Matty's Fishing Tips.


These are some tips I’ve picked up which work for me.



Pole fishing tips – get the right elastic in your pole !!

    • 1, Hollow elastics (fox match)
    • Grade Line Targets
      Blue 6+ 0.09 - 0.12mm Mixed bag of mainly sub-2lb fish
      Orange 10+ 0.12 - 0.16mm Open water, carp mainly in the 2-4lb class
      Red 14+ 0.16 - 0.20mm Open water and shallow, carp in 2-8lb class
      Yellow 16+ 0.20 - 0.25mm Bagging work and bigger fish
      Purple 20+ 0.20 - 0.25 Venues with high average size of carp including doubles


    • 2, Solid elastics (fox match)
    • Grade Line Targets
      4 0.09mm Silver fish
      6 0.09 - 0.12mm F1’s, skimmers, sub-2lb carp in winter
      8 0.10 - 0.14mm Open water carping, fish to 4lb, bigger bream, harder venues
      10 0.12 - 0.16mm Open water or shallow carping, 2-6lb fish. Also big Tench
      12 0.12 - 0.18mm Bagging work on carp to 8lb
      14 / 16 / 18 0.14 - 0.25mm Hit and hold work near snags for carp to 10lb-plus


    • 3, Once you’ve plumbed a rig it’s wise to mark the depth of the swim on your pole in case you need to re-rig or change the depth at any point. This can be done with Tipp-ex. It can be easily wiped off without doing damage to the pole.
    • 4, Tapping your pole on the surface as you fish can fool curious carp into thinking there’s some free food around.
    • 5, If using paste at long distances and it keeps coming off, buy a fox match tosspot with the lid off and this will hold your paste inside till the required length. There are 5 sizes, match, power, mega, super and super plus. There are also sprinkle pots in the range. There are 3 sizes for sprinkle pots, match, power and mega.
  • Float/feeder fishing tips

    • 1, It’s always good to carry a black waterproof marker pen with you, in case of light change as a black top float shows up best against the reflection of a grey sky.
    • 2, What ever way the wind is blowing, the undertow is always the opposite. Keep this in mind when feeding.
    • 3, Always select a slightly heavier float than you think is needed to cast the distance. It is better to reach your distance with ease than struggle with a lighter float.
    • 4, When maggot feeder fishing always start with a smaller feeder and work your way up in size if the response is good.
    • 5, The method feeder time bomb; plug one end with marine halibut ground bait, then add small dampened pellets and then plug the other end of the feeder with ground bait.
    • 6, When targeting bream and other silver fish, fine ground baits are best. A mix of Van Den Eynde Marine Green plus the old classic Supercup works for me.
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