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#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.
#scenic
Ironing out mistakes
Last weeks session on Frisby lakes was just what i needed to get back in the groove before i start my year on the much tougher, Woolpack lake 7. You get rusty and so ironing out mistakes and trying out things is best gotten out of the way early. So apart from the usual setups and rigs I also managed to get out my sharpening file and hook doctor. I have been touching up the korda choddys, taking some of the beak down just past the barb and bringing the hooks up to needle sharp, I also practiced taking the micro barb down slightly as well, with pleasing results. I tried a couple of new hooklink materials as well as bedding down the new line on the spools. I caught fish too! and that doesn't harm the confidence. I gave the K-LO it's first outing and that held up sweet, with five kilos going out over the three days. So next week it's another practice session just in case on Nickolls lake down in Kent, then on to lake 7, I hope i'm ready.
#semi-fixed-running-rig
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.
#bait making
Chin stroker
Four minutes into part 12 of The Woolpack lake 8 and i start talking about bait and it brought on some right old chin stroking i can tell you. I had just made a fresh batch of 18mm popups containing a sample of hydrolysed krill protein concentrate and i was using these alongside an early batch of K-LO. I was confident the bait would work and indeed i had one within ten minutes but as always with bait you're never quite satisfied, you always want to improve. Do a quick search for chin stroking on the internet you will come up with something like 'Stroking the chin is often a signal that the person is thinking hard. They may well be judging or evaluating something, particularly if the conversation has offered them a choice or decision to make'. S'true, grow a beard, make decisions ;-)
#popups
Confidence is the key
I spent the afternoon mixing up my Berry basemix and sorting a few kilos for the bank holiday weekend. It's the first opportunity i have had this year to get out for a few nights and i'm hoping to score of course. At this time of year the fish are just waking up and few of them are going to be around, so choice of water is vital. Deep ones will produce but they are not as good a bet as the shallower ones. This is simply because the shallower lakes warm up faster and are more stable than the deeper ones. We learned this at Valley pool, spotting the same old carp swimming around the first few weeks of April but then as the sun got out and the water stabilised, pop! Up come a few more. So i am hoping i have all bases covered. One thing for sure thought, whilst i'm making and using my own bait i will always be totally confident that if a carp comes by it'll get interested. From top left: 14mm Robin Red glugged 14mm Berry popups, 14mm Two-Tone Berry popups, 10mm Berry Hard hookers, 10mm Berry Balanced hookers, 14mm Berry corkball popups and 10mm Berry popups...sorted!
#june 16
The Glorious 16th
Popped down to the river this morning for a few hours to celebrate the start of a new river fishing season. First day of the season and the bridge is deserted. There was a few pleasure anglers further down trying to tempt the bream but not another carper in sight! Sad to say i did not spot a carp either and they continue to be memories only. It seems that just like all those lovely carp i caught from here back in 2004 (see: http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/pictures.php?location_id=43) Bullseye and his friends have also done the vanishing trick. They could of course all be up river but i think that its more likely that they have moved on down the river via the lock at baits bite. I will keep looking for them, you never know eh?
#lake 2
Effort = Success
My days on the woolpack were full of fun and fish. I did well too landing most of the know residents and few of the lesser caught ones as well. Often when fishing lake #3 i fished with only two rods and put the third rod behind me on lake #2. This rod caught me a number of the residents and all from within a few feet of the bank. This episode has become one of my most popular because of 'that run'. Happy days
#silt
Silt rig
One of the simplest rigs i use is this silt rig. A heavy lead, a short braided hooklink and a balanced popup. The whole thing is designed to draw the lead and hooklink down into the silt leaving only the balanced popup showing. The dissolvable foam ensures that it will be set right after pulling the rig into the silt. You can easily judge this when you pull out the rig or catch a fish! On the pull out you will notice the rig 'plucks' as it comes out of the silt. I use this mostly on gravel pits where the silt has collected up the sides of deviations in the lake bed. Like anything you get a feel for it after a number of casts. It can be a real winner!
#k-lo
K-LO update
If you have been watching my films for a while as many of you have then you will know that i started to use a Krill based bait at the end of the summer 2014. That was some time ago now and since then the bait has been developed and improved radically. What i wanted was the very latest and most up-to-date bait i could have using the best of ingredients and the latest techniques in production and i havent been disappointed. You will see me using this a lot this year and hopefully catching some more of the lumps from lake 7. I have priced it at the lowest price possible to be competitive and you can get it here http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/bait-k-lo.php