Margin Fishing Tips – Alex Dockerty
Angling coach, Alex Dockerty gives you his top tips for targeting commercial carp in the margins..
With the summer season in full swing now is the perfect time to target those big fish late on in the margin. However it can be a nightmare at times with foul hooked fish and liners so here’s a few quick tips to help you get the most of your margin session.
First up is the depth of the peg. This will determine what bait I will be feeding in the edge. Anything over 2.5ft I will favour larger particle baits. Be it 4mm and 6mm pellets or corn. These heavy baits will enable me to pin the fish to the bottom making them easier to catch.
Water which is 2ft or shallower I’ll nearly always opt to kick my peg off with groundbait. The smaller particles and the attraction this offers will help drag fish into the peg. And the shallow nature of the water will mean the fish will automatically be feeding on the bottom rather then up in the water column.
Secondly is paying attention to the volume of bait you’re feeding. By varying your pole pot size or through the use of the cupping kit, it will help you regulate the numbers of fish coming into the peg or help you draw new fish into the area should you need more of a response. If fish are confidently feeding in your peg there is no need to feed a large amount of bait as this will create line bites and foul hooked fish as more come into the swim.
Mix it wet
third, is the way in which you mix the groundbait. I always try to overwet my mix, this means its as heavy as possible and prevents particles being kicked all around the peg. For all my margin fishing I’ll opt for a 50:50 mix of SwimStim Betaine Green and Marine Halibut which is a heavy mix full of attraction and brilliant for cupping in down the edge.
Next up is to fish a large target hookbait, be it double corn, a hard 6mm or 8mm pellet or bunches of maggots. This will help the fish focus on your bait and pick it out quickly. Also as you can see all these baits are heavy so when big wary carp are in the area the bait will stay pinned in place helping to stop you foul hooking those big edge fish late in the day.
Ring the changes
Finally is to not be afraid to change should there be not many fish coming into the swim feeding smaller particles will offer more in attraction. This is when ground bait and micro pellets score well. However should line bites and false indications be a problem a larger size particle for feed can help slow the peg down and get you more proper indications.