Carpworld - - THINK TANK -

Em­ployed as a roofer, 29-year-old Greg is spon­sored by Main­line and Ridge­mon­key. Most of his carp fish­ing has been done in and around his home county of Es­sex, although in re­cent times he has been suc­ces­fully vis­it­ing wa­ters the Colne Val­ley, re­sult­ing in a new PB of 54lb 6oz – the awe­some Roids from Kingsmead Is­land Lake.

The an­swer to this ques­tion varies quite a lot, de­pend­ing on the type of wa­ter you’re fish­ing in the spring. I’ll base this on my own per­sonal fish­ing on the lower-stocked, big fish wa­ters as op­posed to those con­tain­ing plenty of carp. Ob­vi­ously, some wa­ters fish in the win­ter and re­spond well to a lot of bait through­out the colder months, whilst oth­ers seem to shut up shop dur­ing the same pe­riod and seem de­void of life all the way through. I’m about to talk about the lat­ter!

In the early spring you will start to see signs of fish wak­ing up from their win­ter slum­bers and start to move around a lot more. You’ll find them vis­it­ing snags a lot more and you’ll see they’re a lot more vis­i­ble from up trees as they use the up­per lay­ers when mov­ing around. More im­por­tantly though, you’ll see them show­ing a lot more as they try to rid them­selves of par­a­sites like leeches that have at­tached them­selves as they’ve been sit­ting in a less ac­tive state, dur­ing the pre­vi­ous cou­ple of months.

My first ap­proach in the early spring would be to find them and fish to them with sin­gle hook­baits, usu­ally pop-ups. The joy with early spring is that the bot­tom is fairly clean so, if you see a show, you can nor­mally make one cast to it and get a good drop. I’m a heavy-baiter usu­ally but not at this time of the year. If I’m bait­ing an area it will be with a lot less than nor­mal, un­til they’re fully ac­tive and feed­ing harder.

I’m a year-round boilie user and, like many peo­ple I know, I choose Main­line’s Cell for this as it’s just as good in the warmer months as it is in the colder months. It is there­fore per­fect for my style of an­gling. I do bait ar­eas in the early spring but not too heav­ily. I’m aim­ing more for the one bite trick that early in the sea­son. Merely a hand­ful of bait on the edge of some snags, just enough to draw the fish out, is plenty. If I do want to get a spot go­ing and use a bit more boilie, then this will def­i­nitely be in an area out in open wa­ter where I have pre­vi­ously seen a few reg­u­lar shows. The worst thing you can do is to heav­ily bait the snags where you see the fish. The fish are there for a rea­son and that’s for cover and sanc­tu­ary – you don’t need to get them there with the bait, as they are al­ready! A small trap to draw their at­ten­tion is plenty enough. The open wa­ter ar­eas are def­i­nitely the heav­ier bait­ing ar­eas for me, but I would tend to do this later in the spring. Sin­gle pop-ups cast on to show­ing fish is by far my most ef­fec­tive tac­tic and that style of an­gling has ac­counted for many spring carp on the wa­ters I’ve fished.


CAPTIONS 1 - A sin­gle hook­bait vic­tim from a cou­ple of sea­sons ago 2 - My year-round am­mu­ni­tion 3 - The good ol’ Ron­nie rig will be get­ting cast around a big pit early on in this com­ing sea­son 2


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