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#john wilson
A massive influence
Just finishing off next weeks episode of The Woolpack lake 8 (episode 15) where we enter silly season and start to empty the place. Even though i spend three to four days on the lake it still can all just fly past and seem like a dream. But then comes the editing of the footage and i relive it all again, always it seems in the third person and i'm always surprised at who i am. The obvious influences throughout my life come shining through and this fella John wilson is at the front of the list. The first angler on the screen that actually made me feel i was there and taking part, he had a massive influence on me and this is very evident in the next episode.
#mirror carp
Frisby lakes
It's not often i get to fish a new water so when the chance came along to fish Frisby lakes i wasted no time in getting and invite. Luckily for me i know the new fishery manager Chris Angell who has just taken over so a quick message back and forth set up the session and a few days later i was on my way.
#basemix
The fly test
I am a great believer in keeping things simple. The more complicated something is the more likely you are to fail. These are two of the simplest baits i make. There are no added flavours or oils etc in either bait, only the eggs needed to bind them. The yellow one has two dry ingredients. The brown one has three, but the third ingredient makes all the difference. I know a fly isn't as smart as a carp but, the instincts are pretty similar. These two baits amply demonstrate the 'food signal' approach to bait and how keeping it simple, makes it easy to understand and the easier it is to understand the more likely you are to succeed.
#leyland water
Leyland water Part two
Dawn is breaking as I arrive in the carp park at manicure, it's been a couple of months since my last 'very' successful visit. The members log book is littered with blanks and 'makes grim reading' but to be honest? I am well confident!
#woolpack
The Woolpack lake 7 - part two
With the cold spring and the knowledge that the lake would be busy early on i decided to delay my second visit to Lake 7 until the end of May. Decades of experience has taught me that the carp in early spring don't all become active at the same time. Sure the few that are active can be caught and often quiet quickly. But eventually the blanks start to pile up for everyone as the pressure builds. The bait continues to go in and a surplus occurs so it just gets harder, however as the water warms there comes a point when all the carp are active. It's at this moment your chances improve and it's time to pack the car.
#withy rig
Pingles Pool - A Dream Session
Winter was upon us without the usual autumnal low pressure systems giving us those wonderful high winds and racing grey Skies. With high pressure and constant sunshine sport had died on Pingles pool and getting a bite had been very tough indeed. Then like manna from heaven a huge low pressure system moved in from the south west and blew the hell outta the trees leaving them stripped. The high winds and rain continued all week until the Sunday morning when i awoke to find sunshine and calm, time to get the rods out!
#line lay
Bedding down your line
Choosing an area or spot to fish isn't just about the spot itself but also about what lays between you and the rig. Line lay has a big effect on whether you catch or not. So choosing an area you can fish effectivly is important. Once I have cast my rig and followed it down I always spend some time getting the line lay right and bedding it down. It's out of sight, it ensures the rig works as it should and importantly doesn't spook fish off before they have even got on your spot.
#jrc brollywrap
Winter skined
Using the JRC brollywrap is ok if the weather isn't too bad but if it's thunderstorms coming straight at you? My old Trakker SLX has been passed on but i kept the winter skin and this is why. It fits perfectly over the brolly to give me that little bit more protection from the elements. What's more the winter skin packs away light and small into my old gas mask bag from the 1980's. Pukka!
#common carp
A real Gem
It gets busy on lake 7 early in the year so i delayed my first visit until this week. However when i arrived at the lake almost all the swims on the West bank were taken so i opted to walk the East bank with my water bottle, and try and find a swim that gave me the most clear water. For a while i was torn between two swims out of a possible four choices but i eventually settled in a swim in the south east corner. The wind was blowing from the North west straight into the area i was in but would be moving to the south south-west. In the final twenty-four hours it would be moving back to the North west. Despite the rain temperatures stayed up giving me the confidence to keep feeding the spots, building them up over the session and wait for the turn in the wind. On the last night it turned and i had a nice carpet of bait out from 1-3 days old lying in wait. Just before first light on the last morning the right hand rod ripped off with this 31.6lb common on the end, as my good friend Martin Lawrence said, a real Gem and a great way to start my year. Successful setup was my semi-fix-running-rig, my standard fluorocarbon bottom-bait-rig with a 18mm K-LO Hard hooker.