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Catch Loads of Carp on Natural Baits

Catch Loads of Carp on Natural Baits

Although paste fishing on commercial fisheries for carp has really taken off and on its day is difficult to beat there are times when fishing natural baits, such as maggots, worms and corn can score highly as well. 

Speed fishing

One of the advantages of using natural baits is that more often than not, the bait stays on the hook after a capture meaning that an angler can put together a run of fish very quickly, as opposed to having to change bait and carefully ship this into position.  

Venue choice

Today I have come to Greenridge Farm Fishery near Romsey in Hampshire, a venue which is popular with match anglers, one where I compete on a regular basis and where match weights can exceed 400lb! Its predominantly small carp between 3-5lb that feature here so, as well as a brilliant paste venue, it’s also one where due to the lack of nuisance fish, baits such as maggot and worm can be used effectively. 

Edge activity

My standard approach on a match day would be to start long whilst feeding an edge line down each side and a two-plus-one line straight out. The reason for starting long is that after all the commotion of anglers setting up the fish tend to back off, so starting long can produce a few fish from the off, and often these can be the bigger fish that can weigh over 10lb. This long line isn’t one to spend too much time on though as these fish love food and it won’t be long before the margin lines start to show signs of fish activity. 

What lies below?

First job, and very important is to plumb up each of my four lines so I’m fishing hard on the bottom, around two inches over depth, and so that I can adjust this depth and make small changes throughout the match I mark the position of the float tip against my pole using a Tipex pen. When pole fishing I like to use a heavy plummet, it just gives me a more accurate feel for not just depth but also the makeup of what I’m fishing over, be it hard ground or deep silt.  

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Almost identical

The rigs I use for all lines are almost identical as the depth doesn’t vary much and are made up of Preston 4×14 edge floats, Cenex 0.18mm Hybrid Power Mono to a 0.16mm six-inch hook length and a Sphere size 12 or 14 barbless Beast hook. The float is shotted with a bulk just above the hook length and I tend to leave plenty of tip showing so that I can distinguish between line bites and proper bites. These are teamed up with a Sphere Zero-G F1+ pole and 1.6mm Hybrid red elastic which has a rating of between 10 and 12. 

Practice makes perfect

Everything so far will sound very simple, which it is, however the difficult part is how to  get the best out of the swim and this comes down to feeding. Generally I will start three lines using groundbait, and the one that seems to work for me is Champion’s Method Formula Fish. I mix this up on the damp side using a whisk as I don’t want it to be too active, proffering it to hit the bottom and create a carpet of feed. Each of these lines will see a big pot full of groundbait introduced at the start but not before adding a few dead maggots to the pot, as I want my loose feed to be on top of the carpet of bait when it lies on the bottom. The forth line will be fed more cautiously with just a small pot of micros and if I have to go down on this line my hookbait will probably double corn. Once the fish arrive in the swim, which should be after around twenty minutes, it’s all about getting into a routine. This may be taking two fish from a line before feeding and moving to another, often the best plan, to having one of those red-letter days when you just continue to catch on the same line and absolutely smash the venue to bits. Knowing what routine and when to feed and switch all comes down to practice, the more you fish, the sooner you will know what is best. 

Reds are best

As for hook bait you really can’t beat dead red maggots and I place between five and twelve on the hook or if this isn’t producing as quickly as I would like double worm, basically one big red worm pinched in half and placed on the hook. A good baiting and catching plan would be to feed a big pot of groundbait, plus a pinch or dead reds, take a couple of fish, feed again, switch line and repeat. Obviously this means using a lot of bait and three kilo of groundbait would be about right for a five hour match. As previously mentioned the good thing about using natural baits is that if you miss a bite you can simply lower the rig back down as the bait won’t have come of unlike paste fishing. 

Carp carnage

Today’s practice session has been unlike match conditions as the far bank line just hasn’t produced. The two-plus-one line produced a good run of smaller carp, but then it started to fizz as the carp started to rip into the silt, not ideal, and if I picked this peg out of the hat in future would feed on a more sparingly fashion. Having continuously fed the left hand margin with a pot full of groundbait every ten minutes has seen it come good as once I made the switch it’s been carp carnage all the way. 

