- Mar 29, 2015
I could probably get away with heavier than 0.12 hooklength on the feeder but that would mean using 6lb mainline, which again wouldn't be a problem, but short range chucks with light feeders means 4lb is enough and I'm used to fining down in winter out of habit. When it's cold the Carp fight more like Bream anyway.
Can’t believe you’re leaving the rivers and going to stillwaters for winter. The exodus is normally in the opposite direction?. Is your river so bad in the winter?
All very dependant on the river isn't it.Can’t believe you’re leaving the rivers and going to stillwaters for winter. The exodus is normally in the opposite direction?. Is your river so bad in the winter?
Mind you. We can’t get on ours in the summer because of the weed.
Yeah I don't know if the Oxford canal just isn't great or it's just me not having the knack but I doubt I've ever caught more than about 4-5lbs out of it with that doubling probably the second best. Guess I've rarely fished it favourable conditions as it tends to be when I cant get on a river or Stillwater but still reckon I wouldn't do much better as its seems so different to river and Stillwater fishing.Back when I used to fish canals over winter, weighing in less than 1lb was usual, with a lot of blanks on the coldest days. Don't have the guts for that anymore especially as not part of a club.
True but they can't half take some finding! It is a lot easier in the summer and autumn just finding 4-8ft of water with a touch of flow and colour and not too much weed/snags and away you go more often than not. I'm not really a fan of fishing right in the towns either so I prefer to be where it's more scenic on the outskirts or more out in the sticks which works out in the summer and autumn but not so much in the winter.The key is finding their winter quarters. There will be many areas with few fish but where they are congregated will throw up much bigger catches than summer. Well known sections for me are the Old Nene at March, absolutely solid in winter. Great Ouse in Ely, again solid in winter. Nene on the embankment in Peterborough. Wye in Hereford. There’s loads of places that are well known for holding masses of fish over the winter. My local rivers see the fish congregating at bridges or moored boats and small shoals of Bream will merge into big.