WANT TO BAG A MARGIN CARP? CLIMB A TREE!
My change of swim brings two magnificent fish
ORNING broke with disappointment on my part – why had I blanked on my overnighter? always look to bait a second spot. Barbel or carp, it never pays to put all your eggs in one basket, and so on this occasion I had introduced bait to two marginal swims.
Sticky Manilla boilies and Krill Clusters had by now, I hoped, attracted the fish’s attention and my first task of the day was to check these primed spots.
From a vantage point in a tree I could see that the gravel in both swims had been cleared of feed, but what had eaten it?
No carp were evident, so birds were a possibility. I decided to top each margin up again with boilies and clusters and return in an hour for another check.
While the kettle boiled I decided to organise the equipment I hoped I would need, even though an obvious target was yet to appear.
On my heavy 25lb fluorocarbon mainline I positioned a 2g olivette 6ft behind the terminal tackle. Semi-fixed between two pieces of silicone, it offered a safe back lead. Next came 12ins of 1.75mm E-S-P Anchor Rig tubing and an adjustable lead clip.
I was taking no chances with line management – everything