Pole or bomb/feeder when it gets cold?

Dave

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What's your prefered method when the water temperature drops, the fish start shoaling up, the water clears, and you have to start working for your fish?

- Pole and work the swim looking for the fish but at the same time risk spooking them with the water clarity?

- Feeder and hope to attract one that's still feeding?

- Bomb and no feed, just searching the swim until you land on the fish?

Or any other method I've missed?

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You could try a bomb and t bag, t bag about size of a grape. Cast around looking for fish but not leaving big parcels of feed all over.
 

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Pole for silvers as you can usually get them actively feeding during the summer. Obviously if a Carp comes along it's welcome, But I'd prefer to actively fish for them on the Feeder. Nothing worse than freezing cold hands while not catching anything.
 

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Our club had a match at Brook Farm today... top weight was a net of carp with punched bread and bomb approx 60lb so I'm told
 

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There's not that many silvers in the commercials I fish, but loads of F1s and small Carp. Feeder for me, there's still feeding fish on my venues even when it's freezing, it's just a case of finding where they're balled up.
 

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Along the same lines as the t bag ,bomb and popped up bread when the water clears, have a few Hooklength made up at different lengths, punching out the crust ensures it floats.
 

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Waggler for me. Like what’s been said …. You can search around without spooking any fish you may have. Then bomb. Then feeder as a last resort … IE. .. cast and wait. 🤷‍♂️
 

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Was going to say as others have said you’ve missed floats on running line!

Aside from that it really depends on the venue but generally my choice is like it is the rest of the year as in float is plan A then go feeder as plan B. Well or if it’s too cold to have hands out of the pockets for float fishing then feeders a god send 😅
 

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If on the river it's the float for me, same goes for still waters.
If the levels allow, I'd rather float leger than leger as it gives a better/earlier indication than the rod tip.
 

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My word, you're desperate not to lose another nugget at Alders on the F&F on Saturday, surprised you haven't asked Tommy P to fish for you.😂🤣

Just remember that effective as popped up bread may be in winter it is Banned at Alders. ;)
 

Arry

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You local Total...?

Ooh... a wee Rhymette...😛🤣
 

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The waters always clear at my favourite venue, it’s also deep.
Prefer waggler/slider if conditions allow followed by light bomb rod with either bomb or very small maggot feeder.
If after the carp, small single fluro pop ups using hinged d rigs.
 
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