Q Dur­ing a 48-hour ses­sion, how of­ten should I bait up? Is a cou­ple of times a day okay, or should I do it more of­ten? Lee Richards, via email

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Carp Q & A -

TOM MAKER: This all de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion and the lake you are fish­ing. If you have not had a bite, or had any vis­i­ble signs that fish have fed, why put out more bait? I like to put the bait out and, if the fish don’t show too of­ten, add some oil to the mix. This will show me when fish are feed­ing by cre­at­ing a huge flat spot over the area when they do. If this hap­pens and I don’t get a bite, I wait for it to stop and top-up the swim. If you have fish show­ing over your bait and noth­ing hap­pens, put out more bait. Of course, if you catch a fish, then it makes sense to top-up the swim, but only with six spods or so. If I am fish­ing on a runs wa­ter I will top-up with some fresh bait ev­ery cou­ple of hours, even if noth­ing has hap­pened. If I were on a low-stocked lake and I’d put bait in at the start but had no vis­i­ble signs of fish feed­ing, I wouldn’t re­bait un­til I did.

Flat spots are a good in­di­ca­tion that fish are feed­ing. Add oil to bait so that this hap­pens

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