Essential Tackle - Wychwood's John Nicholas

Posted Date: 16/09/13

Wychwood consultant John Nicholas reveals some of the items of kit he carries with him that he can't live without... To get involved with Wychwood and see what the team are getting up to,...

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  • Rather than a do’s and don’ts style pop-up tips piece, I’m going to share with you how I fish pop-ups, why how and where and give you some useful advice to think about. I’m not saying you need to rush out and change your components, switch your rigs up and change the bait you use, but this is more of a food for thought piece that may open your eyes and get you thinking differently about your pop-up fishing.
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  • It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and it can be dificult to get everything set up with a solid bag, but this technique is a tactic well worth adding to your armoury. Not only is it a great presentation offering a mouthful of food to an inquisitive carp, but it also ensures your rig does not tangle, and can even be cast at great range due to the nature of the aerodynamics of a tightly-packed solid bag.
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  • Most of you reading this will have started out fishing for carp with bottom baits, whether that be luncheon meat, sweetcorn, boilie or pellet. Today they are often over-looked for pop-ups due to the nature of a pop-up fishing more effectively over a wider range of debris on the lake bed.
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  • Josh Satterley recently sent us this blog, detailing some bad new of a van break in followed by a great few months angling, catching plenty of big carp on his new gear.
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