Well it’s New Years Eve and I’ve just returned from a short 2 hour session on my local syndicate water. The forecast was for heavy storms early in the afternoon, so my thoughts were to try and get an hour’s fishing just prior to the storm, with the chance of a feeding window for the carp. I got it spot on. I love inclement weather in Winter as if you get the timing right, you can get a result.
I set up just off the head of the wind constantly watching the water for signs of moving fish. It happened, and I saw my first fish head and shoulder into the now increasing wind. I dropped a baited rod within a rod length of where I saw the fish which was only 20 yards off the bank. On went a back lead and I settled down watching the lake and my rods. 10 minutes later and there was a single bleep on the recast rod then a one toner and I was into a strong fighting fish. As I played the fish to the bank I saw a further 2 fish head and shoulder. Into the net with my fish and I knew then that it was a low thirty mirror. Onto the scales which registered at 32lb. A few photo’s and returned the carp back to the water as a massive storm hit. Torrential rain and gale force winds. This lasted for around 1/2 an hour. As soon as the storm had passed, in came the rods. Job done I was on my way home.
This is not the 1st time that I have hit it right this month, as I have caught on every other short session that I have been on the bank-side. Timing is the secret to my success as well as changing my tactics to accommodate the season. As soon as Winter approaches, I reduce the size of my hook’s, hook lengths and hook baits. Conventional knotless knot rigs with fairly long hair rigged bottom baits or really small wafters. The biggest advantage that I have is my garden pond, which has a few nice sized carp swimming around in it. Their main diet is broken up boilies, the same boilies that I feed into the lake. There are periods when the food remains untouched for days. A change in the weather or air pressure and they begin to feed. This is my trigger to load up the car and get down to the lake. This year the main feeding spell has been from 12am to 4pm, so I try and spend at least 2 hours fishing when this happens.
A few days before Xmas I noticed my garden pond had come to life, so off down to the lake. Within an hour I had landed a 21lb 8oz common and a 23lb 4oz common. In came the rods and I was home within the next hour. You may think that the lake is easy, but 1 fish a month is a good result and that is only if there has been time spent on the water. It has to be down to good timing and excellent bait.
Graham Rowland and I put a new bait together late November, which is mostly a birdy mix with a few highly nutritional ingredients included. I have been introducing this bait along with other my Squid and Orange all through December. It has been a toss up between the birdy mix and the Squid and Orange to which has been the better bait. With 6 fish landed and 1 lost, this December has been one of my best on record. Tomorrow is a New Year with new challenges. As for bait, I have a few ideas which I will be putting together from the Quality Bait range, I will see January and February out on the Birdy mix then look towards a new bait.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year.