I hear a lot of anglers saying you must switch to bright baits during the colder months of the year. Can I have your opinion on this please?.
Firstly, it’s a great time of year to be on the bank as it’s a lot quieter compared to the summer months. Location is key, whatever the time of year, so make sure you are searching and locating the carp before setting up. During the winter months the carp do shoal up more tightly than in any other period, so two or three rods fished together on the same spot can really pay off.
When fishing during winter, it can help that your baits are glugged and smell strongly. I personally like to use bright white wafters or pop-ups. As humans, something bright will always catch our eye and for the most part, carp are just the same. Bright colours play a big role in fishing at this time of year. Getting bites during this period does take time, but with bright baits and some attractive freebies, fish will most definitely be intrigued.
I do use different colours depending on the situation – having confidence in what colour you choose is entirely down to you though. In some lakes white works well, whereas for others, it could be pink or yellow. Finding out this sort of information on your chosen venue really does help.
When using bright baits, also take into account any nuisance fish that may be in situ – like bream or big roach. Using sweetcorn with its bright yellow colour works well on waters at this time of year too, but when fishing a lake with these species in, I’d advise steering clear of corn otherwise your bobbins could be dancing all night long.
A stunning, heavily-plated mirror caught during a short, daytime feeding spell
Location meant the bobbins danced all night long, thankfully not due to bream