Tel’s Top Tips #4

Here’s Terry Hearn with a crafty tip. This is a bit of an unusual one but in the right circumstances when very precise rig placement is required, it can be a massive edge…


Tel’s improvised ‘clip stick’

The Two Rod Trick

Some crafty angling this time round, with a tactic which has worked well for me at several different venues over the years, and that’s clipping up to the far bank. Obviously fishing in this way depends greatly on the venue and the nature of the bankside, but every so often you might find yourself in a situation which suits it perfectly, e.g, you might be set up in a narrow bay with the fish feeding tight along the opposite margin.

Setting it up is pretty straightforward, and all that’s really required is a spare rod with a PVA loop tied into it, and a spare bankstick with a clip on the end. I generally fashion a clip with a freshly cut twig taped to a stick, which isn’t quite as posh, but the end result is exactly the same.

Once your ‘clip stick’ is in position, close to the edge on the far bank, it’s just a case of casting a bare lead across onto the bank, then walking round, looping on your baited hooklink and lowering the rig into place with your spare rod. I simply put the hook through the loop of pva, which enables you to still feel for a ‘donk’ when lowering in. The rod is then held with the line tight to one side, whichever side I want the hooklink to fall. You’ll feel the line ping slack as the pva loop melts, releasing your hookbait to settle inch perfectly on the bottom, and after that it’s just a case of nicking the mainline into the clip on the bank, before walking back round, tightening up to the clip and lifting your mainline free of the water. If your lucky enough to get a take, the mainline simply pulls free of the clip and into direct contact with your rod. So long as you fish with your bobbins at the top, a take generally registers as a drop back, followed by the bobbin quickly whacking back up to the top as the fish takes up the small amount of slack.

Using this tactic is bait placement at its very best, but as an added extra it also enables you to keep your mainline clear of the water, which means there’s no chance of it spooking any fish between you and your spot. In some situations it can also work to your advantage by keeping any birdlife at bay, as they really don’t like coming too close to a tight line stretched across the water.

This example of clipping up is just one of many ways it can be used to good effect. Just lately I’ve been clipping up to an exposed gravel hump, which I’m able to wade out onto and lower my rig in from. In this instance it’s keeping my line clear of the water to avoid drifting weed, which prior to adopting the tactic had been regularly wiping my rods out soon after getting my rigs into position. Since doing so I’ve been able to leave my baits fishing perfectly for as long as I want. It’s not a tactic which I see used very often, but on the right day it’s a winner.


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Tinpot tames ‘em!

After the closure of the Roach Pit in Ringwood, Daren ‘Tinpot’ Norman needed to find an alternative venue and he did so in style on a local Kent pit…

Just dropping you a report about a lovely bit of fishing I’ve had over the last week from a Kent pit. The first action was from a cracking old grey mirror of 31.08 caught from the margin, 20 minutes after putting a rig in after finding some fish.


The chunky 31lb 8oz mirror

I did the night in the same swim adding a 24lb long mirror before packing up and going to work at 4.30am.


The long 24lb mirror

Two days later I was back for a days stalking before my night shift and after getting four fish going mad on a mix of hemp and chopped krill boilies ‚I lowered a bait amongst them and 20 seconds later a gutty 31.08 common was shaking its head nailed!


31lb 8oz common

The final fish came from a 3rd different swim after spotting some fizzing up after my last night shift . Two baits were cast to them on light leads and a handful of 12 mm boilies were put over them . Two hours later I was woken by a hard fighting dark old common of 29.02 and it finished off a lovely times week of angling for me very nicely’.


The final fish, a perfect 29lb 2oz common

All the fish were taken on a new rig I’ve been playing with, a bit like a stiff hinge rig but for a bottom bait. 15lb Syncro Loaded, tubing, lead clip, prototype tungsten hooklink to stiff bristle and size 5 stiff rigger’.

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Tel’s Top Tips #3


This one liked the tigers — Tel with the legendary Burghfield common

Continuing Terry Hearn’s series of top tips — little edges that can help make all the difference. At this time of year boilies can lose their effectiveness on waters where the fish have been hammered on them through the spring, so it might be time to make a switch. One of Tel’s favourite alternatives is good old tiger nuts, here’s what he has to say:

Don’t forget the Tigers! It’s at this time of year where ‘alternative’ baits start to come into their own, and tigers are one of my favourites.


Tiger nuts — sweet, crunchy, visual and deadly effective

Us carp anglers have become a bit stereotyped over the years in that the vast majority of us like to use round balls for much of our fishing, but with very few venues still enforcing a close season, the carp have generally been out on them at least once by the time that summers upon us.

Try something different, Tigers, peanuts, corn and maples have all produced well for me during periods when the carp seemed uninterested in boilies, but without doubt tigers are my favourite, and I can think of at least a couple of venues where they’ve completely turned things around for me.

A single tiger balanced out to sink slowly with a cork plug can work very well over silkweed, and if it’s clean then I prefer to use two tigers on the hair, straight from the tin, hard on the bottom. Tigers aren’t quite the edge they were years back, but if your yet to experience the difference they can make then now is the time to give them a try.


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