little piece on the technique, so I thought it best to meet him at the proving ground down at Elphicks. The trip coincided with the first really cold weather and I was met with a bright day with an icy wind, so I set up on the back of it, hoping to cover the sheltered island margin that was getting the best of the winter sun. A harsh frost had really slowed the action, and I was glad Broady was stuck in traffic, because by 11am I'd still got nothing to show for my efforts. As he arrived I put the kettle on, and watched one tiny bubble hit the surface just over one of the baits. Ah well, at least it was a bit of a sign. Brew supped, we set about doing the pictures and praise be! Halfway through the first mug one of the alarms sang its little song. The Torsion took on its curve and I was one relieved angler as a small common hit the net. At that moment the other rod was off, and I quickly bundled another common into the net. The sun and my baits had done their job and I'd had a right result. It didn't stop there, and over the next few hours I had loads of action from the warming water in the lee of the island, every carp falling to my special baits. It was that good that I chanced feeding a very light scattering of boilies and things got even better. By the time Broady had drunk all my tea and filled a memory card with images, I'd had half-a-dozen decent fish and proved that a bait rolled by accident had turned out to be a great little addition to my winter arsenal. In fact a certain editor seemed to have bulging pockets as he left, and my pop-up tub looked depleted. They'd obviously made an impression. One of several fish that made it a right result for my Scotchies.UKcarp magazine 24 janUary 3rd 2012winter baits"A certain editor I know seemed to have slightly bulging pockets as he left"