ADAM PENNING explains how his fishing changes as we move from autumn into the winter period, from choosing the right location to his preferred baiting approach.

LOOKING FOR SIGNS

When temperatures drop and the water cools down, the fish will often be congregated in an area. Penning explains his approach to finding the ideal spot in order to be on the fish over autumn and through to winter.

PIC-01--Carp-will-often-hold-up-in-the-large-weedbeds-during-late-autumn

There is one rule which I have found has always been true wherever I have fished; the impact a large weedbed has. I have always found if you have one large weed bed and there is no weed anywhere else, the carp will be magnetised to it. It is a safe haven for them and often full of naturals, especially in the Autumn months.

PIC-05--Larger-leads-help-drive-the-hook-home

Another good way of finding carp is having a lead around with a small lead and you can often feel the fish on the way down to the bottom. This doesn’t always happen, but pay extra care and attention to feeling your drops as the fish are much more dormant and their reactions slow down, so sometimes the lead can drop on their backs.

PIC 03 - Adam, likes to fish tight lines in the winter

I also fish with a tighter line in the winter, because I get better sensitivity on the buzzers and I can pick up liners easily. If you get on fish in the winter, you will get liners. They can be key to knowing if you are on the fish. If you have no liners in 24-hours, I would say that you are in the wrong spot.

Pic-04---Nightwatch-is-key

From late October to the depths of winter, the carp’s habits become very nocturnal. I have found unsociable hours are often when carp are most active, around 2am is usually a key time but this can vary from lake to lake.

BAITING APPROACH

It is my belief that the majority of waters, for the period of October and November can be at their most difficult. Nature has its way of providing enough food larder to help fish sustain over the winter months. Adam shares his top baiting tips…

PIC-01--A-broken-Krill-boilie-mix,-supplemented-with-natural-liquids-is-my-favoured-autumn-tactic

I have found that in the autumn, I use a meaty, fishy mix of Krill boilie crumb, some smelly liquids and then compliment that with some naturals. The Fish Sauce and Liquid Liver are two very pungent and more importantly, natural liquids that work extremely well.

PIC-02--When-the-water-gets-really-cold-I-switch-over-to-the-Manilla-

As we move into the winter, I like to use a sweeter mix, changing my boilie to Manilla and compliment that with the Cloudy Manilla Liquid, again adding naturals where allowed.

PIC-03---Small-hookbaits-are-a-great-winter-edge-

I am sure that at all times of year when fishing for cagey fish, using smaller hookbaits gets you more bites. I like to use a pop-up or a wafter and trim it right down so that it is sometimes only 8mm in size.

PIC 04- Scaling down your end tackle will often get you more bites in the cold

I am sure that at all times of year when fishing for cagey fish, using smaller hookbaits gets you more bites. I like to use a pop-up or a wafter and trim it right down so that it is sometimes only 8mm in size.

PIC-05--Meshed-bags-of-crumb-can-be-enough-to-tempt-a-bite

I like to hook a small mesh PVA bag of the matching mix, mainly to prevent tangles but they are also a perfect way to have a small parcel of food around the hookbait and keep disturbance to a minimum.

THE CARP WILL BE HARVESTING THE NATURAL LARDER IN THE LAKE

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Autumn to Winter Transition

Adam Penning explains how his fishing changes as we move from Autumn into the Winter period, from choosing the right location to his preferred baiting approach.

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