THE EX­PERT’S VIEW

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS - MATT RHODES

“By Mid-Oc­to­ber the carp changed their be­hav­iour and started to show over more bro­ken ground and in deeper wa­ter”

AS FISH­ERY man­ager at Nash’s Roys­ton day-ticket fish­ery I get to spend more time by the wa­ter than most, which al­lows me to fol­low the chang­ing ways of the carp through the sea­sons.

One thing that has been very clear this au­tumn is how the carp have changed the spots where they are feed­ing con­fi­dently as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture has started to fall.

Through the sum­mer it was all about find­ing the hard spots. If you found a spot where the lead cracked down close to show­ing fish then it would be a dead cert for a bite.

A light scat­ter­ing of baits was all that was needed, with lit­tle-and-of­ten bait­ing def­i­nitely out-per­form­ing fill­ing it in.

Around the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber the carp sub­tly changed their be­hav­iour. They started show­ing over more bro­ken ground and in deeper wa­ter, so I guessed it was time to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

For­tu­nately, my change in tac­tics worked a treat. A light spread of the new Key Cray boilies would hope­fully keep the fish look­ing for grub and my ver­sion of the multi rig would keep the hook popped up by an inch, clear of any weed and chod. I only nor­mally get to fish one or two nights a week, so it was a real con­fi­dence booster when the open­ing night, fish­ing over the softer ar­eas, re­sulted in a crack­ing brace of twen­ties.

So if you are strug­gling over your nor­mally pro­duc­tive spots, have a look for some softer ar­eas nearby. Just make sure it’s clean silt – if your lead or bait comes back smelling hor­ri­ble then you are un­likely to catch.

A chunky Roys­ton twenty from a soft spot.

BE VIG­I­LANT Af­ter-dark ob­ser­va­tion pointed to fish show­ing over the softer spots over clean silt and in deeper wa­ter.

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