Although my garden pond was frozen this morning, I knew the pool that I was heading to would be fine.
I also knew that it was going to be a challenge, with the sharp overnight drop in temperature inevitably having a bearing on the fish.
Plus, it’s a shallow venue anyway, but as long as your bait’s in the water you’ve always got a chance.
Fishing a couple of maggots under a small waggler float, I still went for the size 14 hook option.
After all, if I did get interest from a decent perch then I wanted to land it.