MAR­GINS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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