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We arrived at Lake Ross, a small lake near Spalding, in Lincolnshire, to find Bob already set up and ready to start fishing. It was clear why he had picked the swim he was in, as there was a small ‘floating’ island to his left. It was one of the few features on the square-shaped lake where fish could seek sanctuary from airiel predators, and where Bob believed the water temperature would be a little higher than in the open water. “When it’s this cold, you need to cast around and find the deepest water, as I’m certain that is where the fish move to in winter,” he explained. “I’ve picked this swim as it’s got the added bonus of the floating island, which, unlike a normal island, has deep water to fish to. I’m sure that’s where the fish will be today. “Had it been a natural feature with shallow water, then I would try and find the deepest water close to it, as I doubt any fish would venture that close, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was iced up,” he continued. Bob had a 10ft bomb rod set up for session, as he didn’t have to cast too far to find the deep water in front of him, and he was only going to fish with a light lead. Even though it was freezing cold, he was looking to catch carp. His reel was loaded with 0.18mm line, onto which he had slipped on a small, ½oz flat-pear bomb, buffered by a IT IS BLOODY FREEZING! THE FISH WILL BE DEEP TODAY small feeder-type bead covering a small swivel. His hook link was a short length of 0.14mm line, around 12 inches, to which he’d tied a strong size 16 hook. “I like to fish with a shorter rod when chucking short, as it allows for a much more accurate cast,” explained Bob. “I can punch the lighter weight the short distance with some control, which would be a lot harder if I was using a longer, 12ft rod.”