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Now there are many articles about fishing for CARP. Almost every issue of any fishing issue can be found descriptions of the ways and catch methods for carp. But little is written about classic lines and rigs for example. Below you can find Many carp catching tactics, tips and tackle.

Fishing for carp - tips, venues, tactics, Lures, baits and more

Prepared before the carp session

Always be prepared before the session and this is key when you fish. Don't lost a time, If you find a group feeding don't want to be messing about tying up chods and leaders, so you do it all before.Minute at home, or even on the bank, you will tie up a few bits for the next session. don't miss normally leadcore leaders, chod rigs and, most importantly, sharpened hooks.

The long running-chod rig

Perhaps 80 per cent of many angler's carp fishing is done with the long running-chod rig, there is very little doubt in its effectiveness. Sound my be a base of fishing on hunting and finding the carp. Once you have found them, your long running-chod rig is absolutely perfect. You can make three casts into the zone and know that, no matter what the bottom is, it is always presented well.

Some of the hook-holds that you have experienced have been incredible, right in the back of the mouth. This is normally a sign that the fish really want to eat it.

One's best rig ever

To catch more fish by simply broadening my target species. Some fish eat above the bottom and some like it drifting on the bottom. It is hard to know exactly what lies beneath the surface of the water when you are fishing off the banks and shoreline so you can use a paternoster rig with a very buoyant float attached to the swivel at the top of the rig so that when the heavy sinker drops into the water the lower hook is for bottom dwellers and the top is for others. If there are fish you would catch them this way.

Once you know what kind of fish are there you would alter your other rigs for the other rods.

The Carp Barbless Ready-tied rigs by Fox International

"There are many anglers that wan't to use ready-tied rigs - it certainly doesn't make them bad anglers! Reasons for use are varied but many disabled anglers use our rigs as they physically cannot tie their own, in addition anglers that don't want the hassle and time of tying rigs also like them. These latest rigs are tied as good as anyone could do themselves, and will be of great benefit to anglers across the globe"

Fox International do not do those rigs currently however, they e are bringing out some slightly different rigs soon. Fox not make ready tied rigs longer than 10 inch at present, do do them in a barbed version with the exceptional Kuro S4XS hook

Running rigs -Tie The Perfect Running Rig

A great set up to use by Fox International

Not overlooked in your carp armoury. You can use them loads and they can be the difference between catching and not catching on the one lake you fish!

" I'm pretty new to carp fishing, but am I right in saying a running rig will allow my alarms to go if the fish come towards me? I've lost a couple when I've seen my line go slack but not realising until its to late." said Matthew Norman.

"A great set up to use. I fish this style a lot and have great results plus its safe if you crack off or get snapped and if used with a barbless hook you can be sure the fish can get rid of everything. Fish safety is everything." said Andy Burton.

"my main set up is always a running rig, ya get the best runs like that and its soooo much safer for the fish" by Les Stewart.

The Carp Barbless Ready-tied rigs by Fox International

"There are many anglers that wan't to use ready-tied rigs - it certainly doesn't make them bad anglers! Reasons for use are varied but many disabled anglers use our rigs as they physically cannot tie their own, in addition anglers that don't want the hassle and time of tying rigs also like them. These latest rigs are tied as good as anyone could do themselves, and will be of great benefit to anglers across the globe"

Fox International do not do those rigs currently however, they e are bringing out some slightly different rigs soon. Fox not make ready tied rigs longer than 10 inch at present, do do them in a barbed version with the exceptional Kuro S4XS hook

The usefull Zig Dics by Fox International

designed for helping anglers tie and store your Zig Rigs

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Public Review and Comment:

Fox International: Hi Steve Hodds we cannot simply make the Zig Aligna Kits fast enough, no one could have forecast just how many we have sold, we are however, working around the clock to get more mde and have another delivery arriving very soon that should just about clear all of the back orders. If we could make them faster we would, but as we said we are flat out...

Fox International :Hi Paul Pickersgill, many anglers prefer to arrive at a venue prepared for the session ahead so that they can maximise their time on the bank. Time spent tying rigs during the fishing session could be better spent watching for fish, or indeed catching more fish. No product will be for everyone but for those anglers that like to be organised we're sure they'll appreciate the merits of all of our rig storage devices that we currently make...

Alan Minshall: Yes well said. We don't all turn up with bed chairs and sleep for four days and call it fishing. Some of us do our preparation at home and only fish day sessions, so want to maximise our time on the bank.

Scott Ordish: why do we have rig boxes? this is a zig winder, saves time, you could of had a fish buy the time your tied 3 zigs/rigs, and especially when your having them, its called speed fishing,

Matt Gato: Seeley Paul its t keep ur rigs in top condition , so that they ent chucked in a bag(pop-up pot), so no kinks n hook point damage, you've got a rig ready t go, if there was fish feeding heavy on a baited spot n u need a different rig asap, at least with rig boxes,wallets you can keep um in top condition n not worry bout tying up on the bank that times for watercraft.

The Zig Rigs Carp Fishing - Best Times, Zig rig hooklinks, The depth and Hooks, How To Tie and Using zig rigs tips

Zig Bugs for Carp fishing

- imitation aquatic creatures mounted onto Nash Fang hooks

Most people don't happen to have a friendly neighbourhood fly-tier who will at no cost whip up a few bespoke flies for them. Would it surprise you to know that most trout anglers actually use ready tied flies anyway rather than tying their own? Granted, you can buy similar trout flies for less than the zig bugs, but they are tied on cheap, inferior hooks, and are not suitable for fishing for big carp...

Fly tying is a real skill that involves huge investment of precious time, equipment and materials. Some people enjoy doing it, and granted you have the satisfaction of catching on your own creation. Some people just want to go fishing and have confidence in what they are using. Flight the diffrence is that these have been tested ALOT and have been proven to catch amazing carp.

Rod Hutchinson - 36inch Springlock Landing Net

Despite bearing the Hutchinson brand, this net (complete with extending pole) retails for under $40. Considering what you get this is a great price:

The net's arms are carbon to incorporate the handy springlock system, this gadget allows you to take the tension out of the arms with the push of a button to let you easily dismantle the net when a fish has been landed. The two-type mesh is well-made and very safety-conscience. The extending pole can reach lengths of well over 6 feet yet can be restored to around 3 1/2 for packing away.

Unfortunately the 36-inch version is the biggest being sold at the moment and may prove too small for some and the mesh doesn't seem to hang level at the bottom. Other search in ebay.

Rod TIP ADAPTORS by Enterprise Tackle

It is a fact that the simplest of ideas are frequently the best and it is certainly true of the Enterprise Tackle rod tip adaptors which, for my money, were the best tackle item.

Basically the adaptor is a split plastic wrap that fits snugly around your rod tip or quiver tip. A silicon sleeve secures it in place and allows a betalight, isotope or daytime sight bob to be added when required.

When it is not required the silicon sleeve is slipped off and then the adaptor split apart and removed until the next time it is required.

Customer review: "For years like everyone fishermen else I had whipped various pieces of carbon, silicone and plastic to the tips of my river rods in order to be able to house a betalight or two on them.
They worked fine except that if you removed the betalight during the day the housing acted as a magnet for trapping your line when casting. Leaving the betalights on the rod full-time was great; except of course for them getting lost, crushed or otherwise destroyed whilst packing up. When I see the Enterprise Tackle adaptors I was so impressed with the simplicity of the solution that, as with so many great inventions, I could just not believe that nobody had thought of it before!"

Simple yes but there is more: the adaptor also has a soft rubber core to ensure your rod tip is not damaged and it is also moulded to ensure that the betalight is held at the perfect 45 degree angle from the rod. So simple, yet so brilliant. Ten out of ten for Enterprise Tackle company.

The adaptors come in two sizes, one for quiver tips up to 2mm in diameter and one for rod tips with a diameter up to 3.4mm.

