Floater frus­tra­tion

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

FLOAT­ING baits work in­cred­i­bly well for big carp, but could I please urge those that use them to con­sider other an­glers.

I was en­joy­ing get­ting a few bites on a com­mer­cial when an an­gler a cou­ple of pegs away started fir­ing out pouch­fuls of dog bis­cuits.

In­evitably, the breeze drifted most of them in my di­rec­tion and be­fore long ev­ery carp in my swim came to the sur­face, ren­der­ing my Method feeder at­tack use­less.

The an­gler didn’t even apol­o­gise, and caught plenty of carp at ev­ery­one else’s ex­pense. So please con­sider how float­ing baits might af­fect oth­ers be­fore you use them. Marc Sin­clair, Glos­sop IN THE early days of the Method feeder the ground­bait around it had to be packed hard and sticky. Moulded into a ball it would stay like that on the bot­tom for ages.

Any­way, armed with a tray­ful of the stuff I turned up for a match at Cas­tle Ashby in Northants as a prac­tice for a knock­out semi-final.

Un­for­tu­nately, I drew at the wrong end of the lake, as did the On Coarse with Dean Macey, Shed, Mon­day, Au­gust 15, 7am

Roach shal­low on the pole, youtube.com/GoFish­ingOn­line

Nash Ur­ban Banx 8, youtube.com/nashtvchan­nel an­glers op­po­site me and af­ter a cou­ple of hours we were bite­less.

My lov­ingly-pre­pared ground­bait sat for­lornly in my tray and there was only one thing for it. Spot­ting my mate op­po­site, I thought this was the per­fect time to test my ac­cu­racy with a cat­a­pult. I quickly made up four balls and rapid-fired them with my Whop­per Drop­per catty to­wards him 40 me­tres away.

The first nearly took his head off, the sec­ond and third landed inches from his rod-tip, and the fourth? Let’s just say it helped deposit the en­tire con­tents of his bait tray into the lake. Best part about it? He had no idea what was hap­pen­ing. Un­til now... Three ground­bait bowls in a heavy duty wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial. The largest has a zipped top and the two smaller ones fit neatly in­side.

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