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Winter Carping

Post by Bob on Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:40 pm

How many off you fish for Carp in the Winter and what are set-up's for keeping warm ?

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Guest on Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:16 pm

Bob wrote:How many off you fish for Carp in the Winter and what are set-up's for keeping warm ?

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i've winter fished for carp for years until this winter when i've decided to pursue big roach/perch

remember the 'old days' on the 'Electricity Cut' on the Nene at Peterborough - nothing i could write would compare with what Ellliot Symak has written about! - and plenty thats still X rated!

but a cheap Woolworths umbrella/sun lounger and lorry tarpaulin means that the current generation of carpers have no idea how 'hard' it was in the 'old days'

remember the first 'bivvy' - Send Marketing Brolly Camp - heavy canvas - after a hard winters night when you tried to fold it down you had to 'break' it apart when frozen solid!

how things have changed

clothing has advanced dramatically - i never use anything designed for fishing (see PS) unless its for salmon fishing (no brolly/bivvy and up to your chest in Jan/Feb with ice floes going past you!)

i use mainly Canadian Sports Chief outer layers and Woolpower Merino Wool 'inner' layers - Baffin Trapper Boots

my Sportschief is so old its in the 'original' Realtree broad ok pattern - thats how good it is - still used for deer stalking/shooting as well!

Woolpower merino is not cheap - but its very warm and unlike most others it can be washed at 60 degrees - Mil Spec requirement to kill bacteria

to be honest in less severe 'climes' Marks and Spencer Merino Wool underwear is actually very good

oe thing of importance with the shell (outer layer) is to use the correct treatments to aid water repellency - i use Nikwax

Ps - i do have the Nash 'Down' jacket (old one) - very warm but not waterproof

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Danny on Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:13 pm

Adecent bivvy and winterskin, hot water bottle, take a change of socks to change into once yu have lugged all your gear and set up as sweaty feet will turn to freezing feet...

With the correct clothing you should only 2 layers and comfortable fishing and dont forget waterproofs.

Loads of good food too, such as soup, cassaroles etc

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Mark on Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:56 am

Bob, I often fish all through winter except when lake is frozen and rarely use the front on my ultralight unless rain is blowing in. I wear thick trousers or trakker fleece bottoms with a long sleeve thermal top then a decathlon micro fleece £6.99 then a hoodie if it get colder i have a polar fleece over this or my 3/4 shimano coat. boots are Danner GTX with good socks as for sleeping any normal 3 season bag does me to 3 degrees then if temp goes lower a Trakker big Z pertex bag, I will state this is the warmest bag on ever made and if your quick Trakker have just re-released it in limited supplies. the peachskin version is as warm but nowhere near as breathable. Food I allways cook a good hot meal around 6 pm this will warm you up noticably.
Also forgot to add a fleece hat as well
Of course lots of hot drinks Tea,coffee,drinking chocolate and oxo cubes hmm yummy
I still do extended sessions as long as 4 nights thru winter
I hope that helps you
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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Elty on Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:13 pm

personally i tend to keep warm by moving about a fair bit. a little walk up and down the bank every now and then. its amazing how much a quick blast on the stove in the bivvy can warm it up for quite a while too. i know that can be dangerous (lit stove in bivvy) but as long as your careful and i only blast it for 10 seconds or so.

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Danny on Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:37 pm

elty - keep the top of the bivvy door open or the bottom and that should be ok

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Onslow on Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:58 pm

I absolutely love winter carp fishing, the feel of Jack Frost nipping at your nose and ears with the chance of a carp in full winter colours is sometimes more than enough to keep me warm.

But when they aren't playing then lots of thin layers and a decent hat is the order of the day and every time you pee, refill yourself with another cup of something warm and wet. Try to keep out of the wind and in the sun and you should be OK
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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Danny on Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:08 pm

Totally agree on the "stay out of the wind" always brings me illness the following week...

Off out in couple of weeks cant wait...

