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  1. A lot of the time you are missing fish is because the rod you are using is too stiff. Being a waggler man for decades you need a very soft action rod or you will bump the fish on the strike. you probably already encountered when you strike it feels like you hooked up but there is is nothing there. That is having a rod action too powerful at the tip end. Almost like trying to strike with a broom handle :). It is ok for the bigger fish but a lot of smaller fish will bump on strike and big fish will bump off during long fights if they suddenly go for a suicide run the tip is not soft or responsive enough. Another factor is distance of line between you and the float. The closer you fish the harder it is . Best thing is to look at the stiffness and flexibility of your rod. For waggler rods you need flexibility it will reduce the amounts of missed bites.
  2. I never use RMB only for lifting the fish from the water. Never on a strike its way too violent and doesn't work every well. It works as well as it does to try and use it for lift and drop lol I side strike and LMB don't have any probs . A few missed bites but that's normal. It isn't set like bottom fishing where you are pretty much self hooked . Only problem I have with match rod is @ 4.2m why can you only set fixed depth @ 2.8m . You should be able to use full depth same as rod length. Unless it's a code thing ?
  3. your reel is rated for 6kg line and you are using 12.8kg line that is why you are red zoning keep using line x2 reel capacity you will eventually break the reel. Also mayfly larvae is really suited to nothing larger than a size 10 hook. What is the max Kg on the rod? . Rule of thumb Rod any kg you like it's the shock absorber Reel must be less than the rod kg or exactly the same. Never higher. Line must be less than reel kg . so for example your match rod is 17kg reel is 6kg line is 12.8kg So any fish you get of a large size of 6kg and over is now directly damaging the reel if you had 17kg rod 6kg reel and 5.5kg line. everything is in harmony with the weakest part of the link the line as it should be. Did you accidently buy the wrong reel? easy mistake one is 6kg the other is 14kg . Don't go thinking because it shows on the reel specs on the tackle store 6-14kg that the reel is rated anywhere from 6-14kg because it is not it is 2 different reels. That sales picture is just quoting the range from entry level to the top end level
  4. Try where the camp is with maggot in the middle of the long sandy area. Face the open water not that far out 4m 5m pole. Bleak are predominantly Surface feeders but the game doesn't seem to recognise that fact. I had all mine on or closer to the bottom
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