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My water, Cotton Farm, where the water is fairly brackish.
they can build up an immunity to it,
the result of which is ‘super bugs’,
which will be even more damaging in
the long term. Another thing with salt
is that as far as I’m aware, it never dissipates from water unless the water is
changed, so although carp may be
able to tolerate living in brackish
water, other species of fish and some
other water life might not.
I suppose I’ve contradicted myself
there a bit because on the one hand
I’ve said that I don’t think it’s possible
to put in the amount to turn water
brackish, but on the other I’ve said
that it could be possible and could
cause adverse affects. Ok on large
waters it’s probably never going to
cause any problems, but on small
waters it might do in the long term, I
suppose is what I mean. So is a large
amount going to be put in? Initially
yes is my answer to that judging by
the amount we are already selling in
Fish oils – attractive but not to be
The Tackle Box and the amount of
publicity it is receiving. But then
surely if rock salt is a bit of an edge, it
is only an edge if only a few people
are using it. If it’s being thrown in all
round a lake then it’s not going to
make any difference to catches at all.
In my view it’s going to be a bit of a
passing fad, but having said that, it
could be a fad that could do a bit of
damage along the way and kill off a
lot of the fish’s natural food!
Another thing that worries me
about the excess use of salt, although
it’s something that I don’t know anything about, is the effect it might have
on a fish’s health. As humans we are
told that high salt consumption has
been linked to high blood pressure,
heart problems, stomach cancer and
other medical problems that can
prove fatal. Perhaps somebody out
there who knows a bit more about the
effects of salt ingestion on fish could
write something about it. I’m sure it
would be interesting, although I
doubt whether anyone would take
any notice if it were proven to cause
any adverse affects! The future of
carp fishing sometimes worries me,
especially so the amount of alien substances that now get thrown into our
lakes that can’t then be taken out.
Over the years there have been a few
‘near misses’ and we have got away
with it, but one day we might not be
so lucky.
I suppose this is a good lead-on to
the subject of fish oils because they
have been linked with carp health
problems in the past. Undoubtedly
f i s h o i l s a r e a s u p e r b a t t r a c t o r,
although only in warmer water condi-
tions in my opinion. I can remember
when they were first popularised by
bait companies such as Premier Baits,
they were devastatingly effective on
every water where they were used,
but even back then, they’d die a death
once the water temperatures got
cold. I suppose it’s all relative with
what I’ve been preaching for years
from my own experience and findings
– not only do a lot of oils coagulate
and seal in attractors in cold water
conditions, I also don’t think that carp
have the ability to digest them, which
causes them all sorts of problems.
In warmer water however, I think
that fish oils are a brilliant attractor
and addition to any boilie, although
now the choice of different fish oils is
nothing like what it used to be, as the
fish industries no longer produce
them for some reason. Although not
meant to be an advert (again),
undoubtedly the best fish oil based
product that I’ve ever used is our
Tackle Box Ming Oil, which is something that I developed quite a few
years ago through a bit of experimentation with the carp in my fish tank
and a bit of trial and error. Ming Oil is
based predominantly on a human
grade fish oil with a couple of fish
extracts, and not only does it work
extremely well for carp, it also
catches pike, catfish and even cod; in
fact I’m sure it’s effective for practically every fish that swims!
One thing that used to be common
practice with fish oils was to glug all
of the baits, including free offerings in
it, which probably seemed like a good
idea at the time, but is not something
that I would recommend doing nowadays, as it is a bit over the top and
could to a degree contaminate the
water. I can remember seeing areas
on some lakes where this excessive
oil had built up in a corner or suchlike,
and not only did it not look very nice,
it also smelled horrible after a while,
which I’m sure wasn’t good for the
water or its inhabitants. So summing
up, oils like salmon oil, Ming Oil, cod
liver oil etc are all excellent attractors,
but like a lot of things, they are best
used sparingly at a rate of about 15 to
20ml per six-egg mix.
Long range line? Undoubtedly the
finer the diameter a line is then the
further you’ll be able to cast, although
other things need to be taken into
consideration such as the amount of
weed, snags etc, because it’s no good


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