It is debatable whether these Carp Guru tips come under the topic of fish finding, or of feature finding. There is a good chance that you will achieve both objectives if you simply follow the advice in this article.
This article might even change your life forever.
Carp guru training tip 1
Have you ever been snorkeling? Did you notice that when you are on the surface of the water, there is little or no visibility when looking in to the water, then as soon as you break the surface chop, you can see easily, sometimes for 10 metres or more?
Well, If you get a bucket, cut the bottom out of it, then replace it with glass, you will have an amazing fish finding and feature finding gadget.
Here is what you need to do:
- Take care to get the glass base cut professionally, bring the bucket to the glass cutting place.
- Then you need to leave a lip on the bottom of the bucket to make sure that the glass is resting on something.
- Then you need to seal it with the same kind of silicon sealant that you use for aquariums. This will finish the job.
- Then you simply go out into the pond, lake, river or canal in a boat, dinghy or kayak and start peering down into the water.
Without the surface chop it is amazing how clearly you will see underwater.
You will find plenty of features, and probably some fish as well. On waters that have boat or water sport traffic, the carp can be quite oblivious to you peeking down on them.
Carp Guru Tip stage 2
One step better is to actually go snorkeling! Obviously make sure that it is allowed on the venue that you are planning to do it on. Also make sure that there are no other anglers nearby.
To get caught in your shorts, “trying to find out what bait someone is using” will be something that you will never live down. 🙂
When you are actually under the water, you can see what the fish see, including all of the underwater features of the fishing venue. You can even dive down to test the texture of the bottom.
You can explore to your heart’s content. The next time that you arrive to go fishing, you will have your own imaginary X-ray vision! I am not exaggerating, the first time that you do this you will be amazed. To say that it will give you an edge over the other anglers will be an understatement.
You should do your snorkeling on a day when no one is around if possible. If there is a close season, or perhaps in the winter with a wetsuit…
TOP TIP to become a Famous Carp Angler:
Want to be a famous carp angler?
One way of getting known is by standing out from the crowd. Now usually there are 2 ways that carpers stand out from the crowd
- They catch a ton of carp.
- They act like dick heads.
Tough choice eh?
Well, to give yourself a boost, and increase your chances of becoming a famous carp fisherman, try all of the Carp Guru tactics on this page.
Do you ever get bored with articles in carp magazines that are a bit like:
I set up in blah swim and used XYZ rods with ABC reels and special super stinky boilies with cheesy glug juice… I cast the rods out then had a cup of tea with blah who is a semi famous local angler who wanted a mention in my article. My first rod went off at 12:50AM and woke me up etc
If you want people to listen to you, you have to know how to tell a story! Perhaps even an exciting adventure!
After exploring the shallow end of the lake on 3 separate occasions with my snorkel and mask, I identified two small gravel patches of less than a metre wide.
They were half covered in weed, but I saw carp present and rooting around in this gravel at different times. This was along a stretch of 200 metres that appeared completely symmetrical from the bank side view.
I realized that I might have just discovered 2 hotspots that have never been found before! All because of my snorkeling.
I laugh when I remember the strange looks I got from the dog walkers in January when I turned up to the lake with the dry suit and scuba tank that I had rented.
I located almost the complete lakes population of carp in an area of open water. They were closely bunched together in a radius of about 10 metres. There were no features around, and I had no idea what they were doing there.
The great thing was that they were still there a week later when I had the opportunity to come back and fish for them. I had 3 out in a weekend, on a hard winter water that hadn’t produced for 3 months.
Wow does this sound like a carp guru? Do you think that you will have any trouble getting that story published with a front page pic of you in your scuba gear?
If you want to be a famous carp angler, don’t be a “me too” guy, try to stand out from the pack. Get yourself a cool nickname like “Captain Nemo” and stand out from the crowd.
(Note: If you follow my advice, I don’t want to be famous, but I wouldn’t mind a mention for this website. Perhaps a link back to carprigs.org?)
I know that I have already given you a few “carp guru gems” and pearls of value.
But here is one for the road…
Yet another tip to help you become a Famous carp angler! Shocking!
When you cast out for the night, with a bed of spodded bait, or some catapulted bait you go to your sleeping bag with high hopes. In the morning, when you wake up naturally after an uneventful night…
… What happened?
… Were there no fish in the area?
… Were they not feeding?
… Were your baits in the wrong spots?
… Perhaps you have “been done” and the carp managed to eat all your freebies without getting hooked?
What do you do now? Keep feeding the swim when you might move later? Thereby effectively attracting carp AWAY from your new swim.
Do you do nothing? Knowing that all your freebies might have been taken?
Get into the habit of leaving little piles of bait in different places, then go back to check on them from time to time. Try to do this discreetly, as you do not want other anglers to follow your technique, or even worse to notice some lump feeding on your bait before you do.
Leave bait that is less likely to be eaten by nuisance fish.
If you can find places to put this where other fishermen are unlikely to see them then this is great.
For example you can move back some weed, reeds or brambles back with a stick, put some bait in and then let the foliage move back.
Another good place is to put the bait so that you can see it from up in a tree, but not from the bank side. This technique will allow you to catch the carp “in the act” of feeding from time to time.
So, if you have left perhaps 10 little piles of boilies or tiger nuts in different strategic spots, the next morning you will have a much better idea of what is happening on the lake.
For example, If all the baits are still there, it is likely that the carp were not feeding and the freebies near your rods are still there as well. If all or most of the patches have been eaten then you might have “been done”. If half of the patches of bait are gone, then you will have a much better idea of where to move to if you decide to move swims.
This technique works even when you are not fishing.
Live near a long canal and have no idea where to start? Leave a patch of tiger nuts every 50 metres or so, along the length that you want to fish. Come back the next day and see what has been eaten. Repeat with the other side of the canal, in other areas and in different spots.
This tactic certainly beats sitting there all day wondering if there are any carp within a mile of your baits!
Have you tried any of these carp guru tips? Anything to add? If you are a famous carp fisherman and want me to put a lid on this hot information I will. I can be bought, I have my price. I need some new Carp rods and reels…. 🙂