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  1. 30 lb hooklink cannot break on the take. Are you sure something other than carp is not biting through the line?

    BTW the hair is too long. Recommend half inch between the bait and bend of the hook as a maximum.  

  2. I found this interesting by English author Fred J. Taylor:

    ‘I took a visit to the USA before I began to associate the ghastly smell of soaked corn (maize) with the fantastic carp taken over there. Out in the hot sun great barrels of maize were left to ferment and after a few days began to smell to high heaven. So much so that handling the stuff (and everyone who passed by the barrel would take a handful and toss it into the lake) necessitated a scrub up with carbolic soap or disinfectant. That smell hung around for hours after the barrel had been disturbed, but there’s no doubt at all that the carp loved it and were attracted to it.

    'This was light yellow field corn, similar to what we now call sweetcorn on the cob, but it remained fairly hard even after soaking.'

  3. Ideally, you want your hookbait to stand out and be more attractive than the loose offerings so that it is one of the first items picked up. You want it to appear like the cherry on top of a sundae, so to speak. You can achieve this presentation with packbait and a buoyant hookbait that lifts just enough to just sit on top of the pile. Or you can use a PVA bag, but still ensure that the hookbait has enough buoyancy to lift out of the pile and sit gently above it. Either way, don’t pull it back.

  4. Due to their compactness they are ideal for long distance travel, by plane for example. The action is compromised by the number of joints. They are usable if you have to, but don’t expect them to cast as well or play a fish as nicely as a two-piece rod.

  5. Not convinced the forum decline is all down to facebook etc. This began when it became unfriendly towards non-members and people like Phone could no longer post in the bait section, for example. This is not a criticism, just an observation.

  6. What you guys are doing is admirable.

    Be careful what you handle though. We had a bailiff here pick up a discarded corn can and cut his hand on the tin. He caught Weil’s disease, apparently transmitted by rats eating out the can and pissing on it. Anyway, he died from it, a healthy bloke in his twenties. Tragic.

    Always use tuff gloves or tongs.

  7. Many packbait recipes call for a tablespoon of kosher salt, but what do you guys take as a tablespoon?

    Is it a level tablespoon or a heaped tablespoon?

    This might seem a bit trivial, but a heaped tablespoon is twice the amount of a level tablespoon!


  8. I use an egg sinker and the very flexible gardening wire used for tying up garden plants. Pass the wire through the sinker and give the ends a twist to secure. After casting, fold each end back over the mainline. It comes free easily if the line gets snagged. 

    A cheaper version can be made by tying the wire round a stone or anything else with a bit of weight to it instead of a sinker. ;)

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    I think what you are describing is the slack-line method that has become popular in some quarters over here in England.

    When the lead is fixed or semi-fixed to the swivel, carp have been observed to pick up the bait, get pricked by the hook, and react by twisting and turning against the lead to get rid of the hook. The angler receives little or no indication on the bank and the fish frequently sheds the hook.

    To counter this behavour, anglers are using a running lead and slackening the mainline right off after casting. Because the line is free to run through the lead the carp cannot use the lead as an anchor point to shake the hook out. There is absolutely no resistance. The fish panics and moves off at speed, giving the angler a proper run.

    This slack line method works best with a fluorocarbon mainline which is heavier than nylon and sinks completely. Everything lays very flat on the bottom, the fish is not suspicious and line bites are minimised.     

    I use packbait compressed around the hookbait  (or lead) not a feeder.

  10. Vinsanity,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I was (foolishly) put off using Anise by the following references:

    "Anise oil is favoured by rainbow trout but not by carp. " Studies on fishes’ favourite foods I: Feeding tests of carp, yellowtail and rainbow trout, M.Takei, 1967.

    "Compounds that have failed to induce food search include anethol (the active ingredient of oil of anise)." Fish Chemoreception, ed. by T.J. Hara, 1992.

    I suppose it just goes to show that you shouldn't take too much notice of what a scientist says!

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