How many matches or pleasure fishing have resulted in you being better? If yes too both. Then well done. If no then well done too. You " ENJOY" what you are doing.. And that's all that matters...I wonder how many anglers on the forum are perfectionists in that some anglers, myself included, like everything to be perfect for when you turn up at a match.
Speaking for myself my hook length boxes are generally fully populated, my box is always well prepared and organised, winders and floats all neatly arrayed in order. My bait is all prepared the night before and organised simply to put in the car when I load my gear, with maggots riddled the night before with fresh maize and a sprinkling of garam masala. It's one of those little things I've always done and has held me in good stead.
When I get to my peg my set up is always the same, neat and consistent to maximize efficiency. Top kits are all doubled up and with pole rigs I generally have the same pattern and weigh floats set up in 3 offs of the same breaking strain often with 3 different line diameters, i.e. carp diamond, 0.4g x 3 on 0.17, on 0.19 and on 0.21 giving 9 of the same float to cater for different venues.
Then there's the little essentials what we can't do without, engineering pliers, my Moore and Wright electronic vernier gauge to measure hook length dia's and hood wire gauge diameters, all little quirks but all adding to the equation.
I know some anglers who go to the lengths where they even measure the length of the hair and add silicone to it so the hair hangs directly below, however for me this is an unnecessary step too far however I could be missing a trick but we all have our own quirks.
So what are your quirks, must haves and the little things you do, that for you, you have to do before you fish a match or venture out on the bank.
Mikey, I've turned up blind having never fished a number venues and won. Without the preparation, not just with tackle as information is equally important, I wouldn't have won as many matches as I have. Too many people over look preparation, what's involved and then wonder why they struggle to compete or catch.How many matches or pleasure fishing have resulted in you being better? If yes too both. Then well done. If no then well done too. You " ENJOY" what you are doing.. And that's all that matters...
Chris just doesn't do feeder fishing Gaz. I must admit it's rare that I don't have a feeder rod set up regardless of venue.
How’s this then? Finished my spring/summer pole Hooklength prep......All F1 shallow banded maggot/caster/pellet -3”,4”,6”......All carp straight & banded ,shallow & mugging . All the other pole hooks are already done .Chris just doesn't do feeder fishing Gaz. I must admit it's rare that I don't have a feeder rod set up regardless of venue.