Single Hookbait Fishing
Whenever someone mentions fishing with a single hookbait you would be forgiven to automatically think about a bright single in the depth of winter. Contrary to this belief, singles can actually be used very effectively all year round, whether it be bright pop up or fishmeal bottom bait. In this article I will be going over just why I love a single so much when fishing.
Having started my fishing on park lakes I used to have masses amounts of problems with baiting up and bird life, the two just don’t mix and I was practically forced into using little bait. Getting the catapult out meant flocks of gulls and an army of tufted ducks. Fishing was done with a single hookbait, small PVA bag or a stringer. After a while of catching I looked back to my captures and 90% were on the single hookbaits and not the PVA bag and this is when I went onto the single approach.
Walk around your local water and you will be stretched to find someone casting out without some kind of pva bag, ball of groundbait or spod of bait on the spot. Fishing a single is unique and on a high pressured lake the carp rarely come across a single boilie on its own. I believe a lot of carp in pressured waters are shying away from a patch of bait from years of getting caught on it.
This brings me onto another point, I actually believe carp are more wary of the baiting pattern than our rigs. From the point of view from a carp they have no concept of a hooklink or leader. Some carp however have been caught when feeding on a PVA bag hundreds of times growing up; if they are clever enough to avoid our tackle surely they are clever enough to treat a PVA bag with caution.
It is also advantageous as you aren’t committed to a certain spot. If you’ve spodded 5kg of bait onto a spot and then see a fish show at the other end of the lake chances are you will stay put, not wanting to waste the bait you’ve put it. Fishing singles forces you to always be on the carp, which is the most important aspect of carp fishing. Present a good rig and bait infront of a feeding carp and you will catch!
When arriving at a lake it can be a good idea to cast out a few singles just to pick up any fish in the area that are already feeding, instead of thrashing the water to a foam and scarring them off. I will say the single hookbait approach is probably better on harder lakes; the lakes with an enormous head of fish can respond well to big beds of bait and the sound of a spod can be like a dinner bell.
If you aren’t confident just casting out a single hookbait you can always boost the appeal of your chosen hookbait. There are a number of ways to do this and I will have some in-depth guides up on the site. A few options include: Glugging, salt curing, coating in goo, wrapping in paste and adding a bright tipper. All these should make your hookbait more attractive, making the carp hone in on the rig.