Bob Nudd 2003 Questions

Bob,

I always like to turn up at a competition with plenty of pre tied hooklengths. However I am finding it hard to find a decent method of storing them. Milo used to make a very good one which held 100 in place with little black plastic pegs but I don't think they do it anymore. What do you use, what is available on the market and where can I get them from?

Luke (West Sussex)

Hello Luke,

I use hook packets, and a hook wallet. There are several commercially made hook boxes on the market.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd

I am very tempted to buy the new Club France, but at 2300 it is HUGE investment and to be honest about £500 out of my price range. I have also seen the CC910, considerably cheaper, and with a more substantial spares package.

Putting the two together, the Club France is obviously stiffer, but are there any other major factors which make this pole £600 more?

I will be using it for serious match fishing, mainly on man made carp puddles with fish up to about 8lb. Am I looking at the wrong pole ?

Mark Johnson

Hello Mark,

For carp fishing the CC910 is a much better package, very good value for money. The Club France is not as strong but lighter and stiffer, more of a match pole, although it is exactly the same mandrel size.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

What is the best bait for roach and bream in the winter?

Wayne

Hi,

The best winter baits are worms, maggots and casters. Bread punch is also very good for roach.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Dear Bob,

I want to fish on a small stillwater for carp up to 18 lb. Could you tell me the best hook bait for carp in winter when using a method feeder when boilies & pellets are banned? Also, what lb line you would use as a hooklength?

Thanks,

Ben W
p.s have you ever fished in West Cumbria.

Hello Ben,

Worms and Maggots are always good for carp. Use a line of around 8lb breaking strain.

As yet I have never fished in West Cumbria.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Nuddy,

I'm 13 and a very keen angler and I enter matches on my local half acre pools, but I have trouble finding fish as there are no features or fish holding areas. Can you help me?

Tight lines,

Craig Lightburn

Hello Craig,

There will be some areas which the fish will favour, deeper water in winter, or shallower in summer. You just have to locate them. Try prebaiting your swim - this often works.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

How many times have you been world champ and what years?

Andy

Hello Andy,

I have won the Individual World Championships 4 times. 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1999.

Kind Regards,

Bob Nudd

Hi please could you advise me on the best baits for the River Nene, Warmington, near Peterborough? I have tried all of the baits there but none of them seem to work. Could you advise me which ones are the best, or different methods to use? Nearly all of my kit is Browning, my box is boss, my pole is champion choice 325.

Gary Upex
P.S. I am also coming too see you at Birmingham NEC arena.

Hello Gary,

I am glad to hear that you like Browning gear.

Try the normal baits, such as maggots and casters in the winter. For summer fishing, hemp is very good for the roach, and lobworms will catch you tench and perch.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

I've been pole-fishing on the river Bann at Newferry a few times and seen you there getting some practice in.

Although I do get a decent bag from time to time if conditions are right, you seem to be pulling them in wholesale!! What's the secret?

Best wishes,

Paul

Hello Paul,

The secret is always in the way that you feed the fish. Try loose feeding hemp and caster. This is a deadly method for catching the roach and skimmers.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

How would you target a Bream shoal in a small weirpool? It is about > 25yrds x 30yrds - very fast and shallow through the centre of the pool and shallow (2 feet) all along one side. The Bream tend to inhabit the deeper side of the pool, just off the flow (say 8 feet).

I only manage to pick up one fish per session.

Jon< /font>

Hello Jon,

Use a groundbait feeder with chopped worms and casters. Redworms and red maggots will be good as hookbait. Cast into the deepest water as accurately as you can. It may start slow, but you should end up with a good bag of fish.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

I wonder if you could help me? I've just stupidly smashed the third section of my Browning Black Magic 2 after a
hectic days carp fishing in Lincolnshire. Believe me, the air was a darker shade of blue that day as I stepped backward ...yes, you've guessed it .....K.E.R.U.N.C.H!!

