I went for an afternoon/evening session at Town Parks fishery in Paignton today and had a fabulous day. I had 14 carp on pork luncheon meat that had been soaked in garlic oil. In fact, I actually ran out of meat in the end and hadn't planned on using anything else. However, I bought some Gulp artificial salmon eggs the other day and had taken them with me so I thought I would give them a go.
First of all, these are not real salmon eggs, they are made out of an organic material, don't ask me what. I'm not sure what colour salmon eggs are in the wild but these are fluorescent green. I would estimate they are about 10 mm in size and at first, glance look like boilies. However, they are quite squishy to the touch and I suppose the closest thing I could compare them to is marshmallows.
I was fishing my favourite peg right close in no more than 3 feet from the bank. I recently started using an 8-foot stalker rod when fishing the margins because I often fish close to overhanging trees and bushes so using a long rod would cause problems. Terminal tackle consisted of a self-weighted short waggler and a size 10 hook. I was fishing in about 12-18 inches of water so I didn't put any shot down the line.
It was probably about 7:30 PM when I finally ran out of meat so instead of changing hook links so I could use another bait I thought I would give these Gulp salmon eggs ago. Because they float I had actually planned to use them surface fishing but we didn't do any of that. Two of them on a size 10 hook made everything buoyant so they did float. However, a small shot just above the hook sank everything. Literally straightaway I got a bite but unfortunately no hookup. It's not a very big pot of eggs so I decided to start using one egg on the hook. That made the difference, everything sank without the need for a split shop. It didn't take very long for my float to shoot away and the rod to bend around. When you are fishing very close in you often get ferocious bites so it's always best to keep a good hold of your rod. Anyway, to my annoyance when the carp came to the net the hook was not in its mouth, it was actually stuck in one of its fins underneath the body. I never count foul hooked carp because you just don't know whether they've actually taken the bait or just swam into the line and being hooked accidentally. I wasn't going to give up, I was convinced that these salmon eggs were going to work. It didn't take very long and once again the float shot away and after a short fight, I landed a small carp of around 2 lbs and this time it was hooked well and truly in the mouth. I wanted to catch one more before we went just to prove that these salmon eggs work and the first one wasn't a fluke. After a few missed bites I finally got my fish and again it was hooked nicely in the corner of the mouth. That was a great way to finish off a fabulous afternoon and evening fish.
These salmon eggs stay on the hook really well even after quite a bit of attention from small silver fish. I think you could quite easily use them on a hair knowing that they're not going to fall off easily. If you use a couple on a size 10 hook then they become buoyant so you could use them surface fishing or on a zig rig. If you put a couple on a size 10 then you could fish them pop-up style.
They are quite expensive, nearly 5 quid for a small pot of probably 30 pieces. Having said that, if they turn out to be absolutely superb then, in my opinion, they are well worth the money. I'm going to try fishing them again next time I go fishing just to rule out yesterday just being one of those days when everything goes right.
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