Many of the anglers I have met lately seem to avoid fishing in weed, they often prefer to find the clear patches and present a bait. However, I think they’re losing out as weed will generally produce more big fish than any other fishing situation.
Carp love weed and will spend most of their time in the green stuff. Weed contains natural food items for carp to eat,. It also provides some shelter and security for pressured fish. During the day, weed will provide fish with plenty of oxygen, and as a result, carp will often be located in weed. As the weed is a being a big obstacle for anglers to fish, it’s no wander that the carp are less cagey when feeding on baits in the weed beds.
It may seem tricky to fish in the weed itself, but often a bigger risk produces a better reward! When hook baits are presented in the weed, it is much easier for the end tackle and fluorocarbon line to blend in with the surrounding weed so a fish will find it difficult to assess potential danger, and therefore more likely to take your bait.
I wouldn’t fish for carp in the weed during the night. Weed doesn’t Give of oxygen in the dark, carp will leave it and look elsewhere for food. I will always fish away from weed during the night.
when fishing thick weed. It’s not as simple as just placing some rig foam around the hook of any old fishing rig. Effective weed rigs can work much better if you find out more information about the actual weed in front of your swim.
always find out how high, and how thick, the weed is before casting out you do this by casting in a lead with a hook tied on the line, and reel in slowly so you get most of the weed down to its roots. then measure the length of the weed. You want a rig that will allow the hook bait to sit on top of the weed, so the hook link needs to be longer than the length of the weed . This will stop the lead pulling the bait down into the weed and masking hook as well as hiding the bait from the carp. The thicker the weed, you might have to use pop ups or a solid bag
when iam fishing in weed i use use a mixture of particles in a solid bag so it sits on top of the weed so its in view of any carp passing by often use pop-ups for fishing in weed for two reasons. The buoyancy of the bait helps stop the hook point from being masked by the weed , and causes the bait to enter the mouth alot easier as the carp sucks it in . and a pop up wont hidden by the weed bed where carp will just swim by as they cant see it
I would tend to use a supple braid not a stiff stiff material when fishing over weed a supple braid will settle nicely on top. The length of the hook link will depend on the type of weed present. If its Canadian pondweed then I’ll use smaller hook links that way there’s less chance of the hook catching in weed as the rig falls through the gaps in the weed
If your fishing over silkweed i would use a long hook links so your bait will come to rest on top of the silkweed i would also place a peace of dissolving foam on the hook to make it slowly rest on top
Always make sure your rig is a safe and a rig that if snagged up, or cut off the carp can getrig of the end tackle, when you hook a carp in weed you will find that it will attempt to dive into the weed so it is always a good idea to drop the lead so the fish will come to the top of the weed and away from all the snags and will be easer to get in you never know it might be a pb ,i hope this gives you an inside into fishing in weed as the warmer weather is nearly hear and the weed in most lakes will begin to get thicker so get them rigs into the green stuff as that's were the carp are happiest