Tom Bragg, email
Q As temperatures begin to drop, what are the best areas of the lake to target, and the best depths of water to concentrate upon? A In short, Tom, there are no rules, only generalisations. I can think of lakes where, in the autumn, the fish gravitate towards deeper water. Conversely, I can think of others where the fish are content to stay on the shallows… sometimes right through the winter!
Carp are wild animals and there is no single pattern of behaviour that is repeated everywhere. My fishing is based solely on observation and then making the effort to get a bait as close to the fish as possible. This means a lot of looking and listening, but the rewards are there.
If you’re too lazy to do this, then things are always going to be a an uphill struggle. If you’re only able to do quick overnighters then don’t let that be an excuse either – at this time of year carp movement becomes more nocturnal, and the fish often show in early evening and the small hours.
My best advice is to keep your mind open and your eyes wide open – only fish where you see the fish! Adam Penning, Prologic
Look, listen, and try to get a bait as close to the fish as possible.