Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

EVEN in the cold, one line that can’t be ig­nored is the mar­gins.

As the light fades and carp start to feed they will still come into the edges as long as there is both cover and depth. Rush beds and un­der­cut banks are great ar­eas to tar­get down the edge. It doesn’t have to be a big rush bed ei­ther – two or three rushes are all that’s needed to hold a carp or two.

An­other great lit­tle tip to catch carp in the edge is to fish long rather than short. Carp tend to be more con­fi­dent the fur­ther down the bank you fish – this is purely down to the lack of noise and dis­tur­bance. For this rea­son I will quite of­ten look to fish 16m down the edge if my swim al­lows it.

If you have a good edge swim, as in one with cover or depth, it can be well worth look­ing there early on just to see if there are any res­i­dent fish you can pick off.

I pre­fer to have my first look with­out feed­ing, just to see. Only then, if no bites ma­te­ri­alise, will I feed a small amount of bait to try and pull a fish or two into the area.

Fish as far down the mar­gins as you can.

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