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#tench
TheTenchCatcher
Back from the Woolpacks lake 8 after another interesting and busy session. The weather had been lush all week raising the lake temperature from 57 to 59 degrees F and the shallows looked on for a carp and indeed i had one within the hour but then the tench came and came. The final score at the end of the session was eight tench netted between 6 to 8 pounds and seven dropped. The dropped fish were all to the size 6 rig and the netted ones a size 8. The netted ones were retained and then popped into the stock pond as per syndicate instructions, so i wont be catching them again!
#bottom-bait-rig
A real Gem
It gets busy on lake 7 early in the year so i delayed my first visit until this week. However when i arrived at the lake almost all the swims on the West bank were taken so i opted to walk the East bank with my water bottle, and try and find a swim that gave me the most clear water. For a while i was torn between two swims out of a possible four choices but i eventually settled in a swim in the south east corner. The wind was blowing from the North west straight into the area i was in but would be moving to the south south-west. In the final twenty-four hours it would be moving back to the North west. Despite the rain temperatures stayed up giving me the confidence to keep feeding the spots, building them up over the session and wait for the turn in the wind. On the last night it turned and i had a nice carpet of bait out from 1-3 days old lying in wait. Just before first light on the last morning the right hand rod ripped off with this 31.6lb common on the end, as my good friend Martin Lawrence said, a real Gem and a great way to start my year. Successful setup was my semi-fix-running-rig, my standard fluorocarbon bottom-bait-rig with a 18mm K-LO Hard hooker.
#film
The Woolpack lake 7 - part five
It's my first week using my new Trakker Tempest brolly something i have been wanting to sort for a some time. Weather for the week is westerlies and sunshine and the swim choice is the south bank giving me a great view of the lake as well as a chance to fish the exit of the drainage channel and put a bait near the sanctuary of the southwest corner. The lake has just opened after a six week break for spawning and so has been very busy with plenty of pressure on the fish so i am expecting it to be tough.
#woolpack
Learning time
It's the first week of july, six weeks after my last session on the woolpacks lake 7. The lakes have all been closed for spawning and the change is dramatic. The trees and bankside which were just starting to fill out in May are now heavy with summer foliage. The water is considerably warmer and the carp much more active, split up into small groups and no longer shoaled. This is the time when it starts to get really tough, with an abundance of natural food and the bombardment from the bankside there is a surplus. The long hot summer days and clear skies also shorten the feeding periods lessening chances. It's scratching time, but it's also learning time too, that's the one thing you can always do no matter what the carp or the weather are up to.
#tags
Search Tags!
For sometime now i have meaning to add this little app to the site to make it easier to navigate my blog. Tags make it easy to search for what you want and fast. In alphabetic order you simply scan for a keyword and click it. http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog_tags.php
#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.
#bait making
Chin stroker
Four minutes into part 12 of The Woolpack lake 8 and i start talking about bait and it brought on some right old chin stroking i can tell you. I had just made a fresh batch of 18mm popups containing a sample of hydrolysed krill protein concentrate and i was using these alongside an early batch of K-LO. I was confident the bait would work and indeed i had one within ten minutes but as always with bait you're never quite satisfied, you always want to improve. Do a quick search for chin stroking on the internet you will come up with something like 'Stroking the chin is often a signal that the person is thinking hard. They may well be judging or evaluating something, particularly if the conversation has offered them a choice or decision to make'. S'true, grow a beard, make decisions ;-)
#rigs
Kick back
Since I started carp fishing in 1980 I have used many different kinds of rod, lead and rig setup to try and catch carp. In the early 1980's much of my time was spent on a steep learning curve that took me from light 1/4oz running rigs and float fishing to 2-3oz bolt rigs, tight lines, heavy bobbins and high rod positions
#heritage lake
A loss to fishing
I have fished this lake for a number of years now and have caught many of the carp that inhabit it, much of my time being spent doing day sessions with the occasional over-nighter. With depths that average around five feet it warms up quick in the spring and shuts down equally as quick in the winter. The stock consists of mirrors and commons around mid-doubles to mid-twenties with a few ornamental fish turning up occasionally, so a bite can be on the cards most days. With a lockable gate, a peaceful tranquil atmosphere and a good stock of fish it seems like heaven however this unfortunately is not the case. The club that owns the lake seem to pay little attention to it, i have never seen a bailiff there and the lock on the gate is always broken. The local farmer uses the access track to service his fields as well as the track alongside the lake which has destroyed the track to the point where driving a car down is almost impossible preventing access. This has meant that few anglers now visit to fish it and with this lack of use and more importantly watchful eyes has come the fly tipping and unwanted visits from non-anglers. The litter is building up, trees have even been cut down to build fires and I have to say that i don’t feel safe there which is one reason i rarely fish it nowadays, especially on my own. The shame is that the club owns the lake and unless the club changes its approach and attitude things will only get worse and that is a great shame and a loss to fishing.