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Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

Strike lightly in shal­low swims un­der 3ft deep. I get a lot of drop-backs on the tip when cast­ing a Method feeder to an is­land. Are these bites?

Trevor Mount­ford, Al­ces­ter

THE drop-backs are prob­a­bly caused by fish hit­ting the line or mov­ing the feeder – whatever they are, you won’t get a bite very quickly once this has hap­pened so reel in and cast again. Tighten the line once again be­cause if the drop-back is from a fish tak­ing the bait, the rod will rip off the rest once you’ve put your­self back in con­tact. HOW long should I leave my pel­let wag­gler in the wa­ter be­fore cast­ing again?

Andy Rolfe, Cirences­ter

THE gen­eral rule is to feed, cast, wait five sec­onds, feed again, twitch the float and wait an­other five sec­onds, then cast again and re­peat the process.

It does no harm, though, to leave the odd cast out in the wa­ter for up to 30 sec­onds, loose­feed­ing three times in this spell to see if the fish need a lit­tle longer to find the bait and take it.

Make a note of how long it takes to get a bite and then stick to this sched­ule from then on. The mar­gins on my lo­cal lake are in­cred­i­bly shal­low, be­fore the wa­ter shelves away deeply a me­tre or so from the bank. Where should I fish in this in­stance?

Gerry An­der­ton, Bradford

YOU’RE best off fish­ing where the slope lev­els off into the deeps. Even a me­tre out from the bank is close enough to al­low you to snare carp that move into the edge late in the day.

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