Rigs and Tackle Tips - Your tackle must be up to the job

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Fox TM Fishing Lures - include Bellyeye Stalker, Henchman, Doodle Bug, Fat Boy, Top Stick and other Series Lures

When carp attack

When will there be a good carp is very difficult to predict. It is only known that he likes and does not sound hot weather, it is very sensitive to changes in time pecking bodily suspended. At the same time, are not rare and cases from practice, where not once seen a very good case of pecking during the storm.

During the heat and cold weather carp hardly move and react to even the most delicious bait, and when the water temperature rises above 20 degrees, avoid going to the beach or river beds or streams. Carp fish in ponds in warm weather looking places protected from the sun and is nearly stationary. In the heat out carp to feed mainly at night, so at high temperatures during the day of the fishing rod is not very relevant. He loves the sound and cloudy weather, light rain, but sudden changes in weather back rests. During movement of carp avoid fast currents and are looking for quiet places where it is and should be taken. It was found that carp take better when the moon is small, where large - most often not taken at any time. There is also a view that the day when the water during the breeding season has picked up at many, then each month on the same day there will be good at pecking. Most good sign of good carp nibble of his game is on the surface, but sometimes this is a sign of changing times to worse and peck. In windy conditions the sound usually prevent pecking formed waves that move the bait and carp as the most well-known still taking baits, therefore in such cases should be sought quiet places or those which will prevent wind and moves baits - and then catch us will be better. It should also be remembered that the various different places carp taken by you on the same river, a distance of 10km but they do not take the same bait as the others - it is therefore necessary to train fish to your bait and bait, but it takes some time. It is good from time to time to clean fish and see what they ate. The burden should rest on the bottom or near to it, thus the float is visible and takes into account the most insignificant pecking. Bait should be cast with care and should not move along. Carp are usually caught one, rarely two to three sticks of varying depth and distance from shore. You can use different types of bait. If the bank is steep, it is necessary to find out where the edge begins to zametnete little deeper and pull right on the edge line, so stravtta be on the edge and moved by the currents or waves. Carp often go to these places and never misses her. Rods must be placed on stands so constantly have on hand if you hunt with a direct telescope, the distance from the rod tip to float must be no greater than 1.5 meters, while in a relaxed state line should not less than 70 cm above the bottom of the rod. Remember - all operations and movements are made if not seated, then at least semi-sitting and the head - not your shadow on the water.


Baits & Lures

In many parts of Europe and the United States, Carp fish is a popular target for fishermen using a variety of baits,lures and special selections to bring home their catch. Common carp and other species, as in a mirror carp and leather carp are known to consume almost anything that comes into contact s. When it comes to common carp, is not unusual to see the content of a vegetarian diet with fish, aquatic plants insects, but, zooplankton, crustaceans, and even dead fish-blike also adequate food as well.

While carp mostly spends his time feeding on the bottom of the water, they also pay frequent visits to the water surface. This is especially seen during the summer when the insects fell a tasty treat. With this type of eating pattern, fishermen are able to benefit from a wide range of positioning Bait to lure fish. Some anglers have benefited desirable results when using crusty bread or pieces of meat for carp bait Deli.

As the Carp tend to swim in small groups (usually two or three fish together), bait options, including bread crusts or flakes, small pellets, sweetcorn, worms, larvae and connections tend to work well. But to catch a Big carp,Tropheus fish, which tends to swim on their own, many anglers turn to more advanced fishing bait.

Today, fishing tackle, carp directed to include improved methods of luring fish as bait boilies produced, high-protein paste and pellets containing special flavors that appeal to sweet or unique interests of the fish. Baits are popular and quite stiff, making it easy to attach to hooks, but are used to create a "cover" for other types of bait to increase the level carp appeal.

Dough baits currently favorable dough as a sequence made of various materials, including corn meal, shredded wheat, liquids and flavorings. Building this kind of bait easily attaches to the hooks. Today, angler make their own dough bait creations, which include a wide range of ingredients such as oatmeal, wheat germ, peanut butter, strawberry-flavored juices, animal feed, rabbit and hamburger. As a rule of thumb, carp are attracted to sweet taste and crunchy ingredients. That's why products like Wheaties and Doritos have been used in homemade carp fishing accessories.

In addition, bait and fishing tackle shops can sell method mixes, which sometimes include cracked corn, dog food, powdered seeds, or chicken. When you throw in the water, the bait to attract fish and distorts the surface. A bait hook is then released into the water with hopes of luring the catch.

The best carp food

Classic Baits

From my first acquaintance with fisheries Boyle walked about four years. During this period, friends tried to use them in different ponds - outdoor and indoor, natural and artificial, but the results were not particularly comforting. Catching fish with a large work despite our corporate innovation. Do not they know this irresistible taste, according to their manufacturers (Protein Carp Balls), our carp and that's only exception was a private pond where fish were clearly accustomed to the owners who were keen carp-anglers. However, there are also carp have a greater preference to other baits if they are properly served. On most reservoirs have tried to catch Boyle, but quite unsuccessfully. And when you switch on hominy, corn bread, fish began to call! Of course, to be fished successfully Boyle, and they must be fed. But their use as bait is too expensive for most anglers. Therefore we decided to try something to make yourself, and it is acceptable for our conditions.
So three years ago with my friend decided to go a reservoir, which previously we had a bad catch of carp, bream nice to 1 kg, and we fished for pike and whitefish. It was there and captured his first big Carp - about 4kg . We fished for carp and also about 2.5 kg, also at night, illuminated floats with the ampoule and dough bait with scent of honey. On the eve of fishing found on the Internet article about the line of mounting Boyle. Evening with my friend discussing the article, we decided that our carp will not be seduced by these Boyle. But the method of attaching beads - the hair, we were impressed and loved it. So we decided instead to mount Boyle simple and classic bait for carp - samp. By fixing element used in the remainder of the fiber tying the fishing hook. The line looked the same as that of the hair with Boyle, but instead it had a hook mounted on a small spring, where it hung "kachamak" that would serve us as bait. The advantages of this assembly were evident for us.
- Bait fish is accustomed to. - Does not depend on imposed flavors - No loss of purchasing expensive Boyle, - Power with the same mixture - Bait and bait us is softer than Boyle, but our observations carp readily take baits soft.
Arrived at the pool, we immediately we set our new weapons, two of the additional rods mounted in a worm and threw the bait. In place of capture to let their children watch on bars, but without touching them, just to shout if something bite. This is our new model of picking the telltale.
We passed a few kilometers down and took a fish with spinning, ejecting several pike, most of which was big about 2 kg. We decided to go back to the car and check our lines. Imagination has already sketched exhausting battles with large carp. On the coast, where our lines were, not noticed any float, and our "observers" were lying next to nose. As clarified later, they had decided to make the interception control of all five bars.In the space of half an hour we were engaged in the unraveling of the five lines. However, everything was ok and the first pecking was already present. It was my friend, whose single float twitched, then slowly raised and abruptly pulled away. "Kepcheta" he cried hastily, and I noticed that his rod was bent in an arc strong - apparently the fish was not small. I ran past him and began to diplomatically told him how to keep hanging fish, although perhaps at this moment he hardly heard anything. "Tighten advance! Do not give him to go to Reed! When fish started coming to the shore, I prepared to kepchosam fish.
In her drawing she stopped on the scales of 7.1 kilograms - that was our biggest carp captured our float! Of course, if we had hung it in July or August, would be questioned in whose favor can finish this battle. But now the fish was Weak after winter was so far from the fight. As seen later, the carp was taken on the line with additional worm. Skip to main line was tied two reasons - one with a length of 20 cm and the other with 3-5 cm shorter. The hook with a long worm about install, and shorter - samp. The entire feature of this installation was that the longer the occasion will be fixed in samp. The same fish I could catch another CARP by 2.5 kg over the line with polenta and spring, while my friend was making yet another good fish, but due to weakened advance fish managed to hide in a nearby cane and there break occasion.
The result was fishing the following: a carp and a 7.1 kg 2.5 kg, 3 kg aggregate goldfish from 600-800 g pike and several cycling-friendly. With pain in my heart now to remember this pond. Earlier there you can spend nelosho time to relax and poribarstvate. And two years ago he changed his lessee and irrational attitude and watch the fish quantity of fish there greatly diminished. A literate farmer who knows his work and sick of the pool, watch out for fish and fishing allowed only true fishermen, hunters and not quantity, will always go work. In such cases it is a shame to pay a fee and fish, because you know they will be the development of the cistern and its works and restocking.

