Finding good spots is definitely key. Whether you take a night off from fishing or if you can spare a couple of hours in the week after work, this extra effort can really pay off. I often spend hours on end in swims leading around for those all-important small hard spots, that fish visit on a regular basis. I personally think that this is one of the key aspects in my angling that has contributed to my captures of carp in the past. It goes without saying this needs to be done after a trip, or when you’re not fishing, because leading a swim is a great way of emptying it of carp!
Depending on the size of the venue I try to pick 3 or 4 swims around the lake, which are all in different areas. If you can find nice zones all around the lake and keep them prepped, then no matter what weather front you have coming in, whichever wind direction, it means you have everything covered and you will have some great options from the minute that you step onto the venue. Whether you find the fish or you go off of your gut instinct, you will have an area that is prepped and ready to go with all the information in place so you can get your rigs and bait out with minimal disturbance. I like to have everything written down in the notes section on my phone. This covers the swim name, what I am casting towards on the horizon, the wraps to each spot and what the bottom and depth is like. Once I have this sorted it down to the baiting strategy.