Stinky Old Bait

It’s nearly the weekend again and I’m not sure if I will venture out fishing or not yet. It’s a bit colder than of late and that feeling of spring being in the air I felt last week has gone and been replaced with the chill of possible snow fall.

I do have the itch to get out though and I have been in the garage a couple of evenings this week sorting through the gear. I’ve decided I need to separate the coaching kit from my own carp fishing gear once and for all so that I can pick my kit up and go when necessary. I find that when I decide to go fishing, first I spend ages sorting through a mountain of stuff before deciding what rod bags to use and which luggage to take. Yes I have too much gear, but I’m going to have a proper sort out this weekend before I even think about going fishing again, so maybe Sunday?

Anyway the other night while starting to rummage through some old bags I found some stinky old bait, it must be getting on for ten years old. Now I know what your thinking but this stuff was and still is a killer carp bait and is still in tip top condition.


Apart from the packaging that is.

Now for those of you who remember Mainline NRG you will no doubt be very envious of this. These pop ups and air dried bottom baits where soaked in NRG bait dip and by the looks of things a fair amount of Chilli powder, the smell when I opened the tub was glorious, it took me back to some long forgotten carp fishing trip into deepest Cheshire many moons ago. I really could have shut my eyes and been back on the banks all those years ago.

So stinky old bait isn’t always a bad thing, I will have to give these ago, I reckon I could well shed a tear or two when I have a fish on them. I’m nostalgic and sentimental like that.

So it looks all set to be a busy weekend, I’m in work for overtime tomorrow at 7.00am, home for lunch (Cornish Pastie) then in the garage for a serious clear out and sort out with a view to fishing at some point on Sunday. I will let you know how I get on with the old mainline NRG.

Tight Lines

Marukyu Bait Test Number 1

Marukyu Bait Test Number 1

I am planning this session in order to test Marukyu Baits; they seem to me to be very popular with match anglers.  Over the next few sessions I intend to test if the bait will lend itself to specimen carp anglers as it has done with match anglers. What I have planned is a series of tests using different methods and venues, changing tactics as I progress towards bigger carp. For today I am targeting a lake that holds fish up to 15lb but has lots a single figure fish to go at.

For this first test I will be using a feeder rod set up and a small method feeder, this gives me a lot more feedback as to what is occurring than if I went straight in with a full carp set up. I will know soon enough if the fish are there and not responding to the bait as the tip set up is so sensitive. I will however be using a carp rig a lot bigger that a match angler would use, the reason being that as thing progress I will be changing over to a set up much more akin to specimen carp fishing. Finding the fish will be the key to catching them, I’m not planning an early start as temperatures have been zero overnight so I intend to let it warm up a little.

Marukyu EFG151 is the ground-bait I will be using with a mix of SFA410 Krill Concentrate and lake water to dampen it as per the instructions, 2 parts ground-bait to 1 part liquid. This may sound a simple mix and it is easy to do, however the ground-bait itself has high protein content (19.5%) and a multitude of ingredients therefore mixing several different ground baits is not necessary.

A simple mix for the Method

A simple mix for the Method

The Hook baits will be two Marukyu SDP2310 10mm Nori soft pellets fished on a hair with some mini plastic pop up corn. The corn is buoyant so will help the hook bait shoot into the carp’s mouth and also adds some colour to the situation once the fish home in on the bait.

25g Feeder & Carp Rig

25g Feeder & Carp Rig

As I said earlier the rig itself is different to what a match angler would use and this is the first stage of the crossover of tactics. A size 8 Korda wide gape hook to a four-inch length of Korda Super Natural braid in 12lb Breaking Strain. The Hair is trapped onto the shank with a section of silicone pushed round to make the hook point heavy. This is a carp rig that I have total confidence in.

I arrived at 11am and had the lake to myself. I set up so that I would be fishing under a small bush that often holds a few carp and today it was right in the teeth of the wind. Perfect other than the fact that the wind had plenty of East in it. It was just 5 deg C as I drove along the lane to the venue so I wasn’t super confident of a massive bag of carp but thought I would have one or two.

I need not have worried, first drop in and it was less than sixty seconds before the tip was bouncing, another minute and it hooped round, my first fish was a small mirror, perfect start. Things just continued in the same way with a bite almost every cast for the first hour. I was taking my time between fish and taking some photo’s so wasn’t fishing flat-out but still managed five fish in the first hour. Then things did slow a little as obviously the fish had move away, I found them again just a few yards along the margin and had another run of three fish in quick succession.

One of several Carp around 4lbs

One of several Carp around 4lbs

Given the conditions this was a fantastic session and I’m very confident of success with stepping up to try to single out some of the bigger fish next time out. The bait is without doubt super attractive and it got the fish feeding immediately. So next time a two rod carp set up with bigger 15mm Boilies and PVA bag tactics and I’ll be looking for a double figure carp or two from the same venue.

Tight Lines, Colin