Three bril­liant re­sults from three wa­ters

Dis­cover the sim­ple ap­proaches which started my au­tumn cam­paign in style

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

UN­LESS you’re a se­ri­ous devotee of carp fish­ing its dy­namic and ever-chang­ing na­ture can be both­er­some and be­wil­der­ing.

I wouldn’t say it’s all non­sense, but it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that what worked three years ago still works to­day – so why change a win­ning ap­proach?

The recipe for suc­cess is sim­ple and al­ways will be… find the carp, of­fer them a bait they find at­trac­tive and present a rig that won’t tan­gle and has a sharp hook.

So, as I start my 2018 au­tumn carp­ing cam­paign, vir­tu­ally noth­ing has changed since last year. My ap­proach works and I have full con­fi­dence in it, as proved by three re­cent trips to dif­fer­ent wa­ters.

I reg­u­larly fish es­tate lakes and love their choco­late box carp – ev­ery­thing from long lean com­mons to big fat mir­rors, and ev­ery scale pat­tern in be­tween.

With a free night at my dis­posal I stayed lo­cal and chose to fish a venue I knew well. This meant Sticky Krill boilies and plenty of them to ring a din­ner bell that the carp couldn’t ig­nore. At the 30-yard mark, where the depth fell away and the bot­tom cleared, I fed 3kg of boilies be­fore pre­sent­ing two ba­sic rigs on top of them.

My 18lb fluoro­car­bon main­line was pinned to the deck by float stops with added tung­sten putty, 2ft and 4ft above an E-S-P lead clip. Next came a swivel and a rig boom, fol­lowed by 8ins of brown Tung­sten Loaded coated braid and a size 5 Cryo­gen Grip­per with a knot­less-knot­ted hair. Shrink tub­ing on the bend of the hook en­sured it would turn and take hold in a carp’s mouth.

Noth­ing new here, then, and guess what hap­pened? The alarm screamed out three times and I landed two nice carp. Not un­til I wit­ness any­one catch­ing more will I change a sin­gle el­e­ment of my ap­proach.

A cou­ple of nights later I was back on the bank of a gravel pit new to me. Be­cause of this I chose to use 15lb Syn­cro XT main­line,

A mighty chalk pit carp fell to my sim­ple ap­proach.

Ad­just­ing the alarms as night draws near.

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