Winter Fishing at Red Hill.
As to be expected catches reduce during the colder months, but good sport is on offer if a modified approach is adopted. This is especially relevant when it comes to feeding.
If pole fishing on really cold days, it can pay to feed almost nothing at the start just to get an idea if you have fish in front of you. Lightly feeding just three or four 4mm hard pellets may induce a response, or if you prefer just trickle in a few micros with the odd grain of corn. Corn is a good hook bait and will often sort out the bigger carp. Fish are normally in the deeper water in winter, so you may need to go long to keep in touch. With deeper rigs you can safely use lighter lines and smaller hooks coupled with appropriate elastics in your pole. 0.12-0.14 rig line with a 18 hook is about right, matched with a white hydro/9-11 elastic.
There is no doubt that when pole fishing, carp will "back off" after a while so be prepared to add a section or two!
This may mean you have to try the feeder or straight lead. A feeder approach will often produce a quick response, but remember to be aware of how much feed pellet/groundbait you are introducing. Make sure all rigs are free-running too! At the end of a session, especially if the sun comes out and the temperature rises, don't ignore the margins. Fish might not be tight in as in Winter, but don't ignore the shallower parts of the lake. If you can find three foot, it may well be worth a try!
Thoughts on winter sweetcorn fishing by Steve Lockett.
"...it is brilliant even if they don't want to feed. Plumb up all around the peg and fish the grain dead depth. Don't feed anything until you hook a couple of fish that fight back. You will pick up fish by just lifting and dropping, or constant recasting on the waggler without any feed.
Once they kick properly when you are bringing them in, start to trickle in 2 or 3 grains every fish. And...let them kick on your fed line to stir up the bottom a bit, that pulls in more fish.
When bites get 'iffy', it is time to swap to the skin only. Bear in mind that plenty of bites will be very small dinks, although proper bites should still be positive, but just only enough to sink 2-4mm of thin bristle or float top."
Steve's advice can be followed on: