what i mean by that is, he uses what he sells/makes.not all tackle/bait manufacturers use what they sell he obviously does,that i know as some anglers i know have fished the same lakes as him.oh and forgive me if im wrong but doesnt df have his own lake in france as well.and the jealousy thing no doubt there are people jealous of you for owning your own lake.what im saying is most of us have "normal" jobs,builder,factory worker or whatever not making our living from something that we love,fishing for carp or being involved in carp fishing.i mean what has the bloke done thats so bad?he's not a murderer,rapist,politician he just sells tackle,as i said earlier you pay your money you take your choice.some choose to buy and some dont
Ive learnt a lot on here from various people along the way, these guys have all really helped me also ginger1991 also really changed my tbinking with regard to using pva now other than at night I am generally rechucking them every couple of hours and a lot of my bites have been within minutes of doing this, generally this works well for me as I know if my rig is tangled its only a couple of hours of down time not a whole session, also leaning to make sure everything is spot on for bite time, I will bait up at night if I need to and recast at first light to make sure I have fresh traps out there, I work harder these days and try and make things happen, rather than sitting and hoping it will happen,
All I will say is ask questions on here it's been brilliant for me I've learnt lots and I can't thank everyone enough for that 👍👏👏👏
In response to your question, there is a few white goos I can use (after your last message it feels so bad to say it😂) but none of them are fish flavoured, they all are sweet, which would defeat the purpose of the krill wafter.
Over the last couple of weeks, since I rejoined this forum, I have spent some time reading the carp magazines and looking at Youtube to catch up with all the latest fashions in "proper carping". I will say right now I'm not a "proper carper" - I catch carp, and I generally do OK, but I am not trendy or cool.
If I was a new carper, I would see everything written down, and how the same idea's are apprearing in different magazines and think that these were "right" and then go and do them - and so I would end up spending a lot more money and catching a lot less fish. a LOT less fish. Lots and lots and lots less. That's a real shame.
Being a bitter old cynic, it's easy for any long term angler to weed out the crazy from the sensible, but if you're a new carper, then this is harder. How does a new carper without a lot of experience know what to filter out and what to listen to?
Here's my suggestion:
"Would I use this bait/rig/method to catch a still water chub?"
Why this works.
Carp are fairly easy to catch - lots of people catch lots of carp every day. Still water chub are among the hardest fish to catch of anything in the UK.
Chub and Carp are almost identical - they are the same family, closely related species. They feed the same, spook the same way, eat the same foods, react the same way to their environment. They are close cousins in every respect.
The only key difference is that they are more intelligent than carp. They have less of a competitive feeding instinct and so will not make as many stupid mistakes in the middle of a feeding frenzy. They are a little more rig shy and a little more sensitive to silly mistakes like making noise on the bank or flashes of light.
So - if your rig/method/bait would catch a still water chub, then it will *DEFINATELY* catch a carp. If it wouldn't catch a still water chub, then it will not be very effective for carp.
Remember that this isn't a "black and white" thing - fish in general are not geniuses - if they are crusing along and they come accross something that isn't horrifically scary, there is a good chance it will go in their mouths. When my wife is clothes shopping, she shops with her fingers - everything, including the things she KNOWS she won't buy, gets touched. Fish use their mouthes in the same way.
So, now you're looking in a magazine and you see some new crazy rig. A hinged stiff KD ultra mega rig perhaps. You apply the simple test: "Would I try and catch a still water chub with this?". When you've picked yourself up off the floor from laughing, you can consign it to the "stupid" pile, and keep reading.
Will you occasionally catch a chub with this rig? yes. Will you consistently and rapidly catch chub with it? no - absolutely not.
Would you feel the need to spend £1.40 for a camouflaged square lead, rather than 40p for a torpedo lead to catch a chub? no. So, that suggests it's not worth the extra money for carp.
More widely - would you bivvy up in the same swim for days to catch a still water chub? You *could* - but you'll catch more by chasing them down. That doesn't mean stalking - most of the time you'll be fishing at long distances - but you'll be regularly moving.
Lets look at gear - would you expect a Big Pit style of reel to catch you a single extra chub over a regular, lower priced reel? No. Even if your fishing at 100 yards, you'll get exactly the same casting distance from a 40 sized shakespeare reel as you would from a Big Pit reel as long as you have good casting technique and a well loaded reel. So, will spending the extra money catch you more fish? Should you look at the magazines and think "I can't catch carp because I don't have big pits"? no.
( actually - the same caster MIGHT get a fraction extra distance from the 40 sized reel - perhaps 1 yard, if it's the same caster on the same rod - the bigger the reel spool, the *smaller* you need to have the 1st rod ring - if you have something like a 22mm butt ring, then thats sized for a 40-50 sized reel. You need something like an 18mm or even a 16mm ring for a Big Pit. This was proven over 60 years ago - and physics doesn't change)
Does this work for everything? Nope. It's not infallible. For example, raking a swim is amazing for carp, and only helps a little for chub. Carp are a bit more dumb than chub, so if you're stalking, you can be a bit more heavy footed. chub are stealthier than carp, so there are other ways to find carp that don't work for cub, but all the "chub-y" ways work.
There are a million and 1 ways to catch carp. There is no such thing as "right" and "wrong" - no matter what anyone tells you. It just comes down to budget and productivity - if you want to catch lots of fish, there are "better" and "worse" ways. If you're on a budget, there are places where it's "better" or "Worse" to spend your limited money. This is purely aimed as a guide if your starting out to try and allocate your time and money towards the "better" ways.