1 THE FAR BANK
SO WHERE do you start? Well, for me it has to be tight across to the far bank.
There is one main reason for this – it’s the furthest point away from you and the disturbance of setting up and putting keepnets in will naturally push fish there.
So of course it makes sense to target the fish at the start exactly where they are likely to be. In terms of what to look for on the far bank, once it goes cold there are two things that I like to see and find. First, the depth – in summer I’d be looking to find shallow water to fish in but now the water is cold and clear I am looking for 18ins as a minimum and will be happy fishing in up to 3ft of water.
The second feature I look for is cover. Rushes, overhanging trees and undercut banks will all hold carp in the cold, so if I can see any of the above I will aim to fish up to them.
Don’t be afraid to search up and down once you have caught a few fish. Carp don’t tend to move far once they’ve been spooked, so dobbing a piece of bread up and down the far bank when bites fade can be a great way of getting back into contact with them.
Dobbing a piece of bread across to the far bank can help you relocate carp.