Q&A What’s the best way to feed?

IS IT al­ways nec­es­sary to feed ground­bait for skim­mers on canals in au­tumn?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - Pete Raf­ferty, Bris­tol

CANALS can be tricky at this time of year and even when the wa­ter is coloured and the weather mild, skim­mers don’t al­ways want to feed over a ball of ground­bait.

Pre­sum­ably, you’ve not had a lot of suc­cess feed­ing ground­bait so far, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up on it en­tirely. Con­duct an ex­per­i­ment the next time you fish by feed­ing one line with ground­bait and an­other com­pletely sep­a­rate and well away from the first swim with loose­feed such as casters or finely-chopped worm.

One ball of ground­bait the size of an ap­ple should be am­ple to get them go­ing, ad­ding a few casters or pinkies to the mix. On the no-ground­bait line, give the fish half a pole cup of casters or chopped worm. The fish’s re­sponse will soon tell you which is best!

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