With the summer well and truly here, now is the time to take advantage of some excellent surface fishing.
Carp are not shy in telling you where they are as they bask in the sunshine, often sitting in weedbeds with their backs out of the water.
These particular fish are often not interested in feeding, but every now and again you will see fish cruising between weedbeds or drifting around secluded bays. These are the carp to target, they are active and will hopefully be up for taking a floater or two.
Bait wise try using Sonubaits oily floaters for feed and hookbaits, you wont go far wrong. More often than not I stick to feeding the 11mm floaters, but occasionally you need to mix it up by feeding 8, 11 and 16mm floaters, I like to make up pva stockings of all the sizes and put these out by catapult. This way they are all out at the same distance when the bags melts, for example you wouldn't be able to pult an 8mm floater as far as a 16mm. Mixing the sizes up like this is an excellent method on waters that have been heavily floater fished where the carp can be tricky to catch.
Rig wise I am using Korum components, 8lb or 10lb expert mono hooklink, size 10 or 12 Expert power hooks depending on the size of carp I am hoping to catch, to a 6 to 10g Controller. I have a special way of keeping the controller in place as follows. Slide a controller up the mainline, followed by a long rig sleeve and then tie on a size 10 swivel. Follow this by tying on your 4ft hooklink. Slide the rig sleeve down completely covering the swivel then pull the controller on to the sleeve. This method keeps everything neat and tidy, protects the knots and makes the controller semi fixed so that should you have a fish snag you everything will safely come apart.
Mat Woods has a great birthday session with Code Red
Adam Firth bags a new PB Barbel from the River Trent using Code Red Dumbells.
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