Share
Share
Pin
Features
27 Dec 2016
by Dave Lane
How should you approach a prolific day ticket venue?
In-depth answers to some 'proper' questions all thanks to one of the UK's most natural anglers, Dave Lane

You do the majority of your fishing during the week, usually when the lakes are a lot quieter so this must be a massive advantage over the weekend angler. If you are doing a two or three night session how will you approach any prolific day ticket venue, with a ‘bait and wait’ approach in a swim with pedigree or maybe a more mobile approach using ‘little and often tactics’?

I do fish in the week, yes, but it is not always quieter then as it depends on the type of venue I am fishing. A lot of the big fish syndicates have as many regular mid-weeker’s nowadays as they do weekenders. In general though, most lakes are indeed a lot less angled during the week, particularly day ticket type venues or club lakes. I don’t actually tend to fish day ticket venues very often but, on occasions for features etc., I do have a dabble.

The ‘bait and wait’ approach is not really something I favour whatever the type of lake I am on, I just don’t have the patience to sit there and wait for the carp to arrive in a ‘going swim’. I would much rather take the fight to them and spend my time tracking down the best spots at any given moment of the session. This becomes even more important, and productive, when applied to busy day ticket lakes that have certain swims fished almost on a rota system. These swims may also be the top spots because the lake is so busy, often the carp will have a ‘default area’ where they go to when every nook and cranny has somebody casting into it.

Angler activity is the only thing, apart from weather, that will change the natural behaviour of the fish and they may well want to be in areas other than the best weekend swim but, due to the level of anglers present, they do not feel safe there. The fish will feel a lot more relaxed during the week when there are less lines and disturbance so, rather than fish the hot swims I will go off and look for opportunities that would not exist at weekends.

Location is always the most important part of any angling trip but even more so if the fish are allowed to behave more naturally. Even at weekends though, carp can usually be found in the few ‘forgotten areas’ of the lake and I have caught carp in the past on lakes that are packed out just by stalking around in un-fished corners with a very softly, softly approach, such as a float rod and a handful of pellets.

I remember once taking fish and chips up to our young lad Billy as he fished a weekend on a very busy little day ticket lake a few miles away. When we arrived the small lake was packed, there were kids all casting over each other’s lines, bait being fired out everywhere, a scene that basically horrified me as to what some people have to put up with for a bit of carp fishing.

While he ate his tea I took a stroll around the lake and pretty soon found a few fish bubbling up in the only quiet area of the pond, a small neglected corner of a bay. Grabbing a spare rod, a float and a handful of pellets I returned to catch a fish on my first cast. By keeping quiet and trickling in a few more baits there was also time for my wife, Dee, to hook and land a little mirror carp there before the hordes arrived and the fish once again disappeared in search of sanctuary.

Also Recommended
Selby Lake One
06 Apr 2016
Venues
Selby Lake One
One of the best day ticket fisheries in the north of England
06 Apr 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Venues
Why it's just as important to stay mobile on small venues
06 Jan 2017
Features
Why it's just as important to stay mobile on small venues
Jon McAllister explains...
06 Jan 2017  /  08:46 am  /  by Jon McAllister
Features
How to prepare for fishing in France
27 Dec 2016
Features
How to prepare for fishing in France
We ask Elliott Gray...
27 Dec 2016  /  11:30 am  /  by Elliott Gray
Features
Do carp sleep?
05 Oct 2016
Other Stuff
Do carp sleep?
Answering some of the more unusual angling issues and topics
05 Oct 2016  /  14:23 pm  /  by CARPology
Other Stuff
Illegal importing of carp
14 Sep 2016
Other Stuff
Illegal importing of carp
Does it still go on?
14 Sep 2016  /  12:56 pm  /  by CARPology
Other Stuff
Broadlands Lake
10 Aug 2016
Venues
Broadlands Lake
BCAC champion, Rob Tough gives you the low down to the very venue where he gained this title
10 Aug 2016  /  11:22 am  /  by CARPology
Venues
Revealed: The UK's most dangerous lakes
27 Jul 2016
Venues
Revealed: The UK's most dangerous lakes
Dear CARPology, what’s the most dangerous lake in the UK? Karl Taylor, via email
27 Jul 2016  /  13:26 pm  /  by CARPology
Venues
Merrington Carp Fishery
24 May 2016
Venues
Merrington Carp Fishery
Bankside bliss with one or two real whackers thrown in!
24 May 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Venues
How much bait should you take when fishing abroad?
12 Apr 2016
Bait
How much bait should you take when fishing abroad?
Early overseas pioneer and bait company owner, Allan Parbery gives his thoughts on bait quantities when it comes to visiting a variety of overseas venues
12 Apr 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by Allan Parbery
Bait
Suffolk Water Park
06 Apr 2016
Venues
Suffolk Water Park
One of Suffolk's premier carp waters is open to all
06 Apr 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Venues
Rookley Country Park
03 Feb 2016
Venues
Rookley Country Park
Southern carp catcher, Adam Clewer gives you all the advice you'll need for a successful session at one of his favourite venues
03 Feb 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Venues
Acorn Fishery
03 Feb 2016
Venues
Acorn Fishery
Carp catching machine, Tom Maker provides all the info you'll need for a successfl trip to his recommended venue
03 Feb 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Venues