Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson

Posted by: Trakker on February 26th, 2015

Since the demise of the old traditional close season, April and May must have become two of the most productive months in the calendar for many carp anglers, and that, without a doubt, includes me. A number of my favourite captures have come during the magic months of April and May (including the 30lb common in the picture at the t, so how do I go about making sure I’m ready to make the most of this period?

Well here’s a few of my top tips to make sure you’re ready and prepared to make the most of every opportunity when the carp wake up.

 

TIP #1

Start your Spring prep early. Have an idea of what you want to achieve from your fishing from the coming year. Is it a particular fish, a number of fish, or fish of a certain size? If so, have you got the right tickets to allow you to have a reasonable chance of meeting the targets you’re setting yourself? I work a few years in advance in terms of the waiting lists I’m on, and the tickets I want or have, meaning I have a fairly good idea of where I’ll be fishing over the coming spring. I like to know by around mid-February if possible, that gives me chance to do my research. Is my target a creature of habit? What areas of the lake does it usually get caught from, at what times of year? Do certain weather conditions play a part in catch rates on the venue? Once that’s done, then rules allowing, I can get to my venues of choice with my marker rod and note book, and spend a day or so marking up areas of the lake, which come April and May when the carp are on the move again, will give me a massive advantage when moving onto showing fish.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Make sure you’ve got your tickets for the coming season sorted.

 

TIP #2

Sounds like an obvious one, but make sure your kit is in good working order and ready for the spring campaign ahead. Re-spool your reels with fresh line for the coming months, make sure you’ve changed your buzzer and torch batteries, and make sure the tackle box is topped-up with your favourite hook patterns and hook link materials. Make sure you’ve got the ability to keep everything charged on the bank, and by that I mean smartphones; we all know the battery life isn’t great but I need to know what the weather is going to do, (Met Office is my app of choice) which in the spring is more important than any other time of the year. Those first warm westerly winds and bright sunny days will have the carp moving and I want to be one step in front if I can.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Keep the phone charged and an eye on the weather

 

TIP #3

Start prepping your hookbaits now. Spring is the ideal time for high-attract singles, as the fish bring themselves out of their winter slumber. Now, that’s not just pop ups, I prep my bottom baits and my zig foam too. Spring sees me use very little in the way of free bait, unless the fish are clearly on the feed big-time, and I tend to fish zigs and singles almost exclusively.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Start prepping your hookbaits now, to ensure they are super-attractive come the spring

 

TIP #4

Strip-back the kit and be organised. Sounds simple, but all too often we all end up carrying too much kit, be it far too many leads, or too much bait, or just fishing in a way that it takes far too long to pack up and move, so I always try and make sure I have the essentials, and only the essentials with me, and fish in such a way that I can be ready to move at the drop of a hat. We all like our comforts, but we can still be extremely comfortable with today’s kit, and be mobile at the same time.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Fish organised, and keep an eye on the lake. Use an open-fronted shelter, or remove the front from your bivvy as I have done with my Trident AS, so that you don’t miss a thing.

 

TIP #5

Finally, once the spring campaign starts, keep your eyes peeled when you’re on the bank. This links in with tip 4, but it’s the most important part of angling, you won’t catch if you’re not on fish so keep your eyes peeled, and if a move is needed, (and providing you’ve followed tip 4) it will be easy to up sticks and move onto the fish.

 

There you go, my quick stop guide to planning a spring campaign… Hope it helps in your quests.

 

Be Lucky

 

Jim Wilson

 

 

 

 

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Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson

Posted by: Trakker on February 26th, 2015

Since the demise of the old traditional close season, April and May must have become two of the most productive months in the calendar for many carp anglers, and that, without a doubt, includes me. A number of my favourite captures have come during the magic months of April and May (including the 30lb common in the picture at the t, so how do I go about making sure I’m ready to make the most of this period?

Well here’s a few of my top tips to make sure you’re ready and prepared to make the most of every opportunity when the carp wake up.

 

TIP #1

Start your Spring prep early. Have an idea of what you want to achieve from your fishing from the coming year. Is it a particular fish, a number of fish, or fish of a certain size? If so, have you got the right tickets to allow you to have a reasonable chance of meeting the targets you’re setting yourself? I work a few years in advance in terms of the waiting lists I’m on, and the tickets I want or have, meaning I have a fairly good idea of where I’ll be fishing over the coming spring. I like to know by around mid-February if possible, that gives me chance to do my research. Is my target a creature of habit? What areas of the lake does it usually get caught from, at what times of year? Do certain weather conditions play a part in catch rates on the venue? Once that’s done, then rules allowing, I can get to my venues of choice with my marker rod and note book, and spend a day or so marking up areas of the lake, which come April and May when the carp are on the move again, will give me a massive advantage when moving onto showing fish.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Make sure you’ve got your tickets for the coming season sorted.

 

TIP #2

Sounds like an obvious one, but make sure your kit is in good working order and ready for the spring campaign ahead. Re-spool your reels with fresh line for the coming months, make sure you’ve changed your buzzer and torch batteries, and make sure the tackle box is topped-up with your favourite hook patterns and hook link materials. Make sure you’ve got the ability to keep everything charged on the bank, and by that I mean smartphones; we all know the battery life isn’t great but I need to know what the weather is going to do, (Met Office is my app of choice) which in the spring is more important than any other time of the year. Those first warm westerly winds and bright sunny days will have the carp moving and I want to be one step in front if I can.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Keep the phone charged and an eye on the weather

 

TIP #3

Start prepping your hookbaits now. Spring is the ideal time for high-attract singles, as the fish bring themselves out of their winter slumber. Now, that’s not just pop ups, I prep my bottom baits and my zig foam too. Spring sees me use very little in the way of free bait, unless the fish are clearly on the feed big-time, and I tend to fish zigs and singles almost exclusively.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Start prepping your hookbaits now, to ensure they are super-attractive come the spring

 

TIP #4

Strip-back the kit and be organised. Sounds simple, but all too often we all end up carrying too much kit, be it far too many leads, or too much bait, or just fishing in a way that it takes far too long to pack up and move, so I always try and make sure I have the essentials, and only the essentials with me, and fish in such a way that I can be ready to move at the drop of a hat. We all like our comforts, but we can still be extremely comfortable with today’s kit, and be mobile at the same time.

Get Ready For Spring – Jim Wilson – Blog – Trakker

Fish organised, and keep an eye on the lake. Use an open-fronted shelter, or remove the front from your bivvy as I have done with my Trident AS, so that you don’t miss a thing.

 

TIP #5

Finally, once the spring campaign starts, keep your eyes peeled when you’re on the bank. This links in with tip 4, but it’s the most important part of angling, you won’t catch if you’re not on fish so keep your eyes peeled, and if a move is needed, (and providing you’ve followed tip 4) it will be easy to up sticks and move onto the fish.

 

There you go, my quick stop guide to planning a spring campaign… Hope it helps in your quests.

 

Be Lucky

 

Jim Wilson

 

 

 

 

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