What is Browning's web address, or do you know of where I can get an original Browning replacement? My
local tackle shop have a replacement part but its not a Browning section and surely when a pole is made each section works in tandem and compliments the next?

Hope you can help,

MAZZ

Hello Mazz,

Our company email address is info-uk@zebco-europe.com They will advise you on your nearest retailer.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hello Bob Nudd,

What is the best way to get carp in to your peg and keep them there through the match? And what's the best baits to use?

Thanks,

Luke

Hello Luke,

Fishing is always about feeding. With Carp, regular amounts of loose feed is always good. Try using 3mm fishmeal pellets with an expander pellet on the hook.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

I am informed you may be able to answer a question that I have. I have been invited over to Milan in a couple of weeks to visit the missus's sister. She has told me she is going shopping (on my card) all weekend - but not to worry, because the house we are borrowing has a two acre lake - in the back garden. I am in the process of finding out if it is stocked.

Have you fished in Italy, or do you know of people who have/do? You hear about all the lumps in France, Spain and Holland, but I cannot recall reading any articles regarding fishing in Italy.

Any advice you could offer would be most appreciated

Ps. reading you're tips in AT has taught me pretty much all I know - eternally grateful!

Best Regards

Andy

Hello Andy,

Italy is very good for fishing. Most waters seem to hold carp, lots of chub in the rivers, no bream and just a few roach. I would be very surprised if the lake near Milan doesn't hold a good head of fish.

Glad you read Angling Times.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

Just started fishing after a long time out. I got some ready made rigs but the thing is how do I set up the cage feeder?

Please help. Thanks,

Graham

Hello Graham,

A cage feeder is set up just the same as a normal feeder. It is just constructed with more holes to release the groundbait quickly.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hello!

Could you suggest me some combination of groundbait for bream? Water is quite warm and very shallow (1.3 m). There are small breams(350GR). In this lake, l have a match in May.

Thank you for your answer!

Egidij Knez from Slovenija

Hello Egidij,

I am not sure if this groundbait will be available for you - my favourite mix for this type of fishing is 50% Van Den Eynde Superlake and 50% brown crumb.

Good Fishing.

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob

Sorry but this is going to be a long one. On my local Stillwater that I have fished for many years, the matches are beginning to start and the problem that I am facing is that I am catching nothing but small skimmers on bream tactics. Knowing the water for the past 13 years, it has always produced lots of big slabs of bream (3-7 pounds). Fishing through all of last season I was constantly catching small skimmers (up to 1 pound) with only one or two of the better bream showing and, once these were caught, they seemed to disappear with the skimmers feeding again. I was using the same tactics that have always worked, pole fishing and feeding Super cup mixed with brown crumb laced with red pinkies, casters and chop worm. Using one of the three or sweet corn on the hook.

During the summer and autumn scratching my head, I decided to try new methods of feeding every time I visited the water. I have tried switching the ground bait to various Van den Eynde mixes and using liquid additives to sweeten the feed. With this resulting in bigger skimmer and roach catches, but no big nets of bream I asked my local tackle dealer if he had any ideas. He suggested trying Fish Meal Silly Bait, advising that this turns of the roach and should get the bream into a feeding mood. Unfortunately there has been no better results than the odd bream being caught in a session. Also on pleasure sessions when I have decided to have a carp day with feeding pellets, I have again
been catching plenty of skimmers.

Any ideas on ways around the skimmers and getting to the bream that I know are there?

Thank you

Alan Land

Hello Alan,

Difficult one this. It sounds to me like the larger bream have moved off the pole line. Try using a feeder and fishing at about 40 metres. When bream reach a certain size, they feed only at night or when the water is heavily coloured. This may also be the problem.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hiya Bob,

I am a big fan of fishing and, at the moment (March 11th), when the fish are feeding now and again, I like catching roach one after another, but also big carp through out the day!

Can you give me any tips for this type of fishing? We fish a small pond about 1 acre. We pole fish it most of the time!

