If all else fails and you want a fail safe to go-to, try and continually bait one or two zones, this always gives you the opportunity to fish areas that have seen bait.
I’m not talking kilos upon kilos, I’m talking about little and often. The birds and fish will tell you all you need to know about your baited area. If the birds are constantly diving on that zone, the bait is still there, and you have had no enquires from the fish. On the other hand, fizzing and change of feel on the spots will be a giveaway that they are getting visited.
I believe after three or four visits you begin to build a picture of the location of where the fish are, if you begin to get regular bites from a certain zone, keep rolling the dice, if it’s not broken don’t fix it! But instinct and confidence is key, for getting the correct location. Once located, the fish can often be catchable.
In January, I had a little campaign on a local club ticket water, which I guess is 6 to 7 acres, a large head of fish, various depths and very pressured. There’s a 45lb plus common in there, which can be like a needle in a haystack. So, location was key. I put all my factors into the mix and witnessed another angler catch it. I was certain due to time of year it would not move far as was happy there. I began to fish in that zone, when I could get in there. And sure enough…. The rest is history…. 45lb 15oz of pristine UK Common.
Enjoy your winter campaigns people, catch a whacker!!!!