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Rotary Letter
Rob Maylin
Jon and I will be doing this again year,
yet back in 2007 I vowed never to do a
carp match again.
ple of classic winter winners are of
course pineapple and white chocolate, and these are sure-fire winners
when fishing singles.
Finally Q4 from Mr D. Vane.
This is a bit of a tough one to
answer as I’m not really sure why this
happens, but fish death seems to be a
common occurrence most springs
these days. I know that many of the
losses are of the old originals that the
l a k e s h o l d, b u t y o u d o a l s o s e e
younger fish pass on around this time
too. I think that with the older fish it is
simply an age thing and they may not
to be able to weather the winters at
an old age, but with the younger fish
it really shouldn’t be happening. I
don’t honestly know whether this is
what happens, but my thinking is that
some fish go into winter less prepared
than others. A lot of fish have a prewinter feed up and carry some extra
weight and fat that sees them
through the cold months, so when
things start to warm up and the parasites also start to do their worst, the
extra weight/fat helps the immune
system and gets them through the
spring. Some fish, on the other hand,
have not prepared so well for the winter. They are carrying less weight/fat
to see them through the cold, and as
they come out of it and things start to
warm up, the immune system is
lower, which allows the parasites to
attack them more easily. Whereas the
fish that have prepared well can
shake off the spring parasitic attacks,
the fish that have not prepared themselves are not strong enough to fight
them off, and this in turn sadly causes
the spring deaths.
Like I said this is only my theory on
things, and I’m interested to hear
what the others have to say on the
subject. That’s your lot from me this
month and I’ll look forward to the
next set of questions and reading
what the rest of the panel have to say
on these subjects. Till next time… n
92 FREE LINE
Hello everyone. Thanks first of all to
Dave, John and Lee for sort of catching up last month. Dave’s still a little
bit behind but he’s almost with us
now. Like he says in his piece, he’s
always late, but we don’t mind waiting for quality, do we? I’m really glad
I got Dave involved in it; some of his
answers last month were excellent.
I’m laughing to myself as I do this
piece because one of his first comments was a little bit of a dig at me.
Not so much a dig, Dave; I know you
weren’t having a go, but I’d mentioned about using fishmeal baits in
winter, and to cut down or not use
them in favour of other ingredients
which I’d found better in the winter.
Dave went on to say that of course
manufacturers of boilies like Mainline
etc now produce fishmeal baits that
work well in winter. I think they call
these winterised baits, and basically
not to take too much notice of what
I’d said, but he then goes on to say
that these winterised baits would
contain very little fishmeal. In fact
most of the fishmeal is replaced by
other ingredients, which was really
what I was saying in my piece anyway, so you disagreed with me but
then agreed with me in the end,
which is fine – that’s what these
Rotary Letter pieces are all about.
Incidentally, I’m loving it really, and
the reaction I’m getting from around
the country at the shows is great –
everyone’s raving about it. I’m so glad
that I resurrected it and so glad that I
chose the team I did, even if it means
waiting a bit longer to have the right
people to do it. It just goes to show
that great minds don’t always think
alike.
I mentioned in my first Rotary Letter piece that I use mainly maggots in
the winter. The question was about
winter baits and baiting methods, and
I made a comment at the end that I
knew Dave would have something to
say about zig rigs. His last couple of
winters’ successes have revolved
around zig rigs. He caught some huge
fish and was catching consistently.
Keith Jenkins’ Made In England feature in Big Carp was featuring captures from Dave every week, including the huge common that he had. I
can’t remember the weight, but it
was between 46 and 50lb anyway, a
huge fish caught on a zig rig.
I noticed in last month’s contribution from Lee Jackson, Lee saying
that he would always rather fish on
the bottom and it would take a braver
man than him to fish in the upper layers during the winter. Lee likes to be
down there with his bait, but I don’t
think you can argue with the results
of quite a few people around my neck
of the woods that have done a lot
more midwater bait fishing during the
winter. They don’t like it down on the
bottom; it’s a fact. I would imagine
that it’s very uncomfortable down
there for the carp with oxygen levels
very low and no sunlight on them as
such. They’re cold blooded creatures
and they just love it in the upper layers during the winter when there’s a
bit of sun up in the sky. I totally agree
with Dave’s comments about wishing
he’d done this sooner and put two
and two together. This is mainly on
deep lakes as he says, but you know,
it’s common sense when you think
about it. We’ve always known that
shallow lakes fish better in the winter
and it’s obvious why now – the surface is not far from the bottom on a
lake that’s only 3-4ft deep, so you’ve
got much more chance of catching
something on the bottom when the
fish that are in the upper layers are
only 2ft from the bait rather than
when you’re fishing in 15ft or more
water where the fish are in the upper
layers and 12ft from the bait on the
bottom. So it’s really simple now we
have put it together. It’s all part of
putting this jigsaw together at the
end of the day, and so it was great
advice from Dave on changing over to
zigs in the winter. If you really, really
want to fish on the bottom on baited
areas, then try to pinpoint these feeding times and just fish that very short
period of the day where they’re feeding on the bottom. Keep the bait trickling in like Dave said, and if you’ve got
a couple of rods, fish two zigs at the
unproductive times of the day, and at
the time when the bites are coming
on the bottom, put one rod down
there. If you get a bite you can put
two rods down there until the action
dies off, and then move back up with
the fish. Follow the fish not just
around the lake but also from bottom
to surface.
I love Jon’s stuff as well. Jon’s fishing pretty much full time at the
moment and finding it difficult to get
a base in which to sit down with a

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