Few people would argue if you suggested to them that targeting specific fish by 'stalking' them is one of the most exciting ways of catching them.
Freelining is also a great way of really 'feeling' your fish. It's as close to hand-to-hand combat as an angler is ever likely to get with a fish!
In this clip, Nash Tackle's Alan Blair shows how to catch a big carp with just a rod, reel, line, hook and maggots.
You may think it's strange that somebody who represents a major tackle firm is suggesting such bare-bones fishing, but anyone who knows Alan will tell you that he is a truly passionate angler who wants others to get as much enjoyment from angling as he does.
I dare say he'd be over the moon if you caught a carp like this on Nash fishing tackle, but I also doubt he'd begrudge you that pleasure if you caught it on their biggest rival's gear!
Click the 'PLAY' symbol below to see Alan in action. If you're in a hurry, just watch the start and then fast forward to about 11:00 in the video...