Fluoro hookbaits are most anglers go to when it comes to Winter. In cooler water, carp are less likely to eat, as it takes longer for them to process food.
Linch Hill Fishery has always been on my radar, and when it turned into a day ticket fishery a few years ago, I jumped at the chance to fish there. Christchurch Lake really appealed to me, and despite a distinct lack of recent winter form, I decided to tackle it from late-November. To cut a long story short, I found success eventually, but this wasn’t without a lot of time and effort. I amassed multiple thirties and two 40lb commons topped by the mighty Benny’s common.
STEVE RENYARDS 9 STEP GUIDE TO
ATTRACTING IN THE WINTER
Place the hook bait in the bottom of the bag.
Add a few 2.3mm Bloodworm pellets.
Then add the Manilla and pellet mix.
Followed by some more pellets.
Compact the bag right down.
Twist the top and lick it.
You will be left with this, nice and neat.
Lick and stick each of the corners.
The end result is a perfect pile of food that matches the spod mix.
In the end, I don’t think any of those Christchurch carp could resist the mix I used. Something about it, whether that be how small every food item was, or, just the sheer amount of attraction it pumped out made it a very special combination for me. It certainly was a winters’ angling I will never forget!
EXTRA HINTS & TIPS
Here are a couple of Steves top tips, they’re not an essential, but something that can really increase catching those all important carp.
Use Small Hookbaits
I changed to small hook baits and size 8-hooks.
Trimmed down Manilla Wafters were the chosen hook bait.
Slack Line Alternative
Fluorcarbon was the only chance I had of trying to pin the lines out the way.
Increased Activity At Night
The day time action was slowing down and the carp turned very nocturnal.
The Rig To Use
A short rig, with an inline lead and the bait trapped tight to the hook seemed to be the effective presentation.
Pellets & Manilla Crumb
A mix of Manilla boilie crumb and 2.3mm Bloodworm pellets were keeping the fish feeding.
LEARN THE VENUE
Christchurch is a day ticket water based in Oxfordshire on the Linch Hill complex and has always been a firm favourite with anglers.