Is the local lake that you focus your efforts on quiet? Or noisy? What about the bank side etiquette of the regular fishermen? Carp fishing can be a game, it can be a challenge, it can be an adventure. Some carp fishing tips will help your catch rates and some will effect your pleasure levels.
Carp fishing tips and thoughts related to noise levels.
Do you think that your results get affected by the noise levels on the bank? Some fishermen say that you have to be as quiet as possible, and to create the least disturbance possible, in order not to scare away your target fish.
There are certainly situations where fish move to the quiet end of the lake. If you were to walk around a large lake, you are far more likely to see a group of fish in a quiet bay, than in front of the main bank that is full of anglers in every swim.
Then again, how can we explain the success rates of very noisy fishermen? We have all seen the buddies that set up 100 meters apart and spend all day shouting to each other. What about the “social anglers” that get drunk and tell funny stories while laughing loudly all evening?
And don’t get me started on mallets…
So, how important are bank side noise and disturbance levels in relation to catch rates?
A few carp fishing guidelines that seem to hold true.
Whilst there are exceptions to every rule, there tend to be a few basic guidelines that seem to hold true.
If the lake is a noisy lake anyway, then anglers noise is less of an issue. If the lake is used for water sports, or is right next to a motorway or near an airport, the fish will get used to background noise. It is a bit like sleeping with an electric fan or air conditioning unit, the background noise gets drowned out by the white noise of these electrical devices. If you find a quiet bay on a noisy lake then it is probably best to keep quiet though.
If you are fishing at close range or in the margins, always be as quiet as possible. Have you ever stalked carp? You know that if you creep around it is easy to spot fish. If you move slowly and step softly it is possible to observe carp for periods of time. You can even present a bait carefully and catch them. Try this while stamping or shouting…. Remember that if you are fishing close range, you might not be able to see the fish, but they can hear you and sense vibrations.
If you are quiet and cautious you will probably enjoy your fishing more. You will get a chance to blend in with your surroundings, and be “at one with nature”. The peace and quiet is very relaxing and is quite a health tonic. You can spend the rest of the week laughing joking and stamping around shouting if you like.
If you are quiet you are more likely to be accepted by the other anglers. There might be a community who is looking for an extra person for a baiting campaign. You could supercharge your catch results simply by being seen as a serious, thinking carp angler. No clicky group ever invites a mindless idiot in, well not in carp fishing circles anyway. This might be one of the best “secret” carp fishing tips ever.
You will avoid issues and problems with other anglers. There can be lake politics that come into play.
For example if you catch a ton of fish AND annoy everyone with your antisocial behavior it is likely that you will find yourself being snubbed or even abused.
In conclusion, I am advising you to move carefully and talk quietly by the lake, river, canal or pond.
No one has ever scared any fish away by being silent and not moving. I know that sometimes fish can be attracted to water disturbance, but I doubt that stamping your feet, shouting and playing the fool qualifies as a carp attractor. Your actions on the bank, and the way you conduct yourself can be more important than many other carp fishing tips combined.