Steve Ringer Rig and feed­ing tips to help you keep bag­ging in Novem­ber

Time to scale down – but not too much, as carp are still feed­ing!

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AN IN­DIAN sum­mer in 2016 means big carp and bream are still feed­ing.

Even as I write in early Novem­ber, day­time tem­per­a­tures are yet to drop into sin­gle fig­ures around me, and we’ve had some lovely bright, calm days when you can see every sin­gle move­ment on your float or quiv­er­tip.

But ev­ery­thing is about to slow down dras­ti­cally. Tem­per­a­tures fall, the wa­ter goes clear and fish be­come more and more lethar­gic. That doesn’t mean you can’t catch them! Here are a few im­por­tant tweaks I make to my ap­proach in Novem­ber to keep carp go­ing into the net...

IT’S CORN TIME!

This is when corn comes into its own. It’s prob­a­bly the best win­ter carp bait there is right now, of­fer­ing loads of vis­ual at­trac­tion. I’m a big fan of Green Gi­ant be­cause it’s a lot brighter yel­low than other brands. It’s soft, too, so you can eas­ily strike through it when pole fish­ing. For hair-rig­ging on the straight lead, how­ever, I pre­fer a harder corn that stays on. I will al­ways carry two 300g tins but I very rarely feed even one.

You can put bait in but you can’t take it out, so I’ll kick a pole swim off for proper carp with 20-25 pel­lets and 10-15 grains of corn. I al­ways feed via a big pot to reg­u­late how much is go­ing in.

If you use a Kin­der pot on the end of the pole it’s all too easy to get into the habit of con­stantly putting bait in it! Be­fore you know it you can over­feed your peg and kill your chances.

PUT IN MUL­TI­PLE LINES

Now’s the time to think about putting in more and more pole lines over the course of the day.

Gone are the dizzy heights of sum­mer when you could catch carp every cast from just a cou­ple

of swims, such as tight to an is­land mud bank, all day. This is never more im­por­tant than with F1 carp when it gets cold. These fish don’t like to set­tle and can be eas­ily spooked, so mul­ti­ple lines are a must to keep bites com­ing.

I’ll start by feed­ing two or three swims with the help of the small­est of the new Guru Pole Pots, which sit on the end of the top kit. They have a solid top with ei­ther three small holes or one slightly larger one, so you can sprin­kle pel­lets or mag­gots out as and when you want, over nu­mer­ous lines if needed.

I’ll try each swim in turn, look­ing to pick up a fish or two from each be­fore mov­ing and ro­tat­ing.

If these lines start to slow, don’t be afraid to put your plum­met on to move spots fur­ther out or to the side. As lit­tle as a me­tre can be far enough to put you back in touch – by the end of a match I might have fished up to 15 dif­fer­ent spots!

USE LIGHTER ELAS­TIC

My ul­ti­mate cold wa­ter elas­tic is White 6-10 Hy­dro­las­tic. When the fish­ing is hard and every fish needs to count I hon­estly don’t think there’s any­thing bet­ter.

Yes, it might take slightly longer to land them due to the stretch in White Hy­dro, but if the carp fin­ishes up in the net this is time well spent. While other fish such as skim­mers might be a nui­sance in sum­mer, you’ll grate­fully take them in win­ter and a soft elas­tic helps tostop hook pulls.

For F1s be­fore it goes re­ally cold I pre­fer ei­ther pink (4-6) or or­ange (4-8) Hy­dro. Pink has more stretch so I use it on a long pole and up to is­lands, not hav­ing to worry too much about los­ing fish ship­ping back 9m-16m of pole. Or­ange pow­ers up much quicker. This is use­ful when fish­ing short as you’ll soon be back to the top kit ready to try and net your fish.

GO MINI ON THE FEEDER

Novem­ber is the time to adopt a more ‘softly softly’ ap­proach on the feeder. In­stead of us­ing big feed­ers such as Meth­ods and open-en­ders to put plenty of bait in, less is more. Tiny mod­els such as the Guru Mi­cro Pel­let Feed­ers put in just enough bait to catch fish with­out spook­ing them.

They are barely larger than a pound coin and keep dis­tur­bance and feed to a min­i­mum. I like to use a mix­ture of soaked pel­let sizes in the feeder, such as twothirds 2mm and one third 4mm. This helps stop carp be­com­ing pre­oc­cu­pied with one size bait, which can mean they ig­nore the larger pel­let at­tached to your hair rig.

TO SCALE DOWN OR NOT?

Even though the wa­ter is get­ting clearer, when tar­get­ing proper carp I don’t be­lieve in fin­ing right down. My hook­lengths for bomb work will be ei­ther 0.19mm or 0.22mm Guru N-Gauge, depend­ing on how big the fish are, to size 12 or 14 QM1 hooks re­spec­tively.

It will be sim­i­lar on the Method or Hy­brid feeder. With fewer bites to be had in the cold in general, it makes no sense to me to fish in­ad­e­quate end tackle and risk los­ing a big fish when you fi­nally might hook one.

At the other end of the spec­trum, you def­i­nitely need to scale down for F1 carp now. All my F1 rigs are made on 0.13mm N-Gauge main­line to a short, 4ins hook­length of 0.10mm Drennan Dou­ble Strength. A short hook­length al­lows me to place shot rel­a­tively close to the hook, which in turn helps with bite de­tec­tion. Hook choice is a size 18 Ka­masan B911 F1.

LIGHT RIGS ARE BET­TER

I’m a mas­sive be­liever that light rigs catch you more carp, and never is this more true than now!

Clear wa­ter means that vis­i­bil­ity is mas­sively in­creased, hence a slow fall of your hook­bait can make all the dif­fer­ence. I’m talk­ing about us­ing as light as a 4 x 10 (0.1g) or 4 x 12 (0.2g) float in 6ft-7ft of wa­ter. Shot­ting is a lightlystrung bulk of No11 shot with the bot­tom drop­per 6ins from the hook and the rest spaced at 1.5ins in­ter­vals above this.

This works best with a bright

bait like corn, which can be eas­ily spot­ted flut­ter­ing through the wa­ter. Fish fol­low it down and take it im­me­di­ately, so be ready!

GO DEEPER ON THE FLOAT

You’ll still be able to catch carp up-in-the-wa­ter at this time of year, es­pe­cially on deep venues. But with wa­ter tem­per­a­tures plum­met­ing, the fish drop fur­ther down in the wa­ter col­umn.

Where you used to catch on a wag­gler at 2ft-3ft depth, chances are you’ll prob­a­bly need to move the float up the line to fish 4ft-5ft deep, pos­si­bly even more! As a re­sult, look to fish more sen­si­tive floats such as 3g-5g straight wag­glers in­stead of the heavy ci­gar shaped ver­sions of sum­mer.

Big carp are still feed­ing in the warm weather.

Dou­ble corn can be bet­ter than sin­gle.

A side puller kit helps land fish on light elas­tic.

Don’t go too light or you’ll miss carp like this.

Mix your pel­let sizes in the feeder.

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