Choosing The Best Catapult For Your Style Of Fishing
If you ever want to experience REAL pain, like eye-watering, rolling on the floor pain, use a cheap catapult. You’ll only make that mistake once, I can promise you.
Throwing your bait into the lake is the easiest option if you are fishing in the margins, but if you are fishing that little bit further than a couple of rod lengths, it would be better to have a catapult for accuracy.
The catapult differs in size, pouch size, and elastic tension, but each of them have their uses when it comes to different types of bait and different distances.
There are some seriously cheap and nasty catapults on the market, if you buy one it will eventually just break and you are likely to injure yourself from the elastic. Just don’t bother buying the cheap catapults.
Equally, if you use a catapult with a non-rigid pouch for maggots, you will not achieve an accurate spread, they are going to fly all over the place.
If you are looking for the best all-rounder catapult for short distance match fishing, with particle and other loose baits like maggots, this catapult from Guru is the best I have ever used.
These catapults are also really good for small balls of groundbait because of the rigid pouch.
Catapults for Boilies
When it comes to boilie fishing at long range, this catapult from Korda has lasted a long time and the accuracy is very good.
It is great up to distances of 60 yards and has all the features needed in a long-lasting catapult. The frame is stiff and robust, which gives confidence when having to reach further into the lake.
You need to remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to fishing equipment.
Try and avoid the cheaper manufacturers when it comes to catapults.
Feeding Further Than 30 Yards.
If you are fishing further than 30 yards, you might want to consider a throwing stick or a bait boat.
Each of them has their own uses and ideally, you would have one of each at your disposal.
The other alternatives are spods and spombs if you need to bait at a distance.
Throwing Sticks for Throwing Boilies at Distance
Throwing sticks are used to get boilies out at a distance, although there is quite a steep learning curve if you want to achieve accurate results.
They are available at different lengths which vary the distance of the boilies, but the amount of strength you use to throw the boilie will also adjust the distance.
I’ve tried to use this throwing stick from Korda, but I just could not get an accurate chuck with it. It was too long for me, despite the bait going miles, I just could not get the hang of it!
I ended up buying this one from Nash instead and now get great distances, which are now a lot more accurate when I am boilie fishing.
Bait Boats for High Quantities of Bait
The most accurate method of baiting areas with large quantities of bait accurately are bait boats.
As expensive and controversial as they are, they definitely have their uses and are a must-have item for certain situations.