4 THE MARGINS
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.