Is there a better bait than meat to take advantage of the autumn feed-up on the pools? Steve doesn’t think so… and he’s reaching for a tin to boost his catches
reveals how to get the best from meat – a deadly bait right now
WE’RE coming to that great time of year on the commercial scene when fish go on a big feed-up in preparation for the colder weather to come.
And there’s one bait that really comes to the fore right now... good, old-fashioned luncheon meat!
Of course, meat isn’t allowed everywhere, but on venues where it is it can be simply unbeatable, possibly because it gives the fish a change from their normal diet of anglers’ pellets.
Not only does it catch a lot of fish, but it seems to pick out the bigger specimens too.
Here, then, is how to get the best from meat…
FISH IT IN CLOSE
As far as late-season meat fishing goes it’s all about fishing it on what is known as the 5m line.
The term ‘5m’ is actually rather deceiving, as what it actually refers to is fishing at the bottom of the near shelf. On some venues this can be as close in as 4m or as far out as 8m.
Finding the bottom of the shelf couldn’t be easier. It’s simply a case of plumbing out from the bank until you find where the lakebed flattens out.
I like to fish around a foot away from the shelf on the flat, and will also fish at an angle of either 10 o’clock or two o’clock, if you imagine your swim as a clock face.
Which side I choose depends on a variety of factors, from how much room there is between myself and the next peg, to the wind direction and tow.
I like to fish at an angle so that when I hook a fish short I can quickly steer it away from the baited area and play it in front of me without risk of spooking any other fish in the swim.
There’s nothing worse than playing a hooked carp right on top of your bait.
CREATE A COMBO
Luncheon meat is a fantastic bait on its own, but there are times when I like to feed other baits with it to boost its attraction.
Without doubt, my favourite is hemp. There are several ways to feed hemp and meat together, but the main idea is to use hemp to try to keep the fish on the deck.
I will often feed half a 250ml pot of hemp to kick the swim off, and then I will only feed it again
This carp slipped up in search of a meat feast.
A lively carp is hooked on the so-called 5m line.