What tips do you have for autumn angling when huge patches of fizzing are more apparent but it can be hard to get a bite? Cheers, Darren Jones Hi Darren, Thanks for your question. As we move from late summer into autumn, there is often a noticeable change with an increase in the amount of fizzing activity you may see during the late morning and afternoon feeding spells. I have always put this down to fish feeding on naturals. From the autumn equinox forward I tend to stay away from the hard gravel spots and target the silty areas of the lake where the naturals are. It’s almost as if the carp move around the lake in large groups harvesting the naturals from these areas and it can be tricky to get a bite as they are preoccupied on these food sources. When you see this activity, my best advice is to shorten the rig right down to 4-5 inches, as an absolute maximum, and use a stiffer hooklink with small baits. In the past, two 10mm boilies on a 4-inch stiff fluorocarbon rig has got me that extra bite when others around me are using pop-ups. With the introduction of the Link I will definitely be giving a 12mm Link wafter on a stiff ‘D’ rig a go this season. With the fish grubbing around on the bottom looking for small items, I think this combination could be a winner. The other tip I have for autumn is not to overfeed them. Fishing for a bite at a time can be the best approach – and be aware that the ‘big feed’ before winter that you may have heard many anglers say happens in September/october doesn’t always occur – and the carp population can slip into their winter slumbers quietly while the anglers are still waiting in anticipation (and in vain) for the ‘big feed’ to start.
As the nights draw in, start to seek out the deeper, siltier areas of the lake. The carp will definitely be having a root about down there somewhere Fish for a bite at a time. This Horton fish was caught over the bare minimum of loose feed
Short, stiff rigs and wafters will play a massive part in my fishing as the water cools