Thank you,

Josh Hindle

Hello Josh,

Use light tackle and baits, such as casters and maggots, for the roach. When you target the carp, then use stronger line and hooks with baits like sweetcorn and luncheon meat.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Bob,

Could you please tell me how to set up a lollypop pole float properly?

Thanks,

Andy

Hello Andy,

Use an olivette with three or four droppers. Vary the size of the droppers to match the size of float. Set the depth with the olivette close to the bottom.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hello Bob,

I saw you fishing at Littel Comfort Farm in Devon. I am going there on April the 5th. What method should I use to catch some big skimmers and what bait?

From Jon

Hello Jon,

Loose feed sweetcorn and the same on the hook, either pole or waggler. Use strong line (20mm dia), as you will also hook some carp.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

I am a pole fisherman and I want to catch good sized fish but I am always getting hassled by small stuff. My elastic is 12/14 and my pole isn’t great, please can you help me?

Oz

Hi Oz,

Try using larger baits such as lobworms, pellets or sweetcorn this should eliminate the small fish.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I fish my local lakes, canal and rivers in Germany. The problem I have is that they are a bit difficult to fish with the pole or match rod because of the depth. The depth of most of the venues is roughly 5- 7 metres. As we are not allowed to fish with a feeder rod it is a little complicated to fish with speed and accuracy. Do you have any tips how I can make life easier? My kit is all browning except my pole because my synergy broke in several places due to the cost of repairs I bought a second hand pole.

Ralf

Hello Ralf,

for this style of fishing to hand you need a special pole, I use a Browning Black Magic 11 and fit elastic or powergum through the tip, you may be able to purchase a second hand one of these quite cheaply as there is now a new model. Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

Please could you tell me what kind of pole should I get being as I’m a beginner and only have about 60 pound to spend on a new pole so could you help me out please?

Thanks

Keith Mills

Hello Keith,

There are many different makes of poles on the market, try to make sure that you can actually hold it without it being too difficult to manage. I would suggest that around 9 or 10 metres is a good length to start.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I have purchased a copy of your video 'Big fish on the pole' which was shot at Mallory Park and I am really interested in purchasing the exact same catapult which you used throughout the film. Can you tell me the manufacturer and maybe a tackle dealer who I can contact to purchase one?

Thanks in advance

Alan England

Hello Alan,

It is now called an E Z Feeda and is available from them direct, telephone number is *(number currently being verified)* it is priced at £9.95. Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I am fishing on a small canal stuffed full of perch, roach, rudd and some big carp, what do you think would be the best bait to use?

Barbara

Hello Barbara,

Feed chopped worms and casters with a pole cup, and then fish over the top with lobworms for the carp and perch or casters for the roach and rudd.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

Near my area there is a small pond, which contains large carp to 20lbs, perch to 2lbs, brown goldfish, cruician carp and lots of stunted perch and a few roach and rudd. The pond is about 1ft to 5ft and the water is coloured. Can you please give some advice on tactics which will catch all species mentioned above?

Thanks.

Adam

Hello Adam,

You need to avoid the stunted perch and small fish, try feeding 3mm fishmeal carp pellets, and use 4mm expander pellets on the hook. Both of these are available from a tackle shop which sells Van Den Eynde products.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I want to use cat meat on the pole, which type flavour and brand would you recommend and what can I catch on it?

Thanks

Oz

Hi Oz,

Try Katkins Rabbit and Lamb - the carp love it.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

We fish a small lake in Barley (Nr Roughlee in Lancashire) and the depths vary over the lake, I fished the deepest peg today and the depth is around 6ft-7ft! I had 2 small carp! And we were there 12 hours and ended up with 2 fish! How can I get the big carp going instead of the tiddlers?

