SO, ARE CARP PICKY ABOUT METHOD HOOKBAITS?
LAST week I mentioned my ‘character’ carp from a Gerrards Cross club water. I had seven in all, six of them on Drennan Bandit hooker boilies and just one on a pellet. This week I returned to the same lake – same swim, very similar conditions – and caught seven more, the best three all mid-doubles. I fished the same style, alternating between sticky pellets
Can fish really know what bait’s buried inside a Method feeder? and groundbait on the feeder and Spombing over the top. After a biteless two hours I changed from a Bandit to a pellet and five minutes later the tip went round. A switch back to a little boilie and yet again nothing happened. I was intrigued, so I went back to a pellet and had another fish very soon after.
I spoke to Roy Marlow the day before and he’d had something still more bizarre happen at his Glebe Fishery. Fishing a members’ match he had just two carp and very few signs, but he changed his groundbait mix, had an instant response and finished with 130lb!
In some ways I can understand that, but I was fishing a Method feeder with the hookbait buried. I didn’t think it would matter, but I was wrong... again!