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#nickolls lake
Ninth anniversary
I have just completed my second session this year on Nickolls lake down in Kent and as it happens i also celebrated the ninth year of TheCarpCatcher. It's amazing to think that over all those years the format has remained the same, the only change i guess is me and my beard! So to celebrate i ventured into the wild area again taking two trips with the barrow on what must be a half mile trek. Four days in a JRC 60 inch oval brolly in torrential rain, fog, boiling sun and a driving north-easterly, some nice carp, plus eels! lots of em!! I ain't no pussy but it's good to be home and i'm ready for the tenth year.
#lake7
The Woolpack lake 7 - part five
It's my first week using my new Trakker Tempest brolly something i have been wanting to sort for a some time. Weather for the week is westerlies and sunshine and the swim choice is the south bank giving me a great view of the lake as well as a chance to fish the exit of the drainage channel and put a bait near the sanctuary of the southwest corner. The lake has just opened after a six week break for spawning and so has been very busy with plenty of pressure on the fish so i am expecting it to be tough.
#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!
#2016
Learning time
It's the first week of july, six weeks after my last session on the woolpacks lake 7. The lakes have all been closed for spawning and the change is dramatic. The trees and bankside which were just starting to fill out in May are now heavy with summer foliage. The water is considerably warmer and the carp much more active, split up into small groups and no longer shoaled. This is the time when it starts to get really tough, with an abundance of natural food and the bombardment from the bankside there is a surplus. The long hot summer days and clear skies also shorten the feeding periods lessening chances. It's scratching time, but it's also learning time too, that's the one thing you can always do no matter what the carp or the weather are up to.
#bottom-bait-rig
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.
#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!
#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.
#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...
#fish care
Propolis - Fish care
Since 2009 i have been using Propolis for treating wounds and sores on carp, including myself! The one i use is marketed for use on Koi carp and is sold by NTLabs a leading specialist in this field. http://www.ntlabs.co.uk/products/Propolis-Wound-Seal.html It's easy to use and very effective. Simply shake the bottle and tip drops onto the affected area gently rubbing it all over. you will find that it will not 'run-off' like other treatments do. Then pour water onto it to form a waxy coating that seals the area completely. Watch the film for a full demonstration of it's use.