Martin Bowler’s Ad­ven­tures Four tar­get fish you’ve got to try for this week

What­ever the weather, these fish can be re­lied on for some sport

Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS -

WIN­TER has crept over the thresh­old and the next few months won’t see much respite from the cold.

So is this a time to stow the tackle away, light a log fire and dream of bet­ter times to come?

Af­ter all, what chance have you got when the river bursts its banks and floods the sur­round­ing farm­land? Even when it stops rain­ing, frost seems to suck the life from ev­ery lake and stream, ex­chang­ing na­ture’s colour­ful pal­ette for gloomy mono­chrome.

De­spite win­ter’s ex­tremes I hap­pily rise to the chal­lenge. Only snow melt keeps me in­doors in the warm. Match your fish species to the con­di­tions and there’s no rea­son why you should fail – and there’s the added bonus that your quarry is putting on weight in readi­ness to spawn. Now, more than at any other time, comes the chance of a per­sonal best.

So what­ever the win­ter brings, it will still be worth cast­ing a line. The big­gest chal­lenge is prob­a­bly leav­ing home and the TV!

Now let’s take a look at four species, and how they will put a bend in your rod this win­ter.

Floods shouldn’t de­ter you from ven­tur­ing out.

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