|Most of my recent catches|
have been super fat and heavy fish.
In late fall, carp are feeding up big time in anticipation of winter when food is scarce. So, it makes sense that you will be catching some real hefty fish at this time. The only other time you will find big bellied fish is in the spring and these will be females.
I am having good success using a combo bait of maize and a white, artificial pop-up corn fished on the hair rig. In addition, I am packing a method ball around my sinker.
Note that I have seen very little activity (fish breaching or bubble trails), yet the fish are still active. The carp should remain active until the ice arrives. Last year's open water fishing held up real well until late December. I have every reason to think that will happen again this year.