Baits & Groundbait

for Carp

The scent of bait and bait is one of the key points of success in carp fishing, and not only there. When, how and what flavor to pick just a few of the issues that will affect. When and what spices to use? - These are questions that she has asked each fisherman?

When I decided to make their own balls for bait, I entered into a more serious study of the composition of ingredients and flavors. I spent much time experimenting with all types and flavors of bait, which increased my final results. I could lie quite carp to peck this bait, many of which I managed to pull out, but with many I could not handle.

The best way to place the ball on the hook protein is through the installation of hair. In part this is necessary because the ball is hard baits, but the main advantage of installing the hair is that it increases the chance to samozaseche carp.

Some 20 years ago in carp fishing secrets were dedicated few and their successful bait recipes are kept secret. Commercialization of carp bait did not exist. Each had its carp design his secret recipe for the dough containing any unusual and wonderful ingredients that thoroughly and carefully kept.

The Potatoes - integral part of the Carp menu

Probably few of you know that potatoes are an integral part of the menu of the carp.

While this bait is hardly used at home, then in Czech school fishing have long discovered the advantages in. The aroma of freshly cooked potato attracts incredibly peaceful Carp fish. It is suitable bait fall if looking for trophy fish. Whichever is the smaller size of the potatoes with hazelnuts, which are boiled to make them more easily absorbed by carp. Place purposes.
Installation of the attachment is similar to that used when fishing with tomato. The reason is passed through the potato and the hook is usually triple. We can put the bait and method "of hair."

Effective Carp Groundbaits

Unknown beans

Beans are very good bait, with which we can easily obtain. In recent years I have used different varieties of beans and I stopped at two: white and Spotted. Beans beans have a great advantage compared to other cereal baits. They take a lot of water, grains themselves are large, with them can be fed long distances. In preparing the bait can add flavorings to the water that the beans during the many hours will give underwater. Beans beans are not cooked, because it is too soft and will not behave well on a line of hair. One kilogram of beans are placed 1.5 l of water and if necessary, add flavorings. Held for 24 hours and then used as bait.

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and Protein Balls for Carp fishing

Protein Balls are among the leading types of baits in modern methods for catching carp. These miraculous delicacies successfully shifted the classic bait for freshwater scaly as a different test, flavored and sweetened corn kernels. Despite the wide variety of models protein balls leading fishing pundits seek and find other alternatives successful baits for carp. English fishing expert "Ken Tawney" discovered that some legumes, seeds and nuts are also perfect for freshwater seducer after appropriate heat treatment.

"When I read articles in fishing magazines as if they remain with the impression that the carp are caught primarily and almost only protein balls," said specific to the readers of the magazine "Rute & Rolle". Nobody contests that hard spheres are a good opportunity to make a decent catch, but not to worship, and only those baits, since there are many alternatives than popular and traditional types of bait. Furthermore, as more of a catch basin and apply the same seducers of fish, the probability was tired of the monotonous food becomes greater. Freshwater are curious creatures and that their quality is better to use fully. One way to overcome the apathy of the fish to the familiar types of bait is already giving them something new and consistent with the taste requirements of the species.
If Carp bait to show Kink in dams and canals, the best way to go capo is by experimenting with new types of baits. Whether they tired of freshwater used by seducers you will find easily empty the frequent strikes the fishing line. Once the carp attack, but then spits out the bait, it is sure sign that he is sick of "your proposal." And it's time to flex your brain for experimentation with new options.
Chances are trash to fill a large, if often replace the bait with the other. Good opportunity are various legumes, seeds and nuts. They did not enjoy riding in raw form and have little to try to cook them so that they become attractive to fish.
The seeds of many plants are so small that there can be done to adapt them strung on a hook. However perfect to use them to create food "carpet" around the area for fishing. Larger seeds of some plants, however, came into use as bait. As they say - save for the final "icing on the cake." It was in this role includes large seeds.
Here are some general rules for preparing the bait. First, soak the seeds in water so as to swell, and then go to their thermal processing- makes the bait more palatable and digestible for the fish, while the process deters seed germination. Many baits generally contain natural oils that are released only at high heat and add an extra effect of attracting the set on delicious fresh.

spc. selected and prepared groundbait seed intended to lure carp fish

Underappreciated peas for Carp Fishing

Turkish peas is very good bait especially in spring. It has the original taste, well fed and it can be submitted online by a thread. By the way, even large vats not ignore Turkey peas. It takes water well. In preparing the bait soak and then boil. 1 kg of Turkish peas put 3 gallons of water, soak for 24 hours and then boil for 10 minutes. Peas may further be colored with food dye and flavoring process with, as these additives are imported with soaking it.

Classic Corn

You will hardly find another carp bait, so popular as corn. Preserved in jars or bags of dried, it is easy to obtain from the market. Corn can be used as the installation of hair, and just to install the hook. Flint corn, also called and food, you need to soak for 20 hours. Then you should be boiled for some time to allow fish to better redesign it. If flint maize want to improve with sweeteners and flavors, these substances should be added in her soaking 1 kg of corn we put about two liters of lukewarm water.

Appreciated Boyle,protein balls

Some of Boyle(protein balls) in the literal sense of the word is a miracle bead. Today the market is ready Boyle offer hundreds of different colors and flavors. But not every Boyle caught fish are equally good as their manufacturers assure us. You should buy only quality Boyle. Quality rather than quantity - this is the best motto, judging by my experiences. Good Boyle are expensive enough - about 1 kg orientation nice protein balls - Boyle cost around 8 euros. Cheaper Boyle not bear prolonged use desired success.

Balls crushed

When fishing carp ponds and intensive fishing pressure oblavyane strongly recommend using powdered attractants for rolling the bait on the hook. Carp swim around energized places, but do not take Boyle. Thanks for powdered flavors, even the most cautious and wary fish can be prone to pecking. Boyle of hair for a while immersed in water, then oval in powdery fragrance line and is limping. Together with a powdered and liquid attractants, which briefly dip bait hook. Dry and liquid attractants can be combined by first hold Boyle in liquid and then powder oval in attractants.

Sweet Raisin

Raisins - a sweet treat not only for us but for carp. There are different varieties of raisins, some of which have buoyancy. But this is not necessarily to use them. If we are sure they will sink, raisins are kept in a small amount of water for about two hours. So, if you swim, are sinking. 1 kg of raisins are sufficient 200 ml of water. Raisins are especially caught mainly in summer when fish peck key.

Lifting the bait

If the bottom is muddy or covered with vegetation, bait should be lifted above the bottom to make it better for the obvious fish and they can take it. For the preparation of floating Boyle called. pop-up Boyle, it is best to use a small Styrofoam balls or hollow floating balls that wrap with dough.

Carp love nuts

If you think that only people can appreciate the merits of different types of nuts, until they champ in TV are a misconception. In addition your pet animals such goodies as pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds and carp not refuse. However, their use must be with caution. In England there are cases where carp are poisoning improperly cooked peanuts or excessive quantity supplied as bait. And one more detail - just use the nuts, which are suitable as human food. Never take any of the boxes sold in parrots. They have undergone special treatment and can harm the fish.Nuts are prepared as follows: 24 hours soaking in water, then depending on the type of cook 15 to 30 minutes. This ensures their attractiveness due to release their natural oils.

