Q During a 48-hour session, how often should I bait up? Is a couple of times a day okay, or should I do it more often? Lee Richards, via email
TOM MAKER: This all depends on the situation and the lake you are fishing. If you have not had a bite, or had any visible signs that fish have fed, why put out more bait? I like to put the bait out and, if the fish don’t show too often, add some oil to the mix. This will show me when fish are feeding by creating a huge flat spot over the area when they do. If this happens and I don’t get a bite, I wait for it to stop and top-up the swim. If you have fish showing over your bait and nothing happens, put out more bait. Of course, if you catch a fish, then it makes sense to top-up the swim, but only with six spods or so. If I am fishing on a runs water I will top-up with some fresh bait every couple of hours, even if nothing has happened. If I were on a low-stocked lake and I’d put bait in at the start but had no visible signs of fish feeding, I wouldn’t rebait until I did.
Flat spots are a good indication that fish are feeding. Add oil to bait so that this happens