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Made In England
the addition of a little salt can make a
huge difference to a dish, not only to
the taste, but also how it reacts with
different meats and vegetables to
bring out different tastes and flavours.
But would you think that a pound of
salt in a beef stew would actually be
good for you, ignoring what it would
taste like? Belachan has been an
additive that has become popular of
late, and that itself is based on a
Japanese additive that has been used
in Oriental cooking for many, many
years. Due to its cost, its use has been
limited, which is exactly how it
should be, but now we have salt itself,
not as an additive, but in its raw form,
dropped straight into the lake. I know
many people have used salt, sparingly, and have had encouraging
results from its use, but now we’ve
gone commercial, and that always
worries the hell out of me.
Although I call it one of carp fishing’s worst kept secrets, it has still
been way below the radar of the
majority of anglers for decades, and
the few that have used it successfully
have done so quietly and carefully.
But now the lid’s come off of the salt
cellar, and why? Because Kevin Nash
has decided to make balls of salt for
our convenience, to save us worrying
about where we would be able to buy
the required grade of salt – bless him.
In his article in Carp-Talk he implores
that only human grade rock salt
should be used (not that nasty, cheap
stuff they put on the roads), that it
should be used in small quantities of
no more than 100g, and also that ‘the
responsible carp angler must be
mindful of any potential adverse
effect on the environment.’ On that
last note, I have to say that responsible carp anglers have been very
mindful of the potential adverse
effects on the environment and have
kept their mouths shut!
Let’s look at what has happened in
the past when an ‘edge’ has been
Peanuts – caused all sorts of carcinogenic problems with the carp,
many of which were fatal.
Tiger nuts – their massive overuse
caused many carp to lose weight due
to the lack of nutrition in the nuts.
Fish Oil – glug ‘em up! Gallons and
gallons of salmon oil, fossoil and all
manner of fish oils went into lakes
and carp’s digestive systems. The
outcome was not good.
The Looney Extension rig – misuse
and lack of understanding caused
damage to loads of carp’s mouths.
I’m sure I could go on, but I think
that the evidence is fairly clear – people don’t understand. If a pound of
tigers or peanuts catches one carp,
then surely 25 kilos will catch a shed
full? If a capful of oil attracts a couple
of fish, then surely a couple of pints of
the stuff will attract a shed full. If 100g
of rock salt catches me one carp, then
surely a few pounds will catch me a
shed full!
Kevin makes a point of saying that
more salt doesn’t mean more carp,
but when have people ever taken any
notice of what is written in a magazine article? Ask half a dozen people
to tie up a chod rig or a stiff hinged rig
and you’ll get half a dozen different
versions. It’s human nature to think
that you can improve something by
changing it a little. I remember when
the 360 rig was publicised (not by
Laney, I might add). Pretty soon there
were all sorts of horror stories of double hooked carp, torn mouths and foul
hooked fish. Why? Because people
either didn’t understand or thought
they could do better.
Think about this... On an average
carp lake, how many anglers will
there be? Taking a mean average, let’s
say between eight and ten a day.
How many of those anglers do you
think would be using salt as an addition to their angling? Definitely no
more than one, I would say, and he’s
probably using it at sensible levels,
like he’s been doing for years. So
what happens when everyone else
cottons on to it? Suddenly at least
eight to ten times the amount of salt
is going into the lake. On a big old
pond like Wraysbury that may have
little effect, but on a little three-acre
day ticket water, who knows what the
impact might be? Then take into consideration the ‘I reckon ol’ Nashy is
pulling our plonker’ brigade. They’ll
decide either that a) any old rock salt
(Top) The damage done.
(Left) 100,000 signatures couldn’t
stop this.


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