14 tricks for big rudd

Rudd are among the most stun­ning of coarse fish species, but they can be no­to­ri­ously finicky. Try these tricks to stack the odds in your favour…

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Contents -

USE BREAD

In sum­mer and au­tumn, float­ing crust takes some beat­ing. Feed sev­eral loose chunks then, as the fish start com­pet­ing, free­line a fresh chunk to­wards them.

TRY A POLE FLOAT

Light­weight car­bon­stemmed pole floats are ex­cel­lent for fish­ing for rudd on­the-drop be­cause they tilt slowly as each shot set­tles, mak­ing for ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion and bite in­di­ca­tion.

SPICE IT UP

Mag­gots work well for rudd on their own, but flavoured ones can pick out the bet­ter stamp of fish. Fruity flavours tend to work best in sum­mer, while spicy ones are gen­er­ally bet­ter when the tem­per­a­tures drop.

LOW LIGHT

Dusk is the best time to tar­get rudd. When light lev­els are low, they will feed par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sively and with less cau­tion than in bright day­light.

LOOK FOR BUGS

Where pos­si­ble fish into the wind as rudd will fol­low the in­sects that are blown on to the sur­face.

RUDD ON THE FLY

Fly fish­ing is a rarely used but highly ef­fec­tive way of catch­ing rudd on the sur­face. Try to match the fly to the in­sects that the fish are feed­ing on.

FINE IT DOWN

Big rudd are very shy crea­tures and can soon sense a hook buried in bait, or line that is too thick. If you find some rudd feed­ing at short range, do away with floats and weights and free­line bait on the sur­face in­stead.

CHECK COVER

The most likely place to find big rudd in rivers is among yel­low wa­ter lilies or bul­rushes just be­yond the shal­low mar­ginal shelf.

ADD CLOUD

A lit­tle con­densed milk added to a fine ground­bait makes a su­perb milky cloud in the wa­ter that will linger for ages. This is a bril­liant way of at­tract­ing rudd.

CATCH HIGH

Fish up in the wa­ter to catch rudd, feed­ing lit­tle and of­ten to get them com­pet­ing.

CHECK THE DEPTH

Rudd will spend spring and sum­mer in ar­eas of shal­low wa­ter but will move into deeper wa­ter once au­tumn ar­rives.

LONG LAST­ING HOOK­BAITS

When feed­ing cast­ers up-in-the-wa­ter, put a cast­er­shaped piece of worm on the hook. This en­ables you to catch sev­eral fish on the same bait be­fore it needs chang­ing.

AD­JUST SHOT

If you’re get­ting lots of small knocks on the float but no proper bites, try mov­ing the drop­per shot away from the hook to of­fer the fish less re­sis­tance.

TRY OLD CAST­ERS

Don’t throw away your black, dried out cast­ers. They are a bril­liant bait for fish­ing shal­low.

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