Speed fish­ing for tiny rudd can save the day

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

OT ev­ery com­mer­cial pro­duces mas­sive weights ev­ery week. to give him a com­pet­i­tive fi­nal weight. How­ever, the tac­tic used to catch the lit­tle ‘uns needs re­fine­ment to see you catch­ing at the right pace, other­wise you’ll not com­pete.

“Fish­ing this way is al­most like bleak fish­ing on rivers. You need to be fast, or­gan­ised, feed cor­rectly and not al­low any­thing to break your con­cen­tra­tion or rhythm,” Stu said.

“You also need to catch as close to the bank as you can. Even fish­ing a me­tre fur­ther out than you should be can dra­mat­i­cally slow down the catch rate.”


Stu took Angling Times to the Match Lake at Lovell’s Lakes near Mar­ket Deep­ing, a classic com­mer­cial home to lots of carp but a colos­sal head of small rudd that of­ten snatch any bait put in the wa­ter, re­gard­less of the size.

“Around 2m is out is as far as I will go. Any fur­ther and you strug­gle to catch fast,” Stu ex­plained. “I’ll set up four whips, so should I get a tan­gle on the one I’m us­ing, I can throw it away, pick up an iden­ti­cal one and keep on catch­ing. Wast­ing five min­utes un­tan­gling a rig will mean up to 50 fewer fish in the net – that’s how quickly you will be get­ting them.”

Rig length is set so that Stu can swing in a fish to hand with­out stretch­ing or lean­ing, let­ting him un­hook and drop it into the net. At the same time, the rig will be flicked back out – of­ten, as the rip­ple in the keep­net sub­sides, an­other rudd will come to hand!

“I count up to 100 fish and then drop a dis­gorger or a piece of reed into a bait tub of wa­ter so I can keep tabs on how many I’ve caught,” he con­tin­ued. “The rudd are small, so I work out that 1,000 fish will give me around 20lb. That means 500 an hour or roughly 10 fish a minute.

“It sounds hard to do, but it’s rel­a­tively easy once you get the hang of things.”


The rig is sim­ple to avoid tan­gles, hold­ing a small thin 4x10 or 4x12 Sen­sas float de­signed for bleak fish­ing, with the shot be­low it.

Lines are thick – 0.12mm Sen­sas Classic Power to re­duce the chances of a tan­gle, fin­ished with a size 16 4590 Sen­sas hook. A big hook al­lows for clean hook­ing of fish and fast re­moval. Stu sets the float to fish just 6ins deep.

He flicks the rod into the wa­ter

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