How do I stay in touch with F1s?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I’VE read about mov­ing around the swim to stay in touch with F1s on com­mer­cials when the weather turns cooler, but how far do I need to move? Will I need to start a com­pletely new swim?

Karl Mitchell, Pre­ston

IN CLEAR­ING wa­ter F1s can move away from feed or a pole over their heads, but of­ten they won’t swim very far, some­times as lit­tle as a foot to the right or left.

You don’t then need to go adding pole sec­tions to catch them! If you start fish­ing di­rectly in front of you and get no bites or in­di­ca­tions, move to your left or right, but at the same range, and ef­fec­tively start again.

This change may only put the float a few feet away from where you started but that can be as far as an F1 will move be­fore it re­fuses to budge.

Don’t feed a swim when you’re not fish­ing it – you don’t want to draw fish into the peg. In­stead, sprin­kle in a few mi­cro pel­lets when fish­ing and try to trick the fish into hav­ing a go. If you haven’t had any sign within five min­utes, come off this spot and start again to the left or right, re­peat­ing the feed­ing process.

If you get a bite or catch a fish, stay on the same spot here, still feed­ing mi­cros via a pot, and keep ev­ery­thing crossed that a run of F1s will turn up.

On some days, though, you may only nick two fish from each swim.

You’ll find that F1s won’t move far in the swim.

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