I was wondering if anyone uses a Spod on rivers? if only to get that first layer or bed of bait down on the swim.
You have kindof answered my next question also with this replyI know a few that spod on the tidal Trent. They use them at the top of the tide when the river is almost static.
Have you been ear wigging on the conversations we have had here (there's about 14 of us in the compant who fish on different levels)That's the biggest issue when trying to spod on rivers, having no real idea where your bait ends up due to currents. It's like chucking maggots in on a much smaller river but scaled up massively.
You could easily be feet or yards away from the feed when ledgering, hence the use of PVA bags/mesh, feeders and baitdroppers. However, you could easily be passing a float over beds of nothing whatsoever if you get your baiting/lines of flow wrong when trotting a river.Just to expand on what I have also raised here when float fishing you obviosly pass a bait over a bed of feed where as with a static bait you could be feet away from the feed
Nothing wrong with doing it, just make sure that you know or can make an educated guess as to where the feed is ending up if you do it on flowing water. It's also worth knowing whether big beds of feed make the fish spooky on the river in question. The Trent is a perfect candidate for spodding, even more so on the tidal where you can use the peak of the tide to your advantage. I don't fish any other rivers where I'd even contemplate getting a spod out.its the getting a large amount of feed down in an area in a faster time that raised the question about using a Spod