Josh Handle (age 11)

Hi Josh,

You must make sure that you keep feeding, try using Van Den Eynde 3mm fishmeal pellets to feed, and use expander pellets on the hook. Also vary the depth as carp feed near the surface as the water gets warmer.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I’m a serious young angler and my ambition is to be a professional match angler. I'm fishing the Sensas Junior National this year on the north bank on the river nene. The only problem is I've never seen the venue and don’t know where to start with tactics. So it would be greatly appreciated if you could summarise the sort of bait and methods I should be using there and what species to target, because I've heard there are lots of silver fish there as well as big bream shoals, also what type of tackle is essential e.g. platforms, groundbait catties, pole rests etc. Lastly, what type of preparation would you go through when fishing a match like this and how long would you spend?

PS - Your book how to be the world’s best fisherman is like a bible to me!

Big fan Charlie(Harleston and Wortwell district angling club)

Hello Charlie,

Our team is also fishing there in the winter league final, it is a very difficult venue, as you say there are some bream, but only in a few areas, these are best targeted with the feeder. There are also some bleak and roach which can be caught on the pole with bloodworm and joker.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I am considering buying a browning 16 mtr pole; The Aggressor - is it fishable at its full length?

Hi,

Yes it is fishable at this length but like all poles in this price range it is much more suitable to fishing at up to 13 mtrs, Good Fishing Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

Could you explain when and how to use the bagging waggler?

Hi,

The bagging waggler is a floating method feeder, a big waggler supports a ball of groundbait on the surface with the hookbait suspended below it. As the groundbait breaks up the particles attract the carp and fool them into taking the hookbait, a deadly method. Good Fishing, Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I am going into my first fishing match at a lake I have fished for about two years, I know all the spots but do you think I should go for lots of small fish or try my chance for big fish?

Hi,

Try catching fish all the time start on the small ones, and then go for the bigger fish in the last two hours of the match, this normally would be the best time for them to feed.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

I have just moved and started fishing small matches in a newly dug lake with no holding spots you can see (weedbeds etc). Also the water is very muddy in colour. It holds a wide range of fish to 10lb and is 4 to 5 feet deep, how should I approach the swims I draw?

Hello, if its warm then fish in the margins with pellets or sweetcorn, this should catch you some big fish.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob have you ever fished the Sankey St Helens canal, could you give me some tips on how to fish it as I have a junior national coming up and I've never fished it before.

Tight lines, Craig Lightburn

Hello Craig, no I have never fished it, but I know the area and it is always difficult fishing. S
quats, casters and worms will be the best baits.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Dear Bob, Although a sea angler for mullet in Malta I have found coarse angling techniques to be a winner for mullet. Controller float fishing in summer and loaded waggler fishing in winter are the best 2 methods I find productive. My question is could you please explain for bottom fishing in winter months when mullet feed on the bottom what way you would set up your split shot? Float would be a 2grm max, as these fish are very shy and sensitive, depth is between 5 to 7 mtrs.

Tight lines, Steve Malta.

Hello Steve, the best way is to have most of your shot together at about 1 to 1,5 mtrs from the hook and then have 3 small shot equally spaced with the one nearest the hook at about 30 cms.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Bob I have recently bought my first match rod and was wondering what tackle I would need and any suggestions you have on the stuff to get.

Hello, you will need a reel, line, shots, hooks plus a few other important items, try going into your local tackle shop I am sure that they will be able to help you.

Good fishing, Bob Nudd

Hello Bob when fishing the local river we always tend to only catch 1 or 2 sometimes we even dry net. The river is full of roach perch gudgeon skimmers chub and the odd carp at night. What should I do to target the fish. It is around 4-7ft and what is the biggest fish you have caught and what was it on the river.

Cheers ricky t and tipper.

Hello, Try fishing worms, these will always catch you big roach and perch even in difficult conditions.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob I am a young angler who fishes for barnsley juniors team and we don't really get to do a lot of match carp fishing but this year we have got an N.J.A.A on Hallcroft Fisheries. How should I approach this carp water with no idea of how to fish and feed for carp?

