• Normally carp are bottom feeders, in the hotter months carp like feeding from the surface. The image below shows how to set up your surface carp fishing rig.

rig-for-surface-carp-fishing

  • You can also throw a large chunk of stale bread onto the surface to see whether the larger carp are likely to take a surface bait. If you can see some larger carp eating the bread it is worth trying to fish with a surface bait. Also you may like to throw some burley around the bread to hopefully atrract some large carp.
  • Throw burley around your surface bait to attract the fish to your bait. Or you may like to set up a more advanced rig where the burley chamber sits under the float.
  • Alter your baits whilst surface fishing if you are not getting any bites or seeing signs of fish.
  • Learn to read your float. Add a clip to your bobbin that grips the line rather than lets it pull through and investigate every jump no matter how odd or unexplained. It may just be that carp you’ve been waiting all day for.
  • Try setting up your rig so you can adjust the depth of your bait
  • Also test the depth of the water that you are fishing with a stick. If the water is shallow it is a good opportunity to try float fishing. Once you know the depth of the water you can set the length of line between your float and hook. Initially try setting up the rig so the hook sits just above the bottom of the river or lake you are fishing.
  • The great thing about float fishing is that you can see every tiny bite.  You may find out that the carp are biting very softly and you can then you can change your fishing technique. You can try and pull back on your rod and hook the fish rather than waiting for them to hook themselves which may not happen.
  • If your surface bait is not generating results consider using a float and fish around a meter under the water surface. Then make adjustment to the how long the hook sites under your float. The image below shows you how to set up this rig:

Slip-float-carp-rig

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