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keiranrussell

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im fishing a match obviously on the match lake, ive pleasure fished it once and obeyed the normal rules of fishing nearl the island like everybody else was with the normal baits and had no luck at all then pleasure fished it still with no luck, the lake has one island all the way around and no other features, any help?
 

SteveH

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Yes, don't forget that even though there is only one Island the lake does have one other major feature to fish to............the nearside bank. Try fishing the margins close in if you aren't getting bites up to the island, feed a little to either side of your peg for the first two or three hours of the match then come into the margin to fish from time to time and during the last hour of the match.

Also don't be afraid to use your preparation time to plumb your swim and check out mid way or even closer in the open water between your peg and the island. Fish this area either on the pole or waggler perhaps.

Experiment with hookbaits, and even size of hook, length of hook length, depth fished etc. Shotting patterns can make a huge difference too, Use of or not using a tell tale shot, bulked shot or strung out patterns may be changes you need to try to induce takes.

Good Luck :)
 

keiranrussell

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:) great help. ill have 2 top twos set for the different areas and a rod for open water :) thanks
 

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If it is a carp water then you cannot afford to ignore the margins. You can find that the bigger fish inhabit these areas. I normally target them with corn or paste over pellet feed.
 

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Prep time is always best spent looking for signs of fish, plumbing up and setting line clips for waggler/method lines.

Do not use the time setting up rigs or tying hooks. Try to have rods set up before you turn up, either in a hardcase or wrapped in something soft inside your rod bag (use muchos elastic bands, or the missus hair bands, to stop line tangling).

The island is an obvious feature, but you will find sometimes that pressurized areas either under-perform, or die off quickly after a few fish.

Plumb up and look any shelves, and changes in depth, any unusually flat areas. Remember to plumb up dead ahead of you and then 10 degrees to your left and right. You can chuck a notepad n pencil on your bait tray to make any quick notes. Should take 15mins max, then decide your lines.

You're always gonna have a general idea of your line of attack before you get to a match, but be flexible and make an informed decision when you are there. Don't just rely on the island line with nothing to back it up. Have atleast one other line, maybe near marginal shelf or something like that AS WELL AS the near margins. You can have a look down the near margins every hour, but feed throughout and you have a good chance of a few bonus bruisers in the last hour or so.
 

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Follow what's been said already but don't forget to try up in the water at about 7-10mtrs,

Although it's turned a tad cooler the fish are still having it shallow, between 12 and 18inches,

Constantly feed 4-6ml sinking pellets and have a banded 6ml as bait,
 

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How deep is the island swim? We've not had much rain recently so you might be casting into too shallow water. Try clipping up a couple of feet short of the island. Read the advice given to you, apply it at your match and you should be ok. Good luck[:T]
 
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