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The Basic Way to Specimen Carp Angling
by Julius Klokow
06 December 2010
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Don't try to do everything you read in books and see on dvd's because it is going to confuse you. Get yourself a point to start with and working from there…

Start basic by fishing particles over a bed of hemp seed (Many experienced specimen anglers still use this tactic with huge success) and work from there on your own strategy for the lake you target. The more you fish the more you will have opportunity to evolve your strategy. Feed the particles you are going to fish with and start off with clean unflavored baits. Flavors can draw fish to your bait quickly but it can also chase them away just as easily. You can add it later on but you can’t remove it quickly again if it already had a negative effect on your swim.

With regard to bait... you can enhance your particles like tigernuts simply by sticking your bait needle into the tigers and mashing the inside around a bit in order to release the natural flavor better. You can also stick some holes into the tigernut or peel it a bit. Add canned whole sweetcorn to your method mix when using maize as bait. The water from the sweetcorn can be trapped by rolling the sweetcorn pips in icing-sugar before putting it into PVA. Prepared PVA mesh with method mixes inside may also be dipped in hemp- or peanut oil in order to slow the break-up time of the PVA. Pellets used for chicken feed is a great way of faking the sense of fish that an abundance of food source is available in your swim and it works great when added to a method mix.

The days of arriving at a venue and cast anywhere to catch fish has gone out the back door. The placement of your bait is very important and ensure that you find different structure like an old river bed, patches of reeds in the water, overhanging trees or trees in the water, islands, platos or gravel beds, patches of water plants before you fish and put your bait and small amount of feed there using PVA or the mouse trap method. And don't neglect the margins at night if it is half a meter and deeper near the bank. When targeting fish near structure, please ensure that your tackle, rods and reels are up to par for fighting and turning a big fish heading for structure; minimum 18 lbs main line, strong reels and hooks, rods with a test curve of 3.5lbs and a hooklink weaker than your main line. Never place your rig tight to a structure because you will not be able to land the fish as it will swim into or around a structure more easily. Rather place your rig a few metres away from the structure and lay lines of feed from the structure to your rig. Keep close to your rods at all times in order to afford yourself a greater time to fight the fish before it may reach the structure.

You can also feed 10kg of a method mix scattered over an areas of perhaps 30 x 5 metres but the smaller fish usually moves in first with the bigger ones hanging around the sides. Therefore put your bait out inside and on the sides of the feeding area. You can top the baited areas up with around 5 kg of method mix daily, depending on activity within the swim. You can even create more feeding areas this way in order to target different areas which may be within reach. The fish must be made aware that food is available in your swim but they should not be overfed so that they still have space to look around for food. This may create a feeding frenzy resulting that your bait could be picked up more quickly by bigger weary fish. They may also move away from your swim some time during the day or night but they should move back again after making there rounds.

Don’t use the spod method during short sessions as chances are good that it will chase the fish away from your swim for some time. Try to keep noise as low as possible on the bank during day and night as well as on the water if you use a boat to take your bait out.

In closure… use specimen carp angling rigs that are constructed in the correct way and don’t take chances and waste your time by taking the short road in adapting conventional freshwater rigs to be combined with specimen carp angling methods. Specimen carp angling rigs are constructed the way they are to be effective by enhancing its rig mechanics.

Ensure that you also have all the necessary carp safe equipment available like an carp safe landing net, unhooking mat, weigh sling, hook disgorger and an anti-bacterial solution to treat wounds on the fish. Kindly release your catches after you have weighed it and captured your catch on camera.


Enjoy specimen carp angling, think about what you do at any given moment, why you do it, what works and what not... and you will be greatly rewarded !



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