January has been a bit of a mish-mash with the weather, with high winds, storms and periods of cold Wintery spells. We are only 7 weeks away from Spring so it is time to start thinking about getting your baiting campaign in place for the forthcoming 2016 season. With the daylight hours getting longer, the carp will soon be getting back onto the feed, ready for spawning in early summer.
I am still using the remnants of a birdy mix that I had put together for me before Xmas. The lakes have been frozen only a week ago, but hopefully we will be having the odd mild day to get out the rods.
I have put my Spring order in with Simon for a fishmeal bait with a few changes. The ingredients are top quality so it will be a matter of getting some into the water as soon as possible.
As for quantities, weather permitting, I will be introducing around 1/2 a kilo every few days just before the hours of darkness and as the weeks go by I will start increasing the amount that I feed into the lake. By putting bait into the lake just before dark the fish get the benefit of the new food source by cutting down on any free offerings for the ever expanding bird life on the lake. By the time Spring arrives the fish should be back in full feeding mode.
In the meantime I will be spending a few hours a week out on the bank trying to pick up the odd feeding fish. I will be picking my time to fish as the feeding window in February is very limited.
In my mind the new Season starts from the second week in March, as the days are getting longer and everything begins to wake up for the new breeding season. One of the first signs that I look for is frog spawn in my garden pond and also the swelling buds on the willow trees that turn into pussy willow. Once you see these signs, Spring is either with us or just around the corner. The carp should be moving around once more, shaking off any leaches that have gathered over the Winter. They will start feeding up ready for the annual spawn so I always try to get has many hours on the bank as possible at this time of year. So start shaking the cobwebs off your fishing gear and get prepared.