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1991
Pushing the limits
This picture was taken in 1991, that's my son Marcus who is now 25 years old wearing my hat. As you can see i started fishing with my rods up over 25 years ago now so it's not something that's new to me.Things like this can be just fashion of course but as i said a few posts ago i consider using the the rod setup also as part of the trap by enabling the rig and the lead system to perform differently. Just recently over the last few sessions i have been pushing this to the limit and with some astonishing success. However as with anything you push to the limit you always find the edge and so have i. So this week i will be taking all that i have learned through my successes as well as my mistakes and dialing it back a bit, fine tuning it. This for me is what fishing is really all about, finding a method, getting it to work and hopefully bagging a few before it all changes.
weed-fishing
Finding gold
The last episode in the current series of The woolpack lake 7 is in it's final edit and soon the series will be over, in 2017 i plan to get back to more wild fishing here and abroad. Back to this episode and as you can see one thing that will always be around is weed, specifically this stuff, Hornwort. It's a tough customer and worst of all razor sharp colonies of Zebra mussels like to bloom around the top nodes. All in all it's not something you want the fish to hang around in long while on the end of you line however it cannot be ignored as fish love to hold up in, and around it. Whatever time of year you are fishing the temperature of a weedbed will always be more stable than the surrounding water as it holds heat well due to its mass. It creates cover as well as providing the environment to sustain food supplies and in the colder month's when it's scarce finding one is like finding gold.
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When i get you on the bank
When i get you on the bank i aint gonna smile I want the world to know how i went the extra mile I'll pose and i'll grimace because i know inside Someone else caught this before me... but i'll not confide
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Todds Pit pictures
In 1979 i was still fishing for specimen Roach, Bream, Tench and Pike and had never even seen a Carp let alone caught one, although i did on hindsight have one on briefly one flooded river day but that's another story. I first heard about Todds pit whilst fishing for late autumn Roach on the River Granta. A much older angler who i often saw along the banks of the meadow stopped to chat and in conversation asked me if i had ever fished Milton gravel pits. His description of the lakes and the fish it held sounded wonderful, disused for years it had been taken over by the local angling club who had installed a locked gate on the car park making it private and secluded. Not only that but it also held a large head of carp up to 5lbs! Now 5lb might not sound much but on a roach rod (which is all i basically had) it was big enough and the thought of catching a Carp like the great legends of old was just to much for me to ignore. The very next day i cycled out of Cambridge towards Milton to find a lake known as Todds pit. I got lost but eventually with some luck found my way to the banks and the very first thing i saw was a Carp swimming along the surface looking as easy to catch as a cold! But thats another story.
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!
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Pingles pool pictures
I first fished Pingles pool in the early 1980's, it was on one of my club tickets and was nearby two other lakes i fished so it always held an interest. Dug for it's clay as a series of deep trenches it flooded into one pit giving it an unusual topography with bars that are like walls. These walls were all that once separated the individual trenches but now many are eroded to within a few feet of the bottom. Lilies can be seen growing off these bars in the summer tracing lines going across the lake and they are obvious targets producing plenty of fish. Back in the 1980's the lake held perhaps a dozen or so carp and was know to be difficult however it has since been restocked and when i fished it again in 2009 it had a much larger stock mainly in the mid twenties region. As with all small pools like this in the fens it would switch off if there was any noise from the bankside so your best chances were always when you had the place to yourself.
the-berry
An old fenland beast
This week saw me return to a lake i have only ever fished a handful of times, three short day sessions back in 2003 and two overnight sessions in 2012. I did alright as well landing two fish, one on my first session in and one on the last session in 2012 so to be honest i felt like this was a lucky water for me especially when you consider it's size and the fact it only has a handful of fish in it. This week i only had one night but the weather and the carp made it easy all being in the same place on the end of a Fenland hoolie. Within thirty seconds of standing in the swim a beast rolled and then another and four of so hours later this rolled into the net. At 20.12lb it's not the biggest in the lake but it's still a real old Fenland beast.
fen-lake
An old fenland beast
This week saw me return to a lake i have only ever fished a handful of times, three short day sessions back in 2003 and two overnight sessions in 2012. I did alright as well landing two fish, one on my first session in and one on the last session in 2012 so to be honest i felt like this was a lucky water for me especially when you consider it's size and the fact it only has a handful of fish in it. This week i only had one night but the weather and the carp made it easy all being in the same place on the end of a Fenland hoolie. Within thirty seconds of standing in the swim a beast rolled and then another and four of so hours later this rolled into the net. At 20.12lb it's not the biggest in the lake but it's still a real old Fenland beast.
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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.