Scott Lowe

Hello Scott, you will need to get some local information as I do not fish there, try asking Dennis White as he works in your local tackle shop.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob, whilst waggler fishing recently I found it very hard to present a static bait due to the tow of the water. I tried fishing over depth with my bottom shot on the lake bed, should I have tried increasing the length or adding more shot? I used a long insert waggler and ensured the line was sunk after each cast.

Mick Fraser

Hello Mick, the best way to slow it up would be by fishing overdepth, and also dragging a shot on the bottom, try using a straight peacock instead of an insert as this will not drag under so easily.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Bob What is a the best rig and bait to use for carp in quite deep, cold water?

From Jack aged 15

Hello Jack, It depends on the size of the carp, normally a feeder and maggots will catch you fish in most conditions.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Dear Bob, I am fishing a match on a very small lake with tench carp roach and golden orfe. The tench are the major species. I was wondering if you have any tactics to get the tench and carp going. You are not allowed to use groundbait due to the lake being small. The last time I fished this I fed sweetcorn and maggots with maggots on the hook. I only caught 3 tench and 1 roach. Please help me!!!!

Hello dwaddicor, feed chopped worm and casters in a pole cup and use worms or casters on the hook.

Good fishing, Bob Nudd

Bob have you ever fished the Trent and Mersey canal? If so can you give me some tips.
P.S. do you know Tim Wright from Weaverham

Craig Lightburn

Hello Craig, yes I have fished the Trent and Mersey canal, the last time was about 10 years ago, and I won the match with 8lbs of gudgeon. I am not too sure of how its fishing now, a lot will depend on the particular part of the canal. There are some parts which are very good for Chub and Roach. I cannot say that I remember Tim.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob, I am only 13 years old and have just started junior match fishing and I seem to be having trouble striking. I am using a middy stepped waggler, fishing maggot at about 3ft and baiting with maggots and casters. I normally only hook about 1/2 of my bites as the tench are sly and are so quick. Do you have any tips to improve my striking?

Thanks Luke Smith

Hello Luke keep the rod very low to the water and strike to the side, either left or right this should improve your catch rate.

Good fishing, Bob Nudd

Are you sponsored by browning? Bob I don't really like pole fishing because I like the rod'n'reel so how can I beat the pole in competitions?

Les Wilson

Hello Les, Yes I am sponsored by Browning. Try fishing competitions where the pole is not so important, and other methods such as the feeder and the waggler will catch more fish.
Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Dear Bob, I have just watched your video on catching carp on the pole. You were catching and landing them up to around 10 pounds using a No. 22 hook and No. 8 elastic. Why are "Carp busting" poles for use on waters such as Mallory and most commer
cial carp waters sold with the ability to take up to No. 20 elastic?

Regards, David Holdstock

Hello David, When I made that video the water was very cold it was almost winter conditions, the carp in this situation do not fight as hard as they would in the summer.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hello Bob I was just writing to ask what would be the the best bait for big roach and carp at Meadowlands fisheries near coventry.

patty perch aka pat.

Hello Patrick, The best bait for the roach is red maggots, and for the carp pellets or corn.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob, hopefully you can help me solve a problem that I'm having. Ever since I've been fishing I've always fished small ponds in England. I'm now living in Vienna Austria where I recently acquired a license for a private canal. The problem that I'm having is that although the canal is most of the time wind free and calm the undercurrent is very strong and no matter what I try the line gets taken along with the current until it reaches the end of my swim. Then the float as you would expect gets pulled under, as the line from the rod goes tight.

I've tried anchoring the bait on the bottom with extra weight but that doesn't hold it and as it gets dragged along the float just goes up and down like a yo-yo until it finally disappears. I understand that there are floats which can be bought for these conditions which need more weight on them.

Can you suggest to me what ones would be the best to buy and also any other techniques which I could try to stop this happening. I have had success catching fish in this way by trotting, but I have to admit it isn't the way that I want to fish and I'm also not a great fan of ledgering, so I would prefer float fishing if possible.

