How can I catch F1s shal­low?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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