THE EXPERT’S VIEW
IDON’T know whether it is a North West thing, but I ’ve always had a preference for bright hookbaits.
There are hundreds of theories about why they work so well but for me I think it’s all to do with the fish being able to home in on the brighter colours.
I like fishing over a baited area, often consisting of dark Krill fishmeal boilies and a bit of hemp. A bright Signature pop-up boilie over the top is like a little sweet the carp can’t resist and you can get quick bites, even when you have quite a bit of bait out there.
Equally, bright pop-ups can work superbly as single hookbaits too. That subtle but eye-catching colour, combined with a fruity aroma, can be detected by the carp from a fair distance away.
I like to present my pop-ups on a Withy Pool-style rig, which is extremely aggressive and sits pretty low to the bottom.
You can get away with fishing that over a variety of lakebeds, only really excluding thick weed. For this time of year, when the weed is dying back and there is a fair bit of leaf debris on the bottom, a pop-up fished just above it can work extremely well.
A big Oxfordshire common taken on a Signature pop-up.