Tips & Hints for May 2013

Spring Success

Spring Success

08 May 2013

Carp fishing in spring can be very rewarding if you apply the right tactics and strategies to catch your chosen quarry, but, as we know from a general hunter's point of view, these methods can vary a lot based on a number of variants in a hunting scenario.

Ideally we'd all like to take advantage of optimum conditions but because of work and other commitments we often have to make do with what Mother Nature throws at us therefore adjusting our tactics to suit the given day.

Carp can be very frustrating and tricky to catch in spring, even though they appear to be quite active moving around the lake in groups enjoying the spring sunshine, getting them down on the lake bed to feed confidently to create a chance of a bite can be a hard task.

Finding the depth the carp are willing to feed I think holds the key to success this time of year, knowing on the overall depth and contours of the lake bed will point you to the more likely areas.

It's very common for carp to spend a lot of their time in spring in the upper layers of the water and the shallower margin shelves, fish, being cold blooded, can't regulate their own body temperature so their surrounding environment temperature does that for them, so after a long winter with water temperatures of 3 or 4 degrees naturally they head for the warmest possible areas of a lake.

The margin shelf is normally one of the shallower and warmer areas of the lake and is where you will see the first signs of weed growth which will harbour a whole host of natural food for the carp to graze on.

Due to the time of year the bank side vegetation is still in it's infancy and can be a little thin on the ground so concealment from the carp when fishing in the shallower margins is paramount to the success of a capture, all the obvious things apply when trying to hunt anything at such close quarters, as little movement as possible to avoid bank vibration and to erect a screen or hide so you can view the fish easily without being seen.

Chris Appleby