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NASH E-ZINE WINTER 2016

Nice and tight Ensuring you are getting back on the same spot is the difference between a lucky bite and potentially a big hit. Some feeding areas can be large but some can be very small so using Spot On Stix sticks even at close range, wrapping up and hitting the clip with the rod every time will get you more bites. On many occasions I watch people cast at Royston and after the third attempt you can see them thinking that will do...

If the producing spot is two rod lengths away from your hookbait then you might catch but you could also be two rod lengths away from a bite. When the weather is hot at Royston a lot of fish can be caught on the top of the plateau which is a very tight area. On a flat calm day it’s at 9.5 wraps, the same area with a big crosswind means you need to clip at just short of 12 wraps to land in the same place…

The inside line We hear it all the time… don’t ignore the margins. But it might surprise you quite how much more productive the margins are than anywhere else at Royston. Around three quarters of all the captures have come within a rod length of the bank. Most of my favourite captures have come within one FOOT of the bank and in some swims, the tighter the better. Pay attention to subtle shows and fizzing close in and don't be afraid to fish under your rod tips. Some swims have immediate drop offs and others can be sloped. The best advice is to gently lower a lead around to find flatter areas or more gentle sloping shelves otherwise you’ll be fishing a single bait and all your free offerings will have rolled down the shelf! Always remember that first rod length is the magic area.

“Most of my favourite captures have come within one FOOT of the bank and in some swims, the tighter the better.”

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Ezine January 2017