2 THREE-QUARTER LINE
WHEN targeting carp I prefer to fish the bottom of the far shelf rather than down the track. I reckon that the further I fish away from myself, the more confident the carp are likely to be.
The bottom of the shelf is also a natural holding spot for carp. A little tip when fishing there is to always fish it at an angle of either 10 o’clock or two o’clock. In fact on a lot of occasions I will feed both angles so that I can rotate lines.
The best reason for fishing at an angle, though, is so that when I hook a fish I can play it in front of me without risk of disturbing the swim. To find the bottom of the far shelf, all I do is plumb back from the far bank until the bottom flattens off at the deepest point. I then like to fish about a foot back on to the flat, rather than right at the base of the slope. I find I get fewer problems with foul-hooked fish than is the case if I fish too close to the bottom of the slope.
Here’s a little tip that saves time and makes rotating swims easier. When fishing two three-quarter lines try, if possible, to find the same depth on both.
This way you don’t have to swap rigs every time you want to move between the two lines.
I always start by plumbing back from the far bank.