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#2007
Eight years on
We are just a few months off my eighth year doing this and in that time i have kept the way i film and edit almost unchanged. The quality has improved tremendously from the tiny 360p to full HD 1080p. The old ten minute limit on blogs has long passed. Millions of views from you, watched from all over the world and you continue to do so. The only change this year is the titles, i have spruced them up a bit ;-) However i wont be over celebrating i'll just keep them coming same as ever. Going my own way, seeking adventure, having fun but most importantly, keeping it real. Cheers!
#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.
#film
The Woolpack lake 7 - part two
With the cold spring and the knowledge that the lake would be busy early on i decided to delay my second visit to Lake 7 until the end of May. Decades of experience has taught me that the carp in early spring don't all become active at the same time. Sure the few that are active can be caught and often quiet quickly. But eventually the blanks start to pile up for everyone as the pressure builds. The bait continues to go in and a surplus occurs so it just gets harder, however as the water warms there comes a point when all the carp are active. It's at this moment your chances improve and it's time to pack the car.
#cooking
How to cook chips?
One of the things that has surprised me since i first started blogging my fishing and especially my cooking on the bank, is that some chaps don't know how to cook chips? But then these days most either cook oven or microwave chips and the art of homemade chips it seems has been lost on them. Well no more as i have taken on the responsibility to ensure the banks and towpaths of britain are rife with the smell of freshly cooked chips in the pan. Chips are what made Britain great and lets face it the best way to cook a potato, especially when accompanied by a brace of bar-b-q style lamb chops.
#1981
In the beginning
I started to take pictures of my fishing back in the the late 1970's but sadly many of them are now lost. However in 2014 i went out and got myself a scanner for old photo negatives as luckily i still had plenty of them stashed away. There are still plenty of pictures missing but i did unearth a few gems and the beauty is i remember the moments when i took them. This one is of Newport pit out Saffron Walden way and shows my early setup with matching mitchell 300's, one of my first sets of homemade alarms, homemade buzzer bar, wine bottle tops as bobbins and needles for monkey climbers. What i remember so well is that i was trying out a new bait with sodium caseinate in it and unfortunately i had used to much in the mix. After i baited up i noticed that all my baits were floating away down the lake!
#old school
Twitcher hitting
Back in the day... Twitcher hitting! And we still have them today despite our best efforts. How often has you alarm just suddenly gone off with an odd bleep? How often has your bobbin moved up an inch only to immediately settle back? And how often have you put it down to line bites? But what if there is just as much chance of a fish picking up your bait as there is it running into your line? Sure you can screen out the odd bleep when the wind suddenly picks up, but the one thing i have learned over the years is that if the alarm sounds is most likely a fish. I think it's well worth considering the affect this all has on results over a season. I will certainly work on my setup this year to try and iron out any guess work. So when the alarm does sound...
#fully scaled
Fins up fully
Having five days to fish and film on a prolific fishery like Nicholls lake it's no surprise that a few gems turned up. I lost count of the scattered/fully scaled carp i had but i didn't forget the really special catches amongst them and this is one of them. I can only imagine how fantastic this is going to look in another five years when it'll most likely be twice the size.
#mirror carp
Frisby lakes
It's not often i get to fish a new water so when the chance came along to fish Frisby lakes i wasted no time in getting and invite. Luckily for me i know the new fishery manager Chris Angell who has just taken over so a quick message back and forth set up the session and a few days later i was on my way.
#river cam
Secret river
Thursday will see me on the upper river cam in search of pristine Roach, I just wanna get back to basics for a bit and what better time than the Glorious 16th! The river cam has a few tributaries that flow into it and this is one of them, The Lesser Granta. Three decades ago i was catching monster dace and roach from this stretch but i have to say it has changed in that time. It's much more overgrown now and getting a bait in can be difficult but it's a secret river where no-one goes and you will always be on your own. It holds carp too! big ones :P