Carp fishing Shop | Winter carp fishing tips


As a carp fishing shop we know that winter fishing is primarily about your location. Carp are known for grouping together really tightly in cold weather this is known as shoaling. Therefore were you fish is key to finding your carp. Once your quite satisfied that you have found a good area, settle down and get to it.

You should try to avoid over feeding your carp and provide small baits. Carp that are shoaling will tend to bully off other fish and feed alongside them, keeping them in close proximity to each other. You just wish to feed them enough to keep them interested and thus trick them into being subdued.

Our Key Tips

1.    Supply and plan an adequate kit for the whole day.
2.    Provide yourself with plenty of supplements to keep you going. For example food and drink.
3.    Prepare to relocate your position if you can’t get the fish to bite.
4.    Choose your baits wisely.
5.    Don’t give up too easily. Be resilient and keep at it. 

Choose a location

It should come as no surprise that winter fishing can be hard. That is why it is important to choose the right place for you to fish before you journey out. Ultimately it does depend on what you wish to get from your fishing experience to where you will go. Try areas which are known to be well stocked and have shallow depths.

You’re Kit

If you want to be successful at winter carp fishing you need to make sure that you are keeping happy. Therefore you need to have a kit prepared that will keep both your mind and body comfortable and content. The main area you will want to address is being able to keep warm. Keeping warm makes you more alert and thus more efficient; increasing your chances of getting a catch.

What is essential is having the right clothing. What is preferable is to have numerous thinner layers of clothing than a few thick layers. This is because if you do overheat you can easily remove thinner layers and still remain warm. Certain specialist clothing such as all weather suits can be useful for staying warm and dry. Alternatively waterproof clothing can be used to prevent getting too wet in the chance you’re caught in rain. Always keep a spare set of clothing in preparation for changes in the weather. For instance temperatures may drop or if it was to suddenly rain you may wish to change.

Choosing your bait

Remember to keep alert and pay attention to where you are fishing. In winter it is rare to see carp showing and bait is the ideal way to attract them. However if you find you are struggling to gain their attention you should be prepared to relocate.

The most popular choice for bait in winter fishing is boilies however you should avoid those with high oil content. Aim to use lighter boilies that contain fruits and nuts. Another favourite you can use throughout the year is maggots. They are considered rather efficient for bait during winter and can be an instant hit for dominant carp. It can often encourage carp to feed even in the coldest temperatures. Spices are underused bait that can really have an effect on catching carps attention. In winter carp become more sluggish and using spices is a great way to lure them in. One particular example is to use pepparami as bait.

Our Thoughts

Don’t think that you have to give up your ambitions of fishing just because its winter. Winter fishing can be a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, especially when you have the knowledge and have prepared. This is a post by Fishermania a carp fishing shop located at 714-716 Harvey Rd, Derby DE24 0EG. 01332 752500

Carp Fishing Shop | How to carp fish in winter




Winter fishing


As a carp fishing shop we know that one of the hardest seasons in which to fish for carp is during winter. The reason for this is generally because of the drop in temperatures and colder conditions within the water that slows down the fish’s metabolism. In winter fish do not require as much food and they become quite lethargic and subdued making them harder to catch. Many carp fish develop routine feeding patterns in winter, which you can usually fish during quite effectively. In the UK you can expect the optimal time for fish to feed to be between 10-12 AM and 1-3PM.

Fishing after dark in winter is not always advisable as many anglers have been known not to catch much an hour after dark. Many anglers believe that fish keep to the deepest areas of water in winter however his is not always true. You may find that carp will tend to accumulate in areas where they feel safe. So don’t ignore previous areas you may have caught carp in the summer they may hold a natural source of food that they are attracted too.

Your winter baits


A firm favourite amongst anglers for carp fishing in winter is bollies. Many other such types of bait such as peanuts, maples and tiger nuts become less effective in winter. This is because the oils within these baits thicken due to the cold temperatures of the water and they become less attractive to the fish. It is suggested that using less bait in winter is better as the carp have a smaller appetite. Use bollies that contain spices as they are very attractive to fish in winter. Don’t use baits that are oil based they are much more appropriate for the summer season as the oils don’t become solid when temperatures are warm. Spices are natural in aromatic oils that do not solidify in colder waters.

Winter Fishing Tactics


You should always try to adopt different fishing tactics depending on the season your fishing. In winter you should try a few areas of the water to get an indication of the best places.A good time to visit a carp water is at dusk as sometimes the carp will jump or roll (even in winter). This may give you a clue as to the location of the carp when you next come to fish. If you are serious about fishing in winter make sure you have the correct equipment and accessories. This includes having the right protective clothing and wrapping up warm. If you are cold you are less likely to fish well as you will be attempting to keep warm and be distracted. Winter fishing does however give you the chance to take in some beautiful landscapes and scenery. It is also less of a battle to find a space on the bankside in which to fish so you may have your pick. Though it may be tough many anglers find fishing in winter most rewarding and therapeutic.

