It makes me laugh at times watching fisherman lofting massive baits into the middle of a lake.
Ok, at times on big lakes, or gravel pits it is sometimes necessary, and yes on occasions I do it my self.
However the majority of the time I have a much higher catch rate fishing close into the margins, literally only a foot if that from the bank.
Fist of all, before hauling all my gear around the lake I look for a spot that looks inviting, I find either reeds or overhanging trees on the bank edge, with the depth of water approx 3feet works well. Also ensure there isn’t another swim close by, as you dont want another fisherman spooking the baited area.
Before I setup my end tackle I mix up some ground bait, the mix depends on the clarity of the water, and water temperature, but normally includes halibut or trout pellets as the main feed. I verly carefully place a few handfulls of bait into the area, Being cloe into the bank I can ensure the ground bait is all within close proximety and not spread around.
My tactic is to us a standard carp rig, with either a boilie or pellet. Place the bait about 15 feet down the bank from where fishing, I don’t cast the bait into the area, but walk down and just plop the hook bait into the chosen area (where I have just pre-baited the area) and retreat quietly back to my chair (letting out line to ensure the bait remains in place). I take this approach as I do not want to sppok any fish that may already be around the swim.
Once the spare line is reeled in I clip the line through my bait alarm and sit back and wait.
Look out for watermovement or a cloud dust appear, this will mean the fish are moving and hoovering up the particles within the groundbait – It’s only a matter of time before your bait alarm sounds and the clutch is screaming with your first run….
I always find the majority of carp I catch within the margins are bigger than the ones in the middle of the lake. It makes sense that a carp will feed in the margin and they feed into the bank for worm and grubs, overhanging trees also provide a food source in the form of insects anf flys.
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Welcome To UK Carp Fishing Secrets
Introduction To Carp Fishing
– Catching Carp
– What Makes a Successful Carp Angler
– Watercraft The Carp And Its Habitat
– Stealth And Deception
– Feature Finding
– Effects Of Wind
– Polarised Fishing Glasses
Approaches & Techniques
– Getting The Right Approach
– Winter Carp Fishing
– Static Carping With Bite Alarms
– Short Session Carping
– Surface Fishing
– Carp Fishing In Silt
– Carp From Big Waters
– Margin Tips
– Kitting For Distance
– Wind Problems
– Moon Effects
– BackLeads, The How And When
– Guide To Bait Rockets & Spodding
– Finding The Right Shelter/Bivvy
– Which Carp Rods?
Rigs & Components
– Hair Rig & Knotless Knot
– Bolt Rig
– Pop-up & Hinged Pop-up Rig
– Helicopter Rig
– Silt Rig
– Semi-Fixed Running Rig
– Inline Safety Rig
– Running Rig
– Braid Rig
– Carp Hooks – Getting Right To The Point
– Safety Clips
– Mono Facts
Bait & Baiting Techniques
– The Boilie (Boiled Bait)
– Shelf Life Or Fresh Frozen Boilies
– How To Make Your Own Boilies
– Dips And Soaks
– The Method
– Tiger Nuts
– Halibut Pellets
– The Secret Success Of Balachan Shrimp Paste
– Worms For Carp
– Particle Mixes
– Hemp Seed
– Artificial Baits
– Surface Baits
– Critically Balanced Baits For Carp
– How To Use P.V.A. Bags For Distance Work
Caring For Your Quarry
– Carp Care And Fish Handling
– Rules Rule, OK!
– Angling Ethics
– Preface To Carp Journals;
– Part 1 (Introduction To The Top Pool, July 2002)
– Part 2 (Return To The Top Pool, September 2002)
– Part 3 (Thoughts On Bait, July 2003)
– Part 4 (Top Pool Triumph and Back To Birch)
– Part 5 (Winter on Top Pool, April 2004)
– Part 6 (The Top Pool Mission Accomplished, August 2004)
– Part 7 (Return to Birch and Short Session Tactics, October 2004)
– Part 8 (Top Pool Swansong and Pastures New, January 2005)
– Part 9 (Surface Fishing Adventures, Mackerel Skies and Mares’ Tails, August 2005)
– Part 10 (Surface Fishing Adventures, New Personal Best – In October!, October 2005)
– Part 11 (Surface Fishing Adventures, Last Chance Saloon,May 2006)