How to keep catching on cold days

Steve Ringer reveals his top tips to keep the bites coming all day in the colder months

How to keep catching on cold days

by Angling Times |

We’ve all been there before – catching a few fish early on before the peg suddenly goes completely dead and you can’t get a bite for love or money.

So, what exactly do you do in this situation? One option is to keep plugging away with your original approach, playing the percentages game and hoping for the fish to come back.

In a match, however, that’s out of the question and I think the same should apply to pleasure sessions too.

We all want to catch a few fish, especially now the days are shorter. Time is precious, and it’s always the angler willing to make constant changes who ends up with more carp and F1s in the net.

Now that the clocks have gone back and winter isn’t so far away, it’s time to talk through a few of the little tweaks I use to get a bite when all else has failed!

Fish Hi-viz corn

The colour of corn stands out a mile in cold water, and often, when I’m fishing for just a bite or two, I’ll feed two or three grains and fish over the top of them. Two grains of corn on the hook stand out better than one.

Fish Hi-viz corn
Fish Hi-viz corn

Slow-falling baits

I’ll think nothing of fishing a 0.2g float in 6ft of water because, in clearer water, carp feed by sight. A slow falling hookbait will often be followed down before being sucked in by a carp, unlike one nailed to the bottom.

Slow-falling baits
Slow-falling baits

Be patient

If I’m aiming for one or two fish at the end of a session I’ll identify a likely spot, then cast out and leave the feeder for up to 45 minutes, knowing that the water in front of me is nice and quiet, with minimal disturbance.

Be patient
Be patient

Find the fish holes

Underwater features such as holes or any variations in depth will often hold a fish or two. I plumb up to find these, and target them by initially fishing with just my hookbait, then feeding a tiny amount of bait to set a trap.

Find the fish holes
Find the fish holes
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