Although this website is devoted to carp rigs, in the interest of offering plenty of good information to you, the visitor, a few carp fishing tips are in order. The most successful carp fishermen get the equation of bait, rigs and tactics right more often than other less successful anglers.
If you are new to carp fishing, or are going through a dry spell and need to go back to basics, you might find a few of these tips useful. None of them are completely original or earth shattering. However, if you are new, you might find that these basic tips make a big difference to your fishing results.
Maybe you are an experienced fisherman who has struggled recently and might be trying too hard… Taking a step back and looking at the basics can make a real difference to your catch rates.
Most of the best carp fishing tips are timeless
These are timeless, tried and tested fishing tips. These tactics are followed by experienced successful fishermen almost instinctively. Sometimes in the hunt for a new rig, or bait ingredient, we can forget the fundamentals. This list is not a complete list, but for a fishing beginner, or someone who wants to brush up on some good techniques, these tips will help you out.
The early bird catches the worm
Have you ever spent time walking around the lake, looking for activity but have found none? After a few circuits you realise that you have to set up somewhere, so you go for a swim that is comfortable, or where a big fish came out last week.
You should get into the habit of being up early, and scanning the water for signs of fish feeding.
The first hour or two after dawn is the best time by far for fish spotting. You could visit the venue before your fishing session to try to locate some good fish holding areas. Or if you have just had a blank spell, get out of your bivvy early, walk around the lake. You could be moved onto the fish and catching them while everyone else is still sleeping.
Put bait in cautiously until you think that it is being eaten
If you have been pre-baiting, and arrive for a few day session this might not apply. As a rule, remember that you can always put more bait in, but it is almost impossible to remove it. If you put too much in and the fish aren’t feeding, then you could kill the session. If you put a massive bed of bait in then see the fish are at the other end of the lake, you are going to get stressed out.
You will be trying to decide whether to move and abandon your bait bed, or stay in a place where there might not be any fish.
Then you will be imagining moving and having someone else move in to your existing spot and bagging up, or the new arrival going down to the place where the fish are when you haven’t moved. AARGH! Introducing bait “little and often” is a good technique, whilst waiting for signs of fish in your swim. (Such as line bites or rolling and bubbling).
Go to the quiet end of the lake
Angler pressure influences fish movement. If there is a quiet end or a bay, keep an eye on it as this could hold a concentration of fish. Just make sure that you are as quiet as possible when moving in so you don’t scare them away.
Face the wind
It is very common for fish to follow the wind, unless it is a cold winter wind. In the winter, sheltered areas seem to be better on average. But if it is a new wind and /or a warm wind then pay close attention to the end where the waves are hitting, coloring the water and dislodging tasty creatures from the weed and silt.
The best carp rig in the world, or the best carp bait ever is of no use if you are putting it in the wrong place on the lake. Always be prepared to move onto the fish. This is why stalking is such an effective tactic. A good way of being more easily mobile is to not carry so much fishing gear in the first place. The previous tip of not putting too much bait in at once will also help make it easier for you to move onto the fish.
These are 5 of the best carp fishing tips of all time. Of course, there are plenty more, but these are probably amongst the most important. There will probably be follow up articles in the future with more helpful hints and tips. Mastering and keeping these 5 in mind will put you ahead of the majority of the other fisherman out there. Good luck and tight lines!