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Firstly I’d like to hope that everybody had a good Christmas and New Year. I’d not really managed to squeeze much fishing in before this session due to the knee surgery and recovering. Also how cold has it been! When the local waters weren’t frozen, they probably should have been. We’ve had some pretty grim weather the last few months, and that’s probably being kind. 
I like to think one of my better traits associated with angling is my watercraft. Generally being in the right place at the right time, or maybe I’m just lucky! However, this time of year all of that completely goes out of the window, you lose focus from trying your hardest to locate carp when you just can’t. The bites are very hard to come by on relatively low stocked waters, and the most annoying of all, you freeze to death. 
I’ve always been one up for winter fishing though, I enjoy the quiet banks, most importantly being able to have a good look around and scope out some spots for when the lake wakes up without really getting in anybody’s way. However, on this occasion I had it in my head that I’d visit the lake I bailiff. I’d been going down a lot during the weeks previous, without managing to locate a single fish. Last winter I managed to catch a decent 20 common from Old Mill Lakes. Although the lake is hard, it does hold good winter form. The day before I was due to go down the lake, a decent fish was caught, just shy of 30. That was enough for me to ditch my plans on the syndicate and head off for a day ticket day session. 
As you can all probably imagine, I was like a kid in a sweet shop that morning but, as expected, the weather was minging! Heavy frosts and, to be honest, I was expecting a lid on the lake. After a good chat with the owner, me and my mate Kev headed off to the lake to find it was around a quarter frozen. We opted to fish central as these swims are usually the ones that produce the bites. 
I opted to fish hinge stiff rigs, mixed it up with colours from the Sucessful Baits range, Scoberry white, yellow CalaFruitti and pink Nasty Shrimp, using minimal bait, just chucking bags around every hour to try tempt a bite. 
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Throughout the day we pressed hard together to try make something happen, all that kept going through my mind was the fish were more than likely in the middle layers. However, the owner had now banned zigs from the water, people misusing plastic baits and maggots. This is a common occurrence in today’s angling, the angling we so dearly try to respect. The minority spoiling it for the majority. Respecting the owners rules I continued to try buy a bite off the bottom, unfortunately this wasn’t to be. Dark was fast approaching and at this point I think I was close to frostbite! 
Sometimes it happens, other times it doesn’t. That’s carp fishing. But one thing's for sure, you won’t catch them at home! 
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