FEATURE LIQUID FEEDING

D I LIQU ! t a e and m DIET
ANGLER PROFILE
Name: Ant Rogers Age: 27 Sponsor: Preston Innovations/ sonubaits.com Lives: Staffordshire

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What Is It?
A few pellets, a handful of corn, a big glug of liquid and a sizeable lump of red meat on the hook – sounds like an unusual concoction, doesn’t it? Well, Ant Rogers has been feeding this way for some time now and believes he has hit on the perfect recipe for success. If his recent form at Woodland View is anything to go by then who are we to argue? Three days before shooting this feature, Ant recorded a 152lb framing weight of hard-fighting carp in poor weather conditions after several days of cold rain. In fact, Ant reckons the weather was so bad that he only caught properly for the first three hours. One can safely predict that once the water warms up properly, so too will the action. Ant has been perfecting this technique for a few years now and, to date, his best weight is 197lb in a 3½hr evening match. Watching him in action you soon realise it won’t be long before that 200lb barrier gets blown away, so we’ll let Ant take you through his method…

VENUE PROFILE
Fishery: Woodland View Location: Droitwich, Worcestershire Contact: 01905 620872 www.woodlandviewfishery.co.uk

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for a season or two. five-hour match I aim for 20 or more carp to reach my 100lb target weight. the fish often dragged the elastic out on the take but the fish seem to have wised up a lot more now. Back then. Any meat that is unused gets refrozen. is easier to strike through and fools bigger fish. the better. you could easily get through the fishery’s 10-tin limit of corn. I have had success with red dye when bottom fishing. as far as I am concerned.com version is perfect. and this is when I stumbled across the importance of feeding liquids. You don’t really want these nuisance fish. I learnt a lot from Ian before perfecting my own take on the method.The Method Fishing big cubes of red-coloured meat is synonymous with Woodland View Fishery. The Hook Bait Soft meat is vital – it is taken more confidently. and from that day on liquids have been a crucial part of my feeding strategy. For that reason you need a liquid that is denser than water so it will sink quickly to the floor. bag it up and freeze it. I know some anglers who are just feeding liquids now. I use cheap Ye Olde Oak ham and start to prepare it several days in advance of a match. I suppose a guy called Kevin Slade started it all off when he took this water apart with his aggressive feeding strategy. On one match I ran out of bait with 90 minutes to go. but it can drift out of the peg on a windy day so I tend to stick to just CSL these days. The fish in this venue are very active and seem to sit off the bottom searching for food. July ’07 matchfishing 111 P110-113_MF_liquid diet. also score well. was almost unbeatable. You are not allowed to feed meat at this venue so I use it purely as a hook bait. using this method: Slice up a tin of meat with a knife and place the cubes in a polythene bag with plenty of air inside. a capful of sonubaits. Don’t let the size put you off. and do this every day until the weekend. I tend to take three sizes of cubes with me which range from 1cm offerings to 1in gobstoppers. Nowadays I still bring my limit of corn but the liquid makes it last so much longer. When the fish were feeding well. in anything from three to eight feet of water. Shake it all up again. Before realising the effectiveness of liquids I would often find myself needing to feed up to a whole 250ml pot of corn after every single fish. More importantly. The size of the meat varies but usually the bigger it is. where I am today. Next day. To give it an added kick I add a squirt of sonubaits. The more the meat is frozen and thawed the softer it gets. Some anglers use diluted liquids that disperse immediately. which equates to just four fish an hour. In a typical. defrost it fully before refreezing it. however – it’s the big carp that I target. A column of liquid flavouring in the swim is a massive fish attractor in its own right and really helps to bulk out your feed. This may seem a bit drastic but it was often necessary with this attacking. and a good squirt of the same brand of red dye.indd 2 13/6/07 13:09:15 . This is a major by-product of cornstarch processing and is a natural source of betaine. Shake the bag vigorously for at least five minutes until the corners of the meat have gone and it is coated white with the fat. which has seen me chalk up plenty of results at this time of year. After much experimentation I have settled on corn steep liquor (CSL). Two small CSL bottles should be more than enough to last me a session. He would fill it in with big pots of bait. pellets and the all-important liquid. All I had left was a handful of corn. In order to make my feed last to the end I experimented with feeding a big glug of liquid with a pinch of bait every time I cupped in. for catching shallow. Combine that with a few fish late on down the margins and you can quickly amass a big weight. fish love the stuff! I like to use neat CSL that has not been watered down and the sonubaits. Add 150ml of CSL. and Woodland View seems to be where they have taken off the most. I couldn’t believe how well the fish responded to it.com Strawberry flavouring. big-bait method. This is when coloured dyes. This tactic normally involves fishing no more than eight metres out and presenting a large cube of very soft meat over the top of a bed of corn. a few casters and a bottle of liquid flavouring. A friend of mine called Ian Lockley was the first person to show me a more refined approach. Liquid Diet Liquids are the next frontier in match fishing. particularly red and black. If a fish takes this it’s probably a big one! The thick liquid clings to the corn and sinks to the bottom. because even small fish will suck it in. with no solid feed other than the hook bait! I like to fish this method on the bottom. fish a massive chunk of meat over the top and haul the carp out on relatively crude gear. A pot of feed helped force them down long enough to catch one before you had to repeat the process.com Strawberry and Tutti Frutti flavourings before starting. He used smaller cubes of meat and a more cautious feeding policy and. The meat stands out as a large target bait among the feed and the bigger carp home in on it readily.

