Fish tend to feed in short spells in the depths of winter, so I like to use three rods, rather than two, to increase my chances of catching one.
Members at Twynersh Fishery, in Surrey, where I am fishing today, are allowed to use three rods, but day ticket anglers are only permitted to use two.
I’m using three 3.5 lb Greys AirCurve rods and Daiwa Tournament 6000T reels loaded with 15 lb Gardner GR60 line, fishing my rigs at close quarters, casting to a maximum of 30 yards out from the bank.
PVA is available in different forms, including solid bags, stocking, tape and string, with some brands far better than others. I would advise you to stick with PVA from the betterknown companies, as some types can take an eternity to dissolve, especially in cold water.
I like to soak the contents of my PVA bags in a liquid attractant and some oil, finding E-S-P Plain Sock bags to be better than mesh. It’s worth checking the dissolve time of a bag in the margins before you cast it out. At best, it should be completely dissolved in less than two minutes.
Come rain or shine, winter or summer, you’ll find Dynamite-backed Jake Lund tucked away somewhere on the banks of a fishing lake, bagging more than his fair share of carp. His successful winter method involves the use of solid PVA bags…
I like to use quality PVA bags, solid ones rather than mesh.
I rarely use a lead of more than 2 oz in winter, as the carp will be tightly shoaled, and frequently casting a heavier lead will spook them.
The only time I would use a bigger lead is to get a bait further out, yet most carp in the depth of winter will be found close to a margin feature.
Attention to rig detail should be taken very seriously. I use leadcore to pin everything down discreetly, using a hook link made from 35 lb Atomic Jel-E-Wyre, which may sound a bit heavy, but its stiffness helps to push the bait away from the lead, and yet it is limp enough to take on the contours of the lakebed.
The hook length is just 6 in. long, as the lakebed here is clean, but I would increase it to 8 or 10 in. if it were covered with a bit of chod.
I like to use a size 6 Atomic Haula hook, tied on with a knotless knot, blowback-style, with a short length of silicone tube to extend the hook and improve the hooking properties.
I then add a piece of Nash Cling-On Putty an inch away from the hook eye, where
I’ve stripped back a bit of the hook link. To finish off the rig, I incorporate a lead clip.