Thom AirsAdam Penning, Winter

Carp fishing in winter: should you act on a fresh wind?

Thom AirsAdam Penning, Winter
Carp fishing in winter: should you act on a fresh wind?

In winter, should you act on a new, milder wind straight away, or would it have to be blowing for a few days to make any difference to the carp’s inclination to feed?

It's a question that many anglers ponder. Here's Adam Penning with his considered verdict...

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The little weather windows we get during winter are absolute gold dust, and the arrival of a blustery February storm will often coincide with the carp becoming more active.

Our prevailing wind is a south-westerly and when this brings Atlantic air, it almost always brings moisture and a drop in air pressure as well, and it should go without saying that the longer the milder weather has been in circulation, the bigger effect it will have on the lake water.

Having said that, just 24 hours of stormy weather can have a significant impact on the temperatures of a shallow lake, perhaps lifting the water temperature by a full degree.

This might not sound a lot but in percentage terms it really is a big deal and the carp will feel it.

In short, I’d be happy getting out there as soon as the stormy weather arrived because even though the water temperature increase will be marginal, the change in conditions can trigger the carp to have a feed regardless.

Thereafter for as long as the weather lasts, chances will increase daily as the temperature creeps up.

Caught on January 2 in the middle of a storm

Caught on January 2 in the middle of a storm