By Fishing your way, Mar 24 2014 01:45PM
Surface fishing is arguably one of the most exciting fishing techniques at our disposal. The surface fishing technique is not straight forward and does require skill as many frustrated anglers will find when targeting the dark shadows on the lake surface that ignore the hook bait time after time.
At fishing your way, we decided to look at this from the basics of fishing tackle right through to the catch.
Locating the fish
Primarily this is a carp anglers’ mission. Sometimes the sun is up in the sky without a cloud in site, no wind and the shadows of carp can be seen without effort, if that’s the case all the better because your job has become very easy.
Recently, I got my fishing tackle out at Newlands Fishery in Oxfordshire. The sky was completely overcast, the wind was up causing rough waters and no-one was surface fishing for carp or any other species. Very little was being caught. I decided to go for the surface. The 3 bits of fishing equipment you need are: 1. Polarized sunglasses so that you can see deeper into the water; 2. A catapult; 3. Mixer dog biscuit.
I tend to catapult out 10-12 pieces of mixer in the area I want to check out, which is what I did on this day. I had no chance of seeing the shadows of carp over range due to the conditions, so what I was looking for was a subtle difference in the rough waters. I squated down so that my eye level is only about 1m from the water line. Sure enough after not much time I could see a couple of very small swirls that would be very difficult to see with the naked eye or even stood up. The people in the swims near me could not see this and were probably wondering why I was bothering to surface fish, but I now knew there were carp to be caught.