Colin Sheppard

Colin’s Tackle

Sphere Zero-G  F1+ Pole

Hybrid 1.6mm 10-12 Rating Elastic

Cenex 0.18mm & 0.16mm Hybrid Power Mono

Sphere Size 14 & 12 Beast Barbless Hooks

4 x 14 Inline Edge Pole Float

 

Colin’s Bait

Red worm

Dead Red Maggot

Sweetcorn

Micro Pellets

Champion’s Feeder 

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hybrid elastic
sphere beast

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Big Carp on Paste

Big Carp on Paste

There are loads of venues were catching numbers of small carp can be enjoyed, but what really gets me excited is being able to head to a natural water were big carp, and I mean the possibility of landing a twenty, can be hooked and successfully landed on the pole, and Nyewood Ponds in West Sussex is one such venue.

No weaknesses

Targeting carp of this size means that the tackle used has to be up to the job and mine consists of the Sphere Zero-G Power Partner pole, ideal when extra strength is required and perfect for margin fishing for proper lumps. This has to be teamed up with suitable elastic and my choice is the 2.50mm Green Stretch 7 Hollow which has a rating of 12+. The rig itself cannot have any weaknesses, hence the reason for using Cenex 0.20mm Hybrid Power Mono straight through to a size 10 Sphere Beast barbless eyed hook. The float I use for fishing is a Mike Nolan .3g slim paste and a very important point here is that I use no shot down the line, simply allowing the big lump of paste to shot the float. Once plumed up the float will obviously cock at different positions depending on the lump of paste used, but don’t worry about having plenty of tip showing as you will be able to see everything that’s happening below the surface and when a proper bite comes along the float will simply disappear in the blink of an eye. Another advantage of using no shot is that when the paste falls off the float will rise in the water, even laying flat on the surface!

Boils and tails

Having full confidence that my tackle will land anything hooked it’s simply a case of presenting a bait where the big carp are, and that’s right down the margin, close to any bank side vegetation. It still amazes me how a big carp can almost without any disturbance enter a really shallow swim but they do, however once they start feeding they usually give themselves away with the surface boiling or even poking their tails out of the water! 

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The right consistency

As for bait, it has to be something big as this venue is home of loads of skimmers and roach and this is where the paste approach really does pick out the biggest fish. I like to initially mix my paste up on the firm side and prefer a groundbait paste, especially when I’m expecting instant bites, as it can be used really wet. If I were to have to wait for bites then I would use a pellet based paste as it creates a firmer hookbait. To get the correct consistency I simply add the same amount of lake water to groundbait and today I’m using Sonubaits Supercrush Green. I add the groundbait to the water, mix well and then leave for ten minutes which allows the particles to absorb all the moisture. Once the ten minutes is up, I will knead a little, before making into three of four balls. These are placed on my side tray and each one, as the day progresses, will be placed into a bait box in which water is added to create the desired wet consist, one where the paste will cling to the hook for a few minutes. Word of warning, if you add water to all the paste at one time and add too much, making it too wet, then it’s really difficult, almost impossible to get this into a smooth firmer paste that will stick to the hook, hence the reason for splitting into more than one ball! Once the swim has been activated, and on this venue I introduce a big pot full of corn and 6mm pellets from a height to create some noise, I simply place my hookbait into a mini cup and lower carefully into position.

Instant alterations

Fortunately the depth of this venue doesn’t change much so the great thing here is that I can alternate three lines using the same top kit and rig. All I do is after plumbing the first line is position the float up against the pole section and using a Tipex marker, mark the pole, simply repeating the process for the other two lines. This means that if a big carp gives itself away whilst I’m fishing a different line I can quickly move the float to the correct depth and offer a big ball of paste literally within seconds!

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The session

A typical morning session on this lake could see a dozen or more double figured carp being landed and last week I dropped the net under two nineteen pounders within minutes! Today however is completely different as its absolutely scorching and many of the bigger fish are cruising around on the surface, yet by altering the lines and feeding throughout the session I’ve kept the fish coming. Most have been in the 5-7lb bracket but I have been able to tempt one of the bigger commons in the lake which goes to show with balanced tackle, the right bait and fishing right down the edge those clever big fish just won’t go unnoticed.

