How Fjuka Carpo nearly won Tom Scholey £10k…

How Fjuka Carpo nearly won Tom Scholey £10k…
If ever proof was needed that you can have too much choice, just watch your average angler in the hookbait section of his local tackle shop. I’ve been there myself. Hundreds of little brightly coloured tubs, all containing different colours, flavours and buoyancies. Pellets, wafters, pop-ups. Hard baits, soft baits and everything in between.

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Feeder Fishing

Confidence

The problem is of course, carp feeder fishing needs confidence. Bite times can be 20 minutes, or half an hour, so you need to be dead happy to sit on your hands, and have faith in your choice. It’s the closest us anglers get to Russian roulette - as your match really can come to life - or die based on your choice of hookbait.

As someone who would describe myself as an ‘occasional’ carp feeder angler, my usual option in the past would have been to bow to popular opinion. I’d speak to masters of this art like Nick Speed, or Tom Pickering, find out what they would use and go with that. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me right?

No, not really. In every sphere of angling where I’ve enjoyed success, it’s been because I’ve worked out what I like, and why I like it. I have found my own way, made my own choice, and most importantly, understood why it works.


1. TIMING IS EVERYTHING

There are three key bite times at this time of year. If possible you need rods in the water for all three to give yourself the best chance of doing the damage.

The first is early morning, just as the sun is rising. The second is Midday - when the water is at its warmest. The last is as it is going dark, and just into the hours of darkness.

2. COVER YOUR OPTIONS

Brad likes to use two rods when possible, to cover more water and experiment with baits. Three baits are all he takes with him. Maggots, which are his go to approach, some of the Vortex Baits Insecto boilies, and pellets. He likes the versatility of Fjuka pellets, as they allow him to change colour, and make bigger and smaller baits when required.

3. COLOUR IS KEY

Not enough people pay attention to bait colour. Black is the traditional barbel bait colour, and while it is great on its day, there are plenty of occasions when barbel prefer other colours. A change between two black Fatboys, and two red Fatboys bought an instant response on the day.

Prototypes

Earlier this year, David Preston gave me some samples in pots. They were, in fact, the first prototypes of what has now become Carpo, Hookable Wafters and Hookable Pop-Ups. I tried them pleasure fishing, and caught some fish, but it wasn’t until the first week in January that I plucked up the courage to try them in a match - my first ever Golden Rod qualifier at Boddingtons Reservoir.

Ironically, it was a video with Steve Ringer that inspired me to do it. It’s probably one of the best videos I have seen about carp feeder fishing.

Ringer’s theory is this: in such highly pressured situations - with dozens of anglers casting on similar lines, with similar presentations – being different is the most significant edge you can give yourself. Whether it’s from finding your own water, using a unique bait, or a different flavor, you need to fish different if you’re going to win.

Then it occurred to me - I had my edge - in that little pot that David had given me. After all, no fish could ever have seen a Hookable Wafter or smelled Sensate™ before…

More options give a better chance of
finding the fishes' preferences


Change colours for an instant response

Match Tested

Of course, I can’t put my success in this match down to Fjuka Wafters alone. Yes they did bring a bite when all else failed. But, the fact that I caught one carp, while the 40 anglers around me didn’t, there was always going to be an element of luck involved. But either way, I was in the Golden Rod final (!) and it was Steve’s tips (and David’s baits) that came up trumps.

So…onto the final at Larford Lakes. I booked in a day’s practice with my old mate Jordan Holloway, who is something of a Larford whizz-kid. He soon put me right, and I was catching stacks of fish on a small Method feeder, fished with a 7mm Carpo on the hook. The carp certainly seemed to like these, and you could easily rotate between different colours to find out what the fish wanted on the day.


Event First Day Results

On the first day of the event, I drew a rocket-ship of an end peg - Peg 19, which is closest to the island on the Match Burr. I had a beautifully simple match, catching some good carp on the short chuck, then up the edge. And because, I had full confidence from the previous day’s fishing, there was only one hookbait going on my hook: it was a Carpo! I did change colour, alternating between yellow and pink. The pink seemed to do the damage later in the day, with the yellow proving better early on. It was just one of those beautiful matches where everything goes to plan. Steady bites all day, for a section win and second overall with 124lb.

The next day saw me on the Specimen Lake. Though I did catch a couple early (on a long range Method) the day was mainly spent skimmer fishing on the short chuck, with maggots and worms.

Tom Bagged a 124-8-0 First Day Haul


On day two Tom netted a 38-14-0 to take him into 2nd place overall

Dare to be different

Going into the last half an hour I was well in front of the chasing pack, with over 30lb in the net. I knew big carp would feed late on, but I thought an angler would need two or three fish to beat me. Sadly for me Joe Jaggar on end peg 32 caught the three he needed - including one netted on the finishing whistle. His 45lb net pushed me into second in section, with my skimmers weighing 37lb. So I finished with three points.

Angling legend Nick Speed took the honours after a brilliant display. One more bite and I might have pushed him - but perhaps more importantly, I learned something big: daring to be different can REALLY come up trumps: a steady £6,000!

