FIND CARP!: STEP 1

Upon turning up at your venue, lock your car and go for a lap without your kit, if it's safe to do so.

FIND CARP!: STEP 2

Make a note of the most heavily trodden areas, it may be worth avoiding these swims.

FIND CARP!: STEP 3

You're going to need your polaroids to spot carp - they're the most important piece of kit you own!

FIND CARP!: STEP 4

Island margins can often be good patrol routes.

FIND CARP!: STEP 5

Small, snaggy bays are well worth a look, especially if you keep quiet!

FIND CARP!: STEP 6

Reeds hold fish all year round.

FIND CARP!: STEP 7

Pack light and make sure that your rods are easily accessible, in case a chance presents itself as you head to your swim.

FIND CARP!: STEP 8

If you can't locate fish, fishing in a swim that a warm westerly or southerly wind is blowing into would be a good starting point.

FIND CARP!: STEP 9

Once your rods are out, pay attention to any unusual bleeps or more pronounced liners.

FIND CARP!: STEP 10

This was the result from Tom's session - find the fish and you'll score too.

How ToLOCATION

Find Carp! Mechanics

Finding carp is the single most important aspect in fishing, and always will be, irrespective of advances in rigs and bait. As such, we've put a sequence of tips together that will help you with the basics of carp location. Tom Dove is among the most natural carp hunters that you could hope to meet, but we've distilled his knowledge into this easy-to-follow guide.

First find your fish - it's vital.