CATCHING BIGGER PIKE
 

RIGS & TACKLE

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Tributary
Tributary A bream shoal is usually in residence where a tributary hits the main river, holed up where the current has eroded the bottom.
Fluted Balsa
Fluted Balsa The concave surfaces of a fluted balsa float trap the current, sending it downstream more rapidly than a round bodied float, imparting more movement to the bait than a standard float.
Taper Rods
Taper Rods Fast taper, semi taper and compound taper rods for distance work, medium range and close work respectively. A soft action rod is more forgiving at close range.
Small eels
Small eels Anglers pestered by small eels should resort to using eel sections for bait. One small eel will provide five or six portions and will be left alone in a way that fish baits like sardine and mackerel never will.
Spreader block
Spreader block Solid aluminium spreader block and solid fibreglass arms. I gave up on shop bought landing nets and made myself a sturdy one that is built to last.
Perfect Traces
Perfect Traces Perfect traces rolled up and ready to go. I will take up to forty traces with me, wound on a flexible rig roll and held in place with mapping pins. A cold river bank is no place for trace making.
LEGER BOOMS
LEGER BOOMS Plastic leger booms prevent tangles when deadbaiting, without creating resistance that might make a pike drop the bait. The rig can be used with an uptrace, and the bait popped-up off the bottom.
Paternoster Rig
Paternoster Rig A float-paternoster is the best way of presenting a livebait off bottom in weedy water or to hold a bait off bottom in a river or gravel pit hotspot. In snaggy swims the line is kept up in the water away from trouble, which gives it an important edge over straight legering.
River Float Rig
River Float Rig In weir pools I like to explore different depths of water by holding back the bait, and then letting it travel on and ride up and down. A cigar shaped sliding float and barrel lead have the type of streamlined profile that does not catch in the current and offers little resistance to taking fish.