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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...

winter baitsUKcarp magazine 22 janUary 3rd 2012assembling a bore ring johnny mac rig how to use bore rings 1Press point against boilie and turn bait to screw it on to Bore Ring. 2Fully home, the ring forms an integral part of this simple rig. Tie an overhand loop in your coated braid hooklink material. Trim and blob the end with a lighter.1Pass hooklink free end through hook eye to create loop for Bore Ring to slide on.3Thread Bore Ring on to loop, then pass loop over your hookpoint.2The rig with my 'Scotchie' attached. Strip small section of coating behind eye and add a split shot.4my 10mm pop-ups to make my new hookbaits I hadn't got the bait I'd normally use down on Elphicks. So instead I used one of my carefully prepared special hookbaits, and yes, you've guessed it, I had a right hatful of fish. I've experimented loads along similar lines but to be honest everything has worked for me. I think it's the fact that the bait is something a bit different rather than it being the next wonder carp-catcher. The only thing that became really obvious was the need for a slightly short boiling time, so the outer breaks down relatively quickly. These baits got better results on runs waters, I found. The next thing was to come up with an easy presentation suited to the bait. It was at this point that my mate Nigel from Rig Marole sent me some Bore Rings. These are tiny rings with a pointed, threaded shaft. After mulling it over I created my version of a Johnny Mac rig, but with a Bore Ring instead of a standard ring. This wasn't because there was anything wrong with the original, it was just that my version now allowed me to screw the Bore Ring into my new baits. The thread went through the soft outer coating then anchored itself firmly into the pop-up heart - dead easy. This meant that I could change hookbaits after every cast in just seconds. These little gizmos are made of metal and counteract the buoyancy of the bait, so all I needed was a small split shot to balance it perfectly. And that was it really. Everything came together to allow me to fish these baits quickly and easily, with the added advantage that they caught fish. It was at this point that I told the editor, Broady, of my discovery and he mentioned he'd like to do a