Adam Penning's autumn spod mix revealed
Including a step-by-step guide...
CARPology: How does this differ from your summer mix, and why do you make these changes?
Adam Penning: “By late summer and into the autumn, natural food is in huge availability - more than any other time of the year I think. When you factor in that the carp have been under a lot of pressure since March, this can become the hardest time of the entire year. Using a mix like this is totally different to anything other anglers will be using, thus reducing the element of ‘predictability’ which is so vital on waters that see a big volume of pressure.”
How deep into the year will you continue using this mix?
“Until perhaps mid-November or whenever it starts to turn really cold. Once the water has dropped well into single figures I will switch to my usual winter mix which is a little different.”
Going back to your autumn mix, chopped tigers and casters are two baits you don’t often see included in a spod recipe; clearly you really rate them?
“Chopped tigers are like chopped boilies in so far that a boilie is a great bait but a chopped one is even better. Tigers are one of the greatest baits ever and again, a chopped tiger takes the edge and attraction a little further still.
“Casters are one of my best secrets - nobody really uses them and I think they might even be better than maggots. In fact, I don’t use them all that often in the scheme of things and yet, when I consider some of my best captures of really big fish, casters have played a role that is disproportionately large. When you combine chopped tigers, hemp and casters you also get a huge crunch factor - something that will be audible through the water column for a long distance.”
Finally, what hookbaits do you use over this mix?
“A trimmed down Krill Wafter or a trimmed, balanced tiger nut.”
1. Start by adding the hemp to a bait bucket; this equates to 20% of the overall mix.
2. Next throw in your chopped tigers and casters - these both equate to 30% (15% each).
3. Adam is a huge fan of boilie crumb, and the remaining 50% of this autumn mix is made up of chopped Krill.
4. Mix well and then add a very liberal dose of Krill Liquid. It’s now ready to be Spombed out…