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    Default Visual aids to a bite

    We all know about floats, tips etc but how often when float fishing does it happen that it isn't the float dipping/moving or rising up that tells you of a bite but the rod tip moving either to left or right or towards the water.

    Is the emergence of the elastic from a pole a similar aid? I watched a chap pole fishing for carp spending a fair amount of time plumbing the depth and lowering a pole float into the margin water. The bite was signified not by the float but by the ejection of several feet of red elastic. The float was superfluous.

    I am tempted to freeline and just watch either the rod or some slack line.

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Mike, what if the fish swims towards you with the bait?

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    I'll say hello Dave!

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Freelining with the line lightly pinched between your fingers is a very sensitive and enjoyable way to fish, gives the mincers a rest too!

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Mike, not completely understanding what you say about the float movement but certainly I have experience of elastic shooting out as an indication.

    When they first stocked a section of the upper Lea with barbel I wanted to trot along gravel runs between long fronds of weed that were out of reach to a 13 foot rod.
    I bought a carp pole and used very beefy elastic to control the float along these channels with some success.

    Unfortunately any delicate float presentation was completely useless. The bites were so quick and violent that by the time my eyes registered the bite , the elastic was doing a long trip downstream.

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    If elastic shoots out you missed the actual bite.

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Quote Originally Posted by peter crabtree View Post
    If elastic shoots out you missed the actual bite.
    Exactly. Like greased blooming lightening. Stayed connected and caught plenty though.

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    I'll say hello Dave!
    What if the fish isn't called Dave, didn't think of that did you?

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    I've posted this before - I've had many sessions catching crucians (and sometimes large still water roach) where a finely dotted down float has never moved during the session but have taken many fish by just instinctively lifting at (what was) the right time...............
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
    If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything................

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    Default Re: Visual aids to a bite

    Quote Originally Posted by Another Dave View Post
    What if the fish isn't called Dave, didn't think of that did you?
    If it ain’t Dave it must be Rodders.

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