The Big Red Carp Fishing Blog
March 1st already! Spring is just around the corner and the carp are starting to wake up after their torpid existence through the winter. As the sun climbs higher in the sky with each passing day so the warmer water stirs the rich soup of lake water into life.
What a super name! Hats off to Grandad Ted! Why? Because this new blend from Haith’s fits superbly into the Haith's Baits range of bait related products alongside Robin Red, Ready-Mix™ Colour Food and SuperRed™.
Since it was ‘discovered’ by a certain carp angler in Kent way back in the late 60s Robin Red® has probably been the most widely used, most talked about, and most copied carp bait ingredient in the history of carp fishing. This astonishing little product is now used throughout the carp world in base mixes both commercial and home-rolled, and it shows no sign of letting go of its strangle hold on the carp bait industry.
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?