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Dave needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion hav­ing been a very suc­ces­ful big carp an­gler for many years. Spon­sored by Ridge­mon­key and Main­line, 45-year-old Dave’s PB weighed in at 50lb 12oz from Hor­ton – the fa­mous Roger the Dodger.

Com­ing out of win­ter the carp are on the look­out for food due to a num­ber of rea­sons. Firstly, the longer day­light hours and the rise in tem­per­a­ture will nat­u­rally kick­start the carp’s me­tab­o­lism, in turn mak­ing them more ac­tive. When it comes to what quan­tity of bait, I’m care­ful to not over­feed the carp in the spring. On most wa­ters the carp haven’t seen much bait and even less an­gling pres­sure. The carp doesn’t have a stom­ach as such, it has a long in­tes­tine or a tract as it’s called and months of eat­ing very lit­tle food through the win­ter will cause this in­tes­tine to shrink, much like some­one who di­ets. So if you start pil­ing in the bait, the carp will get full very quickly as they haven’t yet had time to ad­just to the warmer con­di­tions.

So there are a cou­ple of ways in which I like to bait in the spring time. One way is to use no more than half a kilo of straight boilie over each rod, and the other, which has been a re­ally good tac­tic in the last few sea­sons, is fish­ing crumb. When us­ing crumb it will keep the carp in your swim grub­bing about for a much longer pe­riod. I’m still us­ing sim­i­lar quan­ti­ties but the crushed bait cov­ers a lot more of the lake bed. I may add one of the Main­line syrups to this so I can max­imise the en­tire depth of the wa­ter col­umn, po­ten­tially mak­ing it at­trac­tive to carp at all lev­els. So, ba­si­cally, you’re us­ing the same amount of bait but much more ef­fi­ciently without filling them up and ru­in­ing your chances of a bite.

The ar­eas I find most pro­duc­tive dur­ing the spring are the open wa­ter ar­eas but, it will de­pend on the type of wa­ter you’re fish­ing. For ex­am­ple, if you have some heavy snags you may no­tice the carp are around these a lot. Snags are a good carphold­ing fea­ture at any­time of the year, but dur­ing the spring the fish will have a fair few un­wanted par­a­sites to con­tend with and snags are great for rub­bing against and re­mov­ing them. Es­sen­tially, the ar­eas I choose to fish will al­most def­i­nitely be based on where I’m see­ing the carp show.

I like the bright coloured, high-at­tract baits in the spring be­cause they do ex­actly what the name dic­tates. A bright colour is go­ing to catch the eye of a hun­gry carp, that, cou­pled with the strong smell they emit, gives out all the right sig­nals. If I opt to put bait in, then my go-to is al­ways the Cell, as it’s so di­gestible and the flavours and at­trac­tors work well in any wa­ter tem­per­a­ture. So I know it is al­ways work­ing in my favour. Bait­ing will al­ways be done when I leave a venue, but I’ll still be force­ful with my­self and re­strict it to less than a kilo – at least un­til we see a higher wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and the carp have ac­cli­ma­tised to their chang­ing sur­round­ings.



CAPTIONS 1 - Af­ter­noon, short-ses­sion suc­cess from a lo­cal day-ticket. A lit­tle bag in the right place... job done! 2 - Black zig align­ers are ab­so­lutely bril­liant. Be­cause carp have po­lar­is­ing lenses in their eyes, the colour re­ally stands out...

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