STAYING MOBILELots of watching and walking can pinpoint the carp's location.DAYSONLYRich Wilby reveals how a mobile approach has kept him catching this winterUKCARP MAGAZINE 35 JANUARY 3RD 2012Maybe I'm getting old, but this winter I have decided to fish day sessions only, moving around and trying to put myself in the right place to take advantage of the short feeding spells winter carp fishing so often brings.I find it very hard to settle in one swim for a day unless it's obvious that I'm on fish. My impatience is sometimes frustrating, but I'm sure it helps me make more of my valuable time on the bank.I think this is the time of year when too many anglers put comfort above catching fish. All the double skin bivvies come out, along with
UKCARP MAGAZINE 36 JANUARY 3RD 2012STAYING MOBILESEAGULL-PROOF BAGS 2Tighten and tie off the PVA bag in the usual way to get this result. 1A tiny handful of bait and a small pebble go into a PVA mesh bag. Punching a bait out into a sheltered area at the back of the wind.five-season sleeping bags and mountains of food for the stove. I'm not knocking that, but by fishing day sessions in the winter I can wrap up in my Zero Tolerance clothing and not be burdened down with loads of extra kit. I have watched several anglers in the last couple of weeks not even walk around an empty lake. Instead they just set up in one of the big comfortable swims and spend two hours setting up camp before a bait is even put in the water.I've spent the last eight winters fishing many day trips with my good mate and UKCarp editor Broady on all manner of waters, and I've enjoyed every minute because we have a similar approach - both us are willing to move regularly until we catch. We still have a laugh, taking the pee out of each other and enjoying each other's success, but because we have the same attitude to winter carping we fish well together.On some day sessions I dread to think how many times I cast out and introduce a little bit of bait, but staying active and working a swim in the winter is a great way to induce a quick bite. An old friend fished next to me the other day and was surprised at my constant recasting, but if I'm seeing fish show or just trying to work the swim I will recast as many times as it takes for me to be happy. I eventually tempted a nice twenty, the only bite of the day between us.All my bites in the last few weeks have been within half-an-hour of recasting, and from lakes where most anglers I've seen recast every 12 hours.In the cold months carp are far less active, so I want to put my hookbait right in front of them. I've lost count of how many times one rod fished in one spot will bring all the action, even with two other rods fished to the same spot with the same rigs and bait.Fishing for line bites is also a great way of locating carp in the winter, so casting regularly and spreading my rods in a swim to start can soon help pinpoint where the fish are. After a while all three of my rods may end up in one area, but my usual approach, especially when I've seen a carp roll, is to put the middle rod directly where the fish has shown and the other two either side. Usually the other rods will be fished staggered.For example, if the fish has shown at 50 yards range, the left-hand rod will be cast out 60-70yds and the right-hand rod at 30-40yds. If nothing happens I may switch the right-hand rod to the "long" rod and recast the left-hand rod shorter. The middle rod will often stay where the carp has rolled, but I will still recast towards the same area with fresh bait on within 30 minutes of the first cast being made.I've been targeting three very different lakes in the last month. I try to pick the right lake on the right day to suit the conditions. One of the lakes is a pretty featureless deep pit, another is slightly larger, a typical old gravel pit with a bottom like an egg box. The third is my own small day-ticket lake which is mainly 6ft all over with one deeper area.These lakes and the fish in them are very different, but my mobile and active approach "If I'm seeing fi sh show I will recast as many times as it takes for me to be happy"