8 Of The Best Day-Ticket Tips

1. Walk the lake with your bucket, or even all the lakes, before deciding where to fish. Wherever possible set up on signs of carp rather than picking ‘fancied’ swims.

2. If carp are in front of you start with tactics that give you a chance of early success, like solid PVA bags, single pop-ups or zigs in warmer weather.

3. If you are fishing for later look for a suitable spot with a 3 to 4oz lead and braided main line. A hard, smooth bottom is a reliable starting point, particularly among silt or weed.

4. Use Spot On Stix to measure wraps so you know the distance to clip lines so rigs land over the bait. Pole elastic markers knotted on the line help you recast quickly and accurately.