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#todds pit
First on The Berry 2016
With rain forecast and a low pressure system moving in i took the chance last night for a quick overnighter to test out a batch of The Berry. After 5 minutes with the marker rod the weed growth all over the lake became very evident so i elected to use a chod rig. The 15mm Berry Airball popups stayed up all night long with no loss of buoyancy and would have most likely stayed up considerably longer. This 40 year old common came at 7am, weighing in at 23.8lb it's the first on The Berry for 2016.
#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
#rolling
Valley Pool part six
It's the morning and once again i wake at first light to be greeted by the crescendo of the dawn chorus and the silence of my Delkims. The weather however has changed and the carp have come on the feed. In and out of the morning they pop into my spot for a scoff, all under my watchful eye. They are tricky and clean me out! But as i have often said, Effort = Success.
#free film
Free film download
For some time i have been using this free software for downloading films. It occurred to me recently that this was a much better way of you getting my films than waiting for me. Since the films are already uploaded i really do not need to do all the extra work of uploading to my host and building all the download stuff, its all there already. Visit the webpage and download it. http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm Make SURE you do a CUSTOM installation and uncheck all the boxes if you dont want other software installed (in fact do this with all software). Happy downloading!
#cooking
How to cook chips?
One of the things that has surprised me since i first started blogging my fishing and especially my cooking on the bank, is that some chaps don't know how to cook chips? But then these days most either cook oven or microwave chips and the art of homemade chips it seems has been lost on them. Well no more as i have taken on the responsibility to ensure the banks and towpaths of britain are rife with the smell of freshly cooked chips in the pan. Chips are what made Britain great and lets face it the best way to cook a potato, especially when accompanied by a brace of bar-b-q style lamb chops.
#cawcutts lake
Just the usual
This is my mate Jeff Heath who fished with me on Redhouse lake. Here he is way back in the early nineties with one of the now deceased mirrors from Cawcutts lake in Cambridge at 27lb+. Jeff was always very good at catching carp and i will be fishing with him again next week on his syndicate in the fens. Hopefully all the bait ingredients that i have ordered will arrive in time for me to make up a batch of my 'K-LO' boilies to try out since Jeff tells me the water is well stocked. I haven't got around to picking Jeff's brains yet but he has been catching when no-one else has and generally getting more than his fair share, as per usual. So that is definitely on the agenda over a brew or two. No doubt the answer i get will be a smile, a chuckle and a shake of the head to the words (in your best manchester accent) 'I aint doing nothing mate, just the usual fella'. Yer right Jeff, so do i :-)
#2012
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
#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
#2004
The hair rig
In 2002 I started to fish the Woolpack lakes in Godmanchester. One of the resident anglers on there was a fella named Lenny Middleton. Lenny and a few of his friends as we know are attributed with the development of the hair rig. Obviously I asked and we chatted about this and other subjects on many occasions. However it is a story that Lenny told me by the banks of the woolpacks lake two/three one afternoon that I would like to relay to you here. Lenny spent an enormous amount of time fishing the Woolpack and would often stay two weeks at a time. This of course lead to him being very sociable and the offer of a chat and a brew was always on the cards. I of course admired Lenny, he was real old school and let's face it a proper legend. But through our numerous cuppers I gradually began to ask him about the old days and in particular the origins of the hair rig. The account he gave me is something else that will always stay with me. I remember it all so well and can picture myself now sitting by lake two having yet another cupper with Lenny and discussing all things carpy as well as putting the world to rights. Lenny was still tying the original hair rig he first wrote about in Course Angler in November 1981 and this lead to the question I eventually asked, 'How did you get the idea?', this is what he told me. Lenny had been fishing a number of waters and doing well on particles and being the inquisitive type wanted to know what other particles he could catch on. He had determined that the carp were particularly fond of sweet baits and so to this end searched for a particle to fulfil this requirement. The only one he could think of was tiger nuts as he remembered that when he was a kid you couldn't get sweets (rationing) and so they used to get a cone of tiger nuts instead. He went out and brought some and took them home to prepare. However, no matter how much he boiled them they simply did not get soft enough to side hook. After many attempts to get the tigers to stay on the hook he eventually decided to tie one onto his hook using a piece of fine line. He immediately caught and thorough the day continued to cast out the same bait each time. Eventually the knot worked loose yet he noticed he was still catching fish. So there you go, the invention of the hair rig wasn't about catching shy fish, about rig mechanics or stealth, it was about bait.