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Question 3
I think the fish do respond to light levels as well as temperature and this
could be one of the answers to Mr M
Giles’s question in Q1, as to why this
winter hasn’t fished as well in the
milder weather. Perhaps the fish are
responding to the time of year by
monitoring light levels rather than the
temperature of this winter.
I have known some very cold starts
to April but the fish seem to respond
the same as a normal year. But there
is usually a correlation between light
and temperature that triggers the fish
to start acting how they should at certain times of the year. One thing I did
notice through February and March a
few years ago was the changing feeding times. Everyone will probably
agree that there are set feeding times
in the colder months, but I don’t
believe these times are fixed to GMT,
but are more related to dawn and
dusk times. In February I was getting
regular bites at 10am and 2pm; there
seemed to be a 10-15 minute window
at these times where a bite was
nearly guaranteed. Nothing seemed
to happen in between these times,
but each week as the light levels
extended these bite times moved.
Expanding daylight hours.
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The 10am bites came
earlier and the 2pm
became later, so the
hot time wasn’t 10am
or 2pm, it was two
and a half hours after
sunrise and three
hours before sunset!
Question 4
I’m not a fishery
expert so I’m not
really placed to
answer this in depth.
It has been touched
on in pasted BCRLs
that high oil and some high percentage fishmeal baits can cause issues
with indigestibility, but whether this
will cause fish deaths or not I’m not
too sure.
But I will hope that this mild winter
will have a less harmful effect on the
fish than the previous three years. All
I can say is keep an eye on the fish
and the water and look out for anything out of the norm – fish acting
strangely, unusual colouration to the
water etc, and if anything is different
or doesn’t look quite right then call
the EA for advice. n
Lee Jackson
Hi guys. Mildest winter on record? I
think we spoke too soon; we had six
inches of snow yesterday! Also there
was a carp show at Zwolle in Holland
at the weekend and apparently temperatures went down as low as minus
23 degrees centigrade at night, and as
the crow flies, Holland is not that far
away from England. Personally I think
the weather has been going a bit mad
all over the world in recent years; it
certainly seems as if our planet is
going through a bit of a change.
Apart from of late though, it generally has indeed been one of the
mildest winters that I’ve ever known,
although most waters haven’t fished
any better as a result, and I’m not
really sure why. If captive fish are
anything to go by, the carp in my garden pond have been very active for
most of the winter and I’ve been feeding them almost as much as I do in
the summer, so why haven’t the carp
in our lakes been behaving the same?
Having said that, the lake that I’ve
been fishing this winter has fished
quite well (for some), although from
what I’m told it does normally fish
quite well in the winter anyway. It has
been typical winter fishing though – a
lot of people blanking through not
being on the fish, but then multiple
catches when they have or the fish
have suddenly moved in to feed on
the free bait.
There has also been the odd catch
that defies belief. Last week in subzero temperatures, with air pressure
of 1036mb, a freezing cold northeasterly wind and a fairly big moon, Kevin
Ballard, who also works in The Tackle
Box, had six in a morning! This sort of
reinforces the fact of how unpredictable a carp’s behaviour sometimes is, because I would never have
thought it possible to have a multiple
catch like that in those sorts of conditions… Little do I/we know… I sup-
Kevin Ballard with part of a recent catch in horrendous conditions.

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