Win­ning tricks from John Whin­cup

Match ace re­veals two-pronged at­tack

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

PIC­TURE the scene. You’ve drawn an is­land swim and have half a chance of do­ing well in the match. But are things as sim­ple as shov­ing the pole up to the fea­ture, fir­ing bait in and emptying the place?

In sum­mer that might have been true, but by late Oc­to­ber it’s a dif­fer­ent story. The last ves­tiges of warmth are hang­ing on but nights are colder, day­light hours much shorter and the fish won’t be as hun­gry as in those heady July days. As the habits of carp and F1s change, so must the ap­proach of the an­gler.

Nev­er­the­less, an is­land is still prime real es­tate. Even in cold weather a few carp can al­ways be found hug­ging them, and they should not be ig­nored. In­deed, an is­land was the key to Jon Whin­cup’s re­cent £25,000 pay­day in the Parkdean Mas­ters Fi­nal at White Acres, al­though his ap­proach was very much a ‘sit-and-wait’ job.

Know­ing that fish would be in the area, the Fren­zee/Bait-Tech man went out to the is­land and bided his time, pick­ing off ev­ery fish that came into the peg to record over 90lb. And, ac­cord­ing to the man him­self, it’s a tac­tic that’ll work on any com­mer­cial fish­ery peg with an is­land.

“An is­land screams fish and I would plan on catch­ing quite a few fish from it, even if there was a cold spell, but I find that there are two def­i­nite routes you can go down when it comes to feed­ing - ei­ther pot­ting or ping­ing bait in,” Jon said.

“The pot works when I want to be neg­a­tive and trickle in a bit of bait, while cat­a­pult­ing is very at­tack­ing and great for when there are a few fish in the peg. Con­di­tions dic­tate this, but I would al­ways be­gin with the pot and then change over if I think the swim needs it.”

Pro­vided the is­land is within pole range, Jon reck­ons the pre­sen­ta­tion and ac­cu­racy you can get is vastly su­pe­rior com­pared to the feeder, but rather than go­ing right up to the mud bank of the is­land it­self, he sets his stall out a few me­tres away in the deeper water. There are a cou­ple of rea­sons for this.

“Firstly, the water is too shal­low right up against the is­land and al­though an odd fish may feed here, it will be lit­er­ally just that – one or two carp dur­ing the day. As the nights get colder, carp will look for deeper water and if I can find 18 inches to 2ft of water a me­tre or two off the is­land, then that’s great,” he said.

“Se­condly, shal­low water means a greater chance of foul­hook­ing fish and get­ting mil­lions of line bites. On a mild day the fish will still be ac­tive and bump­ing into the line. Com­ing into deeper water cuts this out.”

To demon­strate how to tackle an is­land, Jon camped out on a swim on the Six Is­land Lake at his lo­cal De­coy Lakes com­plex. Plumb­ing up re­vealed 2ft of water at 14.5m, a me­tre or so away from the small is­land, with the lakebed just be­gin­ning to slope away into the main lake.

“I’m not too both­ered about fish­ing on a slope un­less it was very sharp and dropped away,” Jon con­tin­ued. “It’s tempt­ing to go close to the is­land but they of­ten have over­hang­ing veg­e­ta­tion that you get tan­gled up in, or worse, that a hooked fish will swim into and get snagged up - as hap­pened to me on the Parkdean fi­nal! Find that ideal depth, set the float to touch bot­tom and you’re ready to go.”

Jon’s rig doesn’t take into ac­count the chang­ing weather though. As he points out, you may be wait­ing 15 min­utes for a bite so when you hook a carp, you don’t want it to bust you! His main­line is Fren­zee’s Loaded Mono in 0.20mm, to a hook­link of 0.16mm in the same ma­te­rial fin­ished with a size 18 Fren­zee 1420 hook. The float is a 0.2g Fren­zee FP700, ideal for shal­low­ish water, fin­ished off with Fren­zee’s light blue grade hol­low elas­tic.

“It’s vi­tal not to force the peg and think that you should be catch­ing within sec­onds of the float set­tling. This doesn’t hap­pen in late Oc­to­ber so feed and wait. Do it right and the float will go un­der!” Jon added.

This carp took a banded 6mm pel­let, just off the is­land. An­other plump De­coy Lakes carp is net­ted.

Don’t fish too close to an is­land. Jon found about one me­tre off was right to­day. Loose­feed­ing is best when the carp are feed­ing well, but start with a pole-mounted pot.

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