Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

For con­sis­tent bites through­out the day, this part of the swim should be your banker. It of­fers deep wa­ter well away from the bank and a flat bot­tom around which you can build the peg up. The dis­tance you fish is en­tirely up to you but a com­fort­able sen­si­ble range is around 11m on the pole or three rodlengths out on the wag­gler.

How­ever, one top area at this time of year is to fish roughly 6m out. On most com­mer­cial fish­eries this is at the base of the mar­ginal slope where the shal­lows level out to the max­i­mum depth. This is a golden pa­trol route for carp that of­ten comes good later in the day, but it can pro­duce good num­bers of sil­ver­fish as well.

Watch top match an­glers on a com­mer­cial fish­ery and they’ll al­ways be­gin by fish­ing here. The fish will not be too far away, soon hom­ing in on the ini­tial feed. Kick off with a full pot of pel­lets and corn or hemp and meat – the lat­ter is a par­tic­u­larly good feed in au­tumn – then fire a few pel­lets or cubes of meat over the top with a cat­a­pult ev­ery minute or so.

This loose­feed­ing will keep the peg sim­mer­ing away nicely and also gives you the chance to catch shal­low if the weather is mild enough. Carp, es­pe­cially in shal­low lakes, will hap­pily come up off the bot­tom to pick off the feed. Match what you’re feed­ing with the hook­bait, so that means a 6mm soft ex­pander, a banded hard pel­let or a cube of meat.

Should you de­cide to go for sil­ver­fish on that shorter swim, chopped worm and caster makes a su­perb feed, as does caster and a few cubes of meat – roach and skim­mers love a bit of Spam.

Fish a clas­sic light rig with a size 18 hook and keep throw­ing cast­ers in by hand ev­ery 30 sec­onds. Roach, too, will come off bot­tom and can be caught much faster than on the deck.

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