How to ledger
Ledgering is a method of fishing using a weight on the line to aid casting and get your bait to the lake/river bed.
There are many variations of this method depending on species, type of water and conditions. But i will cover the basics for each category above, coarse, carp, barbel and pike for the moment (i hope to expand the coarse category to different species in the future).
Ledgering can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it, i like to keep things simple so here goes.
Basic, general ledgering setup
Suitable for carp and larger coarse fish.
You will need two bank sticks, one rubber screw in butt rest, one plastic front rest, one bite indicator (these come in many forms swingers, hangers, bobbins or monkey climbers) the choice is yours but swingers and monkey climbers are better in windy conditions.
Electronic bite alarms are not essential, more of a luxury or for night fishing, so if your budget allows then get one. Rod required, for larger fish a test curve of 2.5lb minimum. For smaller fish a test curve of 1.5 to 2.
The basic setup will look something like this See image.
After casting, sink your line by submerging the tip of your rod in the water and slowly winding your reel. When all your line has sunk place the rod on the rests, where possible point the rod towards the area you intend to fish, this is not essential but will cut down resistance when a fish takes. Keep the rod tip as close to the water as possible, this reduces the effect of wind on your line. Height from the ground is personal but keep it as low as possible but comfortable for striking. The bite indicator should be clipped onto the line and set so it can fall as well as rise, in case a fish pulls your rig towards you (called drop back). If you are using a free spool type reel make sure its engaged. Never leave the ratchet on the reel in the lock position unless you are using a free spool reel, if you use a normal fixed spool reel, attach a line clip, some rods come with this or place a rubber band on the butt section of your rod just in front of your reel. Then after you have cast out pull a small loop of line through the clip or rubber band and open your bail arm, this will allow the fish to take line and not pull your rod in. See image. Lastly turn on your electronic alarm if using one, please do this last as it is very annoying to other anglers when your alarm keeps bleeping whilst setting up.
Ledgering with a light quiver tip rod
Ledgering with a quiver tip rod is suitable for all coarse, fish except pike.
You will need two bank sticks, one rubber screw in butt rest and one feeder rest. Set your bank sticks up so your rod sits at approximately ninety degree angle to where you are going to fish, the tip is used for bite registration so the closer to ninety degrees the better the indication.
After casting, place the rod in the rests and wait for the line to go slack, this means your on the bottom. Slowly wind your reel to put a slight bend in the tip. Remember to keep the rod at approximately ninety degrees to your target and the tip as close to the water as possible, this reduces the effect of wind on your line. Height from the ground is personal but keep it as low as possible but comfortable for striking. The basic setup will look something like this See image.
Ledgering with a heavier Avon style feeder rod
Ledgering with an Avon style feeder rod is suitable for use mainly on larger, faster flowing rivers for most coarse fish especially barbel and chub.
You will need two bank sticks one of which needs to be long, one rubber screw in butt rest and one feeder rest or large open front rest. Because of the stronger flow, weed beds or both that you could incounter on larger rivers you will need to keep as much of your line out of the water as possible, to stop the flow pulling your rig out of position See image. Alternatively, directly after casting play out some line creating a bow this will also help hold your rig in position. Place your rod in the rests and adjust if nessacary, you can also use an alarm if you wish allowing you more freedom to watch the river.
If you are fishing the near bank, a shallow or slow flowing river then the height is not so important.
I will be adding to this section in the future but in the mean time if your require any more information please contact me.
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