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#2014
Redhouse lake Part ten
The last session on Redhouse lake in 2014 and it's the end of a long hard road for sure. Out of 21 days i spent fifteen on the bank and Redhouse pretty much became my home. Fishing as single mindedly as this though can take it's toll and in many ways. The journey of 50-60 miles each way from home was really no trouble at all to be honest. The camping by the lake was a pleasure for the senses and the soul. The food and brews kept my spirits up as well as the visits from David the owner, Alf and Paul the bailiffs, Gordon Owen the tackle shop manager and of course my mate Shaun. The session with my old mate Jeff rekindled the magic of a true friendship. I was constantly busy trying to outwit and out fish the Tench and of course i managed a few gems. For me it was sheer adventure. I was on my own fishing a lake that was forgotten. No-one really knew what was in there and the chance to find out was what drove me on. If life can be measured then i had my fill by the banks of Redhouse lake.
#nick burrage
Nick Burrage social
Four hours in the company of Nick Burrage, in-session on his syndicate. Nick demonstrates his hook sharpening with the Jag system and we discus... Weather, water temperature, location, leads, density, displacement, bait boats, hooks, hooking, hook sharpening, camouflage, fishing in silt, targeting fish, baiting up, the smartcast, coots, pickups and aquatic life. Pasties, cakes and coffee are the order of the day
#ghost carp
Park Farm Ghost
My first ever Ghost Mirror and i have to say i was well pleased and for a special reason. This fish swam around evading capture in my swim for two days. Easily spottable because of its color i saw it constantly. On more than one occasion it sussed my carefully presented fake mixer and only ever picked off the freebies. I saw it go up to my controller and then suss the fake mixer! It really knew the score but it's downfall was my very carefully presented chewed popup. Balanced so the eye of the hook sits on the bottom it accounted for over half of all the fish that came to bottom baits. There is a lot to be said for small strong hooks (Razor point, Arma, G-Point) fine strong braid (Pallatrax Steam link, Ace Camo core) and a very carefully thought out and presented bait than a pub chuck eh :-)
#semi-fixed-running-rig
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.
#lake 8
The Woolpack lake 8 - part 19
So here we are 19 sessions on, from February through to October with the last session on the Woolpack's lake 8. I did do a few more after this but blanked and we have seen enough of them eh? So lets finish on a good note with all the usual effort put in to make a complete session. This is the last episode of the current series, but i will be back, i still have a few to catch...
#salmon oil
Salmon oil slick
This is the result of a single drop of Salmon oil hitting the surface of the lake, amazing isn't it? This phenomenon is called thin-film interference and happens when the angle of reflection varies as a light ray passes through different thickness of oil, the result is a rainbow-like colour pattern. However it does demonstrate the power of the stuff quiet well and how little you need to use. To much of anything is bad for you and fish oils are no different so a maximum of 5ml per kilo is plenty and a few drops in a stick mix or bag too for that matter. More is often less in carp fishing and knowing how much to use of anything is one of the biggest learning curves we go through. For me the rule is simple, always err on the side of caution and keep it simple. Cheers
#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
#woolpack
The Importance of bait
The great thing about reviewing my sessions whilst editing is that i can analyse them and identify my strengths. Only through this can a pattern of success or otherwise be identified and this film has a message that's abundantly clear and that's the importance of bait and how you apply it. A constant trickle of bait over a four day period has paid off for me on many occasions and the reasons are obvious. We know they eat our bait at there own time of choosing and it's because of this that we have to regulate what's in the swim. Too much and they might fill up and move on before picking up the trap. Too little and there caution remains making it equally likely that they won't pick up the bait. Little and often regulates how much is in the swim but it also gives you variation too. Bait will be spread out more randomly and will be in different states of breakdown so this will see the carp being a lot less cautious and the fact that there is always a few baits in the swim too is a real bonus. The only thing left is to keep an eye on conditions, adjust your feeding accordingly and of course, be lucky!
#2016
You have to endure
The last two sessions on the woolpack have seen totally opposite weather from cold and wet to baking hot and dry and thats right after a six week suspension of fishing for spawning and recovery. It's anything but settled and scratching for ideas and bites is the order of the day when it gets like this. However it does not come to you overnight when you're new to a water it takes time to find the clues that lead to a fish. This week i found a few clues, i got to watch carp feed, see their reaction when they realised they were being fished for and i sussed a few areas for later use. So all in all not a bad session but it was tough going, something that if you want to be succesful you have to endure.