January 11, 2019

We all know that winter fishing can be frustratingly unproductive, to say the least, with the very occasional hard earned capture standing in stark, but glorious contrast against an otherwise featureless backdrop of repetitive blank sessions. My previous experience has...

January 23, 2018

After a gap of a couple of weeks, that included Christmas Day (and 7 days later), a totally frozen lake, I was glad to get on the banks of Wetlands once again. However, I was under no illusions that it would be nothing short of a momentous challenge to catch carp, give...

January 14, 2017

It never ceases to amaze me what a stark contrast there can be between two lakes on the same complex when it comes to winter carp fishing. This is most definitely the case at Wetlands, where the specimen lake fishes much harder than the match lake, even though the lake...

January 28, 2016

Being away in China for a couple of weeks, undoubtedly has it's benefits, not least of which is witnessing some stunning scenery, unique experiences and fascinating insights into a very different way of life. Nevertheless, I don't share my youngest daughters hyperactiv...

February 1, 2015

If there's one thing in carp fishing that I really enjoy, it's doing like for like comparisons, to see if one particular option (e.g. tactic, bait or rig) produces better results than another.  The trouble is though, that it's virtually impossible to carry out an unbia...

January 17, 2015

Looking back, I have generally found January and February to be the most challenging months of the year, characterised by unfavourable weather conditions and reduced catch rates. Nevertheless, any winter carp that do visit my landing net are highly prized and their cap...

January 8, 2015

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained", or to put it in carp fishing terms, "You can't catch them sat at home in front of the TV". Wise words that we've no doubt heard many times, but the harsh reality is that fishing in the winter is far from easy and the successes, thoug...

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