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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Article #2 - The Confidence Trick

Ever been on the bank and thought to yourself that it doesn't feel right, you don't think you're going to catch or are paranoid about your rig presentation? I have.


I saw an episode of the old TV show Screaming Reels the other day and the snippet I caught just happened to feature the one and only Chris Yates. But it wasn't carp that the former record holder was targeting it was gudgeon.

It was really interesting to hear Chris talk about targeting gudgeon to break up his difficult carp fishing sessions. The reason? To build his confidence by proving how easily he could catch fish. On returning to the carp he'd be almost expecting to catch and often did!

I've been experimenting with lots of different rigs over the last year and found it easy to become paranoid about the rig and bait presentation. When you have no history of success with a rig you can quickly lose confidence in it even with a successful bait on the end.

I think it's important to ask yourself why you've changed rigs and what you are trying to achieve. It doesn't matter whether you chop-and-change or stick to the same rigs as long as you're confident with what you've cast out and if you're not, change it for something that's worked for you in the past. (Simple mono hair rigs have caught thousands and thousands of carp but how many of us use them?).

When you get 'that feeling' that everything is right and your confidence is high the anticipation is a real buzz and what it's all about for me. The trick is to have this feeling every time you go and not be worried about any aspect of your fishing. Of course when you wake up the next morning having blanked it's frustrating but hey, you can't win 'em all can you?!

If you're going through a lean spell why not dust off the float rod and fish for something else? Get that magic feeling back!

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

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