A few friends from the Traditional Fisherman's Forum have recently asked me about the method I have developed to cast balls of floating flake considerable distances.
I'll call this the "Flake Bomb" technique, and make no mistake, you can cast freelined bread with this technique as far as you could cast it with a controller. In short, it allows
you to cast undunked, freelined bread with consideable force, and 60 yards or so can be achieved with relative ease. Use a whippy rod - a Mk IV is ideal, as is my carbon AKN 116. I also recommend one of the new specialist floater mono
lines - such as Korda's Kruiser Control.
The bait will land without a heavy splash, because there's no need to dunk it beforehand. How, then, can all this achieved?
The flake bomb's easy to do - use hooks size 4 or 6, ideally, of course.
Remove crusts from a sliced
loaf - great quality bread is essential. I like Warburtons. Tear strips of bread from top to bottom.
The width of the bread strips should be about the width of perhaps your little finger, or a bit wider. Wrap the bread around the shank - from the eye
down, and build up the ball as you go, one layer on top of the other, trapping air...it's best to practice this a little. Leave the point exposed. The bread will swell and hide the point in the water.
Pinch the bread ball up at the eye and once down at the bend, firmly. The bread will eventually unfold - but you will have a good 20 minutes with it in good order on the surface, perhaps more. It's a good method then, when carp
can actually be seen on the surface, far out.
A friend even managed to recast his flake bomb, with real power behind it too! - which impressed him somewhat...
I tend not to do this, however, and I do one cast per flake bomb.