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#the berry
Give it a spin
This is the final test batch of The Berry which i have just received fresh from the manufacturer and it's dead right. The last batch caught for me first time out, all it needed was a slight tweak to the level of attractors and a small change to the basemix. They have done a first class job and so tonight i am going to pop out and give it a spin. The weather is looking unsettled so if i can get the location right and find a hole in the weed i reckon my chances are good. As soon as i get back from fishing i will get the Popups, Hard hookers, Paste and glug sorted and it should be on the shelves shortly.
#carp dog
I need a carp dog!
When fishing Pingels pool back in 2009 i got to make friends with 'Punch'. He lived in the house across the lake but wandered all the drains, dykes, pools and rivers in the entire area for miles and many anglers had come across him. This year i have promised myself to get one. It'll be called 'Walker', which is apt 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.
#tactics
Change of tactics
Its become evident to me since starting to fish Valley that the carp move around this little pool quite a bit. On the last session i found them close in feeding with the tell-tale signs of clouded up water on a couple of occasions. Obviously i had a go for these fish but they are cute and not easily fooled at times. However on my walk back to the lodge to fill in the catch report i found a small group really clouding up the margin below the lodge. Having already packed the car i quickly unpacked the minimum of kit. It took just a few minutes to catch one and its all on film. This is the most exciting way of catching carp and so this year my films will be full of stalked fish. Hopefully with all the tension, action and excitement too!
#that run
On-camera runs
Over the past seven years the rods have fired off a number of times on-camera. The most memorable being 'that run' (see http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=160). It's always a dilemma for me as often the camera is just put down in an instant without the thought of filming. I am then faced with the task of moving the camera whilst playing a fish, a precarious past-time for sure. Fish are often dropped when concentration is lost. However i feel it would be nice to get more of this footage in my films. Perhaps it's time to get the tripod out more eh :-)
#fully scaled
Fins up fully
Having five days to fish and film on a prolific fishery like Nicholls lake it's no surprise that a few gems turned up. I lost count of the scattered/fully scaled carp i had but i didn't forget the really special catches amongst them and this is one of them. I can only imagine how fantastic this is going to look in another five years when it'll most likely be twice the size.
#articles
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.
#underwater
Understanding carp
If anything the underwater footage of Valley should have dramatically changed your view of this small intimate little pool. It should also confirm that carp do indeed hibernate during the colder parts of the year. http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=163 It's not the first time that i have pointed out that the hardest waters to fish are often the smallest. Carp more than any other fish learn about their environment and can associate any change with danger. The one thing i have noticed on Valley is this 'sensitivity' to their environment. It's tangible, their posture and the way they switch off or just avoid areas when your about. Valley pool has given me a great chance to do what i love and that is to study the carp. I truly believe that this is paramount to becoming 'the complete angler'. Results and numbers don't matter in the end as you forget them. Experiences with carp, close up, learning their secrets and their ways stay with you forever.
#true carping
True Carping - St Ives Lakes
It was way back in 1982 when I first laid eyes on the St Ives complex of lakes and I fished it on and off for the next 8 years. Since then it has matured and many of the carp have grown on to become famous and highly prized. The ever increasing army of carpers is growing and the trend for results has led to an explosion of instant carping. Stocked lakes full of fish where you can catch a twenty, a thirty, a forty or even a fifty. Swims are built with railway sleepers and hardcore, toilets and showers are provided for the endless stream of punters. Carpers from all over flock to cut their teeth and make their names on them, but St Ives is different. None of the above applies to this place, it's wild and rough where waders and a 'can do' attitude are essential piece's of kit. For me though, it's not about named fish or their weights, but the place itself. It has an atmosphere and wildness about it that changes you. This is a true story of one carper, as it happens, keeping it real, seeking adventure and having fun. This is true carping.