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By Fishing your way, May 12 2015 08:52PM

Fishing your way are not putting this article together as something new. Zig-rig fishing has been around for a little while now, but the majority of anglers that I talk to haven't ever tried it. When asked why? It's usually a confidence thing... they're not comfortable with it. Zig rig fishing, at first glance, looks like a strange way to fish but I assure you that it is bloody deadly when done correctly.

I haven't really done that much zig rig fishing, so I decided to commit to only fishing with that technique the next time I went out... the results were outstanding. In a 5 hour session, I bagged 8 carp all in the 19lb - 24lb mark. A great session agnling. Here is all that I did...

I fired dog biscuits out using a 'spomb' in different areas of the lake until carp started feeding on the surface - that didn't take long at all. On this particular day, carp were feeding just off the point of an island that was on a gradual slope from 6 to 12 feet in depth. I set-up 2 zig rigs and set them both to 7 feet in depth. As I was using dog biscuits I wanted my hook bait to look similar. I used a 15mm pop-up boilie of similar colour that I chopped down to look like a dog biscuit. The diagram below shows the simple fishing tackle set-up used to fish the zig rig:

By Fishing your way, May 11 2014 09:48AM

Let me introduce you to the science part...

'Most animals are capable of acquiring, storing and using information about the landscapes they inhabit. Knowledge of the environment can potentially reduce uncertainty about the location and availability of resources, and even allow for the anticipation of danger'. Lake dwelling fish have no migratory path to follow and usually (except flooding) live out their life in one lake.

Breaking that down... Fish, and particularly a carp, function according to a memory-based movement pattern. Think about your own lake... Where are the carp usually seen in the morning and where are they usually seen in the evening? Has it ever struck you that it seems to be the same each day (except with severe weather changes) and even then you begin to notice where the fish go on these days?

Fish have Memory!

After a very short amount of time fish learn the landscape of their lake. They know where the deep water and shallow water is, where the sun strikes the lake in the morning, where it’s warmest when the wind blows, where there is a safe place to chill out to not get caught, which bushes drop food and attract the insects they like. They also learn that particular areas are dangerous, or particular foods are dangerous. Although fish might not figure this out immediately and some take a whole season, a fish has a basic memory is designed for survival.

By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 02:00PM

It is important to understand the habits and influences that affect the fish that you are fishing for. FIshing tackle science and other vital fishing knowledge are very important, but for one of our team members at ‘fishing your way’ being an environmental ecologist (BSc) leads to further questions; is something else affecting the movement patterns and location of these fish?

He writes…

All lakes in the UK can be broken down and viewed in 3 distinct layers; this breaking down into layers is known as ‘lake stratification’. Anglers, you need to know this stuff!

The 3 different layers of the lake each have different temperatures; this difference in water temperature is caused by a change in outside temperature which changes throughout the year.

By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 01:45PM

Surface fishing is arguably one of the most exciting fishing techniques at our disposal. The surface fishing technique is not straight forward and does require skill as many frustrated anglers will find when targeting the dark shadows on the lake surface that ignore the hook bait time after time.

At fishing your way, we decided to look at this from the basics of fishing tackle right through to the catch.

Locating the fish

Primarily this is a carp anglers’ mission. Sometimes the sun is up in the sky without a cloud in site, no wind and the shadows of carp can be seen without effort, if that’s the case all the better because your job has become very easy.

Recently, I got my fishing tackle out at Newlands Fishery in Oxfordshire. The sky was completely overcast, the wind was up causing rough waters and no-one was surface fishing for carp or any other species. Very little was being caught. I decided to go for the surface. The 3 bits of fishing equipment you need are: 1. Polarized sunglasses so that you can see deeper into the water; 2. A catapult; 3. Mixer dog biscuit.

I tend to catapult out 10-12 pieces of mixer in the area I want to check out, which is what I did on this day. I had no chance of seeing the shadows of carp over range due to the conditions, so what I was looking for was a subtle difference in the rough waters. I squated down so that my eye level is only about 1m from the water line. Sure enough after not much time I could see a couple of very small swirls that would be very difficult to see with the naked eye or even stood up. The people in the swims near me could not see this and were probably wondering why I was bothering to surface fish, but I now knew there were carp to be caught.

By Fishing your way, Mar 20 2014 12:00PM

Whether you are casting into open water, to an island or other feature makes no real difference; you want to be able to hit the same spot time and time again whether it is daytime or nighttime. Of course, casting near a feature does run the risk of hitting the feature and losing your fishing tackle so best to get it right from the start… Here’s how:

Let’s imagine a angling situation. There is an island 75 yards away from where you are fishing and you see 2 or 3 carp rolling about 3 metres off the island; this is a clear indication of where you should be fishing.

Firstly, you need to select the weight to cover the cast – a 2oz lead should work perfectly. You shouldn’t have a hook on at this point as you will need to clip-up the distance. To clip-up, cast over-head towards the area you want to fish but finish short of the target. Make sure you look to the background behind where you are casting, look for trees directly in line with where you are casting, this is important for later on (more explained later). If you finish 10 yards short of target, walk back 5 yards so that an additional 5 yards of line comes off the reel. Attach the line to the line-clip and then wind in. Make sure you are casting from the same spot each time. Cast again and try to aim to cast slightly beyond where you are trying to fish. Keep the rod tip vertical as the weight flies towards the target so that you maintain the same body position every time. Ensuring the same body position makes the cast consistent. If you were to lower the rod as the weight flies towards the target you would allow the lead to travel further, which would lead to guess-work and that’s not what you’re after here. As dark sets in, guess-work will lead to lost fishing equipment and to lost fish. The line will stop when it hits the line-clip and the weight will then drop into the water. You may now be 2 yards short of target; undo the line-clip, walk back just under 2 yards and then clip-up again. Repeat this process until the cast is exactly where you want it to be.

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