It can sometimes appear that hooks are not the most important part of the carp fishing equation anymore. Now, I’m not saying our bankside accommodation and comfort isn’t a major part of our angling, I thrive on the quality and performance of Fox’s temporary housing. If you feel good, you’re probably going to do good! However, I have always believed that no matter how good the shelter may be, the biggest thing that keeps me warm and makes me smile, is to hold a carp up for the cameras. And that is achieved by ensuring the one item of tackle no one ever sees, is thought more of than anything else we carry onto the banks. The problem, for a lot of people, is that this part of the jigsaw seems to get lost in the maelstrom of following fashion. Prioritise your tackle selection, and the first, most important part of our equipment, should be the hook.
You can only catch what’s in front of you! In winter, there’s not a truer saying. Location in the colder conditions is THE most important factor in catching during the freezing temperatures.
In winter, a solid bag can be just enough bait to entice a bite. We join Harry Charrington on the banks of the picturesque day ticket water, Scotland Pond at Castle Ashby Lakes, Northamptonshire to reveal why and how to present one.
DEAN WATSON reveals just how incredibly easy the new adjustable Zig Float Kit makes his mid-water fishing and why it will do the same for you.
With temperatures falling, the evenings drawing in and the fishing becoming a little more challenging, LUKE CHURCH offers up a few ways in which you can carry on fishing effectively this autumn and beyond…