24th November 2001
Carping In Winter by Aidan Rich
After a few days
of frost, Saturday was a warmer than normal late
November day, Myself and Alan Davis set out for
a winters day carping at Willinghurst, armed with
various new methods of catching carp ( well new
to us anyway ).
Alan came along
with a new self adjusting float so that he could
fish on the bottom, and popup boilies and bait dip.
I came along armed with a similar baiting method,
with pop-ups and a in-line method feeder.
were strawberry flavour with a strawberry flavour
bait dip, my boilies were squid flavour dipped in
Activ-8 bait dip.
We arrived around
10am, with two other anglers already on the top
lake, we set up on our usual hot spot just by the
blue pipe up the slope leading to the lake, and
cast in and waited.
We waited, and
waited, nothing happened until around 12pm when
Alan suddenly took hold of a 6.3/4lb mirror (see
It wasn't long
before Alan hooked into another 7lb Mirror, these
were the first fish he had caught using boilies,
so was pleased with the results.
As for myself,
I also managed to hook two fish, but both got away.
These were the only bites we had, normally in the
summer months, we would have had at least 5 Carp
each by 12pm in the 4lb to 10lb range, so even on
commercial lakes, the winter really slows things