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   Old Thread  #13 25 Feb 2021 at 8.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I used to do the same, huge rudd and crusians used to go mad for a floating caster
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   Old Thread  #12 24 Feb 2021 at 6.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Same for me. The idea of using casters is that they do not wriggle and attract smaller fish, used by matchmnen for donkeys, more selective with the bigger fish

Casters take some serious looking after, they need to be kept in air type bags or covered in water to stop them drying out and floating. In my match days as a youth I used to dry them out purposely on a water that held Rudd, big Rudd up to a couple of pounds plus some of them, used to go nuts for them and absolutely hammer them out, mass of swirling boils!

Now imagine using those on a carp water, different or what

And the anglers going mad becuase they wonít take his dog biscuit hookbait thatís sat amongst them
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   Old Thread  #11 24 Feb 2021 at 6.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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trying it friday fingers crossed it makes a difference.
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   Old Thread  #10 23 Feb 2021 at 9.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree. It's amazing how little small roach will eat if it is sitting still on the bottom and not falling through the water. A PVA bag of casters will be less bothered by nuisance fish than the OP fears.

Makes me wonder why I leger for 99% of the time!
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   Old Thread  #9 22 Feb 2021 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Always found it helped getting them on the bottom as quick as possible as reduced the attention of the small fish hanging in the upper layers. I know they all feed off the bottom but made a big difference when watching from a tree if I lowered in with a bag or bait dropper or chucked them in by hand
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   Old Thread  #8 22 Feb 2021 at 3.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Casters are a very good bait, carp love them, but so does just about every other species.

Want quality roach, fish casters.
Want decent bream, fish casters.

You are hoping the carp would get to them first.
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   Old Thread  #7 22 Feb 2021 at 12.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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very similar to by situation xD
21 sessions done last year and already 5 (days only) sessions this year and still no carp, 3 bin lib bream of around 7-8lb but no carp. i figured i had the bream on boillie crumb,chops and whole so if im catching them on that casters wont be an issue.
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   Old Thread  #6 22 Feb 2021 at 12.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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TBH it was a bit of a last resort for me, nothing was happening on standard tactics (apart from Bream and Tench), I sussed out they were on the naturals so gave it a go, couldn't have got ay worse
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   Old Thread  #5 22 Feb 2021 at 9.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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this is my worry. i may give it a go anyway and see what happens.
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   Old Thread  #4 22 Feb 2021 at 9.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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it may be worth a few sessions to try it then. with the water temps coming up as spring get closer the natural food larder will only get larger.
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   Old Thread  #3 22 Feb 2021 at 9.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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On a lake I fished that was very tricky, lots of out of bounds, big shoals of double figure bream and an unknown carp stock, I only started getting takes once I started using casters as loose feed fishing a tiger over the top. I'll never know if there was anything left by the time I had the takes and was it just a single tiger that was doing the do but as usual it's a confidence thing so I went with it. The next night I tried it I had 5 takes which is more than most folks were getting in a season, so who knows.
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   Old Thread  #2 22 Feb 2021 at 9.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You'll get hammered by the other species imo mate.
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   Old Thread  #1 22 Feb 2021 at 9.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
been looking into casters, the lake i fish contains some large bream/tech/roach but is crammed full of natural food, ive been struggling to get my first carp from this water and im considering using casters.
i cant decide weather is a mistake as i could get hammered by nuisance fish or possibly an edge.

if anyone has any input id appreciate it.

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