Dog food - carp like to taste

"Frolic" dog food has long gained a place among the types of bait to catch carp in Germany and England. No pool, which peck freshwater not this delicious sold for pets, says Ken Town. Behind the name lie a lot of fishing success in battles mainly carp. So nothing prevents you from experience how this affects bait and our native fish.

Other types of dry dog ??food can be used for bait, especially those perfect float. And cookies for pets. Of course, these extras dog can only be used for catching freshwater surface. If Charcot was the slope in deep, they will spend it in the top layer, a focus on bottom baits.

Two in one

You can combine protein balls with Turkish peas, beans, tiger nuts, etc. Limits for combinations not really. Mixed baits help to outsmart many carp. The advantage is in its dual action - if one part of the bait attracts the fish do not always have a chance to other interested.

Protein Granules

Why SUPERCARP granules is the better for Carp fishing
- Completely natural ingredients with no synthetic colors
- PH (acid) balanced and low in fatty acids
- Reduced fat better for carp
- Balanced food source for CARP
- Contains proteins of plant origin

SUPERCARP granules of Van Den Eynde specifically developed by leading experts in the field of aquaculture, which have tried to make them the most balanced and nutritious than any existing baits for carp.
TROUT PELLETS (Trout pellets) are specifically designed for predatory fish such as trout and salmon. Scientific studies have shown that high levels of fats, proteins and pigments in trout pellets are not suitable for the digestive system of peaceful fish such as carp.
Because in carp pellets are used only as the finest ingredients, added a little fat (7%) and used plant-based proteins (all this in order to optimally satisfy requirements only to carp), you can be sure that granules in this package will help you catch more fish while to do something good for fish.
To make the bait even more effective, it has added a unique and stimulating appetite CARPSTIMM.
The result is a truly unique bead that will attract more carp and will also keep water cleaner and healthier fish.

Gamma baits SUPERCARP
All ingredients in SUPERCARP are specially formulated to provide balanced nutritional exchange for carp and other carp.
The development of this range of baits in collaboration with leading experts in the field of aquaculture and fish nutrition and health, ensuring that all SUPERCARP products are properly balanced in protein and fat, 100% natural and free from harmful additives and preservatives.
CARPSTIMM - proven stimulator of appetite of the fish (containing betaine and amino acids) is also included in the content. This unique supplement act synergistically in optimizing food intake and results in greater and prolonged ingestion of food.
SUPERCARP products not only help the fishermen in pursuit of trophy catches of large carp, but also has the benefit of themselves and carp providing a valuable and balanced food source.

The advantage of blended

As my experience shows, the mixing of different baits gives good benefits. Mixture of cereal bait fish and Boyle take more readily. They are less suspicious and longer keep their cherished places. Prepare a mixture own - then you will always have different baits and a mixture of other anglers around. Your mixture may not be known for carp, which they would not have suspected.

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What is the Best Bait for Carp Fishing? Winning Methods and "how to"

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The pole dominates matches on many commercial fisheries but it's not the only winning method. JOHN ROGERS regularly wins with big nets of carp on the pellet feeder, so we went to Blackpool to find out how...

Greenhalgh Lodge is a prolifie, carp-filled venue near Blackpool that consistently produe es 100lb match-winning ha uls. The water is not massive, witli enough room tor around 40 well-spreadpegs, and there is a central island roughly 45 to 50 metres from the pegs on tlie banks opposite it. Although matches are often won here on the pole, experience has shown me that it is possible to win without relying on it. I think the key to this is the fact tlia t in a match, the carp won't always come close in on certain pegs. There's plenty of open water here and in the e entre of the Like an underwater pla teau runs oft the edge of the island, both of which provide ideal holding areas tor carp. The point I am making is that venues must always be assess edand subsequently fished with a method tha t suits the fish, not tli e angler. Of course carp will be caught on tile pole line here, but as tar as I am cone emed I believe that nine times out of 10 I can outfish the pole by utilising my feeder tactics. These are what I am going to demonstrate today. The swim I have chosen is opposit e the island and the shallow water on its periphery will be my main target area. Gup love to hug tlies e 'safe' margins and ifs an obvious spot to target.

Let me describe my tackle now and then I can put it all into prac tic e and hop etully ca tch some fish. Hie rod I use is a Preston Innovations CaibonActive 12ft feeder.

This is a strong tool with the power to handle big, hard-fightingeaip with relative ease. It is also clearly capable of launching a small to medium-sized feeder off into the distanc e with no problem. I match it with an open-tac ed reel loaded with Sib Daiwa Match Winner monofil and I utilise the line clip on the spool to ensure that I hit the same distance eveiy time. Casting accurncy is paramount to success in this game. You must be so well practised that you have total confidene e in wha eking the feeder out to your chosen spot without thinking.

Now, lef s examine the simple end rig in detail.

The feeder is a 20g blockend Drennan Carp Feeder and I enlarge the holes in the side to allow a freer flow of

pellets one e it lias landed. I may up the size of tlie feeder if there is a stronger crosswind tor example, and at the start of the match I will often us e a larger feeder to quickly introduce a lot of bait to attract the carp and stimulate them into feeding. I will cast more often at tlie start just to get bait into tlie swim. The feeder is on a clip swivel so it can be changed easily. Tlie main line passes through tlie feeder swivel and then through a soft rubber bead, which acts as a boom to help keep tlie rig tangle free. Tlie end of the main line is finally tied to a second clip swivel that lodges inside the bore of tlie rubber bead. I use a clip swivel to albw me to swap hooklengths easily and quickly.

The hooklength I use is around 15 inches bug and is mad e of 0.17 mm, or around 6 1/2 lb, Preston Powerline. I'twizzle' the line to create a tight closed loop knot of around three inches which again acts to make the hooklength stand proud from the feeder and therefore reduce tangles. This loop is then simply attached to the clip swivel. As you will see, I usually make up a second hooklength while I am fishing. I am very pleased with tlie eyed Fox Series 2 Carp Match hook pattern, which is barbless of course, and mega sharp! I tend to us e sizes 16 or 14 for the most part. From the knot which secures the hook to tlie hooklength, I extend a 3cm hair. The last part of that is actually a tiny 1 cm loop which is us ed to drag the line through the bait with a baiting needle, and for retaining a small plastic boilie stop which keeps the bait on the hair.

So why use a hair-rigged bait?

Clearly, it is all about trying to make the bait appear as natural as possible, which gives a carp no fear or hesitancy in picking up the offering .The other clear advantage is that once the carp picks up the bait then it also picks up the bare hook and it will usually end up hooking itself, making life veiy straightforward indeed!

I use pellets and paste as baits for feeding

and on the hair. Pellets eanbe hard or soft. The hard ones will need drilling through the centre first, of course, to allow the line to pass through them. A baiting needle draws the hair through die bait a small boilie stop is placed through the hair loop and the pellet is pushed down against it. Job done! To us e paste, I mould a fairly stiff lump around a hair-rigged pellet... easy!

Paste is obviously a bigger ottering and can tempt some really outsize carp, so I believe it is always worth giving it a try. My paste is made of crushed VDE pellets. While one bait is in the swim I can make others up on spare hooklengths. I keep several s pare hooklengths on a pole wind eras backups. If die carp are really biting madly then I may shorten the hooklength down to a oin length of 0.19mm line, using stronger line because it is shorter. The pellets I us e to fill the feeder are the micro Van den Eynde Carp Stimm: die pellets for die hair rig are Ringers Bag Up and Dynamite's Marine Halibut. I like to make myself nice and comfortable and place die rod rest to my right at 45 degrees to the water.

