Jeff Shenton, email
Q Everyone is talking about ‘matching the hatch’ at this time of year, but when do single, high-viz fluoros come back into play? A Throughout the seasons there are windows when ‘singles’ are at their most effective. Spring is one such period, but there are others. In September and October big carp feed heavily to increase their weight ahead of leaner times.
At the end of this period, action drops off and the carp, having gorged themselves, need little to stay in prime condition – but they must still feed if they are to remain active. This is prime-time for single, hi-attract hookbaits.
From the beginning of November a single, bright pop-up cast in among the bubblers can be a great approach. From the first frosts, or the moment the autumn action wanes and activity slows, it’s time to start fishing singles. As winter progresses I’ll often fish over bait but, more often than not, I’ve got at least one rod on a single, and through November I’m more than happy using the tactic on all three. Matt Eaton, Greys & Gardner Tackle