 

Ethan Etherington

Ethan’s Tackle

Sphere Power Partner Pole

Stretch 7 Green 2.50mm Elastic

Cenex 0.20mm Hybrid Power Mono

Float .3g Mike Nolan 

Sphere size 10 barbless Beast  

 

Ethan’s Bait

Sonubaits Supercrush Green Groundbait Paste

Corn

6mm Pellets

power partner pole

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Slow Sinking Feeder with Mick Fordham

Slow Sinking Feeder with Mick Fordham

Mick Fordham takes a look at the Slow-Sinking Feeder in this short video and catches some big carp along the way.

 

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Mugging Commercial Carp

Mugging Commercial Carp

Mugging carp has become a very popular tactic during big matches on venues dominated by carp and is especially good on those still hot days when the carp are cruising around in the warmer upper layers. These carp aren’t really interested in feeding and the mugging tactic involves simply swinging out and dropping a bait right next to a fish and then hoping that its natural instinct see’s it grabbing the bait.

Lucky draw

Practicing this method really does help, as it tunes you into where and how to drop the bait in a split second and today I’ve come to Coleman’s Cottage, a typical carp dominated venue where mugging has really taken off. The carp here are mainly in the 3lb – 6lb bracket but there are bigger to over 15lb and its these that tend to hang around in the upper layers or right down the edge and underneath the fishing platforms. Obviously mugging only works if you’re lucky to draw a peg where the carp are cruising around and if you can pick a few of these out then they really do help bump your weight up. 

Intercepting lumps

Mugging is a really active method and if you’re on the fish and they are responding then you will certainly know it come the end of the session. Constantly flicking a bait, adding sections to fish at different distances, changing rigs, bait and depth is the order of the day as well as hooking, playing and landing hopefully numerous hard fighting carp. A word of warning though, being too aggressive and waving a pole around without care and attention can on occasions spook the fish so if there are some lumps cruising around it can pay to sit back with your pole resting on the rollers, buy your time then intercept one of these as it swims past. 

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Rig choice

A quick look from the car park at Wood Lake and there are plenty of carp cruising around so that’s where I’m going to set up. My kit consists of a Sphere Zero-G PT+ pole and I’m using a long No 4 section which gives the pole a bit of whip plus the long top kits, that come as standard with this pole, which makes the task of flicking over a rig that much easier. I’m using 4ft of Cenex 0.20mm Hybrid Power Mono attached to Xitan 2.3mm Microbore Elastic for my heavier rig which consists of a .3g dibber float shotted simply with 4No8 positioned directly under the float, a six inch hook length of 0.18mm Hybrid Power along with a size 16 Sphere Beast hook which has a pellet band attached to it. The lighter rig almost identical apart from the float is a .2g dibber and the elastic is the new Hybrid 2mm white, which has a 14-16 rating, a great all-round soft elastic for targeting medium sized carp.

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Cheap or expensive?

Bait for the session is simply pellets but it’s worth having a mixture as on some days a certain size, even colour can make all the difference. Mugging doesn’t involve any feeding; however it is worth pinging half a dozen every few minutes to a certain line, similar to fishing the pellet waggler, as if there are no cruisers then a few flicks of the rig in this area can produce a few extra fish. It’s also worth feeding the margins as these can be very productive especially late in the day as well as nicking the odd lump as it appears. Casters have become a very popular bait with this method as they give a far slower drop in front of a carps face than pellet due to their natural buoyancy, however the drawback is the cost and for a big match you may go through a gallon! Pellet is far cheaper, but the fall through the water is quicker and if you don’t get a bite within ten seconds you need to flick again so there are advantages and disadvantages for both baits. 

Instant action

As expected it doesn’t take long for a flicked pellet in front of a carp to see the float disappearing and the elastic stretching as the first mugged carp falls to this deadly method. Keeping the pole low and using the pulla kit gets the fish under control quickly and when it’s close in just lift the pole, get its head up and quickly push the landing net underneath. Four hours in and I’ve lost count of the number of carp that have been caught, no real monsters, the best maybe 7lb but the average size is far bigger than the hoards of F1’s that you would catch down on the deck and come the end of a match these bigger fish will make all the difference. It was the lighter .2g rig and a 6mm red pellet that was the most successful today, the heavier float seemed to spook the fish so worth noting and using the lightest float you can get away with and consistently switching bait.

