Get ready for win­ter – Dar­ren Apps

Kodex’s Dar­ren Apps ex­plains how to make the most of short day ses­sions in win­ter and his go-to rig for the sea­son

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Inside - Words Dar­ren Apps Pho­tog­ra­phy Mark Fos­ter

AS WE move into late au­tumn and early win­ter, carp an­glers face a num­ber of chal­lenges. Tem­per­a­tures have dropped, it’s dark by late af­ter­noon and, as we progress fur­ther into win­ter, the num­ber of fish get­ting caught de­creases. That said, the sea­son does have some mas­sive plus points. The carp will be ap­proach­ing their heav­i­est weights and peak con­di­tion as they stock up their fat re­serves ready for the cold months ahead.

Stay on the move

Lo­ca­tion is ob­vi­ously im­por­tant at any time of year, af­ter all, you can’t catch what isn’t there. But by this stage of the year the fish will be far less ac­tive than they were in the sum­mer. This means that if you just plonk your­self in your favourite peg there’s a very good chance that the carp won’t pass through your swim all day. Spend­ing time look­ing for signs of fish and get­ting on them quickly will stand you in much bet­ter stead. This is why I move around a lot dur­ing my ses­sions. To make this eas­ier, go through your kit and re­move any un­nec­es­sary items. You should be able to fit all the ter­mi­nal tackle items you’ll need in a small pouch which can be kept in a ruck­sack with enough bait and food for the day. If the day is go­ing to be dry, leave the bivvy at home if you’re only plan­ning on fish­ing for the day. A light­weight and com­pact chair will also make up­ping sticks and head­ing to a dif­fer­ent part of the lake much eas­ier.

Ef­fec­tive rigs

Once I’m con­fi­dent that I’ve lo­cated a few carp I waste no time get­ting my rigs in the wa­ter. To en­sure that my hook­bait will be clearly vis­i­ble over any leaves that have fallen off the trees and into the lake, I use pop-ups at this time of year. My favourite pop-up rig is a multi-rig and, as I couldn’t tie one bet­ter my­self, I use the pre-tied Kodex ready rigs. Not only is this pre­sen­ta­tion in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive at hook­ing carp, it has the added ben­e­fit of al­low­ing me to change the hook very quickly. This is be­cause the hook isn’t fixed to

the hook­link as it is in pretty much ev­ery other carp rig. On a multi-rig the hook is threaded over a loop tied in the end of the coated braid, so it can be re­moved in sec­onds and a fresh hook threaded on with­out hav­ing to tie up a whole new hook­link sec­tion. I change my hook af­ter ev­ery fish for peace of mind and then get the rig back in the wa­ter as quick as I can.

The ses­sion

When I ar­rived this morn­ing I spot­ted at least two or three sep­a­rate fish show­ing them­selves on the far side of the lake. This was all I needed to see. A cou­ple of rigs were cast ac­cu­rately close to where I’d seen the fish show. My baits had only been soak­ing in the wa­ter for about 15 min­utes be­fore one of my rods was off. Typ­i­cally, the fish took me straight into a weedbed. With fish safety in mind and the carp not mov­ing out, I walked into the wa­ter’s edge to get a bet­ter line an­gle. This of­ten does the trick and the carp will work its own way out with a bit of steady pres­sure. Sure enough, I soon man­aged to get the fish mov­ing again and, with­out any fur­ther prob­lems, I net­ted a crack­ing 28lb 10oz com­mon. De­spite weed­ing me up, my rig was nailed squarely in the bot­tom lip and there was no way that the fish was go­ing to come off. So, if you’re af­ter a rig to see you through the win­ter, give the multi-rig a try.

All Dar­ren’s es­sen­tial tackle items are kept in a small ac­ces­sory pouch

A safety clip al­lows the lead to be ditched on the take, which re­duces the chances of the fish get­ting snagged Coated braid pro­vides an el­e­ment of stiff­ness. This re­duces tan­gles and makes the rig hard to eject A multi-rig al­lows the hook to be changed with­out need­ing to tie up a whole new hook­link

This 28lb 10oz com­mon was nailed on a multi-rig

A multi-rig was quickly cast to­wards show­ing fish near the far bank

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