Analysis of the reservoir and the locations in which carp

Experienced angler James Armstrong spent several years on small single ponds, which are home to only a few big carp. Now he is ready to share its experience of fishing in such waters, where every mistake casts the angler far from the promised bite.

Analysis of the reservoir and the search for common carp.

I knew in the pond floats a few older individuals are already more than 10 kilograms, as there are still tens years ago, is actively fished by many anglers. Now his popularity has plummeted because of the abundance of algae, the tiny drain fish and a couple of other factors. But this water fascinated me with its complexity.

After a General analysis of the reservoir need to move to more detailed.

To search for points of carp fishing I always try to use a boat. The marker rod is a good helper for the angler on the Bank, but only from the boat we can look at what is happening under water or in her layer and also prostokat the bottom and leave some marker marks in the vending points. I use akvaskop (device, similar to a bucket with a glass bottom) to inspect the bottom surface.

Sandwiched in ponds were most often the depth is not very large, and the algae make the water clean which yields a good picture. And I always take a stick for “probing” the bottom and some marker floats to mark the desired areas.

My experience shows that to catch fish in almost any part of the body of water, but some points significantly increase the chances of success. I’m looking for more or less clean parts of the bottom, often among algae, where there is some mud, perhaps gravel. I walk around the side “ironed” zone bottom where there is no natural supply.

Sometimes you can stop on a light layer of algae where you can accurately present the snap and lure. However, if you are going to visit the pond during the season (as in my case), you should think on creation of their point of fishing. We’ll talk further details.

A pond is not overgrown summer grass, so the first thing to do is to clean promising the fishing area “the rake”. The second is to lure the particles. A few times I used this technique and I can confidently say that it really works.

You can bind a large tee to a braided cord or a regular rake (without the handle). And with the help of simple tool to clean your sector and estimated the point of fishing from the base layer of algae. It takes only a few hours, but the rewards you will reap for months.

After clearing a sector from the main layer of shrubs, you must proceed to the second stage – complementary feeding particles. The fight is everything: the seeds of hemp, wheat, peas, small pellets. Particles kill two birds with one stone. First, they lure the fish, forming a significant food source in the pond. Secondly, when feeding particle carp gradually cleans out the point of fishing from the remains of algae, and does not appear to the new layer. Over time, the point of fishing is available for presentations a snap. At this point I gradually turn the handle on complementary feeding to weed out the smaller fish and retain only large carp.

I always choose nutritious boilie is necessarily based on fish meal.

I especially like to use a boilie is dark red in color. When caught in the pond with the abundant supply of natural food and low flow fish, a selection of nutritious bait is one of the main success factors.

It should be noted that I lure to handle not only your point, but scatter them in different parts of the pond (quite a bit). To me it is important that the carp could see in my Beulah power source. If possible, it will be useful, in addition to fishing sessions, sometimes visit the pond just to lure. The fish will not be under pressure and additionally feel safe when feeding your handle. Of course, you can catch a carp on your first trip. But when we talk about trophy fishing for carp during the season, pre-grazing is a huge plus for the angler. I urge you to pour tons of boilies, lack of 2-5 pounds.

Once again, I have several times done a similar procedure on different ponds and in all cases the hard work has paid off. Also “artificial” point of fishing I caught my biggest scaly carp!

Selection of carp snap.

In my Arsenal is always ready for three types of snap-ins. For the first ten years devoted to carpfishing, I re-tried a bunch of options, but eventually settled on three combinations that fit my style of fishing.

The first is the classic sinking equipment. Bezuslovnoi node hard flurocarbons leash and soft hair from the braids. I often create a balanced presentation with a snowman or Boyle neutral buoyancy. The second and third options is a pop-up tooling: chod festival and Hunged Stiff Rig. Code I trust among decent layer of algae, where it is hard to imagine another snap, and Hinged Stiff use of clean bottom areas (for example, a thin layer of grass, mud or leaves).


Depending on the situation I choose the best option and nothing more to invent. I am confident in my snap-ins, so most of the time on the banks devote to finding the carp and trying to draw him out.

Since the clamped ponds the bottom of the hour, then covered with silt, and at the point the most common algae, I usually choose installation from the helicopter. As for the weight sinkers, he is always large (3.5 to 5oz). Before, I did not hesitate to use sinkers weighing 2oz, but then I realized just how carp gets rid of the snap-ins with a light anchor. Now I don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. In addition, when necessary, you can unhook the sinker after the bite, which is especially important if you’re targeting a big fish, and algae around you, or obstacles.

Getting back to the snap-ins I want to say that I quite often use a sinking presentation among a thin layer of algae. The fact that the Hinged Stiff and chod festival strongly distinguish the nozzle over everything else, which is not always required when you accustom the fish to feed from the bottom.

I don’t put a leash on anything additional (pellet, sinker), only your weight. The height of the upper stopper on the leader depends on the thickness of the algae in the point of fishing. Of course, I put on the hook for a big chunk of instant foam to protect it sting.

My sinking snap with short tight leash (in the installation of the helicopter), and slowly sinking nozzle can be easily installed on a layer of algae.

The first time I every time after casting tooling was checked at the boat its styling. 90% of the time (a great indicator) nozzle was perfectly presented on the same level with a light layer of algae. As bait is perfect not only round baits, but cut options, so as to crushed-shaped.

If you are interested in a more accurate description of my tooling, I usually knit it from flurocarbon 15-20lb long-term 10-15cm, Wide Gape hook No. 6 soft hair for fixing the nozzle.

Adaptation to the pond.

Each pond is individual, and the behavior of carp in it.

Despite the fact that the above approach I use on all the small ponds in recent years, sometimes the pattern has to be adapted to the particular situation.

First, what I notice is, of course, the place of catching. Large carp are a creature of habit. As a rule, he follows the same route during the day and eats only in parts of the reservoir. If I notice one of the potential routes or points where it can stick, you must try to obtain there take. Education your bait sector does not mean that I have to limit myself to them.

Second, as you probably guessed it – bait. I am fully confident in their nutritional Beulah based on fish meal, dark red color with a taste of spices, but from time to time shoot other options. I often combine them with tiger nuts. Nuts are high in dietary value for fish. Plus, they, like baits, to attract mainly large carp go, and so, fulfill the necessary breeding fish.

My secret weapon is a boilie is sand color with a distinct creamy scent. When I feel that my main boilie stop to bring the fish to bite, I turn to an alternative. Also I occasionally notice that the carp fed actively handle lying in the water for some time. In this situation, I soaked my bait before using to get a quick bite.

With regard to the adaptation of the snap-ins, there are hundreds of nuances, and all of them are individual for every angler and individual case. Your Arsenal of snap-ins I pointed out earlier.

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