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Summer usually means a slow down in fish activity and not having wet a line in 3 weeks I decided to take the opportunity to slip away for 48 hours.

In the end I only lasted 24 hours as I ran out of bait and needed to sleep after constant fish activity. A nice problem to have.

Keys to my success??

1) Most importantly I picked a venue that I know has a big population of carp, which means even in the summer they still compete for food. Not exactly close to me but a 600 mile round trip was worth the risk.

2) Baiting approach. I have had good results in the past fishing particles, but I decided on two approached this time. Particles on one area and boilies on another. Whichever the fish responded to, I would then adapt my approach.

3) Bait application. The fish had a liking for boilies on this session (a mixture of Dynamite Spicy peanut and white chocolate, soaked in hemp oil). I started by baiting a line between two spots with around 200 baits. After every fish I then rebaited with 100 boilies.

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4) Adapt and react early. Once I saw that the boilies were working and one particular spot was producing most of the bites, I concentrated 2 rods on this spot and made the area a little bigger when baiting. Every time I caught a fish or the action slowed I baited with another 50-100 boilies, even if this was in the middle of the night.

5) Be prepared. Before the action really kicked off, I tied up several rigs and prepared my area. Unhooking mat, sling, scales and camera were all set up as was 2 nets!

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6) Have a system. After I landed a fish, I unhooked it in the net and secured it in the margins. I then rebaited the spot first, retied my rig (either sharpening the hook or replacing the rig), then recast the rod. Once this was done, I weighed the fish and took pictures (most fish were released without a picture, unless they were unusual or over 20lb). Don't spend 30 minutes with the rod out of the water and no bait going into the swim......

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7) Getting it right. If you get the bait application correct and the fish competing then big hits are possible. In this session I had several double takes and a few triples!! I also only lost 2 fish and once of these I caught 6 hours later with the broken hook link still in it's mouth!! Proof that they really wanted the boilies.

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8) Use reliable tackle. In very weedy conditions and with rig cutting zebra muscles it's important to use tackle you are confident in. Being sponsored by Fox International makes it an easy choice for me and I can't recommend their tackle highly enough. Arma Point hooks WILL NOT let you down and if you are looking for a budget rod that handles big leads and angry carp, then I would point you towards the Warrior line. I have 10ft 3.5lb rods and they dealt with everything I threw at them.

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I love my Fox rods.

How do you deal with doubles?

Sometimes when the action is fast I just go with one rod because of the hassle of trying to keep one fish away from the other line.

I've had a couple of PITAS when the lines got tangled together.

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I love my Fox rods.

How do you deal with doubles?

Sometimes when the action is fast I just go with one rod because of the hassle of trying to keep one fish away from the other line.

I've had a couple of PITAS when the lines got tangled together.

I've tried playing 2 fish at once, but this is sometimes results in tangles and two lost fish.

Generally, double takes happen when you are playing one fish and the other rod goes off. In this situation I will keep playing the first fish and make my way back to the second rod. I will then bend into the fish, and put the rod back down (turning off the alarm) and loosening the drag. As I fish with big pit reels, there's usually no problem letting the fish take line.

Once the first fish is in the net, (I use two nets nearly every time I fish) I then deal with the second rod. In most cases the fish will stop running or will head to safety (weed beds or snags). If I know there are snags then I will try to play both fish at the same time!! Most times I will land both fish as I use strong tackle and sharp hooks. Just take your time and do not rush as this usually results in mistakes.

On this session I had several double takes, with only 1 fish lost due to it going into a weed bed and cutting the hook-link on a zebra muscle. Interestingly, I landed this fish a few hours later with the first rig sitting right next to the second one in it's mouth!!

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I fish with bait runners but I think my problem is I fish 99% of the time off of docks so I don't have a lot of room to get away from the other rod.

The two nets would be helpful tho.

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Two nets is almost must where I fish. Yesterday I would have lost two fish if I didn't have the second net handy. I had had a triple before too where we landed two fish in one net and one in the other. Luckily my wife was with me that day.

I like the spicey peanut. I need to pick some of that up.

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Great write-up, Dean, and some very good suggestions. Thanks.

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Thanks Dave. Summer's my least favorite time to fish, I'd prefer a few feet of snow to 90 degree weather!! A trip north to a highly stocked river was well worth the drive. Hope the summer is treating you well.

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Very nicely written and much needed inspiration to people like me stuggling to get good numbers in summer here. the bite has slowed down around me and so i am .. but reading your post and tips i would want to try out soon.


you baited lots of boilies - did u used same boilie to bait that u used as hookbait ? Im thinking correctly you used about 1k boilies ?


