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Carp fishing in France
On very highly pressured waters, where fish have seen 'everything' it is often imperative that both your hook-link and main line is as 'invisible' unobtrusive and as 'natural acting' as physically possible. Your main line had better be strong enough to stand the pressure and abrasions (even at the reel roller and rod rings,) when the biggest fish in the lake rips-off with your baited hook and ploughs towards the nastiest snags in the water! Usually such fish will test your rod and line past their limits and quoted breaking strain as the biggest fish normally have had years of practice being hooked and diving for safe snags!
The quality and condition of your rod rings, reel line roller and clutch mechanism can easily lose you 'the fish of a life-time,' so regular maintenance and attention to detail is essential. It is a massive advantage if you get advance experience of using your tackle at full pressure fishing for other big species. During key moments in a fish when your adrenaline is pumping and it is fifty-fifty who is going to win, knowing exactly what to do in advance and how to maximise the leverage and limits of your gear really matters. (They often help you keep a 'cool head' and control any sense of panic or shock if the fish is evidently more cunning or powerful than you've ever experienced previously!)
Fishing 'Lac Du Salagou' and 'Lac Du Curton' ('Rainbow Lake') in France is best done after having previously tested your gear to the limit and then seriously up-graded both your tackle and 'mental approach!'
Other aspects of lines that all can combine and stack the odds of success in your favour are: Exceptionally 'low memory,' minimal 'line twist' and smooth casting properties to hit that 'dinner plate' spot accurately at 120 meters away. This distance is often about 40 to 50 metres further away than most anglers estimate 120 metres to be and is a hell of a cast. (In fact such a cast is beyond the capabilities of many an 'average' angler, despite 'modern distance rods and big line capacity big-pit reels!')
It helps to do 3 decade of long-range beach casting to seriously train-in and hone your range, casting action, motor skills, appropriate musculature, technique and most importantly; your accuracy. (Often applying free bait accurately is a huge factor contributing to success as fish move further and further 'out of range of our lines and leads!)
Other bits of tackle you might prefer not to leave at home, include a very sensitive bite detector. Often you can have fish 'playing with baits' on and off for hours, without them getting hooked. This is without a fisherman having had any sound other than one or two 'bleeps' from the indicator, (especially at range!). When fish are used to shedding hooks every day and night, they get very skilled at it in response to exposure to all the most popular contemporary rigs.
These are supposedly designed to be 'self-hooking' self-turning' contraptions to always give you the 'edge' and get around the crafty fishes defensive behaviours. If you have ever seen fish get off these rigs with ease in the margins (it might take a fraction of a second, or half an hour without moving-off though.) It could be argued that a truly effective hooking rig providing a truly genuine hooking 'edge' is one that fish in any particular lake have never experienced the like of before!
Your fish hooking success includes the design of your chosen hooks and the materials and quality and gauge of metal it is made from. Added to this are decisions you make regarding the rest of the rig and the use of hook-link material and of particular strategic pivot points for rig movement and son. A good example is a version of a 'cranked hook' with multi-stranded hook link material where the hook is positioned above and independent of one bait but sandwiched between the top bait and the smaller less buoyant one beneath the hook.
As recent innovation from 'Solar Tackle' is the introduction of a 'ring swivel' incorporating tiny ball-bearings which make it turn on your line more efficiently than ever before. The great advantage of this is it allows your rig to turn instantly in the mouth exactly in the way your rig design requires for maximum hooking potential. I can personally vouch for the fact that an efficiently-turning rig catches more fish!
Many of the most successful big fish anglers use a handful of very simple rigs for all their fishing, casting, weed, gravel, silt, or bottom detritus ('chod') situations. However, these guys have many hidden attributes that 'mask appearances.' I've used the same range of rig dimensions and 'mechanics' for years. But this has been in various refined ways and in accordance with the individual fishery and swim requirements and using various more advantageous materials. A simple rig or bait in the hands of one of the most skilled or experienced anglers on a water, equals fish caught! If an experienced angler has all the advantages of high levels of skill in 'reading' a water and fish location, he may well seem to constantly 'drop straight on fish' and catch them pretty soon after. A great 'hidden advantage' of many top anglers is they're often very skilled in the application of bait in order to manipulate and stimulate fish feeding behaviour to the extent of controlling fish location when they do feed.
This skill may be exercised over a season or numbers of seasons until the 'target fish' are finally caught. It is often an over-looked fact that the biggest fish have the greatest energy requirements and nutritional needs and it makes sense they very often get caught in swims where the largest amounts of regular free baits are introduced. 'Beginners luck' can rule in such swims!
But it is obvious to me at least, that after 3 decades of hunting for big fish of many species, that 'confidence' is the real number one factor in fishing success. Without it you would not bother going at all. It is the thing that keeps you going back and which leads to most of your learning, feed-back, catches and in fact, personal satisfaction and enjoyment of the sport. When you are confident in anything in life, you tend to think and therefore behave in that way with all its benefits!
Confidence makes you 'anticipate success.' This leads to you constantly be looking for 'cues' and clues of all kinds that bring you nearer to your goals. It is the thing that allows you to stay awake through the quietest most anti-social night hours listening for moving, rolling and feeding fish, (to give away their location.) Confidence makes you try ideas and things that your 'mates' will probably call you an 'idiot' for trying. Well 'an 'idiot' is someone who does not learn from their mistakes, whereas the most successful people have by definition made far more mistakes; but they learn from this 'feedback' and develop even more confidence! (And their catches put their 'mates' to shame!)
Confidence also makes you 'pressure-test' every aspect of your tackle; because you truly believe there is no doubt you are going to hook the fish of your dreams. When the rare fishing opportunities you have been waiting for, meet all your carefully refined preparations and personal skills, then you have the highest possibility of achieving your fishing goals! This might be described as 'cultivating your own luck.' Be lucky!
This fishing bait secret books author has many more fishing and bait 'edges.' Just one could impact on your catches!
By Tim Richardson.