Share
Share
Pin
Bait
21 Oct 2016
by Nigel Sharp
How to replicate the effect of pre-baiting without actually pre-baiting
Think like a match angler, bait like a match angler

“We all know how effective pre-baiting can be, but on some waters it just isn’t practical due to the number of anglers fishing. Not only is it bad etiquette baiting near to other anglers, but on busy waters you can never guarantee getting back in the same swim meaning you could well be wasting your time.

“This has been the case on Frimley, which got me thinking how can I replicate the effect of pre-baiting without actually pre-baiting. So I took a leaf out of the match angler’s armoury; you ask any match angler worth his salt and they will always have multiple ‘lines’ baited so when the bites dry up in one area they have more options primed and ready.

“There are always plenty of spots that are worth investigating so priming a couple of areas, even if it’s just with a handful of baits every few hours, will significantly increase your chances. Many times I have fished all night in one spot to move a rod onto one of these primed areas then nick a bite within minutes.”

Sharp Edge #1

“I normally bait two marginal areas and two open water areas in a swim. On most waters (especially Frimley) the margins are infinitely more productive during the day. Open water areas are a lot better at night so as it starts to cool down I will be able to flick a couple of rigs out onto the baited area with minimum disturbance.”

Sharp Edge #2

“The quantity of bait is really important and again it will vary depending on the area. Out in open water, a kilo or two is enough to get the carp rooting around and stop them in their tracks. In the edge, though, I scatter just a handful of boilies, just enough to get a bite.”

Sharp Edge #3

“Most people tend to fish a mixture of smaller particles, crushed boilies and all sorts of bits in the edge – undoubtedly this is great for getting fish feeding but can be incredibly hard to get a bite over! Whole boilies spaced out to keep the fish moving will make actually catching them a lot easier.”

Also Recommended
Does fishing a bait on the edge of a baited area really work?
08 Nov 2016
Bait
Does fishing a bait on the edge of a baited area really work?
Nigel Sharp debunks some big fish theories. Does it really work?
08 Nov 2016  /  09:23 am  /  by CARPology
Bait
What life's really like as a full-timer
19 Oct 2016
Features
What life's really like as a full-timer
We've all thought about it, dreamt about it... jacking it all in and fishing for a living. Meet Nigel Sharp, the man who did just that and become a pro angler.
19 Oct 2016  /  14:43 pm  /  by CARPology
Features
End tackle according to Nigel Sharp
29 Sep 2016
Features
End tackle according to Nigel Sharp
Nigel Sharp talks us through his thoughts on rigs, lead set-ups and hookbaits
29 Sep 2016  /  09:11 am  /  by Nigel Sharp
Features
12 of the biggest bait myths busted
19 Jul 2016
Bait
12 of the biggest bait myths busted
Bait is arguably one of the most important parts of our fishing armoury. We’ve all heard the rumours but what’s the truth and what’s just hearsay? Let CARPology expel the real facts behind carp baits…
19 Jul 2016  /  12:11 pm  /  by CARPology
Bait
Do certain fish prefer a certain bait?
15 Jun 2016
Bait
Do certain fish prefer a certain bait?
Nigel Sharp debunks some big fish theories. Can bait be selective?
15 Jun 2016  /  15:56 pm  /  by Nigel Sharp
Bait
How much colour should your hookbait have?
19 Jan 2017
Bait
How much colour should your hookbait have?
Just what is the optimum amount of colour to have on your hookbait? Is less more or should we be a little louder and prouder?
19 Jan 2017  /  16:41 pm  /  by Mat Woods
Bait
When is the best time to bait up?
19 Jan 2017
Bait
When is the best time to bait up?
Our panel of pros reveal their thoughts when it come to baiting up: When’s the right time? How much? How often? And should you be resting your swim? Here’s the answers…
19 Jan 2017  /  16:31 pm  /  by CARPology
Bait
Singling 'em out
17 Jan 2017
Features
Singling 'em out
Marcus Howarth on targeting the largest residents of the lake
17 Jan 2017  /  14:32 pm  /  by Dan Wildbore
Features
What's better? A critical bait or over-weighted pop-up?
16 Jan 2017
Bait
What's better? A critical bait or over-weighted pop-up?
We ask our team of experts...
16 Jan 2017  /  15:26 pm  /  by CARPology
Bait
Slice squad
10 Jan 2017
Reviews
Slice squad
Whether you’re into boilie crumb or crushed tigers, this new offering from RidgeMonkey will save you time and energy
10 Jan 2017  /  10:59 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
To infinity and beyond?
10 Jan 2017
Reviews
To infinity and beyond?
So: if we told you that you could fish right under overhanging bushes, without ever snagging up, you’d be interested, right?
10 Jan 2017  /  10:47 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
The heat treatment!
09 Jan 2017
Bait
The heat treatment!
How to use this simple method to devastating effect and really boost your boilie fishing approach
09 Jan 2017  /  14:01 pm  /  by Mike Brown
Bait