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The Big Carp
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Here are the questions in brief that you the readers emailed in
following issue 187. Don’t forget to email any further questions
1) Mildest winter on record but poor catches on most places, what does the
panel think? – M Giles, Birmingham.
2) Doing well on Tuttie type flavours again this winter, what flavours do the
‘Rotarians’ prefer in cold water? B Luscombe, Middlesex.
3) Light levels are increasing by about seven minutes a week at present. Do
the experts think this makes much difference? S Smith, Norwich.
4) My local syndicate has lost a few good fish around March the past two
years, is there anything we can do to prevent this happening again this
year? D Vane, Hertfordshire.
Sean Leverett
I’ll start this month by welcoming
Dave. I have been looking forward to
his contributions, as I know from
what I have read of his writing before
that he says it how it is and is nothing
but up front. I hope some of that ends
up in the rotary letter at some point.
Dave made a good point about zigs in
winter, and I have to say I don’t use
them when I know I really should. It’s
pretty bloody obvious that carp spend
a lot of their time in the middle or
upper layers, as I often see them, yet I
never put a zig out! I’ll quite happily
do it in the spring yet I don’t in winter.
It has got me thinking, and as a result
I’m going to do it when I’m next out.
I also think that Dave is right about
the maggots being a great bait, but I
think a lot of people are not sure what
to do with them other than spod them
out. Also when it comes to a good rig
for maggots, many people are unsure
what to tie up. I also think that sadly,
the cost puts people off using them in
any great quantities. I know that if
you shop about you can pick them up
for a good price but I went into a shop
recently and asked for a price for a
gallon and was told £24. That is
enough to put most off using them in
any quantity!
Ok, on the subject of carp matches
after Ed asked for our opinions. The
last time I fished a carp match was
back in 2007 when I entered the
World Carp Classic when it was on
the Orient, and as much as I enjoyed
it (a great social scene) I vowed never
to fish one again as I felt it wasn’t my
thing. Well, I’m now eating my words
as I have entered the WCC again this
year over in Italy with Jon McAllister.
I don’t really know what possessed
me to enter; I think it was a conversation I had with Jon one night after
seeing that Lee and Chilly had done
so well on the St Lawrence River. It
really fired us up and Jon was really
keen to do a carp match. The result
was that I ended up agreeing to do it
with him. To be honest I didn’t think
we would get a place when we
entered, but we did, and now we have
some planning to do in readiness for
early September. I’m with Lee inasmuch as I don’t think I would do
matches on a regular basis, as in
every weekend, but I’ll see how I
enjoy this next one and if it’s ok then
I’ll maybe make it a once a year thing.
One thing is for certain, we will be
having a laugh along the way!
Lee asked a question whilst talking
about silt: “Do we always feel the lead
down and does anyone ever pull back
any more?” I have to say for the large
percentage of my fishing I do feel the
lead down. This doesn’t mean that
I’m always looking for that “donk”
though, as I’m happy to feel the lead
down onto a soft lakebed at times.
What I look for will depend on which
lake I’m fishing and what I’m fishing
over, but I do like to feel that lead hit
bottom whether it be a soft landing or
a firm one. The time I don’t feel the
lead down is when I’m chod fishing.
With the sliding chod the lead is a
good few feet away from the hooklink
so I see no need to feel for a drop, and
I’m happy to cast out and let the
setup fall through the water without
feeling it down.
I fished a lake last year during the
winter and struggled to get a bite no
matter what setup I used. The
lakebed was very soft and choddy so
eventually I reluctantly switched over
to a chod rig on one rod. I was never
a fan of the rig and had never used it
before but felt I needed to try it on the
lake as all else was failing me. Well
that first time out with it I caught, and
after switching all three rods over to
chod rigs I went on to catch on most
trips after that. I wasn’t fishing any
particular spots either, just casting
chods out to where I had seen fish
and not feeling for a drop. Was the
chod rig working because the fish
were not happy to feed in the
silt/chod? I don’t know, but I know


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