Carp will still feed here, but the longer you can leave the edge, the better your chances of catching. In October the feeding window might be only an hour but the fish will feed with gusto.
Forget about the shallows – they won’t be as good now that the water is beginning to clear. Instead, pop your rig in a few feet further out into the lake where the depth can double. Typically, 2ft-3ft will be what you’re looking for.
Scale back on the feeding too. You may have been piling in full pole cups of bait in July, but a more softly-softly approach now will produce more bites. This can mean trickling in tiny helpings of feed on each drop. When the carp do arrive, feed can be upped slightly.
Particles are the best feed – dead maggots, dampened micro pellets or corn as opposed to groundbait and larger pellets. It’s still sensible to use a big hookbait. Worms or double corn are proven winners but there’s no need to gear up with big hooks and strong lines – ease back a little on the sizes and diameters.
That leaves timing to deal with. As a rule, you should be thinking about the margins roughly halfway through the day because it now gets dark earlier.
Keep trickling bait in and have a look every half-an-hour until you get a sign or hook a fish.