Depends on the venue, on snake lakes, it’s pole- dobbing bread and fishing maggots on light rigs…. Longer lash to keep the pole top away from the water , grey top kits ….maggot/ hybrid feeder can work, but hasn’t been lately….On open water lakes waggler or bomb and single baits probably work better
I change over to lure fishing for the Perch and Pike, with the occasional lucky Chub turning up now and then. Much prefer active mobile fishing when the temperature drops - easier to keep warm by keeping moving.
I've even been known to fly fish for the Perch and Pike when it gets really cold.
Jon Whincup's guide to the Winter League final on Decoy in February suggested a basic bomb with pop-up, as an alternative to drip-feeding maggots on the pole, as fish tend to be off bottom a lot when the water is really cold. He fishes the pop-up a foot off bottom.
Every venue has its own method of approach at this time of year.
I fish silverfish opens on a mixed fishery at this time of year where there are also a lot of carp that share the same water.
I've experimented quite a bit over the last few years with different feeding patterns to try to eliminate getting bothered by the carp to no real avail.
What I have found though is if you feed a fishmeal groundbait very damp at the start on a throwaway line and constantly feed this line with a catapult little and often and it doesn't matter if it's maggots, pinkies or casters - I prefer fresh pinkies actually as there really is minimal food content in a pinkie. (if you think about it they are just little sacks of liquid) Fish a really light rig say a 0.1/0.2 on the drop full depth with single/double fluoro pinkie you will catch anything that swims. Even carp when they show up. And they will.
This is one method I will always use on any commercial venue anywhere in the country in winter. It's a really cheap throw away line for the sake of 2/3 pints of pinkies. Get the silvers feeding and the carp will move in before you know it.
Hello Marker, yes crust pops up well. Just my opinion but a crust from a fresh loaf is best, punch out 10 or 12 mm size. 2 or 3 pieces of bread can also work ,don’t compress it if you want it to float. If you want it make it sink then compress the discs. Hope this helps. Ps if you have a few hook lengths made up you can put the bread on and just unclimbed and refit the h/l.
hello ,if you squeeze the discs they will sink , if you punch out 2 or 3 discs they float, I use a quick stop to put the bread on . Crust always floats , try it in your aquatic research centre , a container with water in it LOL, good luck.