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Spodding by Kev Robinson

Using a spod is sometimes the only way of accurately baiting at range with particles. (I say sometimes, as you could use a baitboat!). Baits such as hemp, trout pellet, partiblend & multimass are all fairly small & light - no way would you be able to catapult them very far at all. On waters that haven't seen a lot of spodding before, the fish should respond well to bed of bait at range, as it's something new to them, they don't expect it to be there.

trout pellets

Trout Pellets - a popular choice for spodding

As far as spodding equipment goes, you will need some pretty specialised kit. To start with a spod full of your favourite bait can weigh between 8-12oz, you don't really want to be heaving that lot out on your top-notch Carp rods! Gardner Tackle have recently released the Pocket - Rocket which is a small spod that can be used with 'normal' Carp gear. (The little yellow dude, far left below).

Gardner Tackle-spods    Gardner Tackle-spods

Various types of spod. Pocket Rocket, Particle Bullets & Bait Bullet, from Gardner Tackle.

As far as spod rods go, there is now a multitude available. Manufactures like Fox, Century, Greys & Daiwa all produce quality spod rods. Loads of tackle shops around the country also produce their own brand spod rods. The average price of a rod is about 100, a cheaper alternative is a sea anglers beachcaster, they are designed to cast such weights long distances and can be picked-up for as little as 30.

Coupled to your spod rod you will need a fairly decent reel with a shockleader tied to the mainline.(see diagram below). I use a Daiwa Emblem 'big pit' reel as it holds plenty of line & has excellent line lay, which helps when spodding at range.

leader knot


The method I use for most of my spodding is as follows. I find an area that I want to fish to with my marker rod, to my marker I cast my baited rig. I then cast the empty spod to the marker, if I require any extra weight to reach the marker I simply add water to the spod. When I am happy with the accuracy of my cast, I clip the line on my reel to the clip on the side of the spool. (clip-up). On some reels, if the clip is sharp, you may have to put a couple of turns of powergum around the clip first, to stop the line from being damaged. (I know Tournament 5000's have a nasty clip). Next I reel the spod in & cast to the marker again, just to make sure I'm happy with the range I've clipped-up to. If all is well then it's spod's away! A nice baited area, where the Carp don't expect it to be. Nice.



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