Venue- Your best ponds will be small, shallow ponds. Those places heat up fast on a sunny day and that often gets the carp feeding. In bigger and deeper ponds and rivers I try to find those places where the carp will bunch up for winter. Those are often deep spots that are found by trial and error and lots of trying.
Rigs- Go small. Small hooks, small hook links, small hairs, small method ball and the smallest sinker that will get the job done. I only use a #8 or #10 hook in winter fishing. Sometimes I will put sweet corn directly on a #10 hook and not even use a hair rig.
Bait- Sweet corn that is bought in a supermarket is your best bet. I have also done well with small doughballs. On my small hairs I will generally use only 2 kernels of sweet corn.
Time of Day to Fish- Best time is the warmest part of the day. That is mid to late afternoon. The exception here is a real warm day. Sunny days generally fish better than cold, cloudy days. Warm, rainy days can also be good.
When to Quit- When the ice arrives. Up until then, carp can be caught!
|This good looking fully scaled mirror that was caught today is my 900th carp for 2016.|
It was caught using a winter approach described above.