I set up two identical rigs.17mm PowerLine to size 15h Hollo elastic and a Pulla Kit. This is shotted with a bulk of four No8 and one No11 Stotz. I tend to fish about seven or eight metres out during the day. If there are lots of silly bites and liners I tend to ‘sneak’ the bait in a bit quieter. This is an instant method. The float Durafloat 7s acts merely as an indicator cover so I use a slim 4x14 everything. Line is 0. but one has three inches of line above the float for good conditions while the other has six inches for rougher weather. This is close enough to keep the fish settled without spooking them by playing hooked fish right over their heads. This straight pattern keeps its point better than a curved one. I have tried hair rigging but found it leads to foul-hooked fish. Further top-ups are generally done with a quarter of a pot after every fish or every couple of missed bites. Presentation 03 … before the all-important CSL liquid is added. How I top up depends on what’s going on under the surface. I then add a big gloop of juice before potting it in.com Commercial Feed Pellets topped off with enough corn to half fill a 250ml pot. I fish at dead depth with the shot taking the float to the base of the bristle and the meat acting as the last dropper. If there are few signs of activity I keep making a bit of noise when I top up. 01 A smattering of sonubaits. I bury a large.FEATURE LIQUID FEEDING ANT’S FEED RECIPE Feeding I always start off with a handful of the fishery’s new sonubaits. I tend to make a bit of noise with the cup to attract the fish’s interests at the start. you often only need a few big fish every hour to stay in contention. I will step up to 17h Hollo in the evenings or if I am really bagging. Ant rarely adds sections once a fish is hooked. or further away if it is hard. and I expect to catch a carp straight after feeding. Meat is a heavy hook bait and doesn’t need any help to get down to the bottom Two slim 4x14 and stay there. and a section closer in for an evening match. 112 matchfishing July ’07 P110-113_MF_liquid diet. A big chunk of meat is the target bait. I start with it 12 inches from the hook but will move it closer if I am suffering from liners. regardless of depth. The bulk is essential as it helps you to read the float and distinguish the true bites from the liners.com Commercial Feed Pellets… You might not always catch on it all day but it can give you a massive head start in a match. Remember. size 12 PR21 hook inside. Durafloat 7. Instead. You might not always catch on it all day but it can give you a massive head start in a match.indd 3 13/6/07 13:09:24 . 02 … plus a handful of washed corn… The red-meat hook bait stands out like a beacon among a bed of corn.

Learning to read what is a bite and what is a liner is half the battle. A positive strike will often see you connect with the fish several feet off the bottom. You will miss bites with this method but perseverance is the key. and if you haven’t already tried feeding liquids with your bait then what are you waiting for? You could be missing out on some redhot action this summer – just don’t tell everyone about it! Now is the perfect time to get on the red meat and CSL if you want a net like this! July ’07 matchfishing 113 P110-113_MF_liquid diet. take your hook bait and swim straight back up again. Anything that charges off and doesn’t get turned by my 15h Hollo elastic is normally foul hooked and will probably come off whether I follow it out or not. The carp weren’t as big as I’d hoped. These are super-strong sections that fit all of the company’s Genis poles and are perfect for this method. and my first seven fish were lean two-pounders before I finally connected with a proper 6lb ‘meat fish’. I very rarely add sections to chase a hooked fish.indd 4 13/6/07 13:10:04 . a short No4 and my top kit.Strike! Most carp methods require little more than a gentle lift to set the hook but this method is a bit different. Topping up with a small amount of corn and a squeeze of liquid after every fish improved things as the session went on. leaving me to concentrate on the bigger specimens. In match conditions the fish would be more evenly spread. Catching on big lumps of meat is one of the most exciting methods there is. I tend to use two or three Striker sections. but the hook is normally in the fish’s mouth – unless you strike swiftly you’ll never know! The ricochet caused after striking fast with a short pole is a recipe for breakages. but that often happens when you have the lake to yourself. The Session Bites came after just 20 seconds. The fish take the bait so fast that you will miss too many bites with a slow lift. and I managed more than my 20-carp target. Quite often a carp will swim down. so that’s why Preston has developed Striker sections. along with a smattering of smaller F1s and tench. You could be led into thinking you have foul hooked a fish.

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