I always have a large landing-net head because come of the fish here are rather big, to say the least! At the start of a match I will make half a dozen quick casts with the larger feeder just to put some bait out. I will lessen the frequency after that, so as to attract bites. Having said that fairly frequent casting is a key part of tins method. This type of fishing is also all about having total confidence. I always pay attention to my line and make sure that there are no flaws in it. I also ensure that my hooks are sharp and that my knots are secure. Pay scant attention to these vital elements where big carp are concerned and you will come a cropper, as sure as eggs are eggs!

Once I have

cast the bait accurately

into place then I don't move the feeder if I can help it because it will be tight to the island and that's where the carp are. I place the rod in die rest and then just watch die bites develop. A true bite is really unmissable, tobe honest, because the tip will just go round and keep going, as the carp will have hooked itself. Essentially these are the bites that you wait for, ignoring all die twitches that are usually line bites. However, some bites can be drop backs, especially when fishing tight to an island, and you need to strike as soon as these occur. The carp will have picked up die bait and dislodged the feeder as it swims back towards you. They will be on.

Once a carp is hooked

, then this is when confidence in your gear really comes into play. Hold on tight and keep the pressure on. Keep die rod low and slowly but surely gain line by pumping the carp back towards you, little by little. They are likely to surge in all directions and you must trust your rig to cope. Allow line to be taken when nee essary. This is why 0.17mm line (or stronger) is recommended. You will strain muscles you never thought you had after a match bathing with big carp, but thiey are truly exhilarating, no-liolds-barred scraps and I love' em I prefer the feel of catching one on rod and line to the pole, to be honest. Once the carp is withim reach of the landing net, then I will raise the rod to draw it up and steer it into the net. Easier said than done sometimes, but with practice you can land even veiy large carp fairly swiftly.

With a carp in the net

unhook it and then roll it out of the landing net into die keepnet I often use two nets here at Greenhalgh because it's only fair on the fish to give them plenty of room while they are retained. How did I get on today? Thankfully, the Carp were very obliging and pellet and paste worked equally well. I netted carp of many sizes with several nudging 10 lb, topped by one particular 'pig' with a huge gut on it that must have weighed close on 13 lb and took some playing and landing. I can tell you! That came to pwste, as did most of the larger carp.

catch at Greenhalgh is 125 lb and my best fish to date is 16 lb 4oz, so you can see the potential of this exciting venue. The carp sport here is second to none, as evidenced by the queue of pleasure anglers waiting for vacated pegs, even in the middle of the week! Always remember that there are other ways, beside the pole, of catching carp and when the venue or conditions suit, the feeder method can definitely work best. I finished die session with around 901b in just four hours, which was veiy pleasing. My best

Carp Bait Fishing

10 Tips&Tricks

Ten Tips 'n' Tricks For Particles by Shaun Harrison

published: Crafty Carper Issue 136

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This month Shaun turns his attention to larger particle baits that really can give you an unrivalled edge on your next outing with the rods.

On the last instalment I covered my top tips for the smaller 'mass bait' seeds. For my own convenience I tend to refer to all the tiny seeds (let's say smaller than tares), as seeds, and the larger particles, such as chickpeas, nuts. etc.. as particles, when, in fact, they are all simply seeds. It does make it easier for me in my regular diary notes to know straight away if I am referring to baiting with mixed particles or mixed seeds without having to list everything. Rod Hutchinson made giant leaps throughout the 1970s in bringing the effectiveness of particle baits to everybody's attention. Some of the catches he made at the time were nothing short of incredible, and he began to unlock many doors on a species which so many thought to be too difficult to catch to warrant spending any time trying to do so. How things have changed - thanks to all the early pioneers of carp fishing. It's quite strange talking about the early pioneers of modem carp fishing because a lot of them are still out and about, wetting their lines. Carp fishing, as most of us see it these days, is a very young sport. Certainly, when I started carp fishing in the late 1970s it was a very different pursuit compared to today, and it attracted a very different type of person than I see on the banks these days. I'm in danger of writing a totally different type of article here than the one I wanted to. so back to the plot. I merely wanted to point out that Rod. through his writings, revolutionised carp fishing for many. Suddenly the world came to reafcse that the biggest fish didn't necessarily want to eat the biggest baits.


Mix The Sizes

If you have been following my 10 Tips articles you may have noticed a very common denominator occurring with all the bait-related ones, whether boilies. pellets, seeds, or whatever. Each time I urge the reader to try mixing the sizes and types of bait used. With particle fishing I will make no exception. Again, it is so rare for me to bait with just one type and size of bait. I can't stress enough how carp are turned on more by a mixed feast, and by feeding different sizes of bait they become easier to catch because it is more difficult for them to regulate their suck and detect the weight of the hook and hooklink.


Be Careful What You Buy

Nuts have received an awlui lot of bad press over the years, and rightly so. The problems occur when anglers purchase cheap animal/bird grade nuts. Unfortunately these are at the very bottom of the food chain and realty should be destroyed rather than soJd. The problems start when they have not been handled and moved on quickly enough at the harvest stage, and dampness can get to them, which can then lead to contamination. It is not just peanuts either, maize often gets contaminated with anatoxin, but peanuts are more likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins. Any animal or bird eating a quantity of these will die in a very short space of time. PLEASE be careful what you buy and try to avoid the bottom of the food chain at all costs. If it says it is not fit for human consumption, the chances are it is not fit for any animal consumption. I don't want to be too heavy, but it is so obviously critically important we don't poison our fish. or. indeed, the birds in the garden. Helping out our little feathered friends with a few nuts and the like isn't necessarily the best thing you can do for them. BE WARNED!


Use the Juices as Bait Soaks

One of my all-time favourite bait additives is the excess juice from cooked hempseed. I have used it for various different things over the years, from mixing into groundbait, through to rehydrating air-dried bodies. Another brill ant way of using this incredible liquid is to use it to soak and cook other particle baits. Try soaking and cooking tiger nuts in it for that extra edge, all the lovety sweet oil of the hempseed and the crush of a tiger nut. Keep it to yourself and no one will be any the wiser as to why you are catching more fish on your tigers than they are on theirs!


Keep the juices for Experimentation On a sirtfar theme.

I save all the excess juice from particle preparation and freeze it down in sandwich bags for later experimentation. I find by freezing it in small amounts (usually a pint) it thaws out quickly when required. In my opinion these particle juices are the best thing for adding to ground baits and stick mixes rather than plain water.


Tiger Nut for Hookbaits

"I give my hookbaits added attraction by scraping them to reveal a little of the white inner"

SHAUN'S TIP When using a tiger nut as a hookbait. try scraping away the skin with a penknife. This will reveal a bright, white inner that will make your hookbait stand out from your free offerings, often instigating quicker and more regular bites.

Tiger nuts can be an exceptional bait and most companies now offer these in a choice of size. Personally. I have always preferred the smaller- ones, but I like to mix the odd bigger one in with them. I give my hookbaits added attraction by scraping them to reveal a little of the white inner, which can really make the bait glow and stand out from the others.


Bitz Your Particles

A devastating method can be to chop up your particles to be able to offer a tot more natural flavour release and generally cloud up the surrounding area a little more. This, in turn, attracts many other smaller species to come in for a feed. Get anything feeding and this can act as a very big feeding stimulant to the carp.

Try chopping up a mixture of particles to increase the amount of natural attraction they release into your swim.


Give Hazelnuts a Whirl

One of my favourite particle baits over the years, and one I've always kept quiet about, has been hazelnuts. I first started to use these in the mid-'80s. They have a hollow in the middle of them, which makes them sink very slowly because of their in-built flotation chamber. A great trick, and one I have employed an awful lot. is to split one in half, trap a small polystyrene ball in the hollow, then Superglue the two halves back together. I've caught loads of carp like that. One solitary popped up nut works really well on the waters that have seen a lot of popped-up tigers being used. Invariably angiers have a piece of cork, or similar, above their bait to help keep it buoyant, and when they have got used to this method, a single bait works incredibly well. There is no need to mess around with the Superglue if you utilise a float stop on your Hair to help keep the two halves of bait together.


