I mentioned in the last blog that I was going to look back on my winters fishing, we are moving into Spring with the days getting warmer and longer it’s a perfect time to look back over the colder months. It was the mildest winter in my memory with no snow in my area and Jack Frost barely paid a visit, trouble was it’s also been the wettest. Rain, rain and more rain is what kept the sky cloudy keeping the temperature up at night. What brought the cold factor on the banks was the high winds that seemed to be a persistent as the rain. It cancelled the odd fishing trip through me not wanting to try and sit it out by the lake, the one type of weather I don’t like fishing in is the wind. I will quite happily fish in any other weather even heavy rain or snow, the wind makes casting difficult and its hard to get a sturdy shelter like a brolly of bivvy to hold upto it.
The original winter plan was to pre-bait the canal and get a serious campaign on there while the boat traffic was at a minimum from November onwards but with the weather being so good for the time of year, the amount of boats moving around the waterways was still high and the temptation of moving onto lakes was too much for me. Two other plans in the back of my mind were catching a few predators on lures and a bit of river Chub fishing as I do every winter. Although I got a bit of lure fishing in, the rain had kept most rivers on a very high flooding level pretty much all winter long so I never got a go on there before the close season.
In the Autumn I was fishing the Blue Lias Caravan site pond with mixed success, a few captures including a repeat one in the size of an 11lb Mirror but never got into anything larger. As the weeks past into November and December I was working alot on six if not seven day weeks which didn’t leave much time for fishing and was the final death of my canal plans. The few chances I did get on the banks were lure fishing sessions after predators, I suffered a few blanks but did catch a few small Perch and Pike which was good for me as it was something different to chasing Carp. I had a few disasters over December which included a damaged car and Otters turning up on the one chance I did get to go Carp fishing for the day. It wasn’t until after Christmas and New Years, once work had died down a bit, that I had the time to get my winter Carp sessions back on track with regular visits to the bank. I fished Stockton Reservoir solidly over the first part of the year just because I could usually get a few runs up there even on the coldest winter day. I struggled really with a few blanks, along with a few multi-fish captures, the biggest I caught was about 13lb. I switched it up for the end of winter at Barston which didn’t go to well, catching a small Common and blanking on my two trips up there. All in all my plans 6 months ago changed due work and the weather as the weeks passed by. Looking back its been a bit of a wash out but now with the Summer just around the corner its time to start enjoying the suns rays and the longer days.
I was just a few weeks previously I been considering that my spring campaign would be on the local canal systems. A long hard think about it made me realise that with time and money being on the short side and the frustrating three-month blank I endured with a few lost fish while chasing them last spring that I’m going to concrete on two other venues. These are two different lakes I already know well and hold Carp to over 20lb, Bishops Bowls Mitre Pool and Napton Reservoir. Mitre Pool I have fished the last three years and have had some great days on before. Napton I haven’t Carp fished in 7 years but have a few ideas on how to trick these beautiful dark Carp that swim in the huge lake. Hopefully there will be a few decent sized beautiful Carp gracing my blog over the coming weeks and months.