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    Default A "routine"?

    Inspired by a reply from "The bad one", on my thread concerning spigot joints. He told me about his routine that he sticks to when he packs up, and it's all pretty much the same for most people (I would assume). But, what is your routine when you first get to a spot?

    I'm the same with everywhere I fish; rivers, canals or stillwaters and commercials. Once I get there - I have a good walk around the general area looking at different pegs and features rather than just sitting at the first or easiest I see, if I can't see fish or signs in swims I'll opt for the one with the seemingly best features. Once I'm settled on the spot to fish, I put everything down and (before anything else) I get.my bait out and get plenty out there to bring fish onto the feed, the initial feed will always be matching the hookbait groundbait and other loose feeds come later. Then the pods or rests get set up, followed by the rod(s) and before going further, I get cast out. I'll feed lightly over this whilst I get all other bits and bobs out; net, chair, filling the bait bucket etc. To me, it's all about extending your time fishing as much as you can - get the rods out as.soon as, pack them away last.

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    I'm not sure I have a routine as such but on the point of feeding I never feed a morsel until I've run a float through to get an idea of the bottom or had a couple of casts if I'm fishing on the tip just to make sure I'm not feeding right on top of a submerged snag.

    Not an issue of course if you're already familiar with the swim and have a fairly recent knowledge.

    Similarly with stillwaters i'll make sure I can hold my float over the area I want to fish before feeding especially on larger waters, not an issue for the margins of course.

    Not so much an issue on the smaller rivers really but the Trent has shifting gravel bars and silt beds which vary after high water and many a submerged tree has appeared in a previously good swim over the years, rendering it practically unfishable.

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    I may or may not feed first, depending on situation. If its a bream/tench session - yes balls of groundbait etc.

    I always tackle up rod(s) last, after getting rod rests and landing net set up. I may even set up the keepnet before starting if i intend using one (not often) as it helps to keep disturbance to a minimum if i do get the fish feeding later.
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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    Depends what river I am going to fish, on the Trent its usually a swim I have fished before so I will make quite a few casts with the feeder to get some bait in, the swim then gets a rest while I sort everything else out, after that its me that needs a rest and that takes another 10/15 mins before I am ready to fish.

    If its a swim I haven't fished before I spend a bit of time leading around to try to get some idea of whats in front of me, when I am happy with that I follow the same routine as I do in swims that are known to me.

    On the smaller river I fish its somewhat similar as the first scenario but using a dropper to get the bait in, the swim gets left then until just before dark before casting in, once cast it stays there and the swim gets topped up by catapult.

    What binka says about things appearing in swims after floods is correct, my lad has a few days ago had a tremendous session with Barbel by fishing a swim that is rarely fished after finding a snag in it.
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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    After drawing my peg and arriving at it,i unload my shuttle,put my box on peg and make sure it is level and footplate etc,attatch side trays ,pole roost etc..lay out keepnets on grass(compulsory now on most matches)At this point i will mix GB (if needed),soak pellets etc...roughly position pole rollers...Get pole,and top kits,and cupping kit out,set up landing net...adjust position of rollers...attatch rigs required to top kits and plumb up each one for appropriate swims..get out kinder pots,catties,skid bungs etc from carryall..once all this is ready,i get my bait out of cool bag and put on side trays...everything i need is to hand in sliding cross drawers,ie trimming shot,scissors,disgorgers etc,so i dont have to worry about any of these items,i know exactly where they will be..If i need rods i take them out of the ready rod bag,make exploratory casts,and clip them up....all the time,i,m scanning the water,for any signs of fish...then put the keepnets in,and if i,ve got time,have a ciggy,whilst waiting for the whistle,after the match i just chuck it all back in and sort it out at home!!!!Gazza

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    Quote Originally Posted by chefster View Post
    after the match i just chuck it all back in and sort it out at home!!!!Gazza
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  7. Default Re: A "routine"?

    Im right messy when setting up. Pretty much empty all my bag on the floor and set up rod first and plumb up. That is, unless Ive seen fish fizzing or topping etc,then Ill bait up there regardless.
    Then, mix up groundbait, put bag back together, top up groundbait with water and bait up.
    Then, normally sit there for 5 minutes or so to get in the zone and watch the water.
    Then normally move bait waiter and banksticks where Ive put them in the wrong place.

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    I have a kind of superstition - you could call it. I ALWAYS set my landing net up first. The times I have seen quite experienced anglers actually fishing before setting one up. Disaster waiting to happen.

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    Quote Originally Posted by john step View Post
    I have a kind of superstition - you could call it. I ALWAYS set my landing net up first. The times I have seen quite experienced anglers actually fishing before setting one up. Disaster waiting to happen.
    That's quite a fair point really, but in my case - my landing net is near enough always set up as I've got a telescopic handle that is easy to put away and carry round even with the net on it.

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    Default Re: A "routine"?

    Where to start . . . . . . .

    I virtually always set-up my rods at home and carry them made up in a holdall so no need to do that at the bank side.

    On arrival my seat box or chair is set up and I'll spend some time just watching the venue to decide on a float or lead/feeder approach or on a commercial thinking about pole rigs etc.

    After deciding the main line of attack I will set-up my chair or seat box accessories and position keep nets etc. Landing net(s) are set up and placed to hand and then roosts are set up for my top sections or rods. Then my brolly is positioned ready for use if (or is that when?) necessary.

    Lastly my baits are set-out and these have always been prepared at home so are ready the moment I get to the fishery.

    Then just before baiting up, or fishing, I always tidy up around my peg/swim as I want spare bait, flask and sandwiches to hand as well as all those necessary bits and pieces that we carry around.

    My main aim is to ensure that once I start to fish then I don't have to get up at all during the session, everything is in easy reach so no time is lost looking for anything.

    In my serious match fishing days we would set a timer going in practice sessions to check how many minutes we "wasted" in a match due to not having a hook in the water . . . . . some of the results were quite amazing.

    Obviously an overnight session will be totally different and in that case I always get my shelter or bivvy erected first just in case the weather changes . . . . . . .

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