Many anglers swingtip sitting side-
Jack and fellow Fenland matchmen did a lot of experimenting in the early days, until finally they settled on swingtips with nylon links, which are stiff enough to prevent tangles at the rod tip when casting, yet are sensitive enough to show the slightest of bites. You'll have to scout around to find such swingtips nowadays, because most modern ones have soft silicone rubber links that, though very sensitive, tend to make the swingtip flap about on the cast, causing tangles at the rod tip. You can also get moulded rubber links, which make casting easier, but they aren't as sensitive as nylon ones.
Length of swingtip to use depends on the type of water you're fishing. The deeper
the water and the stronger the flow or tow, the longer the swingtip needs to be.
So carry a selection from 25-
Ireland is a mecca for anglers in search of a haul of bream, and one of the best methods there is to swingtip over a large carpet of feed.
The right balance
The key to success, as always, is balanced tackle, from rod to line, bomb, hook length and hook.
Reel, line and bombs -
End tackle -
Don't try to go any longer with the tail or you'll have too much line to pick up
on the strike. If you're fishing a water that's not had a hammering, a juicy bunch
of red worms or a pinch of bread flake on a size 10 or 12 hook can work well, with
a big weight on the cards. But you need to use a 14,16,18 or 20 on most of our hard-
Plan of attack
Now you're tackled up, you're ready to catch some bream. Mix a small amount of groundbait
and add some squatts, casters and a few chopped worms -
Let's assume you're fishing a Fen drain or slow river about 30m (33yd) wide and 2.5m
(8ft) deep. Attach a shortish (25-
Tighten the line so the swingtip hangs at a slight angle, just clear of the water. Then, if a bream swims towards you after taking the bait, you will be able to see the swingtip drop back.
Hang fire with the groundbait for a few minutes, just in case there's a shoal of
bream out there already—you don't want to scare them away before you've even started.If
you haven't had any indication, put in five tangerine-
Only move into the main shoal once bites start to tail off. This is a crucial time.
You must put more feed in to hold the shoal, but there's always the risk of frightening
the bream away. So never overdo it at this stage. Try them with a single ball of
Slabs, lumps, lunkers...call them what you like, slimy-
On an easy water it saves time, if the edge is shallow, to scoop each bream out by hand.
On harder waters, where you have to work for your fish, take no chances and net every one.
Once you get into the pack, expect a few line bites — big, sweeping bites from fish hitting your line and leaving your swingtip out straight. Only through experience can you learn to distinguish liners from real bites. Even then, you still only get it right about half of the time.
The problem of liners is not the fault of the swingtip, which has one big advantage
over the quivertip. Those little half-
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