Catch more carp this summer from day-ticket venues with Chris Lowe’s Top Tips!
1. KEEP CASTING
If you’ve not seen signs of carp or any fish showing, it pays to keep casting on a regular basis. Although the carp may be moving around more frequently, they can still be relatively localised and held up in small areas in the lake. The more often you cast, the more chance there is you will land on a group of fish. Once you’ve caught from an area, mark up your lines and keep fishing the same spot. If there’s one fish there, there’s bound to me more.
2. FISH FOR A BITE
If it’s warm and the lake you are targeting is fishing slow, it’s a good idea to start your session using PVA bags, sticks and single hookbaits. If the carp aren’t feeding, the last thing you want to do is introduce kilos of baits. More often than not, a small parcel of grub put in the right place will tempt a bite, even on the toughest of days.
3. ADD EXTRA ATTRACTION
I always like to give my bait a boost regardless of the weather. I like to soak my hookbaits in Code Red Glug and add Code Red Oil to my spod mix and boilies. The liquid is absolutely devastating and has got me out of jail on numerous occasions.
4. DON’T FORGET THE FLOATERS
Sometimes one of the best ways to nick a bite is to target the carp when they are cruising around on the surface. That’s why I always have one of the Sonubaits Floater Fishing Packs in my car. Each bucket contains 1.75kg of mixers and a small tub of floating hookbaits. Don’t get caught out.
5. SPOOL UP WITH STRONG LINE
If, like me, you spend lots of time fishing during the warmer months, you will notice that weed can become a bit of a problem. The increase in temperature encourages weed to grow so it’s a good idea to spool up with strong monofilament that’s up to the job. Trap Line in 15lb fits the bill perfectly and is my number one choice for fishing in and around the green stuff.
6. GIVE ZIG RIGS A TRY
The summer is certainly one of the most productive times to use zig rigs, especially on well-stocked venues. With zig rigs growing in popularity and lots of anglers still getting confused by them, we have released a range of ready-tied zigs. Each rig is tied using a super-sharp size 10 WDG hook on an 11lb monofilament hooklink. The rig boasts a black/yellow Zig Lite hookbait, a Zig Grub and comes with a Zig Clip and Tail Rubber. It’s zig fishing made easy!
7. TRY DIFFERENT HOOKBAITS
I’ve noticed that lots of anglers put a huge emphasis on hookbait colour during the winter months when, in reality, it’s equally as important during the summer. Different coloured hookbaits work better on different days so it’s always worth putting a different hookbait on each rod.
8. SEE THINGS CLEARlY
At this time of year there’s a good chance carp will be found in the margins, shallows or frequenting the upper layers. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential that you own a top quality pair of polarising sunglasses so you can spot them. Sporting a pair of decent shades, you’ll be surprised how much more you can actually see. There are four different types of sunglasses in the Avid range and each has a different frame and lens colour, allowing you ?to select a pair that perfectly suits your personal requirements.
9. FIND A FEATURE
Anybody who has fished with me will know how much emphasis I put on finding features on the lake bed. Gravel bars, weed beds and silt channels are like roads to carp and they spend lots of their time patrolling them. If you can present hookbaits on these features effectively, you will catch more carp. Fact!
10. VARIETY IS THE SPICE
If the fish are feeding and I’m getting plenty of bites, I will start creating a competitive feeding situation by spodding out bait. When I’m spodding out bait, I generally use a mix containing Sonubaits Code Red boilies, Hemp ‘N’ Corn tins, a mixture of different sized S-Pellets and plenty of Code Red oil. I’ve found pressured carp react better and feed more aggressively when I’m spodding out a variety of different food morsels.