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12 Dec 2016
by CARPology
Can you really cast your rig to an area the size of a dinner plate?
Fed up of listening with bleeding ears to the lake bore who knows absolutely everything and everything?

The myth

‘Your casting prowess is second-to-none and you are king of the pond when it comes to putting a bait on the money every time. You state that you are fishing a spot about the size of a bin lid and the comment that you’ve put three spods “down the same hole” and the rig on top impresses everyone… but how accurate are you really?’

The reality

“The first thing I’d say is that no one is that accurate, or if they are, the chances are it is more by luck. Judging a cast to land in an identical place every time is like throwing a treble 20 every pop. It doesn’t happen. Your casts may look very similar from the bank but trust me, when you are on the bank looking across water it isn’t. Although of course that depends what you think ‘bang-on’ is. To hear some people talk about how accurate they are and what’s below the surface you would think they were a surveyor, engineer or precision watchmaker. The simple fact is, that when you cast out for a second time the rig/bait/spod will land in a slightly different place. The other thing is that when a spod/Spomb hits the water, the bait spreads out in a cone below it. The more you put in, the wider the area, so if a Spomb of pellets spreads to 18-inches wide in 8ft, the chances are even if you were mega accurate and got some overlap, it will be three clumps or an area of 3ft diameter.

“Remember: the more bait you put in, the bigger the dinner plate, and the wider the spread equals the more accurate you will be as the drop zone is much, much bigger. The lads you see putting buckets in are always on the money because the size of the baited area is unm-issable. Up your chances by upping your bait.”

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