Angling Times (UK) - - THE COACH -

“SHOULD the weather be good then I’ll al­ways go for the pole. Where to fish is all about what’s un­der­wa­ter and at my lo­cal fish­ery Mill House, there’s an un­der­wa­ter bar at around 16m on ev­ery peg – and that’s what I’m look­ing for. There’s no guar­an­tee that the carp will want to be on top of the bar so I hedge my bets to fish both this shal­lower wa­ter and the deeper spot just in front or be­hind it.

“When you’re talking dis­tance there’s no point try­ing to catch short be­cause the fish will be re­luc­tant to feed here and 13m would be as close to the bank as I’d go. I’d kick off here in the deep wa­ter for reasons of com­fort as much as any­thing else!

“When to fish the shal­lower bar is down to if an­glers around me are fish­ing here and catch­ing, but also the air pres­sure. In high pres­sure, the carp seem to pre­fer sit­ting in the shal­lower wa­ter on the bar ,but in low pres­sure, they’re in the deep wa­ter. That’s the rule of thumb I sub­scribe to.”

My kit for fish­ing the pole in win­ter.

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