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be. When the natural food is at its
peak and the carp seem preoccupied
on it, I tend to fish with single baits
placed right where they are feeding,
look for bubbling and rolling and keep
recasting at regular intervals. It’s not
imperative to always fish over boilies,
or bait of any sort really. There will
always come a time when a break in
the natural food source leads them to
hunt out anglers’ bait and this is the
time to up your baiting levels. It will
be quite obvious because the fishing
will suddenly start to improve, and it’s
then that I start to introduce my bait
in quantity rather than just singles. If
you think about it logically, if the carp
are only picking up the odd boilie out
of convenience or curiosity then
putting in one hundred free offering is
reducing the odds of a take to 100/1,
but, once they start to get caught regularly, then a bed of bait is going to
entice and hold a group of fish for
longer. It’s all about reading the water
and deciding on the best approach for
each day rather than trying to compete with nature.
Question 3
You and me both I’m afraid… I am
like a magnet for the bloody things,
which I always put down to sweet
blood, but my missus reckons it’s
more likely rotten meat! Either way, I
have tried just about everything on
the planet to keep them off and this is
what I’ve found.
Eating garlic: This is a complete fallacy as we all love a good curry and it
seems to make no difference whatso-
Bites – just how bad do you call bad?
ever to how many bites you end up
Spray repellants: I have had mixed
results here with products like Autan
almost acting as an attractant rather
than a repellant, but, in general, the
ones with the highest level of Deet in
them will work the best. You can get
some online from the states that have
a very high percentage of Deet and
these do work but be careful, they
also destroy some material items and
they can irritate your skin.
Jungle Formula is a good one and
readily available over here but, without doubt; citronella oil is the best
and very cheap. You can probably get
it direct from a good chemist rather
than pay branded prices, but its one
downfall is the smell. It’s a bit like the
old ‘hippy juice’ patchouli oil as in it
gets everywhere and lingers for years.
Once you start using it then your
clothes, your fishing bags, bivvy etc,
w i l l j u s t s t i n k o f t h e s t u f f, a n d,
although it starts out quite inoffensive, it really does become overpowering after a while.
Another one worth trying is Avon
‘Skin So Soft’. The original formula is
best and the dry oil spray is the easiest to use. This is not designed as a
repellant at all, but they hate the stuff
and it actually smells ok. Just look out
for a little old lady on a bike with a
basket full of brochures and there’s a
good chance that’s the Avon lady, but
be warned, once you have bought
something from her, there is no getting rid of her, and she will be there
once a week come rain, shine, sleet or
After-bite… I always have little
sprays and dabbing sticks with me in
the summer to relieve the itching, but
ice works better than anything – that
and sleeping with your hands in a pair
of socks so you can’t scratch the bites
in your sleep (which I don’t do by the
way as it looks a bit, err, special).
If you are really suffering then an
antihistamine tablet used for hay
fever will take the itching away completely, but, be warned, they do have
side effects. Ask a hay fever sufferer
and they will tell you that everyone
has a brand that works fine while the
rest make you so sleepy you can
hardly function.
Find the right one for you before
you even consider driving after taking
one; they are only one-a-day tabs but
a ‘sleepy one’ can make you drowsy
for hours and hours.
Good luck.
Question 4
I have the perfect solution for this, it’s
locked in a grey metal cabinet not too
far away from where I sit, but, unfortunately, I think you may find it
against the rules on the majority of
fisheries! Failing this there is very little you can do but be vigilant and protect your swim. Casting markers at
them works, but obviously it can
spook the fish as well, not to mention
the other anglers nearby. I find that
waving the landing net around in the
air is the best method by far. Try to
make it look like an eagle swooping
and, if you really want to go the whole
hog, you could add the sound effects
as well: “Raaack, raaack” is a fairly
universal one I believe, and, although
it makes no difference whatsoever, it
will certainly cheer everybody up!
Question 5
I often hear this on lakes, and maybe I
am missing something, but how do
you know?
How can you tell if they are eating
bloodworm and ignoring boilies? If
the fishing gets hard then (as in the
first answer) personally I just chuck a
single yellow pop-up wherever they
are feeding and that usually works a
treat. As for actually using bloodworm
as a bait, well that all sounds like a lot
of hard work to me, and, I would imagine, trying to put a hook in part of a
feast that consists of hundreds of
thousands of courses would be like
trying to win the lottery every week. I
am curious here though as to who, if
anyone, will suggest using their particular sponsored bait company’s
bloodworm flavored boilies or pellets,
and seriously try and convince us that
they will in some way resemble and
even compete with the real thing…
Go on, I dare you! n
Bloodworm – don’t compete with ‘em,
just fish over them.


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