HOW TO CATCH ‘DEEP SHAL­LOW’ ON THE POLE

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CAME across the term ‘deep shal­low’ a few years ago while fish­ing a festival at White Acres. best on deeper venues, ide­ally lakes that are 6ft-plus. In a lake only 4ft deep it’s such a short way to the sur­face that carp will feed shal­low and there is no need to look for them deeper down.

I have no real idea why it works, and why the fish don’t come higher on venues where it does. Is it down to pres­sure or sim­ply be­cause that’s where the fish are happy to feed?

Any­way, if you’ve got a deep lake where you strug­gle to catch fish up in the water, this might help…

WHICH BAITS ARE BEST?

For me it has to be hard pel­lets or meat. I nor­mally use 6mm pel­lets but switch to 8mm for big­ger fish, and for five hours’ deep shal­low fish­ing around two pints is plenty.

I like us­ing meat as skim­mers and carp love it, and it sinks slowly too. I al­ways use 6mm cubes, al­though my old Fish­er­man’s Friend cut­ter is a ‘big 6mm’.

As with pel­lets

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