QUICK GUIDE TO WINTER FISHING GEAR
In the thick of winter, you’ll need to be prepared for challenging conditions. Freezing water, slippery frost, biting wind and torrential rain will push your physical capacity to the limit. Ensure you’ve got these tools to keep you fishing this winter.
Before you set foot outdoors in the middle of winter, make sure you’re armed with a quality fishing jacket. A purpose designed fishing jacket will feature an outer shell that acts as a windbreaker and is water and spray resistant. The inner lining should provide the utmost warmth and comfort for long hours on the water.
In freezing cold conditions blood circulation to your extremities decreases. That means there is less blood supply to your hands and fingers and you lose dexterity. This has a negative impact on your comfort and reduces your ability to undertake fiddly tasks such as tying lines or baiting hooks. A pair of fishing gloves will maximise warmth and negate the effects of the cold. Fishing gloves will also provide additional protection from line cuts or abrasions and assist with the handling of fish. Choose full finger or fingerless options.
Winter fishing can be tricky. Cold and clear water can lower fish activity levels and turn fish into subdued and fussy feeders. Berkley Gulp! soft plastics provide the attractive designs with tempting actions. However, it’s their composition out of bite-able, edible and biodegradable materials that give you the best chance of drawing a strike. Fish them extra slow in winter. Try grub style plastics for bream and shad plastics for Snapper.
QUANTUM SMOKE SPEED FREAK FISHING REEL
When the cold weather slows you down, counteract it with fishing tools that speed you up. For every turn of a Quantum Smoke Speed Freak reel you’ll get phenomenal gear ratios of 6.2:1 on spin reels or up to 8.1:1 on baitcaster reel models. For less effort, you’ll retrieve more line! That’s a handy advantage if you’re physically limited by the cold.
LED HEAD TORCH (LED HEAD LAMP)
When the winter sun rises late and sets early you’ll be forced to organise and prepare tackle in low light conditions. A head torch is one of the most useful tools to make this job easier. Whether you’re rigging up lines, launching a boat or even moving around a campsite, a LED head torch will help guide the way.
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