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Dear Anglers Net,
I wonder if other Anglers Net readers that are new to fishing find the same problems of asking people at the bankside. I find that people contradict themselves and information about fish/fishing contained in a stretch of water are grossly misjudged.
What I like about the angler's net is that articles are written by people who "do" know what they are doing, in fact leading personalities whose advice is not only solid fact but also thought provoking. I have enjoyed reading many of the articles. Basically trying to fill in knowledge and experience which is only usually collated by hours on the bank. These articles have no doubt been responsible for more fish on the bank and better care for these fish when on the bank. Which for me is of prime importance. Only irresponsible people don't care for the welfare of the fish. Lets face it a few hours spent on the Angler's Net reading the articles on pike has enabled me to catch more. Tips and knowledge on pike gained from the site has meant that I have been able to treat the pike with the respect it deserves. Not that I didn't before, but the factual advice has given me better confidence to play, land and unhook the pike exactly as it should be done.
One of the articles which taught me the most was about the delicate balance of pike in our waterways that help to stabilise the ecosystem. How many times have you heard people say that pike should be killed? Read the articles and you know that those people are wrong, very wrong.
Hopefully one day I will have the knowledge to contribute to the site and
stay true to sound advice, not wavering into the mire of conjecture and
elaboration of the facts.
And thank you, John, for taking time to write into Anglers' Net. We do receive quite a few nice emails, but don't publish them all. The reason for publishing this one is so that I can thank both you and, publicly, Leon Roskilly - author of the pike article you mention and tireless worker in the field of fish care and conservation. Thanks, Leon.
Today was a blank day
I love your site, I have learned loads about Pike Fishing but i would like to learn about a float that I Bought in Norfolk last year when I went on holidays on the Norfolk Broads the float is made by fox and it is called a deadbait pencil. I would like to know about this float because I am going back to Norfolk this year to see if I can catch a pike as I have never caught one before
The slim-line design of pencil floats has two advantages. It provides very
little resistance, as a pike takes the deadbait, and it stands high above the
water, making it a very good visual bite indicator at distance.
Sea Anglers' Conservation Network (SACN)
|Views On Anti-Angling
I have no wish to be disrespectful to anyone here but I have to say that in the light of facing a life or death situation how many of the antis would suddenly take that drug which is tried and tested on animals. Or indeed how many of them will take the place of an animal for the sake of mankind? It is all very well being a strict vegetarian when you are making a very good living from it, representing anti this and anti that, so that you establish who your customers are but what happens when you are suddenly faced with the biggest battle of your life, for your life? I'll tell you, all your strongest held beliefs and Philosophy goes out of the window and you become a realist who will try anything, every drug known, including those tried and tested on animals for your own survival. How many of those antis could honestly stand up and tell the world they have never taken a drug intended to stop their ailments which has some kind of animal derivative in its make up or which has been tested on animals. Those maggots the anti defended? What if they were used in the medical trade, cleaning out infected wounds. What does that person then think is done with them? Does he really believe a Maggot is worth more than a human life that it could possibly help? I was about to say, "he who is without sin" but some people believe animals were put on this Earth for man to use, for the benefit of the human race, by God! There are far worse things happening in this world to Humans by Humans than to animals generally, perhaps people ought to concentrate their efforts on something much more worth while and help those people who need it. Attacking angling will not help fish and or any of the life around our waterways. It is often the angler who saves the swan which has crashed into the pylon lines, or been battered by its own mother and driven out of the fold to die of hunger or be predated on by a hungry fox. It is often the angler who notices the first signs of pollution which could cause catastrophe to all life along a river if not reported, it is often the anglers who pick up the rubbish left by the general public after their Sunday Picnic down by the lake in the park. I even know an angler who on hearing a slight cry in the distance investigated and found an elderly man had collapsed and fallen into the river. If that angler hadn't been there the elderly chap definitely wouldnt have been for much longer. What about the night fishermen who are on the scene when a car is broken into and mobiles the police or reports the break in at the boating house or lake side shop, the angler who saves the dog and or its owner when it has jumped into the ice cold lake. If anglers were not around, who would clean up our waters every year make the banks secure, feed the birds in the winter when