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   Old Thread  #16 19 Sept 2021 at 8.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
During my first year of carp angling I caught nothing with pop-up and the thought they don't work was the obvious results.
What changes my mind was to fish with the right rig, from that moment I start to catch carp on pop-up boilies and the confidence rised up. I like to fish pop-up very low on the bottom, in this way it's not so different from a bottom bait.
What I found is that commercial baits are a bit hit and miss, they are water specific, in some work in other don't, and to discover which one is the right can cost you few tubs, instead when fishing with home made pop-up with the same ingredients as the free offering made a more consistent catch rates. I must add that my style of fishing is to build a confidence prebaiting regularly the water i fish, it could be the cause.
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   Old Thread  #15 18 Sept 2021 at 11.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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When you say clear water, is that also shallow water? I think a fish seeing a pop up side on in shallow water is completely different from a big fish looking at a pop up from a more vertical downward angle.
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   Old Thread  #14 18 Sept 2021 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #13 18 Sept 2021 at 8.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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100% . . .Ditto
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   Old Thread  #12 18 Sept 2021 at 8.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have to agree with this my syndicate and a few other lakes I fish, pop ups just really donít have the same effect as a bottom bait or a wafter, Iíve found that over the years that I get way more bites not using pop ups everywhere I go really.

So much so I own 3 pots thatís 12mm northern specials in each colour for my bag work when I first get to a lake or using as a snowman thatís it. I donít use them for anything else for me pop ups look so unnatural to a carp I just wonít use them.

Seen them shy away from pop ups while watching them feed in clear water but happily feed on the same spot with the same colour just with a wafter on the deck instead.
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   Old Thread  #11 17 Sept 2021 at 9.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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. . .my experience is slightly different, but then I'm anal about finding a spot to effectively place a bottom bait for the majority of my fishing. Pop ups do have their place (chods etc) however I'd rather use a PVA bag over a chod if appropriate! Each to their own - probably a confidence ting . . .
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   Old Thread  #10 17 Sept 2021 at 8.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iím no expert, but for me a fish looking down from above canít tell if a bait is popped up or not, and will dip down to pick it up as if it were on the bottom. This is why pop ups generally work better over a spread of boilies and not so well over bits and pieces where the fish tend to grub around and miss the hook bait.

Personally Iíve caught tons of fish on pop ups, usually where a bottom bait couldnít be presented. They tend to single out the bigger ones too.
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   Old Thread  #9 17 Sept 2021 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I cant even begin to reply to this comment its so ridiculous. comparing humans eating in our environment to carp eating in theirs? oh dear. how do you feel about zigs and surface baits
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   Old Thread  #8 17 Sept 2021 at 4.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The amount of carp caught on pop ups is, pretty much all the big known fish of the past 30 years have all fallen to pop ups at some point.

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   Old Thread  #7 11 Sept 2021 at 2.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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agree . . .designed to catch the angler not a carp . . .how many peeps do you see with a mahoosive pop up collection - primarily because they're never used / don't work and the user has blindly bought another flavour / colour in a desperate attempt make them work!

I only ever have 2x pots of pop ups - both 12mm Northern Specials, pink & white . . .they're mainly used for snowman rigs (because they're soft and easy to whittle into shape) but also for showing fish / lobbing out at the beginning of a sesh whilst I'm sorting everything else out . . .
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   Old Thread  #6 11 Sept 2021 at 1.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pop-ups - If you sat down to eat your Sunday roast and saw a pea hovering above the plate, how would you feel?

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   Old Thread  #5 9 Sept 2021 at 9.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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fair point though - the amount that are just spat out while they hoover the bottom....
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   Old Thread  #4 7 Sept 2021 at 8.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Now I know why I rarely use pop-ups . . .better off eating them yourself!
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