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As a newbie on the pit I apologise if this has been 'flagged ' before, I've deadbaited for years but never used red 'flags'..I've just ordered some but still to use ..is it a 'if gonna take will take'? personally I think maybe a flash of red may induce a take..I'll give them a try ..
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I always use them but not to attract the pike!
What I use them for is to mark which treble has the barb if I am using trebles and shows where the hooks are more easily when night fishing, I also always use them with livebaits as it helps to hold the bait on, a very hand tackle item!

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that's the plan with the lives I prefer a single circle hook with crushed barb, so next time on lives I'll pop hook through lip and put a flag over point look forward to trying it
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I object to the obscene cost of these tiny pieces of silicone rubber so use instead small pieces of elastic band or cut up sections of red coloured silicone baking mat which are as cheap as chips and can easily provide hundreds of 'flags' per sheet. I only use 'em for helping keep a lively on a barbed or barbless hook. Also use them when fishing lobworm on the rivers as the lobs are then less easy for the fish to pull off the hook.
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just found a earier thread on same question , interesting answers, I particularly like as you say anthony, bits of rubber band for the lives, back of mind says I knew that but I've never used it....will do now 😉 could of saved 2 quid lol
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I use red everything on my pike rigs. Red flags, red shrink tube, red coated wire, red beads, red coated leads (some red with glitter!) Some of my traces have red trebles too. I even use red main line.

I've fished this way for four or five seasons at least.

Do I think it makes a difference? Well, all I can say with absolute certainty is that it amuses me and it doesn't put them off. :pipe:
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one eye jack wrote: Fri Jan 12 2024 23:42 -
As a newbie on the pit I apologise if this has been 'flagged ' before, I've deadbaited for years but never used red 'flags'..I've just ordered some but still to use ..is it a 'if gonna take will take'? personally I think maybe a flash of red may induce a take..I'll give them a try ..

Never used flags.

To keep a bait on the bend of a circle hook small squares of rubber band or thin foam will do it well enough. Below a pic of my rig box, the two hooks in the centre of the lid have the foam squares. Anything can be used as long as it keeps the bait where you want it.
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No need to spend money on what you can make yourself, pike floats from reed mace stems or bits of wood, bite indicators from anything that can be formed into tube, even the bridles in my box above are made from old Dacron sea line..

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Dave Horton swears by them, not the commercial ones but homemade. As John said he uses them and they certainly do not detract from pike taking them.
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Chico 48 PAC wrote: Mon Jan 15 2024 11:52 -
Dave Horton swears by them, not the commercial ones but homemade. As John said he uses them and they certainly do not detract from pike taking them.
Indeed Chico, I even lay claim to inventing the idea and wrote about it in Coarse fisherman "Seeing Red" back in the day!

(John Roberts was professional and kind enough to contact me regards him initially marketing the red bait flags too face)
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then I doth my cap Mr Horton, and weather permitting this weekend will give them a try ....I won't blame you if I blank (I usually do!) lol
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Re: red flags

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before putting on a red flag ,try putting a worm on first then a red flag , there you have colour and movement on a dead bait...... certainly works for me
or a few big lobs if you have room on your hooks .....pike are very inquisitive and will come to have a look

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