The end of autumn is one of the best times of the year for catching big fish. In public waters, rich of natural food, normally those fish are very hard to catch because they are used to eating the naturals they find in their environment (mussel, crayfish, bloodworm) and therefor our baits are often avoided.
When the temperatures slowly drop down, the natural food is less present and the big fish still need to feed for keep their metabolism high.
Mainly we can split it up in the following situations:
- A water that we fish all the year that we keep on baiting through the year
- A new water when we have only some days and try to maximize our results catching big fish
Mussel; the number one natural of carp
THE BAITED WATER
In this kind of situations, feeding regularly we can catch some fish, sometimes also big ones, but if we must compete with natural food, the bigger fish are always harder to catch. We must wait often till the end of the season to catch our target.
My favorite rigs when using boilie and pop-up presentations
Using good quality of boilies is a pre. Boilies are the bait to go for. Good taste, high digestibility and with a good food value is what we need to target the big ones.
I was able to catch all the known fish of a wild gravel pit when others blanked for months. At these times quality of bait makes the difference.
SHORT TIME ON NEW WATER
Sometimes we can fish waters that are too far from home, which is perfect for a new challenge, but too far out to bait up every time. There is no time too build up a baiting area because you have a limited fishing time. End autumn is generally the season when many anglers will try to catch the big prize.
Personally I’m involved often with this situation targeting big fish in foreign water and only having a few nights to fish each session. Fishing natural water I must face some wary fish because they are not to eager to eat something different to what they eat all year long. At the beginning of these sessions I start fishing the chosen spot using a small quantity of baits.
Big bed of baits could attract many nuisance fish and keep away some of the more shy fish and most of the time the bigger fish. In this situation, my number one bait is tigernuts because the carp love them and they are indestructible by nuisance fish.
Amazing result have been reached using some pva meshed baits like paste or small particles soaked with attractors.
About tackle I don’t change much through the seasons, because I’m targeting big fish often in snaggy water trusted and tested strong tackle is needed my number one friend. Short shank hooks with thick wire size 4 with 35/45 lb hooklink is a must to have.
I like hard water because every catch can be that number one fish of the water and every catch feels like winning the lottery.