Three brilliant results from three waters
Discover the simple approaches which started my autumn campaign in style
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.