GETTING MORE OUT OF YOUR SESSION
24 APRIL 2017
Could you be making better use of your time on the bank?
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1. Quick-change swivels

These interchangeable swivels give you the option to have rigs pre-tied in advance. I usually have two or three fresh rigs made up with hookbaits attached, plus any other additional things like the hair tied back with Meltz PVA tape or PVA foam sandwiched around the hook. This can be particularly useful during the hours of darkness when ideally you don't want to be tying baits on or checking your pop-ups are sinking etc. I attach the rig to the quick-change swivel via a simple figure-eight loop knot, which is then coupled with an anti-tangle sleeve that slides over both the knot and the clip of the swivel. I do this for two reasons, the first being to protect the rig and make sure it can’t move or pull free, but also it gives your rig rigidity and anti-tangle properties.

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2. PVA mesh

Having a case full of pre-made PVA bags can be a real edge. Simple things can make a massive impact and usually just putting in that extra 1% effort makes the difference between landing one fish or ten during your session. Depending on your style of angling and the lakes you fish, the fish will have certain feeding periods and these could be anything from 30 seconds up to a few hours, so it's important to have everything prepared for this period. If you have all your PVA bags ready to hook-on and cast-out onto your spots where the fish are feeding and the next guy is having to waste valuable time tying up new PVA bags, it's obvious who's likely to land more. Having quick-change swivels and pre-tied rigs in conjunction with PVA bags made up in advance can certainly buy you more bites and optimise your time spent on the bank.

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3. Landing nets

The majority of carp anglers carry one landing net, but there will always be the potential for multiple-takes when fishing two, three or even four rods. Having two landing nets set up for your session not only makes it possible to deal with multiple takes, it also allows you to fish more effectively.

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4. Lead clips

Not only are lead clips one of the safest systems to use - with the ability to drop the lead - they can also aid you in another way… At the end of their session, a lot of anglers break their rods down, cut their rigs off and place the rods into their chosen protectors, but if you remove the lead from the lead clip you have the ability to break your rod down and keep it set up all ready to go. This could potentially give you a massive edge over other anglers - if you turn up to a lake where the fish are showing naturally, you need to get a rig in place as soon as possible. You could have the bait already placed on your rig and it's then just a case of setting the rod up and attaching the lead before casting onto the fish. Once again this is maximizing your time on the bank and could get you that extra bite.

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5. Tackle box

The ATM modular bitz boxes – available in 4-compartment, 6-compartment or 8-compartment - are purpose designed to fit inside the ATM modular accessory tackle box. Naturally, this is a great idea because your tackle box is one of the most essential parts to your armoury and where else would you want to keep your small loose components than in the same place as the rest of your materials and products. This automatically saves time and means you can get your rig out quicker, just by being that little bit more organised.

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Most anglers fish for pleasure on limited time. All of these hints and tips can be used in conjunction with each other to maximise your time on the bank. For example, you start your session by being able to quickly set up your rod and attach a lead to the clip to start fishing. You catch a fish which is safely secured in one landing net whilst having another one spare in the event of a multiple take. You then unclip the rig you’ve had a bite on and clip on a new one which is stored safely in your Kodex ATM box. Then you attach this to your quick-change swivel. Last but not least a Meltz PVA bag full of goodies is attached which you have already pre-tied and the rod is back in position within minutes of catching. Try these techniques out and see how effective they can be.











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