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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Monday, 14 November 2011

Article #1 - Lesson Learned

My last session resulted in a blank. Although we're now in the winter months, the weather was mild and the lake had a very good stock of carp. In 48 hours I didn't catch. I worked very hard for a bite and tried everything. Well, almost everything....

On arrival I found signs of fish activity in a corner sheltered from the wind and only having an hour or so before dark I set up there. I did note that most of the other anglers present were on this sheltered side of the lake but none particularly near to me. I gathered from the bailiff that some success had been had here recently and so was happy to set up camp.

Not knowing how much bait had gone in over the weekend I fished single, attractor pop-ups on two rods and a method feeder on the third. I also baited a margin spot on my right-hand bank which was only accessible from my swim. I was very confident with my approach and everything felt right.

The morning came with no event. I was frustrated but not worried as I had all day and another night to come. I spent the rest of the day trying everything from bags, zig rigs to fishing over particles and the margin spot I'd pre-baited. I was working hard but my error was assuming that because the lake was healthily stocked the fish would eventually feed in my swim. Over twenty four hours had passed and my net was still dry.

Surely if I stayed patient the fish would arrive? I should have moved but had the blinkers on although the signs were all there. I'd fished loads of different areas, tactics and baiting strategies and most importantly, felt I should have had a bite by now. In fact, I was confident that my initial tactics would've worked. I'd only seen one fish caught from my side of the lake, there was little angling pressure on the far bank and still I remained in the same swim. Why didn't I move?!

It wasn't only laziness but more that I'd convinced myself that on this water, in this situation, I could manufacture a bite out of the comfortable swim I was in. It's an easy trap to fall in to.

Obviously I don't know for certain that a move would've paid off, the fish may have shut down, but at least I'd have come away from the trip satisfied that I'd tried absolutely everything to get a bite. I should have been more proactive and at the very least gone hunting for a couple of hours.

If there's no fish in front of you, you're not going to get a bite. Simple as that.

Go find 'em!

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

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