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INSIDE THIS ISSUE POP-UPS P4 WORMY

Korum’s Phil Spinks explains why a nice big lobworm fished off the bottom is irresistible to big perch.

EDITOR’S COMMENT

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HAT a month – Mother Nature really stuck the boot in as most of the country disappeared under water, and my plans to sneak off to the Wye were soon shelved as virtually every river in the country broke its banks. But it wasn’t just as simple as changing to a stillwater, as much of the Nene valley was also heavily flooded and many local fisheries were under several feet of water. In the end I tackled a small commercial water not really known for its pike population, and had a right result with this cracking fish (below). It is slightly ironic that this issue has a river fishing feature, but hopefully by the time you read this everything will be back to normal. We’ve also got a cracking perch feature, technical stuff on drifter fishing, and how to pop up a deadbait. Whatever happens, I hope you’ve managed to get out, and that the weather behaves itself so we can all enjoy some good predator fishing in 2013.

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A pair of 3lb-plus perch that fell to popped-up lobs.

POP UP THOSE WORMS With a string of big perch to his name, Korum’s Phil Spinks reckons popping up lobworms for perch can be a tactic that’s hard to beat for big stripeys 4 - December 2012

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HEN THE weather gets cooler my attention turns to specimen perch. Anybody that’s caught a 3lb-plus perch will agree that they are an impressive fish. A variety of methods will catch perch, from deadbaits to maggots, even livebaits, but the bait that I think beats them all is a great big juicy lobworm. I don’t know what it is that perch love about lobs – whether it’s the taste of the worm, or the frantic action as it writhes and wriggles around that attracts them – but one thing is for sure, perch love them. One downside to lobworms

is their price. Buying them in a tackle shop can be expensive, but keep your worms in tip-top condition with a bit of TLC and they will last a lot longer than you would expect. I’ve got a box of lobworms that have kept fresh for more than two months. That equates to many perch sessions – 100 lobworms, if looked after, will last for a very long time. I keep my lobworms in the garage in a plastic box. In the box is some torn-up or shredded newspaper that has been dampened, some fallen leaves, and the best bit – free recycling of vegetable peelings! Keep the whole lot slightly damp at all times.


Take great care when injecting air into lobworms.

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“I’ve got a box of lobworms that have kept fresh for more than two months. That’s a long time, and equates to many perch sessions” Hide and seek

Lots of people like to fish for perch tight to marginal reeds, snaggy trees and drop-offs. My attack, however, revolves around targeting the open water – often a much neglected area of the lake when perch are the target. Before I start fishing I’ll have a walk around. I’m looking for signs of activity – this could be small fish dimpling, scattering on the water’s surface or swirling just beneath it. If I see any of these it gives me a good area to try out. Perch fishing is often thought of as complicated, with all sort of technical

jargon that can quite frankly make novices retreat to the comfort of an armchair and a log fire rather than venture out on a cold day. In reality, it’s extremely simple and can be done by anyone. The first thing to bear in mind is resistance. Perch hate it, and if the big four-pounder that you have spent many nights dreaming about picks up your lobworm and feels resistance it will quite quickly spit your worm out and leave you bewildered. I use free-running rigs for perch fishing. The Running Rig Kits from Korum create the ideal set-up that won’t tangle on the cast. To the

Perch mouths are capacious enough to easily engulf the largest of lobworms.

free-running clip I attach a small 1.5oz lead. This is the perfect size to keep the rig anchored to the bottom when the bait is picked up, but it doesn’t crash through the water and create unnecessary

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Pop up those worms Continued

disturbance. In my spare time I like to make up hooklinks and store them on a Maxi Rig Board. This keeps me organised and also gives me more time with my baits in the water. My hooklinks are made using Xpert Power Mono in 4lb or 6lb and size 6 Xpert Specialist hooks. Perch have

LIne runs freely through the lead, offering no resistance to a big perch.

huge, cavernous mouths for their size, and bigger hooks give me more confidence – the sharp Xpert Specialist pattern is just perfect for the bony-mouthed stripeys.

Injected air

The only time I will use a lobworm straight from the tub is under a float, much preferring to inject a small

amount of air into the bait. The injected air makes the bait fall much more slowly through the water, occasionally resulting in an instant take as the worm is wriggling on its way down. A small split shot keeps the bait anchored to the bottom, while the twisting and turning of the worm attracts the attentions of big perch. I use a fine syringe to inject air into the darker head of the worm. This is completely my personal preference because either end can be injected. The worm is hooked through the middle, giving me the best chance of hooking the perch no matter how it picks up the bait.

