I've been doing the same myself with the exception of this past weekend. I decided to leave the rods and reels in the carp shack and do a little margin pole fishing for goldfish/ hybrids instead.This past winter I had promised myself to spend more time this year float fishing and mix things up a little and not just focus on euro.
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I'm not going to get into detail regarding the tackle but I will say to those that who are unaware of this style of fishing it involves using a 'sectioned' pole that's 8 meters long ( 30 feet) That's quite short for a pole but basically designed to fish in close. Threaded through the top two sections is stringy elastic. The elastic is designed to take the shock of a run. Kind of like the drag on a reel. Attached to the elastic is your choice of mainline. Attached to that is your choice of hook link. The hook link should be a lighter breaking strain so the fish are less likely to feel it and also if the fish were to break off or get snagged the whole lot won't be lost when trying to retrieve it.
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I fished a small, fixed, 0ne gram float. 8 pound mainline and a 6 pound hook link. I started off using sweet corn on a size 10 hook but went on to worms later on as the fish weren't interested with the corn. I also added a few ball's of ground bait ( strawberry/scopex).
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I got into fish soon after going with the worn. Though the bites were very light and slow. I ended up with over a dozen fish through the day. Still, I do consider that a slow day at the spot knowing the number of fish that are actually there. I was surprised to avoid catching the sunfish and cats that are there while using worms.
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I am by no means a fluent pole fisherman. I'm still enjoying learning new tricks with it. I don't think there is a more efficient and deadly way to catch carp than on the pole. I am already considering purchasing a longer, better quality pole in the future.
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Anyway. Thanks for reading guys. Hope to se you on the bank sometime.
Edited by hairwig, 22 May 2012 - 06:06 PM.