Well Christmas is well and truly over and your New Year's hangover is just a memory… hopefully!
So did you get any good fishing bits amongst your prezzies, perhaps the odd angling book to stick your nose in?
Well with this mad weather unless you also got an amphibious vehicle in your stocking, or are only fishing on one of the huge puddles that seem to be everywhere now, it's probably a good time to catch up on your reading.
Having hooked up with Julian Cundiff at the Sandown show back in December it was great to chat about life, fishing and most importantly, rock 'n' roll… but then that's just us… but it wasn't long after that I sorted myself a copy of his latest thoughts, in Carp - Short Session Success.
It's a very interesting book, not in the least because Julian starts with what becomes a major theme throughout and that's the mind set of the angler, or getting our motivation right before, and during, the limited time many of us have on the bank.
It certainly hit plenty of spots with me, having to juggle home, family, and work before I get out, with Julian putting over the 'positive mental attitude' approach being better than the 'well I might be lucky' thinking a lot of us have on the way to the venue!
He continues with plenty of practical suggestions with regard to choosing your venue and exactly where you want to be fishing and why.
Some of it may sound fairly obvious, but perhaps within the context of a book concerned with 'short sessions' it may help anglers get their heads around things like journey time, access, and fish targets on new waters they're hoping to spend their limited time on.
With following chapters on using your time wisely and then checking out your new venue, Julian takes us right through to the first proper session, imparting loads of advice and tips along the way.
There's obviously a section on rigs, with some great set-ups, that Julian regularly uses, with descriptions on when, where, and how to use them. And the same with bait, as he gives us his favourites for all seasons throughout the year.
It's a comprehensive guide covering most aspects of carp fishing when time is at a premium, and with help on photography, alternative baits, and safety, to wrap things up there's not much that Julian doesn't try to help us with.
Julian is very straight talking, making the point that he's just the same as us, and the tackle and bait he uses are all products we can buy ourselves, and the rigs are ones we can learn to tie and use, so with a little bit of thought we can really improve our catching even on short sessions!
This book will obviously appeal to anglers just getting into carping, but I think those of us who've been at it for a while could still get a few ideas to help our own fishing.
The book is available direct from www.thecarpstore.com, or you can contact Lindsey Burton on 01142580812 (opt 1). It retails at £14.99 plus £2.95 postage.