YOU NEVER CATCH SITTING BY THE FIRE (Cold water carp) – Blog entry 603

So far this year I have divided my fishing time between perch and chub. Not that I was getting bored but I just fancied having a go for some carp. I certainly enjoy the challenge of winter carp fishing and with the water temperatures rock bottom again, it was certainly that. With a couple of day-time sessions planned though I was confident I would at least get one on the bank.

The first of the week
The first of the week

There are several keys to successful winter carp fishing, one of them is to fish a venue that responds well at that time of the year. One of my favourite pools that ticks the box is Seggy, which is on the Kinver Freeliners ticket, and that’s the one that is featured in the accompanying video. Kinver is an open-to-all club, although there is a waiting list at present. It doesn’t cost anything to join though, so why not get your name down if you’re in the area.

Absolutely thrilled to catch this in the conditions
Absolutely thrilled to catch this in the conditions

As you can see from the video, the conditions in session one went from one extreme to the other, although the common denominator was that it was cold. Low temperature readings both sides of the water’s surface ensured that it was going to be tough. Just the one fish, caught on a 14mm lobworm pop-up, meant that I was a happy angler at the end of the day. Back the following morning, I was hoping to double my tally for the week.

Not a big fish but an achievement in the conditions
Not a big fish but an achievement in the conditions

Well not only did I double the number of fish caught, but I went one better. As you can see from the video though, it wasn’t looking good at the beginning. Having to do battle with an ice-covered lake and very low water temperature meant that I was more than thrilled to eventually bank a couple of commons.I didn’t have to think too hard about the heading for this week’s blog entry. (Published January 31 2015)