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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.
#valley pool
Valley Pool part sixteen
So here we are on the last episode of Valley pool, for the time being. As usual i turn up and have a look around but this time i also have a plan. To fill in the middle of the lake and see what happens.
#film
The Woolpack lake 7 - part four
It's the last week of May 2016 and the weather is in a downturn with cold wet driving northerly winds day and night. When i arrived I counted plenty of cars in the car park so i knew it was going to be tough getting a swim on the wind and a walk around the lake soon revealed little option. Now it's at times like these when you think your chances of a fish are small that you must push on. Places like lake seven are not easy prospects and you need to spend as much time on the lake learning as you can. So even if a session looks like a write off, you must still go. Remember if it was just about catching fish it wouldn't be called fishing.
#2008
Forgotten fish
Keeping a diary is a handy thing, especially if like me you sometimes need to look back. It was while i was looking through my pictures from 2008 when i spotted this fish which i had completely forgotten i had caught! The filedate said 08-09-2008 but that's all. However back in 2008 i was still keeping diaries and so a quick look at the back of the diary for 2008 revealed all. September 8th 2008 was a Monday and on the Saturday previous i had pre-baited the swim with 6Kg Hemp, 3kG 15mm pellets and 4Kg of Berry boilies. Prebaiting like this had gone on for 2 weeks already and i had managed three fish, all to short 2-4 hour sessions with just one rod and the minimum of kit. Looking in my diary for that morning the entry is brief. 'Fish rolled over spot when i arrived at 7.30am. 8.30am 26.12lb common. Left at 9.30 and baited up with 3kg Hemp, 2Kg pellets 1Kg berry boilies'. So this year i am going to start keeping a diary again, that way i can look back with just a turn of a page and perhaps, not forget any more fish?
#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.
#2016
Stepping up
When i started to fish lake 7 i went in with the same successful tactics i have used countless times before. Baiting was to be done little and often after a good initial feed, and kept up constantly during the session. The lead system was my trusty semi-fixed-running-rig with the line up in the water semi-tight and the hooklength the ever reliable fluorocarbon. However things change over time as you begin to get a feel for the water and the problems you are up against. The baiting strategy has worked and when fish have been feeding they have been on me clearing me out. However the lead system and rigs have not been working as well and it's this area where i am concentrating most of my efforts now. The good thing about having such a long career in carping (since 1980) is that i can go back to the very basics and i can remember exactly the reactions and results i got thanks to my diarys. It's here where i will find my answers because it's the same problem only decades on and all it needs is for me to step up.
#bullseye
River Cam Carp Quest Pt3
In 2011 thoughts began to wind their way into my head of a new challenge, a new adventure one that was right on my doorstep and was just waiting there to be taken. I have been fortunate, a blessing of birth perhaps? To live in a village as a child where i could walk a hundred yards in any direction and be in a field full of adventure and wildlife. To have the rural countryside of south Cambridgeshire as my playground, its streams, rivers and ponds, that's a blessing indeed. Perhaps my view of the world started there?
#alder lake
Alder lake playlist
Even though i fish and film these sessions. Edit and re-edit, preview and release i still like to go back and rewatch them over again. You never take it all in on the first watch, you can easily miss things. For me however it's not just about that but also reliving the moments, happy days spent chasing my dreams.
#weed fishing
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.