Huge au­tumn rudd catch falls to new ex­plod­ing feeder trick – try it now

Home­made ground­bait ac­counts for four fish to 3lb 2oz

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News ed­i­tor

A FEEDER filled with an ex­plod­ing ground­bait led to the cap­ture of a dream catch of big rudd for James Champ­kin.

The haul was topped by a 3lb 2oz spec­i­men, backed up by fish of 2lb 11oz, 2lb 7oz and 2lb 4oz when the fish­ing fa­natic from Northants set his sights on a small still­wa­ter in Lin­colnshire.

Cage feed­ers packed with an ex­plo­sive home­made ground­bait, teamed with trimmed-down pop-up boilie hook­baits, were the win­ning combo for the cam­paigns of­fi­cer at the Angling Trust.

“A lot of carp an­glers fish this venue and con­se­quently the rudd are ac­cus­tomed to feed­ing over beds of par­ti­cles,” James told Angling Times.

“So I put down a bed of hemp, corn and other par­ti­cle baits and used a cloudy zig ground­bait in the feed­ers to gen­er­ate an ex­plo­sion of par­ti­cles through the water col­umn.”

His care­fully laid trap worked per­fectly, and all his fish fell to rigs made from 5lb fluoro­car­bon hook­links and size 16 hooks.

“I’ve man­aged to bank a num­ber of big rudd over 2lb in the past, but to fi­nally net the one fish that I’ve been af­ter is such a big achieve­ment for me,” James con­tin­ued.

“The feed­ing spells of the big­ger fish are in­cred­i­bly com­pressed and the ac­tion can be very ex­plo­sive – but only for maybe 10 min­utes at a time.

“Dur­ing these hec­tic pe­ri­ods I can catch maybe three or four big rudd, then the bites dry up com­pletely.

“To catch a group of fish like this is some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten,” he added.

James’s best of four rudd went 3lb 2oz.

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