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Monday Top 5 - Spodding/Spombing Tips

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Monday Top 5 - Spodding/Spombing Tips

Spodding/Spombing has revolutionised our ability to accurately feed our chosen fishing spot with even the smallest lightest food items at extreme range. This is all done with maximum efficiency, ensuring minimal bait is wasted, and keeping your bait from landing where you don’t want it. It also means that pulling your hair out because seagulls are eating every freebie you fire out on your spot via a catapult or throwing stick is now a thing of the past. This awesome method of feeding can be used for everything from carp to bream and even pike, so here’s 5 tips to help you with your spodding/spombing…

The Gear

 width= As you are going to be launching something that can weigh up to 10ozs when full, you need to make sure your gear is 100% up to the job, and that when you come to cast you can hit it as hard as you can with ultimate faith in your tackle. Let's face it, who wants to be cracking off a £12 spod or spomb into the lake, never to be seen again? A designated spod or spod/marker rod is needed. When fishing at extreme ranges, for example over 100 yards, then look at ‘distance’ spod rods. Spod rods have a high test curve, e.g. 5.5lb, which means they have the ability to cope with the force of the cast and help to accurately propel your spomb to its chosen mark. You can, however, use a carp rod with smaller spods and spombs as they weigh less and are perfect for baiting up at shorter ranges with standard carp rods. Always use a shockleader when casting a spod or spomb, again to help reduce the chance of a crack off. A 50lb braided leader is perfect. Your mainline for spodding can be either a dedicated floating spod braid or in more recent times a lighter mono such as 10lb which can be easier to work with for some anglers with less chance of wind knots and braided line tangles. Finally a dedicated spod reel (most are marked as spod reels by their respective manufacturers) is a must especially when working at 70-100 yards+, these have a great rate of retrive meaning you aren’t having to risk overuse injuries from cranking your reel handle 100 times to retrieve every time you cast your spod/spomb.

The Mix

 width= What you put in your spod/spomb is obviously important, not only from an attraction perspective, but also from the perspective of an aerodynamic cast, too. Lighter particles such as maggots can impact the castability of your spod/spomb, while overly loose or wet mixes can spill out the back of a spod, meaning that you may need to plug the top of your spod with groundbait. As a general rule I employ a spomb and a simple corn, hemp, boilie, chopped boilie and pellet approach for both carp, tench and bream all year round. I tend to soak the mix in liquids, which help create a slick, and indicate when fish are feeding on my spot, so if I were to use a spod I would need to add groundbait to stodge up the mix to ensure it doesn’t spill in flight. What you choose to use is limited only by your imagination; just ensure it suits the range you're fishing, your choice of spod/spomb, and the species you are targeting.

The Drop

 width= This is all important; ensure that prior to casting you have the drop (the length of line between your rod tip and spod/spomb) at the same length as where the spigot is on your rod (usually 6ft); this is optimum for both distance and accuracy. A shorter drop can lead to crack off and inaccuracy. Other considerations prior to casting are that you have a finger stall to avoid injury from the line, and that you have your line free and not wrapped around the tip ring.

The Spot

 width= Spodding/Spombing is all about fishing a spot. This can be a clear area in amongst weed, in which case you need to be extremely accurate, using the line clip and casting to a far bank marker repeatedly to form a tight area on which you can present your rig or, alternatively, an awesome tactic on cleaner lake beds such as silt is to spomb in a horizontal line at the same range, using the clip, and cast three rods at either end and the middle of this line. This allows the fish to move around your swim which often helps not only in them treating the area with less caution, but is something they are not used to seeing as much as a concentrated ultra accurate area of baiting. Also consider the depth of your spot. I alter my spod range to 1ft shorter for every 3ft of water on the spot I'm fishing. This can be adjusted via distance sticks. This will ensure you're baiting accurately to where your rigs are landing.

The Timing Think about when you choose to put bait out, and how much. I generally start the session with 7 spombs/spods of bait on a spot. I will top up with 3 spombs every fish. I will not spomb during bite time (this can vary on each lake and with the time of year) but I will constantly watch the water for signs that I still have bait out there; if the birds dive on my bait in the morning I know there's still bait there. If I see fizzing or bubbling over my spot or a fish crash near it, I won't spod/spomb, especially in shallow water.

I hope the following tips help you the next time you pick up your spod/spomb rod.

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