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Putting It All Into Practice
n part one of this series I
looked at the basics. All too
often I see someone go
through the paces with their
angling, which often means a
negative outcome at the end
of the session, and doubt in themselves and in their equipment, setup
and bait. The truth is that very rarely,
actually almost never, is it your equipment or bait that is to blame for a poor
session. As with everything in life,
whether it be scrimmaging in rugby
or the gear change in a race car, if
those simple foundations aren’t in
place and done properly then you will
be one lucky guy if despite that you
still land that special fish.
For those that didn’t see part one, I
detailed how I approach a water in a
watercraft sense, identifying telltale
signs of fish, and basically finding
them so you could fish for them! This
covered snags, birdlife, weed, islands
and coloured water – just some of the
things I look for when searching for
(Below) A cracking mid-30 common
caught from a carp motorway.
In this article I am going to look at
the styles I use to actually try and
catch them once I have found them.
From talking to quite a few friends on
the bank the major concern was:
“Now I have found them, and they are
so close, how do I actually go about
getting a bait to them?’ Now don’t
get me wrong; I am in no way claiming to have all the answers, but over
the last eight months I have been on
a water that has forced me to learn
some lessons and adapt. The water is
only small, and I would say over 90%
of the margins are covered in overhanging trees, and as a result, snags.
The snags probably stick out 5 or 6ft
from the bank on average, so on a lake
of a few acres you can clearly see how
much of the lake was tough to fish,
and a great sanctuary for them to hold
up in. It is also very weedy, and with
large weedbeds reaching top to bottom in about 8ft of water, it very
quickly became clear that the key to
catching from here was to be observant, and make sure I had stacked as
many of the cards in my favour before
even starting to fish.
The first aspect I wanted to look at
was snag fishing. Now I know the
majority of anglers that read Big Carp
are experienced anglers, so I am not
going to repeat what has been said a
thousand times before, but what I will
say is this… If you are not prepared to
tough it out and be on the rods all the
time then don’t fish snags, if you are
in any doubt that you can’t extract
them from the spot you are fishing
then don’t fish snags. Please, please,
please turn the baitrunner off and


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