Piking with lures – Stay mobile

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Well the winter is now fully here with temperature fully in to the negatives each night. with this in mind my efforts have swapped over to predator fishing and in particular to the pike. Now i know that a lot of you will point out that many of the lakes are frozen solid at the moment but the rivers are running free and this is where you should concentrate. As it is so cold I am not really the kind of angler that likes to sit on my back side swapping the sit and wait style of carping for the pike… no I prefer to keep moving and adopt a roving approach. If something is not working get moving, if you are cold… get moving.

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Vertical jigging for Zander – the lure

Well it has been a while since I wrote an article on Zander fishing and I thought I would write on on the more technical aspects. Now I warn you I am no expert on Zander fishing and only caught my 1st one last year, whilst pike and perch were easy I really struggled with Zander and only thanks to the help of Juul from www.fishingamsterdam.com did I manage to break my zander duck and now I feel confident, not expert by a long way but if the zander are biting I can be confident of a fish.

The main issues that I had in the past that prevented me from banking a zander were in 2 areas

  • Lure setup
  • Jigging technique

This article will deal with the 1st of these 2 items, namely how to set up your lure and end tackle.The 2nd article will deal with the actual fishing style it’s self.

IMPORTANT NOTE, THIS ARTICLE DEALS WITH A SETUP THAT IS UNSAFE IF YOUR WATER CONTAINS A LARGE AMOUNT OF PIKE AND IS SUITABLE ONLY FOR VERTICAL JIGGING. IF THERE ARE PIKE PRESENT USE A WIRE / HEAVY (80LB) FLUOROCARBON TRACE BOTH IN THE LURE AND TO ATTACH THE LURE TO THE MAINLINE.

Wow, now that is off of my chest lets continue with the rest of the article.
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Are lure fishermen better casters ?

been thinking about lure fishing and its effect on my general casting. I lure fish a lot and I prefer to be mobile and cast a lot even if I am in a boat ( most times) I will stop drift or moor up and cast at likely looking structures that I can either see or find on the echo sounder.

A mate of mine also does a lot of lure fishing but he prefers to troll,

now ( and here is the link to carp fishing), if find that as I lure fish so much my casting is really accurate and my casting for carp is also ( at short to medium ranges) accurate. Not trying to boast but up to 60-70 yards I can normally get to with in 1-2 ft and sometimes closer not casting on the clip.

Over that distance, well … I am as accurate as the next man

Do other carp anglers who also lure fish also see the same increases in accuracy ?