Thanks in advance Gary

Hello Gary. Try using a stick float, which attached top and bottom and leave the line on the surface this will enable you to hold the float back and present the bait correctly.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Dear Bob, where can you purchase the River Rock platform from, all the top anglers have them, but I just can't find out who sells them. Someone told me they are only available in holland. I need an address please

Thanks Stuart Hall

Hello Stuart, the company in Holland no longer manufactures the Riverrock. There is a copy on the market which is imported from China and looks just as good. Try ringing Scotts of Northwhich 01606 46060 ask for Roddy he will be able to help.

Good Fishing, Bob Nudd

Hi Bob,

Could you give me a recommendation on the Champion's Choice 404 13m version? The reason I ask, is I can get one for £339. The RRP is over £1000 and it's either that or the Maver Deliverance. I've looked and searched for reviews / opinions but I can't find any, also does Browning have web site for fishing products? I could only find the one for guns, etc.

Thanks in advance,

Nick.

Hello Nick,

The CC404 is no longer listed in our Catalogue but the spares are available. £339 is a very competitive price for such a good pole. We do not have a product website but you can E-Mail info-uk@zebco-europe.com and request a disc, which lists our complete product range.

Kind Regards,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I would like to know if you recommend the champion choice 410 for carp or canal fishing.

Thanks,

Daz.

Hello Daz,

Yes, the 410 is a good ‘all round’ pole and has an elastic rating of up to number 14.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I seem to find that the canal is a bit boring, but one day I went on the river and I was catching loads. Do you think the canal is better than the river? And please can I have a video signed and sent. Please reply. From one of your fans,

Luke Harris.

Hello Luke,

You can obtain my videos from www.anglers-world.co.uk I like to fish on rivers as the extra flow always seems to help you catch more fish. Make sure you are selective in picking the correct swim as 20 or 30 yards can be the difference in catching and not catching.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I've read in the angling press about your praise for pellet plungers and their use with expanders. I can't find them in my local tackle shops. Can you tell me where I could get one from and roughly how much they cost?

Thanks, Keith.

Hello Keith,

Try Davies Angling or Angling Times, they cost about £15.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I have just started fishing for carp in a local lake. I have been fishing in the owners stock pond; the carp are showing but not really taking the bait I offer them. I have tried boilies, sweet corn, bread and maggots. It’s not a very big pond and also contains lots of small tench. I would be pleased if you could give me any tips on how to fish it and also, any tips on bait. The owner has told me it does not get fished much as it has weed on the bottom.

Thanks, Nigel.

Hello Nigel,

As it is very weedy I would try floating baits such as bread or chum mixers, loose feed some bait and then watch for any signs of fish taking off the surface. Once you see them taking confidently then you can try to catch them.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I am a young angler from Crewe and I am looking for a fairly cheap elastic pole, 10-12m long. Where would be the best place to look for one? I haven’t got too much money to spend though.

Thanks, Robert.

Hello Robert,

Try looking for a good second hand pole with extra kits. This may be the best way of getting good value for your money.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hello Bob,

I went down with my friend to the Longwater in Bushy Park, we saw lots of doubles swimming around but when we throw bread out to them they swam off. How can we catch them at the start of the season? The water is really clear.

Thanks, Jon

Hello Jon,

Try some other floating baits such as chum mixers, give the carp some time to get used to them.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

Can I put groundbait on top of a shoal of Bream, I have arrived at a peg and the shoal is already there, so how can I make them stay without spooking them?

Cheers, Simon.

Hello Simon,

Feed with very soft groundbait every cast, this should hold them there.

Bob Nudd.

Hello Bob,

Which company imports your movies in Holland? Because the wife of a customer taped over one off your video's!

Thank you, Natascha Goedvolk.

