium range I like the dumpy pear versions as I’m convinced they transmit what is on the bottom more effectively down the rod blank when feathered down on a tight line. Feeling and understanding the depth and what is on the bottom with just the lead attached to a Bolt Bead is essential for my short day session fishing. I will often clip on a 3oz dumpy lead for this job and either keep it on or swap over to the lead style and size I think is most suitable. On short day trips it is rare for me to use a marker rod as I’m hoping to drop on fish immediately and get a quick bite without creating lots of disturbance. If you’re a tench angler, match angler or barbel angler, the quick-change clip will allow you to switch between maggot and groundbait feeders in an instant. I might have been a bit slow in spotting the potential of the Bolt Bead, but I have certainly made up it in the last few years. It is my first-choice lead system on both ultra-tough and easy, heavily stocked waters. It suits my distance fishing and my margin stalking. I consider myself a versatile angler, and this set-up gives me a whole stack of options which is essential on busy day-ticket lakes. If you’ve never tried one before – give it a go!

LOOP KNOT

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This figure-of-eight loop knot is one of the strongest around, and allows you to use a quick change swivel without any fear of the rig coming undone at vital moments.

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The quick-change swivel with sleeve allows you to change rigs instantly and thread the hooklink through a PVA stick if conditions suggest this is the method to use.

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The Bolt Bead system allows me to quickly connect the lead I need for the job, which will be determined by the rig I use and the range I’m fishing at Rich Wilby, Nash


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Go online to discover more great set-ups The big man with big opinions. Read Des Taylor to try on your next session, only at:

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Lead clip tips Rig tubing

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Longer than the hooklink, this tubing greatly reduces the likelihood of tangles, especially when fishing at long range. It makes a firm fit into the tail rubber

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Never push the tail rubber on too tightly – always test the amount of pressure needed for the lead to eject in your hands before casting, and adjust if need be.

2 BOLT BEAD

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The Nash Safety version has a pin locking the swivel in place, and the smooth leg and tail rubber allow the lead to release very easily so the carp rises in the water.

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Use PVA tape to secure the lead in place on the Safety Bolt Bead when casting at range or with a PVA bag.

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Don’t mix different manufacturers’ components together for any lead clip rig as this could make the set-up less effective and even unsafe. Choose your lead weight and style when you arrive in the swim – let your tactics and the conditions dictate what to use.

5 LEAD

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The large eye sits nicely in the swivel, the camouflage coating matches the lakebed and will take on flavours. You can use this dumpy pear pattern for leading around.

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The quick-change swivel allows you to change rigs almost instantly, from PVA bag to feeder to a simple boilie set-up.


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Tv channels

What’s hot on the TV k Quest = FREEVIEW 38, Sky 168 National Geographic = Sky 526, Virgin 230 E! = Sky 151, Virgin 156

Sky Sports 3 = Sky 403, Virgin 513 Sky Sports 2 = Sky 402, Virgin 512 Discovery Channel = Sky 520, Virgin 212

TV choice - Your seven-day guide to everything fish, fishing and nature TUESDAY

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may 27

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go Fishing: Fishing summer lakes

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Hooked on Fishing

Fishing Road Trip UsA: massachusetts

may 25

Angling pro John Wilson is tackling two summer environments this time, as he fishes for perch and tench. Plus, more tips and tactics from the master. k Discovery Shed 05:30

lake escapes

PICK OF THE DAY

Local angling expert Colin Bunn guides Matt Hayes to the banks of the River Ebro in northern Spain in search of the ‘purrrrfect’ catfish. k Discovery Shed 00:30

extreme Fishing with Robson green Rosbon sets out to land the highly intelligent dorado fish, before catching and eating a jellyfish. Elsewhere, he sees the devastating effects of dynamite fishing and is left to fend for himself overnight on a tropical island. k FIVER 9:00

John Wilson’s Dream Fishing

Join angling expert John Wilson and his buddy Martin Bowler and witness how they use stalking, wading and legering tactics to catch some colossal chub and buoyant barbel in River Wye in Wales. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Bob nudd on Coarse

Bob Nudd shows us how to surface-fish for carp at Pisces Country Park. k Horse and Country 12:00

Angling expert John Wilson is back on the river to talk tactics and share techniques for catching barbel. k Discovery Shed 05:30

extreme Fishing with Robson green Documentary in which Robson Green looks back at his ten best moments from two series of ‘Extreme Fishing’. k FIVER 09:00

John Wilson’s Dream Fishing

John steps aboard PICK Andrew Alsop’s THE boat White Water 11, OF DAY as our ace anglers head to the edge of the Gulf Stream in search of blue sharks. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Bob nudd on Coarse

