The Coach England ace Des Shipp on adapting your approach for autumn
THIS WEEK: Boost your catches on commercials
FEEL that chill in the air when you woke up this morning? That’s autumn and it’s almost here, and it means you need to put a little thought into how you go about fishing a commercial.
Top matchmen are always one step ahead in this respect, and Des Shipp can be firmly counted among them.
Here are his coaching tips to keep you catching on your local stillwater…
STILL FISH SHALLOW
CARP feed shallow for longer than they do in midsummer right now. Colder temperatures chill deep water but when the sun is out and things warm up, the upper layers are the first to benefit and so the carp head away from the bottom.
SILVERFISH PLAY A PART
FISHING for skimmers, roach and bream with worms and casters plays a big part in my commercial fishing but I always feed some meat 1m past my silvers swim with an eye to catching later in the day.
GET THE FEEDING RIGHT
IF I were fishing a standard long pole pellet line on the deck for carp and F1s then I would feed with a little pot and ping pellets over the top with a catapult with a view to fishing shallow later in the session.
FIND A HARD BOTTOM
RIGHT now I want a hard lakebed rather than silt, which won’t produce fizzing as the fish root through the debris. When this happens it’s almost impossible to catch consistently, so spend time with a plummet to find a hard spot to fish over.
TRY something other than pellets at the end of summer. Double 6mm or 8mm meat cubes are great for proper carp in the margins. The only other hookbaits on my bait tray are worms, fishing a whole one in the edge when feeding casters and meat.
FROM late September to early October the margins will still produce on a well-stocked fishery.
Stay away from feeding with big pots of bait though. Instead, feed just a few bits of meat or corn by hand when not fishing the edge, and then switch to a small pole pot when you concentrate your efforts there.
THINK ABOUT RIGS
MY LINES, once 0.20mm straight through, now incorporate a hooklength of 0.17mm. Hooks will also be smaller, with size 16s being used more and more. Silverfish rigs still need to give you the chance of landing a carp, but balanced gear of 0.13mm mainline and 0.11mm hooklengths will let you do this.