Hi Mainline Panel,
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!