all those bird lovers from the summer have stayed at home. Who cleans all the bread away from the margins of the local parks when the ducks have been fed a thousand times too much by the hoards of children who visit and the rats which come out at night cant even devour and you know your Ranger who is paid to do it wont bother? Who complains about the state of the water when it is obvious that it needs desilting and oxygenating? Anglers, thats who, because they are there and notice these things. "Anglers"? Who needs them, they are just a cruel, couldn't care less bunch of tyrants who want to exploit nature. Aren't they? Well I love animals wild and domestic I love being out by the lake and quietly sitting observing the animals but I realise we have to eat, and that people have different tastes in their pursuits of pleasure but I wouldnt presume to tell them what they can or cannot eat, or do in pursuit of that pleasure. I sometimes tell people they ought to give up smoking, but that is down to them ultimately, I realise water sports such as skiing and boating erodes the banks destroying habitat for some creatures and that diesel fuel pollutes water but I dont try to interfere with their enjoyment even when I am there fishing. I certainly wouldn't profess to be an animal lover and "anti cruelty to animals person" then release a ferocious predator by the hundred out into the so-called wild "which is actually looked after by man" and is likely to be a SSSI. or a nature reserve, where it can eat all the other rare and endangered species as happened with the Mink, which are now also endangering Fish too. I believe a lot of the sightings of Otters are in fact Mink and I have come across the remains of small fish that I believe were killed by Mink. What with these predators and others such as the highly efficient Cormorant out there pretty soon the antis wont have to bother because there wont be any fish left to angle for. I once stood talking to a Bird watcher at Walthamstow Reses. He had watched over a few years, along with me and hundreds of other anglers and wild life fans the complete and utter destruction of the islands of all life forms from the very tips of each and every tree top to the tip of their roots which dangled in the water, every single insect and living species which had inhabited those islands had either died or had to find somewhere else to live. The Bird man didn't have a lot to say about it when I asked him if he thought things may have gone a little bit too far in protecting this creature until I pointed behind me at the island on the No.1. Res, which used to be one of the biggest Heronries in the country and asked him what will you do when those Cormorants start roosting there, eating the tiny fish which the Heron has to eat and spreading the life sapping Guana all over the vegetation which sustains every living creature which is now there? He looked at me a little surprised that I knew about it, then said yes we were getting a little worried about that as he walked away! Talk about Tunnel vision! Lets all look at the bigger picture please. In other words, people, Get real.
Please take a look at the accompanying rig diagrams, assess at your leisure and consider publishing.
About 18 months ago, I caught an emaciated Perch that weighed 2lb 1oz, Im certain that it should have gone to nearly 3lb. The reason (I feel) it was emaciated, was because of the feeder rig that was still attached to it. This consisted of hooklength and feeder, enclosed by a double loop and fixed to the mainline permanently. I was and had for a number of years used this rig myself, but quickly realized that this rig was a danger to the fish, even if hooklengths of 1lb where used. I set out to find a replacement for this, and came up with the accompanying rig, which is just as effective.
Fig 1. Tie a hooklength as normal, using a double overhand loop knot to form the loop. Onto your mainline thread on in this order. A medium Drennan ring, a bead, a snaplink swivel, then a final bead. Now tie another overhand loop knot in the end of the mainline, leaving about 10 inches of line on the tag end.
Fig 2. Now tie this tag end to the Drennan ring, encasing as you do so the snaplink and the two beads. Tie this to the required length of loop. Now attach h/link, clip on bomb/feeder, and your ready.
Fig 3. Shows the "Matchmans" rig with double loop, that causes a "Boom" effect, so eliminating tangles with the bomb/feeder. Now attach h/link, clip on bomb/feeder, and your ready.
Fig 4. Shows that if the mainline breaks above the terminal tackle, the weight can come free, and not tether a fish.
Fig 5. If the line breaks here, you are still attached to the fish.
Fig 6. If the line breaks here, the weight can slip free, and not tether a fish.
Fig 7. And if the line breaks here, the fish will not be tethered.
I have used/tested this rig for 18 months now, and having used the other can honestly say that it has not impaired my catch rate in any way. Tackle wise, the only difference between the two rigs are a couple of beads and a 4mm rig ring, and in use this new rig will pick up no more debris than the "Fixed" rig, in a running water situation. This new rig also offers an angler the chance to fish a rig, similar to a fixed one, on waters that currently have bans on all fixed or semi-fixed rigs, as it is free running. The applications are endless, once the principles are applied.
Tight Lines (Free leads)
See more of Steve's handy work in our 'Rigs' section
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