Angling Times (UK) - - ADAM PENNING -

THEY used to call late sum­mer the ‘dog days’ – those hazy, lazy af­ter­noons when the fish (and of­ten the an­glers) are in a dozy, lethar­gic state.

Look for breaks in the weather and, if you can, co­in­cide your fish­ing with fresher weather com­ing in from the At­lantic.

Sud­den drops in air pres­sure with thun­der­storms and stronger winds can be the very best con­di­tions when they fol­low a spell of still, hot weather.

It can also re­ally pay to keep ac­tive on those hot days – if you spend them sweat­ing away in your bivvy then you will be miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

If my swim looks de­void of fish, I will of­ten wind in and go look­ing for them. In hot weather they aren’t usu­ally too hard to find. A cou­ple of hours of stalk­ing un­der some shady bushes, or a bit of floater fish­ing, can of­ten bring very sat­is­fy­ing bonus ac­tion. It’s there wait­ing for the first an­gler who can be bothered to go and have a good look.

Fi­nally, late sum­mer brings with it a myr­iad of bit­ing beast­ies – fish without a mos­quito mesh and some in­sect re­pel­lent at your peril!

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