We’re resurrecting a few of our favourite posts on Winter Carping, here’s one from Shaun Harrison. Originally written for the blog in 2010, you can bet the advice is still worth heeding!
winter carp fishing


Here’s a quick list of things I would not leave home without on a winter session;

1. Local weather forecast

2. Mobile telephone

3. Brewing kit or flask

4. Hat – the majority escaped body heat leaves through the head. Less clothing is required if a hat is worn.

5. Polarised Sunglasses – the low level of the winter sun causes a lot of dazzle off the water and you may be surprised at how many carp you can find in incredibly shallow water in winter – if only you look!

6. Binoculars – essential for spotting the tell tale signs the carp still give such as the odd gas bubble releasing to the surface after a carp has disturbed the bottom as well as turning around to inspect hook points for damage – many seemingly sharp hooks have their points slightly twisted sideways.

7. Emergency car kit – shovel in the car (pointed nose shovels as used by the army are the most useful for digging your car out of a mess), tow ropes, jump leads, emergency tools, spare clothes.

8. Selection of different coloured baits

9. Spare socks and boots

10. A bag of pre-soaked boilies.

That’s my list!  Shaun Harrison.



  1. Paul Cooper says:

    Spare cloths are a must at any time of the year. If you are as careless as me I regularly take a dip, or bathe in mud. Not purposely I must add. Just setting up and I can get soaked, so a complete outfit usually sits in my car including spare underwear and additional warm clothing.

    I generally keep plenty of easy to prepare hot meals and tinned or packet soups in my boot space, also plenty of spare water. I have been in situations where due to weather conditions I have been unable to pack up. This has happened on a couple of occasions when I was fishing on the Mangrove. The only way of getting out to the swims, which were on wooden stages, was by boat, so returning back to dry land was also by boat. Strong winds often delayed getting back to dry land meaning that I would have had to stop an additional night. Spare food and water is a must in these situations.

    I know about your tow rope, as you have had to tow me out with your 4×4 from behind the High Swim on one occasion. Very useful piece of kit.

  2. Shaun Harrison says:

    Good calls Paul. Yes, I always have spare clothes too and usually food and drink to hand in the car should I end up in a horrendous traffic jam which once happened when I was really hungry and was stuck for several hours.

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