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.