It’s never too cold to catch a carp, says Mark Watson.
I think I can safely say winter is here after I’ve done a night in temperatures down to -5ºC and woken up to find a thin layer of frost on my sleeping bag. Fortunately it’s a good sleeping bag and I was warm as toast inside, until nature called and I had to emerge.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I seem to get through cooking stoves like I do biscuits! None I have used has ever lasted very long, either blocking up due to regular use or the gas pipe getting burnt/damaged due to it being too short.
When winter comes and the fishing starts to slow down, there is only one bait I really turn to, and that’s the humble maggot.
I like to use bunches of maggots so I don’t have to drop my hook size at all. I’m a fan of big hooks all year round, and when using quantities of maggots, I also like to ‘match the hatch’ and use them as hookbaits.
It’s a slow start to the year for Calum when he makes a return trip to Abbey Lakes.
In 2012 I was lucky enough to get a winter trip to the famous Abbey Lakes complex in France with the purpose of doing some filming for the Gardner Tackle website and YouTube channel. We did really well with all three of us catching new PBs and even two fifties between us.