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#1981
In the beginning
I started to take pictures of my fishing back in the the late 1970's but sadly many of them are now lost. However in 2014 i went out and got myself a scanner for old photo negatives as luckily i still had plenty of them stashed away. There are still plenty of pictures missing but i did unearth a few gems and the beauty is i remember the moments when i took them. This one is of Newport pit out Saffron Walden way and shows my early setup with matching mitchell 300's, one of my first sets of homemade alarms, homemade buzzer bar, wine bottle tops as bobbins and needles for monkey climbers. What i remember so well is that i was trying out a new bait with sodium caseinate in it and unfortunately i had used to much in the mix. After i baited up i noticed that all my baits were floating away down the lake!
#ultimate-fish-mix
TheCarpCatcher Bait
The second most important thing after location as far as i am concerned is bait, it is after all what you put in front of the fish to catch it. My faith in bait is as strong as my passion for it and if i didn't have total confidence in my bait then i wouldn't use it, it's that simple. So this year see's the start of TheCarpCatcher Bait and hopefully it will prosper. At the moment the field testers are getting the chance to get some of the initial batch from the manufacturer and as always their voluntary feedback is always welcome. Last years test went amazingly well and there will be more on the way. The Berry needs developing and testing with it's new format. Then there is Ultimate Fish Mix a culmination of everything that is awesome in a fishmeal bait basically :-) Popups and Bait soaks to develop and test too plus all sorts of other things to give us that confidence and edge that we all want over our fishy foe. If you want to apply to become a field tester for TheCarpCatcher Bait then follow the link, cheers. http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/notifications.php
#facebook
Notifications
If you have ever wondered how you can always ensure you get notified of posts on TheCarpCatcher facebook Page then here is the answer. Hover your cursor over the Liked button and select 'All on' for notifications and 'See first', simples!
#pva bags
Redhouse lake Part two
It's the morning and we are greeted by a tench as we continue my first session on Redhouse lake. With all the weed its obvious that spots or areas to put a bait are going to be hard to find, however i have a few indispensable tools in my armoury to deal with it. One is my homemade weed rake which you use with rod and line to clear spots and the other is my bag fishing skills, honed to perfection. Whilst in the bivvy i show you the method i most use with bags and one that has caught me loads of fish from the most weedy of places.
#hookbaits
Confidence is the key
I spent the afternoon mixing up my Berry basemix and sorting a few kilos for the bank holiday weekend. It's the first opportunity i have had this year to get out for a few nights and i'm hoping to score of course. At this time of year the fish are just waking up and few of them are going to be around, so choice of water is vital. Deep ones will produce but they are not as good a bet as the shallower ones. This is simply because the shallower lakes warm up faster and are more stable than the deeper ones. We learned this at Valley pool, spotting the same old carp swimming around the first few weeks of April but then as the sun got out and the water stabilised, pop! Up come a few more. So i am hoping i have all bases covered. One thing for sure thought, whilst i'm making and using my own bait i will always be totally confident that if a carp comes by it'll get interested. From top left: 14mm Robin Red glugged 14mm Berry popups, 14mm Two-Tone Berry popups, 10mm Berry Hard hookers, 10mm Berry Balanced hookers, 14mm Berry corkball popups and 10mm Berry popups...sorted!
#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.
#chum mixer
Park farm part six
It's half twelve in the afternoon and i have been putting out mixers for an hour or so hoping to get the carp interested however conditions change and so does the session.
#balanced hookers
Bait Making ~ hookbaits
We take three of the recipes from the film Bait making ~ Recipes (see: https://youtu.be/O_FJrADfxfw?list=PLHJEFZmmQgP_QBbkBfUVrJ4ND1_eLevxe) and produce Hard hookers, Corkball popups, Popups and Balanced hookers. Plus an old favorite for surface fishing 'Floater cake'. Loads of tips and tricks, easy to follow recipes that bring results. For the full film go here >> https://youtu.be/BfLgBDkPMz4
#bait making
Chin stroker
Four minutes into part 12 of The Woolpack lake 8 and i start talking about bait and it brought on some right old chin stroking i can tell you. I had just made a fresh batch of 18mm popups containing a sample of hydrolysed krill protein concentrate and i was using these alongside an early batch of K-LO. I was confident the bait would work and indeed i had one within ten minutes but as always with bait you're never quite satisfied, you always want to improve. Do a quick search for chin stroking on the internet you will come up with something like 'Stroking the chin is often a signal that the person is thinking hard. They may well be judging or evaluating something, particularly if the conversation has offered them a choice or decision to make'. S'true, grow a beard, make decisions ;-)