FAR BANK

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

Smaller lakes may of­fer you the chance to cast across to the far bank or, if you are on an end peg, down to the end bank. Both places will be much the same in terms of con­tours and fea­tures. It’s ef­fec­tively like hav­ing a far-bank mar­gin, ex­cept that this spot will pro­duce fish much ear­lier than the edge close to your own bank.

Fish will seek this dis­tant area for sanc­tu­ary, es­pe­cially if it’s busy on the bank, and can be caught early in the day be­fore the swim be­gins to fade.

To reach the dis­tance, the feeder is the only sen­si­ble tac­tic to fish. Gen­er­ally, on a com­mer­cial, that means the pel­let or Method va­ri­ety.

Both will put the hook­bait just inches from the pile of feed de­posited by the feeder, with the Method be­ing the eas­ier to fish. Damp­ened mi­cro pel­lets are wrapped around a light­ish 20g flatbed in­line feeder (ground­bait can be added to the pel­lets if you wish) with a banded 6mm hard pel­let on the hook.

Cast reg­u­larly, say ev­ery three min­utes, to build up some feed. The noise as the feeder hits the wa­ter can draw carp into the peg, so cast to the same spot ev­ery time for the first cou­ple of hours. As the day wears on, hav­ing the odd chuck to the left or right can pick off carp that have be­gun to back away from the main area.

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