Was out in February this year minus 5 at night woke to everything frozen, will post pictures later when im home, lovely sight but damn it was cold and longnights..

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by TCarper on Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:40 pm

I prefer to do day trips only these days once we get into proper Winter Bob (Dec, Jan, Feb). I used to happily do nights when I was a bit younger, now the thought of a warm bath and proper dinner at the end of a days fishing in the Winter is far to appealing for me. 99% of the fish I catch in the Winter are all around the same sort of time on any lake I have ever fished, and that period falls during the day.

In terms of clothes, Buffalo special 6 shirts are the best I have seen, seriously warm. Pertex outer and British made.

I love my Winter fishing, quiet banks & the fish still feeding hard if you can locate them & keep them feeding there are great rewards to be had. I use far more bait in the Winter than I ever would during the Summer, as long as you keep the right sort of bait going in regularly, it is far easier at that time of year to get them locked onto your bait as a food source. No naturals to contend with.

A good example is the Stow last February, where I used a Gardener large rocket to put out 10kgs of boiled bait through the ice in the evening, returned the next morning to a still semi frozen lake & put out another 5kgs with a stick, to most this would seem crazy. 15kg's of boiled bait into a frozen lake in February... I had 5 bites on it within the next two hours while my mate doubled up with me in same swim had 6, upper 20's & 30's. This was only possible by a couple of months of getting them on the bait, in smaller amounts into the areas they were visiting. Anyone else fishing would be using singles or a very small stringer. Me, once I had them onto the bait with the regular baiting, I was filling it in while the air temps were -4. We created a situation where no one else could catch a fish for a while, while we were clubbing them left right & centre. Busy lakes & natural food stocks make this much harder to do in the warmer months. When everyone else has hung up their rods, that is the time to get busy with the baiting IMO. Even the hardest of lakes can have Winter form, and they can be made far easier to catch to if you can keep them going as the water temps drop.

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Danny on Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:56 pm

if you can keep a scattering of baits going in throughout the winter you will get the fish moving... i never fish tight beds of bait as they wont move if too preocupied.. well thats my view anyway...

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by HAPPYANGLERALEX on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:59 pm

I always fish through winter, days only,

oval brolly-gaz cooker-soups-hot drinks-and things to munch.

clothing, nothing fancy or expensive, I go for layers, two pairs of trousers-thick shirt-two hoodies and a wind proof top coat.

Feet the first thing to get cold, good boots-two pairs of socks.
hands, fingerless gloves and really thick over gloves.
head, warm head gear and two hoods up.

so I am sitting there, either frosty or snow, and cat ice on lake, and a brightly coloured pheasant walks past, the sky is blue and there is a slightly warm winter sun, suddenly there is a single bleep-magic. Very Happy
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Re: Winter Carping

Post by reaper on Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:22 pm

Plenty of hot food and tea and coffee. Remember that just sitting around your body will be burning calories at a rapid rate just trying to keep you warm so eat plenty of hot and high calorie food. Stay off the booze and make sure you have spare kit to change into if needed.
I wear a hat to bed as most heat is lost through the head, even more so when you have no hair. Also have a wander up and down the bank to keep the blood flowing and make sure you dont do your boots up too tight.
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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Crafty Tenching on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:30 pm

tea by the gallon, and spare gas! staying out of the wind a must, being comfortable, and if over night, a hot water bottle. and knowing when its time to go home!!!
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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Bigbadjon on Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:58 pm

Ive been useing some disposable hand warmers and must say with a few of them stuffed in your pockets, hat, boots etc it's like fishing in the bahamas Wink
Good bit of kit, and stay "hot" for 18hrs each, a box of about 50 cost about a tenner from a local Costco, money well spent me thinks

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Re: Winter Carping

Post by Dan78 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:55 pm

I'll be mainly short day sessions this winter. Plenty of warm drinks and the odd walk up and down to bank to keep the blood circulating. If you wear Skee-tex, don't wear socks, your frets will be much warmer

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