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Carp – A change of mind

Many DVDs, books, articles, and individuals will have you believe there is only one way to fish for carp.  That concept runs from the rods you use, through to the way you bait up for them.  This often includes ludicrously expensive rods, and shed-loads of boilies.  Now, I am not saying they are wrong, far from it, if it works for you, then happy days.  However, I would suggest there is no go-to rig, method, rod, or baiting campaign that works best for any species.  I want to offer up an alternative way of thinking.

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One thing I do know is that on any venue, the fish really don’t care how much you paid for your gear.  Before we had the all singing carbon rods, we were using fibre-glass, cane, split cane and so on.  We still caught big fish.  Izaak Walton wrote 350-years-ago of catching 50lb Italian Commons.  He was using bread-paste mixed with latex and honey and spending days and nights in their pursuit.  We are just reshaping the wheel.

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Keep control of your feed and the fish in your swim

Keep it tight and your results will go through the roof

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For many years, we’ve used ground-bait to attract fish. When I say ground-bait, I mean quite literally an area of bait to attract the fish, be it particle, a kilo of boilies, crushed or otherwise, breadcrumb in all its variants and so on. The list is endless. Whichever you choose, there are some things to think about when baiting an area. This is even more prevalent in the colder months, when fish are less likely to go bombing from one end of the lake to the other.

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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in controlling feed

 

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Bait; the ins, outs and wherefores

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In this section I am going to start with boilies.  There are three main types of boilies. The first, I am going to look at are those of high food value aimed at big carp, big bream and big tench. The second type are the instant attraction bolies, which is general have a lower food value, but make up for it with bright colours, and intense flavours. The relatively new kiddies on the block are those, like the crafty catcher ones, which are a mix of both. I particularly like their colour combinations.

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