Mugging is a devastating method on its day and one that all match anglers need to master if they want to be consistent on commercial carp venues.

Alex Reynolds

"As expected, it doesn't take long to get the elastic stretching."

Alex’s Tackle

Sphere Zero-G PT+ 

Microbore/Hybrid Elastic

Long No 4 Section/Long Top Kit

0.20/0.18mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

.2g/.3g Dibber Float

Sphere Beast size 16 Hook

Pellet Band

 

Alex’s Bait

4mm/6mm red/natural pellets 

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Spring Commercial Match Fishing Live!

Join Filipe Passeria at Orchard Farm for our latest live match video. We follow Fil as he adapts his tactics throughout the match and learn the thinking behind his tactics.

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Coldwater Bread Tactics

Coldwater Bread Tactics - Commercial Carp in Spring

Whenever I’m heading to a new venue or one that I haven’t fished for years, especially if I’m competing in a future match then I will always head out beforehand for at least a walk round, if not a few hours practicing.  

First impressions

Just that initial glimpse of the lake will tell me loads as if the water is gin clear then I know that the fish are probably shoaled up tightly together, not moving or feeding much and that a stand out target bait will probably be best such as bread, especially if its carp dominated. The clarity of the water also tells me that if I’m not pegged on the fish then I will probably end up scratching around for a few silvers. Clear water also means in most cases that carp will be under or very close to any cover such as overhanging trees and bushes so straight away I get a good idea of the water even before wetting a line.

Logical swim choice

Today I find myself in such a situation, a lake I’ve only fished twice in the past and that was in the summer and one that I have a match on the following week.  A quick look at the lake and as expected its gin clear and there are no signs of fish but two thirds of the way down the lake there are lots of bushes on the far bank so this is where I’m going to set up. 

Leading around

First job is to get a rough idea of the topography of the lake so all I do is set up a light feeder rod, attach a small bomb and have a cast around. The time the lead takes to hit bottom gives me a rough idea of depth and by dragging this slowly across the bottom reveals not only what the bottom of the lake is made up off but also if there are any snags to avoid. This only takes a few minutes but it reveals so much and is worth doing on any new venue before fishing.

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If you can find some cover the fish won’t be far away.

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First line of attack the pole and a bit of dobbing.

SLK ONE PIECE KITS

Xitan ex-s top kits 1 piece top kits, great when you need to try different approaches.

What’s going to work?

Although I have maggot, expander pellet, corn and caster as bait, first out of the bag is going to be bread as knowing this venue is carp dominated a bit of dobbing on the pole shouldn’t go unnoticed if there are any carp around. I’m also going to set up a feeder rod and will try both the straight bomb and a small cage feeder filled with liquidised bread as I need to work out what works best. Presenting the hook bait on the pole couldn’t be easier and using a small punch I press out a few 4mm discs at a time and pass the hook through one. On the feeder I will be placing two or three of the punched bread discs onto a hair and securing these with a Quick Stop.

Instant action

First tactic to try is dobbing half way across to the far bank cover which is the deepest part of the swim. I’m using my trusted Sphere Zero-G F1+ Pole teamed up with Xitan 2ex-s 1 piece Top Kits loaded with no10 Stretch 7 Elastic. The float for dobbing needs to be light with a slim body and mine today is a 4×12 which is shotted with no12 shots placed at equal intervals between float and hook. This gives a natural fall of the bait and as each tiny shot settles it registers on the float producing a very positive but delicate rig. At the business end I m using a light size 16 hook attached to 0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono and the mainline is the same but in a 0.14mm diameter.  I’m not expecting too much action as I’ve not seen any fish top whilst setting up so when the float sails away seconds after settling and the elastic extends from the pole top I’m taken back somewhat. Lifting and dropping as well as trying different lines in the swim produces a couple more quick carp before this tactic dries up, I’m guessing they have spooked in the clear water. Can I get them back by introducing some liquidised bread, no, as all this does is attracts small silvers.

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No 10 Stretch 7 Elastic, my choice today. 

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Cenex Hybrid Power Mono, reliable line.  

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Strung out micro shot creates a natural drop of the hookbait.  

"The trend today seems to be a couple of fish from each area."

