How long should I dunk my baits?
HOW much additive should I douse hookbaits in at this time of year?
Ed McCracken, Staines
YOU can never add too much attraction when the water goes cold and clear. A single hookbait leaking out plenty of smell and colour can now outscore a plain bait, especially where carp are concerned.
With that in mind, give your boilies, pellets, corn or meat an extra-long soaking to lock in as much flavour as you can – top carp anglers will soak boilies in pots of liquid for days on end to get the job done. A quick dip before you cast out often won’t be enough. One word of warning about the liquid you use, though.
Oil-based dips aren’t fully effective
in cold water as the temperature will see the liquid struggle to break down and leak off.
Use a water-based additive instead.
Soak or dip your baits for as long as you can.