“Meat is packed with oils, which send up a col­umn of flavour and at­trac­tion”

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

“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.

Hook­bait choices

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!

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