Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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