Go the dis­tance on the tip – Kevin Dur­man

Big-fish hunter Kevin Dur­man re­veals how to catch spec­i­mens at range on the feeder

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Inside - Words & Pho­tog­ra­phy Kevin Dur­man

THE re­lent­less sum­mer heat fi­nally broke this week­end with a fan­tas­tic storm and winds of 30mph. I’d been gag­ging to get out for a day on the tip and the change in the weather was ex­actly what I’d been wait­ing for. The big gravel pits of Kent that I’ve grown up fish­ing are per­fect for tip fish­ing. The one I’ve been on this week­end is a 40-acre coastal pit with good num­bers of bream, tench and carp, plus ev­ery­thing else you’d ex­pect. It’s one of those lakes where you never know what the next bite might be. There was a new wind push­ing across the pit, so I headed for a swim on the end of it which gave me ac­cess to a large ex­panse of open wa­ter and was also pro­tected by a bank of reeds on the right-hand side. This cre­ated a patch of calm wa­ter which would make spot­ting bites on the quiv­er­tip eas­ier.

Dis­tance cast­ing tools

Hav­ing the right tools for the job will make launch­ing a feeder a long way much eas­ier. My set-up com­prises a Ko­rum 13ft 180g three-piece feeder rod. The rod comes with three tips – two glass in heavy and ex­tra heavy, and an ex­tra, ex­tra heavy car­bon tip. For this ses­sion the heavy glass tip will be suit­able but if there was a strong un­der­tow I would up­grade to the ex­tra heavy tip. The rod is paired with a 6000-sized reel filled with 0.10mm Pre­ston Ab­so­lute Feeder Braid and a 12lb mono shock­leader. Braid is al­ways my first-choice main­line for dis­tance feeder work be­cause its low di­am­e­ter means it casts like a dream and its zero stretch en­sures that ev­ery sin­gle bite is reg­is­tered on the rod-tip. The idea of the leader is to give me a bit of stretch when I have a fish close in to ab­sorb any lunges, which re­duces the chances of suf­fer­ing from hook-pulls. Braid has a ten­dency to float, so the leader also gives me sev­eral yards of a heavy sink­ing line above the feeder. On fish­eries that don’t per­mit braided main­lines, I use 12lb Ko­rum Feeder Line. This might sound ex­ces­sive, but when us­ing heavy feed­ers and pow­er­ful rods, a lesser break­ing strain could re­sult in crack-offs.

Feeder op­tions

I al­ways carry a range of mesh, open-end and Grub Feed­ers in a va­ri­ety of sizes and weights, as well as some back-up 2oz dis­tance leads to cut through re­ally strong winds. Grub Feed­ers come into play when the fish­ing is re­ally hard. With rigs, sim­plic­ity is key. I use a Camo Run­ning Rig Kit and a 15in, size 12 or 14 Quick­stop hook­link. The rig kit comes with an an­gled buf­fer bead which, when com­bined with the long rig sleeve, cre­ates a boom that rarely tan­gles. The most com­pli­cated part of the rig is dou­bling up and twiz­zling the last 18in of line to with­stand the abuse of rub­bing over the land­ing net and ground­bait bowls. The ses­sion starts with 10 large feed­ers of dry Stiki Pel­lets and F1 Corn plugged with ground­bait. I pick a sta­tion­ary far-bank marker, such as a tall tree, tie a length of marker elas­tic on my line and then clip up on the reel. On nat­u­ral lakes I like a more tra­di­tional ground­bait, in this case Sonubaits’ sweet smelling Su­per­feeder mixed 50/50 with brown crumb. Af­ter the ini­tial 10 casts I swap to a 60g medium feeder that’ll make less dis­tur­bance. The spot I was fish­ing was 6ft deep so I se­lected a mesh feeder that would empty quickly. From this point I fill the feeder only with ground­bait and don’t in­clude pel­lets, so the only size­able food item is my corn hook­bait. For the first 30 min­utes I re­cast ev­ery five min­utes to build a bed of bait. Dur­ing this time I had a small carp of 3lb. Once set­tled into a rou­tine and re­cast­ing ev­ery 15 min­utes or af­ter a fish, bites started to come reg­u­larly with sev­eral bream to 6lb, roach to 2lb, a tench and a few more small carp. To keep bites com­ing I var­ied my corn hook­baits. When dou­ble corn stopped work­ing a change to a sin­gle grain re­sulted in the bites re­sum­ing. I also tried re­mov­ing the feeder and re­plac­ing it with a bomb. To keep a lit­tle at­trac­tion go­ing into the swim I threaded a plug of Stiki pel­let on to the hook­link. By tweak­ing and switch­ing I kept the tip go­ing round. If you’re strug­gling to catch on your nor­mal feeder line, gear up and go the dis­tance. I can fish at 80 yards-plus with this set-up and with a bit of prac­tice you’ll soon be putting a feeder out that far too.

Us­ing a braid main­line with a mono shock­leader will in­stantly add yards to your cast

Carry a se­lec­tion of feeder types and bombs so you’re cov­ered for any sce­nario

Al­ter­nate be­tween sin­gle and dou­ble corn to keep the bites com­ing A mesh feeder will quickly empty which is per­fect in swims around 6ft deep The Run­ning Rig Kit in­cludes an an­gled buf­fer bead and rub­ber rig sleeve which pre­vent tan­gles

When bites slow up, try al­ter­ing your hook­bait pre­sen­ta­tion

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