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...


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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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