Q Is luncheon meat any good for specimen carp? I previously used it often in my matchfishing atchfishing days but I’ve never had the confidence to try it on big-carp waters. Mark Stone, Essex
RICH SEEDS: I suppose it would be but, generally, with big-carp fishing you are leaving the rod out for longer periods of time. Luncheon meat is very soft and can be easily taken off the hook or hair by smaller fish. They can either whittle it down or completely remove it. I am sure that in a stalking situation it would work, but I would much prefer to use a boilie on the end. I think the attraction coming off the boilie outweighs any leakage from luncheon meat.
Q I always used ready-made leaders but want to start making my own to save money. Could you show me the correct way to splice a leadcore or leadfree leader? Steven Sharp, via email
ADAM SMITH: First of all, pinch the lead wire in one hand and pull the skin down for about six inches. Break the lead off and push the skin back so that it is nice and straight. Then, find where the break is, from where the lead starts to where it becomes supple, and hook the splicing needle through it. Then, push the needle up through the skin push it out the side a third of the way up. Use the hook system on the needle and hook the tag end with it. Then pull this back down the centre of the skin and come out where you entered. Pull the loop with a Pulla tool and make sure everything is nice and secure. Trim off the tag end and you are done. If you want a swivel on the other side to splice on, simply add this before you are pulling the tag back through to create the loop.
Luncheon meat can still catch carp but it also attracts smaller fish