Q Are any particular baits better when fish have finished spawning? I did well in the spring using particles so should I keep using these? Damien Chambers, via email
DAN WILDBORE: If it has been working, then stick with it but it’s worth adding a few boilies to the mix. The carp will be looking to get back to prime weight. Krill is a superb summer bait and I wouldn’t be without it at this time of year. It has everything that a carp wants, in both taste and nutrition. If you want to stick with the particle-only approach, then a liquid that offers high salts and nutrition is worth adding to the mix. Pure Krill or Pure Tuna liquid are rich in aminos and very salty, something that carp crave at this time of year. If you cook them yourself, wait for the water to cool down and then add the liquids. Don’t add them while the water is boiling as it may damage those aminos.
Adding a few boilies or coating particles in liquid flavour is a good idea