Summer is by far my favourite time of the year but what about catching carp in hot weather? I see lots of anglers saying things like fishing for carp in hot weather is a waste of time. I used to think the same from many trips where I blanked which really disheartened me. I think many anglers would love to be on the bank at this time of the year but are put off by the hot weather.
There are many different ways to catch carp in hot weather.
Many anglers will be fishing on the bottom as their first tactic. Fishing on the bottom can provide success but there are many other tactics that must be tried especially in hot weather.
During the summer there are always lots of carp patrolling around when the sun is shining which is due to the carp, much like ourselves, really enjoying basking in the sun.
So how do you catch carp in hot weather?
The obvious first approach would be to try surface fishing. With so many carp in the upper layers you need to present a hook bait where the fish are located. I would look at using a size 10 or 12 hook with some purpose made surface fishing mainline, something like 6lb or 8lb breaking strain. There are a number of different hook baits you can try and you will need to experiment with a variety until you find a bait that gets you a bite. You can try anything from different colour boilies, I find the brighter the better, bread, dog biscuits and even plastic floating baits. I tend to offer some free baits to see if any carp bite, this will give you a good idea if the bait is going to be successful or not. Surface fishing is very exciting and during the day is a great way to catch carp in hot weather.
Get on the zig rigs
Another method that I rate highly in hot weather is zig rigs. Zig rigs allow you to fish on the surface and also at varying depths of water with a floating hook bait. I use an adjustable zig rig setup which allows me to adjust the depth I am fishing without needing to reel in or modify my rig. I will keep adjusting the depth I am fishing by reeling in or letting out line until I get a take. I normally let out line until the bait is on the surface and then reel in a turn at a time, this way I can keep track of which depth I am fishing i.e. 3 turns down. When you find the depth that gets you takes, you can easily get the rig out to the same depth.
The rig consists of an inline lead along with a float attached to a leader with a simple knotless knot and a floating hot bait. I like to use foam as my hook bait and have caught many carp with this approach, I found yellow foam is a great colour to get a bite in hot weather. Once my hook bait is in place I will throw out some cloudy spod mix to try and entice the carp into my swim. I will make sure my spod mix is full of particles, oils and different size pieces to really attract the carp. As the carp are at varying layers during the hot weather I think it is important to make sure you spod mix is very oily and cloudy.
Fishing adjustable zig rigs can be deadly and cannot be overlooked in summer, I also find this a really exciting approach.
Do not neglect the weed
During the summer months, many lakes are often full of thick and dense weed beds. This can be another factor that puts off many anglers, but there are lots of benefits from fishing in low lying weed. The carp will take cover and feel safer in the weed. There is lots of natural food found in the silkweed beds that the carp love so putting a rod on these spots is a good idea. Obviously, you need to find a spot where there is light weed otherwise you could find yourself in real difficulty trying to get a bite. Get your marker rod out and feel around with a lead.
Check out one of our other articles for some great detail in fishing for carp in weed. Top Tips to Catch Carp in Weed
Have a look in the shallows
During the early evening, I will start to look at stalking in the margins or under trees for carp feeding in the shallow water.
Due to the warm weather, the carp will be more active and will be patrolling around the lake. Based on this, you need to make sure you are fishing where the carp are present. You may have to move around to ensure you are fishing where the carp are, so keep your setup as light as possible so you can move as frequently as necessary. A simple surface rod with a handful of bait and a catapult should be enough. Cast to showing fish and you could get a quick bite.
I often see question along the lines of which are the best boilies for summer carp fishing. This is almost impossible to answer, but I will say this, the fishing is usually slower in the hot weather and so whatever bait you do choose stick to the little and often rule. You can always add more bait if you are getting takes but remember you cannot take it out.
If you are fishing overnight, I tend to prefer to fish on the bottom. I will use my marker rod to find a feature; clear spot, gravel channel or weed bed will always be worth fishing on. I have read that some anglers do still fish on the surface overnight, which obviously takes some more effort not to mention feeling rather tired the next day, but I am sure they are catching. The more effort you put in the more carp you will catch, the same is true for catching carp in hot weather or any other time of the year.
Use this tips to catch more carp during the summer!