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The most important part of consistently catching big carp is watercraft. What is it you might ask ? Well you cant buy it! You have to learn it. Getting to know the waters you fish is part of watercraft , you might see some person who always catches the lions share of fish. Don't look at him and think lucky person (or whatever ?!!?) . For if he is lucky he will have to wait a long time for more luck. Chances are this person has experience of the water. You might ask yourself what advantage this person has over you ? After all you are both casting a line into the water so you "must" have an equal chance?????? The thing to remember in any given lake or river the fish are NOT evenly spread throughout . If you have ever looked in a fish aquarium you will see that if there is any kind of feature , the fish will stay close because they will feel safe . Some features like fallen trees are obvious places to fish and well worth a look but these places often become "fished-out" due to fishing pressure . Out in a lake there are hundreds of "features " where the fish feel safe . There are not many lakes or rivers that have a perfectly uniform bottom or bank side. So without using diving apparatus how do we look for these features?


Before fishing anywhere, always plumb the depth. What does this mean? If you have a spare rod, set it up with a 2-3 oz lead(sinker) attached to the line by a free running barrelswivel. Then put a bead on the line . At the end of the line tie a large buoyant float (bobber) The lead is free running on the line until it comes to the end where the bead and float is, therefore when you cast this out you wind in until you feel the float hit the lead on the bottom.
So keeping a fairly tight line , you let out the line a foot at a time, counting until the float comes up. For every foot of line you let off the reel , the float will rise a foot , so its just a simple case of keeping count of the feet . Set up your plumbing rod with a piece of tape near the first eye which measures exactly one foot. So its just a simple case of loosening the clutch and pulling off the line to the tape . If you have this set up correctly it is accurate to at least three inches (if not more)

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