I first read your articles around 1987? in Carpworld which were excellent and I have been a fan of yours ever since
I have just got back into carp fishing after a break of 16 years, and I'm trying to learn everything again and get to grips with the latest rigs, baits, terminal tackle etc
since my return I have been catching the odd carp but blanking more often which I find frustrating, I'm not targeting difficult waters but a lot of other anglers who are present when I am seem to be catching more frequently than me
what are the basics that I need to introduce to my approach and angling?
First of all welcome back Dave, secondly it's easy to make the mistake of thinking you are doing what the succesful anglers are doing and it's just luck
almost certainly it is not, we can all get to a certain level of competence but the last bit is the hard bit
without making a nuisance of yourself watch what the ones that are catching are doing, really doing!
I bet it's a bit different to you, it's not rocket science, once you are on the water it's simple you need to be in a swim which carp will feed when you are there
you must avoid scaring them, they need to want to pick up the hookbait, it needs to sit properly and to be able to be taken in
the hook also needs to be pin sharp, those are my initial ideas
I wish you all the best in your angling, take these points on board and I'm confident the results will come