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How to Catch Carp in Winter

How to catch carp in winter

Many people think that carp ceases to feed in the winter. This is mistake. In winter fishing carp will help several factors. The place of carp fishing will play a decisive role. Unlike the summer period, carp spend almost all of the time on the same site in winter.


The discovery of such a site and the use of a good bait are a reliable way of ensuring success. In fact, these areas and the feeding time are more predictable. Winter fishing for carp can be easier than in summer.

Bait is not the only way to solve the winter carp problem with fishing. Remember that carp feeds less in winter. If you have already fed someone else, then you do not need to throw any more bait on the site.

I look at winter fishing from two different points of view. The first is to choose the right site and apply one attractant at the right time. Thus, dozens of trophy carp were caught.

Tactics of site selection can yield an impressive result. I prefer to create my own portion of feeding. This gives long-term results. In winter, a large number of fish can be caught from such a site.

Prepare such a site is necessary before the winter begins. In winter, the carp will no longer be active.

With some effort, the carp can be made to feed by inertia and in winter. If the carp did not find a power source in November, then it will save its energy and remain immobile. In this situation, the carp will remain until the level of light changes in February. Then he will start to feed again.

The choice of bait is very important. I use a lure that dissolves well in summer water. Correctly dissolving in the summer water there is a chance that in cold water this bait will give the right signal for the carp.

In the winter, I never use the bait bought in the store. I do not use hard boilies either. It has long been proven that quality bait is always better.

How to catch carp

In November and December I feed only those areas where the fish actively fed. The amount of bait depends on the amount of carp in the pond. Depends on the availability of other fish species. The most important thing depends on the level of bird activity.

In winter, birds are very fond of fish food. Birds who dive under the water can become a problem on a not deep pond. Some of the birds can hold the air to infinity. Just to find something at the bottom of the lake.

I reckon that about one quarter of the bait will remain for the carp when it appears on the site. The more likely to feed the more chances that carp will also get its own portion. It is much more effective to feed half a kilogram every evening than once a week in large quantities.

When it was proved that the carp can be caught and in winter everyone believed that it is best to catch in the deepest areas. The idea was that the water at the bottom remains warmer than on the surface. It is right.

I think that on certain lakes this will lead to a negative result. As soon as the water temperature in the deep sections reaches its minimum, the sunny weather will not affect the warming of the water. There is a temperature fluctuation. Therefore, the level suitable for feeding is rarely at the bottom.

This may mean that the carp spends more time in mid-water water. It uses the temperature of a warm day to keep warm.

In this situation, the carp is very difficult to catch without the rigging zig rig. I know many cases when carp were caught 10 feet from the bottom. The depth was 12 feet. This will not help us with the bait.

Often people ask me about the ideal site for winter carp fishing. I usually choose a site on the lake with different depths. It's good when there are a lot of shallow water on the site. It is good when there are trees on the shore. After feeding the site, I carefully observe the first signs of the appearance of carp.

Preliminary knowledge of the winter site will bring very great benefits. However, with the help of bait, you can still, to some extent, influence the appearance of carp in a certain area, but only if you start doing this long before they cease to be active.

Which sites would I choose? One of the sites would have been exactly on the south or west side of the lake. It should be illuminated by the day sun. The angle of incidence of sunlight in winter is small. Therefore, the eastern part of the lake may not be illuminated at all. Some areas near the islands can bring a few bites. On these sites you need to catch on sunny days without bait. The fish floats in the upper layers of the water.

It is necessary to investigate the bottom of the lake with the help of a large sinker. Well fit silted areas. Plot in deep water near the roots of trees. A small shelter or a thicket of old grass attract winter carp.

I found that winter fishing is more effective in a place where silt passes into a stony or sandy bottom. Another site could be found in the northern part of the lake. If there is a cold wind blowing in all other parts.

In winter it is necessary to catch carp against the wind. In the most sheltered areas. If you walk along the shore of the lake you will notice that on some sites it is warmer than on other sites.

carp in winter

If you have patience, the carp will give you all your favorite sites. One small tip of the fish and you can consider yourself a winner.

I am sure that atmospheric pressure plays a very important role. During high pressure, the weather can be better, but the fish moves to the upper layers of the water. Therefore, it should not be caught at depth. This does not mean that low pressure time is the only time when you can catch a carp.

Often I caught carp at a very high pressure. Probably the whole point is the difference in pressure. Whatever the answer is always worth keeping records. If carp fishing in winter turned out it is necessary to try next time to find similar conditions.

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