Although one of the reasons for developing boilies was to reduce the number of nuisance fish caught, there is no doubt that even a two pound roach will have a go at a boilie if it has learnt that they make a good addition to it's diet. Most carp anglers now use large quantities of pellets, particles and groundbait along with their boilies so they are, whether they like it or not, feeding the smaller species. Something that we can use to our advantage.

Some of the amounts of bait used by carp anglers are amazing when compared with what the average angler will use. On the rudd lake I fish it is not unusual to see twenty kilos of particles go into ONE swim over the course of a few days. That's a lot of food for the rudd and so it is little wonder that they soon start feeding in these spots. What is obvious is that this amount of bait has no detrimental effect, and can in the right situation really work, so don't think that I am knocking the carp boys, I'm only trying to point out how useful they can be! This might be an exceptional situation, although not that exceptional in my experience. Yet, even a bag of boilies going in every couple of days can mean a substantial amount of food over the course of a year.

Actually, I have reported on this heavy baiting before when bream fishing and found that, even in the depths of winter, the ducks and coots soon polish off any bait not eaten by the fish. This is another good example of how an angler can positively affect the fishing of others by their actions. The biggest problem can be actually finding these heavily baited spots. Obviously, in the summer you can just look for swims that are heavily fished, but outside of the normal carp fishing season this is more difficult, but there are still a few things to look out for.

I have been noticing an interesting pattern emerging on the lake that I am currently fishing for roach. Now, this lake is heavily fished by carp anglers during the summer months, yet come the first frosts they seem to go into hibernation until spring. This is a shame as I have found in the past that on lakes that are heavily carp fished it can pay dividends to fish the same areas as the carp anglers. After all, our smaller target fish will be used to finding lots of free food in these areas and are unlikely to get caught on heavy carp tackle.

Whilst the carp anglers cannot point me in the right direction, it is interesting to note that there are a number of spots where the lake bed is made up of broken ground, where the silt is interspersed with gravel. Funnily enough, most of these spots are at around fifty yards and directly in line with the tallest far bank trees. Coincidence? I think not. I would put money on these being the spots most heavily carp fished and so the roach are used to finding free food in these spots. The beauty of this is that I can now approach any swim on the lake and look for this broken ground as a potential hot-spot.

Another very obvious pointer to look out for are large clear spots where there is very little weed. Often, baiting over a sustained period of time will clear even the thickest weed, as the fish dig up the lake bed looking for every last morsel of food. I find these spots very useful, as not only is fishing here very easy, but you can also tell when the fish haven't been present for a few days. If you come across one of these spots that is covered by a fine layer of filamentous algae then it is odds-on that the fish are not feeding here and you would be better off looking elsewhere.

One final area that is often baited inadvertently yet is very rarely fished is the margins. Next time you go fishing count all the bits of old bait that get chucked into the margins, or the bait that drops out of your spod, or feeder as you go to cast. Now multiply this by all the anglers fishing and you will see that a lot of odd bits of bait end up right under the bank. The number of times I have had discarded deadbaits taken in only inches of water goes to show just how clued up fish are on this safe food source. Often though, fish will not venture into very shallow water until after dark, but believe me they will, even when conditions are harsh. Ignore the margins at your peril, here is one man-made hot spot that you can keep to yourself!