“Meat is packed with oils, which send up a column of flavour and attraction”
“Ideally, you want the rig and the loose-feed dropping thorough the water together to get the tactic to work at its best,” he added.
Although standard luncheon meat will work OK and will readily take on a coloured dye to provide a change of hookbait, Aiden’s first choice is BaitTech’s Mighty Meat, which he feels has less fat, and is more robust and uniform - all of which help the tactic work at its best. “If some of the 6mm cubes sink slower than others, as can happen with standard meat, you get problems with the fish coming up in the water, which creates problems like foulhooking,” the Tamworth-based rod explained. “The Bait-Tech meat, on the other hand, is highly uniform, so that all of the cubes sink at the same rate.” Most of the time he uses 6mm cubes, but if he is getting problems with small nuisance fish, he will swap over to 8mm cubes. However, this is rarely necessary, and his preferred 6mm cubes are normally all that’s need when targeting carp, F1s and silverfish.
Fishing the meat
After putting three tins of meat through the meat cutter, Aiden puts a little water in with the bait to prevent it from drying out. To kick-start proceedings, he flicks in six to 10 cubes of meat every two minutes, although he won’t fish the line until at least an hour has passed. “You want to get the fish lined up and taking
Left: Aiden generally uses a grade 10 to 16 hollow elastic when meat fishing in summer Below: Meat cubes will catch all manner of species, from skimmers to big carp like this one!