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Great catch at Bolingey

Great catch at Bolingey

Bolingey’s obliging carp are a firm favourite with pleasure and match anglers alike with 100 lb bags taken on the lake most days in summer quite often including fish to over 20 lb too!

The lake at Perranporth is now sectioned into three distinct areas, the arms and the main body but all the areas are ace and there is plenty of swim choice because we only let 35 anglers on the lake per day.Both arms are sealed from the main body by new dams and are equally stocked with carp of all sizes from pasties to 20s.

It’s a similar story on the main body of the lake too and in all three sections there are quite a few tench, brown goldfish, some silvers and a few big eels to 8 lb. In summer pole, waggler and groundbait feeder all catch well and my advice is to try the float fishing tactics in the near side margins and open water areas and the feeder cast to the distant island or far bank margins.

Pellets are the main feed and hook bait in the warmer months, I like to soak the pellets to soften them for feeding and ensure they all sink. On the hook a soft hookable pellet is ideal either mounted directly onto the hook for float fishing or hair-rigged for the feeder work.

Now you can catch the carp very well by fishing the pole or waggler ‘up in the water’ that is well off the bottom and to make the most of this style loose feed 10-12 pellets each and every cast, at least once a minute as this will encourage cruising fish to look for the feed. Be prepared to lift and drop the baited pole rig two or three times a minute, or to cast the waggler at least once a minute to present the bait in a way that emulates the falling loose feed.

If the carp won’t feed off the bottom, and also when fishing in the margins plumb up and present a hook bait just touching the bottom. Feeding the swim to catch the bottom feeders is best done by introducing larger amounts of pellets say 40-50 at longer intervals using a large pole cup and top up when your bites stop. For feeder work plug the feeder with a nice fishmeal type feed or small soaked pellets that can be squeezed together. Try and be accurate with your casting so that the rigs land fairly tight to the island or feature.

Clint Elliott at Bolingey

Clint Elliott at Bolingey