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#line lay
Bedding down your line
Choosing an area or spot to fish isn't just about the spot itself but also about what lays between you and the rig. Line lay has a big effect on whether you catch or not. So choosing an area you can fish effectivly is important. Once I have cast my rig and followed it down I always spend some time getting the line lay right and bedding it down. It's out of sight, it ensures the rig works as it should and importantly doesn't spook fish off before they have even got on your spot.
#bivvy tramps
Bivvy Tramps
Who are your top five carpers of all time? How about top five carp captures, or even better, top five bivvy babes? Join Kes and his camo-clad mates in Tommy's Tackle shop to sort out the important carp questions of the day. Kes has been a camper far too long, but he's determined to prove himself by catching the Fat Lady from St Ives Lagoon. Lying on his narrow-boat bunk he dreams of being an X-treme carper, tackling rock hard waters like Fen Drayton and Wraysbury. Unfortunately his plans are put on hold when he gets involved with a new ultra commercial carp fishery, and caught up in a whole lot of trouble with bunny huggers, and the worst Ouse valley flood in living memory. Author Martin Lawrence brings the carp world of Kes and his mates to vivid life in this imaginative fenland tale of camaraderie, dreams, opinions, car boot sales, heavy metal, carp captures, antis and disaster. This totally original book will quickly find a cult following from the legions of carpers who share Kes's aspirations and love of carp fishing. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bivvy-Tramps-Martin-Lawrence/dp/1871700825/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=AUTN9R1ZEQUDF
#soluble bait
Rotten boilies
As many of you may know via my films i am a great believer in using a soluble bait. It ensures that your bait doesn't end up like this. Rotten and on the bottom doing you and the carp no good at all, especially if your pre-baiting. Imagine the build up of bait laying on the bottom if it's not getting eaten. With a bait that breaks down quickly you have the advantage of never over baiting your swim or having it ending up looking like this, blue with mould and inedible even for the microbes let alone the carp. Look at the colonies of zebra mussels as well! This still was taken from a forthcoming episode of the series 'Valley pool' which starts on the 11th May 2014.
#true carping
True Carping - St Ives Lakes
It was way back in 1982 when I first laid eyes on the St Ives complex of lakes and I fished it on and off for the next 8 years. Since then it has matured and many of the carp have grown on to become famous and highly prized. The ever increasing army of carpers is growing and the trend for results has led to an explosion of instant carping. Stocked lakes full of fish where you can catch a twenty, a thirty, a forty or even a fifty. Swims are built with railway sleepers and hardcore, toilets and showers are provided for the endless stream of punters. Carpers from all over flock to cut their teeth and make their names on them, but St Ives is different. None of the above applies to this place, it's wild and rough where waders and a 'can do' attitude are essential piece's of kit. For me though, it's not about named fish or their weights, but the place itself. It has an atmosphere and wildness about it that changes you. This is a true story of one carper, as it happens, keeping it real, seeking adventure and having fun. This is true carping.
#leather carp
All five
This week saw me slip the net under five of lake 8's carp in a session where it all came together. I started with a very old fully scaled first stocked in 1977. Then i followed it up with this (near) Leather. Third fish was a common and the fourth a mirror which was also a partial Linear giving a cheeky 'all five' (Common, Fully scaled, Mirror, Linear, Leather). From a guestimate total population of around 70 i have managed 13 so far with three others falling off and i still have a good four or five sessions left if the weather holds. Once the end of October comes and temperatures start to fall it'll get harder and i'll be thinking of my winter water down in Kent. Until then though i will continue to try and get bites, land fish and eventually get through to one of the very few and elusive lumps. Some of the carp in lake 8 that can be seen swimming around remain uncaught to this day despite the best efforts of many. Should i get one then it will be through the effort of all my sessions not just the one. Successful method was my standard bottom bait rig, my semi-fixed-running-rig lead system and an 18mm K-LO boilie.
#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.
#valley pool
Valley Pool part sixteen
So here we are on the last episode of Valley pool, for the time being. As usual i turn up and have a look around but this time i also have a plan. To fill in the middle of the lake and see what happens.
#block fen b
Fishing at your best
You know when you're fishing at your best and it's not just the results that indicate it but the feeling you get. My recent trip to Linfords Alder lake was typical of this feeling and so is this film. 'You only get one life' has been available for download now for a year. If you haven't already purchased it then you're missing out! One of those dream sessions and waters where everything flows to the inevitable result, an amazing fish in the back of the net. Watch: https://youtu.be/PAj6sIXrVwI
#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.