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UKCARP MAGAZINE 29 JANUARY 3RD 2012if not set up correctly). If your venue allows it, including a strong leadcore leader can help reduce cut-offs in the last few feet of tackle. If these aren't allowed, then a length of sinking rig tubing helps protect the line as well.I like the leadcore, simply because the small bobbins allow it to settle down with a semi-tight line, but a similar result could be achieved by moulding a couple of blobs of Critical Mass tungsten putty up the line.It's vitally important that your rigs are 'safe' when snag fishing - so I recommend one of our Gardner Covert Multi-clip lead clips with leadcore. These can be set so that the hooklink can separate from the leader should the mainline break. Conventional lead clips do not allow this, and I reckon they are dreadfully dangerous with any type of leader because of this.If you are using a rig that incorporates a very strong hook in your normal fishing then it might be adequate for snag fishing too. The easiest way to see if it is man enough for the job is to hook a rig into a suitable ring, pull, and feel how much pressure it takes for the hook to distort. Check out your hook's strength before you start fishing as it's quite easy to think that a pattern you have used in normal carp angling without any problems will cope. It often won't.If there is a weakness in your tackle the fish will find it, but by being fastidious in your preparation you can at least be certain that the tackle you are using is strong enough to land anything you are likely to hook.After that it's a case of staying alert, NEVER leaving your rods unattended, and reacting as quickly as possible to bites. Once you hook a carp, simply standing your ground may not be enough to turn a fish pulling hard for snags, and you may need to start walking back while applying maximum pressure to your tackle in order that the fish doesn't reach the snags after taking the stretch out of your line.The final important piece in the snag fishing jigsaw is where to put your hookbait. We have a responsibility not to fish in a way that means the chances of landing the fish we hook are slim. To put it bluntly - if you are fishing a spot and lose a couple of carp you should stop fishing there as it's simply not fair on the fish. We have a responsibility to cause our quarry as little stress and damage as possible.Snag fishing is a hair-raising way to catch carp, and done correctly it can be immensely enjoyable. Just be ready for some titanic tussles... A bankstick will stop fish using the flex of the rod to gain snags. 'Gripper' butt rests hold rod firmly. Rod straps stop it being pulled forward. TOP TIPS TO BEAT SNAGSA decent double that fell to my snag fishing tactics.Use strong, sticky sharp hooks.Leads must always ditch on the take.

WHY BRIGHT BAITSARE SUCCESSFUL Warning! this info will make you a better carp anglerNASH KNOWLEDGEkThis month's star question on the topic of matching hookbaits to free offerings comes from Ben Holmes of Luton, Beds.We wins a superb Nash TT rig pack containing loads of terminal tackle worth over £50. You get everything - No Spook Rig Tube, Ezi-Glide Backleads, Cling-On Tungsten Putty, Safety Pinz, Safety Bolt Bead Ring Swivels, Fang Twister hooks, Safety Bolt Beads, Pest Off Bait Locks, Mutant Boilies, Safety Bolt Bead Tail Rubbers, Nasher Coated Braid Stripper and Ultimate Marker Weed Stealth.If you want the Nash Team to solve your problem, and to stand a chance of winning this great prize, send your question to: Nash Knowledge, UKCarp, Bauer Media, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA.QUESTION OF THE MONTH PRIZE PACKUKCARP MAGAZINE 30 JANUARY 3RD 2012PRIZEWINNERQ I try hard to make my hookbaits match my free offerings as closely as possible, but my mate catches on really bright pop-ups. Why?Ben Holmes, LutonA That's a difficult question to answer, but bright pop-ups can be very hard to beat at times and I can't imagine fishing without them, especially in the colder months.They are not always the best option, though. For stalking a carp in the edge, a bright pop-up would be my last choice.In the colder months when the metabolism of a carp slows down massively, a bright, highly flavoured bait certainly seems to get a quicker response and takes advantage of a carp's sluggish senses.But bright baits can also work in the warmer months, fished as singles or over a spread of dull coloured free offerings. I think in these cases it is often the first bait the carp picks up, and it is simply taken out of curiosity.I have noticed that on waters where bright hookbaits are commonplace the fish soon wise up and avoid them. It may be that your mate is one of the only anglers using them on the venue and his results are good simply because he is being different. I have noticed on most day-ticket lakes that yellow seems to be the most favoured colour.I know that yellow baits are very effective, but on busy waters I avoid them and opt for orange or pink, as I don't see them used too much and I have been very successful on them wherever I've tried them.I would certainly get on the same hookbaits as your mate if he is doing well, and not be afraid to try bright baits throughout the year on different venues, because they will always catch on the right day.Rich Wilby says...Experimenting with colour will catch you bonus fish.