I was fishing a few lakes for carp using zig rigs and getting a few fish out. Nothing major, just low doubles and upper singles, but it was nice to catch in these conditions.
We spent a few days fishing the reservoir lake at Mill Barn in Great Wakering, a 4 acre lake with depths of 20 feet in places.
Zig Bugs were the main tactic, fished at 4 foot in 16 feet of water. The water temperature was very low and the fish sat deep, so this seemed a good starting point.
A steady trickle of 8mm pellets over the top soon had the indicators twitching, now all we needed was a proper take. Which didn’t take long.
It had taken an hour to get the carp going, but now it was all hands on deck as the rods started to fly. A dozen carp in an hour, in these conditions, was remarkable.
We tried different bugs to see how effective they would be, and we tried 10mm white pop ups. The Nash Attractor Bugs in black and white or black and yellow were the star performers, but the 10mm pop ups in Nash white chocolate were a close runner.
I went back several times throughout February and March and, despite the weather, we caught a few fish every time we went.