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Accuracy – Part 2

A little overdue, this is Part 2 of our resident carp angling supremo, Adam Penning’s guide on the importance of angling and baiting accurately, and how you can record the information to go back and hit the same spots again and again. With accuracy being one of the most important techniques to master (let’s face it, you’re not going to catch as many fish without it!), Adam is going to extend this series out a little to make sure you get all the information and tips to replicate how he does it to a tee.

Over to you Adam … (click pictures to enlarge)

Now that we have located the fish and then proceeded to locate a clear area of lakebed where we can present our rig(s) without them being buried in weed, we need to accurately record the location of the spot.

The line on the reel is clipped the exact distance to the spot and by using the all important skyline markers, we can control the exact point that we are aiming at. The next stage is to use the marker pole system to accurately measure out the distance we are clipped up to.

Use a clip to change from lead to spomb.

Use a clip to change from lead to spomb.

Marker poles have become incredibly popular in the last few years. They were conceived by inventive anglers fishing carp matches – often in these situations, anglers are not allowed to leave the swim they are fishing in and so, some clever soul came up with the poles idea. When I first heard of it, my initial reaction was ‘sod that – I’ve been walking my lines down the path for years thank you very much!’

Being a bit slow on the uptake, I failed to see the benefits of such a system but after a bit of thought it became obvious. No longer would I have to walk my lines up muddy paths or over potentially damaging rough ground. No longer would I have to worry about the lack of a straight walk behind my swim and curving the line off up twisty paths. No longer would I have other people walk over my lines while I was measuring them out! But, most important of all, I now had a system that allowed me to collect recordable data.

Think about that for a moment. Recordable data! All the effort you have gone to find the best spot in the swim, and maybe a spot that you have had great success from is no longer wasted after the session. Walking lines out down the bank (as we had done for years) was little more than ‘adequate’ and any information was hard to record with any real precision. (How do you accurately measure 67 paces down a bendy path when you next fish the swim, and want to locate that perfect little gravel spot you’d previously found?).

Always ensure the poles are leaning slightly outwards.

Always ensure the poles are leaning slightly outwards.

Using the pole system, the process couldn’t be simpler and now, all spots can be perfectly recorded for future reference. This has been a real revelation in my fishing, in fact I’d go as far as to say that it is one of the biggest edges I have found in the last ten years.

The process begins with lying the rod on the ground behind the swim and then placing each marker pole into the ground adjacent to the tip and butt of the rod. The poles are now exactly 12’ apart (most proprietary pole systems come with a 12’ cord which makes this a bit easier). Ensure that you place the poles leaning slightly outwards – this is very important as it will prevent your line from riding up the poles during the wrapping process.

To begin wrapping, place the lead around the left hand pole.

To begin wrapping, place the lead around the left hand pole.

Next, wrap the lead once around the base of the left hand pole and, standing a rod length back from the poles. Open the bail arm and (controlling the flow of line with your fingers), pass the tip up to the right hand pole and pass the line around it. At this point you have measured out 12’ of line AKA ‘one wrap’. Using a figure of 8 movement, continue to wrap the line from pole to pole until you hit the line clip. If at any point the line begins to rise up the poles, simply push it back down with the rod tip.

Almost everyone I have watched do this manages to mess the count up! It is imperative that you concentrate and accurately count out the number or wraps. Failure to do this makes the whole operation futile and you will end up with your rigs a minimum of 12’ away from your bait.

I follow a few basic rules when counting out the wraps:

– Never let anyone talk to you
– Never talk to anyone else
– Always count out loud
– Always remember that the left pole is ‘evens’ and the right pole is ‘odds’

Use a bivvy peg to mark the exact point you are clipped up to.

Use a bivvy peg to mark the exact point you are clipped up to.

When you hit the clip, lie the rod down and place a bivvy peg level with the tip, to mark the exact point you have finished at (assuming you are not exactly at 16 or 19 or whatever). Place this behind the line and push it right into the ground so the line cannot get caught on it.

At this point, record the data into your phone or onto a pad. It’s simple to do – half way between the poles is 6’ and halfway between the halfway point is 3’! If you want to, use a tape measure to record the point with perfect precision.

The final stage - record all the information for next time!

The final stage – record all the information for next time!

Once this has been done, the line must be wound back onto the reel under tension. Take your time and follow the line with the rod tip, backwards and forwards, until all the line is back on the reel. If you take your time, ensure the poles are leaning slightly outwards and follow the line with the rod tip then you should not have any problems.

Your rod is now ready to use for baiting up and to do this, I simply unclip the lead and add a Spomb.

In part 3 we will be looking at how to mark up our rods and how to bait accurately.

See you then!

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