Bite indication

There are a few different ways to show up your bites when perch fishing. My personal choice is drop-off indicators. As soon as the fish picks up the bait, the indicator pings off and line is free to peel off the reel with no resistance at all. I use Korum Bite Indicator Kits for all my fishing. Their 6 - December 2012


“Be prepared for a hectic time when the perch come on the feed”

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Perch are actually quite delicate – treat them carefully.

can be adjusted to grip the line or to ping off when a perch or an eel picks up your hookbait. The indicators can all be changed around to suit the individual and come with a handy glow-in-the-dark head for fishing into the night. When a fish takes the worm, my line pings out of the bite indicator and a bleep sounds for the KBI Bite Alarm – only one bleep is needed to alert me to a fish picking up the bait, after which I strike without further delay. It’s been a frantic session.

I’ve had a huge number of perch in the swim – a red-letter day. I’ve caught more than a dozen 2lb perch, including three 3lb fish to 3lb 4oz. There have been a few times when I’ve had bites on the drop, having to quickly let out line before the fish drops the worm. It’s not always this easy, and stillwater perch seem to have feeding spells. These may only last an hour, but be prepared for a hectic time when they feed. Try a popped-up lobworm – it works! AnglingTımes

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Eddie Turner and friends invented the drifter float many years ago, and apart from a few minor tweaks nothing has really changed and it still remains an under-used pike catching tactic

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EARCH through any piker’s bag and you’ll come across a drifter float, but the chances are it will also still be in its packet. Although it is a great way of fishing for pike you’ll hardly ever see anyone using one. The idea behind it is that the

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An off-the-shelf drifter set-up.

vaned float acts like a sail and drags your bait out into the lake. There are obviously some issues here, in the fact that first the wind needs to be off your back, so that the float can travel out into the lake. This isn’t essential, however, and with a little effort it is possible to drift your bait at an angle. The technique is easy to grasp. You mount a dead or livebait on to a trace and then set the float depth at your chosen level. You then need to flick the baited rig out into the ripple, so that the breeze can catch the vane and push the float across the surface. This in turn drags the bait along and you cover loads of water and, hopefully, your bait will pass over a pike’s

head, and it will feed. There are things that you need to master when drifter fishing. Most floats come with instructions and are very user-friendly to set up. However, there are a few things that people won’t tell you. Although you can use normal mono with this technique, it does make it difficult. This type of line sinks, which reduces the float’s ability to move. To get round this you need to grease your line so that it floats, or use floating braid. Using braid, although expensive, is by far the best method. The fact that it is buoyant on its own and has no stretch means that even when you get a bite at extreme range you

can set the hooks. Another thing worth mentioning is swapping the colour of your vane. This really does make a difference to visibility, and it’s amazing how well you can see a black float on white water.

Simple technique

Lots of anglers have never tried using a drifter, and that’s such a shame considering how easy it is to do and the fact that it covers just so much water. I have a small pit near my home and thanks to its irregular shape I can wander round with a drifter rod and cover lots of different areas. This is a great day out and has resulted in some great sport. I use a sea angler’s beach

“You flick the baited rig out into the ripple, so the breeze can catch the vane and push the float across the surface. This drags the bait along, you cover loads of water and hopefully it will pass over the head of a feeding pike” 10 - December 2012


Different coloured vanes suit varying light conditions.

spike to keep the rod vertical in the air, which helps the wind to catch the line and move the float. You need to control the line because the bow of it will affect how the float moves, and can drag it off line. This same effect can also be used to steer the float so that you can fully explore an area. I cover each area in sections, and pop the line in a clip to hold the float in place before letting it go to cover the next section of water. Bait-wise, I tend to use large deadbaits and I fish these high in the water to create a big silhouette. This is often all that’s needed to trigger a pike into action. Once the temperatures fall and the pike’s metabolism slows they become less A line clip holds your float in place.

A beach spike helps to keep the rod-tip high, allowing wind to catch the line.

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Drifter fishing Continued

A big deadbait is perfect for drifter fishing.

aggressive. This means that you have to fish baits closer to the lakebed and slow your drift down, to give a lethargic predator a chance to attack your bait. A drifter isn’t just about covering water – it can also be a way of presenting a bait at long range to get to areas that normally don’t see a bait. It is amazing how many takes you get when your float reaches a certain area. I well remember fishing with a mate Line grease helps to keep your line on the surface.

on a Midlands reservoir and we used try every trick in the book to get a float out to the area first and quickest. Although using a drifter can be tricky, it is definitely a technique that’s worth mastering and you will reap the rewards. My advice would be to set up a rod and just go

A very slowly drifted deadbait tempted this fish on a cold day.

