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WELL  I don’t think I can actually remember such a prolonged period of short and flip-flop wearing weather for a long time!

The drastic temperature increase has seen the fishing in many respects improve, but has also been the much needed trigger for some waters occupants to start spawning.

Still, many of our anglers have been out on the bank enjoying the sun on their backs and also getting amongst a few fish in the process.

Ever consistent Mike Hamer was in amongst the fish, landing two crackers from an ultra tough southern syndicate water. With the temperatures soaring, Mike made the decision to fish his baits in the crystal clear margins, literally placing his hookbaits right under his rod tips.

Using an ultra short rig constructed out of our ACE Camo Core material and size 10 ZIG Razor Points, Mike opted to use a mini Tiger Nut hookbait with a few loose fed around the spot.

Both of Mike’s fish came at first light and put up a serious account of themselves, probably because neither of them had either seen a hook before! The first fish, a mirror, weighed in at 27lb 8oz whilst his second was a long immaculate common that pulled the scales round to 30lb 8oz.

Mike is no stranger to catching big carp very close to the bank in shallow water, with fish to 46lb 2oz gracing his net in the past. Here’s a few tips from him to help you on your way…


Margin fishing tips for carp…

1.Use polaroid glasses to clearly identify areas that have been fed over in the past. It is likely that fish will return to these spots in the future.

2. It is essential to keep your line pinned to the deck when fishing shallow margins. Flurocarbon mainline and leadcore leaders will help you to achieve this.

3. Mini Tiger Nuts are without doubt one of the greatest baits for fishing in the margins. Carp seem to hover them up without any kind of suspicion, especially when they aren’t fed in large numbers.

4. Keep bankside disturbance to the minimum. Try to not walk around too much and also position your bivvy well away from the water if on a long session.

5. Use very short rigs in the margins, these will help your hookup ratio.


ACE sponsored Simon Hofgartner banked a new PB when he slipped his net under a real beast of 46lb! (See it in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine). Simon fed a large amount of Dynamite Baits White Chocolate boilies and nailed the fish on one of our ever-faithful SRC Razor Point carp hooks.

Another angler putting the Razor Points through their paces is John Waller. After a reasonably slow start to the season, John made amends very quickly banking a string of good fish over the 30lb mark, topped by an awesome looking creature weighing in at 37lb 8oz. All of John’s fish couldn’t resist the pulling power of Dynamite Baits ‘The Crave’ boilies.

John Waller has been catching big.

ACE angler Jake Lund also kept himself on the score sheet when he banked a procession of decent fish to a best of 29lb. Jakes biggest was a well-known fish that usually weighs in at around 35lb, but it was quite evident that the fish had recently spawned. Jake’s fishing companion Tom Weymouth also had some sport when he landed a fantastic 33lb Grass Carp! All of the fish fell to Dynamite’s Marine Halibut & Sea Salt boilies.

As well as catching a few good fish on bottom baits, Jake couldn’t resist a few sessions during the month targeting carp off the surface. During these sessions he managed to get through a fare few 11mm expander pellets and bank some cracking fish to 23 lb, all on the size 10 ZIG Razor Points.


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