Folks with this How too , I hope to shed Some Light on One Of the Great Methods We Use At the Pennsylvania Pay lakes. In This How Too Article , I hope to shed some Light on A Killer way to Rip some lips and Pass on an art that is Older than Most who use it. This great Method was Passed onto me by None other than The P.A. PayLaker legend Himself , Raymond " Herkel " Corcoran. Mid Last year , I met Herk In Star City West Virginia While fishing with Another Carp Angler , West Virginia Carp Angler Legend Justin Gerard. I watched as herkel , brought Out His Trusty pack baits , And So forth. So After fishing A few Hours With Him And His very Cool grandson Bubba , And Rippin us at our Own Fishing Hole , I sent him a few Pm's On the CAG forum and Asked if he could Show a newbie How to properly Fish a Pay Lake. Well , He did Just that. For the Rest Of the Summer , Fall and Winter I became a very astute Student. I watched as the Master Took simple ingredients And Made magic Happen with them. Now this wasn't my First Rodeo At a Pay lake , I fished them many times before with Success , but Not Like I have now. I have Been Shown and Taught Many Different baits , methods and Rigs From this great Man , But very Few can Top the Over Lay / Under
lay method. This method is an Ole P.A. Paylaker method that's Prolly Has Ripped as Many carp as some of the greatest Dough bait Recipes of the past. Something So Simple , and basic , yet will give you a great Shot of Putting you into the Money and Keeping your trips to the scale worth wild. With that Said , I hope this Article Will Spark and Interest in folks to Visit A pay lake when Your in an area that Has them , I myself am one of the Lucky ones , as I live 5 Minutes away From the West Virginia / P.A. Border , So I am able to Fish 84 Lakes and Lounge , Paradise lakes , Deep valley and My personal Favorite , Seghi's 5 lakes. Enjoy
Like Most P.A. Paylakers , I usually Run a Free Line Set Up OR I add a split Shot to the Line For An Added hook Set. With Some help From My Man Pat Kelly , I have Modified A Spring to the End Of My Hook to better hold the under lay for longer Cast when Fishing Wild yellows. My Set up Is as Fallows :
Hook : Owner Mosquito Hook , Size 1 down to a # 4
Line : I run A Florocarbon or mono line
Swivel : I run a Eagle Claw ( Black ) head Swivel ( Size 12)
Sinker/lead : I Run A 1/4 Oz Split Shot or Free Line.
Reel : Abu Garcia Cardinal 104 / Abu Garcia 6000
Rod : Shakespeare Ugly Stick 6'6" Medium Heavy / 7' medium Heavy Im6 graphite Casting Rod
With this next Picture , You are able to see the Rig Minus the bait :
This next Picture , Is one of My Newest baits I have Been Rippin on. it is a Modified version of One Of Herkel's baits and Works really Well In Both Wild Water and pay Lakes. As You can prolly Tell , On the left Is the Over Lay , Which is More like a Really loose pack , But made From the Same bait As The under lay. Which Is on the Right Side of the Picture. The Under Lay is more of a Wet , Stickier bait almost like a dough bait of Sorts. Now with that said , there are many baits and ways to run this. As Steve Lojek Stated , Over lay / Under Lay , can Be used in More then One or Two Layers. I myself , When Fishing Wild have used as much as four to Five layers due to current and how much feed I am placing. I have Also Mixed up the baits when using the Over lay / Under lay method ( I.E. By Adding black bait as My under lay and Carp crack As My Over lay )
This next picture , I have the Under Lay with my terminal End. I am getting Ready to add the Under Lay to the hook , But before I do that , I add a pick up to the hook as a " Spit Stopper" As the Next picture Will Show. I will Get Back to this once we get more into the Explanation.
Notice , I only Added Enough under lay To cover the hook. In My Trials , I have found that This works better than Chunkin Gobs of bait out all at once. This Allows me to be More discrete and Not Chunk a 3# Ball of Chum into the water disturbing others and Drawing attention.Now , With this Picture , I am Adding the Hook , Under Lay , Smack ( Flavored of Course ) To the Over lay. Which Is fallowed By a Semi Hard Squeeze of the Hand ( or hands ) Due to the Amount you add. As Seen next:
Back to the Pic up. And No I ain't Talking about the one In your Drive way either. I borrow the Pic up From Our Southern pay Lake brethren which they Profected By the way. I have found while carp Will Root through the Over lay once it brakes down and the over lay does also , I needed Something , and I Quote my Friend on this one , I needed something to "Hang them Selves On" . So I took some advice from a Puff Master and gave it a shot and it increased my hook ups ten fold!
With the next Set of Pictures , I will Show you one of the things which I think is very neat about pack baits and Over lay / Under lay , Is what we call the brake time. brake Time is or melt time , In Lammond's terms , the time which Take the pack or Over lay / Under lay to brake down or melt and create a feeding frenzy. I have added the Over Lay / Under lay to a bowl of Water and I timed it with the count down timer on the Microwave. it took this bait , Just under 4 minutes to brake down fully and Expose the Smack inside. Not too shabby for 51 degree water. Notice the Pile that the Over lay leaves Once it starts to brake down. next is the Over lay , time for it to go. Just a note , If you do not want to use a puff , smack or pop , Just stiffin' up the Under lay and decrease the brake time one it and it will last for as long as you would like.
Now here is the updated Video also to show a little about the melt/brake:
[URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IpI1hnqPHY]Click here for the brake time video[/URL]
As you may already Notice , the Smack , Puff , Pop , Add's a "Bulls Eye" to the center of the pile. Now , if you get you and Education in Puffalogy , You can get the Puff to Float Right above Your nice chum pile. Like so ( By the way , I have no Degree in Puffalogy and have donated many dollars to P.A. to learn this Fact. )
I hope by this how too , Which I know I may Have left some out , You can get a glimpse of how to use it and give it a shot. There are many other methods that help rip fish , And If I may Quote A great paylaker , The bait Only half catches the Fish! I really Enjoyed doing this and I hope yall Enjoy Reading it.
Thanks and See Out On the Lake;