In this week's Angler's Mail carp fishing blog, Nash carp ace Julian Cundiff (pictured below) reveals how some words of wisdom have helped him.
I REMEMBER it clearly now – the last time I was fishing Church Lake and because of an algae bloom it was fishing slow and I was bemoaning my luck somewhat. However, Alan Blair quite rightly pointed out that somewhere at the lake carp would be feeding and it would be up to me to find where and how to tempt one.
Now that was almost two years ago and I have never forgotten that advice and from zig rigs to stalking, from surface fishing to balls of maggots, I have always tried to make it happen on sessions, from two hours to 22 hours…
Believe me I love, and I mean I LOVE, being sat behind my rods fishing my multi rigs over Scopex Squid 10 mm baits but I can’t just do that and turn off unless those indicators are rattling all the time. My mind is turning over. If I am on fish why am I not catching? If others are catching and I am not is it because they are doing something different? If so should I do that? What could I do better? Is there a reason why I am doing what I am doing, or am I really going through the motions if I am being honest?
Believe me good carp anglers don’t let it happen – good carp anglers MAKE it happen…I have seen them, fished with them and learnt from them and I can maybe just get one tip across to Anglers Mail readers this week it would be that. Don’t be content with the norm and making up the numbers.
As Alan said to me “If you are not catching its not the carp it’s you.” It’s so true….
So here are my top five tips to kick-start you into action this summer!
- Everything you do… understand why you are doing it, and don’t do it simply because you always do it or you saw it being done on TV.
- Be in a position to move at any time. Better to only set up the shelter at the last moment.
- Don’t be afraid to wind the rods in and go looking for fish. From your own swim there will be a limited field of vision…
- Surface rules! You know how many anglers talk about putting handfuls of bait in the margin? Great tip but handfuls of surface baits are even better as its easier to see carp on the surface than the bottom.
- Be impatient! How many hours a week do you spend carp fishing? Not many considering there are 168 hours in a week! Can you not find it in yourself for those few hours to work harder, walk further? I bet you can….
So thank you Alan – you have stopped me chilling out when fishing…. but by god have I caught a lot more carp! And I hope some Angler’s Mail readers are “blaming me” the same way soon…
Julian Cundiff, Nash consultant