Dear Ex­perts,

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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?.

Many Thanks,

An­drew Green

Hi An­drew,

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

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