Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

QI al­ways use 4in hook­lengths for the Method feeder, but are there any sit­u­a­tions where I should vary this length? GARY DAVIES, VIA EMAIL

AThe stan­dard hook­link for the Method feeder is 3in- 4in. When a carp feeds, it swims over the Method ball with­out ac­tu­ally at­tack­ing it, as was thought many years ago. These fish sit over the ground­bait or mi­cro pel­lets and suck in the fine par­ti­cles com­ing off the feeder. With a short or long hook­link the bait isn’t go­ing to be taken in when fish suck the feed. You could use a very short hook­link if you feel that carp are at­tack­ing the feeder as soon as it hits the bot­tom, nor­mally shown in a se­ries of vi­o­lent bangs on the rod tip when you are tight­en­ing the line af­ter cast­ing. In this case, a 2in or even 1in link may work best.

QWhat type of wag­gler should I use for fi­fish­ing pel­lets on the deck? CHRIS PALMER, VIA EMAIL

AThe best mod­els are in­sert floats, ide­ally made from pea­cock quill as these will be sen­si­tive and will show up the tini­est in­di­ca­tions. A straight pea­cock wag­gler just won’t be as sen­si­tive and bites won’t reg­is­ter. To max­imise your bite-to-fish ra­tio, the float is best fished with the bait as close to dead depth as pos­si­ble so just touch­ing bot­tom. Plumb­ing up care­fully will pay off here. Try to keep as lit­tle shot down the line as you can. In a 5ft swim that would be a cou­ple of No.9s and a sin­gle No.10 shot evenly spaced down the line. With this min­i­mal shot, you’ll find that the bait falls slowly through the wa­ter and you’ll get bites on the drop, es­pe­cially when us­ing soft ex­pander pel­lets on the hook.

QWhen the wind blows, the tow on the snake lake that I fish is ter­ri­ble. What’s the best way to com­bat it? HARRY COBB, LEOMIN­STER

AA small Method feeder would be worth a try and is used reg­u­larly by match an­glers on snake lakes when the wind makes fish­ing the pole out of the ques­tion. Tow can be mur­der on shal­low far banks of snakes and even us­ing heav­ier floats don’t solve the prob­lem. Pack a 9ft-10ft tip rod, armed with a small Method or pel­let feeder. Make sure the feeder is as small in terms of weight as can be be­cause you’re cast­ing into shal­low wa­ter on to a flat shelf and won’t need lots of lead to hold bot­tom. Wrap­ping mi­cro pel­lets around the feeder is bet­ter than us­ing ground­bait, with a banded hard pel­let or a cou­ple of dead mag­gots top hook­baits. Keep your cast­ing reg­u­lar, ev­ery minute or so, to main­tain the ‘plop’ of the feeder hit­ting the wa­ter, which can serve as a way of at­tract­ing fish into the swim.

In­sert floats are very sen­si­tive

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