We have all done it - gone against our instincts - but me - i did it twice.
first time on 17th -after the initial thaw - i went to the river irwell - didnt want to get to the lake and find it still iced-over.
what a mistake - it was chocolate brown and racing through - looked up a few foot as well.
one deadbait and one spinning rod didnt bring anything - i was even trying monster sized jigs is bright colours - as in the pic
then on the 24th my dad wanted to catch a few silvers - and wanted to be next to the car - as we were only going for 2hrs or so we went to the local canal.
normally good for a few skimmers and a decent 3lber or so especially on bread - but nothing - even the pike deadbait and spinning rod drew a blank.
it also felt colder than during the big freeze!!!
So lesson here is 1 hour in the right place better than 1 day in the wrong place oh and dont be lazy and take the easy option.