The following week I had an enjoyable but frustrating trip to one of my favourite Winter venues; Whelford Pools. I could see the fish, but that also meant I could see them ignoring anything I threw at them. I did manage a small common in the night, but ultimately they just weren’t in a feeding mood. Undeterred, I vowed to return the following week for another trip. This however, would have to wait until after a trip to a new venue; a large reservoir with a healthy stock that was always going to be good for a bite. With -4 degrees showing on the car thermometer and the crisp ground crunching all around me, I wasn’t overly convinced that the lake would be liquid! As I arrived in the dark, I firstly had a good walk round the 1.5 mile track and found only the middle area to be free of ice. Settling with the barrow into an ice-free swim, I had a lead about and with a soft bottom present, again deployed the solids. The mix was the same, but this time I introduced just a little bait, focussing around some particles, monster red pellet and liquids; namely the liquid fish, crustacean extract and hot fish oil. Throughout the day, the lake gradually defrosted and the fishing got better as it warmed up. Six carp were caught to roughly scraper 20’s and I had a very fun outing.