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03 Nov 2016
by Ian Chillcott
Ian Chillcott's five steps to success this November
Five steps to put you on the right track for an alarm screaming month from Ian Chillcott

Step 1

“Winter prep. So many anglers think that you simply change from summer/autumnal fishing one day and winter the next. The problem here is that you need to prepare for winter; it is not something to be taken lightly. The main thing is to choose a water that is productive, and has a track record in the colder months.”

Step 2

“Bait for winter. There are a whole host of ridiculous stories about what bait to use for winter. Carp fishing relies heavily on what the angler has the most confidence in. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to use the bait that you have been using during the warmer months? There could also be a going bait on your chosen venue, so don’t be afraid to climb on the band wagon and tag along for the ride!”

Step 3

“Tackle issues. Again, many will tell you to scale down your tackle during this time of year, something I have never found to be any benefit at all. I use the same gear all year round, I don’t have to worry about it because it works, which gives me so much more time to find thecarp and fish for them.

And that is the most important aspect of carp fishing…no matter what anyone says!”

Step 4

“Line matters. The colder weather tends to ensure that water clarity is very good, with less fishy activity the sediment drops out of the water column. Whilst I have no issues with my terminal tackle, I have found that hiding one’s main line becomes of paramount importance. To that end everywhere I go I will use Illusion Fluorocarbon. It sinks out of sight and is as tough as hell. My only change in winter.”

Step 5

“Comfort. Bite times can be very short and very specific in winter, therefore there may be long periods between bites. And whilst you are waiting it makes sense to be comfortable. A good, warm sleeping bag along with warm clothing is essential. However, don’t leave your body entrenched in that clothing all the time. Change your socks and any other clothing close to your body, regularly. Believe me, you will be much more comfortable and fish much more effectively.”

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