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WHY BRIGHT BAITSARE SUCCESSFUL Warning! this info will make you a better carp anglerNASH KNOWLEDGEkThis month's star question on the topic of matching hookbaits to free offerings comes from Ben Holmes of Luton, Beds.We wins a superb Nash TT rig pack containing loads of terminal tackle worth over £50. You get everything - No Spook Rig Tube, Ezi-Glide Backleads, Cling-On Tungsten Putty, Safety Pinz, Safety Bolt Bead Ring Swivels, Fang Twister hooks, Safety Bolt Beads, Pest Off Bait Locks, Mutant Boilies, Safety Bolt Bead Tail Rubbers, Nasher Coated Braid Stripper and Ultimate Marker Weed Stealth.If you want the Nash Team to solve your problem, and to stand a chance of winning this great prize, send your question to: Nash Knowledge, UKCarp, Bauer Media, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA.QUESTION OF THE MONTH PRIZE PACKUKCARP MAGAZINE 30 JANUARY 3RD 2012PRIZEWINNERQ I try hard to make my hookbaits match my free offerings as closely as possible, but my mate catches on really bright pop-ups. Why?Ben Holmes, LutonA That's a difficult question to answer, but bright pop-ups can be very hard to beat at times and I can't imagine fishing without them, especially in the colder months.They are not always the best option, though. For stalking a carp in the edge, a bright pop-up would be my last choice.In the colder months when the metabolism of a carp slows down massively, a bright, highly flavoured bait certainly seems to get a quicker response and takes advantage of a carp's sluggish senses.But bright baits can also work in the warmer months, fished as singles or over a spread of dull coloured free offerings. I think in these cases it is often the first bait the carp picks up, and it is simply taken out of curiosity.I have noticed that on waters where bright hookbaits are commonplace the fish soon wise up and avoid them. It may be that your mate is one of the only anglers using them on the venue and his results are good simply because he is being different. I have noticed on most day-ticket lakes that yellow seems to be the most favoured colour.I know that yellow baits are very effective, but on busy waters I avoid them and opt for orange or pink, as I don't see them used too much and I have been very successful on them wherever I've tried them.I would certainly get on the same hookbaits as your mate if he is doing well, and not be afraid to try bright baits throughout the year on different venues, because they will always catch on the right day.Rich Wilby says...Experimenting with colour will catch you bonus fish.

PULLING POWER OF THE ZIG RIGUKCARP MAGAZINE 31 JANUARY 3RD 2012Q My water produces on zigs, a technique I have no confi dence in. Can you explain the best way to tie one, what bait to use, and whether you use them at night?Mark Yoxall, BostonA Zig rigs are a very effective way of catching carp but you have to work hard to get results.To start with I suggest you keep it simple - once you've caught a few fish and gained some experience you can develop your own tactics and methods. Using a good strong 10lb mono, tie a simple knotless knot hair rig with a size 10 Fang X hook. Don't worry about using a leader or tubing, just fish your mainline through to the lead clip 'naked' without any clutter.A Weed Safe lead clip will allow the lead to discharge on the take, which will make playing a fish on a long hooklink much easier.As far as hookbaits are concerned, Air Ball pop-ups are very effective. On some waters an unflavoured rig foam might work best, on a given day a certain colour might work better than the rest, so be prepared to experiment.Depth is crucial. Sometimes just a few inches either way can make a big difference. Obviously you need to be on fish, but start off mid-water and if you don't get a take within, say, half-an-hour, try a different depth. Ideally you need your hookbait just slightly below the fish as this tends to improve the hooking potential of the rig.Nash Bait Spod Cloud groundbait is ideal for drawing the fish in. The mix is designed to 'hang' in the water and it really drives the fish mad. If the carp will tolerate the disturbance, a spodful on a regular basis can produce multiple takes.Zigs are very effective at night, but not many anglers seem to use them after dark. If that's the case on your water, get on them now! Billy Flowers says...Julian Cundiff says...Different leads - different uses.The sticky sharp Fangs will nail those fish without the need for a heavy lead.Spod Cloud really pulls them in.Lead release is important.ARE HEAVY LEADS THAT NECESSARY?Q All the anglers I see appear to be using massive leads. Why do they do this when they only have to cast 30 yards? Doesn't it spook the carp?Harry Thomas, CannockA Some years ago, when hooks were not as sharp as the Fangs and Twisters that I now use, you really did need a big lead to 'prick' the hook home but nowadays the super sticky sharp hooks and less stretchy mainlines make possible the use of lighter leads that still generate great hook holds. I tend to use leads of 1.5oz-2oz, and at up to 80 yards I find these ideal. A lighter lead allows you to feel the bottom better - it won't spook the carp as much on the cast and it is easier to cast more accurately.So don't 'follow the leader' and end up with a heavy lead plugged into the bottom with no carp about. Instead, try 2oz and see how you get on...I bet most of the anglers using heavy leads don't even think about why they are doing it either.