Think Tank

Carpworld - - CONTENTS - - Greg El­lis, Dave Wood, Dave Levy, Kev Hewitt

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!

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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

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