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A cross between a Crucian and a Common Carp. More than 600 commercial fisheries in the UK have taken delivery of this hard-fighting fish since they were first bred 12 years ago, and it's a trend that shows no sign of slowing down. F1's have revolutionised fishing. They are the perfect fish for commercials - They feed all year round, don't grow too big and can't contract KHV. Some people call them 'Frankenstein carp' but they have helped to make many commercials what they are today.
If you were to fish the 'margins', you would fish close to the inside edge of the lake, i.e. in the area directly in front of you. Margin poles are an example of a product that's specifically designed for this type of fishing.
On the Drop
A term used when fish are taking the bait as it drops down through the water at approx 2-5ft depth. It means you should set your rig with spaced light shot so that it drops the bait down slowly and not with heavy shot down the line.
A quiver tip (sometimes referred to simply as a 'quiver') is a fine tip that is spliced or screwed into the end of a rod. Because it is fine, it can bend quite easily and quiver when fish are taking the bait.
Shirt Button Style
A term used when the shot down the line below the float is spaced out equally, so it looks like shirt buttons. This allows the hook bait to drop down through the water more gradually.
A hook that is not attached with an eye/ring. Instead, it has a flat section at the top of the shank that looks like a micro spade.
Top & Bottom
A term used for floats that are attached with a silicone rubber at the top and bottom of the float, e.g. stick and avon style floats.
A float that is attached to the line via an eye/ring at the bottom of the float, so it waggles about on the line.
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