Because i have concentrated a lot recently on fishing snake lakes especially tight across towards the far bank which is often called mud line fishing and there is lots of different rigs and bait that works on specific venues . This is a little piece on how i go about tackling them and if you do it right you can be on for a really good day .
Choosing the right time of year to fish this method is essential and it really comes in to play after the first spell of warm weather because the shallow water against the far bank stays warmer for longer which of course attracts the fish .
Where to fish
Fishing against the far bank on lots of snake lakes are usually reed lined and over grown , so the first thing i do is look for 2 or 3 areas where i can get as tight to it as possible and i would then be able to rotate them by taking a few fish from each which could also prolong the catch rate . Maybe a gap in the reeds or a little cut-back area were i would ideally find around 18 inch which i have found to be the perfect depth and with a gentle slope away from the mud bank because if it is to steep then your feed would roll away down the hill .
The advantage with getting tight across as possible is that is where the carp want to be , a good idea at the start of the session is to start in the slightly deeper water at about 2 ft deep before following them up to the mud bank when liners or foul hookers become a problem , as you can usually have a good first hour before later in the session bagging up with carp and f1s .
There is two ways that you can go regarding rigs one is the more delicate style were the fish can follow the bait down in a natural way which works better in slightly colder weather and by working the lighter rig the hook bait mimics the bait falling through the water all the time , bites will normally come just as the hook bait hits the bottom .
The other way seems to be the one in the vogue at the moment which is using heavier than normal rigs tight across in the shallow water because the disturbance that feeding fish make under the water can some times cause the lighter rig to be dragged out of the swim and by using the heavier rig greatly increases the amount of time that you can be fishing .
By positioning the shot close to the hook about 2 or 3 inch away makes for more stability and you need a float that is stable because it helps you to distinguish between proper bites and line bites which can be a problem when fishing in such shallow water , also it makes it quicker for you to see the bite but they are really positive when using this rig when the fish are having it .
Fishing across can be a time in motion exercise with plenty of fish coming your way , so you need to make sure that every thing is at hand and more importantly the roller placement makes shipping in-out a bit quicker . Also the rig line needs to be stronger to with stand a lot of punishment with it rubbing against the far bank all the time and fishing this method gives you the chance of a bonus carp , also there is no need to go over board with your elastic strength because soft elastic allows the fish to swim out of the peg and not bolt in to the reeds .
I have used a small matrix number 3 float which is a 0.10 gram and the shotting is equally spread down the line this is the rig that i usually start with but when a lot of fish are present then it can be easily wafted out of the swim before the fish manage to find the hook bait .
This doesn’t look right for fishing in such shallow water but if the island was 30 meters away you would think nothing of casting a 30 gram method feeder to it and expect to bring back a fish every cast .But by using a matrix number three float in a 0.4 weight this allows me to keep the float more stable and stability is the key to catching big nets of fish , i put all my shot just above the short four inch hook length which works like a bolt rig and the first thing you see is your elastic streaming out of your pole tip .
Just a quick thing for you to think about is because you are fishing in such shallow water by using a long length of line between float and pole tip , can stop you spooking the fish or you could paint the top part of your top kit white so it blends in with the sky so the fish can not see it when they look up .
A lot of fisheries go through spells on the in bait to use when fishing and the mud line is no different , so it would be a good idea to find as much info as you can before attending the match but if the info isn’t as forth coming as you would like then a good starting bait to use is maggots because they attract all sizes of fish and work on lots of different venues .
Another good thing to try is big potting up to the mud line with ground-bait , start the swim with a 250 ml cup with 40% ground-bait 60% maggots and then feel your way into the match , by either continuing big potting or kinder potting after every fish to do this you fill it 3/4 full of maggots then cap it with ground-bait and this has the extra benefit of preventing you spilling your pot as you are shipping out .
Using a big target bait like three maggots will hope fully help you avoid the attention of the silvers and when proper fish are in the area the small fish activity will completely stop before the float gets buried properly and your attached to a nice fish .
By feeding after every fish you can usually keep them coming all day but if you are struggling for bites then i trick for you to try is reached for your catty because loose feeding can some times transform your peg by attracting fish into your swim and a way to cut out line bites is when you are tapping out your kinder pot keep it low to the water because even in this shallow water the fish rise to intercept it , to get around this feed balls of pellets or ground-bait almost level to the water to get them to the deck in one piece kind of like trying to sneak the bait in un-noticed .
By doing what i have described above will hopefully get you among the fish and if you can get the fish slurping against the far bank you can be on for a massive weight because you can catch the better fish closer to the island and plenty of them too . hope this helps a view people .