Tom Bragg, email

Angling Times (UK) - - ASK CARP FEED -

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.

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