A soft action tipped rod is essential when playing rudd on the feeder, the combination of playing a big fish under the rod tip with small hooks can be a nerve-racking experience. If a forgiving rod is not used hook pulls can be commonplace. I always play my fish using the back wind. Extra care has to be taken when the fish get to the net as they often make a bid for freedom.
One trick I have learned from fishing for rudd is they are attracted to the sound of a spod hitting the surface of the water. When the swim goes quiet the first thing I do is reach for my small Pocket Rocket as a couple of spods of maggots and hemp will often revitalise a swim. Rudd seem particularly attracted to the combination of noise and bait falling through the water column. Recasting after this commotion will often bring immediate action and seems to attract the shoal back into the swim.
One season saw me with a burning desire to catch a big rudd. Up until this time I had managed over 50 fish weighing 2lb plus, the best weighing 2lb 9oz. However, a big ‘two’ had been in the back of my mind for a while. A two-week campaign fishing a few evenings a week produced some big bags of rudd. The first two evenings produced nine fish weighing over 2lbs, with the first bite of the season producing the fish I had been waiting for, weighing 2lb 13oz. I managed 15 fish over 2lbs during this time including, one morning, a bonus bag of tench that weighed well over 150lbs. This just goes to show how effective fun fishing for rudd on large venues can be.