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The Big Carp
Rotary Letter
Here are the questions in brief that you the readers emailed in
following issue 191. Don’t forget to email any further questions
1) A. White, Barnstable – I am having a problem casting up tight to an
island. When I put the float out it looks close but if I walk up the bank
and look from the side it’s miles off – any ideas?
2) L. Long, Nuneaton – I’m fishing a deep pit and see carp head and
shoulder on the spot then immediately bubble up. They can’t be
touching bottom so quickly, so why the bubbles?
3) N. Sargent, Cambs – I want to use tigers and hemp on my syndicate
water this year but what’s best? Natural, black, talin, etc and what rig
would you use?
4) J. Dean, Somerset – I’ve seen mealworms in my local pet shop; they
are cheap and look like they would make a good bait. Any of you guys
used them?
5) M. Roberts, Royston – Help! I’m fishing a very weedy lake and losing three out of four carp hooked – any suggestions to put the percentage in my favour?
Lee Jackson
H i y a , g u y s . Fo r o n e r e a s o n a n d
another I missed out last month, so
it’s a case of playing catch-up. Last
time out Rob mentioned about there
being hardly any fish deaths this year
so far. Well, I think he spoke too soon
as there have been a couple of lakes
t h a t h a v e s u f f e r e d i n Ke n t j u s t
recently. Perhaps because of the
strange weather we’ve been having
this year the problems have been
delayed slightly, but let’s just hope
that these couple of incidents are just
Sean was the only one to comment
on my PVA question and thankfully
he read it as a bit tongue-in-cheek as
there is no way that carp have sussed
PVA. There can’t be a carp angler out
there that doesn’t use PVA judging by
the amount of PVA systems and products we sell, and if they thought that
it was detrimental to their catches
then I’m sure sales would decrease
(which they don’t). I think perhaps
what Kevin Nash might have meant is
that presenting free offerings without
using PVA could be better, which is
why Nash Baits Chain Reaction is the
resounding success that it is. For
much of my own fishing I use PVA
quite a lot because not only do I like
the idea of presenting a little food
package in the close vicinity of my
hookbait, I also find it has the advantage of completely alleviating hook
link tangles. Up until recently I have
always used the mesh type PVA and
nicked a little walnut sized bag onto
my hook just prior to casting, but
since Fox brought out their Rapide
PVA bag system, this is what I’ve
been using ever since. I suspect that
most of you will have now seen this
system, but if not, check it out; making up solid PVA bags is now child’s
play with no more messing about
tying the top of the bag etc.
An insight into Ed’s tackle box
made me smile. I thought I was the
only one who was a hoarder and
extremely untidy. Every time I go fishing I keep meaning to clean out my
box, especially as I have to tread on it
to get it shut, the result of which is
that everything springs out when I
open it! I can top the boilie hooks discovery too… Last time I cleaned it out
I found these short boom sections
that I’d made out of catapult elastic
that I used to use as a shock absorber
when using light breaking strain hook
links, and these must date back to
something like 1980.
Regarding casting tight to an
island, usually you’re only tight
enough when you don’t see the lead
land! I can remember standing next
to Rob on a Colne Valley water we
were both fishing at the time and
watching him casting (without clipping up), so tight to an island that he
would sometimes end up with a fresh
leaf impaled on his hook when he
retrieved his end tackle. I can remember thinking at the time that I
would’ve bottled it and settled for
fishing slightly less tight to it rather
than risking having my end tackle
ending up snagging in the branches.
This can cause a problem on some
waters, and many a time I have seen
the trees and bushes festooned with
marker floats, spods, leads and line
where anglers have overshot the
mark and then snapped off. Obviously
this practice can cause problems for
birds, and I’ve even seen carp tethered to branches where the baited
hook has obviously settled on the
lakebed but the main line has broken
in the branches above – not good. I
much prefer to fish a little bit back
from the island and then encourage
the carp away from it with my baiting.
Rainbow Lake in France is
renowned for fish being caught right
in amongst the snags, which is where
they are also being fed with free bait.
I often wonder what the results would
be if anglers were to bait up in open
water… Well, I don’t wonder; I’m
quite certain that the great big pigs


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