Piling in the bait reaps big reward

Most anglers reduce the amount of bait they use during the winter, but Jim Shelley has bucked the trend and continued to pile it in at the Waveney Valley Lakes complex ¬ with impressive results.

In total, the Lowestoft, Suffolk-based carp tutor has banked no fewer than 21 fish in the last three weeks from various waters on the Norfolk fishery, with this 33lb mirror from G Lake the highlight so far. Incredibly, he has already put in over 80kg of boilies in an attempt to keep the fish active.

“This might sound extreme, especially in winter, but keeping the bait going in encourages the carp to continue feeding even in the harshest of conditions,” explained Jim.

“I’ve watched people using singles and small bags to catch the odd fish, but by baiting heavily I’ve been catching regularly. Using large quantities of boilies can be expensive, but you can achieve the same effect with cheap particles such as hemp, partiblend and pellets. In fact, I did really well on Tolpits in winter using these baits seven years ago and caught several thirties, including two 39-pounders.”

All Jim’s Waveney carp have been caught from areas of silt with Dynamite Baits Chocolate Malt and Tiger Nut pop-ups mounted on chod rigs. These have been fished over a mixture of different sized and shaped boilies and tiger nut groundbait.

“I was really pleased to catch the 33-pounder. It is one of the lake’s originals and is probably over 30 years old,” he added.