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out to fish the drifter. This allows you to move so that the wind is always perfect, and will give you a chance to master all the techniques needed to get the drifter working effectively. Don’t just sit there, get a drifter set-up and cover some water and catch those pike. AnglingTımes


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Making your bait stand up off the bottom not only makes it more visible but is a great way of beating weed or silt. Go on, says Steve Broad, get them off the deck

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Three routes to achieving a popped-up deadbait.

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AKING my deadbaits buoyant is a key part of my piking, in fact it’s very rarely that I actually present a bait

hard on the bottom. There are lots of different ways of making your baits float, all of which are easy to get the hang of. A buoyant bait can be weighted so it sinks slowly and will come to rest on top of weed and remain visible. Or it can simply sit there in a blatant way, almost saying ‘come and eat me.’ The easiest way of popping up a bait is to use a syringe to inject air into it until it floats. The down side is that it’s only suitable for natural baits – smelts, herrings and sprats – and it can also be a bit hit and miss. It isn’t unusual to reel in your carefully prepared bait only to find that all the air has leaked out. There are a couple of other techniques that allow you to pop up a bait and you can be fairly certain that it will remain buoyant. In the pictures I’m using Greys products, but there are plenty of others out there that do the job equally as well. The deadbait stick idea is nothing new, and involves inserting a piece of balsa into the throat of a deadbait. These commercially made versions are pointed and have

a screw thread that makes them easy to insert. They also have a highly visible end piece that adds a flash of colour and lets you add a short piece of wire so that you never lose your stick. Crimp one end to the stick, then crimp a small loop in the other end and simply pass the swivel of your trace through the loop. Another great technique is to use a bright foam ball or, in this case, a specially designed pear. These are again mounted on a short trace to stop you losing them, and the trace also helps to hold the pear in place. These are great for popping up whole or half baits, and a real favourite of mine is a herring tail that stands up just off the bottom. This is easy to do – just use a long gated needle to pull your retaining trace through your bait. Add your flotation device to the end and pull it firmly into the bait. Then, just as with the stick, you can pass you trace through the loop and hook the bait as normal. Should your bait come off on the cast or during the fight

A buoyant foam ‘stick’ mounted on a short looped trace (below) that is very easy to use.

Screw-in deadbait stick about to be inserted into the mouth of a frozen smelt deadbait.

With buoyancy sorted out, the trebles are mounted in the deadbait like this.

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USING A DEADBAIT PEAR 1

Injecting air into deadbaits to pop them up is a bit haphazard, and the safety code must be followed.

it will stay attached to your trace so you won’t lose it. All these techniques are easy and you’ll soon discover the one that suits your needs. I like to prepare baits in advance and freeze them with buoyancy aids in place. This gives me confidence that my ball or stick won’t become displaced on the cast, and it means that my bait will sit perfectly just off the lakebed. This gives a great degree of versatility, allowing me to keep my bait visible regardless of the nature of the lakebed or weed. Master popping up your baits, it will up your catch rate no end. AnglingTımes

“Deadbait sticks are great for popping up baits. A real favourite of mine is the tail of a herring”

A personal favourite of mine is the tail end of a herring, popped up using a foam flotation device inside.

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Lead selection (left) and a paternostered sardine deadbait rig.

They are much more mobile than we might imagine. Radio-tracking studies have shown that they often move around a ‘home range’ that may extend to several kilometres of river. Often they will move quickly and then rest up in one place for several days before moving again. They can return to the same spots time and time again. I think that when pike are lying up in one area they are less inclined to feed, whereas when they are on the move they are on the hunt, and probably more catchable. Twice I have watched pike in the margins hardly moving, and such fish can be impossible to tempt. Such behaviour is most common just before spawning, when the females are waiting for the conditions to fall right to release their eggs in the presence of one or more males, but it can happen during cold snaps too. At other times I have seen clear evidence that hungry pike will search a wide area looking for food. Last winter a friend and I were leapfrogging upstream along a river. Mid-afternoon I had a take and landed a 27lb pike. In the weigh sling it coughed up two fresh sardines that my companion had chucked into the margins some 250 metres downstream just two hours

earlier. That pike had not only found the sardines, but was now hunting for morefood.

