Get in the shallows – if your lake has a shallow area try and place hook baits around this area. As soon as the carp start to wake up you wouldn’t believe how quick the carp get into these shallow areas during the spring! These shallow areas warm up quicker than the rest of the lake, this means the carp will be in there very quickly taking time to basking in the spring sunshine rooting around for any available food. You generally find that the majority of the fish in shallows early in the spring will be the males. As soon as the days get longer with the added sun the males are on the hunt for the females!
Zigs! – do not ignore zigs, this tactic is a killer this time of the year. The fish are spending lots of there time exploring the lakes upper levels as soon as they wake up. When zig fishing you have to commit all your rods to Fishing zigs, this helps you to work out what depth they are sat at quicker. I find it is better to start from the upper layers and work down. For example, in 10 feet of water I would set three zigs at depths of 9, 8 and 7 feet. I like to present an small piece of black foam soaked in hot fish oil at various depths. A great tactic that is still very under rated.