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UKCARP MAGAZINE 20 JANUARY 3RD 2012WINTER BAITSNOWTRY A SCOTCHIEDarren Belton's home-made hookbait looks remarkably like a Scotch egg, and his simple rig complements it to the full

UKCARP MAGAZINE 21 JANUARY 3RD 2012"So that was it. I was going to wrap a thin skin of my food-based boilie paste around a hi-attract pop-up"Isn't this always the case? You go to create a bait and one vital ingredient is missing. Yet the result, born from invention, turns out to be a real success. My little 'suck it and see' creation is a winter hookbait that came about in just this way. It was one of those typical winter evenings - there was nothing on telly, the dog had been walked, and I just needed something to do. Out came the flavours, eggs, and powders, plus all the sundry bits and pieces except for one component...yep, I was clean out of cork balls. After a bit of puffing and blowing, and perhaps swearing too, I decided to use instead some 10mm pop-ups that I'd just made. These were proper job pop-ups, hand-rolled and more buoyant than a helium balloon.So that was it - I was going to wrap a thin skin of my food-based boilie paste around a hi-attract pop-up. I use matching pop-ups even in winter; after alwl, the water will have seen loads of my bait throughout summer and autumn, so why not use it in the cold months too? It is fairly obvious that certain baits fill carp up in the cold because they are hard to digest, but if you aren't piling them in they'll still work. Anyway, I made my new pop-ups, and they had that nice aroma of my normal attractors, with just the slightest hint of the smell of the pop-up inside, but nothing to worry me. Out on the bank that weekend I had a decent session, banking a good fish from a tricky water. But something I noticed was that each time I reeled in the smell of my bait had changed - the food-based smell had leached out and the fruit aroma of the internal pop-up had then pushed through. My next trip was a midweek jolly on a runs water with a mate, and this is where fate intervened. Because I'd used all A double run resulted in two commons in the net.Maybe carp like Scotch eggs too...