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1 Opinions will always differ on when to use specific colours, but as a starting point, try light-permeable or translucent colours in bright conditions. Use 'in-your-face', bright or solid colours in overcast conditions. Red Gill Afterburners can offer the best of both worlds.
2 When fish are fussy use 115mm eels or smaller.
3 It is possible to straighten kinked Red Gill tails, and, if desired, to elongated them by almost an inch. First pour boiling water from a kettle over the tail, then very gently tease the suppler plastic outwards. Grip the Gill just behind where tail meets body and carefully stretch, taking care not to snap it off. To fix the amended tail, flush under the cold tap. This sets the plastic in its extended form.
4 An offset hook or kirbed hook has the effect of making the lure swim askew. I never tweak hooks in my Red Gills but I have always thought this was an area worth experimenting in.
5 Fire orange and ‘shocking pink’ are favourite colours for cod.
6 There are no hard and fast rules regarding long trace work for pollack, but here’s a crash course on pollacking with long, flying collar-type rigs… Red Gills and artificial eels generally require to be retrieved briskly. Ragworms and live sandeel on the other hand, are worked as slowly and uniformly as possible. Jellyworms should be worked at a pace somewhere between the two.
7 Don’t place jellyworms and Red Gills in the same box compartments. Plasticizers from the worms can melt harder plastic lures and even eat into the actual boxes themselves.
8 To prevent tail damage, don’t scrunch your Red Gills into rig wallets. Instead carry them in a suitable plastic box.