CARPology 3 Month Subscription (Worldwide) From £14.25
Subscribe
Share
Share
Pin
Features
11 Jan 2017
by Terry Hearn
Terry Hearn's forgotten edges
Terry Hearn talks forgotten edges in his Rotary Letter Extension...

Question: Forgotten edges: there are loads of these, things we all used to do but don’t tend to do now and then suddenly you are reading from a relative newcomer of this incredible trick they have developed. So Rotarians, let’s be hearing some of your best ones… Shaun Harrison

Does anyone free-line anymore? One of my favourite methods in my early years was free-lined bread flake. If I got lucky enough to find fish cruising the margins then it was often the first method I went for, and I can think of many a carp which slipped up to a well timed piece of flake sinking slowly in their path.

I’ll make up a scenario which I’m sure most of us will be familiar with: we’ve just turned up at the lake on a warm sunny afternoon and found fish cruising up and down the margins. I wouldn’t mind betting that most of us would think along the same lines: we’d soon be searching for some nice clean spots to present a rig or two, and once the traps were set we’d then sit well back and wait for a take.

In contrast, in my early carping years I wasn’t so patient, I would have been more likely to use whatever cover I could find to get up close to the edge, and each time I saw a carp or a group of carp swimming my way, I’d be flicking out a slow sinking piece of flake and then drawing it back before letting it flutter down in their path. Of course it could be any free-lined bait, but bread was my favourite back then because it sank slowly, and as a plus it covered the hook and made it less likely to get fouled by weed. Why on earth don’t I do that anymore?

“Long story short, he had two takes in a matter of minutes, missing the first but hooking and landing the second, a 30lb plus common. I did go on to catch a couple on Choddies from the new swim, but that took me 24hrs, not a few minutes.”

I few years back at Dinton, I remember fishing one of the swims at the far end with a wooden walkway stretching out through the thick reeds to the water’s edge. It was particularly weedy, with only a couple of feet of clear water over the top of the weed and very few darker holes in which to present a bait. The carp, however, were there in numbers and I remember taking ages to get a couple of Choddies under-armed into the tiny clearings, as each time I went to plop them out another carp would come swimming through and I’d have to duck back down and hold on for a bit.

Anyway, presentation obviously wasn’t great, which showed up in a lack of takes over the first 24hrs, and so the following day I moved into another swim just around the corner where I already knew the bottom was far more presentable. Soon after I’d moved, Simon the bailiff showed me, or rather reminded me, how to catch them from the weedy swim I’d just vacated, and it was so, so simple.

I saw his van pull up behind the boards and watched him stroll down the jetty, before disappearing for a few minutes and then reappearing with a rod with a bit of free-lined flake dangling from his tip. Long story short, he had two takes in a matter of minutes, missing the first but hooking and landing the second, a 30lb plus common. I did go on to catch a couple on Choddies from the new swim, but that took me 24hrs, not a few minutes.

Obviously on some of the waters we fish it’s better not to risk putting the fish on edge, instead setting the traps and sitting well back, but we’d still do well to remember that there are other times when we can make things so much simpler for ourselves, especially if short sessions are your thing. Sometimes all that’s needed really is a hook on the end of a line with a visual bait plonked right in front of their nose.

A recent Wasing beauty
http://www.esp-carpgear.com/
Also Recommended
Carp Letter from America - August
08 Oct 2015
Columnists
Carp Letter from America - August
Our bloggers in America, Simon Blanford and Andy Bell, tell us what they got up to in August...
08 Oct 2015  /  00:00 am  /  by Simon Blanford and Andy Bell
Columnists
The greatest ‘on a roll’ results
09 Feb 2017
Features
The greatest ‘on a roll’ results
Whilst most of us are happy if we can go two sessions without a blank, for these chaps it seemed they couldn’t go a session without banking a forty!
09 Feb 2017  /  16:09 pm  /  by CARPology
Features
What's the biggest skill? Watercraft or technical skills?
31 Jan 2017
Features
What's the biggest skill? Watercraft or technical skills?
We ask Terry Hearn...
31 Jan 2017  /  15:31 pm  /  by Terry Hearn
Features
Stinking horrible black silt
30 Jan 2017
Features
Stinking horrible black silt
Terry Hearn gives his opinion on topics raised in our legendary Rotary Letter series...
30 Jan 2017  /  15:03 pm  /  by Terry Hearn
Features
Should swim bookings by phone be allowed?
16 Jan 2017
Features
Should swim bookings by phone be allowed?
Terry Hearn gives his thoughts on booking swims...
16 Jan 2017  /  15:32 pm  /  by Terry Hearn
Features
Should you be a one trick pony or jack of all trades?
10 Jan 2017
Features
Should you be a one trick pony or jack of all trades?
Tel dishes up his views on one trick ponies or jack-of-all-trades
10 Jan 2017  /  11:05 am  /  by Terry Hearn
Features
Terry Hearn talks hookbait edges
06 Jan 2017
Bait
Terry Hearn talks hookbait edges
And why he doesn't use glugs and dips...
06 Jan 2017  /  09:03 am  /  by Terry Hearn
Bait
The Chod Rig under the microscope
27 Dec 2016
Rigs
The Chod Rig under the microscope
In his ‘Little Things In Life’ series for CARPology.net, Avid Carper Mat Woods puts the popular Chod Rig under the microscope
27 Dec 2016  /  09:41 am  /  by Mat Woods
Rigs
Should you be paranoid about tangles?
22 Dec 2016
Rigs
Should you be paranoid about tangles?
We ask Terry Hearn...
22 Dec 2016  /  13:42 pm  /  by Terry Hearn
Rigs
Terry Hearn on tainted lakebeds
22 Dec 2016
Features
Terry Hearn on tainted lakebeds
Terry Hearn debates tainted lakebeds....
22 Dec 2016  /  08:45 am  /  by Terry Hearn
Features
How to tie a Helicopter Rig
21 Dec 2016
Rigs
How to tie a Helicopter Rig
This is the kiddy for when you're fishing in silty areas...
21 Dec 2016  /  10:15 am  /  by CARPology
Rigs
End tackle according to Terry Dempsey
20 Dec 2016
Rigs
End tackle according to Terry Dempsey
Highly successful underground angler, Terry Dempsey reveals his thoughts on everything rig-related
20 Dec 2016  /  08:52 am  /  by CARPology
Rigs