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TOP TIPS FOR CARPING IN THE SUMMER MONTHS
LIFE at Nash NQ is always a bit hectic and during the warmer months there never seems to be enough hours in the day.
We are now well into the Nash Fishery Roadshow season which is a major commitment for all of the team. But it’s something we all look forward to, meeting our valued customers and fellow anglers is always special.
As a team, we have a wealth of information, angling skills and hard earned ‘on the bank’ knowledge to pass on to you.
The feedback we receive from show visitors regarding our products which is usually very positive is always useful, even the odd negative comment is well received as it helps us to make our products even better. So, if you can, please make time to come and see us this summer.
NASH ROADSHOW DATES
- BROADLANDS, HAMPSHIRE – 6TH AND 7TH JULY
- WELHAM, NORTH YORKSHIRE – 27TH AND 28TH JULY
- EMPEROR LAKE, DEVON – 3RD AND 4TH AUGUST
- CROMWELL LAKES, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – 31ST AND 1ST AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
‘Zigs need a change of mindset’
TESTING and developing new zig fishing products has been a major project over the last few years. The new ever expanding range of Zig Bug hook baits has in my opinion taken the potential for catching carp from the mid to upper layers and even off the surface to a new level.
We’ve carried out a lot of research into the carp’s natural food and in particular the hatches that occur and the creatures that carp are specifically drawn to. The ever expanding range of Zig Bug hook baits have been specifically designed to mimic these creatures. We knew we were onto something big, but even so, the catch reports that we’ve received from anglers using the new Bugs has been amazing.
But having said that, to get the best out of them, for anglers who tend to fish more conventional on the bottom tactics, zigs require a change of mindset.
The biggest mistake is to just chuck one out for a couple of hours and then give up after not catching. I’ve seen this on a number of occasions.
Hook bait colour and depth are crucial; just a few inches either way can make a huge difference. Getting in tune with the workings of the lake is also vitally important. If for example, numbers of insect eating birds suddenly appear and feed or there’s lots of bug life in the water or on the surface, this is the time to change to a zig hook bait.
The carp are instinctively drawn to any form of hatch that might provide them with food and a zig hook bait presented at the right time and depth will nearly always produce a bite. Zigs are also a top tactic on those difficult days when everyone is struggling with more conventional tactics.
My advice to anyone interested in developing or fine tuning their zig tactics is to put time aside to go fishing with just the zig gear and nothing else. Choose a warm sunny day when you know the carp will be cruising around and go with an open mind, experiment, fine tune and develop your own approach. Zig fishing can become an obsession, addictive even, in time it could well change the way you fish forever!
‘Clawing back a result’ – PAUL MARTIN
Many of us are guilty of picking a swim, putting our faith in spots and sticking with them to the bitter end but on two occasions over recent weeks I’ve been able to claw back a result and catch 20’s with a last minute move. It’s exactly this type of fishing that the Scope and Dwarf systems were designed for.
In fact, on my last trip to a totally new water, without any sightings to go on, I chose a spot for the night based on the weather conditions and gut instinct. As the hours passed and I emerged the wrong side of a blank night I decided that I needed to get moving and find something to fish for. With much improved weather for fish spotting and just 4 hours remaining I packed down and went walkabout.
Thirty minutes later I’d found what I was looking for and duly dispatched a couple of rods into the area. Imagine my delight when just a few hours later I was bombing back home with a four fish catch (including the gorgeous 20+ pictured) under my belt. It might be an old chestnut but effort really does equal reward….
My approach has generally consisted of using small 50p sized PVA bags of crushed and whole Purple Squid freezer baits, often with a little of the food dip added to pep it up a little. Where possible I’ve been using the barrel-shape baits as a hookbait and as the background feed and I’ve caught on this method on each water I’ve taken it to. It really does seem that the Purple Squid is instantly accepted everywhere I take it.
In terms of rigs, I’ve been using very simple size 8 Twisters tied knotless knot style to 8-inch lengths of Missing Link so nothing revolutionary there! In conjunction with 3 oz inline flat pears and the Diffusion Camo rig tubing I’ve found that the chances of a tangle are minimal and everything is nice and subtle. Touch wood, the hookholds have all been excellent with 100% of my bites leading to fish on the bank.
If I could pass on anything from my recent experiences it’s to re-enforce the importance of spending as much time locating the fish as possible and when you’ve found them quietly present simple, subtle rigs and an instant bait and 9 times out of 10 they’ll do the rest for you!
So, with the weather improving, in a few days I’ll be heading off to some new day ticket waters again and seeing what I can catch on my travels! Be lucky!
‘My favourite floater tactics’ – IAN SMITH
As I sit here writing this at the side of a lake it’s 9pm and broad daylight, life feels pretty darn good. Those long cold nights we endure on winter sessions seem a long distant memory.
Summer fishing for me is certainly the most exciting time of the year as my favourite method of floater fishing can be used far more often.
Watching a big pair of rubber lips engulf a bait and witnessing the explosion of water on the surface as the hook is set, there’s nothing like it!
A freelined piece of floating crust was used to catch my first ever carp 25 years ago and the thrill of that moment still lives with me till this day.
Since then my tactics haven’t altered that much. I try to use as few components as possible to try to make the rig as inconspicuous as it can be. In recent years though, I have used one of the Nash Bolt Machine surface controllers. Although they come in a range of sizes, I always use the largest as it provides such an effective bolt effect. They really are the most effective tool for nailing surface feeders.
I try to cast as far past the feeding fish as I can and slowly draw the floating hook bait back amongst them. The only time I won’t use a Bolt Machine is when the fish are close enough to use free lining tactics.
With regards to bait, the classics such as floating crust and chum mixer are very effective, however as angling pressure mounts, the fish become more and more weary of them.
A bait that I was introduced to 3 years ago transformed my fishing more than any other in over 2 decades of fishing and that is the Nash Riser Pellet. The way fish react to it is something I’ve not seen before. Usually as fish gain confidence on the usual surface baits they will come up and take 1 or 2 and then drift away and then come back to feed again a short time later. But with Riser Pellet they never leave the top 2 inches of water until they have eaten every one. I think they mistake it for a natural hatch of some kind and therefore are super confident in eating it – get on it!
‘Chopping and changing waters’ – ADAM GARLAND
With the carp being so moody recently, I’ve adapted my tactics to try and really catch their attention. Bright baits such as the Nash Rainbow pop ups have worked well, fished over a bed of the ever reliable Monster Squid in all three colours, its proven to be a very effective tactic.
During the late spring and early summer the fish will often drift around the lake with little interest in anything, but I often find if they do pass over my bright bed of attraction during a lethargic period, they will often return to feed later when they are more active.
With the fish about to spawn, I don’t know which lake I’ll be fishing on my next trip, and with this in mind it’s difficult to get any rhythm or consistency going. So I’ve decided to continue chopping and changing waters in the short term, angling for a few bites. But the good news is, as soon as the carp have spawned they will be extremely hungry!
Carp are strange creatures and often after going through the spawning process, they like nothing better than to eat their own eggs. Paying close attention to the location where the fish chose to spawn will prove invaluable as often they will remain in the area, and they will be very catchable.
Hemp is a fantastic bait when the carp are focused on tiny food items. I’m sure a mix of Monster squid 10mm freezer baits and ‘Hooked on Baits’ chilli hemp, won’t let me down.
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