Experiments with the lift method

The recent fabulous weather has certainly brought anglers onto the bank, with local fisheries reporting full pegs and lots of quality fish making an appearance.

Thefish have also appreciated the sunshine with carp moving into spawning mode.

They’ve been crashing about in weed beds and thrashing against reed stems, totally oblivious to any anglers baits. From a favourite peg, I watched three large carp splash and roll virtually under my feet in a spawning frenzy, they were so oblivious to me, I could have scooped them into the landing net. They’re going to be really hungry in a little while!

I’ve been fishing the margins, experimenting with the lift method, targeting tench and crucians. The lift method seems to have gone out of fashion, but like most old techniques, still works really well.

The float I’ve been using is an unweighted Drennan Crystal, attached to the main line at the bottom only, I use a piece of silicon tubing, although float stops or tail rubbers work just as well.

Pinch on just one shot about two inches from the hook, setting the depth to around eight inches over-depth.

When you cast out, the float should lay on the surface with the shot acting as an anchor.

Sink the line and with the rod tip just under the water’s surface put the rod onto two rests. You then gently reel in line until the float cocks.

Bites are easy to spot, with the float lifting out of the water or sometimes just sliding away. Don’t wait for the float to lift and lie flat on the surface, because the fish will be able to feel the weight of the unsupported shot.

You can’t cast the float very far, so look to fish reed beds or close to bankside vegetation.

When casting out, I stop the float just before it hits the water by trapping the line onto the spool with my finger, this causes the shot to land in front of the float.

It looks strange having a largeish shot so close to the hook, something we usually try to avoid, but it does work.

Balance the shot to the float and you’ll be surprised how effective the lift method is.