Kevin Nash has made his famous Soluballs and Chain Reaction with rock salt, the idea is to get minerals into the water and use them as an attractor. Rock salt has a much higher mineral content to other salts, sea salt has a different make up and doesn’t have the same mineral content and table salt is processed which removes a lot of the mineral content.
I arrived on site for just gone 9 and went for a walk around the lake to have a look. I soon picked an area that looked like it would hold fish and set about setting up my gear.
I put out a bed of dead maggots and chopped peeler crab over an area just off the reed line in 6 feet of water, then cast a light lead with a long hooklink over the top with a peeler crab whipped onto the shank of the hook. To this I added a little PVA mesh bag with 2 rock salt soluballs in it and popped it over the point of the hook. This was cast over the baited area and fished with a very slack line.
Half hour later the guys from the magazine turned up and we set about the article, taking photos of the rigs used and the bait. We also did breakdown shots of the salt and how it works.
As we were talking the alarm bleeped a couple of times and as I looked I could see the line twitching and bouncing around. I picked up the rod and waited for it to start tightening up, as it drew tight I struck into a very solid feeling fish and the game was on.
After a very good fight lasting about 10 minutes a drew the fish over the net cord and she was mine, all 26lb1oz of it. A stunning Mirror Carp was sat in the net looking back at us...result!!!!
Weighing done, photo’s taken, recovered and returned....article in the bag and it was still early. The guys had what they needed and had a long way to go to get home, so they took off on the drive to Peterborough while I decided to carry on for an hour to see if I could winkle out another fish. After 4 Bream in quick succession I decided to call it a day and go warm up a bit.
That article goes out in Improve Your Coarse Fishing in the March edition which comes out on February 25th.