TRY BREAD ON THE FEEDER
IF THERE’S one hookbait which is synonymous with winter Method feeder fishing then it’s punched bread! I would go so far as to say that there is probably no bait that has caught more cold-water carp in the last five years than bread.
It really does have everything going for it – it’s bright in colour so it really stands out in clear water. Once in the water it softens up, so it’s easy for carp to suck in, and it requires minimal effort to digest.
I like to fish three discs, the size of which depends on the size of carp I’m targeting. On big lakes like Boddington, where the fish average 8lb-plus, I will fish three 10mm discs, but on smaller waters like
Meadowlands, with a lower average weight, I will opt for three 8mm discs.
In terms of preparation, if the bread is fresh then I see no reason to microwave it.
Instead I just compress it prior to punching to take some of the air out and make it a more robust hookbait.
Bread is my No1 winter Method bait.