It's still possible to catch carp, but it takes considerably more effort, time and prior planning.
Yesterday weather yielded strong winds and temperatures in the mid-40's for a high with rain headed from west to east toward my fishing location. There were two very short periods of sunshine and the rest of the day was overcast.
My strategy for cooler weather is to use less bait, recast more often to keep fresh bait in the water, using brand new hooks for every session to increase the odds of hooking up and watching the rods very closely.
I have found that fish bite softer in cool weather, so a sharp hook helps a lot. If the fish are biting aggressively, you can get by with a hook that's been used for a session or two, but I prefer to increase the odds in my favor as much as possible. The cost of a hook runs me about $0.69 each for the Korda Wide Gap hooks I use. That seems like a small price to pay versus running the risk of a "blank" aka "not catching".
Here are some pictures:
|This one's a little scrapper for sure. This little guy did not want to be captured in the net AT ALL. |
It took a while to land him.
|This carp was very healthy looking.|
|I love the scale pattern on this one.|
|This fish is built for future growth.|