05.03.10

My Winter PB - Neil Spooner

As everyone has no doubt found, this winter has been a proper struggle. Most of the waters have had lids on them and even when they have thawed the fish have simply been lying torpid. They have been so slow on activity that the weeklies are struggling for catch reports. I remember a little story Simon Scott relayed to me recently me about how he could actually pick the carp out of his pond without them moving an inch they were so lethargic.
However, I did brave the elements a few times and persisted on continuing to bait up my spots on my local Essex syndicate. Even when it was frozen I would arrive at the lake during darkness only to smash through the ice in the boat to scatter Cell boilies over my spots. I just hoped that the carp were feeding and felt that a regular food source may give them enough energy to keep on the move.
Well, on a recent session, a day after the lake was frozen solid, I had a right result in the shape of a belting 34lb common. I winkled it out just before first light and it fell to my trusty snowman setup, which was presented on a long length of Supernatural braid, whipped onto my favourite size 8 Kurv hook. I used this just in case there was still some silkweed covering the bottom, as it would simply lay on top leaving my presentation clear from detritus.
Considering the conditions it truly was a winter capture to remember as my efforts had finally paid off. I recently followed this capture up with a fine 18lb common and things are really starting to happen now. The carp are waking up folks, get on it – roll on the spring! ☺
Neil Spooner (aka Spoonpig)

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