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AIf big roach are present you won’t go far wrong with this sim­ple heli­copter ground­bait feeder rig in con­junc­tion with a short hook­link of about 3in-4in. Us­ing a heavy feeder of 45g will help to im­prove the bolt ef­fect of the rig. The feeder should be filled with a dark-coloured, sweet ground­bait laced with crushed hemp, hempseed and a few crushed boilies. The roach have prob­a­bly grown big on the boilies in­tended for the carp so try us­ing a small 8mm boilie on the hair. This will also pre­vent you from be­ing pestered by small nui­sance fish like you would be if you used nat­u­ral baits such as mag­gots, cast­ers and worms. Don’t go over the top with the loose­feed be­cause it’s too easy to fill up the roach be­fore they’ve found your hook­bait. De­pend­ing on how many fish are in the venue, any­where be­tween six and a dozen tan­ger­ine-sized balls of ground­bait will be a good start­ing point.

I’ve heard that there are some big roach in a lake that I’ve been carp fish­ing and I fancy hav­ing a go for them. Could you sug­gest a sim­ple rig and tac­tics for me to try?

DAN BARNSHAW, VIA EMAIL

QWhat’s the best type of float to use when adopt­ing pel­let waggler tac­tics for F1s? SI­MON WIL­LIAMS, VIA EMAIL

AWhen F1s are the tar­get, a re­fined waggler pat­tern is re­quired. If you use a big, chunky, well-loaded float it will of­fer too much re­sis­tance and an F1 will snatch at the bait and re­ject it be­fore you can re­act. A slim, clear waggler of be­tween 4g and 8g will work well. Start fish­ing a cou­ple of feet deep and change it as the day goes on. If you are miss­ing bites, shal­low up a few inches. If you aren’t get­ting any in­di­ca­tions, go deeper. Feed a few pel­lets be­fore you cast, then chuck your float a few feet be­yond to find the big­gest F1s hang­ing back from the feed. Go for a re­fined in­sert waggler when finicky F1s are the tar­get. You’ll con­nect with more bites

QI keep los­ing fi­fish on the Method feeder sec­onds after hook­ing them. How can I land more fish on this tac­tic?

ABEN GREEN, HERTS Hook choice is one of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of Method feeder fish­ing. A hook with a wide gape is im­por­tant or else you will strug­gle to em­bed the hook in the lip when the carp swal­lows the bait. There are sev­eral pat­terns on the mar­ket that are suitable, al­though you will strug­gle to beat a Guru QM1. As the hook is buried among the ground­bait or pel­lets, you are able to get away with us­ing a big hook and a size 12 or 14 is suitable in al­most ev­ery Method feeder fi­fi­fi­fish­ing sce­nario.

QCould you ex­plain what a win­dow feeder is, and how do I use one? REECE CHAM­BER­LAIN, VIA EMAIL

AA win­dow feeder looks like a block­end feeder with a gap – a ‘win­dow’ – cut in the side of it. Four-times World Cham­pion Bob Nudd swears by these when fish­ing for roach and bream in Ire­land, packing the feeder with cast­ers, mag­gots or chopped worm and then seal­ing them in with a lit­tle ground­bait over the win­dow.The ad­van­tage of this type of feeder is that you can de­posit lots of par­ti­cles into a tight space in very deep wa­ter with­out them spilling out of the feeder. They also have their weight built into one end, which helps them to fly ac­cu­rately.

QI’ve heard of lots of top an­glers re­fer to the ‘5m line’ be­ing a great place to fish, but why is fish­ing at this dis­tance so ef­fec­tive? ALAN DRAPER, VIA EMAIL

AAl­most ev­ery com­mer­cial has ei­ther a slope go­ing down from the mar­gins to the deep­est part of the lake or a ledge which sud­denly drops down into deeper wa­ter. This is usu­ally lo­cated around 5m out and this dis­tinct un­der­wa­ter fea­ture pro­vides a nat­u­ral area for fish to in­ves­ti­gate. Left­over bait will pile up here and the fish will get used to com­ing into this area to feed. The best way to prime the 5m line is by feed­ing lit­tle and of­ten for a cou­ple of hours. In­tro­duce a few cubes of meat or 6mm pel­lets ev­ery few min­utes to build up a bed of bait and be pre­pared to bag up later in the day.

Q AHow do I pre­vent foul-hook­ing carp when fish­ing the mar­gins? JOHN RUS­SELL, DER­BYSHIRE

Foul-hook­ing can be caused by a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing how much you feed, how many fish are in the swim and the depth of wa­ter. Try to find the op­ti­mum depth to fish – at this time of year you ideally want a max­i­mum of 2ft. If the wa­ter is too deep, the fish will move off the bot­tom and this will re­sult in line bites and foul- hooked carp. Al­ter­na­tively, if the wa­ter is too shal­low, carp won’t have enough wa­ter to move around in and will keep bump­ing into the line. It’s never a good idea to have a mar­gin swim packed with carp, as the com­pe­ti­tion this cre­ates will cause foul-hook­ing. You can con­trol how many fish move into the peg by how much you feed. Pot in just enough bait to draw in and hold one or two carp at a time.

QWhat’s the best way to hook a piece of sweet­corn? PHILLIP STAFFORD, VIA EMAIL

AThe best way to hook a piece of corn will ac­tu­ally vary de­pend­ing on the method you are fish­ing. On the pole you can sim­ply nick a grain on to the hook but, if you need to cast us­ing the waggler or feeder, you will be far bet­ter off thread­ing the hook through the corn, leav­ing the point pro­trud­ing from the rounded end of the grain. This will eas­ily with­stand the force of the cast. You should also hook the corn like this if small fish are a prob­lem or if the fish­ing is hard and there are few bites.

QPaste is the ‘in’ bait on my lo­cal com­mer­cial fish­ery, but I can’t keep it on the hook for long. How do I rem­edy this? DAVE REEVES DEVON

AWhen us­ing paste on the pole, mix it on the soft side and ship it out in a pole pot to keep it in­tact. Try fish­ing it a few inches over depth to en­sure the bait stays moulded around the hook.

QMy lo­cal com­mer­cial is home to some huge perch but I keep be­ing pestered by carp when try­ing to catch them. Live­baits are banned, so is there any way to avoid the carp? TONY BUCHANAN, SUS­SEX

APerch will gladly feed all year round but at this time of year they are of­ten beaten to the bait by greedy carp. A good trick is to find out where most of the matches are be­ing won from – and then head to swims with no form! The ar­eas that aren’t throw­ing up many fish in matches are likely to be home to fewer carp and the perch will prob­a­bly head to these spots to es­cape the com­mo­tion. Feed fairly lightly with mag­gots, chopped worms and cast­ers and be pre­pared to try dif­fer­ent ar­eas of your swim to avoid any carp that do turn up.

A Ko­rum Spe­cial­ist Ad­justable Heli Rig grips the line and traps the hook­link swivel. It can be moved up or down the main­line A small boilie hook­bait is at­tached via a short hair so that it sits tight to the back of the hook’s bend A 45g feeder is loaded with sweet, dark ground­bait, crushed hemp and a few bro­ken hook­bait sam­ples

Use small boilie hook­baits to tar­get the big­ger stamp of roach

Feed cubes of lun­cheon meat lit­tle and of­ten to the 5m line to bag up later on

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