Hi Main­line Panel,

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I won­der if you can help me. Do you think it’s worth stick­ing on my syn­di­cate water this win­ter or mov­ing to an eas­ier venue? It can be re­ally hard to catch on the syn­di­cate water but the re­wards are great when you do. But I like to catch a few. So I would value your opin­ion. Kind re­gards, Derek Braith­waite Hi Derek, Well, that’s a great ques­tion and the an­swer def­i­nitely lies with your own ‘mind­set’. Some peo­ple have the grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to sit it out wait­ing for that one elu­sive bite, and some don’t. Some peo­ple don’t want to sit it out and want to see their rods rip­ping off all the time and I un­der­stand that one too, es­pe­cially in the win­ter. So, you re­ally have to look at your­self and de­cide what type of fish you want to catch. I am pretty much in the same dilemma this year and will have to make the ex­act same de­ci­sion in the near fu­ture.

Now, I al­ready have enough pho­tos of dou­bles and 20s in my al­bum to last a life­time, but I will never get bored of catch­ing a 30-pounder, so my main fish­ing will be on a water with a good head of thir­ties in it and, hope­fully, time al­low­ing, I will man­age one or maybe more over the win­ter.

There is noth­ing bet­ter than catch­ing fish which make you feel like the re­wards are greater when you catch them. The buzz of the chase, work­ing out what to do and how to fish for them, where they are, what the feed­ing times are, etc. – and then to see a nice one roll in your net, is just the best feel­ing ever!

How­ever, you don’t want those blanks along the way to de­stroy you and leave you feel­ing some­what p*ssed off and not hav­ing fun. I mean, fish­ing is sup­posed to be a hobby and fun af­ter all – right?

So, with all of that in mind, my ad­vice – and prob­a­bly the route I will fol­low too – is to spend 75% of your time chas­ing the greater re­wards, but be­fore it sends you mad, go on the eas­ier water and reel one or two just to keep your con­fi­dence up.

Hope this helps,

My first English 30-pounder in Fe­bru­ary 2001 and caught as the snow fell – no bet­ter buzz!

A 12-pounder caught in Jan­uary from an eas­ier venue. It kept me from go­ing mad!

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