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By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 01:45PM

Surface fishing is arguably one of the most exciting fishing techniques at our disposal. The surface fishing technique is not straight forward and does require skill as many frustrated anglers will find when targeting the dark shadows on the lake surface that ignore the hook bait time after time.

At fishing your way, we decided to look at this from the basics of fishing tackle right through to the catch.



Locating the fish

Primarily this is a carp anglers’ mission. Sometimes the sun is up in the sky without a cloud in site, no wind and the shadows of carp can be seen without effort, if that’s the case all the better because your job has become very easy.

Recently, I got my fishing tackle out at Newlands Fishery in Oxfordshire. The sky was completely overcast, the wind was up causing rough waters and no-one was surface fishing for carp or any other species. Very little was being caught. I decided to go for the surface. The 3 bits of fishing equipment you need are: 1. Polarized sunglasses so that you can see deeper into the water; 2. A catapult; 3. Mixer dog biscuit.

I tend to catapult out 10-12 pieces of mixer in the area I want to check out, which is what I did on this day. I had no chance of seeing the shadows of carp over range due to the conditions, so what I was looking for was a subtle difference in the rough waters. I squated down so that my eye level is only about 1m from the water line. Sure enough after not much time I could see a couple of very small swirls that would be very difficult to see with the naked eye or even stood up. The people in the swims near me could not see this and were probably wondering why I was bothering to surface fish, but I now knew there were carp to be caught.


By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 01:37PM

The Basics

So you've managed to get your fishing tackle set up for method feeding, the pellets are now holding to the feeder just right and your boilie/corn is nicely tucked away inside waiting for a hungry carp, tench or other species to move in and scoop up your bait. Your fishing rod tip is moving so you strike... nothing? You re-cast and it moves again, sometimes doing different things, sometimes the rod is bending so far around that you must be into a fish... strike... nothing. Frustration sets in, "crap fishing technique" you say. No, I can assure you it's part of the learning that you have to go through to catch more fish. What's happening?



Fishing action 1 - Tap tap tap

Action

Your fishing rod tip makes lots of movements and the tip is bouncing usually moving about 1-2inches all the time.

Usual Reason

The fish are doing exactly what you want them to, they are feeding on your bait. As the fish eat the pellet it moves and pulls at the line causing you rod to bounce. Don't strike! Wait for the fish to pick up your hookbait.



By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 01:05PM

The methd feeder basics

The method feeder is used to present bait in a unique way so that fish, particularly carp, tench and bream, feel confident enough to feed on it time and time again.



Feeders

I'm not one to name drop makes on models unless I believe they are one of the best, as to be honest so many of them are effective. What you are looking for in a feeder is firstly the ability for the bait to hold well, which does have a lot to do with how you prepare the bait, but more on that later. Secondly, the feeder needs to have enough weight behind it to cast the distance you're looking for; you'll find that 24g or more can give you the cast you want - it also makes the cast easier to control in the air.

Fishing Hook-length

I have tried every single hook length possible and have come to one simple conclusion, make it very short: 2.5 inches. I have picked up more fish with more aggressive bites at this hook-length compared to any other... and that's testing with identical set-ups casting to within 30cm of each other, at the same time. That's how I test everything, under the same exact conditions, repeatedly or there is no point.


By Fishing your way, Mar 20 2014 12:00PM

Whether you are casting into open water, to an island or other feature makes no real difference; you want to be able to hit the same spot time and time again whether it is daytime or nighttime. Of course, casting near a feature does run the risk of hitting the feature and losing your fishing tackle so best to get it right from the start… Here’s how:


Let’s imagine a angling situation. There is an island 75 yards away from where you are fishing and you see 2 or 3 carp rolling about 3 metres off the island; this is a clear indication of where you should be fishing.

Firstly, you need to select the weight to cover the cast – a 2oz lead should work perfectly. You shouldn’t have a hook on at this point as you will need to clip-up the distance. To clip-up, cast over-head towards the area you want to fish but finish short of the target. Make sure you look to the background behind where you are casting, look for trees directly in line with where you are casting, this is important for later on (more explained later). If you finish 10 yards short of target, walk back 5 yards so that an additional 5 yards of line comes off the reel. Attach the line to the line-clip and then wind in. Make sure you are casting from the same spot each time. Cast again and try to aim to cast slightly beyond where you are trying to fish. Keep the rod tip vertical as the weight flies towards the target so that you maintain the same body position every time. Ensuring the same body position makes the cast consistent. If you were to lower the rod as the weight flies towards the target you would allow the lead to travel further, which would lead to guess-work and that’s not what you’re after here. As dark sets in, guess-work will lead to lost fishing equipment and to lost fish. The line will stop when it hits the line-clip and the weight will then drop into the water. You may now be 2 yards short of target; undo the line-clip, walk back just under 2 yards and then clip-up again. Repeat this process until the cast is exactly where you want it to be.


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