FREE LINE 03 - Page 133



Edges in the Edge
from observation can be extremely
useful for your static angling. Through
finding carp on certain spots on different occasions it is possible to build a
picture of which areas appeal to the
carp in particular conditions, or what
conditions are likely to see them feed.
Even finding no carp in the margins
will give you an idea of when it would
be better to fish out in open water.
Feeding and fishing for carp at close
quarters puts you in a fantastic position to judge their reaction to bait and
rigs.
If the water is clear enough you
may be able to identify individual fish.
Some carp will give away their idiosyncrasies, and watching one may
just give you a clue as to how to trip it
up. On Horton last year I found the
rarely caught Tetley’s 4ft from the
bank. I scattered approximately 20
grains of corn on a nearby spot, and
placed my rig with the hookbait easily
visible, between two freebies in the
clear water. Around three hours later
the fish showed signs of being up for
a feed by becoming more active. As it
approached the spot the huge common tilted to feed and took two
grains. Still with head down it drifted
a foot or so until over the hook bait,
picked up one of the freebies adjacent
to the hook bait and simply drifted off,
unspooked, out of the bay. This manner of feeding could go some way to
explaining why the fish has only seen
the bottom of a landing net on a
handful of occasions. My observations were of no assistance on that
day, although if I am lucky enough to
be in a similar situation, with 40lbs of
common a few feet away, I’m damn
sure I won’t have 20 baits on the spot!
Another benefit of the approach is
time, or more importantly, the require-
ment for only a little of it. Once you
take out of the equation the bivvy,
bedchair, cooking kit, spod and
marker rods etc, a few hours’ angling
after work becomes a viable proposition once again. Last July I moved
house and, therefore, had no time to
fish my usual three-night trips. However by utilising a stalking approach I
was able to pop down for the odd
afternoon session, when conditions
were right, resulting in a couple of
bonus captures. Conversely the
angler with a more appreciable
amount of time at his disposal can
maximise it by having a look around
the lake during the quieter times of
day. There have been a number of
occasions when we are all sat behind
our rods on a hot summer’s afternoon,
knowing a bite is unlikely, merely
killing time until the evening. A circuit
of the lake with the stalking kit has
given me many chances, and has led
to a number of opportunistic captures. This is my general approach to
(Top) The ultimate stalking angler?
(Right) My favourite stalking spot.
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