The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
I want to deviate slightly from my usually subject matter this month and next in order to deal with a subject that seems to crop up regularly on the carp fishing forums; namely, the effect that wind strength and direction is likely to have on the fishing. To be honest I don’t think that there is a single definitive solution as waters react very differently to one another, even when subjected to identical conditions. You may fish a lake where the fish respond positively to a fresh wet breeze, while the same conditions on another lake such weather will not affect the fishing at all.
The use of a carpet of ‘soft’ groundbait has become increasingly popular of late. However, it is not something new in the carp world. I first wrote about the technique of groundbaiting for carp way back in 1985. At the time my article fell on deaf ears but that’s all changed now; these days the bait firms have caught on, and so has the carp angling fraternity. In this article I want to show you a few ideas that may help you this summer.
By now you have either seen the bait being eaten by the carp themselves or you have possibly created a dinner plate effect on the lakebed, where carp that have been feeding on your bait have swept the area clean of silt and weed. This should give you all the confidence you need to re-bait and then fish areas you have been pre-baiting. In my opinion there is only one way to fish in this kind of situation and that is by single rod stalking. I have caught fish from numerous waters by simply setting the rod down on the bank with the clutch set lightly and watching the line and or the rod tip. No buzzers, banksticks, bivvies or bedchairs. What could be simpler?
If you were around the carp scene way back in the early 70s you will recall the fledgling particle bait scene. Until a certain Mr Hutchinson came along particle baits were not really considered until they were popularised by Rod who wrote what was then the definitive series of articles on the new baits in ‘Angling’ magazine. I don’t know if it was serendipitous but by chance Rod then lived not a hop skip and a jump away from Haith's® old factory in Cleethorpes. I could be wrong but I wouldn’t mind betting that Rod was Haith’s® first carp fishing customer and once the big man had discovered the Aladdin’s Cave that is Haith's® he never looked back.