My brother and I have joined three new waters. The first two are okay as they allow boilies but, the third one has a boilie ban. Most of the anglers on there use halibut or trout pellet for bait, these are not working that well, plus the bream are proving a problem with these pellets.
So please could you give us an idea on what to use for hookbaits, as well as something to feed the area to hold the carp. It would be a great help.
We want to try and be different from the other anglers and get in amongst the carp so, any help on this would be much appreciated. Thanks very much for your time.
Bailey James Hi Bailey,
I too have had to fish without boilies on some waters in the past. Nowadays, I don’t agree with the ban as boilies are a great nutritional bait for the fish but that’s another story.
Personally I wouldn’t worry too much about catching bream. It simply demonstrates that your rigs and bait are both working correctly. Eventually, the carp will move in, if you keep the bait trickling in, and they will push the bream out.
Anyway, you asked for a solution, so here are a couple of methods that I’ve used to great effect on many different waters over the years. The obvious one would be particles. They will hold fish in an area for quite some time as they tear the bottom up to get to them. It also clears the area of weed as they do so. If you look at the Mainline Power+ Particle range they are prepared perfectly for this. You can mix different ones together, creating a bespoke mix that no carp can resist.
For hookbaits you can use a few things. A tiger nut as a hookbait will catch every carp that swims. A simple hair-rigged one will work well. I like to shave off the outer skin so it looks white when fishing over particles. Also well worth a try would be a single topper from Mainline, they would work very well if fished in this situation. They look like grains of corn but they break down after a time.
Another way to get around the boilie ban is to use paste baits. Make up your preferred boilie mix and wrap some around a cork ball. I’ve caught many a wily old carp using this. You have to recast regularly but the effort is worth it. You can even bait up with small balls of paste to attract them to the area you’re fishing.
Any of the above will help put carp on the bank. I hope this is useful advice for you and I look forward to seeing some catch pics.
This stunning common fell to a Mainline Topper fished over Power+ hemp
Toppers are a great hookbait to fish in conjunction with particles
Mainlines Power+ particles are prepared to give you instant action