When you have chosen the particular swim you are going to fish you should begin tackling up well away from the waters edge. Fish frequently patrol the margins of a lake and you should try to avoid any unnecessary disturbance. The first job to do is to slake out your keepnet. Creep up to the water’s edge and, by inserting your landing net handle inside your keep-net, quietly push it out into the water. Heaving the net out will disturb fish over a wide area. By placing the net in the water before beginning fishing you are giving the swim a chance to recover from the disturbance whilst you continue to tackle up. Don’t wait until you catch your first fish before throwing your keepnet out or you will disturb the 04?fW.meiy 2l»%v rest of the shoal – unless you are fishing well out from the bank. Before tackling up is also a good time to soak your ground bait with water. Screw the landing net into the handle so that it is ready should you hook a sizeable fish first cast. Assemble the rod, fasten the reel in position and thread the line through the rod rings, taking care not to miss any. Finding the depth The next important task before actually fishing is to thoroughly plumb the depth of your swim to find out how deep it is. Fasten a quill float on to your line with two rubber bands, one at the top of the float and one at the bottom. Nip a couple of swan shot on to the end of the line or else just sufficient shot to make the float sink. The swan shot makes much less disturbance in your swim than doesa heavy, specially designed plummet being continually cast around. Approach the water’s edge, slide the float up the line to the depth you imagine the water to be, and cast out into the area you intend fishing. If at the first attempt the float disappears then slide it further up your line to increase the depth. Alternatively, if the float lies flat on the surface then slide it down the line to reduce the depth. The correct depth is determined when the float sits with just the tip showing above the surface. Explore the water in front of you very thoroughly to find out if the depth is even, or if there are any ledges or deep holes in the lake bed. It can be very important to know the exact depth of water you are fishing as sometimes a few centimetres can mean the difference between a good catch of fish or no fish at all. Gravel pits which have been excavated with mechanical diggers can have a very varied bottom and without this knowledge fish location can be difficult.
When you have discovered the depth of a swim by adjusting your Boat, swing the tackle towards you and catch hold of the swan shot on the end of the line. Hold the swan shot against the end of your rod handle in front of your reel and then reel in the slack line so that the float tightens up against the rod. Note the position of the float against the rod rings on the rod. Starting from the- end of the handle count the number of rod rings until you reach the tip of the float. The water level in a lake seldom fluctuates a great deal so you now have a float setting for every lime you fish thai particular swim. The exact measurement doesn’t mailer provided you can recall the number of rings along the rod for fishing the float. If your memory is not very reliable then make a note of the number for thai particular swim in a diary. If you fish the lake frequently then you can soon build up a list of the exact float settings for several swims and dispense with having to plumb the depth again.
Once you have plumbed the depth ol the swim slide the swan shot oil’the end of your line and replace them in your box for future use. Remove the quill float from your line and choose a suitable float for the day’s fishing.
The bottom of the float and let the shoal slide loose along the line. Form a loop in die end of the reel line using die three nun loop knot.