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bait-making
Bait Making ~ hookbaits
We take three of the recipes from the film Bait making ~ Recipes and produce Hard hookers, Corkball popups, Popups and Balanced hookers. Plus an old favorite for surface fishing 'Floater cake'. Loads of tips and tricks, easy to follow recipes that bring results.
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River Granta pictures
There is miles of wondrous winding river and countryside to meander down with untouched fishing if you have the time and the patience to seek it out. Much of it will demand great effort on the part of the angler with absolutely no guarantee that you will even see a carp let alone catch one. However this year i am hoping to get too some of these stretches from my younger years when i fished them for Roach and Gudgeon (big ones!) and see what i can see. Personally i think i am going to catch, watch this space!
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
2017
Re-energising
This hot summer we are having has put a stop to most of my fishing and so i have been concentrating on other things i've had little time to do. Fishing four days a week every week for a number of years i decided that this year i would take a backseat and chill. To be honest i spend a vast amount of time just sitting by lakes doing nothing and so of course other things have suffered. My garden was getting overgrown, i was spending little time with my kids, and my home life was almost non-existent what with either being at work or fishing. Any spare time i had was spent editing films and posting on here, so i had little spare time. It is i guess all about balance and having put in ten years filming my carp fishing and gathering an amazing following in so doing, i reckon it's a good time for a step change. Less is more as they say so i'll be chilling in the summer fishing here and there whilst most of you are out and about but come the later months and winter i'll try and keep things going with my films from the summer. So plans are afoot for me to spend some time on a mates fishery over the next months, put in some sessions, catch a few fish and have some fun. And i am looking forward to it too because this break is re-energising me and that's good for the fishing and good for the films. See you on the bank soon.
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Dickersons Pit pictures
Another one of my local ponds that contains some lovely big commons and some very old mirrors that i first started to fish in 1982. It was basically a disused gravel pit which you could fish anywhere you wanted, even take a boat out. Back then there was only about ten fish in the lake, mostly mirrors around low to mid doubles and they were some of the biggest carp around at that time. Remember this is 1982 when most of the lakes in cambridgeshire that now have monsters in them were just being stocked, so these were some early seventies fish. When it became a nature reserve in the 1990's most of the lake became off limits with only a few distant swims to fish from. The carp spent most of their time away from these swims but now and then would come within range. Walking the banks often as i did in 2008 i began to notice certain areas that the fish would move from and too. Stalking worked well and i had my first few fish like that including the fully scale and apple slice. Just an hour here and there looking for them and casting a bait worked well. The rest came to a concerted baiting and weed clearing effort later in the year. Bait is a good way to not only clear an unfishable area but also of course attract carp. So every morning for two weeks i went and put ten kilos of pellets onto it mixed in with some Berry boilies. Eventually the hand cast lead came back clean and i started to fish. I spent about three weeks fishing the spot for just a few hours at a time three mornings a week and managed to get a good few fish. The fish were mostly caught from with in a few feet of the bank. I took hardly any kit, no alarms and just one rod. It was hard work too as i spent all my time standing in a foot of water under a bush, cold. Among the captures the most memorable apart from the stalked fully scale was when i had a brace of mid twenty commons on not one but two wonderful September mornings.
2012
You only get one life
This is a lake i had been meaning to fish again for eight years. Filmed on location in the midst of the Cambridgeshire fenland's during 2 weeks late September 2012 an as it happens account of two night sessions in search of a beast. Word on the grapevine reached my ears... 'One of those places that generally gets very little attention, those that have done some time on there don't give much away. The stock's very low, I'd be surprised if there's more than 20 fish in there, probably more like a dozen' Word had it that the carp had grown on.
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.
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A legend
It's the tenth anniversary today of the passing of a legend, Lenny middleton. Lenny is best know for the invention of the hair rig (see:http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=402) but he was also a Taxidermist of some repute and enjoyed fishing in all it's forms. Lenny fished all the famous venues including Savay at the height of it's glory alongside all the other legendary names, he had seen it and done it all. A true sportsman, a gentleman and a fine maker of tea his contribution to carp fishing is immense. So whenever you cast out a hair rig pay a little homage to the man himself because he earned it. Lenny is seen here on Lake 3 with Bertie back in 2005, one of a few he had that afternoon on kit that got thrown out by the dustman, an original hair rig and bait that looked like rubber floor tile! I kid you not, a real master.
1985
Being out there
Back in my early days carp fishing i still got out in the winter to fish for Pike as had been the custom every winter since i first fished for them back in the late 1960's. The winters of 1982-3 were spent on a few of my local gravel pits fishing for carp but i soon formed the opinion that if i wanted to catch fish and still enjoy my fishing then i should put away the carp rigs and get out the wire trace. At the moment carp fishing takes up all my time Spring, Summer and Autumn and the winters have been neglected. So it's time to remedy that and get back to doing what i love, being out there. The picture above was taken in 1985 on Big Fjords, St ives. The fish i think weighed around mid-upper doubles. The rod was a glass fibre Jack Hilton carp rod and the reel my trusty old mitchell 300