Q&A Carp baits, mar­gins & more

All your fish­ing ques­tions an­swered by our ex­perts

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ARP will eat al­most any­thing when they’re in the mood but a few tried and tested old favourites will al­ways get a re­sponse, and in sum­mer, their ap­petites are par­tic­u­larly strong.

It does make sense to try and match the size of bait on the hook to the size of fish you are aim­ing for. A 20lb carp is best pur­sued us­ing a 16mm or 18mm boilie, while 2lb carp will be much eas­ier to catch on 6mm pel­lets or a cou­ple of mag­gots.

Red colour­ings score very well on cer­tain waters while yel­low is an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar choice in sum­mer. Equally, load­ing your hook­bait with flavour­ing can make it stand out from the crowd – Scopex, straw­berry and krill flavours are all good – but be care­ful not to add too much and ‘sour’ the bait.

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