How long should I dunk my baits?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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