Adam Penning consider a reader’s question on the use and possible over-use of brightly coloured pop-up hookbaits
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I’ve just started on a new lake and have been told not to bother with yellow pop-ups, as they’ve ‘blown’. Is that even possible, or am I being sold a bit of a blind?
Simon Paterson, by email
Adam Penning replies: “I very much doubt that they have entirely ‘blown’ but I would be amazed if they haven’t slowed down from where they used to be, because that is probably the case everywhere.
“I think this applies to bright ones generally; they have reached such a point of over-saturation that the original effectiveness is now far diminished from what it was.
“It shouldn’t be surprising really; we don’t loosefeed bright baits and every single one is attached to something sharp. How long is it going to take for this to be worked out by even a slow-witted fish?!
“I can tell you that the birds on a lot of lakes have worked it out. I used to hook loads on bright pop-ups but nowadays it rarely happens.
“If the birds have realised it then you can bet the fish will have!
I always try to avoid brights for these reasons, but if word has got round on your lake that they don’t work and as a result they haven’t been used for ages, I would consider them as an option.
“It’s all about giving the carp something they are NOT expecting and in your case, possibly a yellow one might be just the thing!”