Night fishing tips – your big summer guide to all the essentials

25 May

This Angler’s Mail article, by Matt Sparkes (pictured), is full of advice to help you catch more carp and other fish after dark.

Caught in the night
This little scrapper came within the first hours of darkness, after all the other anglers had gone home after a biteless day. Venues that see a lot of daytime angling pressure can often come alive at night. So consider the odd overnighter this summer and enjoy some exciting nocturnal fishing.
Special thanks to Arfleet Fishery – call Bruno on 01929 427421. Tickets available from Deano at Purbeck Angling on 01929 550770.

Night fishing, unlike camping, is allowed again now in England and many venues are allowing it again. Overnight sessions during …Continue reading »

How to choose the right float for stillwater fishing

25 May

EVERY angler has a favourite float – or several of them. Here’s a look at which type to use on a stillwater in different situations.

There are a variety of different floats out there for stillwaters, all inteded for different uses with different baits and with different depths.

Lake fishing floats differ from river patterns in that most of them are attached bottom end only. Two thirds of …Continue reading »

How to measure fish properly plus length to weight guides

25 May

ARE YOU a weight or measures angler? Measurising has become more popular in the UK. Angler’s Mail columnist Dr Ian Welch explains more to help you understand it….

Measuring fish, like this chub, is becoming more popular in the UK - but it's huge across Europe.
Measuring fish, like this chub, is becoming more popular in the UK – but it’s huge across Europe.

Measuring fish is a long-established practice on the continent, where most fishers, particularly predator anglers, have always tended to measure …Continue reading »

Hair rig advice for better carp fishing results

4 May

HAIR RIG adjustment can lead to more consistent success with carp, as explained here by Colin Davidson, a regular columnist in Angler’s Mail magazine.

1 – I’m a big fan of long hairs. But switching hook baits on rigs can be probelmatic, and a change from pellets to half baits, mini boilies or a snowman can leave the hair shorter than ideal resulting in a rig change.

Small tweaks to your hair rig can make a big difference to results. One of the lessons I’ve had hammered …Continue reading »

How to get the best out of split shot and weights on your line

15 Apr

COLIN MITCHELL, a long-time angling journalist and highly experienced coarse angler, is your guide to those little weights that make a big difference!

Split shot - Leaving a short gap between the bulk shots at the base of the float allows the float to float on the strike and creates a more direct connection to the fish
Split shot – Leaving a short gap between the bulk shots at the base of the float allows the float to float on the strike and creates a more direct connection to the fish

Split shot – or more specifically  the patterns in which they should be used – is something that many inexperienced …Continue reading »

How to get the best out of split shot and weights on your line

15 Apr

COLIN MITCHELL, a long-time angling journalist and highly experienced coarse angler, is your guide to those little weights that make a big difference!

Split shot - Leaving a short gap between the bulk shots at the base of the float allows the float to float on the strike and creates a more direct connection to the fish
Split shot – Leaving a short gap between the bulk shots at the base of the float allows the float to float on the strike and creates a more direct connection to the fish

Split shot – or more specifically  the patterns in which they should be used – is something that many inexperienced …Continue reading »