Where can I catch river carp?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I PLAN on fish­ing for river carp this sum­mer. What type of swim should I look to tar­get?

Paul Robert­son, Ip­swich

CARP in rivers are not too dif­fer­ent from their lake-dwelling cousins in that they love swims of­fer­ing cover and depth. Your first job there­fore should be to find a stretch with a de­cent av­er­age depth, typ­i­cally be­tween 8ft and 10ft.

Most rivers have a cen­tral boat chan­nel, re­sult­ing in two dis­tinct mar­ginal shelves that may sup­port weed, reed and lily beds. Th­ese are all fish-hold­ing fea­tures and will be on the pa­trol route of any carp in the vicin­ity.

You should also tar­get the deep cen­tral chan­nel, but on some rivers bream can be a real prob­lem here!

Straight bits of river will of­fer a more con­sis­tent depth, but bends in rivers are also well worth fish­ing and if you fish on the out­side of a bend you will have the deep­est wa­ter un­der the rod top, mean­ing an easy cast. Other good swims to head for are lock cut­tings, bridge stan­chions, boat moor­ings or the mouths of back­wa­ters.

River carp are often long, lean fight­ing ma­chines!

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