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“I am confident that using zigs I can pester or tempt them into grabbing at something by sheer persistence.”

WHERE ARE THEY? A simple question to ask yourself is simply how many hours each day do you think a carp might feed on the bottom for – even in summer? It might be a few hours in the morning, maybe a few more in the afternoon, evening and possibly at some point during the night but it isn’t a full 24 hours rummaging around for food on the bottom. For most of their day carp are likely to be moving from place to place, laying up somewhere and not actively feeding. It’s at times like these that they can be lured into

taking a hookbait that is positioned under their noses whatever the time of year. I deliberately use the word ‘lure‘ as I don’t think carp are considering feeding until the point they see or smell your hookbait and investigate. At this point they either suck it in as it entices them through its inherent attraction or are simply lured into sucking it in because they wonder what it is. If we are intrigued by something we can go and pick something up and look at it, whereas a curious carp will suck something in to test it, giving you a chance of hooking them. When carp activity slows down in the winter the situation becomes even more pronounced, with carp spending sometimes days and days

barely moving at all. But even a carp that isn’t interested in feeding can be encouraged to grab at a hookbait, and the number of times I’ve caught in bitter conditions before I’ve even set the indicator after a recast is a reminder how much the movement of a bait settling (or more accurately rising up to the extent of the hooklink) can be enough to bring some interest when a bait sat motionless on the bottom catches nothing. As long as I can locate where carp are sitting then I am confident that using zigs I can pester or tempt them into grabbing at something by sheer persistence.


Ezine January 2017  
Ezine January 2017