I purchase the nuts I use from the supermarket.

This way I know I am buying them relatively fresh and that they are unlikely to be contaminated in any way. I onty purchase small bags because I have never found the need to use loads of nuts. A crafty handful here and there is always enough to catch the carp.

"I purchase the nuts I use from the supermarket. This way I know I am buying them relatively fresh and I that they are unlikely to be contaminated in any way"

Tip. 9

Brazil Nuts for Avoiding Nuisance Species

Many anglers shy away from particle baits because of the fear of attracting too many so- called nuisance species into their swim. This is a valid point, but there are plenty of particle baits that nuisance species struggle with. After countless frustrations on the Rrver Trent when trying to avoid the bream. I finally got through to a few carp by using brazil nuts. In fact, my very first cast into the river with a brazil produced a big double. Obviously it's an instant bait that requires no baiting up. which is a good job really -I couldn't afford to feed I many of them! azil nuts make excellent ternative


Check out the Tinned Particles in Your Local Supermarket

The supermarket holds loads of useful ready-to-use particle baits, and it's a good idea to keep a few things in the car for emergencies. Only this spring a friend of mine ran out of bait. After a winter of struggling he had got into the routine of carrying less bart with him. Then, on one session the carp really went for it. and three carp in the net meant he had no more bait to put out. He made a trip to the supermarket for some emergency tins of sweetcom but there was none at afl in stock - not even bags of frozen corn. Being old school this didn't put him off. and he spotted a few tins of chickpeas - a great bait that I rarely see used these days. Back at the lake and his recently purchased chickpeas were soon put out to the feeding area. His next take svas a big 30! The tinned particles I have personally used and caught carp on are:


-Baked beans (both standard and curried)


-Black-eyed beans

-Broad beans

-Macadamia nuts

-Kidney beans

I am sure there are many other items worth trying, but the ones listed win definitely catch you a carp.

SHAUN HARRISON shows us carp fishing

new tricks!

published: Happy Days | Total Carp Magazine

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Shaun Harrison has been on the carp fishing circuit for a long time and has picked up a wealth of experience along the way. He has accounted for hundreds of 30lb carp, and bigger, from home and abroad luit it's his skill of adapting to any water that separates him from the crowd. Just becausc he's been there and done it doesn't mean that he knows it all and Shaun will be the first to admit this. I meet him on the banks of a tricky little pond in Nottinghamshire and discover how a

friend reminded him of the advantages of keeping an open mind. "I've been fishing this two-acre pond on and off for the last few years, mainly in winter. It has surrendered several old, scaly warriors to more than 20lb and up until now it has been relatively easy. However, rig pressure seems to have put them on their guard and I've had to go back to the drawing board," says Shaun. The water, known as The Inner Sanctum, is an ancient ballast pit dug originally for the railway situated next door.

It's a small, secluded pound full of character and history. Sweeping willows, underwater snags and silly gullies provide ideal havens for our quarry. Hi ere are muddy, brown cattle drinks leading to the water's edge and small openings in between the snags that create these enclosed little swims. Each one gives you the option of casting towards a fish-holding area. "I visited The Inner Sanctum a few weeks back for a short day session with a good friend, Dave, and it really opened my mind. After the few years of quality fishing here I was iH'ginning to take this place for granted. Initially, it was nice, relatively predictable fishing - my usual self-tied combi-links with boilie hook baits would always do the business.

However, more recently they've become warier. It could be the crystal-clear water or my blatant approach. Whatever the reason, something had to change, and after being thrashed by Dave, who managed four fish to my blank, I rethought my strategy carefully for this session " he explains while tying up a few rigs for the day. The Monday-morning sunshine shimmers on the surface and springtime activity is well in evidence, with frogs clotted around the weed beds. There was a frost first thing but the sun has burnt it away in no lime at all.

"I've opted for a swim that catches the first rays of the day and therefore warms up the quickest. It's a narrow bay, full of overhanging canopies and beds of silkweed. "Nevertheless, there are some hard spots in between these weedy areas that make presenting a bait easy. I've accurately placed one hook bait halfway up the steep shelf in shallow water and the other on the edge of the drop-off. That way I can kill two birds with one stone. "The hard spots that I'm targeting aren't your obvious gravel areas that scream out danger and make your rig stick out like a sore thumb. They're formed by consistently feeding on the area carefully. Before I leave, I will make a conscious effort to feed these areas with bait.

"When I first looked there was all sorts of bottom debris, such as silkweed, silt and chod covering the spots. However, once I gained the carp's confidence they fed regularly and cleaned it themselves. When a fish feeds it will sift through all the fragments of weed and detritus, ridding what they don't want and digesting the goodness.

They will continue to do this and eventually the spot will become clean and hard. You'll notice how fine the silt has been become - it looks likes a handcrafted spot that you've created yourself," Shaun says while pointing at the area. With the baits in position, we sit back sipping tea, hoping to be interrupted by a belting run. While doing so, Shaun talks me through the water temperature and Metcheck forecast that he has printed off. I'm particularly interested in the- water temperature and conditions. Carp's feeding habits most definitely change with the weather and time of year. According to the forecast we're going to receive light winds today and a weather warning is in place for tomorrow. We're in the lull before the storm at the moment. The water temperature is cold. 44F to be precise, which is enough for a bite, in my opinion. Anything below 39F and I'd be worried." he explains while checking the temperature gauge.

Shaun then receives the first line bite of the day. which causes his Shaun The Sheep bobbin to shudder. At least they're moving in this cold water, which gives him confidence. An hour passes and, after contemplating what to do, Shaun decides to drop one of the rods shorter. Tile fish could be feeding in the margins, hence the positive liner he received. As he adjusts his rig, which features supple, Dynon hook lengths and heavy rubber tubing, he casts it short with an underarm flick. "When Dave trounced me it caused a huge rethink in my fishing here. I'm sure that the carp have become wary of brittle hooklengtlis.

All Dave's fell to supple braided hook links. It could be the different feel, colour or the way that it lays over the contours. Whatever the case; I've decided to change.

"One thing that I like to do with the suppler material is use a PVA bag or stringer to minimise tangles. You'll also notice that I'm a fan of using heavy tubing as a leader material. It's very safe and doesn't cut the fish's flanks and scales like leadcore or fluorocarbon could. To ensure that it lays flush on the lake bed and fills the contours. I snip it into sections and don't bother straightening them. What stick or twig have you seen that's as straight as a ruler? Your tubing needs to mimic the natural detritus on the bottom, making it as inconspicuous as possible.

"The tubing also acts a bit like a flying back lead. When you cast, the tubing will travel back up the line pinning down the final section of your line," he says, as another liner has him leaping to his feet in anticipation of a take.

What intrigues me about liis lead set-up is the fact that lie isn't using a safety-clip system. "After years of carp angling I've learnt not to jump on the bandwagon and that doing something different can catch you more carp. My lead system basically allows your weight to run over the tubing freely should a fish become tethered and break the line. It's ultra-safe and very sensitive." he says. "It isn't always essential to drop the lead while playing a fish. If the water is relatively snag free I prefer to retain it." Things are slow, so Shaun decides to go in search of some fish, leaving me to mind the rods, he climbs a couple of trees to gain a better view of the lake hut no fish are evident. It seems completely devoid of carp and considering that there are more than 20 in here it's a bit of a mystery.He returns with a puzzled look on his face and decides to try a hi-viz pop-up as a last resort. This is once again placed on one of the clean areas in between the weed. As the sun disappears and we're experiencing nigh-on perfect conditions, with plenty of cloud cover and the occasional spot of rain. We're forced to don the winter jackets too because the temperature has dropped a few degrees.

