Weed seems to be like that, in that it helps to overcome many of the issues it creates. For instance, it often takes several casts just to get a lead to touch down, but I’ve found that, owing to the feeling of security that carp have in these areas, water disturbance matters to a lesser extent. Not only are they less likely to spook when repeatedly cast at, but they don’t seem to go far when they do. Merely burying themselves in the weed until things quieten down. I’ll often make multiple casts with a rake to improve line lay, the chance of landing what I hook or create better presentation and it’s not rare for fish to be seen investigating the raked area shortly afterwards. The weed itself disguises even the thick, strong line required to successfully extract big carp from it. I tend to get far more liners when weed fishing, as the fish are expecting to brush up against things in these areas and aren’t readily spooked by it.
There are a few things that, for me, have assisted in bringing carp to the bank in these circumstances. Both tight clutches and small leads encourage the fish, once hooked, to rise to the surface out of harm’s way. It’s generally safer to fish as close in as possible and I opt for as light a lead as I can get the range with. An ounce and a half lead is usually sufficient, with just an ounce covering a lot of situations.
Lead shape plays an important part too. Dumpy, compact leads are more prone to getting caught in the fronds than my preferred more streamlined, distance shape and make more noise as they impact the surface. Using them in conjunction with some form of lead ejection system, be it a C-Clip, weak link, or helicopter release set up, increases the odds in your favour. My chod set up utilises a weak link of 7lb Power Gum, and by using an aerodynamic shaped lead, I lose very few leads.