Chapel Baits Session Pack Pop-ups
Great tips to try with Chapel Baits' pop-up boilie range
The tiniest changes in buoyancy, shape or colour can really pay off when using pop-ups as singles, or when tipping baits – especially when targeting hard-fished venues. The Chapel Baits' pop-up range is available in four flavours but every pot has colour and shape alternatives. Which means if you buy Coconutty, you get dumbells, as well as different sized baits. Experiment to see what works on the day.
Pop-ups are great used as individual baits in Winter – think about
adding to the attraction by leaving them soaking in one of our Chapel
Baits' glugs. Over time this will penetrate the skin of the bait and
deliver a huge flavour boost in the swim. Definitely a trick worth
trying on one rod when the going gets tough.
When fishing over bottoms that have weed or deep silt, try using a chod rig. This kind of set-up is always used with pop up boilies and can be left in the swim for many hours in the knowledge it will be fishing correctly. The ‘chod' can be used with a single bait or over a bed of boilies. The hooklength of a chod is a stiff fluorocarbon which can be tied yourself, or bought ready-tied.
Try slicing two different pop-ups down the middle to create a multi colour bait. This individual style approach can be highly attractive. Once the skin of a pop up is broken, it can lose its buoyancy quicker. A good attack when targeting individual ‘showing' fish.
Use half-size pop ups to tip hair-rigged pellets – it is a colour attractor, a flavour attractor, and helps make the bait neutral densitity. This is a trick used by a lot of top matchmen to win major events on the method feeder as well as big fish anglers.
Zig rigs are a crucial part of carp fishing and not utilised by enough anglers. In the warm days of summer, carp will spend a lot of their time moving in the upper layers and a zig will intercept a fish. The crucial edge with zig fishing is to keep presentation fine – hair rig your pop-up on a smaller hook – perhaps a size 12 – and use flurocarbon hooklengths in 10lb, or where possible even 8lb. This will mean you'll have to use a softer test curve rod as a stiff piece of carbon could either snap the line or bounce the hook out of the fish's mouth. Try rods between 1.5tc and 2.5tc.
Winter is another important time to fish zigs as carp will often be on the thermaclime – where cold water meets warmer water. It is important to pop your baits off the bottom to find this killer zone.
In very deep waters, the weight of the water on the pop-up can actually force it to lay on the lake bed. That's why you need a highly-buoyant pop up and all Chapel Baits' pop-ups can be fished in extreme depths. To make them last even longer, tie the pop up in place to a ring using bait floss – by choosing not to use a baiting needle you're not penetrating the skin of the boilie, meaning it retains its buoyancy longer.
Learn brilliant floater tips for big carp
Top all-rounder Kev Shore passes on some superb floater tips for catching summer carp.