DR PAUL GAR­NER: BAIT EX­PERT

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

out of your hand – and catch­ing them, on some days, can be child’s play. Her’s how to do it...

FLOAT­ING PEL­LET FEED

The big­gest mis­take I see an­glers mak­ing is cast­ing out their hook­bait too soon. Carp that aren’t feed­ing con­fi­dently will in­spect ev­ery bait and eas­ily suss out the hook­bait. No mat­ter what you do, the line and hook are eas­ily vis­i­ble from be­low the sur­face, so the key to catch­ing is to get the fish feed­ing suf­fi­ciently hard that they ig­nore the ob­vi­ous dan­ger.

Con­fi­dent feed­ing comes down to reg­u­lar bait­ing with float­ing pel­lets, dog bis­cuits, bread or cat bis­cuits. The choice is yours, but I find that 11mm float­ing pel­lets, are the most con­ve­nient, and gen­er­ally bring the best re­sponse from the fish.

Start cat­a­pult­ing a few baits out into the lake, ide­ally with the wind be­hind you so they drift across the sur­face, and re­peat ev­ery cou­ple of min­utes. Some days the carp will start feed­ing im­me­di­ately, on oth­ers it may take an hour or two. The se­cret is to keep feed­ing lit­tle and of­ten un­til they do.

If the carp are prov­ing finicky then try in­tro­duc­ing some much smaller Riser pel­let into the mix. Of­ten, these small pel­lets will draw a much more pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from the carp, al­though be care­ful not to feed too many, as the fish can be­come pre­oc­cu­pied on them and ig­nore larger baits.

As soon as the fish are feed­ing con­fi­dently, cut right back on the small baits and wean them on to the large pel­let.

Any small float­ing bait can be used as feed. Chum mix­ers once ruled the roost, and are still a great bait, but they tend to break down faster than float­ing pel­lets.

Among my favourite baits are float­ing cat bis­cuits, as they come in a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent shapes, colours and fishy flavours.

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