Time to switch

Time to head over to the far bank with a straight bomb and once again this tactics produces straight away. I’m using is a Sphere 10ft Bomb Rod which is great as being two piece it can be carried ready made up which saves time on the bank. I’ve teamed this up with a Black Magic MSF 340 Reel loaded with 0.19mm (6.6lb) Black Magic Gold mono and the rig itself consists of a 10g bomb attached to a small Quick Change Swivel coming to rest against a Connected Bead. Attached to this is the hook length created from Hybrid Power 0.14mm Mono which has a size 16 hook tied knotless knot style leaving a short hair that has a Quick Stop attached to it. Unfortunately as with the pole line after a couple of carp this dries up so time to attach a small feeder and introduce some crumb. A couple more carp follow before the feed attracts some decent skimmers showing at least I know that if I’m not on carp in the match I can at least attract the silvers and hopefully build a half decent weight of these.  

Alternating the lines

For the next few hours I hold back on introducing any feed and simply alternate between dobbing on the pole and casting a straight bomb at different spots along the far bank features. The trend today seems to catch a couple of carp on either tactic before it dries up and a tactical switch is needed to keep them coming, so the practice session has revealed loads for the coming match and at least I now know how to approach it on the day in a positive manner.

Colin Sheppard

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Feed for the feeder, fine liquidised bread.

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Pass this through a fine riddle to remove any lumps.

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Discs on the hair will pop up straight off the bomb/feeder.

Colin’s Tackle

Sphere Zero-G F1+ Pole

Xitan 2ex-s 1 Piece Top Kit

No 10 Stretch 7 Hollow Elastic

0.14mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono 

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

Light Size 16 Barbless Hook

4×14 Slim Bodied Pole Float

Sphere 10ft Bomb Rod

Black Magic MSF 320 Reel

Black Magic Gold 0.19mm (6.6lb) Mono

10g Bomb

Small Quick Change Swivel

Connector Bead

0.14mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono 

Light Size 16 Barbless Hook

Quick Stop

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Instant action on the dobbing rig.  

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Proper weight makers if the carp don’t turn up.  

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Popped-Up Bread Rig

Rig it Right - Popped-Up Bread Rig

Fishing a popped-up bread rig is a brilliant tactic in the winter months for carp and big F1’s, because the fish spend a lot more time a little way off the bottom than we might imagine. 

The blatant bread bait should be popped up straight off the lead, right in the face of any passing fish. It is essential that the bread is as buoyant as possible, so always leave the punched bread to expand before casting out. It can pay to make up a few hooklengths to allow a quick change between casts. I use a Warburtons sliced loaf, which is quite tough and nice and buoyant. 

There is no need for a big hook when fishing with bread, in fact the lighter the hook the better. I use a Sphere Beast in a size16, which is plenty enough to tame the biggest carp I am likely to hook.

I have found that a 20 gram bomb is about right, creating enough resistance to prick the carp, and  not making too much disturbance when I cast out. 

Because we are not introducing any feed try casting around the swim looking for fish. Once you have caught one, or had an indication it can be worth trying that spot again and the chances are more fish will be around. 

I know it can take a bit of confidence to fish with just popped-up bread, but believe me it is a brilliant tactic when the conditions are cold and the carp are not responding to other tactics. 

Tight Lines! 

Jim Hall

Cenex Hybrid Power mono

  1. I use Cenex Hybrid Power Mono in 0.14mm diameter for my bread and corn hooklengths. 

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2. Tie a Quick Stop onto a 40cm length of Hybrid Power using a small loop knot.

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3. Tie on the size 16 Sphere Beast Eyed Barbless hook using a knotless knot. Make sure the hair is long enough to easily take three bread disks.

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4. Tie a small overhand loop in the other end of the hooklength, giving a total length of about 30cm. Use a figure-of-eight loop for maximum strength.

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5. Thread an inline bomb onto the end of the 0.20mm main line. 

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6. Having experimented with different weights, I find 20 grams is right, with enough weight to set the hook, without making too much splash.

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7. Tie a Quick Change Bead to the end of the main line. 

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8. On most venues the rules dictate that the rig is free-running, with the bomb resting against the Quick Change Bead on the cast.

