At this changeable time of year, it may feel like summertime daily and the thickness of winter the next. The more you can forecast these trends and apply them to fishing, the better you’ll do, especially when it comes to fall carping.
For instance, if there’s a hot spell forecast or a switch in wind direction into some warmer, more southerly breeze, you can wager your bivvy the carp will soon be making the most of fast-heating shallows once the sun is prominent after a cold breeze, and they’ll be bang on a brand new, warm wind also.
Take a bet on that bump in the weekly prediction and use a fair bit of bait in the teeth with a warm end or some subtle zig rig in warmer areas of the venue.
On the hills, species like roach, chub and barbel come in their own when the water takes about colour after a damp spell.
If you’re familiar with a stretch and know where the channels, slacks, eddys, snags and characteristics are, you’ll be in prime position when the levels start to fall and the fish move on the feed large moment.
You can’t beat a cage feeder full of liquidized bread using flake or glue in the hook or hair to get roach and chub, unless the waters are really mucky, in which case pungent fishmeal ground bait and low-oil pellet approach can capture.
Something Spicy like Peperami Hot is another great option for all species — only use a tiny 6-8mm chunk for roach and larger inch-long sticks for chub and barbel.
With daylight hours diminishing quickly, feeding times will frequently be concentrated to short spells at either end of the day or even overnight.
For example, one carp water I fished frequently a couple of years back consistently produced a little at exactly the same time throughout October and November, without a sniff for another 23 hours of their afternoon.
You can turn fish and up which gold hour just before dark, and almost definitely catch whilst some others had sat there all evening without seeing a thing.
The lesson here is to get the most out of your time around the lender — fish once the target species will probably be feeding, simple really.
It is only going to have a session or two to get an idea of when this could be and you will be saving a lot of blank hours later on with this vital bit of info.
Find bait fish if lively pike action like this is on your radar this autumn.
The lure fish will soon be starting to school up tightly in certain hotspots because their summer time summer homes disperse along with also the pike, zander and perch will be on the prowl during the next few weeks.
One of the key autumn fishing tips is to find the silvers dibbing on the surface at dawn and dusk — the predators will be nearby and a little roach imitation shad to coincide with the hatch will be irresistible.
A bit of color in the rivers may notice zander come outside to play — a small roach tail or head section, single hook, fine wire hint and Avon rod will pick up zeds of all sizes but remain on the movement to find the shoals.
Glass fiber tips If the flow or undertow isn’t an issue, try using the lightest fibre glass quiver tip you can get away with.