Have A Little Patience - Mark Griffiths

In my last couple of outings the temperature has plummeted dramatically; winter has well and truly arrived. Thanks to the cold blast, I have discovered that bites are a lot harder to come by, which is obviously a common problem. However, there are ways to get around it and get some fish on the bank.

In recent matches, I have found that casting a lot less frequently has resulted in a lot more fish landed. There is the tendency among anglers to cast more frequently when the going is hard, but I go the other way.

I started noticing a pattern between bites and by recording this, I’ve added a crucial little percentage. It pays to have a stopwatch with you to try and find a pattern of how often the bites come. I have found that casting and waiting up to 45 minutes has been paramount to putting a few extra fish on the bank and at this time of year, it can make a monumental difference.

I'm sure it's no coincidence that there’s a pattern and this can vary day to day. Whether the fish just feel safe taking the bait after a certain amount of time, or the fact there is less commotion from the feeder or bomb hitting the water, I’m not 100% sure, but I do know if you find the right time, it’ll increase your catch rates.

Try it on your next tip fishing session. Use a stopwatch and time your bites, be patient and reap the rewards.

Best of luck,
Mark Griffiths.