Bream on the lift method – Scott Rispin

Scott Rispin ex­plains how he puts to­gether 100lb nets, with­out ever see­ing his float dip

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Inside - Words & Pho­tog­ra­phy Tony Grig­or­jevs

IMAG­INE hav­ing a day’s float­fish­ing and catch­ing 100lb of prime sil­ver fish with­out see­ing your float go un­der once. It sounds com­pletely in­con­ceiv­able that such a thing could hap­pen, but it is a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence for Scott Rispin. While most an­glers squint at a finely-dot­ted pole float and hope to see the most mi­nor of in­di­ca­tions, the Fos­ters Team Army man is look­ing for a to­tally dif­fer­ent move­ment. “If you are a keen pole an­gler then there is no bet­ter feel­ing than the float go­ing un­der, but I look for the op­po­site and strike when the float tip rises. “I have played with my rigs so that they regis­ter bites with the float tip lift­ing up no­tice­ably. I have worked out that bream feed in a man­ner that makes this rig much more ef­fec­tive than a stan­dard pole rig.”

Bream feed­ing habits

It can be dif­fi­cult to work out what is hap­pen­ing un­der­wa­ter, but years of ex­pe­ri­ence on the bank have helped Scott build up a the­ory as to how bream feed. “There is a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that just be­cause bream are bot­tom feed­ers, they are per­ma­nently ly­ing on the deck. “But I am con­vinced they ac­tu­ally re­main just off the bot­tom, go down to the bot­tom head-first and then in­ter­cept the hook­bait be­fore lift­ing back up.” That’s all well and good, but how can that af­fect your catch rate? The an­swer is all down to your shot­ting pat­tern. “A pro­por­tion of my shot is lay­ing on the bot­tom and placed 6in from the hook. When­ever a bream picks up the hook­bait it lifts it up and

that then forces the float to lift. Scott has a bulk of shot sat 2ft up from the hook and two No.8 shot sat on the hooklength loop. It is the No.8s that the fish lift to pro­vide the in­di­ca­tion. “It is vi­tal that the two No.8s are sat on the bot­tom for it to work. I clip my plum­met on to them in­stead of the hook when plumb­ing up to make sure this hap­pens,” said Scott. “If the rig is shot­ted in the tra­di­tional man­ner the float is un­likely to regis­ter a bream ten­ta­tively lift­ing the hook­bait, and even if it does, your eyes are likely to miss the mi­nus­cule move­ment!”

Spot ev­ery bite

Most of the venues that Scott fishes have a de­cent depth of be­tween 4ft and 8ft on the long pole line. With wind and tow likely at this time of year as the weather con­di­tions worsen through­out the win­ter, he uses a float with a round body that will re­main sta­ble in such con­di­tions. The tip is doc­tored with a marker pen to en­able him to spot ev­ery sin­gle bite. “All my float tips are orange or yel­low when bought but I use a black per­ma­nent pen to mark sec­tions of each tip. “The idea be­hind this is that I shot the float so the top black seg­ment is just show­ing while I am wait­ing for a bite,” Scott ex­plained. “When I get even a slight lift the orange will ap­pear, and that is my sig­nal to strike.” He added: “If the float tip was all one colour then sub­tle lifts would be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to spot when you are fish­ing any­where be­tween 12m and 16m out.”

A fish ev­ery drop

When­ever Scott tries his hand on the pole at an out-and-out bream wa­ter there is no doubt­ing which rig he will use. Sure enough, it came straight out of the winder tray when vis­it­ing Lake­side Fish­ery in Bielby, near York. Huge num­bers of bream and skim­mers have been stocked, but not ev­ery­body is set up to put a haul of them to­gether. “I’ve seen a lot of peo­ple fish­ing for them, go to ship in to change their bait and there is a fish at­tached. This hap­pens be­cause they take the bait so gen­tly when ris­ing off the bot­tom that the bite isn’t even recog­nised and the hook is set ac­ci­den­tally.” Putting in sev­eral balls of dark fish­meal ground­bait laced with cast­ers, dead maggots and a bit of chopped worm was the task. On went a dou­ble red mag­got hook­bait be­fore the rig was shipped 13m out. A few pin-prick bub­bles ap­peared to sig­nal the ar­rival of a shoal, and it was in­stantly ap­par­ent why Scott turns to this set-up. The float moved less than an inch up­wards as a skim­mer clearly mouthed the hook­bait and very slowly rose back off the deck. As the orange sec­tor of the float that had been sub­merged ap­peared ever so slightly, he struck and sev­eral feet of No.5 elas­tic zipped out. A 2lb skim­mer was in the net amid an air of con­fi­dence that it would be the first of many. Each and ev­ery bite was pretty much im­pos­si­ble to miss, yet when Scott switched to a tra­di­tion­ally shot­ted pole rig the float tip merely seemed to vi­brate when a fish took the bait. “Bream feed in a dif­fer­ent way to what many an­glers imag­ine and this rig of mine is def­i­nitely the way to cap­i­talise on what ac­tu­ally hap­pens be­neath the sur­face,” con­cluded Scott.

Have a small sec­tion of black float tip show­ing while you are wait­ing for bites Lift bites are eas­ily spot­ted be­cause an orange seg­ment of the float tip will ap­pear

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