At last, the rod near the snags rips off, resulting in a one-toner. Shaun's next to the rods and soon has it clear of any obstacles. It's important to immediately steer the fish away from the snags and not give them an inch, otherwise you'll be asking for trouble.

Learn more with "Shaun Harrison"

Winter carp tricks - PRE-SOAKED BAITS

published: UKCARP | February 2009

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Give'em A drink


Shaun Harrison is a big fan of soaking his baits to give them that washed-out look. Why not treat your boilies to a slurp...

The prolonged cold, dark and often crisp nights of winter, followed by slippery driveways and frozen windscreens, hardly bring on the urge to go carp fishing, do they? They do to me. I must admit to feeling a relative smugness during the winter, and can easily warm to many memories of winter success over the years. It is a fact that most of my personal-best carp have fallen to me at this time of year, and I honestly believe this is an opportunity to sort out the bigger fish. Undoubtedly the fish slow up and rest for much longer periods when the water is cold, but the larger ones tend to remain that little bit more active. If everything is active then all well and good, because every winter carp I catch fuels just that bit more important to me than a comparable fish in the summer. Winter carp certainly give me a buzz. So let's now look at one of the little tricks I employ which can make all the difference between success and failure.


Pre-soaking your boilies has several advantages, particularly when the carp's metabolism has been slowed by the cold. Carp are cold-blooded, and as such their energy levels are governed by the temperature of the water. I have written this countless times in the past, but it is so easy to forget. The colder the water, the slower the world is to the carp. I like to put my free baits (loose offerings) into water at least 24 hours before I go fishing. I use either the water from the lake I am fishing (take a bottle home with you after each trip) or bottled spring water. In the past I have filled up the bottle from other natural waters but I no longer do this for fear of spreading disease. If damp nets can spread infection, just think what pre-soaked baits could do! I have found bottled spring water works perfectly well - certainly better than tap water, which is ofien tainted with various chemicals. There are seven reasons I like to pre-soak my baits:

1. They appear safe and washed-out

On most pressured waters these days the carp have learnt to associate freshly introduced boilies with danger. Generally, if fresh bait is in the swim, the chances are a baited rig will be there too. It is becoming more and more common for carp to take a couple of days to move on to and start feeding on beds of boilies. How often do you hear of the angler who moves in after someone else, then proceeds to catch a shedload offish? It happens a lot.

2. They are easier to eat

I believe the carp prefer to eat washed-out baits regardless of how much pressure they are under. Everything the carp eats in the natural world is to a large extent liquid. The only semi-dry food they consume is our bait. You will see once you start experimenting with pre-soaking baits just how long the water takes to penetrate the skin and reach the inner core. Obviously, the larger the bait, the longer this process takes. Even after 24 hours submerged in water, most 15mm boilies are still semi-dry in the centre. Now I can't help but think it can actually become a problem and make the fish feel a little uncomfortable eating too many fresh (dry) boilies. I do like to bring the human analysis into these situations, and the thought of eating dry cream crackers comes to mind. Certainly, the longer I have soaked baits, the quicker they have appeared to work. It is easy to say that the reason for this is possibly too high a flavour level in the first place. I don't think so. I am sure it is down to the simple fact that the bait is easier to eat.

3. They are quicker to digest

If you offer the baits pre-soaked the carp should bo able to digest them much more quickly once eaten, and so will come back on the feed that much quicker.

4. It helps stop the baits taking on the smell of the surrounding area

This is a massive advantage if you fish waters where the baits come back tainted with the smell of silt, and in some cases weed. All boilies as purchased have been dried to a degree. This is why. when you wind your rig back in after a spell out in the lake, your bait comes back larger than it was when it was first cast out. Quite simply it is re-absorbing the water around it. Now. if the surrounding water is slightly tainted, your bait will be as well, which makes you wonder just how much your bait is standing out to the fish if the first millimetre of skin smells the same as the stuff around it. By pre-soaking your boilies you have already given them a drink, so to speak, and any flavour that has leached out into the water is naturally seeping back into the bait too. Fire these out when thev are already full of liquid and they aren't going to become quite so tainted as fresh baits.

5. They fire out further in a catapult

A small added bonus of pre-soaking tho baits is that you are then able to catapult them a little furthor. duo to the extra weight they have taken on. The slight downside is that if you soak them completely through to the core they are likely to explode out of a throwing stick. Since damaging my elbow several years ago I am unable to use a stick, so this has never been an issue to me. I do all my baiting with either a catapult or a spod. but this is something you will need to hear in mind if you aro a regular user of a throwing stick.

Killer rigs

KEVIN GRIX shows us three highly effective presentations that all make use of a D rig on the hook...

I use D rigs for all of my fishing because I never pierce a boiled bait, preferring to tie them on. I will pierce particle baits with a needle, but as soon as a boiled bait goes into the lake the water ingress changes its buoyancy. You have spent all that time carefully balancing a bait and within an hour it's no longer balanced. I have always done it and I never seem to be outfished. Indeed. I have shown this way of fishing to other people and they have gone on to find it as successful as I have. I always make bespoke hook baits using sieved base mix. egg albumen and a little bit of milk protein. To make a popup I use an 11 mm cork ball and end up with a bait of around 15mm. For a balanced bait I use an 8mm cork ball and that will just balance the bait with the weight of the hook. Tying a D rig without a fly-tying vice is a nightmare. There are hundreds on eBay, and you can spend up to £50 if you wish. The one that I use cost £7. To tie up a packet of 10 hooks, once I have checked all the points and I'm happy with them, will take less than half an hour. I use a pair of binoculars to inspect my hook points. There are various hook magnifiers and these work well enough. Try turning a pair of decent, and I must emphasise the word decent, binoculars round and look through the wrong end and you will find that they are 10 times better.

PrepaRinc a Small Water TO Catch BIG Carp

by Neville Foord

Neville Foord is a multiple Protea angler with colours in bank angling, match angling and feeder angling. He spent a year in the U.K. where he gained valuable match angling experience. He now resides in Pretoria and fishes at club and national level.

In the freezing cold of winter I spent some time indoors preparing and gathering info as to where the fish might be having a go at some worm or corn presented on the pole. Just a week after I returned from the world feeder fishing champion-ships that took place in Belgium, I received a call from good friend and pole an- gler Alex Botha. In his voice I could hear that there was more to it than just the feeling of me being missed... And I was right! He had found a small lake in a residential area near to where he lives with carp of up to 15kg, and couldn't wait to tell me all about it - and take me fishing. Unfortunately access to the water is for residents only, so I was only taking photos this time while he showed me his way with the pole. Upon arriving at the lake it appeared somewhat bigger than I first thought, which told me that big fish and especially carp would be present. There is a lovely big island in the middle with lots and lots of overgrowth, rushes hanging in the water, marginal reeds, trees hanging over and fallen tree trunks sticking out the water near ing area of natural habitat! "There's a lot ofbig carp in the venue but the average weight is about 3-7kg" he stated while we were walking to his preferred fishing spot with only a Sensas mixing bowl and some feed and goodies along with it.

His choice of swim was where the water came in from a small seasonal stream where the main river bed is right along the bank where we were and is about 2,5m deep right at our feet. "The river bed is exactly 5 sections of my Sensas pole wide, to where it rises to a plateau where the depth is about 1-1.7m deep further out" he stated. "The deeper water is no good during the summer months and the carp graze inside and among the reeds on the opposite side like crazy, you can actually see them and lure feed them into your feeding spot by catapulting corn deep into the vegetated area". Now that's what I call thrilling stuff! Big carp bumping against the rushes and swimming and splashing and making noise would baffle any avid pole angler! Alex further explained to me that though it's the case in summer, winter is somewhat different with the fish being very sensitive and hardly moving at all, so it's absolutely essential to get everything just right, from your feed, the amounts you're putting in, the floats, line and hooks you're using and also the time of day and the temperature. A sudden fall in tem- perature would see him (and most of us) rather sitting at home not even bothered to go and try! "Wait for a constant temperature occurrence or a slight rise over a longer period of time and you will be more successful" he says, sound advice to which I can gladly confess I'm also a big believer. "The most important thing to do on such a small water in winter is to pre-feed or pre-bait your area a few days in advance." Alex explained to me that he wouldn't even try to go fishing without the area being pre-fed.[...]

