Deeper my way - Jacob Worth (Video)

Fishing in and around London is something that I’ve done for many years now and it’s far removed from your typical carp lake. I’m not a massively technological person, but when I saw the Deeper it was something that I had my eye on as straightaway I knew it could come in useful in my style of fishing. In the short time that I’ve been using the Deeper there’s already been a wide variety of scenarios I’ve found it to work in, so here’s a brief rundown of five of my current usages. THE BOAT
Starting with the reason I got one in the first place, river fishing. Over the last few years I’ve been spending time fishing the canals and rivers in London from my little fishing boat. Finding spots and areas to fish is a massive part of being successful on such big expanses of water. When the water clarity is great, that’s an easy task, but that can change as soon as it rains and a little extra water goes into the system.

In the past I would spend hours with a leading rod to try and get rough depths, but with the Deeper, I’m now able to slowly cruise the boat while getting a constant reading of the exact depth. Once I’ve cruised across some promising looking spots I’ll stop and make multiple casts in that area to get a precise reading. I’ve found this saves me so much time, being able to find all the channels and raised bars that wouldn’t be possible without some form of echo sounder.

I didn’t want to spend huge amounts on an expensive device built into the boat when the Deeper can be simply attached to it with the aid of a special boat mount. This also means that I can remove the Deeper and use it everywhere else too. RIVERS
It’s also important to mention that you don’t need a boat to use the Deeper on rivers and canals. As an example, I’ve used it to cast along far marginal walls, then let the Deeper drift downstream with the flow, all the while being able to follow the reading and see exactly what is going on subsurface. Again, without this you would have to make multiple casts to find a clear area. Even then, you still would not really know the exact depth and trying to use a marker float on running water just doesn’t work! THE DOCKS
Deep docks are another venue that can be made to feel considerably easier with the aid of a Deeper. I’ve used it on some of London’s docks to locate huge plateaux out in open water. On a recent trip to Shadwell basin I was able to find a bar coming from over 20 feet up to 13 feet. Areas like this can be massively attractive to carp so it’s vital you locate them. If I wasn’t fishing on that shallow water bar, then I’m sure that I would have blanked! CARP HOLES
I’m sure you have all seen the videos circulating online of fisheries being drained and how impressive some of the carp holes are. Carp always find places to scratch and rub themselves free of parasites, or even dig into areas to extract natural food sources such as bloodworm.

Being able to locate such spots can be extremely hard with only a rod and lead. However, with the Deeper you can flag even the smallest of variations on the lake bed. Sometimes small dug out holes by the sides of rushes and snags can be the living room to a big group of carp. THE BUSHWHACKER
My favourite use case for the Deeper has to be the ability to use it in conjunction with the Bushwhacker baiting pole, being able to achieve all of the above but this time without even having to cast it out. For example, seeing a showing fish along some snags and with the attachment arm featured on the new Bushwhacker, you’re able to pole out right against the chosen spot, not only dropping a rig and loose feed without making any disturbance, but also being able to check the spot is clear from snags, weed, and of course mapping the depth.

The most important thing about improving your success is learning from previous sessions. Not only can you now build up a map of the lake bed session by session, but you can also do it with complete stealth!