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#kick-back
Tighten up
In some of the later episodes of The Woolpack lake 8 it's been noticed that i have changed over from my Delkim ES bobbins to my old set of Fox Swingers and there is good reason, tightening up. If you have read the article Kick-Back (http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=425) you will know that the weight of the bobbin is important in the setup as it helps hold everything tight and keeps it all in balance. Another important point about the Fox swingers is the way the clip works and the fact that they show up drop backs far better than any other bobin i have used. Again with the kick-Back setup this is important because the first indication you will often get is a drop back as the tension in the line is released on a pickup.
#lenny middleton
A legend
It's the tenth anniversary today of the passing of a legend, Lenny middleton. Lenny is best know for the invention of the hair rig (see:http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=402) but he was also a Taxidermist of some repute and enjoyed fishing in all it's forms. Lenny fished all the famous venues including Savay at the height of it's glory alongside all the other legendary names, he had seen it and done it all. A true sportsman, a gentleman and a fine maker of tea his contribution to carp fishing is immense. So whenever you cast out a hair rig pay a little homage to the man himself because he earned it. Lenny is seen here on Lake 3 with Bertie back in 2005, one of a few he had that afternoon on kit that got thrown out by the dustman, an original hair rig and bait that looked like rubber floor tile! I kid you not, a real master.
#bottom-bait-rig
A good place to start
Just back from my second session on the Woolpacks lake 7 where this week i spent time in two swims. Once again i found the car park half full when i arrived and with a north westerly blowing that gave me a choice of four swims if i wanted to get on the end of the wind. Now getting on the end of the wind doesn't guarantee fish but it does often give you a better chance and it's a good place to start. So with my water bottle in-hand i trekked off to the first swim in the south west corner, it was taken, and so were the other three. So with little choice i took the second swim on the east bank, this gave me clear water and kept me as close to the wind as i could get. As it happened i had fish rolling on me in the morning but didn't get a pickup and by lunch with the first swim in the south-east corner becoming vacant i moved. Having fished this swim the previous week i had little work to do to find spots and within five hours of placing my rigs i had one of the mirrors at 26.4lb. It's good to know that what i am doing works and so far i have been fortunate and i have found a working spot. Next week who knows, but i am already looking forward to it.
#power director
Editing films
Having finished editing and uploading this weeks episode of The Woolpack lake 8 i have once again started to edit the film footage i shot down in Kent at Nicholls lake, Hythe. I am currently finishing off the first episode of two possibly three in total. These will be released through my CarpCatcher Plus channel to raise funds for Carping4Heros. As you can see i treated myself to the latest version of Power director (14) (see: http://www.cyberlink.com/) as my old copy was six years old and did not want to work in Windows 10. I often get asked what program i use to edit my films and this is the one. Power director has always been the market leader and i have to say it's pretty darn good, i would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to produce decent quality films. Like many things it comes with plenty of bells and whistles to play with but i keep it pretty simple using only the minimum needed to produce a film. As i have said before, less is more, cheers.
#waveney valley
Waveney Valley Lakes 1985
Back in 1985 i visited the famous Waveney Valley lakes in norfolk with three other friends, as you can see the kit has changed but i haven't changed that much. This is G lake and at the time was stocked with plenty of 20lb carp which avoided capture really well on this trip. It was late season and we only managed one fish between us but i did go back for another visit the following year and made up for it with a few really chunky 20's. Alas those pictures are long lost and all that survives of my visit is a few slides i took which i have now scanned. Here we are in 2015 and it's hard to believe that this was thirty years ago.
#dickersons pit
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?
#richard walker
Angling wisdom
'All angling is, is a series of problems. The more you fish, the more problems you will be set. For the solution of one very often sets a number of fresh ones, and it is probably true to say that the greater your experience is, the more unsolved problems will confront you, and you can never solve them all. The best advice I can offer you here is that before you try to solve a problem, make sure you know what the problem is. When you have done your best in every way you can think of, you must wait.' - Richard Walker - Pic: Dick Walker fishing the River Witham
#breaching carp
Valley Pool part five
This film encapsulates all the reasons i love to fish these intimate little pools. You can get close up! This is probably one of the best films i have shot and gives you a wonderful insight into the carp. They are not just fat pigs living in water. They are complex creatures with ways and habits that are as intricate as any other living creature. Carp have developed ways of surviving and this is one of them. Cleaning themselves after their winter layup (see http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=163).
#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!