If you are fishing a weedy water and are struggling to land fish, there are a few things you can do to fish more effectively and safely.
Prologic’s Adam Penning imparts his advice on the subject…
"There are a few things you can do to stack the odds in your favour.
“The first (if the venue allows) is to use braided mainline. If you can do this then it is a big advantage as you will be able to put much more direct pressure on the fish without most of it being diluted through line stretch.
“Plus, the braid will cut through weed fronds much more effectively than mono.
“If you can’t use braid then you must buy the thickest, strongest mono you can. I would never opt for anything less than 0.40mm, regardless of the stated breaking strain.
“Next, it’s vital you drop the lead by using a lead clip set-up with the tail rubber barely nudged on. A bigger lead will jettison more readily than a smaller one too.
“Beyond this, set your reels with a tight clutch. The further a fish can get before you get to the rod, the less chance you will have of landing it.
“Finally, I prefer to use a hook with a beaked point, which I think provide greater hookholds with less slippage and in heavy weed, that is of course a huge advantage.”