FEEDING SPELLS

The $64 million question is, can you predict when pike are going to be feeding hard? On some rivers I think the answer is yes, but only to a certain degree, and often only with hindsight. In winter we can discount days when the river is in flood. Even if the pike are feeding, they are difficult to fish for. We can also discount really cold conditions, especially if there has been a sudden drop in temperature. For me, then, the best conditions are the days after a

Smelts, joey mackerel and sardines all make great deadbaits.

flood has passed down the river and the water is clearing. Improved visibility will enable the pike to feed, and they are likely to be hungry after their enforced fast. They are also likely to be more localised, and pushed into the margins by the floods, reducing the area an angler has to cover.

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Pike can sniff out a deadbait, but they also hunt by sight.

As the days after a flood wear on the fishing can get more difficult, as the pike feed and spread out again. As the river fines down after a flood, generally there two or three days when the pike are really catchable.

PRIME LOCATION

On a big river the pike could be anywhere when levels are low. I use a rough rule of thumb that any spot is worth fishing as long as I can hold bottom with a 4oz lead. Pike will smell a deadbait, or feel the vibrations from a livebait and home in on the bait, but all too often getting the bait in just the right position can make a massive difference when the fish are not that hungry. Most people will head for the slacks after a flood, and for a day or two the pike are still likely to be in these areas, but on a river that suffers from severe floods bear in mind that a slack at low water might be a raging maelstrom when the river is well up and running, and that no pike will be in residence. It can pay to take a look at the river when it is in flood to get an idea of where the real floodwater refuge areas are – the ones that remain slack even when the water is high. When you have found a decent slack, where should you place your baits? A good spot is right on the crease, where the fast water hits the slack. The baitfish will be stationed here, and a paternostered bait in the flow will work convincingly. Don’t always head for the big slacks either. I have caught a lot of fish from tiny

areas of slack water right under the bank, often between the obvious swims. If in doubt, give it 20 minutes. Arriving before dawn, I like to start in a known ‘banker’ swim. This takes the pressure off getting organised in the dark, and means that the baits will be in position during the key dawn feeding spell. Remember, pike have much more acute vision than humans, so be on the river before first light. As the sun comes up I will wind in and be off to the next swim – one bait rod and a lure rod is all you need. Thirty minutes in each spot is plenty. Keep moving and you will find a pike. Of course, if the fish are feeding hard you could stay put and catch your share, but days like this are few and far between. To be on the safe side, I do re-set the clock and give it another 30 minutes in a swim after I’ve landed a fish, in case there are more about. If you get the timing and location right then other considerations, such as bait and rigs, become almost secondary. A highly visible float-paternostered fresh herring or roach does the trick, fished on the most snag-resistant rig possible. But for the ultimate in mobility, try lure fishing. Fishing for pike in big rivers is not for the fainthearted, and you are likely to suffer far more failures than successes, but that makes the eventual moment when a big fish slides into the landing net all the sweeter.

A knowledge of pike behaviour led me to this big-river twenty.

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Crimping pliers give inconsistent results.

Line deformed by a traditional crimp.

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Damage caused by a traditional crimp.

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dragon carp’s smooth operator Anoki 8000 Distance Runner Reel Price £60 www.dragoncarpdirect.com Whenever you are fishing for carp or pike you’ll need a large, robust reel that holds enough strong line to make fishing at range easy. This front drag reel has everything in spades and is ideal for the dedicated pike angler, with all the cranking power to help tame those sought-after specimens. The Anoki has 14 ball-bearings to make reeling in heavy deadbaits or drifter floats a cinch. The massive alloy spool holds 290 yards of 16lb mono, even more if you load it up with braid. The same CnC machined spool makes distance casting truly effortless. A huge plus point for the predator hunter is the freespool system that can be fine-tuned to give line effortlessly, and this makes it versatile enough to use in a range of different fishing situations. We took it out on the bank and

used it for a day’s drift fishing on a large gravel pit. The reel had been filled with 15lb mono that was heavily greased to help it float, and the line-lay was perfect. With the float soon making its way out to an area of deep water 150yds out, thanks to the wet and blustery conditions, the freespool system was engaged to hold it in the area. After several minutes I was going to allow the float to carry on its journey, but a phone call distracted me. My conversation was cut short by the ticking of the freespool, and I looked up to see the vaned float had disappeared. I wound down until a dull resistance could be felt and struck. The fight was uneventful, mainly because the pike was too small to really trouble my set-up, but it did make a few frantic lunges as it neared the bank that saw the clutch give line smoothly.

“The freespool system can be fine-tuned to give line effortlessly, making it a highly versatile tool”

The reel performed well and is ideal for anyone wanting to fish for predators in a variety of different situations.

Casting is easy with the large-capacity CNC machined spool holding loads of line.

The freespool mechanism can be finely adjusted and line ticks off the reel perfectly. December 2012 - 31


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