Karl Holland wrote:
I fish the Kennet and Avon canal. I’ve just started to use Rahja Spice boilies the inline lead is dipped in the glug and then I wrap paste on top. The boilie is topped with plastic corn, I cast to the far bank and scatter approx 10 boilies around my hook bait. I’ve had some success with carp to 24lb but I only seem to catch 1 carp per session any help would be great.
I don’t live in England,so I don’t know the canal you’re fishing. But I fished on several canals in Holland, so maybe I can give you some pointers.
You had some success on the Rahja Spice so I would not change that.
Over here in Holland one of my most successful tactics is pre-baiting. I start to pre-bait a stretch of the canal 2 days before I go fishing. The stretch I talking about is 250 meters to the left and 250m to the right of my swim. Try to just flick out some bait in small quantities, ..a few in the margins, some further out. Spread a few boilies and pellets to intercept fish that come through that area. The idea is that not that one carp eats everything, but more fish find the bait and come back for it.
Another thing I would do is use more freebies per rod about 50 boilies per rod when I started fishing, again not all around the hookbait but spread them on a larger area. Keep the fish searching for it.
Mostly carp in canals are not alone if you spread your baits over a larger area, you won’t scare the other fish off that easily when you hook one, and maybe will catch you a bonus fish shortly after the 1st one.
I would advice a mixture of boilies and pellets..50/50 the amount is a bit tricky but mostly 1 kg –1,5 kg per day should be enough. These tactics worked very well on the Dutch canals, so you should be able to catch fish on your canal fishing this way.
Keep us updated on your catches.
Greetz, Roy van Goor