The lakes margins are the main feeding areas for the carp, although open water spots do produce so its always worth having at least one rod in mid water. As with all small venues the fish are line shy so I would recommend fishing slack and with a flying backlead. The fish do show and will normally give away their location before too long, but make sure you are watching !
Marking your spots
A marker rod set up is important to find and mark your features. Ensure you have something to mark your line in order to put the bait back to your chosen spot. I recommend that you use 4 rods maximum on the lake, all the best captures have come to 4 rods rather than 6. The best technique is to prebait spots for at least 48hrs before you fish them. You can rotate quiet rods onto primed areas for best results.
For a standard week at the lake, as a starters I would recommend the following bait per person:
- 5kg boilies, bring a bait you have confidence in, of good quality, at least semi air dried. Marne Valley Boilies are a winner and could be a valuable key to success
- 10kg pellets, we sell a mixture of high quality protein and fishmeal, with a low oil content, available as a mixture of 15, 9, 4mm. The fish are fed these all year round for the last 6 years, I have had people put 25kg in for a week session when the fish are having it. Its an established food source and one they cannot resist.
- 5kg particle, we sell a premixed bucket of hemp, maize, sunflower seeds, wheat, peanuts and tigernuts, all elements of this mix have caught fish. Also available is hemp.
To start with I would tend to vary the quantity of bait applied per rod. If you are going to introduce a large bed of bait then be prepared to sit on it for at least 2 days before action occurs.
Points for your consideration :
- 30lb+ hooklink minumum breaking strain, nothing worse than loosing that new PB to a weak hooklink
- upgrade line to 18 – 20lb BS
- use thick gauge wire hooks, Gardener continental muggas size 4 and 6 are highly recommended
- bring 2 landing nets
- If your using a rowing boat bring a prodding stick to clearly identify variations in the density of the lake bed
- Unhooking matts are provided (sling also supplied only on Tarnaud)
- Bring a carp care kit!!!