Age: 35 Favourite Venue: Somewhere in Cambridgeshire UK PB: 55lb 5oz mirror
1 - Always keep a jar in the car. You never know when it may come in handy
2 -I use ground crayfish meal to add a little extra (natural) attraction
3 - Ready to go – a handful of hemp, jazzed up with something they love. Simple!
4 - With the right application, hemp can make carp throw caution to the wind when all else has failed
Wmyself ell, for many years now the boilie approach has almost dominated the carp scene. We all fall into the trap,
included, week in and week out, becoming almost predictable. I love boilie fishing but at times there is one other method I will chance trying to get an extra bite. We have all been in the situation where the fish seem uncatchable, maybe by being focussed on the naturals or shying away from the large amounts of boilies they have seen over the course of the year and/or simply by being hooked so many times as result.
The method I have 100% confidence in and hardly ever see people using, is to fish hemp but with hemp on the hair. All I do is glue a few grains onto a slither of cork and critical balance it with putty so it slowly slinks.
I’ve seen carp destroy a handful of hemp in the margins and personally caught fish that haven’t been out for many years. It’s a really big eye-opener, seeing how deep carp will dig themselves into the silt, throwing caution completely out the window. They will almost become obsessed until every grain is devoured and a handful of hemp will go a long, long way.
The reason I personally think it’s so good is because people don’t fish it on the hair, and it will keep carp in the area for hours, searching for it.
I personally use C.C. Moore’s Fresh Intense Hemp, sold pre-cooked in a jar, but will add crayfish meal to the hemp. If possible I will also warm the hemp up just before I introduce it to the water – this will release the oils quicker making an excellent ‘old school bait’, and underused bait, even better.
You don’t need buckets and buckets either, small amounts will get you quicker bites. I will happily fish a small stick over just a handful of hemp. Also, if I’m fishing really weedy lakes I can pre-bait with large amounts of the stuff, so it clears areas quicker to fish.