|A nice mirror sits in the water in the net. On this day it was|
a hit or fish about every hour and a half which is good action
when carp fishing. I stayed and landed 5 carp.
There is no simple answer to this question. Most experienced carpers get a feel for a spot and generally know when to stay and when to leave. Here are a few general guidelines I use in most places.
* Did you prebait the spot? If so, you should get a hit or a fish within about an hour and a half of starting. With no prebaiting, I might toss in some bait when I get to a spot and I usually give the place a couple of hours.
*Are you seeing any signs of fish? I'm talking jumping fish, whirls, bubble trails, mud clouds or fish moving close to shore. If so, I will usually stay fishing and try to change baits to get them to hit rather than moving to a different spot.
*Are you catching? If I am getting runners or catching fish, I will stay. In carp fishing, one fish an hour is really good.
*Did you bait other spots? I will tend to move if I have another good option which means that I usually bait 2 or 3 spots. These spots can be in the same body of water or in different venues that are close by. You are more likely to catch in prebaited spots.
*Do you have the right conditions or time? High percentage times include rainy days, daybreak and sunset. I usually don't move when I have the right time or conditions.
So, no hard and firm rules when deciding to stay or leave. As you put in more time in this game, you develop a sixth sense that tells you how long to stay in one spot.