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Spread the spots Mentally break down your swim into sections or areas and try to cover different features with each rod. Seeing people dotting all three rods across the top of the same bar is more likely to limit what you catch than increase your chances. I’ll often start with a rod in the silt, one on a harder area and one down the margins for example. If one rod is producing a few then you just switch other rods to a similar feature or area to try and get a second rod producing. If the rod on the silt catches, then move another one to a softer bottom. Be flexible with rod position, start in three different areas, then reposition them based on what the fish are telling you.

“Seeing people dotting all three rods across the top of the same bar is more likely to limit what you catch than increase your chances.”

Late show It's a regular thing at Royston, come 8pm the fish start to show right through until around 4am and the amount of eyes looking for them between those times is very few. I fish as much as possible between work which means casting out in the dark and reeling back in in the dark. For me to catch fish in that short window then I need to be

on fish. Most evenings I'll wait until they start showing before I choose a swim. One night when the lake was fishing very hard I stayed up most of the evening chucking at showing fish. By morning I must have cast out 60 times, each time to showing fish - but I had five bites during the night and landed four carp. Don’t stick your head in an ipad or phone as soon as it gets dark – keep your eyes peeled!

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