The gales are lashing the outside of my house as I write, in a week or two the cold will be with us and maybe…. hopefully a few weeks of calm Autumn weather - or is that just wishful thinking?

This is the time when the Cod start to show on the deep wrecks, the Ling are at their largest and the Pollack and Coalfish start to move up the Channel pursuing the shoals of sprats, herring and in latter years, at my end of the Channel some pilchard have been making a showing.

The sandeels are gone till next March and although the fish will still take lures that are slim and fast moving, the slower moving fat lures such as the jelly shads and "fat tail" twisters such as the one shown in the picture will often catch the better fish at this time of year.

I have to confess that I am totally sold on the hi-tech polythene lines such as Berkeley Fireline and the superb Power Pro braids so that I can use relatively light sinkers for fishing the deep water wrecks and big lures. I started off tying the braid lines direct to the boom and then a ten foot mono trace to fish Eddystone’s or shad lures. Then I found that although these fine braid lines were exceptional in their ability to cut the tide it did not take very much abrasion to fray and weaken them. Nowadays I use a monofilament shockleader maybe thirty feet long fastened to the end of the braid as a sacrificial shockleader to absorb the wear and tear that this end of the line will inevitably take.

Use a monofilament of about the same breaking strain as the braid fastening it to the braid with back to back Uni knots with a dab of superglue if you are making the join at home. The ultimate join is to tie a 50 turn Bimini Hitch to make a three foot loop. Then use the doubled line from this loop to tie the monofilament leader to the braid using an Albright knot.

These are both knots extensively used by Big Game fishermen fishing for heavyweight, fast moving tropical species. They have proven to give the very best line to line breaking strain, so if you want the very best join learn how to tie them.

A clear explanation on how to tie these knots is given in the book "Practical Fishing Knots" by ace American anglers Lefty Kreh and Mark Sosin.

ISBN 0 713469935.

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