HOW TO MAKE AND USE YOUR PASTE
1 Pour two bags of fishmeal groundbait in a large bowl and mix 2 This is the base from which paste will be created by overwetting 3 Add lake water slowly, mix constantly to make a soft, damp crumb 4 Take aside a small handful and add water to make the paste 5 Use a riddle to remove any lumps. Add water if not wet enough 6 Use this for your hookbait, then make up more from the groundbait
however you fish, but when fishing with paste, it is vital. The first thing I look for is a level and uniform bottom. It’s no good trying to fish paste on a slope as the paste will come off the hook too easily and roll away. “The second important point is you need to set your rig at dead depth or slightly overdepth in a tow. The easiest ways to gauge this is to use a heavy plummet, and use the plummet as if it were the ball of hookpaste. “The way the rig sits in the water with the plummet attached is the same way the rig will sit once the paste is hooked on.” Rig-wise, Rob goes against convention, using quite light set-ups rather than the timehonoured 1g-plus paste floats and olivettes to shot them. He opts for a 4x12 RW Slim Power, and as long as about an inch of bristle is showing, you will be able to read the bites correctly. The downside of using big paste floats and heavy shotting is that the shot can pull the hook from the ball of paste as it drops through the water. However, using a very light set-up, Rob negates this problem. It also helps alleviate tangles because the paste ball is the heaviest part of the rig and sinks quickly. “I have a pole pot half a metre up the top kit. The baited hook is placed in the pot, the pole shipped half a metre beyond the fishing area, and the pole tipped to empty the pot. I then pull the pole back, so the float is directly over where I dropped the paste in.” As the session continues, Rob doesn’t loosefeed anything, simply striking off the paste hookbait every few minutes.
Light set-ups will prevent tangles when fishing with paste