Short Session Carp Fishing Explained; How To Stalk Carp

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Short Session Carp Fishing Explained; How To Stalk Carp

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Posted: Nov 15, 2010 |



With all of today’s high-tech equipment available for carp fishing, it’s no wonder anglers need a wheelbarrow to carry it all to the bankside – but does it really need to be like this? Do you actually need every piece of tackle bar the proverbial kitchen sink to catch a big carp? In a word; NO!

Many newcomers I speak to think they need to spend thousands of pounds on tackle in order to catch carp. Ironic really, as completely the opposite is usually the case. I may be a bit of a traditionalist at heart, but I don’t go out of my way to make catching big carp any harder than it already is! So a great tactic to get amongst the fish quickly is stalking, which requires very little tackle and allows me to cover large areas of water quite quickly in order that I can find the fish and angle for them in the limited time I have available. Common sense, when you think about it. The main advantage with stalking is that you are travelling extremely light, which allows you to cover vast areas of water with ease and what’s more, it doesn’t cost the earth to get out there fishing!

The first essential bit of stalking kit would be some waders, preferably chest waders and my advice would be to spend a few pennies and go for those made from neoprene. I’ve gone through countless pairs of PVC waders over the years as they tear really easily, whereas neoprene waders are much more durable, both in and out of the water. It may be the case that you don’t end up getting in the water at all during your session, but a good pair of neoprene chest waders will mean you can sit about on the banks without the need for chairs, brollies and suchlike (whatever the conditions may be!). Of course, when you are in the water, they are invaluable. I find the key to successful stalking is in being able to place a bait with the minimum amount of disturbance, and waders allow me to crawl through bushes on hands and knees, step into the margins, or wade right out in to the lake to place a bait; whatever is required to get that bait right under a carps nose without spooking it. Of course, you can go stalking without them, but your options when placing baits and playing fish may be limited.

Just as important is a good pair of Polarized glasses, as they help to reduce surface glare, which allows you to see beneath the surface; not just to spot the fish, but also to view likely feeding areas where the carp will be visiting on a regular basis. I tend to wear large wrap around polarising glasses, combined with a long peaked cap, which together help cut out peripheral light from above and around the sides of the glasses, this helps to concentrate the effect of the polarized filter enabling you to see even deeper beneath the surface.

You can see a full explanation of the importance of using polarising fishing glasses here:
http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/recommends/spex

Tackle is pretty basic, just a few odds and ends really. You can buy purpose built stalking rods, which are usually shorter that a standard carp rod, allowing you more manoeuvrability in confined spaces, my preference of late has been a 9ft stalking rod. I then have a small shoulder bag containing a small tackle pouch with a few leads, two or three hooklink materials, hooks, baiting needle, scissors, forceps, and a few general bits and bobs. I also have a mini rig wallet with a few rigs pre-made, which allows me to change approach in a matter of seconds. That’s about it on the tackle front, other than a set of scales, weigh sling, and unhooking mat. Oh, and of course a camera to ensure you get a snap shot of your new personal best!

The beauty of this kind of set up is that it only takes a second to grab your kit and be out of the door, so you can maximise any available time and get yourself on the bank at the drop of a hat. Speaking of which, the kids are in bed and I’ve got an hour ’til it goes dark… I’m off!

Julian Grattidge

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Julian Grattidge is a regular carp fishing contributor to http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/. He lives in the UK, and although he fishes mainly for carp, also enjoys most freshwater fishing.

Julian is also a major contributor to http://www.carpfishingsecrets.com/, where his no-nonsense approach to carp fishing goes down well with newcomers and seasoned carp anglers alike.

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Julian Grattidge is a regular carp fishing contributor to http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/. He lives in the UK, and although he fishes mainly for carp, also enjoys most freshwater fishing.

Julian is also a major contributor to http://www.carpfishingsecrets.com/, where his no-nonsense approach to carp fishing goes down well with newcomers and seasoned carp anglers alike.

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