Share
Share
Pin
Bait
05 Apr 2017
by CARPology
Should you change the format of your hookbait in spring?
We ask four experts for their opinion...

Question

Do you change the format of your hookbait at all? If so, would it be buoyancy, colour (which ones, bright or washed-out), flavour levels (higher or lower), shape and size and what are the reasons why you make these changes?

Nick Burrage

“I generally don’t change my hookbait at all, well apart from the colour of the 10mm topper on my snowman. I like the hard, almost congealed Trigga in the cold-water for the bottom bait on my snowman – it takes away the worry of reeling in without a bait on. The biggest thing I do change is the type of dip; I use a Trigga Bait Soak in the summer and a tweaked Trigga Ice Bait Soak in the winter. Only tweaked with the addition of Black Pepper Oil or an alcohol-based flavour, leaking and cutting through the cold, dense water and increasing the chance of a carp picking up the signals.”

Calum Kletta

“As I would be mostly single hookbait or ‘one bite’ fishing, white or pink 12mm Northern Specials are my hookbait of choice during the spring. Normally these would be presented on a Hinged Stiff Rig to keep the hook away from the bottom which can be a bit dirty at that time of year. This small, highly attractive hookbait will be more than enough to catch the attention of the fish as they start searching for food, and therefore more than enough to get a bite when fished over a handful or two of bait.”

Lewis Read

“In the past I have mucked about with all sorts of things whilst boilie angling, but these days, through the early spring, my approach is more focused on what I know works and what I have caught on consistently in the past: 12mm cork-balled pop-ups and Hinged Stiff Rigs. It works, so why muck about and waste time and effort guessing? The Nut Mix is pretty pale and the matching pop-ups are the same – being virtually white having been immersed for a few hours, and this means they are all highly visible to cold-water carp (that have impaired vision). As soon as we’re back fishing over a bit of bait when the waters warmer, I’ll revert to slow sinking hookbaits on D Rigs (Clone Rigs) that are 15mm with a 10mm corkball. Perfect and with standard flavour levels too!”

Rick Golder

“When using pop-ups over bait in the spring I like an alternative colour fished over my standard red fishmeal. I’ve found orange or pink really successful, and this gives quick bites even when fishing over big beds of bait. For bottom baits I love a barrel-shaped one which I then wrap in B5 paste. This paste slowly dissolves, giving added attraction as well as an alterative shape, something different to the normal round ones. I leave my bottom baits soaking in a dip containing L-Zero 30 which hardens them and gives prolonged attraction. I’ve never found washed-out baits to be more effective than standard ones, in fact I don’t believe it to be any edge at all.”

Also Recommended
The benefit of using double bottom baits
29/11/2016
Bait
The benefit of using double bottom baits
Want to improve your hook holds and get more takes? Then double bottom baits are for you!
29/11/2016
Bait
The big fish hookbaits you need to try
14/09/2017
Bait
The big fish hookbaits you need to try
Adam Smith runs us through the fishy hookbaits that he uses to catch some of the finest big fish in the land….
14/09/2017
Bait
The big bait that catches big carp
16/06/2017
Bait
The big bait that catches big carp
If someone told you that there was a hookbait that eliminated tench and bream takes you’d be interested, wouldn’t you…
16/06/2017
Bait
How to make your single hookbaits more appealing this spring
28/03/2017
Bait
How to make your single hookbaits more appealing this spring
We ask our panel of experts...
28/03/2017
Bait
The hookbaits you MUST try this spring
21/03/2017
Bait
The hookbaits you MUST try this spring
Spring's arrived! But what hookbait should you be reaching for? Here Sharpy, John Kneebone, Kev Hewitt and Mat Woods offer up some advice...
21/03/2017
Bait
How to make your Snowman Rig even better
07/09/2017
Rigs
How to make your Snowman Rig even better
Pimp your Snowman! Now is the time to try the Jack In The Box presentation with your Snowman rigs. It guarantees added movement, extra buoyant and oodles of attraction. Mat Woods reveals all…
07/09/2017
Rigs
Why using a balanced hookbait is a no-brainer
27/02/2017
Bait
Why using a balanced hookbait is a no-brainer
John Kneebone explains how and why using a balanced hookbait is quite simply a no-brainer…
27/02/2017
Bait
Nutrabaits Corkie Wafters
13/02/2017
Reviews
Nutrabaits Corkie Wafters
With 30 years of research behind them, the new Corkie Wafters from Nutrabaits ought to be good, right?
13/02/2017
Reviews
How colourful should your hookbait be?
07/09/2017
Bait
How colourful should your hookbait be?
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?
07/09/2017
Bait
A critical bait or over-weighted pop-up?
06/01/2017
Bait
A critical bait or over-weighted pop-up?
We ask our team of experts...
06/01/2017
Bait
Bell Ball Cutter
05/01/2017
Reviews
Bell Ball Cutter
It might sound painful, but it’s a pretty cool gadget that allows you to make round baits from loads of different foodstuffs!
05/01/2017
Reviews
How to make the most of single hookbaits
24/12/2016
Bait
How to make the most of single hookbaits
It's one of the most popular winter tactics going and we're about to help you make the most of it!
24/12/2016
Bait