Pre Baiting Campaign’s Spring & Autumn

In Spring time 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 the 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 in to 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 be 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




Richard Handel Fishing


5 Responses to Pre Baiting Campaign’s Spring & Autumn

  1. Pingback: Spring Pre Baiting Campaign | Carp & Course Fishing

  2. Greg says:

    Hi just wondered when baiting up do you spread the bait over a large area to start with or keep in tight spots ???


  3. Jay says:

    Hi Richard,

    Why do you reduce the swims down to 2 from 6 as summer comes in?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Jay, the reason that I reduced the swims down is purely on the about of another angler’s on the lake and the likelihood that they will be baiting the same swim and of course the will be fishing them. So reduce the number of swim you bait down to the number of swim that hopefully no one else is fishing. Hope this helps Regards Richard


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