[QUOTE=Oneabung;272578][CENTER][CENTER][B][U]Another convert to the Magic of Marukyu[/U][/B][/CENTER]
[CENTER][CENTER]By Phil Walters

Seventeen year old Tom Greenwood from Worcester has become a huge fan of Marukyu baits and has recently developed a method that has seen him take some impressive catches from a number of different venues.


The Engineering student has constructed a float / cage feeder combination for fishing shallow at distance. Having tried ‘bagging wagglers’ that have a method-type feeder at the base, Tom found he couldn’t get a ground bait mix to suspend near the surface to hold fish shallow, but then he discovered Marukyu after visiting his local Cob House Fisheries. After trying a few of the Japanese ground baits, Tom has settled on his favourite mix of EFG 140 and 131 and mixes equal parts of each, incorporating a few capfuls of SFA 420 crayfish and sanagi liquid additive. On the day of our session, he mixed a bag of each of the ground baits and 6 caps of SFA 420 with water to a relatively dry consistency.


Tom’s homemade float is a length of thick balsa dowel to which he has attached a cylinder of wire mesh. The float attaches via a swivel attached to the wire cage which holds the dry mix far better than a method type feeder and is fixed by shots above another swivel to the hook length. Hookbait is alternated between banded pellet, Marukyu boilie or corn.


Having mixed his groundbait and rigged his float just 12” above his hook, Tom made a long cast to the middle of Laurel Pool and clipped up to the reel to set the required distance. He then attached a pellet via a hair-rigged band and made his first cast with the cage loosely loaded with his ground bait mix. As the float hit the water, disappeared and quickly bobbed back up, a cloud could clearly be seen where the ground bait had exploded on impact. A few seconds later fish could clearly be seen swirling just below the surface, the rig was quickly reeled in, re-loaded and sent hurtling back to exactly the same spot. Just one baited cast and the fish were already there!


Another cast was made. More swirls and the float disappeared . A missed bite. After a couple more casts, the first carp of the day washooked and landed, quickly followed by a succession of fish and missed bites with an occasional change to a Marukyu 15mm nori boilie for the odd larger carp.

Unaffected by the disturbance of the float splashing down time after time, the fish remained in a very tight area feeding constantly. On many of the casts, the float didn’t even re-appear after splash down – the fish seizing the pellet bait on impact. A mass of carp could clearly be seen circling the area hoovering the suspended particles released from the groundbait. Not long into the action, Tom reduced his depth to 6”, then just 4” as the fish competed to get to the bait as soon as it hit the water.

As he fished, Tom revealed that he had tried the method with groundbaits from other well known manafacturers, but none had brought him the same success as the Marukyu bait. ‘None of the others seem to suspend in the water as well as or as long as Marukyu and sink quickly, taking the fish down deeper and making it harder to hold them in a tight area’, he explained. He also explained why he mixes the bait to a relatively dry consistecy, saying , ‘If the bait is too wet it won’t explode on impact and remains in the cage causing the fish to mouth the float and give a false indication’.


Tom’s method works well in relatively calm conditions. In a windier situation, the particles from the ground bait will drift and fish may have to be followed with well-aimed casts, but they remain close to the surface for easy targeting. Amazingly, tom was using this method as early as late February and early March at Cob House and has even taken tench, fishing no more than 12 inches deep! At other venues, the method has also accounted for numerous chub.

[/SIZE] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=2]Young Tom plans to make adjustments to the float design as he occasionally has problems with casting in windy conditions and the swivel attachment sometimes causes tangles. There is no doubt though that the float, loaded with Marukyu ground bait and cast into open water is a sure-fire way of catching fish ‘up in the water’ and could give the match angler an advantage if carp are running shy on hard fished commercial waters.[/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE]