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.
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.
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