How to catch silvers on snake lakes

Ryan Whilton explains how to enjoy all-day action for big weights

How to catch silvers on snake lakes

by Angling Times |

Snake lakes are dominated by F1s. They’re a great fish when they’re feeding, but a species that can go missing for no reason and leave you sat there biteless and willing the float to go under.

By targeting a different species, though, bites can be guaranteed, with a surprisingly big net of fish the end result. Here's how to target snake lake silvers...

Note the depth

My top kits are marked an inch at a time, so that I always know how deep I’m fishing at. My starting depth, in 3ft of water, is around 14ins.

Note the depth
Note the depth

Pick a dibber

I fish a dibber, handmade by Sheffield float maker Dave Pearson, and the 0.1g model is just 3ins long, which in turn allows me to fish very shallow.

Pick a dibber
Pick a dibber

Band casters

Casters have the knack of catching a better stamp of silvers. I fish a single caster in a Maver micro bait band for better presentation.

Band casters
Band casters

DIY your catapult

I stopped my catty elastic breaking by using the latex that scuba divers use to tie themselves to coral reefs in strong tides.

DIY your catapult
DIY your catapult

Soft elastics rule!

For speed I fish a short top kit and run Daiwa’s blue grade Hybridlastic through it, which is around a No5-8. This will handle rogue carp and F1s.

Soft elastics rule!
Soft elastics rule!

Try an additive

I’ve got confidence in Evolved Baits’ Choco Amino liquid to go on the casters. For three pints of casters a teaspoonful of the liquid is ample.

Try an additive
Try an additive
Huge weights of silvers are possible now
Huge weights of silvers are possible now
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