FL12Sept - Page 67



Campaign Carping
W
hen starting a
campaign on
a new water
there are
many things
to take into
consideration: lakebed features and
configuration, bait, rigs, as well as a
whole host of other important factors.
I have been fortunate enough this
year to obtain a ticket for Cleverley
Mere so my campaign will be carried
out on there. On receiving my ticket I
was given permission by Ben, the
lake’s owner, to have a look around in
order to get some ideas before my
season’s fishing started.
The initial walk around the lake
gives you a good insight into what is
in store for you in the season ahead. A
quality pair of polarised glasses are
essential to enable you to get a good
look below the surface layers and see
what the lakebed consists of, whether
it be clay, silt, gravel, weed etc. Climb
any trees, if the syndicate rules allow,
to look for possible areas where fish
have been feeding or any underwater
f e a t u r e s . Yo u m a y b e f o r t u n a t e
enough to spot fish moving into or out
of these areas, or better still find fish
feeding. Keep your eyes on the water
for any signs of fish showing, and try
and take note of any sightings for
when you start your fishing. Just a
slight rocking of the water or sudden
spooking of bird life could be a sign of
fish just as much as a fish boshing out
or head and shouldering.
Talk to fellow anglers and try to
extract what information you can
from them. You don’t have to copy
what they are doing, but just taking
on board what you are told by various
people will help you build up a picture
of which areas fish regularly get
caught from, what tactics were used,
and what type of baits are used.
If allowed, take a marker rod with
you and have a cast about to find out
about the lakebed. If you can’t then
dedicate a day when your ticket
starts to do this, as it really does make
a difference. A decent marker float
coupled together with a quality
braided line on the spool will make all
the difference, and will make finding
features so much easier than if using
a mono line. Even if braided mainline
is banned on the water you are usually allowed to use it on marker and
spod rods. Try and find and map out
(Top) Looking down towards the car
park end.
(Below) PVA bags of Scopex Squid, a
different method of baiting up.
any gravel bars, silt pockets, depths,
marginal shelves, weedbeds etc,
before you start your campaign’s fishing, as getting all this done beforehand keeps all the disturbance to a
minimum during your sessions. I have
always used the Nash Bullet Braid
together with the Weed Stealth
Marker for all my marker work, as I
feel you can’t fault them, especially in
light weed to the medium weedier
waters. For heavy weed feature-finding I use the Ultimate Weed Marker. If
you find a clear area or a feature of
any form amongst even the thickest
of weed, then you are able to, with a
little work, tease the marker to the
surface due to its immense buoyancy.
With the majority of your marker
work done during your pre-season or
early season recces, and any interesting or notable features and observations logged in your diary, all that is
needed during your actual fishing is a
brief lead about with just a light lead
in order to find those spots found previously with the marker. This cuts out
on disturbance and reduces the risk
of spooking any fish that may already
be in the area you have chosen to fish.
You should have already gained a
rough knowledge the depths of the
lake, as this would have been noted
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