THE EX­PERT’S VIEW

MARK COOK­SON

Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE NEWS -

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.

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