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#bottom-bait-rig
A good place to start
Just back from my second session on the Woolpacks lake 7 where this week i spent time in two swims. Once again i found the car park half full when i arrived and with a north westerly blowing that gave me a choice of four swims if i wanted to get on the end of the wind. Now getting on the end of the wind doesn't guarantee fish but it does often give you a better chance and it's a good place to start. So with my water bottle in-hand i trekked off to the first swim in the south west corner, it was taken, and so were the other three. So with little choice i took the second swim on the east bank, this gave me clear water and kept me as close to the wind as i could get. As it happened i had fish rolling on me in the morning but didn't get a pickup and by lunch with the first swim in the south-east corner becoming vacant i moved. Having fished this swim the previous week i had little work to do to find spots and within five hours of placing my rigs i had one of the mirrors at 26.4lb. It's good to know that what i am doing works and so far i have been fortunate and i have found a working spot. Next week who knows, but i am already looking forward to it.
#film-downloads
Plenty of action
Tomorrow see's the release of the third and last episode of Nickolls lake ~ Hythe 2015. As with the previous two episodes there is plenty of action throughout the film plus all the info on the rigs used and the lead setup that has been so successful for me in the last few years and has now accounted for numerous fish. More than once in this episode i catch two at once plus of course the icing on the cake, that 28lb common. Hopefully i will be returning in march to fish again but until then, hasta la vista baby.
#john wilson
A massive influence
Just finishing off next weeks episode of The Woolpack lake 8 (episode 15) where we enter silly season and start to empty the place. Even though i spend three to four days on the lake it still can all just fly past and seem like a dream. But then comes the editing of the footage and i relive it all again, always it seems in the third person and i'm always surprised at who i am. The obvious influences throughout my life come shining through and this fella John wilson is at the front of the list. The first angler on the screen that actually made me feel i was there and taking part, he had a massive influence on me and this is very evident in the next episode.
#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?
#london city angler
Cooking with Matt
Here is a lad blogging on YouTube making a very special Panini. Have to say he has gone one better than me and i need to up my game a bit! The thing i did love about this film is the camaraderie and banter. Lets face it, if you're going to make food as good as this by the bank then you're going to make friends!
#pva bags
Redhouse lake Part two
It's the morning and we are greeted by a tench as we continue my first session on Redhouse lake. With all the weed its obvious that spots or areas to put a bait are going to be hard to find, however i have a few indispensable tools in my armoury to deal with it. One is my homemade weed rake which you use with rod and line to clear spots and the other is my bag fishing skills, honed to perfection. Whilst in the bivvy i show you the method i most use with bags and one that has caught me loads of fish from the most weedy of places.
#rotten 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.
#boat fishing
Out in the boat
In the next episode of The woolpack lake 8 we are out in the boat for a snagged up fish. When i was about 15 years old i learned a very useful lesson about boats, they can sink and sink fast! The worse kind are the ones that have no means of floatation other than the ability to displace water, take that away and oh boy do they go down quick. So if your going out in a boat make sure it either has a double skin or floatation built in and always wear a life jacket. Once your out on the boat it all looks and feels a lot different so safety first eh.
#blogging
Responsive blogging
A big part of TheCarpCatcher isn't just about the skills on the bank it's also about the skills in front of the computer. From the fishing and filming comes the editing, uploading and releasing on the web. YouTube, Facebook, Google and Twitter are there ready to suck up your content but of course it can soon disappear in the never ending feed. In 1996 i made a good decision for my future and a bad one for my current fishing, i went to university to study Computer Science. In 2007 i built my first website for TheCarpCatcher when i started blogging. Now fully responsive, for mobile, pad or pc my blog is in it's second year with 300+ posts. I lost three years of carping, but we wouldn't have TheCarpCatcher without it.