|This 13 lb. mirror sits on some|
shoreline ice. It was one of 15
carp landed today.
|This 10 lb. mirror also sits in some|
shoreline ice. Most of the carp today
were taken with a delicate approach
geared to winter fishing (see post).
I even switched venues today as the pond I had been fishing was completely iced up when I got there. So, I put into action Plan B and I headed for some ice free river currents where I was able to fish although the shoreline was frozen in spots. I was experimenting with a new rig today which was basically made with a long (12-14 in.) monofilament hooklink (10 lb. test mono) with a tiny #10 hair rigged hook (hair rigged on fly tying vice with nylon thread) at the hook end. I used a small 1/2 oz. steel egg sinker and a small method ball. I used only two kernels of sweet corn on the hair. This delicate presentation, fished on a light, 9 ft. steelhead rod and a baitrunner reel spooled with 10 lb. test mono, was highlighted in some UK sites for winter fishing. It worked like a charm and caught a good number of the fish today. The delicate rigs and presentation really appeal to winter carp that are touch about feeding and taking a bait.