Get the best from your fake bait set - Dr Paul Gar­ner shows you how

Bril­liant free gift opens up so many op­tions

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IKNOW many an­glers are still wary of us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial baits, but be­lieve me, they can be more ef­fec­tive than the real thing, and they come in use­ful in so many dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions that I would never be without them.

This week’s fan­tas­tic free Angling Times gift is a bril­liant in­tro­duc­tion to the world of ‘fake baits’.

To give you some point­ers, here are my top 10 ways of us­ing these seven baits that will def­i­nitely catch you more fish.

1 TIP PEL­LETS AND BOILIES WITH FAKE CORN

Tip­ping bot­tom baits like boilies and pel­lets with a piece of buoy­ant fake corn has sev­eral ben­e­fits.

First, the brightly-coloured corn helps the hook­bait stand out from the crowd, mean­ing that you get bites faster as the fish home in on the hook­bait. Equally im­por­tantly, us­ing buoy­ant corn will coun­ter­bal­ance the weight of the hook and bait, so when a fish sucks up the hook­bait it will travel fur­ther back in the mouth, se­cur­ing a bet­ter hookhold.

3 FISH A BAL­ANCED CORN STACK

Com­bin­ing float­ing and sink­ing fake baits al­lows you to ad­just their buoy­ancy and make a wafter-style hook­bait that is very easy for the fish to pick up. The stack of corn sits upright off the bot­tom with the hook be­neath – very vis­i­ble but with the metal hid­den.

Us­ing mi­cro corn at the top gives a more stream­lined pre­sen­ta­tion.

4 POP-UP FAKE BREAD

Whether tar­get­ing carp or chub, popped-up bread can be very ef­fec­tive, but it takes con­fi­dence to cast out such a frag­ile bait.

Why not re­place the real thing with a chunk of fake bread? Use a short hair rig and also hook the bread on, so that it sits re­ally tight to the hook. This way you will def­i­nitely hit more chub bites on the river.

5 HAIR-RIG A FAKE MAG­GOT ON THE METHOD FEEDER

Most of the record-rock­ing cru­cians caught over the last few sea­sons have fallen to fake baits, nor­mally mag­gots or casters, fished with a small Method feeder loaded with ei­ther mi­cro pel­lets or ground­bait.

For best re­sults use a size 14 or 16 hook and trim the mag­got down so that the hook only just sinks.

6 MAKE A SUR­FACE-SIGHTER

Spot­ting your mixer in a flotilla of other float­ing baits can be a night­mare, and many’s the time I have struck when the wrong bait has been taken, ru­in­ing my chances of catch­ing a big carp!

Now, I al­ways use a ‘sighter’ – a small piece of coloured foam or a pop-up boilie above the mixer – so that I can iden­tify the hook­bait amid the feed. A small piece of fake bread is the ideal sighter, prov­ing to be very vis­i­ble as well as adding to the buoy­ancy of the hook­bait.

8 BEAT SMALL FISH WITH FAKE MAG­GOTS

Barbel love mag­gots, but small chub and dace can make us­ing them on the hook a night­mare, es­pe­cially at this time of the year on the river.

My so­lu­tion is to re­place the real thing with fake mag­gots on the hair. While small fish will leave the hook­bait alone, the barbel are un­able to dis­tin­guish them from the real thing and will hoover the whole lot up in one go.

Fill a large oval block­end feeder with red mag­gots, and re­mem­ber to keep re­cast­ing reg­u­larly to get that trail of mag­gots go­ing down­stream.

9 DOB BREAD ON THE SUR­FACE

Carp are suck­ers for sur­face baits at this time of year, but birdlife can make feed­ing float­ing baits a real pain in the back­side. In­stead, I will of­ten rely on the pulling power of a boosted hook­bait to at­tract the carp’s at­ten­tion. The spongy na­ture of fake bread is ideal for dip­ping in liq­uid ad­di­tives, and it can then be sprin­kled with pow­dered at­trac­tors that will stick to the out­side, giv­ing off even more at­trac­tion. Dunk the hook­bait close to a carp and watch it search out the source of the smell.

10 MAKE A MAG-ALIGNER

This clever rig was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for win­ter carp fish­ing, when mag­gots are the num­ber one bait on many venues.

Since then it has proved su­per­ef­fec­tive for chub and barbel in the cold and tench in the sum­mer too. With a sewing nee­dle, care­fully thread a sink­ing bronze mag­got on to a soft braided hook­length. Now tie on a size 10 hook and pull the fake mag­got on to the shank. The fake bait helps to dis­guise the hook and also acts as a line-aligner, help­ing the hook to turn in the mouth and prick the fish. With a cou­ple of real mag­gots on the hook the rig is all set.

“Be­lieve me, fake baits can be even more ef­fec­tive than the real thing”

A fake corn stack gives a wafter ef­fect.

Bread can be dipped in liq­uid and then pow­dered ad­di­tives.

A sighter on top of a mixer hook­bait.

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