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   Old Thread  #8 15 Jan 2021 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It is not the season that changes whether I fish slack or tight lines, but whether I am fishing with running or semi-fixed leads. Even with run rings and there is an undertow I will fish it as a bolt rig, by fishing a tight line.

Running leads, no undertow, slack line
Semi-fixed, helicopter, inline or bolt rigs, tight line
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   Old Thread  #7 15 Jan 2021 at 9.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have a diffent theory. Let me share it with you guys.

Fish pick up and blow rigs. I'm sure the best rigs on the planet have been blown by carp. What if noticed that works for me :

1. Lenght of hooklink
2. Length between the bait and hook.
3. Shape of the bait

I always start out by fishing a simple rig "plain combi with a wide gape". If I feel that if been done by a carp I'd shorten the length down to a few mm between the bait and hook and this normaly would get me into fish.
If this didn't get me a bite and I know I'm in the right spot I'd go over to curve shank with a line aligner and a few mm separation and supple braid as my hooklink. This normaly gets me into fish bit I won't sacrifice on indication as it's a tell tale on what's happening for me to make adjustments if needed.
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   Old Thread  #6 15 Jan 2021 at 9.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm sure it is mate 2 diffent hemispheres. But don't think much would change in the indication area. I think I might understand what you mean.... You guys must be fishing slack lines on a shallower lake where water clarity is better ?

Sure from the comments if read after your post it's due to line shy fish.... Don't know if you guys are allowed leaders ? But if go for a heavy Fluorocarbon leader and a back lead and let the line sink a bit and just compensate with a bobbin or swingers to pull the line straight.. In weed or dense grass I'd switch over to a power pro leader and a bit of tubing along with flying backlead or even a bit of putty. Always something to do and try to outsmart a clever carp.
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   Old Thread  #5 14 Jan 2021 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Personal pref if you ask me but pressurised fish can spook if they feel it. Time of year won't change my approach but I dont fish the sort of waters where 1 bite might be your lot, if I did I might err with pinning everything down, though again that might not mean slack.
I wouldn't fish at distance over bars or mussels with slack line, or where theres a strong undertow, flat lake bed maybe, but tbh I don't fish slack very often, I prefer springer type indicators and replace them with chains if I want to fish slacker,
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   Old Thread  #4 14 Jan 2021 at 11.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Winter in South Africa is not quite the same as winter in the UK mate

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   Old Thread  #3 14 Jan 2021 at 11.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Slack lines for margin fishing. It's good if the fish can only swim away from you. If you fish any structure I would not recommend bud. Indication on slack lines is bad, it won't alert you fast enough to pick up into the fish when you fishing anything elce than margin. With that said if you fish an opposite margin on the opposite side of the lake I'd fish my swinger/bobbin right tomthe top to show me any drop backs or movement on my business end.

If you need any advice mate you more than welcome to drop me a PM Il help with as much knowladge as I can.

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   Old Thread  #2 13 Jan 2021 at 9.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I generally fish tight lines myself as its a case of finding the fish, and using liners to do that has been more successful for me.

But it all depends on how far out I'm fishing. If close in or near margin then then I'd be more inclined to go slack or semi slack
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   Old Thread  #1 13 Jan 2021 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What is the best way to have my lines during the winter? I would imagine slack is best and keep everything out the way...

Does it depend on distance? Method being used? Let me. Know your thoughts
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