How can I catch F1s shallow?
THE F1s on a commercial fishery I visit tend to feed very shallow (less than 6ins under the surface), but fishery rules say that you can fish a minimum of 1ft deep. How can I catch them in this situation?
Frank Grieve, Droitwich
THIS is a tough one, as plainly you cannot go shallower and break the rules. F1s will come very shallow if lots of bait is being fed, so it may be that you are piling in too much loosefeed. Try cutting back to just half-a-dozen pellets or casters each time and see how you get on. Finer lines and hooks get more bites. F1s will often come shallow if there’s a lot of bait going in.
A very slow-sinking bait can also do the trick. That means fishing a floating caster or a semi-buoyant pellet that will only just begin to sink under the weight of the hook. The skin of a grain of sweetcorn can achieve a similar thing.
Try to swing the pole rig to the edge of where you think those F1s are swirling. By using a bigger hookbait that creates a ‘plop’ as it hits the surface, you may be able to create enough noise to pull a few fish away from the group and get them to take the bait where you want them to.