In the Dijon area, from
as early as the end of August, changes in the weather can be noticed, depending on the season. But some years the hot sunny weather of Summer can extend
well into October, which can delay any noticeable changes in conditions
beyond the months we would normally associate with the Autumn in
the uk for example,...... or should I say, as we used to in the past.....
Of recent years, with what seems to be ever increasing milder weather
in general, definite changes in the conditions such as
water temperatures, cooler nights, etc, tend to be more around the
end of October, and through into November.
it seems, tends to be attached to the Summer now, but I would not
mind betting, we have not seen the last of the cold ones.
September until November you could experience all sorts of weather,
from hot sunny days and stormy nights, to freezing north winds and
evan sub zero temp's!
in general, you could say the first frosts arrive around, end of
October to early November.
The water levels in the pit's are
normally at their lowest at this time, as much as one meter down, after the hot Summer,
and the water temperatures start to slowly reduce with the cooler
nights, the wind and the rain.
Any weed beds present in the lakes will be
fairly evident in September, but will gradually reduce as they
die off, and break up slowly throughout the Autumn and into the
The natural food stocks
would have been considerably reduced by this time, and virtually
finished off by October! competition from the Rudd and Bream does
not help, as the carp start to concentrate on looking for more food.
The carp will be hungry,
searching for food, with the intention of eating as much as they
can before the winter sets in, by November time they should have
packed on a fair amount of weight.
Autumn is popular amongst
the anglers, as all are hoping to time it right, for when the fish
really get their feeding heads on, and are around their best weights.
There is definitely a "big"
feed during this part of the year, the hard bit is knowing exactly
Anglers baits have more of an appeal
to the carp at this time of year, as they will be finding it harder
now to find alternative nourishment.
As per the rest of the
season, personally I could only recommend boilies for effective
Any bits and pieces introduced
are bound to attract the unwanted fish into the area, which could
result in an excess of angling activity in the swim, maybe spooking
any interested carp.
They have been fished
for now since April, and could be a little more wary of anglers
movements because of this, I would not say they are harder to catch,.....just
easier to spook.
Bait choice is not as
big of an issue if you are fishing the lakes in Autumn, by that
I mean there is no water temp/digestion issues to really consider,
compared to the cold water months.
The fish will happily
eat all of your bait, if you want them to!
How much bait then?.....
Well obviously it's down to you, how much your happy using, and
how much you can afford! as it's not cheap I know.
Again the kilo per rod,
per day basis, would be my personal absolute minimum, as I would
not be confident fishing here with less. Realistically, I would
be more happy with around 40k+, allowing for re-baiting after catching
fish, and back up if it really kicks off.
Stick to the larger sizes
of baits, 20mm and bigger, again this will increase the chances
of your free offerings still being there when the carp show up.
The bream at the lake
(who's days are numbered, I might add), although not very big, were
even being caught on 2 x 24mm hook baits! as we discovered last
season. Sounds terrible doesn't it, but in reality its not that
Your hook bait may be
taken by smaller fish like Bream and Rudd, regardless of the size
you use to try and avoid this happening. This is simply because it is an "anchored"
bait, held in place, by your lead, obviously . Fish pecking away
at the bait, can eventually hook themselves, regardless of the fact, if they
can get the bait in their mouth or not!
Any free offerings, if
they are of large enough diameter, will not be taken by these smaller
fish, just pushed around the swim (for a few kilometers sometimes, I imagine!) as they attempt to eat them.
TIP: Boilies cut in half do not tend to roll as easy as complete boilies, obviously... But! they retain their diameter and remain difficult for the smaller fish to eat.