This month we ask our panel of experts if the water they’re fishing has suffered from an abnormal weed growth and, if so, how are they combating it within their fishing?
After such a long, hot summer, a lot of venues seem to be choked with weed.
HAS THE WATER YOU’RE FISHING suffered from an abnormal weed growth and, if so, how are you combating it WITHCAINRPWORLD YOUR FISHING?
Age: 29 Favourite Venue: North Met UK PB: 54lb 6oz
My fishing this year and the venues I’ve chosen to fish, have all been pretty normal compared to previous summers. I haven’t had to change much, or adapt my ways significantly, to try and combat abnormal weed growth when it came to my main water in the Colne Valley.
I spent the main part of the summer on this 140-acre pit, in the highest temperatures of the year, and I went about my fishing as normal. I applied the same amount of boilies as I usually would and I pre-baited like I usually would. I tend to go heavy on the bait, particularly after the carp have spawned and I took this method there and had great success. It was my first year on the big pit and after talking to a couple of regulars they informed me that the fishing was slow compared to previous summers. I didn’t know any different and my approach definitely worked.
I would find carp in all areas of the pit at the start of the campaign and I found myself fishing pretty much everywhere to start with. By the end of the summer though I only managed to find them in two big bays down one end of the lake. It has just come to my attention, via social media, that the oxygen levels were low in the void areas and that’s why the carp weren’t visiting them anymore. A very familiar sign on many waters, up and down the country, this year. There have been big debates on social media about giving the fish a rest, etc. At the end of the day though a carp is a carp, right? They survive and feed hard in much warmer temperatures than those which we’ve experienced here in the UK in 2018. The only real issue was the oxygen levels and the water quality they’re living in. Some lakes were starved of oxygen and many big fish died from it unfortunately.
One of my local club waters has had major weed growth this summer. I don’t usually fish there for sessions as I use it for a quick-hit, stalking type of water these days. I managed a few nice fish from there on the floaters and unless you’re up for a day’s work with a weed rake then that’s the only way you could catch them in some areas. It’s top-to-bottom weed, so floater fishing was my preferred method. You have to be prepared though and step the tackle up and have a boat nearby to land them safely. This particular water is a lot shallower than the big pit and the weed growth was excessive this year.
All in all, my fishing was standard summer time fishing for me with the same bite ratio as I would normally have – it’s obviously just a bit sweatier for myself than usual. I think I spent six weekends in a row sleeping under the stars – now that’s surreal for England. Roll on the autumn, as this is my favourite time of the year!
IMAGES1 - A 34lb 4oz mirror caught from the big pit during the early stages of the year2 - Summer solitude before everything got clogged up on the big pit3 - Free-lined floaters on my local water. They proved successful once fishing on the bottom was virtually out of the question1