Winter elastic & rig advice

The Landlord

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Right - yet another post from someone who's just finished a year of returning to fishing after a lengthy break! I've spent most of the year on commercials, catching carp & F2's with heavy elastic in my power kits.
However - I've recently joined a club with well stocked ponds & plan to fish a few of them over the winter months. A lot of them do contain F1's, carp but also plenty of other species. My question is, should I be putting the power kits away now & getting my match kits out?
If so, what number elastic would you recommend & what sort of line & hooklength strength should I be using? I've done winter pole fishing before but it was on canals, using 1lb bottom, 22/24 hook & No3 elastic. As I may encounter bigger fish in the club ponds, what would be a good compromise?
 

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For places I fish in winter I usually use .15/.13 main line then hooklinks .13/.11, hooks normally a guru f1/lwg, elastic wise slik 8/10 10/12 my choice, hollow just doesn't work as well in a winter,
 

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@The Landlord ....Probably just a bit too early (certainly down south anyway) to be thinking of using lighter tackle just yet for the fish you mentioned above. I usually wait until we have the first frosts and then lower down the elastics and stuff....solids being my choice for late autumn/winter....6/8 8/10 and for the odd warmer day, a 12.....Through puller systems etc. (y)
 

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Cheers chaps. Was thinking about doubling elastic the other day, something I've never done. I'll do a youtube search.
 

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@The Landlord ....Probably just a bit too early (certainly down south anyway) to be thinking of using lighter tackle just yet for the fish you mentioned above. I usually wait until we have the first frosts and then lower down the elastics and stuff....solids being my choice for late autumn/winter....6/8 8/10 and for the odd warmer day, a 12.....Through puller systems etc. (y)
Agree, no need to change yet, fish still having a good munch, if tackle nice an balanced through winter you can land anything that swims,
 

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My Winter rigs for commercials are all on 0.13 (Reflo) main and hooklengths of 0.13/0.10. Hook wise the 0.10 is on an 18 B611. The 0.13 will still be my Summer 16 B611. Elastic is a 12 solid.

As for when to change. I carry an aquarium thermometer, one with a metre of cable to the probe. Once water temp gets below 10 then I am thinking of switching. It is at that point that fish will rarely come into the margins (never say never) and in my experience start to get more lethargic.

After dropping the first one in the water I have sealed the replacement with silicone in all the places water may get in. Only £1.57.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LCD-Digital-Aquarium-Vivarium-Reptile-WaterTank-Thermometer-Fish-Tank-Tools-NEW/202693610556?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D532dc97c4675486ba64a957c658ee08c%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D362713369435%26itm%3D202693610556%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
 

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A lot of the top match anglers don’t scale down their mainline through the winter months, only their hooklengths.
Jamie Hughes has mentioned on a few videos that he will fish 0.15 to 0.10 or even 0.08 hooklengths in winter.

Elastic wise I would go for a 4-6 for silvers and small carp and maybe a 10-12 for larger carp.
 

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My Winter rigs for commercials are all on 0.13 (Reflo) main and hooklengths of 0.13/0.10. Hook wise the 0.10 is on an 18 B611. The 0.13 will still be my Summer 16 B611. Elastic is a 12 solid.

As for when to change. I carry an aquarium thermometer, one with a metre of cable to the probe. Once water temp gets below 10 then I am thinking of switching. It is at that point that fish will rarely come into the margins (never say never) and in my experience start to get more lethargic.

After dropping the first one in the water I have sealed the replacement with silicone in all the places water may get in. Only £1.57.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LCD-Digital-Aquarium-Vivarium-Reptile-WaterTank-Thermometer-Fish-Tank-Tools-NEW/202693610556?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D532dc97c4675486ba64a957c658ee08c%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D362713369435%26itm%3D202693610556%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Neil, I've had some of my best winter days fishing the margins, depth has to be there to get it to work tho,
 
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