Spring into Action

Make the most of the best fishing season of the year

As we enter spring, Team Kodex consultant Mark Foster offers some of his best tips for catching carp during the greatest fishing season of the year.

First of all, don’t walk to the first swim you come to and think that will do. Have a walk around the lake and look for any signs of fish movement, or an area you feel may have carp visiting regularly. Good areas to fish for carp during the spring months are near or up tight to reed beds. Carp will always visit these areas during the spring sunshine and will also use reed beds and snags to clean themselves of leeches and parasites they may have picked up sitting on the bottom over winter.

I tend to cast my rigs very tight, in most cases brushing the stems of the reeds. I then throw boilies over the top of the hookbait and also into the edge of the reeds themselves, as I like to know when I have fish around my rigs, which will be evident by fish knocking the reeds while feeding on the freebies. I will then tighten the clutch and sit on top of the rods in anticipation of a bite. The last thing you want is to let the carp have too much movement and bolt into the reeds.

At this time of year I don’t really use small particles such as hemp or maggots, as I feel there is no need. The carp are starting to move around a lot more, searching for food, so I like to give the carp a good high-quality boilie such as Steamies, and will trickle these baits around and on top of the areas I’m fishing.

I tend to use whole and chopped boilies that have been hydrated using various liquid attractors. Kodex Ectoplasm additive is always a winner for me and many other anglers already using it. Ectoplasm comes in a variety of flavours that will bring fish into the swim quicker. Perky Pineapple is a good choice, but my favourites have to be Fruit Burst and Almighty Almond during the spring.

For rigs, I prefer to use a critically balanced snowman set-up on a longer rig than I would use in the winter. The reason for this is if my bait did catch the edge of a newly blooming weedbed, my bait would very slowly sink through the water and settle on top of any weed with a really good presentation. Test this for yourself in the margins and pull your lead into the weed, and you will see your bait skip along the top if balanced well. With a shorter rig length the lead could pull the bait deep within the weed, making it harder to find. Then sit on your rods and wait for them to go!

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