Spread Baiting seems a thing of the past these days. Spods have become the tool for the job for many but it’s a tool I often avoid unless needed for distance.
Spread baiting is a massive string to my bow and can often result in multiple catches. I tend to spread bait especially when I’m targeting bigger, more open water spots. Silt areas/troughs are a favourite of mine.
Carp are very sociable creatures. By this, I mean they spend a lot of time together in two’s, three’s, four’s or even more. On location of food items, you will notice that a couple will dip down first and will be then followed by their counterparts. To add to this, all carp have personalities and sit within a hierarchy in a group, you have some that are bullish feeders some that are shy feeders and everything in-between. Anyone who has kept fish will tell you this as its often observed when they feed their fish.
Back to the topic, so the spread-baiting game will see them moving from one bait to another over a large area. If you receive a bite in this scenario it is possible to hook play and land one of the pack without the other carp noticing there mates been caught and carry on feeding. Over the years, in my experience I’ve also found that this method singles out the bigger fish. Like I said, carp feed in numbers. Take a baited patch; it tends to be the more confident, bullish male fish that dips down for a feed first, the smaller male carp are far more driven by sight in my opinion. Any fleck of colour and they are on it! The bigger fish (usually females) will feed at a slower, more purposeful pace. Slow and steady and not as erratic as their male counter parts. That’s why I always position my hook bait away from where I think the carp will first start to feed on the patch/area. Using this tactic spreads the percentages in my favour, particularly with the bigger fish.