14.03.13

Snow Carp - Joe Stephens

Joe Stephens recently spent the day out with Elliott Gray, shooting a technical feature in very unspringlike conditions. In fact, the Essex countryside was covered in some late snowfall, which meant that Joe was forced to change his plans slightly. He’d originally intended to fish a small gravel pit that he’s been targeting recently, in search of a 40lb common. After the cold snap dropped the water temperature, Joe decided to target a smaller, more prolific water very close by.
Even this seemingly easier option hadn’t produced a fish for three weeks, which is far from normal. Settling to his task, Joe decided to set up on the back of the biting wind, in a sheltered spot. Casting around, Joe discovered that much of the lake bed was gravel, with occasional soft areas in between. He decided that he’d use his favourite hinged stiff rigs, baited with pink, cork-ball pop-ups, and target the soft areas. Due to the cold conditions, Joe opted to fish single hook baits and his approach worked quickly because, just 30 minutes into the session, he banked an immaculate 14lb common.
He then had to wait two hours for further action when his other rod, which was fished close to the first, ripped off with an upper-double carp on the end. With two snow carp in the bag, Joe fancied his chances on the harder lake that he’d initially targeted and packed up, satisfied with his short session!

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