FL12Sept - Page 162

A Question of Bait
By Mark McKenna
Send in your questions and Mark will answer them each month in this great new series.
I’m thinking about targeting a
local lake during the autumn
and wondered if you have any
advice on bait application you
can give me?
Many of us reduce the miles we
travel to fish when the nights start to
draw in for good reason especially if
like me you’re often pitching up
straight from work and would rather
set up in daylight, if possible after
having a good look round, even if the
afternoon isn’t the best time to go
If you’re fishing a local water you
can have a good walk round the night
before or in the early morning before
work and get down in the evening
with a better idea of what’s occurring
and where they are likely to be and
possibly even apply a little bait to
some likely looking areas that you
can flick baits to with lines marked or
clipped prior to your arrival. The better you prepare for your sessions the
more productive they will be.
Part of this preparation can be to
prime a few spots with a bit of bait
and you will know where to put it as
there are often known autumn feeding areas. Take advantage of any
visual giveaways from the fish but
also keep a sharp eye on the wildlife
as it will tell you where bait’s been
going and where the natural food is.
You can often find fish without ever
seeing them by observing the insectivorous birds gorging themselves on
a hatch prior to departing for sunnier
climes and you may find that the resident seagulls find the feast irresistible too and they will tell you with
pin point accuracy where exactly it’s
going down as they take emerging
insects off the surface right on the
Fish that have been a bit finicky
during the summer will now start to


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