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HOW THE NASH TEAM ARE CATCHING WINTER CARP
Hello again and welcome to our latest blog. It’s been a mad busy few weeks at Nash HQ, many members of staff have been venturing out onto the bank and despite the changeable conditions there’s been plenty of carp landed.
There’s a real buzz around the place at the moment and most mornings someone has got a story to tell concerning a special capture or some kind of memorable bankside occurrence!
There’s also a string of new and exciting products being released too, many of which are proving particularly effective during the recent often difficult fishing conditions. Click HERE to find out more on three exciting bait releases from Nashbait.
RICH WILBY SAYS EXPLOIT THOSE FEEDING SPELLS
It’s a funny time of year as it feels like spring some days and then back in the depth of winter the next. The carp in my own fishery are very active, but their feeding spells are still short. I tell anglers that when they catch one to get the rod back out on the spot as soon as they can. The second bite can be so quick.
For the majority of the winter the carp in my main lake have spent a lot of time on the back off the wind or in the sheltered spots behind the island. I think I can count on one hand when I’ve seen fish roll on the end of a fresh wind this winter. In the spring and summer I lose count in an hour of the fish jumping out on a fresh wind whatever the direction.
In the warmer months all manner of baits seem to work, some are just better than others on the right day. But at least 90% of the carp banked in the last month have been on boilies. Quality baits stand out and in winter you really need a decent boilie that can leak off its attractors no matter what the water temperature is. Amber Strawberry from Nash keeps on proving itself every winter and I actually believe the colder it gets the better this bait becomes. Anglers on my day-ticket lake who have been successful are all using decent boilies and it has been nice to watch less experienced anglers pick up on this, make changes and get rewarded.
My own fishing has been very up and down over the last month, like all the other anglers I’ve struggled to get things going on the water I’ve been fishing. I have a new plan for the next month, so hopefully that will turn my results around. I’ll let you all know how it goes!
JULIAN CUNDIFF’S HAVING A WINTER MOT!
Add to that my very busy schedule and you have a recipe for things slipping under the radar and looking very tatty, not performing to their best and eventually letting me down.
With the week of ice we have just had and the snow wiping out the roads into and out of my village I actually found the time and inclination to do some DIY so hopefully some of the following based on my experience and past experiences will help….
Line – With line quality such as Nash Tackle’s D-Cam being so good there really is no need to change your line all the time, a much better idea is to look after it and keep checking it. I cut end tackles off and walk the line twist out. When I wind it in I feel for any abrasions in it and wind it through a cloth soaked in warm water to take the gunge off the line and being warm it loads even better..
Landing Nets – Inevitably there will be rips and tears in the mesh so using braid I sew them up to prevent further damage. I also tape up the area around the spreader block arms with plenty of layers of electrical tape as this area takes all the strain and the tape provides extra strength under tension.
Freezers – If you use freezer baits check out what is left in the freezer and how old it is. Any old bait you are not going to use get rid of and ensure your bait is in good condition. Personally I don’t keep frozen bait more than 6 months so the bags of Frozen Squid that have gone in the freezer have month and year written on the packet in permanent marker.
Luggage – Wiping it down will prolong its life and probably reveal any damage. It will also reveal how much extra rubbish you are carrying around for no good reason. I use electrical ties where zips have broken and tape up buckles which have been overly strained. A few wraps of good old electrical tape strengthens it amazingly…
Batteries – If its got batteries in it and I haven’t replaced them recently I do. I usually get a full year out of my Siren batteries but changing the batteries in my buzzers, torches and camera is no great expense
Tackle Boxes – Emptied out, cleaned out and usually a good 25% of stuff ( that is of no real use to MY fishing ) got rid of..
Bait Tubs – I do use soaked baits a lot and have found its far easier to put soaking baits in small plastic bags inside the tubs rather than stain the glug tubs themselves. I tend to re-soak the baits every few months ( Nash Food Dips ) so add the dip to new bags, put the already soaked baits in it and dump the old ones…
And that’s just a start. Believe me I am no tackle tart but a bit of love and attention takes so little time and will pay you back my friends…
Feel free to ask any questions via Twitter @juliancundiff
IAN SMITH RECOMMENDS MOBILE APPROACH
Location as we all know, is one of the most vital elements of successful carp fishing and this is particularly so during the colder months.
If you are fishing a swim and blanking I promise you it does not mean the fish are not feeding. A carp’s movements throughout the colder months are dramatically reduced. Large shoals of fish often search out the areas of the lake where the water temperature is highest; once in these ‘comfort zones’ they are more likely to feed.
Last January during a 48-hour guest session on a 4 acre lake in freezing temperatures I could have easily put my blanking down to “it’s too cold, the fish aren’t feeding”. However, that session was a perfect example of how persevering and finding the right areas can really bring rewards.
I spent 24 hours in my first choice swim; I didn’t get so much as a beep! Just before dusk I decided to move 50 years further up the bank, I set-up and the next morning woke up refreshed from a good nights sleep having not been disturbed by a single bleep all night!
I decided to cut my losses and made my final move another 50 yards up the bank; this would be my final swim before leaving that evening. As I cast my third rod into position my second rod, which had been cast out no more than three minutes earlier, screamed off. After a hard fought battle I eventually landed a 27lb pristine common. In the last 8 hours of the session I managed to catch 7 further carp; all of which were between 18lbs – 32lbs and it was the best hit of fish to come from the lake in 8 months.
I’d used the same bait, same rigs and the fishing conditions remained the same throughout the session, the key to catching was location!
So my advice is keep mobile, keep looking, stay confident and I promise that the carp are feeding more than you might think; you just have to find them!
MIKE WILSON WAKES ‘EM UP WITH ZIGS
With the end of winter not too far away, many lakes are really starting to wake up. But even so, the conditions can still be tricky and the carp’s movements and feeding habits hard to predict.
In my experience when the fishing is slow there is one method that will get you those extra takes when everything else has failed and that’s zig fishing.
Most anglers nowadays are familiar with zig rigs and many are enjoying great success using our ground breaking Zig Bugs but the problem is most seem to think that they are a summer method only! I can tell you now that they are not and even though I have had more success in summer on zigs they have also nicked me a bite or two in the winter when everything else is failing.
I used to think that winter carp would be huddled up in the corner of the lake somewhere all sat on the bottom. However I now know that winter carp spend most of their time anywhere but!
This was confirmed to me just recently, I was on my target water in a boat using an echo sounder. The outside temperature was about two degrees and I found most of the stock of fish together in an area of the lake which was on the back of an easterly wind. In 8ft of water, the majority of them were sitting at 4ft which I found really interesting as the water temperature was painfully cold.
A week later I was back on the bank with a group of school pupils and we were all struggling to catch on the bottom. I knew the lake was 10ft deep so I decided to put one of the lads on a 5ft zig which produced some instant action. We all then switched to zigs and from then on the fish came thick and fast making it a day to remember!
Take my advice and get on the Zigs!
Click below to find out from Alan Blair and Callum Mcinerney about Zig Bugs.
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