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Summer Tactics and Edges
I
think as a year-round carp
angler one of my personal
greatest moments is waking
at dawn and looking out over
the mirror-like surface of a
still lake on a warm midsummer morning, with the mist rising up
and the bird chorus the only noise
above the complete silence of another
mid summer session. On days like
that I can’t wait to get up and out of
the bag, fire up the kettle and sit out
taking in what my old dad says is the
best part of the day. It’s far easier to
fish harder when the warm summer is
with us, and with it being such a short
season now it’s certainly one to try to
take the most advantage of.
There are many positives to summer fishing. Indeed there are many
anglers who limit their fishing to the
summer months. I have a friend who
is one of the best big carp anglers I
know, who only has tickets for waters
that are open between June and the
end of March. He simply doesn’t like
winter fishing, and therefore his sessions are limited to between June and
October. He also has a full time job
and a young family, and still catches
more that a great deal of year-round
anglers that I know! His secret, without a doubt, is being able to make the
most of the time available to him, and
indeed fish his hardest for the entire
duration of the sessions he fishes.
Reading that back it’s pretty obvious
that one, but really, honestly, do we all
actually do that?
With the onset of warmer water
temperatures, the fish become more
active generally, and I don’t believe
there are many summer days when
fish won’t actually feed somewhere
on the lake. This more active state
generally makes the fish much easier
to find, and the observant and mobile
angler will always have a distinct
advantage. In summer too, the venues
that I fish, which are always choked
with weed, are mostly clear, giving
good visibility. I was recently asked
by a friend, apart from the absolute
essentials, what items of tackle etc, I
would leave the lake on arrival and go
back home for if I was to forget? I
(Above) The weed can become a big
factor in the summer months.
(Below left) Up early – the best time.
(Below right) Looking out over a
summer lake.
immediately said my polarising
glasses; I simply couldn’t imagine
being able to fish properly without
them. I think this surprised my friend,
particularly when he then told me
that he didn’t even own a pair! On
one of my regular venues I have
caught several bonus fish when walking round the lake after winding in to
give my swim a rest, only to find a
feeding fish in the margin of another
neglected swim and going on to stalk
it out. Not only will more opportunities be had by simply walking round
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