by Paul Cooper;
One of the most productive methods for multiple captures of any species of fish, is by accurate presentation of both loose feed, boilies and the hookbait to a small area in open water.
The first task is to locate a possible feeding area that is within casting distance, to present a carpet of feed and your hookbait. The requirements for this are:
1) A marker rod
2) A spod rod
3) 2, 3 or 4 Fishing rods.
The first rod that you should use is the marker rod which can find the depth of water, the contours of the lake bed and the texture of the make up of the lake bed.
Once a fishing spot is located, allow the float to rise to the surface and pick a point on the skyline that the float is lined up with. Either record this or memorise the location.
Wind the line back until you feel the marker hit the lead on the line, so that the marker is now on the lake bottom. Mark up the main line of the marker rod, at the butt ring of the rod with electrical tape or pole elastic.
Once you are happy that it is properly marked, reel in the line.
Our next step is to mark up the spod rod and the fishing rods for that that baited area.
- To do this, place 2 bank sticks, say 4 meters apart.
- Take the marker rod and secure the marker and secure it at the base of one of the bank sticks.
- Pass the line around both bank sticks bearing in mind each length of line is a 4 meter length.
- Count the number of lengths of line that you have passed around the bank sticks, until you come to the electrical tape or pole elastic on the main line. So if you have 10 lengths of line which equals 40 meters, along with 3 meters of line extra towards the reel, you are fishing a distance of 43 meters.
- Wind all the line back onto the reel and move onto the spod rod.
- Secure the spod to the base of a bank stick, and again pass the line around both bank sticks. Pass the line around 10 times again leaving 3 meters of line towards the reel. Mark the line with electrical tape or pole elastic and reel the line back onto the reel.
- Follow this procedure with your fishing rods, only this time for each rod, secure the lead and hook bait to the bank stick. Again at the 43 meter mark mark up your line.
You have now accurately marked up all your rods. There is no need to put the marker rod out again.
Having located the memorised point on the sky line, cast the loaded spod rod until the electrical tape or pole elastic mark is at the Butt ring. Repeat this and you can accurately present a bed of bait.
The baited rods can be cast out without the marker rod being out in the water, again placing baits at a point when the mark is at the butt ring.
You can recast the baited rods or spod rod as often as you like, as all the rods are accurately marked.