Saturday, January 7, 2012
A Real Challenge....Catching a Carp in January
I'm on a roll, catching a carp or more every month in the last 2 years. Here are some of my observations of what has worked at this time. For bait, use sweet corn or small doughballs. Go light with the bait using only a couple of pieces of sweet corn with no method ball. Use the smallest sinker that will hold bottom. Go small with the hook ( #8 is ideal). Once ice forms on ponds, get into moving river waters that don't freeze. Carp will tap lightly in the cold and rarely will you get a screaming run. Pick up the rod and pull back on tapping rods. I like to use a rod pod in winter since I can't sink a bankstick in frozen ground.
I got out fishing yesterday and landed 3 carp (2 mirrors and a common) in a spot that had ice along the shore (see pic). Yes, they can be caught in the dead of winter!