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Winter Carp Fishing
(Right) You can see why Linear is
voted the best day ticket fishery in the
country, when you have lakes like
Brasenose on the portfolio.
(Below) Fishery officer Chris Blunt
with an awesome capture of the Matt
Hayes fish from Manor, last February
when night time temperatures were
down to –8.
a good few bites may be possible
even on the more difficult venues out
there.
The main factors that you need to
keep in mind when selecting a winter
venue are:
Stock.
1.
2.
Depth.
3.
Past form.
4.
Weed levels.
5.
Exposure to elements.
6.
Timing.
Obviously there a lot of other variables that need to be taken into
account, but I consider these to be
the most important for my fishing.
Starting with the stock – it doesn’t
take a genius to work out that more
heavily stocked venues are going to
keep the bobbins dancing on a more
regular basis. It really is down to the
individual’s choice what you want
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from your fishing – do you wants lots
of fish? Big’uns? A few bites with the
odd 20 etc? The list goes on, so have
a look around your area, ask a few
questions, and try to come up with a
venue that fulfils your requirements,
because ultimately we shouldn‘t forget that fishing should be fun. These
days there are so many venues
around with good stocks of big carp
that it really isn’t that difficult to
shortlist a few places that fit the bill
be it on day ticket, or clubs and syndicate lakes.
There are many good lakes around
the place that fit all the requirements
– Cemex Angling’s Blue Pool, Frimley
or Sandhurst, then there day ticket
Meccas like Richworth Linear Fisheries’ St. Johns or Oxlease, all with
great past winter form – take you
pick.
To me depth is a major factor when
choosing your winter venue because

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