IT’S A DAY LATE this week, but it’s here, and this Carp Blog on the Angler’s Mail website comes from James Armstrong of  Korda Developments.  As usual, some top carp fishing advice.

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WITH autumn well into gear, it’s the time to catch a big ‘un. Carp are eating, priming themselves for the long, cold, winter so give them some bait.

A habit that many anglers see themselves falling into is to cast out, catapult a pouchful of boilies over the top and sit there behind motionless indicators wondering why they haven’t caught.

However, with a bit of nouse and thought by the way that you bait, you can really make the most of the autumn, just before they slow down due to the plummeting temperatures.

I’m not saying that you should turn up and fill the lake in with boilies; bait strategically, little and often, with a top-quality food bait. They will be seeking food!

Try to get into some sort of prebaiting campaign, baiting up a day or so before your session – it could pay dividends, and it did recently for Thomas Burns who baited with Hybrid boilies over on Walthamstow 2 and 3 and was rewarded the lakes biggest mirror going over 39lb. A prototype IB-flavoured wafter did the damage, mounted on N-Trap and a size 6 Wide Gape.

Thomas Burns with a Walthamstow cracker over bait.

Thomas Burns with a Walthamstow cracker over bait.


I was also fortunate enough to land a magical carp from the valley, Northamptonshire known as Tyson (pictured below). I’ve been after this magnificent common all year and knowing it was due I opted to prebait and then take a week from my busy schedule.

I knew she was due and on the Monday of my session I saw her porpoise straight out of the water. I mentioned to my friend Rich that I was sure she was feeding nearby, and the following morning she was mine – all 47lb 12oz of her – I was blown away.

Take a look at my latest diary on the Korda site for more (click here).

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Blogger James Armstrong returns Tyson, a stunner scaling 47 lb 12 oz.


A little tip for this time of year is scatter your boilies in a wide area using a throwing stick. Ditch the spod and grab the boilies.

Carp are searching, so by spreading them wide you will be harvesting a whole area of the lake, making them far more susceptible into picking up your hook bait.

Try to make your hook bait as appealing as possible. Use glugs, Goos or attractive sweeteners. Even a fleck of colour could make them more effective.


Over the weekend, it’s the annual Team Korda trip to Farlows, in Iver. Some of the best anglers in the team; Simon Scott, Martin Pick and Ed Betteridge to name but a few will be meeting up from Friday to the Sunday to socialise and have a bit of fun, hopefully with a few bendy rods along the way. The antics and action will all be revealed on Twitter throughout the duration of the session so keep an eye out.

And finally…Sky Sports has been showing the unmissable Thinking Tackle and Fishing Gurus shows every week so keep an eye out on the website for all the latest show times.


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