WINTER BAITING - THE OTHER SIDE
SWITCHED OFF? Talking baiting brings me to a lake in Austria that I fished recently. The regular anglers there have fixed permanent markers and bait them constantly with large amounts of bait and actually monitor those spots by putting cameras down from a boat to see if the bait has been eaten! A bit high-tech maybe, but it makes perfect sense to know what is there before putting more in. When I went I had my same priorities – to use a good bait and a fair bit of it. I had the Key Cray and I didn’t really doubt that the fish would like it if they came across it. The story was that the fish had switched off somewhat and beds of bait were being left uneaten, but I still baited each rod with between half a kilo and a kilo of bait – which still seemed quite a bit considering the circumstances. The weather was up and down with warm days but very cold nights and indeed for the first three days and nights nothing happened. But then on the fourth morning I received a fast take from one of the most stunning mirrors I’ve ever seen at 71 lb 10 oz! From then the action came slowly but steadily right through to the end of the week.
If the bait is good enough they will come for it.
"Something I’ve learned over the years when fishing through the cold times is that the fish will eat a bit of food, they just won’t want to eat every day."
Something I’ve learned over the years when fishing through the cold times is that the fish will eat a bit of food, they just won’t want to eat every day. On all of those waters I’ve mentioned over the past 20 years or more, things could be tough and you couldn’t expect to catch every day. But the fish would come to quality bait when they were hungry and they will often eat more than we think they will even if we think it’s freezing cold!
An Austrian stunner that couldn't resist the Key Cray.