Moving onto warm spots. Those of you that have ever swam or snorkelled in a lake will know that there are both warm and cold spots/areas all over the lake. You’ll never find these of course with a marker. When we filmed the underwater DVD (Lifting the Lid) all those years ago at Linear fisheries, this gave us a fascinating insight into all manner of areas on the lake bed.
One example that stood out for me was when our diver, Stuart Morgan, began to place his hands in different silt pockets to determine warm and cold silt areas. It was no coincidence the warmer areas coincided with the route that the sun was travelling through out the day. Throw in some weed around the area and we have an ideal situation, a perfect underwater green house almost. So spots that receive the warm sun’s rays and benefit from a wall of weed to stop undertow are perfect areas.
When you find areas like this the result is often silt like toast! The natural food in the lake will seek out and swarm to these areas also. This is why finding these areas will produce carp time and time again. These warm areas are easy to locate. Areas of the lake that see the sunrise to sunset will have the sun beaming down on them all day. Simple stuff really but often missed!
Next time you wind in a rod that’s been on the bottom for some time feel the lead in the palm of your hand, warm leads equal carp food!