Hello Natascha,

You can buy them online at www.anglers-world.co.uk

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob

I have a 12.5 metre pole and am about to fish in my first match, how do you recommend I fish a peg which has reeds to my sides but just an open pool in front of me, about 4-5 metres deep?

Regards

Dave

Hello Dave,

Have one swim close to the reeds, in what would be quite shallow water, then have a second swim in the deeper water, plumb the depth and fish at the bottom of the shelf. The other option when the water is deep is to fish up in the water at about 11metres out and 1 metre deep.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

Browning have recently got rid of all their stock of the Black Magic II to a tackle shop. I’ve been impressed by my mates for hauling. Can you tell me the shop they went to. They advertise in I.Y.C.F. mag, that’s where I saw the article. Hope you can help with this unusual question.

Thanks, Richard.

Hello Richard,

Try West Midlands Angling Centre, they advertise in most of the mags. If you have no luck try the Black Magic 111 it is the same price.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Dear Bob,

I used to Fish for a junior team but our member ship elapsed, so I am now going to have to fish with the adults, but I find it very hard to compete with their weights (50lb-70lb ). I usually fish with two poles, one for roach, rudd and bream, and my second pole for carp. But I can’t get enough carp. I usually end up with a weight about 40lb.

Cheers, Dan.

Hello Dan,

You’re very lucky, only 40 lbs!!! Just get more efficient at what you are doing - you must be on the right track if you can already catch that many fish.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob,

I’m Markus from
Germany. What do you think about the MULETTO SYSTEM from MAVER? Also, what is your favourite website?

Thanks, MARKUS

Hello Markus,

Yes, I think the Muletto system is quite good; my favourite website is Anglers Net!

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Dear Bob,

What is a suitable number of elastic and hookline for carp pole fishing, i.e. say elastic number 18 with say 0.19 thick 7.6lbs BS line. Would that be suitable?

Thanks, Dave (Hampshire).

Hello Dave,

There are no set rules. Try and get away with as thick a line as you can while still getting bites. 0.20mm is a good diameter with this you can use elastic from 10 to 18.

Good fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob

I fish my local stretch of the Shropshire union canal. I would usually fish the pole but I want to fish a wider part where there are a lot of bream and I would have to use a feeder to reach the other side. It is very shallow and I do not know what kind of feeder or ground bait to use. Please could you help me?

Best wishes, Craig Langdon.

Hello Craig,

Use a small or medium plastic feeder with as lighter weight as possible (about 10 grams should be sufficient) The mix I would use for bream on a shallow canal would be 25% Van Den Eynde JVS super feeder and 75% brown crumb.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob

I have recently been fishing a carp lake and am not really having any luck. I am setting my bobbin as I was told by my uncle and fishing on boilie with a size 10 micro-barbed hook at about 30 ft out, but not having any luck. What would you suggest?

Thanks, Liam Laverty

Hello Liam,

It sounds like you need more help than I can give you in an E- Mail, try reading Angling Times or any of the Carp mags. Videos are also a good source of information.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Dear Bob,

I have your video ‘A guide to pole fishing’. My sister has recently started fishing; please could you give me some tips on rod fishing.

Matthew

Hi Matthew,

There are so many different styles of rod fishing it would be impossible to give you all the information on an E Mail, read books and watch videos and try to gain some knowledge that way.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hi Bob.

I am 14 and I’m planning to start fishing my local river. I have no idea how to plumb the depth on a river. Please could you help?

Thanks, John Davies.

Hello Philip,

Buy a plummet from your local tackle shop. Attach it to your hook, cast out, if your float goes under then it is set too shallow, adjust the depth until your float does not disappear, you have now found the depth of the river.

Good Fishing,

Bob Nudd.

Hello Bob,

Could you please tell me the correct way to use a Combo 6g Missile and how to put it on the line properly? I'm not sure if you use it the same as an ordinary float or not.

Thank you, Paul.

Hello Paul,

I use a Milo float connector for all my big floats, this way there is no damage to the line.