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the problem of the coots actually taking the bait off the hair, but they will
still be able to pick it up. A few companies sell mesh and it’s available in
most tackle shops. I know that Lee
sells it in The Tackle Box as I have
bought it from there. An alternative is
to simply use women’s tights. They
are available in various colours that
can match your hook bait and I’ve
always got a pair or two in my tackle
bag, but that’s a story for another
I personally don’t mind the birds
diving on my areas though, as I don’t
think carp spook off them. I actually
caught the Yateley Car Park Lake’s
Big Common on a meshed pop-up
while the coots were diving on the
spot. As a coot dived the rod signalled
a take, and I was sure it was caused
by the coot, but when the coot resurfaced and the rod was still rattling off
it some became clear that the coot
wasn’t the culprit.
Lastly from me for this month is Q5
regarding using bloodworm as a hook
bait and which rig to use… I have
never personally used bloodworm as
a hook bait so can’t really suggest a
rig for it. I have used bloodworm as a
bait though in such forms as bloodworm pellet, bloodworm boilie and
liquid bloodworm. When you say
though that the carp won’t touch a
boilie, what about trying a bait other
than a boilie? A single tiger nut over a
bed of bloodworm pellet could well
work in your favour. Have a look what
happens to the Sticky Bloodworm
Extract Pellet when immersed in
water – you will be amazed. The pellet is produced by double coating it
with pure liquid pressed bloodworm
so when the pellet starts to break
down you get a cloud of attraction
over the baited area. Also there are a
few companies that produce a bloodworm boilie, which work well at
times. Sticky Baits’ Pure Liquid
Bloodworm is produced with pressed
bloodworm. Try adding this to a particle mix or soaking pellet in it. Lastly I
do know of a guy that did well by fishing a bloodworm boilie over a bed of
freeze dried bloodworm that he had
bought off the Internet by the kilo.
This was on a water that was full of
naturals, so this may be worth looking
at although it could work out quite
That’s it from me for this month.
Till next time…
Leon Bartropp
Question 1
This is a common problem that we
have all suffered with from time to
time, I can tell you. Nobody likes fish
falling off, and it can happen when
you least expect it, which can be
most annoying to say the least. If it’s
happened to me I’ve always tried various things to remedy the occurrences or at least cut them down. I’ll
look at my hooks first of all to see if
they are indeed as sharp as they can
A change of pattern or a bigger hook
may help.
I remember I was starting to lose a
few fish at lake many years ago and
for the life of me I couldn’t work out
why this was happening, I’d check
the hook as I always do before casting
out my hookbait, but every now and
then I’d lose a fish, and, like Mr. Marshall, they were normally the bigger
ones. It wasn’t until I realised that the
spot I was fishing was very hard,
which was blunting the hooks
enough so they wouldn’t take a good
enough hookhold on the take. It was
only when I started looking at the
hooks after a capture that I realised
that some of the fish I had managed
to land had the hook point slightly
bent over in some cases. It was a very
Adding a piece of foam solved my
hook pull problems.
Hard spots like this will soon damage
your hook points.
productive spot, so I didn’t
want to change spots.
After some thought and
a bit of brainstorming I
came up with the very
simple idea to add a piece
of rig foam. Some of the
best ideas or solutions are
often the easiest, and after
that my hooked to landed
ratio from that spot went
up tenfold. Something else
that I would do if it continues is I would change the pattern of
my hook to something with thicker
wire, as it could be something as simple as the hook could be flexing too
much and slipping out. I would also
try upping the size of the hook from
I always check the points before
every cast.
I usually try lengthening or
shortening my hooklengths.


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