Take your pick
I like to carry a lot of different catapults in my kit. They are not heavy, don’t take up much space, and are always handy to have around for all the different demands that each session can throw up.
It’s also good to have identical spares of your favourite models, so that a busy session isn’t interrupted by having to change broken elastic or replace a pouch.
My catapult collection includes compact designs for pole and close-in work, lots of standard frame, medium latex models for standout bait when action slows on darker pellets.
Dumbbells work well not only for carp, but also for other species, such as bream, tench, carp and barbel. Their enlarged ends stop them coming off bands easily, even when attacked by small fish.
■ A hair-rigged, banded dumbbell boilie is a great bait to turn to when the action slows on pellets. mid-range waggler fishing, along with some really chunky bait firers for extreme distance work.
I don’t carry spares, because changing hollow latex can be a time-consuming business, and as I’ve just mentioned, I always have ’pults in reserve, though I do carry some electrical ties for fast fixes.
Ties come in useful if the elastic starts slipping off a prong on a pouch, which can happen after extended use. Clamping a small electrical tie tightly over loose latex on a prong anchors it securely again.