So, after a few months away, 4 of those in Spain in the motorhome, which lead to lockdown in February, I’m back on Alton.
Category Archives: Carp Fishing General
I have learnt – very quickly – with a venue the size of Alton, to expect the unexpected, and so it proved. I was back on Sunday for a 36-hour – two-night session, in the swim I mentioned last week. As I was setting up, I was convinced I was in a perfect Tench swim, and boy was I wrong haha.
Having marked up, I had two chosen areas. The first one and main line of attack, was down the middle on a nice soft sandy bottom, with a depth of 6 ½ foot, sloping away to 7 ½ foot a rod length further out. The second area was to my left, right into the bay near a small reed bed and the roots of a fallen tree. I increased my initial feed from last week and put ten spods in the middle and 6 by the reeds. I had my rods out by 4pm, sat back, kettle on. Soon after Steve and Graham turned up for a coffee and chat – Graham said it’s nice having a cafe on the bank haha.
Many DVDs, books, articles, and individuals will have you believe there is only one way to fish for carp. That concept runs from the rods you use, through to the way you bait up for them. This often includes ludicrously expensive rods, and shed-loads of boilies. Now, I am not saying they are wrong, far from it, if it works for you, then happy days. However, I would suggest there is no go-to rig, method, rod, or baiting campaign that works best for any species. I want to offer up an alternative way of thinking.
One thing I do know is that on any venue, the fish really don’t care how much you paid for your gear. Before we had the all singing carbon rods, we were using fibre-glass, cane, split cane and so on. We still caught big fish. Izaak Walton wrote 350-years-ago of catching 50lb Italian Commons. He was using bread-paste mixed with latex and honey and spending days and nights in their pursuit. We are just reshaping the wheel.