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Winter Carp Fishing
cylinders, and you will end up with a
lot of half full cylinders, which can of
course be used up in summer when
the temperature allows. So let’s move
on to petrol. This can be messy if not
used correctly, but it has the massive
advantage of not being affected by
the cold. The stove I use was developed for Himalayan expeditions, so a
few nights on some lakeside are not
going to trouble it unduly. It is very
simple to strip and service, and unlike
some other petrol or liquid fuel-based
stoves it doesn’t suffer from the carbon buildups that lead to singed eyebrows or worse! A little tip when
using all petrol stoves is to add 100ml
of Redex fuel injector cleaner to every
five litres of fuel, which has the effect
of dramatically reducing carbon
deposits, and therefore makes the
stoves run trouble free. If you are feeling very homesick, get yourself one of
these gas heaters for those very cold
nights; they are a dream, but remember to have ventilation as carbon
monoxide builds up and is very much
a silent killer. This is not meant to
paint a dangerous picture of them,
but they must be treated with care
and if used in a safe and responsible
manner, they are brilliant. One final
thought – remember we need to fuel
our bodies to stave off the cold so
don’t overlook the need for plenty of
hot drinks and hot food, and you know
that aroma of smoked bacon in the
cold of a winter morning is second to
none! Don’t let the cold put you off,
just be prepared and enjoy the peace
and quiet that generally abounds in a
winter solstice.
If you’re planning on venturing out
this winter it is imperative that you
select the correct venue so you don’t
end up wasting your valuable time on
somewhere that is unlikely to produce a bite or two. Obviously, if you
have been targeting a particular
water all year, then the back end of
the season is top time to try to capitalise on all your hard work. The fish
will be certainly be waking up slightly
over the next month or so, especially
after the winter we have just had, and
(Top) Winter carp fishing is not for the
fainthearted.
(Middle) St. John’s has always had a
good winter track record for
producing fish all through the winter.
(Bottom) Stoves and heaters will
make your stay an enjoyable one.
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