Our Thoughts…


Remember to change your fishing tactics in winter accordingly to what is best for were your fishing. Many of your methods may require some trial and error until you find what is most effective. Try a combination of winter tactics and winter baits for the optimum chance of getting a catch. Always remember that a carp fishing shop will stock the very best in all your equipment and supplies. They can also advice you on some of the best baits to use this winter. This is a post by Fishermania located at 714-716 Harvey Rd, Derby DE24 0EG.

Fishing Shops | The best fishing bait for winter fishing




As a fishing shops we understand it can sometimes be a challenge to tempt fish to feed in winter. It is made harder when cold temperatures make fish lethargic and cause their metabolisms to slow down. In winter fish require far less food and this makes them rather inactive. If your fishing and your fish are subdue and unresponsive this will impact on your catch. One of the best things to do is to entice your fish with the right selection of bait. We have a few suggestions on some of the best baits to use during the winter season.


The best bait in winter




This is considered one of the very best baits for coldwater fishing. It is a tried and tested method when using maggots combined with grubs. This is because maggots are easily digested, colourful and loved by coldwater fish.



Another favourite for winter fishing is a few grains of sweet corn. This is because like maggots corn is easily digested and is clearly visible in water. Unlike maggots it is also highly resistant to the attention of small silvers.



You can usually use salt baits any time of year and they are always very reliable. However they really show their best results in winter.  You should always use rock salt which is easily incorporated into pastes or groundbaits or sprinkled onto maggots, casters, pellets, hemp or corn.



One of the most popular winter baits is mashed or liquidised white bread. It should be made this way because the smaller particle sizes are less likely to bloat the fish. You should always remove the crusts from the slices if you want a finer mix.



For many years now spices have been synonymous with winter fishing. A sprinkling of turmeric on maggots, a shake of garam masala in groundbait, chilli-laced hemp, coriander flavoured corn, meat dusted with garlic salt and pastes made with belachan paste are just some of the spicy options you could try.



With its use of spices and this meaty product has all the signs of a good winter bait. It is highly attractive bait for fish even though it contains many oils. It should be cut down in to smaller portions and used with small hooks. For best results remove the outer skin.

Our Thoughts…

Remember that choosing your bait for fishing this winter may rely on trial and error and a combination of various methods. Always remember that fishing shops will stock the very best in all your equipment and supplies. They can also advice you on some of the best baits to use this winter. This is a post by Fishermania located at 714-716 Harvey Rd, Derby DE24 0EG.

Carp Fishing Shop | Choosing your bait for carp fishing


Carp Fishing Shop

As a carp fishing shop we know the importance of having the right tools and equipment to be successful. We have put together this useful post on the best way to approach choosing bait for carp fishing.

What are carp?

You may look at a fish such as carp and wonder just how intelligent they are. They are in fact highly intelligent with a capable memory. When it comes to food it knows what is good and what is inedible. Surprisingly carp will also test the nutritional content of food by its taste to determine if it has since gone off. It can reject bait if it remembers a particular smell or substance which it previously disliked. It can even go as far as to remember the accompanying hook and this can also be a deterrent for them.

What is their diet?

Carp have requirements for their daily nutrition such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, oil, fibre, amino acids and carbohydrates. When it comes to amino acids carp can easily smell the emissions by their hosts, such as bloodworms, crayfish and aquatic plants. Amino acids can also be found in green lipped muscles, kelp extract, liver powder and molasses which carp have since began to recognise as all having their own nutritional value. Another item used for bait by anglers is peanuts this is because they contain lipids, sugars and amino acids. However they do not mimic the natural food that carp are indigenous too and like so it is not always appropriate.

Feeding Favourites

Bolies are a carp’s favourite food, which are made up of bread crust, maize, meat baits and fruity flavours. Many of these bolies contain vitamin C which is an essential part in their dietary requirements. Other favourites are stilton cheese, white fishmeal, full fat soya flour, hemp and seaweed extracts.

Different seasons require that you use different food as the carp’s appetite changes over the period of the year. For instance during winter you can expect to use bait which is easier for the fish to digest. This is because the colder conditions mean the carp often do not move as much. In summer when the fish are more active protein baits are a popular choice. Although it is best to remember that the older the carp the less protein they require.

What can you use as bait?


