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#2016
The Woolpack lake 7 - part four
It's the last week of May 2016 and the weather is in a downturn with cold wet driving northerly winds day and night. When i arrived I counted plenty of cars in the car park so i knew it was going to be tough getting a swim on the wind and a walk around the lake soon revealed little option. Now it's at times like these when you think your chances of a fish are small that you must push on. Places like lake seven are not easy prospects and you need to spend as much time on the lake learning as you can. So even if a session looks like a write off, you must still go. Remember if it was just about catching fish it wouldn't be called fishing.
#2009
Pingles pool - Last of the Cuckoo's
Pingles Pool is an old clay pool situated in rural fenland and it is full of beautiful, fat Mirrors and Commons. It has been twenty years since I last fished and laid eyes upon this lovely little pool and in those following years many fish had been added and grown on with the olduns. The lilies had taken over all of the shallow margins and bars while some of the old mighty trees had crashed into the lake margins. Renowned for it's moods and the ever-surprising fenland weather the pool has an atmosphere all of it's own. Let the adventure begin!
#semi-fixed-running-rig
The Woolpack lake 7 - part three
The winds are still pushing in from the north so a swim on the south bank is required however that's not to be at the start of the session. This week i move into a new swim, find the spots, defeat the seagulls and get to see a few of these old warriors show themselves over my bait. A tense few hours waiting for a run ensues...
#cawcutts lake
Just the usual
This is my mate Jeff Heath who fished with me on Redhouse lake. Here he is way back in the early nineties with one of the now deceased mirrors from Cawcutts lake in Cambridge at 27lb+. Jeff was always very good at catching carp and i will be fishing with him again next week on his syndicate in the fens. Hopefully all the bait ingredients that i have ordered will arrive in time for me to make up a batch of my 'K-LO' boilies to try out since Jeff tells me the water is well stocked. I haven't got around to picking Jeff's brains yet but he has been catching when no-one else has and generally getting more than his fair share, as per usual. So that is definitely on the agenda over a brew or two. No doubt the answer i get will be a smile, a chuckle and a shake of the head to the words (in your best manchester accent) 'I aint doing nothing mate, just the usual fella'. Yer right Jeff, so do i :-)
#newport pit
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!
#fully scaled
Fins up fully
Having five days to fish and film on a prolific fishery like Nicholls lake it's no surprise that a few gems turned up. I lost count of the scattered/fully scaled carp i had but i didn't forget the really special catches amongst them and this is one of them. I can only imagine how fantastic this is going to look in another five years when it'll most likely be twice the size.
#multi-rig
K-LO field test
Over the years many of you have asked for my bait so i have decided to make 'K-LO' available from the Spring 2016. Since the bait is being improved for release in 2016 i am currently testing it out. Suffice to say this is not a cheap flavour filled bait but a food bait designed to catch carp using natural stimulants and food signals, so sharpen your hooks for 2016! For more info (see:http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?tag=k-lo). This is one of four fish to come in an overnight session to early tests. Successful method was my popup multi rig, my semi-fixed-running-rig lead system and an 18mm K-LO popup.
#scenic
Ironing out mistakes
Last weeks session on Frisby lakes was just what i needed to get back in the groove before i start my year on the much tougher, Woolpack lake 7. You get rusty and so ironing out mistakes and trying out things is best gotten out of the way early. So apart from the usual setups and rigs I also managed to get out my sharpening file and hook doctor. I have been touching up the korda choddys, taking some of the beak down just past the barb and bringing the hooks up to needle sharp, I also practiced taking the micro barb down slightly as well, with pleasing results. I tried a couple of new hooklink materials as well as bedding down the new line on the spools. I caught fish too! and that doesn't harm the confidence. I gave the K-LO it's first outing and that held up sweet, with five kilos going out over the three days. So next week it's another practice session just in case on Nickolls lake down in Kent, then on to lake 7, I hope i'm ready.
#woolpack
Stepping up
When i started to fish lake 7 i went in with the same successful tactics i have used countless times before. Baiting was to be done little and often after a good initial feed, and kept up constantly during the session. The lead system was my trusty semi-fixed-running-rig with the line up in the water semi-tight and the hooklength the ever reliable fluorocarbon. However things change over time as you begin to get a feel for the water and the problems you are up against. The baiting strategy has worked and when fish have been feeding they have been on me clearing me out. However the lead system and rigs have not been working as well and it's this area where i am concentrating most of my efforts now. The good thing about having such a long career in carping (since 1980) is that i can go back to the very basics and i can remember exactly the reactions and results i got thanks to my diarys. It's here where i will find my answers because it's the same problem only decades on and all it needs is for me to step up.