Targetting big rudd with Alan Stagg

Tue 04 June 13


Along with many other anglers I always look forward to the summer months, especially the traditional start of season, and when 16th June arrives rudd are normally uppermost in my thoughts. In the south of England the large gravel and sand pits produce some of the finest specimen rudd fishing the country has to offer. Every season I always set some time aside to target this species, hoping that a monster will grace my net. For me there are few better sights than seeing a rudd splash my baited area and the glorious golden flank as I lead it over the waiting net.

Most of my rudd fishing takes place on a large sand pit in the south and in the right conditions it can be a prolific specimen rudd venue. Fish weighing over 2lbs are a realistic target and, when combined with the large shoals of tench the venue contains, sport can be hectic at times. As with any specimen fishing, it can also be challenging, leaving the angler wondering what they are doing wrong. Often the answer is nothing, as the fish become preoccupied when explosions of natural food become commonplace in the warm summer months.
Targeting rudd lends itself to two very different methods, the float and the feeder. The float is the more traditional approach of the two and wading out in the shallow margins spraying maggots can lead to some good fun fishing. There is something appealing standing out in the water, being close to your quarry. When the winds strengthen things can become difficult on the vast open water venues making presentation and accurate feeding challenging to say the least. In these conditions the feeder can come into its own and though this may not be the most traditional approach it is certainly effective. Short hook lengths fished helicopter style with maggots often take some beating, allowing anglers to target fish in tough conditions or when fish are showing out of the range of float fishing tactics.

The rig is very simple to construct. It comprises a short 3