Prepare This Winter to Catch More During Spring! Winter for many anglers can be a time where you simply don't go fishing, and that's fair enough as you want to make sure you enjoy your fishing when you do go! You may be surprised however that there are still multiple things you can do and think about even if you retire for the winter which may help you catch more fish after the harshness of winter. Here is a list of some which you can use to prepare for the warmer weather!

Prepare Your Bait

Over winter it can be worth getting your bait sorted ready for spring. One thing that's always worth doing is adding attractants to your hookbaits as soon as possible. This will give your hookbaits longer to absorb the attractants which you've added which means after being left from the entire winter - come spring these are going to be deadly!

When reflecting on your fishing over the year, focus on your baiting approach. Figure out any patterns in the results you've had in comparison to which bait you're using and the method of baiting. This can give you an idea of how carp feed differently with different baiting applications. I.E if you've found that you've had a bigger hit of fish from fishing over a wider spread of bait on a large venue then you can use this knowledge on similar waters and see if it has the same results.

Prepare Your Rigs

I always tend to reflect on this during this time of year. How many fish have you caught and how many have you lost? Reflecting on this can be a game changer. If you're losing fish for no reason then the chances are there is something not quite right with your rigs for the angling situation you're in. If you're getting solid hook holds when fishing in close but losing fish when fishing further out then the chances are you need to lengthen your rigs when you're fishing further out. This helps me prepare my rigs so I can get them just right for the venue I am fishing.

If you're nailing every fish you're hooking then you can go into Spring full of confidence that your rigs are going to be as effective as possible.

Make a Plan

Prepare which waters you want to focus on this year. This will give you time this winter to plan an approach and prep your tackle to ensure you've got everything you need. It may be even worth taking a walk around some of these waters and finding some spots so you're prepared for your first session.

Big Old Sort Out!

Yep, having a sort out of your gear can catch you more fish! If you know exactly where every bit of tackle you own is kept, you will be able to access it a lot quicker when you need it meaning you will be more efficient on the bank and for an example, less time faffing about trying to find your head torch at midnight!

I sort my tackle so the things I am going to need to fish like leads, rigs etc are at the top of my rucksack or easily accessible. My power bank, bivvy light and head torch goes in a separate compartment to everything else so I know where it all is when I'm doing a night.

Get out and Practice Your Skills!

If you've had your rods hung up all winter, it's fair to say that you may be slightly out of practice come spring! Casting for an example is all about technique when fishing as accurately as possible, you may find you're struggling to hit the distances you once were hitting back in autumn. For this reason I'd recommend getting out during February, even if it's an afternoon of fishing single hookbaits or even a couple of hours. This will give you the chance to get your skills on point, ready for when you want to go fishing in spring.

Blog Written By Rob Taylor