Q Why do carp anglers add tubing to their hooks? Doesn't this make the rig even easier for the carp to see and feel?Simon Pledge, Tunbridge A Shrink tube is very useful for fine-tuning the mechanics of your rig. A small shrink tube kicker on the Fang X and Twister hooks that I use and highly rate really makes them flip over and take hold to produce solid dependable hookholds. If you give the idea a try I'm sure you will be impressed. Carp routinely pick up mouthfuls of lakebed debris, sort out any potential food items that they want to keep and eject the rest. In most situations I don't think the feel of a hook, even if they can detect it, will put them off. In any case, if it's an effective rig, once it's in the carp's mouth it should be job done!If you are worried about the hook or rig standing out on the bottom I would recommend you use Diffusion shrink tube. This blends in extremely well against any shade of lakebed.NASH KNOWLEDGEASK A QUESTION AND WIN A PRIZE Nash Knowledge, UKCarp, Bauer Media, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA.PRODUCT MONTHOF THENASH COMPACT KOOL BAG PRICE: £25.99This small insulated bag is ideal for the mobile angler. It will accommodate all your food and drink for a short session, or you can use it to keep your bait super fresh on the bank. We really like this product and it has become a mini carryall for the brew kit. Features include:? Insulated main compartment with three-sided zipped lid? Zipped front outer pocket? Neoprene carry handles and padded shoulder strap? Durable material, heavy-duty base and zips ? 40cm x 25cm x 20cm Q At the moment I'm using Monster Squid, but I'm told I'll have to change it when the weather fi nally gets cold. Is this true?Andy Moore, BeverleyA Many years ago anglers believed winter carp were virtually uncatchable. It was thought that you had to scale down to roach-style tackle to get a bite. Nowadays we know carp can be caught in just about any conditions. All the boilies in the Nash range are designed to catch carp throughout the year, and Monster Squid is a particularly effective all-seasons bait, so use it with confidence. Wouldn't you prefer to dine on something you've been eating and benefiting from all year? Baiting levels are critical. I like to use Soluballs and Chain Reaction to create plenty of attraction without risking overfeeding.When fishing for a bite at a time, mix in a few Amber Attract boilies. These combine very well with the Monsters you are already using. Brilliant white Monster Squid Hi-Viz pop-ups are also worth a try, and can produce a bonus fish on those difficult days.Bernard Anderson says...Jamie Londors says...IF IT AIN'T BROKE THEN DON'T FIX IT!TAKE THE TUBE TOFINE-TUNE YOUR RIGDiffusion shrink tube - a tackle box essential.Soluballs and Chain Reaction - these are perfect for fine-tuning those crucial winter baiting levels.Shrink tube improves the turning effect of the hook.