Winter has to be one of my favourite times to be out on the bank. Yes, the fishing can be much more difficult than in the warmer months but, providing you set yourself realistic targets, you can have a rewarding few months. The satisfaction gained from a cold water capture can outshine that from a summer one. Every bite is hard earned at this time of year but, in return, the carp tend to look better in their winter colours and are usually at their top weights.
There can be fewer better sights for a carp angler than a frost-covered bank, mist rolling off the water’s surface and a big, fat mirror in the net. Modern bivvies, clothing and sleeping bags are developed with extreme temperatures in mind so there is absolutely no need to suffer these days.
I enjoy my winter fishing as much, if not more so, than summer. If minimal angler pressure, freedom to move, stunning sunsets and a challenge do it for you just get out there and do it. Experience has taught me a lot over the years and, whilst there are no hard and fast rules, here are a few tips that might give anyone approaching their first winter carp fishing a head start.