There are boilies which an angler can make themselves or their are product bought shelf life boilies. Homemade boilies should work out to be more cost effective and in some cases more effective. Usually the angler will know what generally works best for them and may even be a case of a combination of these methods. There are various types of boilies depending on the materials used. High Nutritional Value (HNV) boilies incorporate a range of ingredients that benefit the fish in some way. A typical HNV mix will include digestible or pre-digested casein’s, proteins, vitamins and minerals. An angler making his own boilies can add other flavours, colours, and enhancers. The drawback to HNV baits is that they are expensive. Best results using HNV boilies are achieved from June to November.

Our Thoughts…

Remember that choosing your bait for carp fishing may rely on trial and error and a combination of various methods. Always remember that a carp fishing shop will stock the very best in all your equipment and supplies. They can also advice you on some of the best baits to use. As an angler always go with what works best for you and be open to new ideas. This is a post by Fishermania located at 714-716 Harvey Rd, Derby DE24 0EG.


How weather will influence carp fishing



As a carp fishing shop Fishermania know how interchangeable the UK’s weather can be. It never seems to be too considerate for carp fishing either with days either being too hot or too cold, or windy and overcast. Every mood of the weather sparks a change in the mind of the carp and will ultimately affect your fishing.

So what is the optimum weather for carp fishing?


There are a variety of factors in the weather that will affect any days carp fishing. It can range from temperature, wind direction, wind strength, air pressure and even the concentration of oxygen levels within the water. These all play a part in influencing the way the carp will feed as well as affecting the location you wish to fish. Even the slightest change in weather can have an effect on carps feeding patterns which in turn may change or produce new areas in which to fish.




Anglers can often overlook simple conditions in the weather such as the wind. The direction of the wind can have a huge part to play in where to fish for your carp as well as what peg to choose and how far out to fish. Predominantly a West or South Westerly wind is the most productive for fishing as it brings warmer air that entices the carp to feed. If the wind is blowing from the North or Easterly wind will bring colder air and thus discouraging the fish to appear.

The strength of the wind is also important; it tends to be best for carp feeding when the wind is blowing its strongest. The wind forces food items into the path of the wind by the current and if you fish with the wind in your face you will usually be more successful.  Another benefit achieved by wind is to have a windward bank side because the carp follow warmer layers of water the strong wind will push the carp to the path of the water towards the bank where you and your bait are waiting.




One of the strongest influences for carp feeding is the temperature of the water. The best temperature for carp feeding is around 7 c, as the temperature drops so does the movement of the fish. The carp tend to become slower and will locate to warmer areas of water. This is why the location of your fishing and were the carp will be is an important consideration before you set up, especially in winter climates.

The temperature can also affect behaviour. If the weather was to suddenly drop cold it doesn’t always mean that the water temperature has dropped. The air temperature will often have to stabilize and remain cold for a few days for it to cause a dramatic change in the temperature of the water depths.

As carp love to be warm they will out warmer thermal layers of water these will vary depending on the depth of the water and the air temperature. Particular shallow areas will lack these thermal layers however they will remain warmer if in contact with direct sunlight. You can expect to find carp on most winter mornings in shallow pools as that receive the most sun from direct sunlight because they are warmer.


Air Pressure


Another significant consideration throughout your carp fishing is to remember air pressure. The air pressure is what affects the level of oxygen in the water. Carp as like any other creature rely on oxygen to function and survive. If the level of oxygen in the water is low then the carp will respond by becoming sluggish and lazy. The lack of oxygen doesn’t provide them with enough energy to feed.

If there is high air pressure this indicates a warm spell which creates low levels of oxygen that cannot be replaced. This is generally because it is being used by other fish or plants and water creatures.

Low air pressure usually denotes wind and rain which will increase the oxygen levels within the water. You will find that when there is low pressure it is commonly a better time to fish. To distinguish between the two air pressures low is considered anything bellow 1000mb and high anything above 1010mb. However the UK has a higher proportion of high air pressure days even during rainy periods.


The air pressure will have a knock on effect to the depth at which you will find the carp. If there is high pressure carp will be higher up in the water and if there is low pressure then the carp will be lower down in the depths. This will provide us with an idea of the carp’s location and how to tactically fish.



Our thoughts…


Remember that these conditions can be a combination of one or more all or three and they are all inter-related. The best time to carp fish is to wait till a few days after some particularly bad weather and wait till it begins to see some stability. As we do live in the UK and no amount of weather predictions can be accurate or degree of weather consistent it can have a detrimental impact on your carp fishing. The best course of action is to plan with these thoughts in mind.This is a post by Fishermania located at 714-716 Harvey Rd, Derby DE24 0EG.