Angling legend John Wilson makes a special journey to Sweden’s Klaralven River, where he tries raft-fishing on its famous waters. k Discovery Shed 05:30

extreme Fishing with Robson PICK green OF THE DAY The journey begins in southern Africa, where Robson seeks the legendary vundu catfish at Lake Kariba. Then in Zimbabwe, Robson visits Lake Mteri for an encounter with a wide-mouth bass. Finally, Robson heads off to Victoria Falls to fish in a deep pool known as the ‘boiling pot’. k FIVER 09:00

John Wilson’s Dream Fishing

The Fields End fishery in Cambridgeshire is this week’s venue as Bob Nudd shares with us some of his tried-andtested tips. k Horse and Country 12:00

Setting out from Jersey’s St Helier harbour in the Channel Islands, angling ace John Wilson fishes offshore for bass, bull-huss and tope. How will our fishing fanatic fare? k Discovery Shed 10:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Bob nudd on Coarse

Matt takes you on another fantastic fishing trip. k Quest 17:00

nick Hancock’s Fishing school

The six aspiring apprentices split into two teams and are put through a series of intensive tasks. Are these angling amateurs up to the challenge? k Discovery Shed 17:30

Former world champ Bob Nudd continues his series of fishing techniques and tips. k Horse and Country 12:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Join master angler Matt Hayes as he takes you on one of the most fantastic fishing trips on the box. k Quest 17:00

Across

may 28

Angling legend John Wilson makes a special journey to Sweden’s Klaralven River, where he tries raft-fishing on its famous waters. k Discovery Shed 05:30

John Wilson’s Dream Fishing

Angling ace John Wilson joins Ronnie Campbell in the beautiful Loch Etive as they hunt a variety of smaller species, including spur dogfish and thornback rays. k Discovery Shed 10:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Join master angler Matt Hayes as he takes you on one of the most fantastic fishing trips on the box. k Quest 17:00

Tight lines

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

John Wilson’s Fishing World: grass Carp Fishing in Arkansas

John Wilson hooks up with angling fanatic Chris Tarrant at the Elms Lake in Arkansas. They are after carp and largemouth bass, but can they catch a colossus? k Discovery Shed 22:00

ClUes

may 29

Fishing pro John Wilson is on Ireland’s Loch Swilly in search of the small tope shark, thornback ray and dogfish. Will he score the hat-trick? k Discovery Shed 05:30

Hooked on Fishing: Belly-Boating For Trout The Swanswater Fishery plays host as powerhouse Paul meets up with maverick Mark Morrison for a spot of troublesome trout fishing. k Discovery Shed 06:00

Hywel morgan on Fishing

The final part of Hywel Morgan’s Flyfishing Masterclass. The World Flycasting Champion both teaches and inspires you to become a better flyfisherman. k Horse and Country 06:30

Tight lines

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 the tips and tactics you could need. k Sky Sports 3 07:00

lake escapes

Ace angler Matt Hayes flies to the PICK scenic island of OF THE DAY Faial in the Azores, where he takes his hi-tech fishing boat and sets off in search of the mighty blue marlin. k Discovery Shed 10:00

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may 30

may 31

Powerhouse Paul and angling ace Jon are chomping at the bit as they go in search of yellow tail snappers and razor-toothed barracuda. Watch those fingers! k Discovery Shed 06:00

Hywel morgan on Fishing

In the first of the series, the World Flycasting Champion gives you the hints and tips that will improve your flyfishing, in some of the most beautiful locations available. k Horse and Country 06:00

lake escapes

At Castle Leslie Lake, in Northern Ireland, expert angler Matt Hayes heads out in search of pike. How will our fishing fanatic fare? k Discovery Shed 10:00

Hooked: monster Fishing – mongolian Terror Trout

Fish researcher Dr Zeb Hogan goes in search of the Mongolian Terror Trout. Known to grow up to 7ft long, it eats fish as well as some small mammals. k National Geographic 15:00

John Wilson’s Fishing World grass Carp Fishing in Arkansas

PICK OF THE DAY

John Wilson hooks up with Chris Tarrant at the Elms Lake in Arkansas. They are after carp and large-mouth bass, but can they catch a colossus? k Discovery Shed 22:00

At the spectacular Deerfield River in Massachusetts, angling expert Paul Young enjoys some great flyfishing sport with the help of guide Walt Geryk. k Discovery Shed 04:40

Fishing Road Trip UsA: new Hampshire

At Franconia Notch State Park lake, Paul meets passionate brook trout fisherman Ritchie Bernard, who shows the best way to catch trophy-sized brookies. k Discovery Shed 05:05

Day Ticket: River Test

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Anglers Richard DAY Garner and Trevor Pritchard round off the series by targeting grayling, trout and the legendary giant pike. Will the lads be up to the challenge of the River Test? k Discovery Shed 05:30

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

Matt Hayes’ fishing odyssey continues. Join the ace angler for another memorable fishing excursion. k Quest 16:00

Total Fishing with matt Hayes

If fishing is your thing, then tune in to master angler Matt Hayes as he takes you on one of the most fantastic fishing trips on the box. k Quest 16:30

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