The Coach War­ren Martin on how to catch in the mar­gins all ses­sion

THIS WEEK: How to catch in the mar­gins all day long

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

SOAR­ING tem­per­a­tures pose a tricky chal­lenge when it comes to catch­ing all day, but one area of your swim is guar­an­teed to pro­vide fran­tic ac­tion.

Fish on your favourite com­mer­cial will seek out the shal­low­est water – which is al­most al­ways down the edge.

For­mer Fish O’Ma­nia cham­pion War­ren Martin is con­sid­ered to be a mar­gin mas­ter, and has plun­dered nu­mer­ous big weights in re­cent weeks by plac­ing his rig inches from the near­side fo­liage.

“The mar­gins are now at their most pro­lific and there’s no rea­son why you shouldn’t bag up at your lo­cal com­mer­cial this week,” ex­plained War­ren.

“If you put a plan to­gether and pull it off suc­cess­fully, there’s no rea­son why the float won’t go un­der ev­ery time the rig goes in.”


“A lot of an­glers swear by dead mag­got hook­baits over a bed of ground­bait, and when I am fish­ing for carp in water less than 3ft deep I rely on this ap­proach.

“A big bed of ground­bait en­cour­ages the fish to grub around for a long time without fill­ing them up, and a bunch of dead mag­gots stands out like a sore thumb and will be sucked up in no time.

“My favourite mix for this type of fish­ing is a 50/50 blend of Van Den Eynde Krill and Red Crumb Par­ti­cles.

“If F1s come into the equa­tion or I’m fish­ing in more than 3ft of water I’ll go down a dif­fer­ent route of feed­ing pel­let and corn. These baits are heav­ier and will sink to the bot­tom and hold fish on the deck. I al­ways find that F1s re­spond bet­ter to par­ti­cles fall­ing through the water col­umn regularly as op­posed to a big, static bed of feed.”


“When you sit down at your peg there is a chance you’ll see the reeds mov­ing, and the temp­ta­tion to feed will be im­mense.

“But it’s bet­ter to hold off un­til you are ac­tu­ally ready to go down the edge. If I’m feed­ing pel­lets and corn I will drop a big pot of feed in around 20 min­utes be­fore I in­tend to at­tack it. These baits take a lit­tle while to draw the shoals in.

“If I am go­ing down the ground­bait route I’ll feed and fish over the top of it right away. The cloud cre­ated has an in­stant im­pact and you can ex­pect bites im­me­di­ately.”


“Given the choice, I will look to find any­where be­tween 14ins and 2ft of water in the edge. This depth is enough to hold the fish and al­low them to feed con­fi­dently while not sub­ject­ing you to lots of line bites.

“If the swim is any deeper you will have a lot of line go­ing through the water and the chances of the fish brush­ing up against it and giv­ing false in­di­ca­tions on the float in­crease dra­mat­i­cally.

“Where al­lowed, I will trim back mar­ginal veg­e­ta­tion so that I can get my rig tight to the bank and in the shal­low­est pos­si­ble water.”


“When carp are the tar­get you re­ally can’t take any chance when it comes to ter­mi­nal tackle. A big mir­ror or com­mon will surge out of the mar­gins at pace once hooked and light rigs will be smashed within sec­onds!

“My win­ning rig for carp is made up of 0.20mm Ma­trix Power Mi­cron main­line to an 0.18mm hook­length of the same ma­te­rial and a size 14 or 16 Carp Bag­ger hook.

“Elas­tic is a solid No14, while my float is a strong yet sen­si­tive Ma­trix Se­ries 1 in 0. 2g or 0.3g.”

Feed pel­let and corn if F1s come into the equa­tion.

The big­gest carp of­ten haunt the mar­gins.

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