Many fish are lost off the hook just as they are being landed, so it is important to land your fish properly. As the hooked fish begins to tire, draw it towards the bank. Sink the landing net in the edge of the river at your feet. Draw the fish across the surface by keeping the line tight and raising the rod until the fish is over die top of the sunken net. Raise the landing net smoothly with your free hand so that the fish is trapped in the mesh. You can now lower the rod on to a rod rest and lift the net out of the water with both hands. Do not try and chase the fish with the net, or try and lilt the fish over the rim of the net or you could snap the line.
A lot of beginners have difficulty in drawing the hooked fish across the surface towards the bank. A common mistake is to keep the rod too low when playing the fish and then reeling in the line until the float jams in the top rod ring. If you have reeled the float too close to the rod tip to be able to raise the rod and skim the fish across the surface towards the bank, simply allow the reel to backwind and raise the rod at the same time. Whilst you are doing this it is imperative that you keep the line under tension. Very heavy fish cannot be lifted straight out of the water by lifting the landing net handle. Keeping the mouth of the net above the surface, pass the handle through your hands towards you until you can lift the frame of the net.
Lakes can be the most difficult or thethe strength of the current and the easiest of waters to fish. I will try tocontours of the banking. When float explain this contradiction. In a riverfishing in a river the float travels the areas which hold the most fish arcdown with the current and so covers not difficult to determine because ofquite a large area of water. In a lake the float slays where it is east out and consequently the bail is only presented in one tiny area. Choosing a good swim to fish is therefore very important in lake fishing. On large lakes and gravel pits there are often areas of water which for one reason or another seldom hold any fish. 11 stands to reason that when fishing a lake tin- ehoice of swim is very important. In small lakes with a healthy fish population, or in a ,£. good swim in a large lake, the fishing can be very easy at times. Another fact which makes float fishing a lake easier than a river is that tackle control is simpler. In a Stillwater it is unnecessary to continually mend the ine to keep in contact with your float. As you gain experience your ability to spot the signs of a good swim will improve. Do not always assume that the swims which are obviously well fished are the best spots. Quite often these swims are fished regularly for the simple reason that they are nearest the car park. Some anglers are loath to walk any distance and just stop at the nearest stretch of water.