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favourite rig. I therefore won’t insult
your intelligence by giving you an
answer. If you can’t work that one out
for yourself then you shouldn’t be an
angler – lol.
It’s sometimes difficult to answer
the questions accurately or with the
depth to the knowledge needed
unless you are a lunar geek or a biologist etc. As I’ve stated previously, I’m
just an angler who loves his fishing
passionately. All I can do is give a
view or an opinion from past experiences. I know Sean will know plenty
about this, as he used to be heavily
involved with koi carp and has an
understanding of health issues etc
concerning salt. Yes, carp do love salt
minerals, but more so at certain times
of the year. I have heard people say
salt is not good for the fish, but
whether that is true or not I don’t
know. Maybe too much salt at the
wrong time of the year may not be a
good thing but then what do I know,
Sean?
What I can say though, and have
actually seen with my own eyes, is
that the inclusion of large amounts of
salt into a back garden koi pond can
mean you have healthy fish in your
pond. I saw a good friend of mine
pour a 25kg sack of salt into his pond
and he said it’s really good for them.
I’m sure he went on to say he puts in
around ten of those sacks a week at
certain times! That is somebody who
knows exactly what he is doing, so
don’t go and do it because I’ve mentioned it without speaking to an
expert first, please.
The fish oil question kind of hits a
same chord with me as the salt one.
Again, I don’t know enough about it
to give a proper in-depth answer but
fish oils are definitely safe to use once
the water warms up. I know I’m on
Mainline bait now, but I’m sure Kevin
or Steve won’t mind me mentioning
the fact that when I was with Essential Baits, Mike Willmott used to ‘’winterise’’ his bait, which contained
salmon oil. By ‘’winterise’’ he just
meant reducing the oil content. So
basically these fish oils are more easily passed through the carp when the
water temperature isn’t so cold. I
think that to have a bait with a high
oil content during winter might well
be not such a ‘safe’ bait or good an
idea because it won’t be digested in
the correct way.
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Lee Jackson
Hi guys and Big Carp readers. At the
time of writing this it’s 8th April, and
although most waters should’ve
switched on by now, a lot of them
haven’t, especially the deeper waters.
I’ve just come back from a week at
Gigantica in France where we were
supposed to be making a new DVD
for Free Spirit, but because it’s fairly
deep the carp weren’t really switched
on yet, well not to feeding on the bottom that is, so we failed. It was a bit
frustrating really, because although
they showed most mornings, there
was no action on the bottom, and if
we tried zigs then they didn’t show at
all, as they were seemingly spooked
by our main lines running through the
clear water. So, a question for the zig
experts – have any of you had success using a zig rig in conjunction
with a slack line or with a back lead?
Whenever I’ve used zigs I’ve generally found the bites to be a bit funny
as opposed to being full blast runs, so
I was wondering if you would still get
indication.
Following my early success on my
new water not a lot else has happened, apart from me possibly saving
someone from dying of hypothermia
following him falling into the nearby
t i d a l R i v e r M e d w a y, b u t t h a t ’s
another story! One thing that is
annoying me, which is something
Sean also mentioned, is that anglers
already are putting in far too much
bait for the time of year, and although
they probably don’t think so, it’s buggering it up for everyone except for
the tufted ducks. One of the causes is
the Spomb, because although it’s an
absolutely brilliant invention, it has
made it so easy for anglers to bait up
that normally wouldn’t, and far too
much free bait is going in than is necessary. Although it will never happen,
I just wonder what would happen if
clubs and syndicates etc were to put
a blanket ban on anglers putting in
free offerings (apart from things like
maggots) during the colder months,
including March and April? Dream on
Jacko!
Another annoying thing is that you
turn up and choose a swim but don’t
know what free bait you’re already
fishing over. On the last session I
f i s h e d, w h i c h w a s j u s t a q u i c k
overnighter, I found a few fish on my
arrival not long before dark, and so as
An absolutely brilliant invention, but
the cause of too much bait going in.
not to disturb them too much just had
one cast with each rod and didn’t put
out any free offerings whatsoever.
When it got light after a biteless
night, a flock of tufties turned up and
were picking up boilies on almost
every dive, obviously from what the
previous occupant had put in – so
annoying.
Well as I asked the question about
rock salt I’d better give my opinion.
First of all I’d like to dismiss the worries that people might have about so
much being put in that it could turn
some of our waters into inland seas
and that we will soon be fishing for
cod instead of carp. In the pond keepers’ world it’s fairly regular practice
for people to treat their ponds with
salt for the purpose of killing off parasites and bacteria, and the suggested
inclusion rate (I can’t remember what
it is) is quite alarming when you are
first told. One problem that comes out
of this however is that although it initially kills off parasites, after a while
Almost pure rock salt.

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