How To Spot Bites Archive

Moon Lit Areas and Cityscapes

Batteries getting low?? Then position your rod against any bright background. Use the moon if possible, or moonlit clouds. If you are fishing near to an industrial or populated area try and place your rod so thatlights are behind it. You will need to concentrate harder on the tip but you will still see bites

Head Lamp

Miners lamps have always been the number one choice but now there are a number of alternatives. Best choice I think is a lamp with a rechargeable battery. But if cash is tight then the lamps with a built in battery compartment work well – though dont expect to get more than 1 or 2

Reflective or Fluorescent Tape

This is the type of material you see on traffic cones, or as patches on safety clothing. Available in many colours; silver, red and yellow being the most popular. If you buy it from an angling shop it will normally be self adhesive. One strip can do a number of rods. Cut a piece wide

Battery Powered or Chemical Tip Light

Most tackle shops carry both types. The battery powered tip light is simply an led powered by a watch type battery with a simple on off switch. The tip light can be whipped to the tip of the rod. Usually available in either red or green. Chemical varieties are cheaper but have a limited life.

Effect of Waves

Rythmic bending of the tip in time with waves. This movement is quite different to any bite. Recognising how your rod reacts in different conditions will save you striking at “false” bites.

Cod Bite

Solid, heavy tugs on the line – Sometimes the tip may only pull over once and stay down. Pick up the rod and take in a few turns on the reel until the weight of the fish is felt. With your non reel hand slip the line between your thumb and index finger, gripping the

Whiting Bite

Perhaps the easiest of bites to recognise. A series of sharp, rapid taps on the tip as the fish attacks the bait. Resist the temptation to strike immediately but wait until the bite is more pronounced.

Slack Line Bite With Plain Lead

A slack line bite shows in exactly the same way when you are using a plain lead. The only difference being that your rod may not have the initial curve as it does with a grip lead. The procedure to follow is the same as above. Question: How do I know it’s a fish that

Slack Line Bite With Grip Lead

Quite often fishing conditions dictate that a grip lead be used to hold bottom. This normally puts a pronounced curve into the rod tip. A slack line bite under these circumstances is very easy to spot. When the fish picks up the bait and runs towards the beach the rod tip lifts and at the