The principles of loosefeeding to fish shallow on the pole seem simple enough – fire in some pellets, lay the rig over the top and wait for the float to bury or for the elastic to be ripped out!
On fish-filled days this may be the case but, more often than not, you’ll need to mix the feeding up to get the best out of the peg.
That’s because the habits of the fish change from one minute to the next. They can move up and down in the water in a matter of seconds for no apparent reason – there can be too many fish in the peg to make catching them easy or, on the flipside, not enough to target. It’s even possible that the angler next door may ‘steal’ your fish by feeding in a more aggressive manner.
By all means, begin by being very regulated in your feeding regime, maintaining a constant amount of pellets being fired in.
You need to know when to change and feed more or less as the day goes on. If you stick to your rigid opening plan you’ll not get the most out of the session.
Draw in the fish
At the start, feed 6-8 pellets every drop-in, keeping the pattern reasonably tight to concentrate the noise of them landing and pull fish in.
Up your feed
If it’s obvious that there lots of fish present, feed more but don’t go mad. Give them just 12-15 pellets at a time to hold them in the swim.
Keep making noise
If the fish drop down, revert to 6-8 pellets or even less, but feed every 10 seconds to keep the noise of the bait hitting the water constant.
Keep it tight
Group the pellets tightly by using a cone-shaped catapult pouch. Don’t pull too hard on the elastic, as this spreads the feed.