One of the best features of both the main and small lake is the depth and variety of margin features which make it a great place for those who like to fish close in.
The same applies for those who like to fish the far margin, as the swims are only on one side of both lakes there are great targets to hit on the far side.
Hide Your Line
Fishing the near margin always presents a problem with the angle the line enters and risks the carp spooking of the line or becoming very wary once they realise that line is in the area.
Using heavy sinking lines like X-Line and fishing with slack bite indicators help to hide your line and aid your presentation, alternatively, you can use a back lead.
Whichever method is your preferred choice, take care how your line lays in the water as the margins always have drifted wood and weed and these will defeat most attempts to hide your line if you are draped over a foot high obstacle!
Try to fish as far down your margin as is safe to do so, as this will improve your line entry in the water and allow better presentation, but take care that you do not go to far and risk a fish snagging you.
Check Your Exit Strategy.
Margin fishing can be the same as snag fishing and care must always be taken to ensure that you do not put a fish at risk.
Fish normally bolt out from the margin as soon as they know they are hooked. If your margin is clear then this is not to much of a problem as you can let the fish head out in to open water under pressure to let it tire itself.
It is a different matter if you have snags like overhanging trees or branches in your margin as the Carp could race straight trough the snag and along your margin, reducing the chance of you landing it and putting the fish at risk of damage.
Think carefully what you will do when you have a run and plan out how you will stop the fish from getting into this snag or how you wil turn it from that snag.
If a snag is close, do not leave your rods as this is when they will scream away and you will find find an angry Carp on the other side of immovable snag…..