Quiver tipping for Carp
By Jeff Vaughan
Someone once said to me “you are successful
because you don’t know how to do things properly” What I HOPE he
meant by this is that I am very experimental and always think
about what I want to achieve rather than what everyone else is
doing. I do study carp fishing (read the books and mags and
watch the dvd’s but this is more so I can understand you buggars
rather than because I want to copy what they are doing. Colin
will tell you I always have a cunning plan to catch more, bigger
Sometimes success comes by accident as with my current fad for
quiver tipping for the carp.
It all started with one of my customers catching Chub on the old
road, and me being a bit of an all rounder deciding to have a
little go after them. I have a regular quiver tip rod at the
motel, so armed with my mashed bread a small feeder and some
corn I went Chub fishing. For the first hour I was catching Chub
one a chuck, nothing big but I was enjoying my little self, and
then Mr Carp moved in. I was fishing 6 lb line straight through
and lasted about 20 seconds with the first one. I had a spool of
15 lb braid in the bag and changing to this I lasted slightly
longer with the next two, before giving it up as a bad job.
Next time out I moved to my favourite 2.75 t/c Floodwater barbel
rod, regular method mix and never looked back.
I discovered this late in the season and similar to the Ploaris
float experience it seems I can winkle out the carp much faster
and easier than on the conventional lead, and it is great fun.
The average size appears to be the same but it is still early
days. The new season will be the true test of this.
In October one of our good friends Dave Wingfield was out and as
I know him well enough I sat beside him and poached his swim. He
will testify to how successful this method is. In fact the
bastard ended up nicking the rod and I was back to spectator
When you sit and watch rod tips at LS (as I spend 100’s of hours
doing) you will see loads of knocks and bumps, some ( in fact
enough) of these develop into screaming runs, but many don’t. On
the tip every one of these is a hittable bite.
As with all fishing at Long Sault, there is little point in
coming out here with a conventional tip rod. I am still using
30lb Braid and size 4 hooks (this is ultra light for me) and
anything less than a fairly heavy barbel rod will be useless.
But I think this method will be a killer in the spring.
Here are some great articles to get
Fish Location |
Fishing the Method
Fishing With Corn
Float Fishing for Carp
| Getting an Edge
| Hook Baits
Quiver Tipping for Carp
| Marker Floats and