An aerator is a great thing to have in your swim but first check if it has been on overnight.
In my experience, fish don’t like water that’s been churned about. Try to find out if the aerator is attached via a rope or to the bottom of the lake on a chain, as this will dictate how close you can fish to it.
If it is fixed via a chain, any hooked fish are likely to swim into it and they’ll come off the hook – a rope across the lake poses no such dramas.
I tend to nick only a few fish from one spot, casting a metre or so off the aerator then moving to another line well away from it. This gives the fish time to settle back down before I revisit the aerator to catch a few more. If you keep flogging all around the aerator, the carp will soon spook away and you’ll be left with nowhere else to go.
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