How to Fish Deep Snake Lakes

England’s Des Shipp explains how to unlock the margins on snake lakes

England’s Des Shipp explains how to unlock the margins on snake lakes

by Angling Times |

The majority of snake lakes are fairly uniform in terms of the contours under the water, typically made up of a deep central channel and shallow ledges close in and right across – but there are some exceptions.

Taking on a snake swim that’s got 4ft-plus of water tight to the far bank presents a lot of challenges. Here's how to overcome them...

Use a heavier float

You need the bait to get down fast but also have enough weight to hold back against, keeping a tight line. A 4x16 Carp Shallow is perfect.

Use a heavier float
Use a heavier float

Feed bigger pellets

Micro pellets sink too slowly. Use bigger, heavier pellets, namely wetted 4mm hard pellets fed via a small pot each drop in. These get down fast.

Feed bigger pellets
Feed bigger pellets

Bulk-shot your rig

There’s no point in trying to catch fish on the drop, so the shotting pattern needs to be quite crude, just a bulk of shot 1ins above the hooklength.

Bulk-shot your rig
Bulk-shot your rig

Fish soft elastic

Although I’m fishing positively, I don’t want to drag the fish in quickly. A soft elastic such as the 13 grade Dura Slip Hybrid is ideal for fish from 1lb to 5lb.

Fish soft elastic
Fish soft elastic

Search the swim

It’s still a little bit cold, so the fish aren’t always going to stay in one spot. If I stop getting bites, I’ll add a half extension and start a new line.

Search the swim
Search the swim

Try groundbait

Groundbait plays a part in deep water, fed as nuggets. When the swim fades, I’ll pop in a little ball of Thatcher’s Green and fish dead maggots.

Try groundbait
Try groundbait
Use these tips on your local snake lake and catch nets like this!
Use these tips on your local snake lake and catch nets like this!
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