GET YOUR SPOT ROCKING WITH A RAKE
CLEAN A SPOT WITH EASE THANKS TO A CASTABLE WEED RAKE
ACED with a weedy swim, you can either give up and move on, or do something about it.
Carp, of course, love weed and spend a lot of time in and around it, so you could try to present a bait in the existing underwater landscape – or you could create your own clearing.
The easiest way to do this is with a castable weed rake and Gardner
Fmakes two different ones. Both weigh about 3oz, so they’re easy to fling about, and they’re both capable of shifting a surprisingly large amount of debris.
With this in mind, strong line is crucial. Braided mainline (30lb minimum) and a quality shockleader of about 50lb is the ideal pairing – you will appreciate the power when uprooting big clumps of weed from the lakebed.
If you are willing to put in a bit of hard work, these palm-sized rakes can really alter a swim. The
“THEY’RE EASY TO CAST AND CAPABLE OF SHIFTING LARGE AMOUNTS OF DEBRIS”
original, bow-shaped rake is the all-rounder, capable of scything through weedbeds, while the knobbly deluxe version is the finisher to be used in a more localised area where you want to present your hookbait.
Using a castable weed rake isn’t just about making space for your rig, though. You can find the perfect existing clear area, only for surrounding weedbeds to severely hamper line lay and ruin your presentation. That’s where the original rake is so versatile – it can be used to create a channel between the bank and your hookbait for your line to sit in.
Finally, it’s always worth checking the contents of the weed that you bring back to the bank. The type of weed and the naturals it contains will give you a more complete idea of the area you are fishing in.