Cathing with fiddler using a paste. Steve Ringer
Glue – is a nozzle, on which you catch using only the plug, right? Well – you are wrong! I had a lot of fishings with filter and a paste as a nozzle. And now about how to do it…
Why does it work?
When you say a fisher about using a paste on a fiddler, his first thought will be: “Why would I want to do something so hard when even using plug fishing paste is already a problematic nozzle?” okay, I will try to explain, why you need it. When you are catching with a finder, you lure a spot with a regular filter lure of a big enough size. After some certain times of throwings, you will form a food spot on the bottom. Carp will come to this place of food, and will immediately start to eat it. I researched it and found out, that pretty often carp eats the lure and ignores any given nozzle (worms, pellets, boilies etc.). And how do you catch a fish in that situation? There is one answer – give the fish in the nozzle, the same food that it eats right now. And it bites softened lure on the bottom. That means that fish need paste!
What are the right spots?
As a rule, catching with a paste is better in not deep places. I achieved the best results while cathing using this nozzle, under the islands and in the shallows under the opposing shore, free from the fishers. I am not 100% sure, but I think that it happens because of that the carp in the summer, feed more actively in small heated places, like shallows near shores and algae. Underwater high grounds can also be a place of a successful paste fishing.
Fishing with a paste in a feeder
After I made my point from the place I catch, I stay there. It is vital to form a dense food spot with constant throwing the feeder in the same spot. Picking using a paste is very fast – I throw a new portion every 90 – 120 seconds. That way, I continuously Add new pieces of food to a place and don’t leave the hook for long at the bottom, because the paste quickly dissolves in the water. Also, you need to remember about the size of the used feeders. Usually, I start with big once. If I can’t catch anything, I go for the medium ones. Sometimes it can get to small one; it usually happens when fishing in the shallows. The feeding carp will not rate your work if he gets banged on the head with a big feeder.
Throwing – is a critical phase in cathing with feeder and a paste. If your Throw is fast and robust, the dough will always fly off the hook. Your throw should be smooth and accurate. So you need to make sure about that too.
Bait – paste or lure mix?
If you decided to catch fish that way, you need to determine, what kind of nozzle will you have. There are only two options – using a premade paste or a unique dry mix for making the dough, or using the same combination, as in the lure.
Paste from the lure mix. From my experience, I take a certain amount of dry mix, which should be enough for use as bait during the fishing. I put it in the can for mixing and add water more than regularly while mixing the lure. Also, I always stir the ix. After a few minutes of this manipulations, a regular luring mix gets a pasted look; Now it’s ready for use.
Paste from a unique mix. The second option, which I prefer more, is to take a unique combination to make a Ringers Green Bag-Up Mix paste. The green colour of the dough was chosen so it will blend with the pure tone of the same series. Fooling a careful fish in hardly pressed waters is vital. Also, the advantages of this unique mixes are that in the ready state it is thicker, then the paste from the lure. Because of that, it will hold better off the hook or hair. If you make it too soft, it will fly off, no matter how accurately you throw it.
Using the right feeders
Gear you use in paste fishing is the same as in the “regular” feeder fishing. After trying a giant model from different brands, I stopped at the net feeders from NISA and DRENNAN. I chose them because those models give the lure more effectively. It happens because of the contact with water in net feeders is at its maximum. In closed feeders, you don’t have this kind of touch with the water. The length of the leash – is a question which doesn’t have an answer. I don’t have a measure which would’ve always worked. As a rule, I start with a 12 inches (30 cm) leash and then change it if needed. From the hooks, I prefer Drennan Eyed Carp Feeder №12-№14 with the 0.18mm Shimano Antares Silk Shock line.
Lure – mix it properly
When I am planning fishing using a paste, I usually use two bags of new Ringers Dark Mix which is enough for the day. It has a green colour. It is made in the account of the fact that carp in shallows is pretty careful and the bait of another colour will scare it. I make my mix at night, one day before the fishing, then put it through the net three times to avoid having pieces. I try to make my lure very light, filled with air, and low nutrition value. While paste fishing I moist the trick, so it will begin to work and come out of the feeder immediately after getting to the bottom. It is essential to make a food blanket on the bottom, which will attract and hold the carp. Also, I don’t add any big particles – I don’t want the carp to eat the homogeneous lure and paste to feel like a bonus.
How to properly make a paste from dry mix
Put the dry mix for the dough making in the can for mixing.
Put a needed amount of water in the bag
Carefully and slowly pour water from the container in the dry mix
Energetically stir the mix with your fingers until you get a homogeneous mass. Don’t over moist it.
When you are finished, you will have a ready for use paste. As a rule, one bag of a dry mix should be enough for one fishing session.
How to correctly put the paste on the hook
And here is the tricky part! To catch using glue you need the hook and the nozzle to be at the bottom. And that can be pretty hard, as it is a flexible nozzle, wanting to fly off in each throw. So you need to do something so that the paste will have something to hold to during the throw.
The first thing you need to is to make a hair rod. You need to remember that the hair itself will be longer than in the standard rod. It is because of the strand having a significant amount of paste, and if you make it short, it will close the part of the hook, including the sting. And that is not good – that way you have fewer chances of catching a carp.
Second. You can’t just put the paste on the hair! It just doesn’t anything to hold on to, and it will fall off when throwing even faster, then from the hook. To solve this problem you have a few options: put on a hair a regular stopper in XL size and put some paste in it;
Use individual paste holders for hair (springs or nets from KORUM of other companies);
My favourite way – is to make a regular hair rod with 6-8mm pellets or 8mm boilies and then put the paste on it.
Which way is better?
As soon as the paste gets into the river, it begins to fall form the bare hair/spring faster, or slower, and soon you’ll end up with an empty hook on the bottom. But while using pellets/boilies, as the basis for the paste, you’ll eventually get some nozzle. After some time you’ll get a nice attractive pile of pellets/boilies in the fallen paste. To catch using an adhesive, fisher must believe in that nozzle. And that comes with the first catch! So, for a start, I would’ve recommended using pellets/boilies with paste. And after you believe in that nozzle, you’ll probably start using a bare stopper.