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River carping
There probably isn't a river, drain or canal in England that doesn't contain at least a few carp and some a lot more. Many of these fish have never been fished for and over the years have quietly grown on to rival anything you can catch in a lake. Although river fishing is a challenge it's not an impossible one and the rewards can be amazing. More often than not you will be leaving footprints where others have never trod; you will be breaking new ground and catching dreams. Since releasing the series River Cam Carp Quest in 2011 I have received many requests for information about river carp fishing and so I have decided to put together this short piece covering the main aspects you need to address.
The Woolpack lake 7 - part six
Episode six is the first part of a three night session i did on lake 7 back in August 2016. A rare chance to be on my own on lake seven and an opportunity to see how they react without the usual bombardment under ideal weather conditions. The constant heat and southwesterly winds had been replaced by cooler northwesterlies and even though fish were showing half way up the lake my instinct told me to get on the end of a summer northerly, set my traps and wait.
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.
#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.
#fluoro berry
The Berry
As many of you know it was i that came up with the recipe for 'The Berry'. This bait has never failed me and so this morning i will be making up a batch especially for the Linford Show this weekend. I will be socialising for most of the days spent at Linford around the site and at the bivvy (i have gourmet coffee and brown sauce!). Whilst i am at the bivvy i will endeavour to catch a carp of course! I have made a few rigs up but it will be the bait that i pay most attention too. Oh and the food!
#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.
Choice of swims
I suppose i lean more to a laid back style than say a focused one, i would never think to fire out pebbles instead of boilies in an attempt to trick my fellow anglers into thinking i wasn't baiting up and actually fishing singles. I would never cast into someone else swim and i would most likely never setup opposite to someone and i would always fish as far away from everyone else as i could. Bankside etiquette is important, more important to me than catching a few fish. This is why i like to be on my own and this week i managed to not only get a choice of swims, but be on my own (if only for a while). So here is the start of another session, a flat calm and respite from the northerly winds. All coming up in episode seven of The Woolpack lake 7.
Tighten up
In some of the later episodes of The Woolpack lake 8 it's been noticed that i have changed over from my Delkim ES bobbins to my old set of Fox Swingers and there is good reason, tightening up. If you have read the article Kick-Back ( you will know that the weight of the bobbin is important in the setup as it helps hold everything tight and keeps it all in balance. Another important point about the Fox swingers is the way the clip works and the fact that they show up drop backs far better than any other bobin i have used. Again with the kick-Back setup this is important because the first indication you will often get is a drop back as the tension in the line is released on a pickup.
Kick back
Since I started carp fishing in 1980 I have used many different kinds of rod, lead and rig setup to try and catch carp. In the early 1980's much of my time was spent on a steep learning curve that took me from light 1/4oz running rigs and float fishing to 2-3oz bolt rigs, tight lines, heavy bobbins and high rod positions