Now we are into June. The weather is expected to be warmer now and the carp puddles will start to come into their own. As the water warms up so the fish begin feeding in earnest, so the water becomes coloured. The effect of this, is that it provides cover. The fish can't see you, you can't see the fish - and it is then that they are happiest and so will feed right under your feet. In the wintertime when the water was clear, we had to fish the waggler at distance. Now, and right though the summer, the float for fishing the margins is the dibber.

A lot of people cast beyond the fish. I can't emphasise enough just how close you can catch in summer, as long as there is cover. Cover comes in the form of vegetation and in that coloured water I just mentioned.

The dibber is a pole-float. It was designed to fish the far-bank canal swims with caster, where the big fish live. That is, as far from the tow-path as possible, in 12 inches of water, tight to the far bank. That's where the big canal fish live and I sometimes wonder why the canal carp don't show their backs by living in such shallow water. We are now going to use this float on a rod and reel to fish the margins of these carp-puddles.

It's a very simple method. All we are going to do is put a plummet on and lower it in, tight to the margins, turn sideways to drop it right in at the edge of the vegetation. Often you will find that it will shelve away deeper . Sometimes the fish will be at the top of the shelf and sometimes they will be at the bottom. The warmer the weather, the nearer to the top of the shelf you can expect them to be. If there is a chill or a sudden drop in temperature then you can expect them to be found at the bottom, but they will be in those margins.

Once you have decided whether you will be fishing the top or the bottom of the shelf, plumb the depth accordingly. Add a foot to the depth, then add a No10 shot, about a foot from the hook, so that shot is just about touching the bottom. Four inches above it put another No10, and four inches above that, another No10. Three little tiny shot - then the most important shot of the rig. The back-shot, and that wants to be about five inches above the float.

The golden rule is not to have more than two feet of line, maximum, from the end of the rod to the float. If you find a tow and it is going from right to left, then sit facing the left-hand side of the peg, so the float can't move. If you try to fish facing the right, the float will move and you won't be able to present the totally still bait that is necessary to fish this method.

Cast the float out and to the left hand side of the peg without using the reel, making sure the hook lands close to the bank or out towards the middle of the lake, depending on where you have decided to feed, either the top or bottom of the shelf. Hold the rod tip close to the surface of the water, to allow the back-shot to sink the line between float and rod tip and therefor present a perfectly still bait.

It's virtually like free-lining with an indicator, or sight-tip. It's an excellent summer method. The amount of people I have shown this method to at my School of Angling (which I now run in Pembrokeshire) who have taken this method away to use on their home waters… Well, my phone never stops ringing. They've caught lots of fish, won matches, etc. on this dibber method.

Sometimes, instead of fishing to the right or the left, you might decide to fish right in front of you. Let's say for instance, that right off the rod-end you have five foot of water, but this is nowhere near the bottom of the shelf. There is one reservoir I know where the shelf just keeps on going and going, until you end up in about twenty feet of water! There are times there when the fish refuse to come right under the rod end but will stay about a rodlength out, in about ten foot of water. With this dibber float, you can't cast it out, but you can increase the depth. If you still obey that golden rule about having two foot of line from the tip to the float, you can put your baited hook further down the shelf. What you must remember then is not to feed on the float, but instead to feed the hook, which is now further out, deeper down the shelf.

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Any queries? Call Ian Heaps at the School of Angling - 01437 541285