Those are some beauties .. nice pic's


Thanks for sharing

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Very nicely written and much needed inspiration to people like me stuggling to get good numbers in summer here. the bite has slowed down around me and so i am .. but reading your post and tips i would want to try out soon.
you baited lots of boilies - did u used same boilie to bait that u used as hookbait ? Im thinking correctly you used about 1k boilies ?
Those are some beauties .. nice pic's
Thanks for sharing

Thanks for the comments. I used a mixture of two boilies (Dynamite Spicy Peanut and white chocolate in 15mm and 20mm). Hook baits were snowman rigs with either a spicy peanut or White chocolate 20mm or 26mm bottom bait and a 15mm fluro pop-up (I was using Robin red fluro pop-ups for this session).

During the session I used around 7-8kg of boilies. Seems like a lot, but I started with about 1kg spread over 2 spots and then fed 100 boilies after every fish. The key is to keep the fish feeding once you start to catch them. I generally bait on a little and often basis as I find this a much better approach than putting a lot of bait in at the start of the session.

7-8kg of bait is not cheap (probably $100 worth of bait), but I usually do not use that amount of bait. I do like to have it on hand though, should the fish turn on. In the past I've used 5-10kg of bait during a 12 hour session when the fish are really feeding! A 25lb fish can eat a lot of bait!! I this case shelf life boilies really come into their own.

Good luck with your fishing.

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Really good post. Do you buy Dynamite bait from any US vendor?

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Really good post. Do you buy Dynamite bait from any US vendor?

Unfortunately Dynamite baits may not be available in the US anymore. BC Tackle stocked them for 10 years (I bought a bunch of the last of the stock in the spring) but then they decided to move across to US Carp Pro. The last time I looked the website was not working, but maybe they still have stock and it might be worth calling them.

I'll move across to another European bait company such as Nash, CC Moore, Nutrabaits, Solar or Hutchinson, ALL of which BC Tackle stock. They are all relatively similar and it's more a case of applying the bait successfully than the actual bait.

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Congrats on a successful session.Fox made a wise choice of adding you to their team!!

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That's extremely kind of you Lefty :) I just hope to keep on doing my small part to keep carp fishing going in a positive direction in America

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Nice write up and nice fish. Thanks for sharing. My rods are on a 6 week drought. I'm going mad!!!!!

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Yikes I love carp fishing but not at that price that's a lot of money! Hopefully corn works ;)

Corn does work but the type of feeding situation I created was much easier to achieve with boilies. I actually got a big quantity of boilies when they were reduced so it probably cost me $70 in bait, however it was well worth it. I don't usually use that much bait, maybe 1/2 kg to 1kg a session but if the fish respond then I'm happy to give them more bait.

Everyone has specific ways they like to fish, and I primarily prefer to use boilies. It works for me, but there's plenty of ways to skin a cat.

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I have a bunch of boilies I bought from the for sale section here. I tried pre baiting with them to try and get the carp used to them then I tried one rod with boilie on the hair and one with fake corn. No takers on the boilie yet. Didn't get to try too much before the warm weather and an algae bloom kinda killed the fishing. I will try again.

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Im no expert with boilie but you have to have confidence in boilies and not give up quickly . you may not have instant takes as u would with sweet corn but when u get one u will get more ..

last time i was fishing with someone who didn't catch any on boilie seems he try few times .. I was fishing boilie and after 21/2 hr i got a fish and keep getting .. about 4 from them in next hour or so ... the other guy switched to boilie with no confidence as it never worked for him before but seeing me he wanted to try .. he got the big fish for day ~19lb in next hour of so .

take this easy its not boilie vs corn ... and its purely personal opinion.

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I have caught more on homemade boilies than commercial boilies, but corn seems to produce more numbers for me overall.

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The information I provided isn't to say that boilies are better than any other bait. It's all in the bait application, what you are trying to achieve and the way you prefer to fish.

I do fish particles and many other baits but if possible I prefer to fish with boilies. I can target bigger fish, avoid nusiance species and bait up much easier with boilies. If you want more information on fishing with boilies check out my articles in NACA; The Art of Boilie fishing

http://issuu.com/northamericancarpangler/docs/2014_q3_naca

http://issuu.com/northamericancarpangler/docs/2015_q1_naca

http://issuu.com/northamericancarpangler/docs/naca_2015_spring_edition

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