What's the best spod mix to use on a well-stocked lake in winter or early spring? Mainline's Steve Spurgeon has an answer...
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"Most of the venues I choose to fish in winter or early spring are pretty well stocked, meaning there's always an element of competition for food and so more chance of a bite or two.
"When tackling these venues the spod mix I use offers both a visual element and an amazing aroma.
"Yellow baits work well at this time of year and to my mind there's no better combination than good old sweetcorn paired with Essential Cell.
"I've been using this boilie for most of the last year and it has been nothing short of phenomenal.
"As well as some 10mm boilies I add some chopped bigger baits which leak off attractors quickly in the cold water. I'll also often throw in some chopped Salty Squid boilies, which are pink and match one of my favourite hookbaits to use in cold water, a Fruity Squid wafter.
"The main base of my spod mix is hemp - there's no finer ingredient, in my opinion - and once it has been added the whole lot benefits from a decent squirt of Essential Cell Stick Mix Liquid.
"I tend to use a small Fox Impact Spod to introduce two or three spodloads initially, topping up after every second or third fish, or as and when I feel it's appropriate.
"It's a mix that has served me brilliantly over the past few years."