A simple question to all the Bloggers: How often should you re-cast a rod/bait in a day?
I have no hard and fast rules on this one but generally speaking like to leave my swim as undisturbed as possible and pay far more attention to the time I re-cast.
Now I am a firm believer that recasting gets carp moving – usually away from the area being cast into. I try and make a point of casting when others aren’t and casting at the least productive time of the day. On most waters I have fished over the years most anglers appear to be doing their recasting up to a couple of hours after first light and a couple of hours before last light or even right on first and last light.
If most are casting then I will leave my rigs in place and simply shake off any sediment which may have built up on the line whilst at the same time slackening the lines a little if the bobbins have crept up with drift. I love it when I can be on a lake where most follow suit and cast at similar times. The fish get moving again and invariably end up in an area where there aren’t any leads going in – i.e. my swim. This is a terrific way of getting other anglers to help your own fishing.
These days I tend to re-cast around the lunch time period if the water doesn’t usually produce then preferring to leave my baits and rigs in place from the previous lunch. If I was happy with the cast the previous day why should I be un-happy about that same cast the following day? As I said I would much rather leave everything in place undisturbed when fishing over bait.
When single hook bait fishing or with bags and stringers I tend to cast more often but this is very much down to how it ‘feels’ on the day.
There is a situation I often remind myself of which I must admit creates havoc with my brain. Years ago whilst eyeball to eyeball stalking on a pressured water I was amazed to see the carp come in and suss the hook bait then never go anywhere near it or re-examine it again. This was on a water with absolute gin clarity. I could easily see my free lined bait down the shelf.
If I lifted the bait out and lowered it back in again even if only a few inches away from the previous position the fish would come and re-inspect it and so-on. Never would they re-check a bait once one of them had sussed it out which also proved to me that they communicate with each other a lot more than we perhaps realise.
This phenomena is always at the back of my mind and is the one thing I often have doubts about when leaving baits out for quite long periods. Having said that though I still prefer to leave the baits where they are once I have managed to get them where I want them.
The only time I break my own rules these days is if I am absolutely positive the carp have visited the area several times without tricking one. In this case I will re-cast but always with a different rig or hook bait presentation. I see little point in re-casting something they have already refused.
I would be interested to hear the views of others on this one.