how to fish
how to fish

Getting out in to the sticks was the deciding factor for me! I remember being sat of the sofa, watching another repeat of Top Gear on Dave, pondering what I’m doing in life, feeling the overwhelming urge to try something different, learn a new skill and explore this green and pleasant land.

Golf, I thought? Haha, no, that’s not for me, but fishing… Mmmm? Yes, lazy days on the bank, peace and tranquility, connecting with nature, exhilaration of the hunt, all instantly appealed. …

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Making a long carp fishing session as comfortable as possible is an important angling skill in it’s own right. Yes, your bivvy tent keeps you dry and protected from the elements, but it’s those finishing touches and accessories that allow you to concentrate on the fishing.

In this post we’re taking a look at bivvy tables and how having this simple product can assist in you catching more carp and help you relax when bite alarms are quite. We’ll cover what bivvy tables are, where to buy quality bivvy tables and how bivvy tables can make your fishing time on the bank easier. …

Best carp fishing cool bags
Best carp fishing cool bags

When anglers are on the bank for prolonged periods of time, such as when carp fishing, a decent cool bag to keep milk for a brew, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and bait fresh can be a god send. Keeping water or a cheeky beer chilled on hot summer days will help reduce your core temperature, allowing you fish for longer without getting dehydrated and fatigued.

Knowing your baits and food will continue to be in top quality condition over the fishing session is one less thing to worry about, giving you more time to concentrate on what really matters… Hooking fish!

What is the best fishing cool bag?

Top notch cool bags for fishing need to be well insulated, durable, wipe clean, large sized, easy to carry and multiple compartments are also handy. …

pole rigs
pole rigs

The ability to use time saving devices when angling helps you catch more fish period, and pole fishing is no exception. Ready made pole rigs makes it easy to switch to different debts for deeper water or margin fishing, let you quickly change hook size and swap between bait types like worm, maggot, meat and pellets.

They remove the hassle of tying your own pole rigs and let you have various hook lengths to hand at the drop of hat. Let’s take a look why carp anglers swear by using pre-made pole rigs…

Best ready made pole rigs?

When looking to buy good ready setup pole rigs I’d recommend purchasing from an established fishing tackle brand. Companies such as Drennan, Preston, Middy, Daiwa and Browning all manufacture great pole rigs. …

Bivvy shelter
Bivvy shelter

Which is the best 1 man bivvy day shelter and night fishing tent on the market? It offer much more protection from the wind, rain or sun during the day, plus the strong reinforced, waterproof material keeps you warm and dry at night.

Specially design for our unpredictable weather, this bivvy is quick and easy to erect, due to it’s innovative pop-up system, is simple to collapse and roll up to a compact, lightweight and easy to carry size. Almost as fast as a fishing umbrella or everyday brolly!

The Fox Bivvy also comes with built in ground sheet, is large and spacious inside and protects against sudden downpours, a great place to relax and cook lunch when carp fishing overnight, works brilliantly for sea fishing on the beach and coarse fishing on the riverbank. …

Best jerkbaits
Best jerkbaits

So, what the hell are jerkbaits anyway? Anglers who are in to their predator fishing may have heard of mysterious pike surface lure terms like ned rig, whopper plopper and rapala ripstop.

However, to the average fisherman these words are just gobbledegook. Jerkbaits in simple terms are artificial baits used for catching fish species like trout and pike, while top water lure fishing.

They work in a very similar way to crankbaits and swimbaits. A popular bass fishing spinner in the USA, here in the UK they’re used predominantly for predator angling.

These imitation pike lures are “jerked” in the water to simulate an injured fish, tempting lager fish out of their hidey-holes to hopefully get hooked. In this article we’ll answer some common jerkbait questions, and will discover if fishing with jerkbaits is a viable tactic on British waters. …

Split rings for fishing
Split rings for fishing

So, what the heck are fishing split rings? Welcome to the wonderful world of predator fishing! You may recognize angling terms such as spinner blades, swivels, lures, crankbaits traces and jerkbaits. However, when it comes to the assembly of these fishing bait components, there’s another hidden world of technical jargon to digest.

Splits rings are an essential part of lure making, and mending lures that have seen better days. In this article we’ll discover how split rings are used and why they help anglers catch more predator fish, such as perch and pike. Let’s get started…

Best split rings for fishing?

Fishing split rings need to be made from high quality stainless steel to prevent corrosion, heavy duty enough to cope with maximum weight of your target fish and a variety of sizes for different rigs and lures. …

Particle baits
Particle baits

It’s very difficult to catch in a swim with no fish! A tried and tested method developed over the years adopted by anglers, is laying a bed of groundbait particles to lure in fish. The smell, texture and colours of particles, act as an attractive beacon to hungry carp and other species, drawing them ever closer to your hook bait and increasing the chance of a bite.

In this article we’ll take a look at the pro’s and con’s of particle fishing, why the technique works and how to use it most effectively. Let’s crack on…

Best particle fishing for carp?

Buying particle ingredients in bulk, from wholesale food stores and preparing your sloppy spod mix, or groundbait recipe DIY style at home, is by far the cheapest option. However, if you want to save time and effort there are some fantastic off the shelf options. Particle baits suppliers have fine tuned their mixes over the years for maximum effect. …

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The best seat box spare side tray is one that can universally fit to multiple brands seat boxes, such as Preston, Matrix, Nufish, Daiwa, Shakespeare, Maver, Korum, Garbolino, Drennan Rive, Damiltech, Candence, Guru and Map. This large match station bait waiter does the job perfectly.

Used as a specialist dry bait add on unit easily clips to seat boxes and chairs to help prevent you reaching down for accessories all the time while fishing.

The adjustable telescopic cushioned legs keep the tray level and sturdy and the bankside, making your bait boxes and feeder bags easy to reach. This speeds up how often you can feed a swim during a match fishing session, boosts catch rates, keeps tackle organized and provides a stable platform for bait preparation. …

Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing

The age old art of tying an artificial fly takes precision, patients, creativity and the correct materials. The joy of catching trout or salmon on a fly you’ve tied yourself, is an emotion every angler should experience at least once. In this blog post we’re focusing on furs and hair, a vital component of the fly tying process, providing flashes of colour, body and that perfect finish to fly patterns.

We’ll explore what furs and hair are used for, where to purchase supplies and how to use hair and furs to greatest effect. However, I’ll save the “fly tying for beginners” guide for another time. …

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