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    Default Now the Suns gone, so have my fish....

    Not been able to even buy a bite last 2 trips out...

    First ever BLANK today since my return to the hobby...

    What am I missing ? What do I need to learn about winter fishing ?

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    Default Re: Now the Suns gone, so have my fish....

    It does get harder. The deeper into winter it gets I withdraw down to places I have built up a knowledge about as being bankers.
    I fish for bites if that makes sense. You will get to know the places. Canals nearer to town sections where the fish find shelter and refuge from cormorants in the clearing water.
    Deep swims on lakes. Shallow lakes when a sudden mild spell mid winter happens.
    Rivers are worth a go.
    Most of all try smaller baits if you have been using bigger baits. Cut down the loose feed.
    Roach love small bits of bread punch in winter. Only feed a thumb size piece of compressed blitzed bread you dont want to over feed.

    Try sink and draw deadbaits for old toothy.
    Dont forget to takes worms. Put half a broken worm on and feed a FEW bits of cut up worm.

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    Default Re: Now the Suns gone, so have my fish....

    There's no single answer to this.

    Fish change behaviour throughout the seasons, they still need to eat to survive - the amount they eat varies and generally gets less the colder it gets.

    They can also change location. Fish go where they feel safe, can eat or procreate.

    So, it's a simple case of finding where they like to eat

    You might find that simply changing bait will work for a while longer. The water is starting to turn clearer, you may have to change your approach to your swims, or even change swims altogether.

    You haven't mentioned what type of water you are fishing and if you are targeting a particular species.

    On a lake I used to fish, you could near enough guarantee blanking from October until March / April, it is quite shallow so just casting seemed to spook the fish. This changed though as the lake is match fished quite regularly through the colder months, so the fish are more used to noise and food going in.

    On some venues, you can smash ice and catch with varying degrees of success.

    Location is the first requirement of fishing, think in 3d - the fish may be at different depths.

    Hard and fast rules made on one water, will be proven wrong somewhere else. Keep making small changes to what you are doing until you figure out what you need to do, follow the fish.
    Last edited by iannate; 06-10-2019 at 18:36. Reason: typo

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