THE EX­PERT’S VIEW

IAN HIRST

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

AT THIS time of the year, as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture drops, you’ll find that high-oil of­fer­ings such as hal­ibut, krill and trout pel­lets be­come less at­trac­tive to carp as they strug­gle to digest them.

Carp are cold-blooded crea­tures, so their me­tab­o­lism slows right down in win­ter.

Dur­ing the cooler months lots of my fish­ing in­cludes the use of PVA mesh bags filled with bite-sized amounts of low-oil fish­meal carp pel­lets.

These fish­meal pel­lets will leak out at­trac­tion, as they are more sol­u­ble and are lighter in colour and eas­ier for the carp to see. Im­por­tantly, the carp can also eas­ily digest them, which means they can eat more fre­quently.

An­other tip I like when fish­ing with these lit­tle PVA pel­let bags is to cat­a­pult one or two ad­di­tional bags close to the one I have at­tached to my baited hook. I think this fools wary carp that are used to see­ing a sin­gle small pile of bait – hav­ing one or two other lit­tle bite-sized piles of pel­let close by will con­fuse them and make them less wary of the ‘dan­ger’ bag.

Small bags of low-oil pel­lets tend to be very light­weight so cat­a­pult­ing them out can be dif­fi­cult. To help you gain ex­tra weight and there­fore ex­tra yards, try adding one or even two small, dry peb­bles inside the bag. The ex­tra weight makes cat­a­pult­ing them eas­ier and much more ac­cu­rate, and in deeper wa­ter it will help the bag hit the bot­tom be­fore it melts.

Lean and hun­gry carp love low-oil fish­meal pel­lets.

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