FL12Sept - Page 163



A Question of Bait
feed heavily on good quality bait as
they need to condition themselves for
winter and natural food abundant
during the summer months is becoming more difficult to come across in
the quantity they need. Our products
are packed with nutrients and will
serve you particularly well at this
time of year. The carp’s life cycle is
marching on and they need a good
quality protein and energy source to
meet their biological goals and with a
good supply of natural food and bait
in many instances they’ll be at an
extraordinarily healthy bodyweight
by the end of autumn.
This autumnal binge isn’t optional,
they have to have it, that’s why
they’re more catchable at this time of
year and you will often hear about
fish getting caught and going
straight back on the munch and getting recaptured again within a few
days as they try to make up for lost
feeding time. This phenomena isn’t
as pronounced as it used to be when
winters used to be far colder than
they are now but it’ll happen so do
your best to be there when it does
and take advantage of the situation
Another thing to bear in mind is
that whilst I’m a great proponent of
the less is more / little and often
approach you can afford to bait far
more liberally at this time of year if
this doesn’t suit your budget don’t be
afraid to pad your baiting out with
some proper quality fresh pellet like
Bankside’s grubbers, our own T1 pellets or both along with plenty of quality fresh hempseed, the latter items
will keep fish in your chosen area
long after your bait has been eaten
and give you far greater chance of
multiple captures so get busy with
the rocketeer and get some bait in,
how much will depend on the stock
density but you’ll know you’ve over
done it if every carp in the pond is
clattering out in front of you and
you’re not getting any action.
Another word to the wise while
we’re on the subject of bait is that our
little feathered amigos are in a similar
phase of their life cycle as the carp
and will be looking to relieve you of
your freebies so box a little clever and
don’t be putting whole baits out. Get
yourself one of those new fangled
Korda Krushas if you haven’t already.
They save you sitting around for an
hour crushing up baits with pliers
and will leave a carpet of everything
from crumb to ¾ baits in your plot
and the varied bait particle sizes will
both frustrate the fish looking for
something more substantial and
deny it any ‘suck rhythm’ leading to
added confusion, and confusion
equals cash, so get on the Krusha,
avoid fishing one dimensionally, and
laugh at the little feathered pikeys
getting less energy then they’re
expending from what they’re managing to pick up from you.
If you’ve been using choddies all
summer there’s no real need now and
I have found that more standard lead
clip type set ups are more productive
over bait as the weed dies back
though I still fish pop up rigs with
confidence over particle and mass
bait, you just need to use the right
one but that’s a matter of trial and
error for you. With the leaves now
starting to fall in and decompose you
will find that you will also need a
decent pop up presentation to avoid
your hook bait being masked in the
less clear areas especially in the edge.
You will also find that on many
waters unless there’s a substantial
amount of timber in the margins the
fish will retreat to deep water areas
and start troughing up on the sandy
and clay areas they visit more fre-
quently as the temperatures begin to
fall and the weed starts breaking up
making the larder contained within
and beneath it more accessible, so
probe the edge of weed beds for
marks that will deliver. A very firm
favourite feature of mine around
weed when I’m leading about is
when I get a ‘glide’ – almost as if my
lead’s fallen off - then hit weed, ‘that’s
a spot that’s being worked’ is what
I’m thinking and I’ve regularly been
able exploit these areas and will try
and get couple of rods on one once
I’ve pinpointed it, even if it’s only the
size of a dustbin lid. They can do multiple hits even on otherwise very difficult venues at this time of year.
Another wise move is to keep a
very close eye on met check at this
time of year, they’re up for it as we’ve
already discussed but look for the
barometric pressure dropping into
the nines at this time of year (or any
other for that matter) often accompanied by a big wind and a big hit is
once again on the cards so be there
when it goes down and your catch
rate will go up, never kid yourself
‘they ain’t havin’ it’ especially now, if
you’ve managed to get on ‘em and
you haven’t caught you’ve got it
wrong, try harder or try another
approach if you haven’t caught and
make it happen, there’s fish feeding
almost round the clock out there right
now – go get ‘em! n
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