February – March
At this time of year, habitually, Carp, Bream and Tench follow a similar pattern. Over the next couple of months, female fish will be at the heaviest, so now is the time to think about your approach. In this feature, I will go through some of the things that have helped me catch some stunning fish.
Although we have had a relatively bright, mild winter, there are still key trigger points for fish that will ultimately lead fish towards spawning. Personally, I think fish respond equally to the length of the day and the air temperature, although a real cold snap can potentially push things back. Similarly, a “heat wave,” will also affect their behavior. Looking at the long-range weather forecast it suggests a steady month ahead, with daytime temperatures of 10-15, and nights being between 2-4 degrees. Over the next week, the cold northerly winds will dissipate and gentle westerly/southerly winds projected for the remainder of the month. With that in mind, I will now focus on the tactics that have worked for me at this time of the year. Read the rest of this entry »