BAIT & FEEDING
“FOR bait, you can’t beat pellets, but we’re not yet at the time of year when expanders work. A hard banded 6mm pellet is the best choice,” Jon said.
“I will feed 4mm pellets, and start with a small Frenzee Soft Pot with a square cut out of the lid to stop the bait bouncing out when shipping. I’ll drip in a pot every time I go out and immediately begin working out the response of the fish. If I’m getting bites then I won’t change anything, but if I’m only getting the odd indication, it tells me that potting is not drawing the fish in quick enough and it’s time to change to loosefeeding.”
“I will loosefeed a few times before shipping in because it can be a waiting game of up to 15 minutes for a bite, but what you will get is a good indication that a carp is in the peg,” he revealed. “This may be a line bite or a sign of a fish on the surface. When it happens, stand by as the float should go. I keep lifting and dropping the rig to inject movement into the bait as there’s no danger of the fish coming up in the water as you’re not ladling in the bait as you would in summer.”