By moving into a new home, I am forced to leave old habits in my waters behind and now face new challenges at new waters.
But how do I proceed with a new body of water?
The most important tool is my polarised glasses. With these I can look at structures and weedy areas in detail.
When the use of a boat is forbidden, I often cast a heavy lead through the bottom of the water. So I can quickly feel where the ground is muddy, gravelly or weedy. With a little practice, you will quickly get a feeling of what surface you are currently through feedback through the lead weight.
Once I’ve found my spot, I usually approach with a single popup. I like to use a simply tied Spinna rig.
I recently started using this approach on my new body of water.
The first session at the new body of water, a small 7-hectare low-stock quarry lake, was immediately crowned with success.
Although the stock is completely unknown and, according to other anglers, no carp have been stocked in the last 10 years, I am still in good spirits and take this lake as a challenge.
The fact that this fat mirror ended up in the landing net during the first session definitely gives hope for more and confirms my approach was correct.