New Baits - New Options

These new Fjuka hookbaits offer endless possibilities in terms of creating that edge; that difference. There is no question David’s special sauce (Sensate™) catches all species of fish – and now you can present Sensate in any number of buoyant, resilient ways:

From a direct-hooked 4mm brown Wafter (to blend in with a pile of bait in a feeder)…to a super bright Hookable Pop-up…or a hard Carpo, with some fluoro Neeonz (from the existing range) to create the ultimate standout conker…or make a snowman with a Carpo and a Hookable Pop-up….I just can’t stop my brain from coming up with new possibilities!!!

Cost-wise, the new hookbaits are all £4.99 a tub - but with mixed colours, in each pot, it shouldn’t break the bank to get kitted out.

I hope it proves as successful for you as it has for me - and that you can feeder fish with confidence knowing your hookbait will trigger bites, and not disaster!

Pre-drilled holes makes hooking; hair-rigging or banding both simple & quick

Confidence

The problem is of course, carp feeder fishing needs confidence. Bite times can be 20 minutes, or half an hour, so you need to be dead happy to sit on your hands, and have faith in your choice. It’s the closest us anglers get to Russian roulette - as your match really can come to life - or die based on your choice of hookbait.

As someone who would describe myself as an ‘occasional’ carp feeder angler, my usual option in the past would have been to bow to popular opinion. I’d speak to masters of this art like Nick Speed, or Tom Pickering, find out what they would use and go with that. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me right?

No, not really. In every sphere of angling where I’ve enjoyed success, it’s been because I’ve worked out what I like, and why I like it. I have found my own way, made my own choice, and most importantly, understood why it works.

FLOATING NEEONZ - THE ULTIMATE STANDOUT POP-UP

Prototypes

Earlier this year, David Preston gave me some samples in pots. They were, in fact, the first prototypes of what has now become Carpo, Hookable Wafters and Hookable Pop-Ups. I tried them pleasure fishing, and caught some fish, but it wasn’t until the first week in January that I plucked up the courage to try them in a match - my first ever Golden Rod qualifier at Boddingtons Reservoir.

Ironically, it was a video with Steve Ringer that inspired me to do it. It’s probably one of the best videos I have seen about carp feeder fishing.

Ringer’s theory is this: in such highly pressured situations - with dozens of anglers casting on similar lines, with similar presentations – being different is the most significant edge you can give yourself. Whether it’s from finding your own water, using a unique bait, or a different flavor, you need to fish different if you’re going to win.

Then it occurred to me - I had my edge - in that little pot that David had given me. After all, no fish could ever have seen a Hookable Wafter or smelled Sensate™ before…

Match Tested

Of course, I can’t put my success in this match down to Fjuka Wafters alone. Yes they did bring a bite when all else failed. But, the fact that I caught one carp, while the 40 anglers around me didn’t, there was always going to be an element of luck involved. But either way, I was in the Golden Rod final (!) and it was Steve’s tips (and David’s baits) that came up trumps.

So…onto the final at Larford Lakes. I booked in a day’s practice with my old mate Jordan Holloway, who is something of a Larford whizz-kid. He soon put me right, and I was catching stacks of fish on a small Method feeder, fished with a 5mm Carpo on the hook. The carp certainly seemed to like these, and you could easily rotate between different colours to find out what the fish wanted on the day.

Event First Day Results

On the first day of the event, I drew a rocket-ship of an end peg - Peg 19, which is closest to the island on the Match Burr. I had a beautifully simple match, catching some good carp on the short chuck, then up the edge. And because, I had full confidence from the previous day’s fishing, there was only one hookbait going on my hook: it was a Carpo! I did change colour, alternating between yellow and pink. The pink seemed to do the damage later in the day, with the yellow proving better early on. It was just one of those beautiful matches where everything goes to plan. Steady bites all day, for a section win and second overall with 124lb.

The next day saw me on the Specimen Lake. Though I did catch a couple early (on a long range Method) the day was mainly spent skimmer fishing on the short chuck, with maggots and worms.

New Baits - New Options

These new Fjuka hookbaits offer endless possibilities in terms of creating that edge; that difference. There is no question David’s special sauce (Sensate™) catches all species of fish – and now you can present Sensate in any number of buoyant, resilient ways:

From a direct-hooked 4mm brown Wafter (to blend in with a pile of bait in a feeder)…to a super bright Hookable Pop-up…or a hard Carpo, with some fluoro Neeonz (from the existing range) to create the ultimate standout conker…or make a snowman with a Carpo and a Hookable Pop-up….I just can’t stop my brain from coming up with new possibilities!!!

Cost-wise, the new hookbaits are all £4.99 a tub - but with mixed colours, in each pot, it shouldn’t break the bank to get kitted out.

I hope it proves as successful for you as it has for me - and that you can feeder fish with confidence knowing your hookbait will trigger bites, and not disaster!

TOUGH FJUKAS are designed to catch BIG FISH like carp, barbel, F1s and bream. Tougher texture resists small fish, while boosted Sensate™ fish accelerant pulls in specimens.

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