Winter Fishing with Steve Cock

Winter Fishing? Long hours of darkness, grey sky’s very often wet and bitterly cold.  However on the plus side the carp are in pristine condition, lovely golden colours and can be at their best weights.  If you’re going to fish during the winter picking the right water is key, Steve’s preferred water is a pit with a good head of fish and some winter form.  Also a reasonable size that catches the wind to keep the surface water turning over with shallow area’s that warm up a couple of degrees on sunny days.

The famous Chilham Mill in Kent is exactly this type water.  Steve arrived at the lake at 10am for a 24 hour session and spent two hours walking the banks looking for signs of fish and eventually as he stood in the famous One Pole swim talking to Rob who had caught a mid 20 common at 6am, they saw a fish stick it’s head out off the transformer swim then a few minutes later another one broke the surface and that was enough for him to decide transformer was the place to be.

Steve set about getting the rods out and from previous sessions in the swim he knew that there is a deeper channel that runs in front of the swanny bar at 80/90 yards range.  Small 12m bottom baits fished wafter style on IQ D rigs over a mixture of crumbed Ballistic B, sweet corn, 2mm Betaine Pellets, dead maggots mixed with Liquid Carp Food and a drop of Hemp Oil.  In winter you need lots of attraction in water without to many food items, just enough to entice a bite.

Just after 10pm a couple of beeps and a slow drop back resulted in a large bream, if it hadn’t been cold and dark steve would have taken a photo.  With a new bait on and back out to the spot he went back to bed with his hot water bottle, with all the kit that’s available these days there’s no need to be cold on the bank.  At 4am he was woken with a couple of bleeps from the same rod, just as Steve got to it the middle rod started bleeping and the bobbin juddering so he picked it up and felt a fish knock a few times then it was gone, he finished reeling it in and then picked the right hand rod up thinking probably another bream was on the end.

It was locked up in weed but he could feel something was there, steady pressure and Steve was gaining line slowly back towards him.  Still thinking it was a bream in a clump of weed as he got it into the margin it start to kite left, flicking the head torch on he could see it was no bream, he grabbed the net and it went straight in.  Having a proper look in the net there sat a chunky mirror and on the scales at 29lb 6oz a right result and nice start to 2019.

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