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Tackle preparation is the secret of having better days fishing.

I hope these tips help you?


Over the years I have found that it helps to improve your fishing, whether it is a days fishing, match fishing or bivvying by organising yourself to get the best out of each session:-

Bait Preparation. Photo of a batch or bait Prepare your baits a few days before going fishing. Either Freeze it or chill it (in the fridge) in preparation. Doing these things will add to your confidence before your arrival on the bank.

Photo of a small tackle bag 4. Minimal Tackle. Do you go fishing with a mobile tackle shop? Why lug about lots of tackle that you are not likely to use? Just take the minimum kit that you need e.g rig boards, a maximum of 12 spare leads. Having loads of spare tackle doesn't make you a better angler. Use a small tackle box just big enough to hold your rigs - no more!
6. Check the Weather. Check the weather beforehand. Remember, wind from the East - Fishing is least; wind from the West - Fishing is best. A Northerly wind drops the temperature, and a southerly one raises the temperature. Get your mind thinking fishing. Build up a picture of where the fish may be and likely swim options. But keep it flexible as once on the bank you're likely to change your mind.
8. Keep track of what you've used. Keep a list of things that need topping up or need replacing as you use them.
10. Only ever use sharp hooks Just because a hook has come out of a packet does not necessarily mean that it is sharp.A close-up photo of a someone sharpening their hooks They get knocked about in a packet and can quite so easily blunt the point of any hook. Check the effectiveness of a hook on your thumb nail, if it sticks it should be sharp, and do this regularly during a session. If it doesn't stick or you keep on losing fish, change it, or sharpen it. Both Lidl and Aldi once a year have cheap tackle and a pen like diamond hook sharpener; if you see one buy it and always keep you hooks honed with it.
12. Does your rig behave properly? Photo showing a rig in the water If possible, check that your rig behaves as you expect it to. If float fishing, does your float sit properly and not to high out of the water?
14. When Bivvying, organise your base. As stated previously, organise your self. When bivvying or fishing under a brolly, lay out your gear the same way every time. That way you will get to know where everything is every time, day or night.Photo of a tidy fishing Bivvy Doing this will help you become more efficient and calmer especially when fishing through the winter months or when you need to set up and pack up in the dark. Again, you should know where everything is and if something is missing.
16. Separate kit and tackle into different bags or boxes. Have separate bags/boxes for different bits of kit. So, if you are only doing for a day, you can easily remove the brew kit or cooking kit and torch etc. or extra clothing that you may carry. Keeping like kit gathered together makes it easy if you don't need that kit with you. Like we've said previously, only take what you need.

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