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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Just a Thought...

FINE FOR WINTER?

I can't say from my own experience that I'm convinced that fining down your tackle in the winter months will mean you'll receive more carp bites. What I do know is that whether you are going to scale down your tackle or not, you need to find the fish in order to catch one and so I attach more importance to putting the right bait in the right place than to anything else at this time of year.

Carp move and feed less in cold water temperatures so locating them is vital to winter success and hence, observation and being willing to move around are key. Those who re-cast regularly, on a potential sighting or adopt a roaming approach to find fish can often reap the rewards.

It's a misconception that fish will hold in the deepest water in cold weather, the carp will be in the most comfortable layer within the water column and I'll often have one rod on a zig rig to try and discover where that is. I've even witnessed fish sniffing at floaters on a sunny winter's day!

Don't discount the margins. Lightly baiting a few margin spots may give away a fish either first-hand or from disturbed vegetation. For me, anything I can do to help locate fish at any time of year is worth the effort.

If I'm happy with my location and still can't get a bite only then will I consider changing rigs or fining down my tackle.

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

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