In this post from Chas, the owner of Vaux, he gives away one of his winter edges… his Ice Rig!
From May 2002 when we bought Vaux until March 2004 when it was opened as a carp fishing venue, the mill storehouse was converted into a gîte, extensive works were carried out to the banks, fish stock was introduced ….. and we were at liberty to fish our lake. For the past six years, we have been lucky enough to fill the main season weeks with carp anglers and it is not until the season winds down that it becomes ours to fish again. That means Winter fishing!Over the years it has become apparent to us that some of the best catches and largest fish come out in the colder months. Even this winter, probably the harshest we ourselves have experienced over here, has produced some of the best despite two periods of ice on the pond.
On each occasion as the thaw progressed, a party of anglers arrived to find us clearing away the last of the ice; we have the advantage at Vaux of being able to break up and dispose of the ice via the sluices once the thaw is under way. And on each occasion, within three to four hours of the ice being removed, each party of anglers was catching and continued to do so throughout each of their week’s stay. This is more than on a par with some of the summer fishing.
Because we consciously feed our carp throughout the winter months on low oil carp and trout pellets, particles and winter formula boilies, the lake is not going into a total state of dormancy, so catches are boosted.
My own preference, especially for my cold season fishing, is the Ice Rig, or glaçon as we call it in France, always a success for me. This frozen stick, an all-season alternative to funnel web systems, incorporates selected hook bait and any number of combinations of liquid or liquidised attractors, meats, particles, condensed milk and other ingredients to alter the PH of the water around the baits which has lead to outstanding success at the lake, all year round.
Here’s a step by step guide to producing the Glacon…