View Full Version : Fishing in WEED!!

13-11-2000, 22:14
ello everyone,

started fishing a very weedy lake and i have found a small gravel bar but am having trouble putting my baits
on it, i am not too sure wether they are sitting in the weed or on the bar!! most probably in the weed!!

anyone got any suggestions on how to cope with loads of weed..

cheers lads

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Dan on 13/11/00 10:18 PM.</FONT></P>

14-11-2000, 11:57
if it is within range i can only suggest buying a bloody great sack of vitalin from the pet shop and pile it in,i have witnessed fish going absaloutley crazy on the stuff,they will soon rip up the bottom for you.

14-11-2000, 18:17
Vitalin is better than Naplam for clearing weed,carp love it.If you are casting on to what you think is a gravel bar put your finger on the spool just as the lead hits the water and then hold the rod high in the air and try to feel the lead hit the gravel.If the lead lands on gravel you will feel a distinct bang on the rod.If you feel nothing then you have either landed in weed or silt.Try it and you will soon get the hang of it.

14-11-2000, 20:00
cheers lads, what about that dissolving pop up foam that supposidly stops your
hookbaits from being masked in the weed, when u cast in, anyone used it,
any views on it??

15-11-2000, 12:03

15-11-2000, 12:55
bar the normal bog standard pva tricks,there is the microwaved baits option,certain baits react differently in the microwave and you will find a lot of them sink after a short while,especially the heavier mixes like active8 will float for 10 mins then gradually fall to the bottom,so you have a light weight bait on the bottom and you avoid the weed ,Bonza

15-11-2000, 15:01
Don't even think about buying that foam cos as you said its only packaging and I'm sure we all know someone who can get hold of it! But I will say I think the stuff is the dogs nuts, and use it religiously especially on weedy lakes, and have had good results using it on a few heavily weeded lakes. The trick is putting it on properly, and it then means when you do find your clear area you can afford to pull back slightly just to check you are on it. It also makes a useful marker in calm conditions for baiting up, so a marker rod isn't needed. So less disturbance, and therefore the odd extra fish on the bank. Every little bit helps!! So if you haven't already, then give the legendary "white things" a try!

15-11-2000, 17:31
I find it comes off as soon as it hits the water.....is there a special way of hooking it?



15-11-2000, 18:51
there is the paratrooper rig, but i think a certain degree of confidence is needed when fishing this rig. it helps to know the depth of the weed, type of weed, size of weedbed etc.

of course, the best rig in the world is useless if the fish are not where your bait is...

15-11-2000, 18:55
Not exactly a "special way", but just pinch it down so most of the air is out of it, then double it over and hook it onto the hook. And unless you are using 50mm donkey chocker baits it will still hold up your rig above the weed/silt and allow you to pull back, but because it is doubled over it will not come off when the lead hits the water.
Proper job! Good Luck!

17-11-2000, 13:09

The best way of keeping it on is to squeeze it and then hook it or double it over, this should keep it on a bit longer.

Is it exactly the same as packaging foam, as the packaging stuff I've got doesn't seem to dissolve completly and sometimes leaves some white residue on the hook which I've never noticed with the sloar stuff

24-08-2006, 20:03
Have times changed much over the last 5years ?

And where have these poster gone ?


24-08-2006, 20:30
for PVA foam get down your local early learning centre ask for magic maize cheap as chips for a big bag multi coloured too ! http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif

24-08-2006, 20:39
to keep my rigs clear of weed i buy some large pva bags and fill them a third the way with a groundbait of you own choice, then place ur hook bait inside the bag, fill another third full, and then put it the weight (use a short hooklink) then fill the rest up with the final third of groundbait. seal it up and cast out. you can cast this rig right on top of weed cus when the bag dissolves its just settles on top of the weed and leave a bed of bait on top of the weed along with your hook bait.

hope this helps m8


24-08-2006, 20:58
Thank god you've gone... http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif

24-08-2006, 21:29
boat !

25-08-2006, 08:26
I find that licking one end of the foam nugget starts to melt it slightly. At that point, wrap it around the shank of the hook, which then covers the point. The wet end of the foam welds itself to the dry end and this seems to be enough to keep it around the hook on big chucks.

On another point if you're fishing such heavy weed, are you sure you can get fish out of it should you actually get a take? The weed on my local syndicate is so thick it opened up a rig ring whilst trying to retrieve my marker float http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/shocked.gif I decided I had no chance in hell of landing a fish from the bank if the weed was that thick. Maybe that's me being niaive, but I assumed if I couldn't rettrieve a marker float, what chance landing a carp????


25-08-2006, 10:25
Hi chris fancy meeting you on here!. I have to agree with you on that. As I said to you the other day up the woods lake. I lost a complete marker set up in that weed and yet people are still trying to catch them from it. Not a good senario. I think its time to consider closing some of those swims for the sake of the fish.

Just the thought of losing one of those fish is enough to make me look at other areas. Some people can't seem to adapt though.

25-08-2006, 12:00
Still here http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

25-08-2006, 15:42

It's intersting to see who is around still, of course it's intesting to note the nature of angler posting now.

There was a time when you just knew better than to fish in heavy weed and did not need a lecture on Fish care and welfare ?


28-08-2006, 20:32
Can someone enlighten me as to what the paratrooper rig is?



29-08-2006, 11:35
i think you'll find i'm still hear.. still handing down snippets of my vast knowledge http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif

changed my oponion since then.. get on the rig foam !! http://www.cemexangling.co.uk/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif