One thing that is vital at this time of year is your bait choice. In winters gone by one of my favourite baits for scratching time has always been a little sliver of Peperami, or as I refer to it - ‘Rami’.
I don’t know whether it’s the garlic, spice or oil content but it’s a superb winter bait and can often get you a bite when fish won’t look at a conventional bait.
HOW TO USE PEPERAMI
- Peperami comes in a few different guises. I always have a few of the mini packs tucked in my rucker, even through the summer, they are an ideal convenience hookbait for diffi cult times. Give the hot versions a go over some ‘chilli hemp’.
My chosen components - delicate hooklinks and size 10 hooks.
- 10lb fluorocarbon is an ideal hooklink for such a small, delicate bait. This soft version is especially good.
- I start by cutting a small sliver about half a centimetre thick off the sausage.
- This is about the size of sliver I use, tiny!
- Thread it on through the intact skin and fix with a boilie stop as normal.
- A simple knotless knot is all that is required. Because I use such a small bait a light, simple presentation capitalizes on its subtlety. A bigger hook or a thick coated braid would defeat the object.
COMBI 'RAMI RIG
COMBI 'RAMI RIG
- The second way I use Peperami is as a slightly larger combination bait. I use this when I want an extra little bit of visual appeal. A section about 1cm is used here.
- Peperami is full of oil but if you leave the skin intact it can only escape through the ends. I roughly chop all the skin off to
leave a ragged piece of meat to increase the surface area.
- To provide the visual hint to the hookbait I use one of the new tiny plastic corn pieces. I permanently leave a few grains of plastic in with my pop-ups so they absorb some of the smell too.
- You’ve now got a lovely little hookbait that gives visual and food signals out.
- Once again I use a small size 10 Wide Gape hook to make the set-up as discreet. A knotless knot is also used.
- Small, smelly, oily and ideal for a winter bite or two.
HOW TO MAKE A 'RAMI PVA STICK
- Use a food blender or coffee grinder to pulverise a Peperami stick, it is a superb PVA stick mix additive.
- Korda’s new ‘Long Chuck’ funnel web is perfect for making tiny PVA sticks.
- To give you a scale, this is my little finger!
- Micro pellets and some Dynamite Meaty Marine mix completes the bait.
- Barely bigger than my thumb, but a superb ‘one bite’ tactic for recasting regularly in the cold months. Trust me, it catches carp even in Arctic conditions.