Dan Bruton Hauls after Location Hunch Pays Off!

I must admit, summertime isn’t my favourite season for carp angling; the mega-hot days can prove long and uncomfortable, but the carp are at their most active. They’ve probably spawned on your chosen venue now and if they haven’t they’ll be done very soon, and will be looking for an easy meal.

Dan turned to his favourite multi-rig presentation against the island, scattering baits carefully around it.

Quick Release lead clips made sure he landed the carp he hooked.

As with any season, getting traps set in the right areas are paramount. There will be day and night spots they are using, so keeping mobile will always put you ahead of the game and grab you extra bites. During the day, I look for nice, quiet, shallow areas where the carp visit naturally. From dawn to dusk these areas will almost certainly get you a bite if you fish well. During the hours of darkness (of which at the moment there aren’t many) it would pay to drop the rigs a touch deeper just off the shallow areas they use during the day.
Baiting is also very important, if you turn up and whack a load of bait out, which wasn’t there an hour ago; they’ll approach it with caution, so go easy and try and nick a bite then perhaps try to build on that. More often than not, single hook baits or very small traps will do way more bites. The flipside of that though, is that after spawning fish need to eat, so I will always get a few kilos out in the lake after a session to give them something back. Singles are all well and good for bites but they’re no good for the fish in the long run. Always look after your quarry and give them a free meal if you can.
Last week, I visited a lake for the first time in three months after fishing a very difficult water for the spring. The fish I was targeting had been caught so I felt it would be a good opportunity to try and get a bite elsewhere. I saw fish quite quickly close to an island so I put rods out to the base of the shelf during a rainy afternoon. The rods remained quiet and once the sun came out the carp got tighter to the island so I recast as tight as I dare. Due to not knowing what the lake bed was like I opted to fish a multi-rig, which has become very popular in my armoury in recent years. They’ll fish in almost any situation and hook holds are superb. Using a throwing stick I was carefully spreading a handful of 14mm Trent Baits Freshwater Shrimp boilies around the area just to help slow the carp down a little as they patrolled the island.
To cut a long story short, the one rod that was kissing the island in very shallow water ripped off seven times in the following 24 hours producing some cracking fish. In fact, four of them were some of the lake’s larger residents spawned out, so it was a wicked trip and was very much needed after having been sat on a mega-hard lake for the past three months!
Multi rigs consisted of 20lb N-Trap and a size 6 Kaptor Wide-Gape hook going up to a Quick-Release Lead clip, 3.5oz Textured Distance Lead and 12 inches of Dark Matter tubing to help keep the business end pinned down away from the patrolling carp.
Get out there and have a look at those shallow areas in close and off islands, but please stay safe out there guys, take plenty of water, sun cream and a hat. You won’t want to look and feel like a cooked lobster while holding up your target fish!
Be Lucky……………Dan