Pre Baiting Campaign’s Spring & Autumn

In Springtime or just before, when the water temperatures have started to rise, it’s a good time to start a pre-baiting plan with your choice of baits.  I would use a good quality boilie, to get the fish on the move and in my net. I find it best to use a mix of 18mm & 15mm boilies.


Quality Matters

I would try to pick 4/6 swims to bait, which don’t get fished very much.


This spot is under your feet & 4ft deep & nice a warm for the carp to hold up in

My swim choice would be very secluded and tiny, for these reasons anglers don’t fish them.  Make sure there is no access to cast into these areas, other than from my chosen swims.


Back of an island where the sun will warm up the water


                                                A perfect warm bay area


                        Under this tree you will find 4ft of clear lake bed


with the water starting to clear up, it will help you see if the bait you have been putting out has been cleaned up by fish. be-mindful of the bird life, as they help themselves to.

I would give it a couple of weeks, before you start fish these swims. If you can, plan to bait up 1-2kg per week of your chosen bait.  These will be split over the 4/6 swims, until the lake temperature warms up a bit more. It’s best to take regular water temperatures, with a thermometer, whenever you walk round the lake to get an idea of what is happening. thermo

                                          Ground &  Fishing Thermometer

As Spring starts to get going, I reduce the number of swims, down to one.  On busy waters, it is best to keep 2 swims going. Please try and bait up responsibly and avoid upsetting other anglers. If permitted, by lack of other anglers’ presence. I try and bait up in my lunch hour during the week.  As it best to avoid other anglers on the water if I can help it, as I don’t wish for them see what I am up to. I also do the same in the Autumn time, just before the Winter sets in.  Unless you are able to get in the best swim all Winter.  I have found the best option is to take note of the most popular swim and the hot spots and try to pick a spot near these, which does not get fished a lot.  This will give you the upper hand in the Winter, as the hot swim with being filled up with other bait and other anglers.  Hopefully, you have created your own area that no one is aware of.

DSC02131                                   Pick swims that no one fishes 26052010556                                         by some pads 7                                   by an over hanging tree


Hope this helps


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I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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