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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Monday, 5 December 2011

Quick Tip #3

Do you make your own hook baits but don't want too many of the same flavour or colour? Want to experiment with small quantities of different flavour/colour combinations?

Solution: Make one-egg mixes of various colours with either no flavour at all or a single, neutral liquid such as a sweetener or appetite stimulator. Roll and then air-dry the baits for at least a week until hard. Whack a handful of baits of various colours into a soak pot and add just enough concentrated flavour* to coat each bait. Leave the baits to fully absorb the flavourings and repeat until desired strength is achieved. You can prime/revitalise the baits by adding more flavour over time.

*ensure any combinations of flavours are thoroughly mixed

Monday, 14 November 2011

Quick Tip #2

Taking too much tackle? Fed up with heavy barrow loads or multiple trips to the car?

The most successful anglers are those who are ready and willing to make changes and take advantage of any opportunities that arise. Often this means being mobile which is difficult if you take everything including the kitchen sink with you!

Systematically work through every item of tackle and carefully consider whether you really need it. How often do you use it? When was the last time you did? Remove everything you're not using, even the smallest terminal tackle bits. You'll be surprised at how much weight/space you can save.

You may need certain items such as spare leads or rig materials so keep a bucket of bits-and-pieces concealed in the car/van. Don't carry litres and litres of water just take the minimum you'll need and again, keep an extra supply in the motor.

Article #1 - Lesson Learned

My last session resulted in a blank. Although we're now in the winter months, the weather was mild and the lake had a very good stock of carp. In 48 hours I didn't catch. I worked very hard for a bite and tried everything. Well, almost everything....

Monday, 31 October 2011

Just a Thought...

Does size really matter?

This is a personal thing I know and although I do like to target big fish it's not an obsession for me. The most enjoyable part of carp fishing for me has always been the excitement of the bite and the ensuing battle. My angling and the waters I fish are not driven solely by the size of my quarry. The satisfaction comes from getting it right and the feeling that I've earned a bite in a given situation. I enjoy catching carp regardless of their size. After all, you don't know how big they really are until you land them. If it's a monster and/or pretty then that's a bonus in my book.

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Monday, 24 October 2011

Quick Tip #1

Having trouble with nuisance species or crays destroying your baits? Want to harden or extend the life of your boilie hook baits/pop ups?

Solution: Place a few hook baits in a soak pot and add half-a-handful of uncooked rice straight out of the packet. The rice will slowly absorb all of the moisture in the baits making them super durable. In a few weeks the baits will be rock hard!