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    Great article Graham. Just a couple of points from my own experience:

    It's really important to explore every part of a swim before moving. This includes casting upstream. Pike can be attracted into the swim or stimulated to feed by the disturbance caused by casting. I normally give it 20 minutes on my first cast then cast around at 10 minute intervals.

    I normally use the laying-on/stret pegging technique, but I always fish my bait with the top hook in the tail when doing this. My feeling is that this keeps the bait on the hooks more reliably and gives better hook ups, but that's only a personal preference.
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    I used to always fish with the top hook in the tail Sean and then, when I missed a few runs, and one or two fish came off, I tried it the other way round and it seemed to do the trick. These days I swap around a bit and I must admit that top hook in the tail is my preferred way and as long as I don't miss any I stick to that. When legering a fixed bait I always fish top hook in tail.

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    A very thought provoking and relavent article for me at this stage of the season......i'm fishing the lower Severn and having some serious heavy debates with a long time pal who is very succsesful for BIG Zander.

    He is transfixed by fishing the lead and watching his rod top though and a lot of "takes" are missed........a couple of weeks back i suggested this type of slow searching with a float and just enough lead to hold......his reply was that he doesn't do to bad.....and trust me, he has had some monster fish, but i am gagging to get on a boat in the right conditions and try his technique and some similar to those Graham mentions.

    We have been mates a long time and the air can be blue with insults when we get together and "tactic spar".............i can't wait!

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    Excellent article Graham, as always very informative to all that are interested in Pike.

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    What a very interesting informative and well written peice, I enjoyed reading it, well done.

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    You've got my piking muscles twitching, Graham. It's all work and no play fir me at the moment, but I may well lose me patience and go on Monday....
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    Some serious food for thought there Graham. You have a much more structured approach than I do. I'm looking forward to trying a couple of those techniques on my local water courses.

    Do you find the bait lies awkwardly when hooked in the flank, i.e tilts over? Or do you purposefully leave some slack in the trace between the trebles in order to keep it on an even keel? I'm just wondering because with suspended baits I sometimes try to fix the bottom treble in the spine to keep it lying on a natural keel.

    An excellent read and a sound game plan for anyone to base their river piking on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Regards Chris

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    if I hold a trace in my hand by the swivel is the top hook the top hook ?
    the one that can slide for different sized baits ?
    two wrongs dont make a right but three rights make a left !

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    Yes.


    But if you hold it the other way up it's the bottom hook!
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