THE EXPERT’S VIEW
ATIN of corn goes into the spod mix of just about every angler I see on the bank, yet how often do we use corn on the hook?
Now, I am not talking about using a fake corn topper alongside a boilie, but just a ‘safe’ piece of corn on the hair. Carp are picking up corn every day as other anglers are effectively prebaiting for you, and every time they eat those yellow kernels they are gaining in confidence.
Over the last year I have caught a lot of good fish by using a single piece of Mutant Corn anchored down by a size 7 Nash Twister hook.
A 0.75 inch-long hair and a supple hooklink is all you need, as the carp already have confidence in the bait. Rather than feed more corn, I fish this over a spread of boilies.
I think the boilies definitely attract the carp but it can take time for them to gain enough confidence to eat them. Quick bites on my corn rig after feeding boilies suggest to me that the carp have no such fears over the ‘yellow peril’.
A piece of Mutant Corn will get bites over a spread of boilies, as carp are confident about eating sweetcorn. HOOK FAKE CORN HOOKBAIT A size 7 wide gape, square bend Nash Twister hook is the right size to complement the grain of fake corn. HAIR AND HOOKLINK The hair is just a continuation of the soft, supple hooklink, and formed with a knotless knot.
Carp get used to corn, so why not use it on the hook?