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#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.
#river cam
Secret river
Thursday will see me on the upper river cam in search of pristine Roach, I just wanna get back to basics for a bit and what better time than the Glorious 16th! The river cam has a few tributaries that flow into it and this is one of them, The Lesser Granta. Three decades ago i was catching monster dace and roach from this stretch but i have to say it has changed in that time. It's much more overgrown now and getting a bait in can be difficult but it's a secret river where no-one goes and you will always be on your own. It holds carp too! big ones :P
#rigs
Kick back
Since I started carp fishing in 1980 I have used many different kinds of rod, lead and rig setup to try and catch carp. In the early 1980's much of my time was spent on a steep learning curve that took me from light 1/4oz running rigs and float fishing to 2-3oz bolt rigs, tight lines, heavy bobbins and high rod positions
#old school
Twitcher hitting
Back in the day... Twitcher hitting! And we still have them today despite our best efforts. How often has you alarm just suddenly gone off with an odd bleep? How often has your bobbin moved up an inch only to immediately settle back? And how often have you put it down to line bites? But what if there is just as much chance of a fish picking up your bait as there is it running into your line? Sure you can screen out the odd bleep when the wind suddenly picks up, but the one thing i have learned over the years is that if the alarm sounds is most likely a fish. I think it's well worth considering the affect this all has on results over a season. I will certainly work on my setup this year to try and iron out any guess work. So when the alarm does sound...
#frisby-lakes
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.
#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.
#baiting up
How much bait?
It's a question i get asked a lot, how much bait do you use? Especially when you hear tales of how carp can eat five kilos in one sitting! The answer i give is very simple, enough for one fish, a couple of handfuls. However that of course is not the end of it because there are many different situations and sometimes a couple of handfuls can be too much or too little, but it's a good starting point none the less.
#2015
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...
#1985
Every capture was prized
It's amazing to think that through the blur of my life i can recall this moment so well. It was a warm summers evening in 1985 and i was spending a few hours fishing from the back of my car in the old car park swim. Back then Todds was a private club fishery and we had a car park with a locked gate. I would drive down around an hour before dark and sit there for a few hours as this proved to be the best time for a bite. What i remember most about this picture though is sitting there in the dark, all on my own, waiting for the flash to go off and feeling at one with everything around me. Every capture was prized, every moment treasured.