5 THE LATE LINE

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I DON’T al­ways put this line in. If I do, it’s a fi­nal 30-minute job to try and get out of jail.

As the light fades, the carp will move closer to the near bank to feed, and one area they seem to like is right in front of my keep­nets. I think that dur­ing the match bits of bait get dropped in front of the nets and the carp recog­nise this as the cue for a free feed.

If I’m strug­gling with 30 min­utes to go I will set up a top kit and short four line to take ad­van­tage of this. It’s some­thing I’ve been do­ing for a few years, and more of­ten than

not it’s worth a bonus fish or two – of­ten big ones!

Us­ing a top kit and short four I feed just enough bait to catch a carp – typ­i­cally 8-10 grains of corn and a pinch of pel­lets. The trap is then set, so I just sit and wait, and nor­mally I don’t have to wait long!

Late on, fish can move in un­der your keep­nets.

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