The trees are budding, birds singing and daylight hours noticeably increasing.
Its a lovely time of the year to be out on the bank, and to help you make the most of it, here are a few tips to try and help you bag some springtime carp:
Take a really good look around when you arrive. The water is very clear, spend plenty of time watching and finding rather than setting up in the closest available spot. A small trap laid on a patrol route can quickly bag you a bonus fish!
The fish are active in the upper layers, especially during the day. At this time of year, zig rigs are worth a go, especially in the areas catching the sun. Like us, the fish love a little warmth.
Historically, March has produced some big hits of fish. Don’t be afraid to bait heavily on at least one rod to encourage groups of fish down to feed. A white or pink ‘Scent from Hell’ over the top of beds of bait has proved very effective over the last few seasons.
Keep your eyes peeled – many of the fish are seen in small groups. If you see a show, don’t hesitate in casting a bait straight to it – it can often bring a quick take.