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13 Feb 2017
by CARPology
Are carp really harder to catch in winter?
Or is it just a myth?

The theory

For decades, we’ve been led to believe carp are trickier to catch during the colder months, but is that really true and if so, why?

The facts

"Carp are poikilothermic, which means their internal body temperature varies depending on the temperature of their environment,” explains James Anderson. “Subsequently, as the temperature falls in the winter, the carp’s body temperature decreases and its metabolism slows down. Basically this means that they use less energy and so need to feed less often so it stands to reason that if they feed less often you have less chance of catching one – and it’s for that reason why carp are so much harder to catch in winter.”

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