How we look forward to those summer days to returning, watching the cruising carp, slapping those mozquitos as they penetrate the follicles and the suns rays alter the evening surface. The high-pressure days are getting closer, I love those days that are too hot and one prays for a drop of rain. In this article I explain my findings on one my favourite subjects – carp fishing conditions.
Meteorology affects our pursuit to such a magnitude that the decision making process can be dependant upon current weather, for example: a breeze aids us in location as the seek to relocate. If the object surface layers ar warm then they may be up their. then it maybe advantageous to seek accordingly. Baiting is reduced in destined conditions and increased in others, our climatic conditions affect the carp feeding so much and amount of bait that is introduced, still how such attention do we pay to the weather for fishing in the UK or France?
Having monitored meteorology before going fishing I have based angling decisions upon the climate, therefore sub conclude that more often than not I get it right. In the same sentance there have been times when the weather looks ideal and the fish think otherwise, but mostly speaking others on the same lake or I have a better chance.
Therefore it is not my objective to dictate to you when they will feed but to pass on my conclusions, if I were able to foretell the ultimate time to fish I would be marketing the information.
My interpretations of summer ideal conditions are a pleasant low-pressured overcast with stormy periods with the occassional thunderstorm. An example of which was illustrated during a past trip to France, landing over 50 carp to 45 lb plus. Conditions were an overkill of what was hoped for, perfect! Mother nature displayed her distaste in the way of some awe-inspiring firepower, lightning, pressured fronts of nimbus clouds (the towering cotton wool type.) prior to wetting a line I stated to my angling partner, “In these conditions we should catch.” And that we did! Almost all of my past big hits hit were during bendy conditions.
There are a sort of factors that are of interest to the keen carp fisherman, speed, temperature, cyclones and anti cyclones. All of which affect the carps behaviour, albeit some more than others, my own interpretation of good conditions are detailed below, but bare in mind that those wily carp don’t always think like the text books.
High pressure weather masses – carp conditions
It is widely acknowledged that high-pressured conditions present the warmest weather in the summer and the coldest in the winter and most experienced anglers will agree that these are not good fishy conditions, especially when there is little wind. During a hotter spell carp will tend to gather into the upper layers of water column during to bathe and enjoy the solar radiation within the band of hearty warm water commonly known as a thermocline. The thermocline plays an essential part in the behaviour of the lake habitat. It is an area of water within the water column in which the warmer upper waters are prevented from mixing with those at a deeper level. This barrier prevents the interchange of nutrients between the two and so produces two separate environments for lake creatures. Personally I have witnessed the thermo layer whilst scuba diving in a deep Dutch lake. The change from warmer layers to cooler water was not as gradual as expected; it was warm for about 7 ft, then a distinct line of 2 different temperatures was evident, so distinct that I could of almost placed a ruler on the change in temperature. During the colder period the thermo lowers and the fish follow, again I had first account of this after chatting to some Dutch fire brigade divers on the Bornerbrook in Holland. change your carp fishing tactics depending on conditions.
Carp are inclined to feed more confidently when a warm wind accompanies lower pressures, in these conditions on larger venues they normally follow the direction of the wind i.e. many follow to the windy half of the lake. There are exceptions, holding areas, angler pressure or features may impact their movements, but mostly speaking a percentage of a lakes stock do follow on the more oxyginated windy bank.
High pressured winter conditions tend to alter the coldest nights and are normaly still, when a pressure system is evident for several days the water temperature reduces to a point that water solidifies to ice. Due to this I am more selective in regards to carp fishing conditions during our shorter days, preferring to go fishing in lows. A lower pressure in winter tends to be warmer, windier but wetter and from past results has been a good winter feeding indicator. There are many who may not agree with me on this, I would be interested to see someone record temperatures of the water during the winter months in varying conditions (that’s an idea for a DVD) I am sure it would be an insight. I think we would see more of our beloved carp stationary in mid water than we would envisage. In winter the thermo is not as defined moves according to time of day and conditions.
Low pressure expose masses – better conditions
Low pressured masses or anticyclones at the various times of year produce the better catches, I don’t think there is an angler that would argue this point. Catch reports along with my own findings lead me to beleive that these conditions produce the better catches. I am so convinced that whenever low pressures are forecasted I anticipate a bend in the rod.
Got to finish here as Im off to France in the Morning
The above are only guidelines, sometimes when you dont expect a pick up the alarm breaks the silence, but more regular action tend to come in a low pressured blow. It is evident on so many lakes, Lac du Der rarely fishes well during still expose conditions, many of the lakes in France respond well to lowering pressure systems.