Part 2: ...The time has finally arrived for me and pole angler Alex Botha to go fishing at his "pre-baited" swim. Because of severe weather conditions and changing temperatures it was very difficult to find a day where the weather conditions were acceptable for a small lake and a rather unlikely swim like this. Up and down our beautiful country I've heard that catches were overall bad, except for the Western Cape. But none the less we eventually found a day in the week where the two prior days saw rising temperatures and the wind slowing down, meaning that it would be our best chance to attempt a fishing session on the "prebaited" swim!

the dry ingredients

mixed together.Simple.

The swim was quite a walk from the car park and took a lot of hard work to carry all our gear down to the bank, but not surprisingly Alex thought about that long before I did, and the idea is ever so innovative as it is simple (see photo) Alex loaded his gear onto the trolley and headed for his swim; upon arriving some longish grass had to be trimmed down so he could ship his pole in and out much easier. After the "trimming" was done he started preparing his feed and bait which couldn't have been simpler - he prefers normal popcorn feed and some tinned corn pips -that's it! For hook baits he uses plain corn, and he added half the tin into his initial feed. Note that he mixes his feed first, and then he starts preparing[...]

Clipping from the bank angler UK ,sused only for education and inspiration.

Black Magic

New Products

Strayline Rigs by Black Magic

Black Magic has released a range of pre-tied strayline rigs offering the angler the ultimate in both quality and convenience. You can choose from cither high penetration Black Magic C POINT® hooks, or if you prefer a recurve style, then the KL hook rig is the one for you. Each rig consists of two hooks and a lumo bead tied on 601b tough trace. There are three rigs per packet in the following options.

-C Point hooks: bottom hook 6/0, upper hook 5/0

-C Point hooks: bottom hook 7/0, upper hook 6/0

-KL hooks: bottom hook 6/0, upper hook5/0

Black Magic strayline rigs are designed to be IGFA legal for tournament use and record claims. These are available in a tackle store near you.

Poppers and stick baits

Black Magic has developed an exciting new range of poppers and stick baits designed to attract those hard hitting, big fish. Jet Popper Features:

-Two sizes - 60gm and 150gm

-Five great colours

-Large wide mouthed front with two jet holes

-Available rigged or unrigged

Carp Bait, Boilies , Pellets and Pop-ups - see and comment

Black Magic premium swivels

Black Magic's range of premium swivels has a new addition with the introduction of a super strong 360° swivel. Ideal for dropper lines, the smooth rotation minimizes tangles and eliminates line twist, allowing your livebait relative freedom of movement. It is also well suited for surfcasting rigs. The 360° swivel comes in two sizes - the smaller one with an average test of 50kg, while the larger one tests at an average of 65kg. They can be purchased in either small or economy pack sizes.

Feeder Carp Fishing - Evolution System

The Brand New Matrix Feeder Evolution System - simple way without having to break tour kit

Using the Matrix Evolution System gives you total flexibility by feeder fishing.
If you are fishing a groundbait new Method feeder but... more

Matrix Carp Floats

Matrix offers fishing floats in concise ranges designed for specific uses or specific fish species, include: The Carp Series, Poly Floats, Pencil shaped, Sight Tip and Silver Fish Float Series.

Matrix Carp rods

There are currently six ranges in the Matrix rod range. The established Carpmaster range has been designed for the latest match carp fishing methods and covers everything from short range feeder fishing work to long range Method feeder fishing, and also 'commercial water styler float methods.

The "Horizon" range of fishing rods is designed for long range feeder fishing, primarily on large European waters where distance casting is essential, and is now regarded as one of the best ranges available for extreme performance.

The "Ultron" Rods range covers a broad spectrum of float and feeder methods and offers excellent value for money, whilst the Reflex float rods have superbly refined actions more suitable for traditional stick float and waggler fishing.

The Latest is the exceptional value Carbo-Flex feeder range which offers versatile performance across a wide rage of feeder methods and the Reflex Bolo rods designed for Bolognese fishing across Europe.

Finally there are new two pole ranges. The Finesse is a flagship match anglers pole designed for International competition fishing where length limits of 13 metres are imposed. The Power X range offers outstanding power and value making it suitable for carp fishing in the Europe, also and UK.

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Hull cork handle with Fuji 'dps' real seat and fukk single lef SICs plus side keeper ring. Weight 13ft-4.75oz,14ft-5.25oz

a new Drennan Carp Rod

When it comes to new products, it's fair to say you can be a little sceptical. But doubt whether there's an angler in Europe who doesn't have at least one Drennan product in his fishing tackle box.

This isn't a fishing rod for commercial carp. it's too good for them. it just isn't suited to them.

No, it's more of a 'purist' tool, ideal for reel lines from 2lb-plus to 4lb or so. Incredibly slim at the butt, it weighs less than 5oz, and initial thoughts that its action might be all-through - something. Coupled with a 3000FD reel from DRENNAN company, the rod was perfectly balanced and responsive, with a fast and crisp action.

The fish fought well, but the rod handled it perfectly, even when it woke up under the rod tip, making you wonder if, actually.

"No, a bream it was, and at a little over 6lb it was certainly a good test for the Acolyte, with the tip absorbing every lunge as the fish tried to make for the near-bank reeds. You will never feared for 0.10mm hook length. The Acolyte Carp Rod is special, this is one rod that won't be ending up in your tackle shed.

The new fluorocarbon Rock Bottom Lines

Ensuring that yout lines lay flush to the bottom is something that you must always do.

You can use the new fluorocarbon main line called Rock Bottom in 18lb - there is no better sinking line on the market. It is extremely abrasion resistant and, of course, sinks like a brick. Also you can use a heavy leadcore, which again sinks straight to the bottom to make my whole setup extremely concealed.

Korda Subline & Ace Velocity Leader Line

The Korda Subline

The Korda Subline comes in translucent green or brown and is extremely tough supple and super heavy. This stuff sinks like a brick and comes of the spool with virtually no twist and has a very soft supple.

If you fish slack fishing lines and want a tough reliable line, Korda Subline may be the answer.

The Ace Velocity Leader Line is aimed at the angler fishing at distance. It features a high breaking strain leader end which tapers down to normal mainline i.e. 25lb leader end tapering to 10lb mainline. This means no more knots to catch and cause birdsnests.

The Ace Velocity leader Line has the tapered leader at both ends, so when the leader gets a bit worn you just turn it round saving you money as well.

Carp fishing Articles and Guides:

Fishing "Hard Waters" for Carp - Carp Helpful tips by Alan T for any fishing situation, baits and tackle, possible problems and how to handle them.

Going for Carp - Preparation and planning, Bait and Tackle, foods and Drink by Stephen B. Learn more about How to Plan your next Carp Trip

Winter Fishing Essentials - This not designed to be a 'take it or leave it' Darren W. article, but a list of essential equipment for winter carp fishing sessions of 24 hours or more.

Carp Bait Guide - This is Darren's Guide to commonly used Carp baits today. Tips and findings about Boilies , Particles and Natural baits and Pellets to keep the Carp and non-Carp angler happy .

Casting to the Horizon - This carp fishing article by Dave L. is to advise you on some of the tackle, rigs and techniques of casting, include Proper Procedure, Inspection, Proper Setup and How to Climb.