How do I hit more sur­face takes?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I GET lots of missed takes when sur­face fish­ing for carp. Should I con­sider hair-rig­ging the bait?

Tom Med­ley, Stow­mar­ket

IT MAY be that the carp are not tak­ing the bait con­fi­dently, and if you’re not hair-rig­ging, you def­i­nitely should be.

A hair will make the bait stand proud of the hook and so not be as odd-look­ing to a fish, and it will also aid the hook­ing process, al­low­ing a fish to wolf the mixer down fur­ther be­fore it senses dan­ger. Sim­ply tie a large pel­let or bait band on to the hair or, if you pre­fer, drill a hole into the mixer and slide it on to the hair, held in place with a bait stop.

An­other good trick to use for catch­ing a lot of smaller carp quickly is to glue the mixer on to the hook – cut a groove into the bis­cuit, ap­ply some Su­per­glue and then fix it on to the hook shank. This will al­low you to catch up to a dozen fish on the same bait be­fore need­ing to re­place it.

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