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Carp are up and feed­ing in the warm wa­ter, so try sur­face fish­ing

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

OW’S the time to smash your carp per­sonal best as venues across the na­tion hit their best form for sur­face fish­ing in 2016.

NTwo of the most pop­u­lar dayt­icket fish­eries in the coun­try have told An­gling Times that an­glers have been us­ing sur­face baits to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect as wa­ter tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to rise.

The pro­lific Dray­ton Reser­voir has seen those who have been us­ing a con­troller float and pel­lets re­port the cap­ture of some of the big­gest catches ever taken off the sur­face at the Northamp­ton­shire venue – an­glers have had up to 40 fish to over 24lb in a sin­gle evening ses­sion.

“Sur­face fish­ing is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing here at Dray­ton. Just a few days ago some of the guys fish­ing here were catch­ing 15 fish or more an hour,” said Mark Ry­der, who runs the fish­ery.

“Those who have been spod­ding out float­ing 4mm pel­lets and fish­ing a sim­ple sur­face con­troller have been tak­ing it apart. Pegs 35 to 40 and the Point have been by far the best ar­eas to try.

“The big­ger fish are be­ing caught on floaters, so any­one who’s go­ing out for some evening fish­ing at this time of the year would be mad not to have a go at this method.” Not only has it been a sim­i­lar story at Lin­ear Fish­eries in Ox­ford­shire, but venue bosses are try­ing to en­cour­age more an­glers to try sur­face fish­ing. It’s been re­spon­si­ble for the cap­ture of many fish over 30lb for the few that have been adopt­ing this ap­proach. “It’s crazy that there are only a few guys who ac­tu­ally give this tac­tic a try. Many just sit there fish­ing bot­tom baits, even if they can clearly see fish in the up­per lay­ers of the wa­ter,” said Ian Roper, head bailiff at the com­plex. “We have some of the lo­cal an­glers who creep around in the evenings on lakes such as St Johns, B1 and Hard­wick and they have been hav­ing amaz­ing re­sults with just a rod, a ruck­sack and a pock­et­ful of mix­ers.”

Ian’s views have been echoed by many top carp an­glers, and one of those is sur­face fish­ing ex­pert Craig Mor­timer (above right).

“An­glers are put off by fish­ing on the sur­face be­cause it takes a bit of ef­fort, which just as­tounds me. I think, come on…do you want to catch carp or not?” said Craig, who is backed by Gard­ner Tackle and Sticky Baits. “An­glers have been us­ing sur­face baits to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect.”

“The art is to get the fish feed­ing in the first place and then as long as you don’t send a con­troller float crash­ing on top of them, hook­ing fish can be re­ally sim­ple.

“I’ve had up to eight fish over 30lb in a week on floaters be­fore, which just shows what’s pos­si­ble.

A hair-rigged floater is deadly on the sur­face.

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