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Plumbing the depthA VIDEO OF HOW TO PLUMB THE DEPTH ON THE POLE.
The first thing to do after setting up at the peg you have chosen to fish, is to find the depth of water that you are going to be fishing at.
1. Too shallow
2. Too deep
3. Exact Depth
There are a number of floats on the market to fish with, but one that takes pride of place in the canal or still water fishing tackle box is the waggler. This float can be straight or with a body at the bottom, it is devastating on its day, as it enables most angler to fish the far bank vegetation and this is usually were the fish are holding on your average canal. To fish it in this way you must ensure that your spool is filled with line correctly. You can see from the diagram how to lock it on to your line and the kind of shotting pattern to use as this floats versatility means you can also use it on slow running water, again see the difference in the shotting pattern.
The shotting patterns can vary when using this float, for example you can add a bulk shot down the line to make the bait fall through the water to get down to the bottom feeding fish like tench or bream or you can dot out your shotting pattern to make the bait fall through the water slowly to catch the surface to mid water feeding fish such as rudd, roach and perch, these decisions are very important when competitive fishing
The popularity of pole fishing has grown immensely in the last few years. Poles came to the fore in the early 80,s from continental Europe were they have been used for a number of years. These days the poles are far better and much of the credit for this must be given to the tackle manufacturers who continue to produce cheaper, lighter, stronger poles each season. The pole is a ideal tool for the young junior new to fishing .The pole gives you total control of your tackle whilst float fishing, allowing you to use much lighter rigs, and thus fooling many more fish into taking your bait.
The advantage of the pole over the rod is that you can fish a area better ,placing your bait in the same spot every time in the area you have ground baited ,by using light lines and small hooks you improve your catch rate. Most of Newton AA waters you would fish with the pole ,a ideal size of pole for the young junior is 8/9 meters in length so easy handling and not to heavy.
The control of the float is far better with the pole then rod and line ,you can easily hold the float in the same place where has on the rod, the line is subject to the wind moving it and displacing your float from the baited area resulting in you catching less fish .
Poles - all modern poles are designed to be fished with elastic running inside the top one, two or three sections. This elastic provides a shock absorber between the pole and a fighting fish. The pole elastic must be matched to the strength of the line and hook link that you are using, and that should be matched to the size and species of fish that you are expecting to catch. To give you a couple of examples, from one extreme to the other, for roach fishing on a local canal we might use No 3 elastic to 1.5 lb B.S. rig line to a size 22 hook on 12 oz hook length.
Right, back to our search for the perfect pole for a beginner to pole fishing. If the pole has extra top kits, so much the better, else we'll just have to buy a couple of spares. We should aim for a minimum of three tops, each fitted with different strength elastic, thus allowing us to use the pole for a variety of fishing without the need for changing the elastics. If the majority of our fishing is done on one water, fishing for one type of fish, then it makes sense to have two of the top kits set up with identical elastics.
You would rig up your poles on the 3 different top kits so giving you different options of fishing ,light elastic and rig for small fish and a more heavier elastic and rig for if bigger fish shall come in to your swim.CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF HOW TO BUY A POLE
CLICK FOR VIDEO OF HOW TO SET THE POLE UP.
Fishing on the pole is done on light lines with pole floats that take small shot or style leads that are pinched on the line with pliers ,these can either be spaced out down the line if fishing on the drop catching fish up in the water eg. RUDD ,ROACH and IDES or mid water as the bait falls thou the water to the bottom .
Or the shot can be bulked together giving you a quicker drop thou the water to the bottom were the fish may be feeding eg TENCH ,BREAM and CARP , the rig as it is known is kept on a winder to keep the line neat and tangle free
type of float needed is a slim bodied bristle float that takes 4no 10 shot or styles fished on 0.08 main line with a 0.06 hooklength the hook being a size 22 kamasan B590 this rig is suitable for fishing squatts and pinkies ,bulking the shot just before your hook length and plumbing up to find the bottom fished a couple of inches over depth on the bottom will get you roach and skimmers.
Pole floats are usually very much smaller, and more sensitive than other floats such as wagglers. Usually, they are made from balsa, with a very fine nylon or plastic insert. If they are shotted to as low down as possible, with just the fine bristle showing so that the tiniest bites will pull them under. They can come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes.
End tackle, or rigs, are carried on ready made-up plastic winders to save time and trouble on the bank. They can be bought already made up on winders for something like 2 or 3 pounds, or you can make your own up. It is very likely that lines can drop as low as half a pound BS and hook sizes as small as size 22. Weights can also be so tiny for the angler needs very good eyesight in order to see the split through which the line is run. These weights are usually cylindrical with a long split running the full length and are called "styls".
To avoid confusion, tackle winders can be purchased in various colours so that a code may be devised by the individual, allowing him to select or replace end tackle of equal balance immediately.
When setting up your rigs and the float as a long stem use 3 rubber bands on the stem ,for if you stag up pulling the line will not snap the float .
TIP. If when your fishing and the wind gets up ,spoiling your presentation put a smallshot No8 about 12inches away from your float back to the pole this will sink the line between the float and the pole ,so if your pole tip moves in the wind pulling the line it hits the shot and not the float so not ruining your presentation of your bait .CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF HOW TO FEED YOUR SWIM WITH THE POLE
Lead Shot and Styl Weights
Many of you will have seen shot and styles ,but it is important to know when to use them shot left in picture are spherical have a small surface area and sink quickly .This isn't as important on shot of No11and No12 as they are tiny anyway ,but if you had just No8 on your rig for example it would sink unnaturally past the fish. Styles on the right on the other hand are long and cylindrical with a larger surface area then shot .Canal anglers prefer them for there slow sinking qualities and also on light lines they don't come off the line as easily as shot .
stonfo' type connector for attaching float rig
pole tip section cut back to accept bushes
How to internally elasticate your top two or three pole sections
stonflo connected to the elastic which connects to the bung in
2nd or 3rd sections with a length of line or plastic so you can remove the bung
to change the elastic .
CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF HOW TO ELASTICATE YOUR POLE ELASTICATION
play the video clip of how to elasticate your pole.
Tips sent in from Newton-Le-Willows Anglers members
Tip from Liverpool member Keith Mason
After a winter fishing session, when storing your moon boots insert a 2 litre plastic pop bottle full of water into each boot, this stops cracking at the heel.
If you have a split in a section of pole, make 2 small holes at either end of the split with a fine drill bit this will stop the split going longer so you can carry on using the pole. Tip by member Phil Bennet.
Put a small piece of spong in your pole sections so if your pole sections fall in the water they will float. Sent in by member John Curzon.