|Sweetcorn on the hair did|
the job yesterday.
1. Go with sweet corn- The pests are gone and my sweetcorn is back. Carp really go for this bait, and for the first time in a long time I went with two kernels on the hair rig and it paid off.
2. Go small- Yesterday I went back to using #8 hooks with short hairs. I did not use a method ball. I also used the lightest sinker I could to hold bottom and cast. Smaller and lighter is better when the fish are sluggish in the cold and hard to catch.
|This was one of three mirror carp landed yesterday.|
Note the gorgeous golden colors, something we find
in fish caught in cold water of winter.
4. Don't expect any screaming runs- The fish are sluggish on the take at this time and usually just keep tapping away. Pull when you see the rod tip bouncing. Note that they are also very sluggish on the fight in cold water.
5. Try to fish the warmest part of the day- I did get these three carp in late afternoon, the warmest part of the day when fish are most active at this time of year.