Fishing Tips

How the weather affects carp fishing

There are many factors that can greatly affect your chances of having a successful carp fishing session such as location, rigs, bait and fishing depths. However one of the most important overlooked, is the fishing weather which goes hand in hand with the carps feeding pattern.

Air pressure

Typically carp like to feed during low pressure conditions, if the pressure is low the standard way to fish for them is at the lower depths with either a float or a rig on a ledger.

If the pressure is high the carp are most like to be feeding in the middle to higher depths of the water, in this case it makes sense to float on top with dog biscuits or bread. Another upcoming tactic fisherman use during high pressure days is zig fishing. Zig fishing is great because you can modify your rig to different depths at any time. It can take some trial and error to find the current depths that the carp are currently located, however once this is done the tactic can produce some incredible results.

Most good fishing weather reports should provide you with a pressure reading for the day or over an hourly breakdown. Learning to read these pressure readings is essential.


When fishing in the colder conditions carp are less likely to feed, if they do feed they tend to only feed small amounts at a time, so its best to adjust your fishing approach. Using a small hook and baits such as maggots and sweetcorn and keeping pre-baiting to the minimal amount can really pay dividends. During the summer months Carp tend to pack on the lb’s and often clear the baits in swims in minutes. A great tactic to use in the warmer months is either to use Spombs or bait boats to pre-bait a spots in the lake with lots of bait to attract the carp. Another thing noting is that carp tend to spawn when the water is warm, if you fish during spawning you are unlikely to receive any bites. So it’s best to maybe ask the fishery owner before you turn up to see if the fish have already spawned or not.


Rainy days can really contribute to a great days fishing, when it rains is oxygenates the water which really gets the carp going. This is why people often target water infills and waterfalls because they also oxygenate the water.


If the wind is blowing down to one bay of the lake it makes a lot of sense to fish there, one of the main reasons fish tend to follow the wind is because the food in the lake will be concentrated in that area. If its a very windy day it can become a real nuisance for fisherman who are ledgering with bite alarms because the wind can keep setting of the bite alarms and give false indications. If this happens to you it makes sense to turn down the sensitivity on your bite alarm or use heavier bobbins.

A great website to check the fishing weather local to you is FishAdviser. The fishing weather reports include a bite rating guide to help you get the most out of your sessions.

Strong and Reliable Leaders for Pike Fishing


Andrew from Best Fishing Dude has more than 30 year’s pike and bass fishing experience and has fished all over US. His recommendations about fishing leaders for pike fishing below.

A bass or pike is a coveted trophy for any fisherman. Pulling the pike out requires both skill and appropriate equipment, such as a sturdy leader. Otherwise, you might loose the fish, when it bites off the line with the bait.

American Fishing Wire

This wire is great for notoriously toothy fish. The wire is flexible and strong but does not break easily. It is also great because it doesn’t flash a whole lot due to the fact that it is a darker color. It is of good quality and doesn’t have many rust spots like you see on other stainless steel fish wires after they have been used for a while. If you are looking increase your fishing wire game I strongly recommend that you check out this particular product because for the price you get a lot of great value and good quality that will save you time and frustration while you are out on a fishing trip.

Aquateko Knot 2 Kinky Leader Wire

For pike fishing this is probably the best option as far as price and value is concerned. These hooks are just right for this particular type of fish as far as size, weight, and handling. It may not be suited for fish bigger than your typical pike, however you are going to get the best value and performance for that type of hook. They are also great because they come in a variety of sizes and the included leaders are the best.

These wire leaders have a lot of stretch and flexibility while still maintaining their strength and this makes them good for a variety of fishing excursion. Even though the wire is extremely flexible, it still manages to stay straight even when fishing for species that have incredible bite strength or that put up a lot of fight when you’re reeling them in. I like these ones best for going saltwater fishing or deep water fishing because of this reason.

LikeFish Fishing Wire Leaders

These particular leaders are great for big freshwater fish because they are up to the challenge of being tugged on and chewed up without breaking. They take a lot of the frustration out of having to make your own leaders, and that has saved me a ton of frustration on many different fishing trips. The price also makes these an incredibly good value for the type of performance you will get out of them and they are reliable enough that I keep a set with me on all of my fishing trips.

Scotank Fishing Leader

These leaders are an amazing value and they are absolutely made with outstanding quality in mind. This is especially true if you are fishing for types of fish that have extremely toothy bites and have a tendency to bite through your lines. These will keep you from losing your catch and from wasting your time. They are made of coated stainless steel with a spinner on one end and a snap on the other, which you will find much cheaper here than you will in any store.