Carpy hide and seek
Smuch of fishing success is down to casting in the right place at the right time, and that is particularly relevant as we undergo the seasonal change.
One ‘on the money’ cast can make the difference between catching and not catching, even on heavily stocked waters.
Carp are having a last big feed before looking for their winter sanctuaries, and it’s amazing just how small a space a big shoal can occupy.
Sometimes you can make several casts without a sign, then one in the right place can betray the presence of a number of fish.
Overhanging trees and beds of rushes are the places to try, and bright, small baits, light leads and gently dropped rigs are the way ahead. And where you find one fish, there’s every chance you’ll catch a few more.
What’s being caught? Roach, chub, bream and perch in double-figure hauls. Pike active. For barbel, look further upstream at Kellaways.
Tactics? Float fishing with running line or pole for the silver fish. Crumb feeder for the ‘slabs’. Deadbaits for the pike.
Where? Countess Wear, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7DA. Day tickets £6. Exeter & District AA membership £48. Tel: 01392 668935.
What’s being caught? Dace, roach, a few chub and bream with occasional carp. Doublefigures bags of silver fish. Tactics? Trotting with stick float and maggot is a consistent approach, as is shallow waggler and maggots.