Anglers Mail - - Blast From Th Past -

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.

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