- Sep 2, 2019
Use whatever hook you can effectively hook fish on and which gives you the best presentation? A size 10 Kamasan will be slightly different to a 10 Drennan so don't over think it
Thanks. that is worth thinking about. I think I may step up to 14s tp see what happens. It will just be nice to be fishing there again, though if it is anything like after last lockdown, it will be a struggle getting a spot in a match to fish.If you're happy with 0.17 and a 16 QM1 stick with it as confidence plays a big part in fishing and swapping and changing can cause untold problems particularly if your confidence is dented.
If I'm feeding 6mm or 8mm pellets I generally start on 0.17 and a 16 MWG. However if I draw well or start catching well I would have no hesitation in stepping up to 0.19 to a 14 MWG s I always have a duplicate heavier rig set up. On meat, it's usually close in work in the last two hours. With this and margin work I'll fish 0.19 and a 14 MWG noting on meat I use a banded hair rig and pull the band into the meat.
On the lead I fish 0.21 to a 14 MWG particularly on Carey.
My approach may sound heavy however Viaduct is a specialised venue where the fish are big and you need to play the percentages game. Unlike most venues you're only fishing for 4-5 bites an hour so when you hook one, you need to get it in.
Yeah definitely, there’s thinner (and thicker mind you) less stretchy lines out there but for a mix of robustness, suppleness, knot strength and just general strength I don’t think it can be beaten plus it’s handy how in the lower breaking strains you can make it sink or float. Plus very readily available in multiple spool lengths.It isn’t the best, but it is very robust, long lasting, and more than up to the abuse from carp bagging
It's sort of in and out of my local shops as well but it's always available in some form or another in all the big online retailers. I think all of angling direct, bobco, matchman supplies, benwicks, fishing republic, go outdoors always have some of it, just varies who has the widest range of breaking strains and lengths.I’d probably have Maxima on my reels now if anywhere near me actually stocked it - all I used to use and it accounted for vast numbers of fish
I've settled on Drennan mainline with Guru n-gauge hook lengths which I find are a great combinationIt's sort of in and out of my local shops as well but it's always available in some form or another in all the big online retailers. I think all of angling direct, bobco, matchman supplies, benwicks, fishing republic, go outdoors always have some of it, just varies who has the widest range of breaking strains and lengths.
I like most the drennan lines, particularly float fish, but it's a pain they only come in 100m spools. It's handy that maxima also comes in 300m and 600m which saves faffing with backing. I do use drennan hooklengths the vast majority of the time though.I've settled on Drennan mainline with Guru n-gauge hook lengths which I find are a great combination
I used to use it to be fair, but it's too thick for my liking, I like to use the smallest waggler I can get away with. If the big splashers still worked I'd still use maxima.Wash you mouth out! Probably more spools of 3 to 6 pound maxima sold than any other line
The 6lb I use for feeder and surface fishing is thick old stuff tbf but the 3lb I use for float fishing is alright, it's not 0.15 like it says it is but still only about 0.16 which is thin enough for the floats I use.I used to use it to be fair, but it's too thick for my liking, I like to use the smallest waggler I can get away with. If the big splashers still worked I'd still use maxima.
Ref your comments :So the size 2,4,6,7,8 and 9 hooks I use on occasion (matched to baits being fished) would be frowned upon by just about 100% of posters before my post
Never fished a venue with hook size limit - I get the rule but its just more tosh caused by bad anglers/technique.
A smaller hook places more pressure on a smaller area of the mouth.
A large barbless has more chance of rotation if line goes slack.
Most syndicate waters have banned barbless in big sizes due to his but on these venues they are generally fishing at distance with heavy rods/lines.
Most commercial anglers are fishing no more than 16m on pole most of the time or 40m on another methods using kit where line should never go slack (elastic and reasonably soft rods).
C’mon now Peter. Tell us the truth. You’ve got shares in Kamasan haven’t you ?On waters with the 'size 10' rule, I use the Kamasan B911, be it either the standard B911, or if it warrants it, the B911 X-Strong. Both eyed for hair rigging.
Game on.C’mon now Peter. Tell us the truth. You’ve got shares in Kamasan haven’t you ?
Tell you what Peter. And it’s only fair. If you catch a cat from Messingham with our Sly this year I’ll buy you 15 packets of Kamasan B911 of your choice. How’s that for motivation ? I ain’t tying them for you though. You can do that ya sen.