Lee Green Angling Club
Hints and Tips

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Welcome to our Hints and Tips page. This page is designed to give answers to some of the many questions which arise about our favourite pastime. They are not necessarily a definitive answer but more of a general personal view by the writer.

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Q - Why do you use casters regularly in matches?

A - Because they are a natural bait that falls into the water and they also look like caddis grubs and snails etc that fish see on a regular basis and this in turn helps you to catch more fish. Casters fall through the water at different rates according to their colour(density) and are therefore more attractive to passing fish and this also helps when you attach a caster to your hook as this will fall through your swim at a different rate to the others and will look more natural. The darker the caster the more bouyant it becomes. Casters that reach the bottom of the lake sit on top of the silt and will not bury themselves like maggots do.

Bob E

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Q. - Where do you get the best casters?

A. - For good quality casters turn your own. If you have great faith in your tackle dealer then all well and good, but I trust nobody to do mine.

Always turn casters from fresh maggots and they will turn out to be crisper and plumper,and you will be in control as to whether you produce white/light brown/dark brown or a mixture of all of them.

Most casters come from white maggots. When you buy maggots they will be in different batches from the maggot farm, and your tackle dealer may place some older maggots in with fresh maggots. They could be half a day apart which means your maggots will turn at different times.

I also turn casters from red maggots but I always do them separately.

As soon as your maggots start to turn you must take care to run them though every hour even though to start with you may only get between 10-50 casters at a time. Make sure that you remove all skins/dead maggots and damaged casters all the time.

Most anglers don't have time to do their casters this way, so here is a way round it.

Buy your fresh maggots on Saturday and leave them in the fridge until Wednesday night. Then run them through a riddle and remove the dust, whether maize or sawdust, and any skins etc. Then put the maggots into fresh SAWDUST and very slightly dampen with a few finger flicks of water - too much and the maggots will crawl every where - and leave the maggots out in the open with lid on, just in case, until Thursday morning. Then run them through before you go to work. Take off any casters and then put your maggots back into the fridge with the lid on until you come home from work. Then take them out of the fridge and run them through the riddle 2 or 3 times before you go to bed. Then put them back into the fridge and repeat this until Saturday. If your not working of course you can leave the maggots out all day and run them through as many times as possible.

There are a few ways to keep your casters fresh and crispy

  • Place casters in a bait box and place some damp newspaper over the top of them and put them in the fridge
  • I prefer to place them in a good quality self seal bag and take all of the air out of the bag and place this inside a bait box for protection against fridge burn which can damage and shrink your casters.

Remember casters are alive,and you must keep them alive,so by turning your casters regularly, and filling up your plastic bag, you are continually giving them fresh air before resealing the bag. Every time you open the plastic bag give your casters a shake.

Wherever you get your casters from you must refresh them daily or they will go sour and this will kill your swim.

Bob E

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Q. - Why do you turn red maggots to casters separately?

A. - I like to turn red maggots separately because they turn pink/light red/dark red and eventually dark brown.

These can prove to be the deadliest bait of all over hemp and tares feed. A single or double caster on a 18/16 hook placed in one of the 3 fingers in your method feeder will increase your catch rate as a change bait.

Bob E

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Q. - What is the advantage of different coloured casters?

A. - We all find that we need to change our baits regularly during the day because the fish get wary or just want a change and an easy way to do it is with different colours.

Bob E

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Q - What is the 3 finger method?

A - I always do this when using the method. When using flat method feeders like the Korum I place method mix groundbait on my right hand fingers and push the feeder into this with my left hand. This leaves three distinct finger marks in your feed where you can place your hook bait before you put a final covering of groundbait over the top.

By having three finger marks you can vary where you place your hook bait and on the day this can be the difference between 50lb and 100lb of fish. How many times have you sat there wondering why you can only make contact with some of the bites when the angler in the next swim is bagging up? The next time this happens to you vary where you place the hook bait in your feeder and see the difference it can make. When you watch carp feeding they normally hit the ends of the feeder - not the middle - hence the shaking rod and false bite - so if you position the hook bait at various points in your feeder you will eventually find out where you get the quickest positive bite. Of course you may have to change this position as the day dictates.

Bob E

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