Precision when baiting up is also very important to me. If you have taken all that time and effort to ensure that your line is pinned down and to disguise your terminal tackle, why would you want to spray bait across the lakebed exactly where the line is laying!? That’s just mental…
I always make sure I know exactly where my line is laying and always bait up beyond it. If this means a walk around to another swim, to get better accuracy then that is what I will always do, as sometimes a change in perspective will surprise you with regards the exact position of the hookbait.
Two final things I always do when reeling in my leads after a period of no action. Firstly, I will lightly wrap a baby wipe around my line and pull it lightly in to one of the top eyes of the rod. Then, the secondly i tighten the clutch, then slowly lift the line from the lakebed until I feel in direct contact with the lead. I then wind in the lead and clean the line on retrieval.
Depending what time of the year it is, you can be amazed just how dirty line becomes. I am then confident, the next time I recast the properties of the line are back to its clean and back to its optimum properties.