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Edges in the Edge
rule of thumb don’t put a bait where
you can’t land the fish from. Doing so
will jeopardise your quarry, and you
are liable to lose your ticket. You may
well be okay close to the snags, but
please, not in them. Gaps between
swims are fair game generally, but not
if there is an angler on one or other
side of the spot. He could be fishing
down the margin and won’t thank
you for creeping through the bushes.
The same goes for the angler fishing
over to a far margin, so it is not a bad
idea to check first. The carp will have
favoured areas such as snags, quiet
corners, under overhanging trees,
reed beds etc, but for any given day
‘they are where they are’ and can be
found in the most unlikely of places.
General Approach
feeding situation when there are a
small number of fish present. They are
also far less blatant, and can be introduced a great deal more subtly than
18mm boilies. The corn, pellet, tinned
tigers or tinned hemp, being long life,
can be left in the stalking bag, as can
some chopped boilie if you air-dry it.
My bag also contains a selection of
plastic hook baits and various shaped
boilie hook baits.
When?
On the waters that I fish, good stalking conditions, thankfully, coincide
with poor conditions for fishing further out – these being hot summer
afternoons. Many times an 11am tour
of the lake has shown the margins to
be devoid of carp, when another circuit a couple of hours later has
revealed them in abundance. The
carp will, however, do what they like
and, on occasion, can be found in the
edge at any time of the day. Observation will be the key to the habits of the
fish in your venue, and I use the previous scenario to emphasise the need
to look and keep looking.
world is opened up. He will be able to
angle in a myriad of nooks, gaps and
corners that are unreachable to the
static angler. Areas that are unpressured, that the fish feel comfortable in
can be targeted, and a bait can often
be placed where they are now rather
than where you hope they may move
to when they leave their safe haven.
Don’t ignore the standard swims
though. Having one rod that can be
poked between gaps in trees does not
mean that is what you have to do.
Although there are fewer limitations upon the stalking angler there
are still some no-go areas. Carp love
snags and heavy weed, and it can be
tempting to fish for them there. As a
As previously mentioned I treat stalking as another method to be called
upon when a bite is looking unlikely.
By far the majority of my angling is
done from a brolly behind a pair of
rods. I use a stalking approach, typically, on a sunny summer’s afternoon
long after the morning bite time has
passed.
Many anglers are successful by
baiting several spots around the lake,
checking them throughout the day,
but I prefer to find them first and bait
and fish one area at a time. These are
the tactics I use on difficult waters,
and would use the previous tactics on
the more heavily stocked lakes. I find
it beneficial though to keep a few
Where?
With careful observation the carp will
tell you where best to stalk them, and
you may well find yourself spending
more time looking than fishing. The
stalker is not restricted to fishing from
recognised swims, and a whole new
(Top) Simple but effective – my
stalking rig.
(Right) Inline lead from Atomic –
superb.
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