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#nickolls lake
Ninth anniversary
I have just completed my second session this year on Nickolls lake down in Kent and as it happens i also celebrated the ninth year of TheCarpCatcher. It's amazing to think that over all those years the format has remained the same, the only change i guess is me and my beard! So to celebrate i ventured into the wild area again taking two trips with the barrow on what must be a half mile trek. Four days in a JRC 60 inch oval brolly in torrential rain, fog, boiling sun and a driving north-easterly, some nice carp, plus eels! lots of em!! I ain't no pussy but it's good to be home and i'm ready for the tenth year.
#pingles pool
Summer always comes
Summer always comes as they say so even now at the start of winter with the frosts and the cold rain i am looking forward once again to those long barmy days. This year between April and November i managed to spend two or three nights every week by the bank. In that time i caught almost a hundred carp and now with winter upon us these summer sessions where i did so well and had so much fun are coming to the fore. So over the next few months join me as summer comes to my films and we relive those moments.
#jrc brollywrap
Winter skined
Using the JRC brollywrap is ok if the weather isn't too bad but if it's thunderstorms coming straight at you? My old Trakker SLX has been passed on but i kept the winter skin and this is why. It fits perfectly over the brolly to give me that little bit more protection from the elements. What's more the winter skin packs away light and small into my old gas mask bag from the 1980's. Pukka!
In with a chance
Mid morning saw me moving swims to the Woods. The carp were on the back of the wind and out of the way of the cold easterly blowing down the lake. Traps are set and hopefully ill get a bite.
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!
Summer this year was hot, too hot to be honest. It made the carp lethargic and feeding periods were short. So when the north wind came i was right on the end of it waiting. I had too few of these types of sessions this year. Ones where you can choose a swim based on weather and location and not because it's all that's available. Sessions where the lake is quiet and the carp move around more naturally rather than hiding in the snags from the constant bombardment. Yep, lake 7 was way to busy for me, but it had it's moments.
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!
#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.
As swims go this isn't a bad one eh? This is Almatret on the Catalonian side of the river and on the other side your in Aragon. The border at this point runs exactly along the middle of the River Ebro. Spain has what they call autonomous communities which are in themselves nationalities within the Kingdom of Spain much like Wales or Scotland. So if you go to fish in spain then you're most likely going to be fishing in Catalonia or Aragon. And therein lies a problem as they also have unique differences in their language so you dont just need to learn Spanish, you also need to learn some Catalonian at least. However dont fear, English is and has been for centuries one of the most adaptable languages in the world taking on many words from other cultures, so most Spanish speak it! Anyway i digress, back to the swim. Its 307 meters wide and has depths over 11 meters. Old olive groves litter the closer in areas as well as massive boulders, sunken trees and most likely the odd ship or three littered here and there. We get the odd twig floating down river, they get trees and the odd bloated 100lb+ catfish! I kid you not, snaggy isn't the word.