Jeff Shen­ton, email

Angling Times (UK) - - ASK CARP FEED -

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

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