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9. Punch three 10mm disks of bread. It is very important to leave them in the punch for a few minutes to allow the bread to expand.

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10. Thread the bread disks onto the hair. There should be room on the hair for the bread to expand once it is cast out and becomes wet. 

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Big carp like this can be your reward for fishing popped-up bread in winter.

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Xitan Z8-3 Advance Pole

Xitan Z8-3 Advance Pole

The Xitan Z8-3 Advance pole was developed as a strong all-rounder, with the responsiveness to hit fast bites from river roach, yet with the strength to handle heavier elastics for big carp. Building on the previous generation Z8-2, upgraded carbon cloths were used in the construction of this new model to give better balance and lighter weight, whilst retaining the Xitan reputation for being a very strong pole that can take knocks. 

With a brilliant package supplied as standard and with compatibility with a wide range of top kits and accessories, the Z8-3 is ideal for the UK angler looking for a strong pole that can handle just about everything they are likely to encounter. 

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Xitan Z8-3 Advance Features

  • Designed as an all-round pole covering everything from roach to carp fishing
  • Elastic rating 16+
  • Compatible with all Xitan and 2ex-S poles, and the top three sections of Sphere poles
  • Supplied with Browning’s Square Pole Protectors
  • Tactile Precision Points
  • Section Alignment marks
  • Reinforced joints
  • Reinforced pressure points on top kits

"Strong enough for carp, delicate enough for roach."

UK Pole 16m Package

  • 16m Xitan Z8-3 Advance pole
  • Xitan Square Pole Protector for 13m
  • Xitan Square Pole Protector for 14.5 & 16m
  • Xitan Reversible Pole Protector for 9.5m & 11m
  • 4x Xitan SKLP 5.5mm / 4.5mm Duo Kits
  • 3x Xitan SLK 3.9mm / 4.5mm Duo Kits
  • Full Length Power C3 Section
  • SLK Cupping Kit
  • Xitan Multi Pocket Holdall

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Xitan z8-2 advance pole carp
Xitan z8-2 advance pole roach
Xitan z8-2 advance pole bream

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Sphere Bomb +10% Power

I get asked a lot about rod choice when fishing for winter carp and F1’s and when it comes to bomb and feeder fishing then you can’t beat the awesome Sphere Bomb +10% Power.

For ranges up to about 40m – common fishing on most commercials, then these rods are an absolute must. Casting extremely accurately, yet telegraphing even the slightest bite or liner. 

I tend to use them with a 20 gram inline bomb, or small feeder, which loads them brilliantly for accurate casting. The weight is also sufficient to prick any fish that picks up the bait, even when the fish are quite lethargic. 

You might think that such a light rod would not be suitable for larger carp, but nothing could be further from the truth. The brilliant parabolic action of the Sphere Bomb +10% Power enables me to play big carp hard without the risk of hook-pulls. Landing fish quickly and, crucially, giving me extra fishing time.

Just look at the pictures and you will see how forgiving this rod is, the action is brilliant and I can land carp faster than ever before. The glass tips blend perfectly into the blank, magnifying even shy F1 bites.

Over the winter I am fishing the Bomb and Feeder League at Lindholme Lakes, and for most matches that means having just two rods set up. Both are the Sphere Bomb +10% Power. The first with a straight bomb for popped-up bread or corn. The second carrying a small Hybrid feeder loaded with micros. 

If you are looking for the very best tools for these jobs then check out the Bomb +10%. 

Jim Hall

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Sphere Bomb +10% Power Specification

Length – 3m / 10’

Sections – 2 + tip

Weight – 133 grams

Casting Weight – 35 grams

Line Strength – 3 – 8lb

Tips – 0.5oz, 0.75oz, 1oz, 1.5oz

Tip Diameter – 3mm

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Match Fishing Live - Popped-Up Bread

Match Fishing Live – Popped-Up Bread

 

We join Jim Hall at Lindholme Lakes for the midweek Bomb and Feeder League, fished by some of the best anglers in the country. With storm Barra incoming the conditions are not ideal, but the fish are feeding and Jim enjoys an amazing days winter sport fishing simple popped-up bread tactics on the bomb.

Some great tips and tactics from Jim as he lands some proper carp and big F1’s in this brilliant new video.

 

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