I've got a match at fleets dam this weekend, can anybody offer any advice with methods.
Been looking at match results and seems that popped up marshmallow on the method is winning some coin... Haven't got a clue what this means.. Whats the method, and surely we're not talking about actual marshmallows here...
Any advice will be very gratefully received..
Another thing, I've not fished a match on a lake before, somebody mentioned that i might need two keepnets... Is this true??
only done it few times myself, idea is to get the ball to stay intact when you cast and the fish come along and peck at it, this causes your hook bait to come free and fish takes it, basically self hooks against the weight of the method feeder, its very much a sit on your hands job untill the tip goes round
You need a medium to heavy feeder rod or a carp rod, and big line for your main line to stop crack offs
hi mate. if your targeting the carp then i would go for 2 keepnets, 1 as large as possible for the carp plus 1 net for silver fish, personally i never try to mix them both for obvious reasons. si"s right regarding the method the idea being you mould method groundbait around a method feeder with your hookbait inside when it hits the water it explodes causing the carp to home in on your feed. it can be deadly but you do need Strong tackle. hope this is of some help.
If I plan on fishing the method, I like to mix my groundbait up the night before. This allows the mix to become completely inert which in turn stays compacted around the feeder for longer. This is not the only way though. Some matchmen like the mix to break down very quickly so the fish sift through a pile of groundbait for the hookbait.
My way I fish it is more suited to speciman waters where the feeder could be left for hours before a fish comes upon it. I reckon at Fleets the fish will home in on the splash much sooner.
Stout tackle is a must whichever approach you take. A fully loaded method feeder can weigh anything upto 10oz(or 20oz if you happen to be Robp ).
I might have used them up to 19oz on a seriously flooded river though ;D.
Whatever way you fish the method Smithers, opt for the fish friendly inline variety, which will come free if a breakage occurs in the mainline. The elasticated ones can become tether rigs and many waters ban fixed-rigs anyway.
Marshmallows, not the biscuits, but the sweets, (around a half inch in diameter). Try them on a short ish link 4" (if its still allowed), if not tie a hooklink to the minimum length allowed, and put a shot, large enough to hold the marshmallow and the hook on the bottom, about 2 to 3" from the hook. Hope this is clear enough? BOF
Forget all the flash gear, it's a good sharp hook that matters.