Freelining

Strictly speaking freelining is not really legering, but because If is normally employed using a leger rod and does not involve the use of a Boat, I have included il in this article. Freelining. As the name suggests, is simply a method of presenting the fish with a bailed hook on the end of a line using no additional weight. This is a method for catching the larger species of fish because the bait has to be heavy enough to be cast without additional weight. In lakes it is an effective way of catching tench and carp. Bites are easily delected by watching the point where the line enters the water. As a fish picks up the bait the line will start twitching and then the bow in the line between the rod and the water will begin to lift and tighten.

In a river freelining can be a deadly way of catching chub, especially in the shallows. A large knob of checsepaste or a big wad of bread flake moulded round the hook will often be grabbed so violently as it trundles along with the current that the rod is nearly pulled from your grasp.

A slight variation of freelining is to use floating bails for fish feeding on the surface. The classic example of this is using a floating crust to catch carp in a lake. A piece of breadcrust is fastened on to the hook and cast out on to the surface of the lake. This is a very exciting method of” fishing. Especially when you notice a large carp slowly circling round below your bait. It is tempting to strike too soon when you actually see the carp open its mouth and suck in your breadcrusl. Control your strike until the fish turns and your line pulls across the surface. Having pulled hooks straight out of the mouths of several carp by striking too eagerly, I speak with experience on this point.