I'm sure the fishing in the U.S. is alot different to the
U.K and probably better. A bomb is a small lead weight mate.
How's the Bass fishing going out there? A fish we don't have
Hi Ren, dead maggot often works a treat, pour a bit of coffee (or tea!)from your flask over them, leave a few seconds and then drain off. the bait will now lie motionless on top of the debris on the lake bed. Corn is also a great winter bait, try both single and double grains on the hook and only cup in about a dozen grains to start off with.
But overall, the best winter tip has to be to make sure that you take at least 2 flasks with you! lol
Ren - lots of our fishing certainly is different from yours. Some different species as you noted. And generally larger waters.
But ole sister carp is pretty much the same. Not as wary over here probably since it isn't a pressured fish but the same tackle and techniques work just fine.
Largemouth bass (too warm down here for smallmouth) are sorta slow in cold weather. They don't like it much. But I still pick up some every trip. Just have to slow down, size down the lures, and fish deeper.
I have pretty good luck this time of year with a 9 ft limber rod with thru action, 4 lb line, and feathered jigs in white, green, yellow, or some combination and 1/16 to maybe 1/8 oz size jigs. Fish em under a small float rigged to slide free and with a stop knot I can slide to set depth. 10-20 feet deep depending on the location and the recent weather.
I really think this tactic would work in the UK this time of year and on rivers especially. Lose lots of jigs to pike but they are small, cheap, and if you crush the barb, easy for a pike to get rid of.
Bomb - LOL - "small lead weight" takes in a lot of territory.
fishing_mad - I really envy you young folks who can see those tiny hooks, much less manage to put bait on them. These days, anything much below about a #8 just isn't gonna happen unless I have someone else tie em on and bait em up.
Peter - you are a truly evil man. Imagine putting up a picture and then having nothing showing above the smaller sizes. Trying to make me think I am older than I really am. Evil, that's what it is. Yessir.
Besides, who would even want to fish for itty bitty fishy things? I use the #8 hooks to catch bait before I really start fishing.
Recently i have been using hemp and half a worm on the hook cast into the middle of the lake. Put the hemp through a little closed end feeder and cast every 5 mins or so. Once the carp find it you should catch steadily even in winter well it works for me.