This blog is going to show you how to make a cost-effective go anywhere spod mix for carp fishing.
This spod mix is made up of four well-renowned carp catching baits. Any one of these baits on its day will do great, but I find a nice mix that combines the lot, keeps the fish grubbing around in the swim longer and also gives you the chance to fish different hook bait over the top of it, giving you options for your session. 

Adding boilies into a crusher

Adding Boilies.

To start, crush up some boilies you can use just whole boilies in a spod mix, but I find crushing them up definitely helps release their smells and attraction into the water, it also helps the bait mix flutter down and settle over silt or weed. The way I’ve crushed these boilies is just taking my standard freezer bait popped them into a crusher, it makes a nice mix of sizes. A good mixture of whole boilies, slightly broken boilies and dust as well. Those tiny dust pieces will help cloud the water up, simulating when fish have stirred up the bottom.

Adding pellets

Adding Pellets.

I then add pellets to the mix between 4-6mm. You can use smaller than that but you’ll often just find a lot of small fish will eat that up. You can use larger pellets as well, but I quite like the response pellets. They’re only small but they help darken off the mix as well. I tend to like a relatively dark mix with a few little brighter offerings inside, for example, sweet corn.

Avoiding bream

Avoiding Bream.

One thing to note about pellets is if you’re fishing somewhere with loads of bream in it, hold off on the pellet, you might want to just put a little bit, or maybe even not any pellet at all, only because bream just seems to really like pellets. If you haven’t got bream in the lake, you’re fishing. Go heavy on the pellet because carp absolutely love it.

 

Sweetcorn

Adding Sweetcorn.

Sweet corn is the bait I used when I first started fishing and still do to this day. I tend not to put a lot of corn in a spod mix, maybe just a couple of handfuls. The reason why the corn goes in is, first of all, because carp love it. It doesn’t fill them up very much, it doesn’t really give them a huge amount of nutrition, it just bulks out the mix. I wouldn’t use frozen bags of corn if I was wanting to use it as a hook bait. If I wanted to put corn on a hair rig or on the hook, I’d get the tins. The other reason why there’s corn in the mix, it’s just for that little bit of colour. When the carp come in and they spot those little bits of corn, I find it can give you the chance of fishing fake corn on the hook or a little yellow pop-up on the hook, you can get quite quick bites.

Hemp

Adding Hemp.

Hemp will help keep fish feeding in your swim for prolonged periods of time. It’s small, it’s dark and it makes a bit of a crunch when the fish are feeding on it. I’ll tip a load of that in, but I’ll also be sure to include plenty of that hemp liquid, because that’s full of natural oils and attractants. One thing to note about the hemp is that you mustn’t just go and buy dry, unprepared hemp and stick that straight into your spod mix because that can actually swell up inside the fish once they’ve eaten it, and that can be very damaging for them and even kill them in some cases. So make sure that if you’re using particles like hemp, you prepare it before your session, or you just buy a small bottle or tin of pre-prepared hemp from the tackle shop.

 

Spod mix

Completed Spod Mix.

Now, that is kicking out so many scent signals to the carp, and basically, this mix means you can spod that out over your spot. No matter how the carp are responding on the day, you’ve got different options for hook bait. You can fish with a boilie a bit of corn or even a tiger nut.

 

Spomb

Baiting Up.

This mix is something that I’ve used countless times and caught loads of carp on it. So now that you’ve made up your spod mix, how do you get that bait out into the lake accurately around your rigs?

Well, I like to use something called a spomb halfway between a spod and a bomb. This device enables you to load it up, close it, and on impact with the surface the button gets pressed and your bait falls out. But it’s not as simple as that because you want to make sure that you cross the same distance each time and also in the same direction.

 

Reel line in with tension

Clipping Up.

The way to do this is to led around to find your spot or choose the area that you want to fish. Once you’ve felt the lead down and you’re happy with the spot, put the line in the line clip, then reel that in and place your distance sticks in the ground. Wrap your line around those distance sticks and count the number of times it takes to wrap around them. Then you can take your spod rod with the braid on, wrap around the same number of times and put the line into the clip. 

 

Casting a spomb

Casting Your Spomb.

Providing you stand in the same spot and you aim at the same tree or pylon or whatever on the far bank, you make that cast, bring the rod back behind you until it hits the clip and that spomb will be landing exactly where your fishing rods were landing to. Now, in deep water, you will want to clip up your spawn rod slightly shorter, just to account for the fact that when your rig falls in, it falls sort of back towards you a little bit on a pendulum. 

 

Baiting with a spomb

Bait Rule Of Thumb.

Now, when you first arrive, the amount of bait you put in kind of depends on where you’re fishing and how many fish are in the lake, but as a general rule of thumb, if the lake has got lots of fish and they’re feeding hard, then you can introduce more. If you haven’t really seen very much, it’s probably best not to put loads and loads of bait out. Remember, you can always put more bait in, but you can’t take it out. 

 

Spombing accuracy

Good Luck!

Hopefully this blog helps you make up not only a cheap and effective a spod mix, but also helped you get it in the right place each time as well. Good luck with your fishing.

 

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