End of summer is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seasons. The days are getting a bit shorter, the nights are chilly and the water starts to cool down after the heat of the summer. It’s the perfect time to get our feeder tackle and go on some last-minute fishing trips. Grass carp tend to feed frantically this time of year, as they are preparing for the long winter. This gives us the chance for some bountiful trips. If you use the right techniques, you’re sure to catch some carp - grass and regular.
You should start preparations by choosing the right tackle. When it comes to rods I always go with Mikado X-Plode Method Fedder with a casting weight of up to 120 gram. These rods are incredibly light and durable. The parabolic action makes them look incredible, even if you’re hauling a small fish. The Mikado Keino freerunner reel is a perfect addition. It has a round clip, which protects the line, and a precise front drag system, which can handle even the craziest of fish. It’s made of high-class materials, so you can be sure it will be with you for a while. You will also, of course, need a feeder. I particularly love the Aperio model, which holds pellet and groundbait securely and has a round bulge in the middle to better present the lure.
Once you have the perfect tackle ready, you should focus on preparing your groundbait and choosing a baiting technique. You will need finely ground, soaked groundbait for the feeder. You can’t have it falling out as you are casting or when the feeder breaks through the surface of the water. You should also add some 2-3 millimeter pellet in different flavours.
Next, you will need to choose a spot where you want to place your rigs. It’s good to find a characteristic thing on the other side of the water to help you keep track of your chosen place.
I can’t imagine going on a feeder trip without taking a lot of 10 millimeter pellet with me. There are many ways to use it - a rocket, cobra, slingshot. I usually use the latter - I think it’s the most accurate and quietest. I always bait a lot as I’m staring out fishing and then add more groundbait with every cast, which keeps my fish in the same area. I try to bait in one spot, so they don’t wander away. I don’t keep my rigs in the same place for a long time - usually, if I don’t get any bites, I will move them after 45 minutes.
I hope my pointers will help you prepare for the last carp fishing trips of this season. Remember, they tend to be moody so you should keep switching scents and lures. Don’t give up and keep your eye on the water. You can see where the fish are moving and choose the best spot. I hope you’ll end the summer with some big fish.
Mikado Fishing Team