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The Bait Debate
tinuing to establish your bait for you.
In essence, every time you bait up,
whether you are fishing or not, the
more free bait fish take, the more confident they will become. This may
well take time, but we all see in the
angling press how waters can be
dominated by one particular bait,
sometimes to the exclusion of others.
If you are unable to actually prebait,
maybe due to time, or travelling distance, every fishing session gives you
that chance to establish your bait. I
cannot see why then you would constantly change away from something
that is actually catching, and if it’s of
high nutritional value, it should only
improve with more use if you are regularly putting into the lake. When I
look at my own results I can definitely
see an improvement year on year,
often by doing the same things fishing wise, just because my bait has
become more accepted and the fish
have confidence in feeding on it. I
also have the belief that fish can be
turned on to eating boilies by seeing
other fish eat them with confidence –
peer pressure if you like. I have
watched fish that are really shy, elusive feeders pile into bait when other
fish begin to feed heavily in front of
them, almost like a shark feeding
frenzy, perhaps because they simply
don’t want to miss out.
Several years ago I started fishing
the well-known Crayfish Pool that
contained a few very cautious carp
that had seen it all. It was always sold
to me as a bits and pieces water,
tigers in the margins and really subtle
presentations were apparently
needed to catch one of these educated fish. When I took a few walks
round there it was clear that this was
the method others were employing, as
almost every swim had a handful of
tigers or particle in the edge of it, and
the fish were easy to see swimming
along these edges in the crystal clear
water. But it was on these intelligence gathering missions that it all
became clear as to how I would
approach it. As I said, seeing the fish
in the margins was easy, but seeing
them feed in the margins was
another, as I never did! They would
swim over these patches of bait in the
edges at great speed, and not once
did I see one tip down and feed – the
opposite in fact – in that they clearly
associated them with danger.
The fish had been caught on boilies
before, so with that in mind I set
about establishing my bait somewhere I felt the fish would feed, out in
the middle of the lake. To this day I
undertook my most intense baiting
(Top) 39lb mirror after baiting up
with different shapes and sizes.
(Left) Big baiting can draw them off
the naturals in midsummer.
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