Mitch Hammonds takes us through his step by step guide on how to avoid nuisance species and catching carp
Jim Wilson explains how to boost the attraction of boilies, which is something that brought him great success last summer
I enjoyed some fantastic action last summer, fishing on my new syndicate water. There is a good stock of carp, over 350 fish in 30 plus acres, including some big ones too. I didn’t really start fishing it until the summer months and what a summer it was. With it being so warm for a long period of time, the fish successfully spawned a number of times across the country.
With that, they where totally empty and in desperate need to replenish their food reserves. In essence, they are hungry and where looking for big beds of food. Natural food larder is high, but this takes up a lot of their energy and efforts for little rewards. It is our bait that they will turn too, as it is an easy meal and packed with nutrition, providing you are using a good bait that they want.
With such a good stock of carp, I made the choice to use predominantly boilies in the mix. They offer the best nutrition for the carp and they absolutely love them. Instead of using them out the bag though, I do something to them to really ramp up the attraction and draw the fish in quicker.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
THE KRILL BOILIES
PURE KRILL LIQUID
PURE HEMP OIL
THE KRILL POWDER
Since I started using this mix, my results have been great
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When I spod this out, all the powders and liquids will make their way to the bottom, which is where I want them to be. If I were to add them last thing, most of the liquid and powder will end up going over my back, or when it lands, the powders in particular would hang up in the water and not get to the bottom.
Even if the bait has all been eaten, there will be both powder and liquid on the bottom, helping draw the fish in. The beauty of it is that you don’t need to use a lot of bait if you don’t want to. A kilo of this mix will be pumping out more attraction than 5kg of boilies straight out the bag.
I ended up catching 5-fish, including two thirties. The fizzing and slicking lasted all morning and the fish were clearly on it. In terms of hook baits, I had been using bright squid pop-ups on 360 rigs. When fishing over a bed of bait, I like using bright ones as I feel it helps me get quicker bites. I have all the rods on the same spot and put a different colour on each.
The action can be thick and fast, so I make sure to capitalise on those dawn feeding spells by having plenty of rigs tied up. I keep things simple, with fluorocarbon booms to ensure it doesn’t tangle on the cast, and re-set should the gets ejected.
Being organised and having rigs ready is key and can turn a two fish morning in to a 4 or 5. I don’t play around with rigs too much, settling for just a couple that I am confident in and know will work. This helps keep the rig board nice and neat, without having to play around with things that you are not confident in.