Sort­ing chub from the bleak

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

DAVE Har­rell’s ‘ag­i­ta­tion’ feed­ing when qual­i­fy­ing for the RiverFest Fi­nal is some­thing I’ve done for years, on shal­low sec­tions of the Thames and at Clifton Grove and Bur­ton, on the River Trent.

I first stum­bled on it when at­tempt­ing to ‘feed off’ bleak in Thames matches in the 1970s.

I’d start by feed­ing one cat­a­pult pouch full and cast­ing out. If I caught a bleak, next cast it would be two pouches, then three, four and so on. Once the bleak were gone, chub would be un­der­neath.

I tried the same at Clifton, Swarke­stone, Cor­po­ra­tion Is­land and Bur­ton Joyce on the Trent. Even if I was bleak-free, if there were chub around they would get blasted. My gal­lon mag­got bucket usu­ally came away pretty much empty if I’d caught chub.

One day on the Crown Fish­ery on the Lea I fed 10 pints of hemp and three of caster for 12lb of chub... and it took three or four pouches of bait to get each bite! At to­day’s prices? I don’t think so.

‘Ag­i­ta­tion’ feed­ing can work out ex­pen­sive!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.