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2014
Redhouse lake pt 10
The last session on Redhouse lake in 2014 and it's the end of a long hard road for sure. Out of 21 days i spent fifteen on the bank and Redhouse pretty much became my home. Fishing as single mindedly as this though can take it's toll and in many ways. The journey of 50-60 miles each way from home was really no trouble at all to be honest. The camping by the lake was a pleasure for the senses and the soul. The food and brews kept my spirits up as well as the visits from David the owner, Alf and Paul the bailiffs, Gordon Owen the tackle shop manager and of course my mate Shaun. The session with my old mate Jeff rekindled the magic of a true friendship. I was constantly busy trying to outwit and out fish the Tench and of course i managed a few gems. For me it was sheer adventure. I was on my own fishing a lake that was forgotten. No-one really knew what was in there and the chance to find out was what drove me on. If life can be measured then i had my fill by the banks of Redhouse lake.
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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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Worlick lake pictures
Also known as Abbey lake i first fished it in 2009. It holds some lovely carp that were originally stocked in the 1980's. It can be a very tricky water due to the amount of weed growth but it is a lovely place to fish
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The Woolpack Lake 7 - Pike fishing Pt 4
This is the last in the series of The Woolpack Lake 7 - Pike fishing and the last blog from the Woolpack, well at least for now. It's the third week of November and late Autumn is giving way to Winter. The leaves are now falling fast as the winds build to srtip them bare. When i arrive at the lake there is a strong south-westerly blowing and so i head on down to the north-east corner right on the end of it. As the day progresses i move down the bank until i reach the south bank swim where the weather in awesome style, ended it all very abruptly in just a matter of seconds.
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Floater Cake
It was in 1982 when i first heard about Floater Cake and since much of my summer carp fishing was spent stalking i wasted no time at all in finding out how to make it. The problem at the time was the only floating bait we had was bread, a good carp bait for surface fishing but it does have it's drawbacks. The most obvious one is that hoards of Roach or Rudd can pick it off in seconds rapidly turning your floater into a sinker but it's also fairly limiting to. I have spent countless hours stalking and catching carp on floaters, watching their reactions and i am convinced that to do well you must camouflage your hook and line but not only that the hookbait must behave as naturally as possible. So what i needed was a floating bait that could withstand any attack from small species or aborted takes from carp and stay on the hook, it also of course had to keep it's buoyancy. Floater cake was the answer, it's like rubber (depending on your mix), can take on any colour and flavour and can be punched out on the cast without it flying off or pulling the hook. I have always used orange as it's easiest to see but any colour or good flavour will do
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Landbeach Marina park pictures
In the early eighties i discovered a series of gravel pits six miles up the road towards the city of Ely. The place itself was known as Landbeach Marina park but was originally gravel workings that became flooded in the late 1960's. The owners who dug them, Dickersons gravel company turned them into a caravan and camping park in 1979 and stocked the lakes with course fish including a consignment of carp from a company if my memory serves me correct called Four ways fisheries. When i first started to fish it in 1983 the carp had just about reached double figures as indeed had many of the carp had in all the lakes back then. This was the time when carp became widespread in cambridgeshire, a time when the monsters of today were just a few years old. Most of my time on here was spent on the carp lake at the back of the complex stalking the carp with my floater cake. I became very good at it and learned much about carp and their habits. Sadly this lake no longer exists and the fish were moved on (i don't know where). A wonderful series of lakes with some amazing old carp and if it were still there, i'd be fishing it.
2017
River Carp Quest 2017
Tomorrow morning see's the start of my river sessions. When i first fished the river cam in 2004 i didn't know if there were any carp in the river i just went down and had a go and lucky for me I caught first time out. This spurred me on and over the September/October of that year i did three day session a week landing a further dozen fish to 20lb+. All pristine fish, all different scaly and wondrous. River fish are different, hard to find and easy to catch, unless you're fishing a well known spot of course then it's the other way around just like in a lake. It will be tough and i will be catching few fish if anything at all but then i did that last year on a stocked lake and paid £450 for the privilege! Pic: My first carp from the river Cam in 2004 @18lb+. Really hard fighting and most likely never been caught before.
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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.
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The River Ebro 2016
More than a year after i was first invited over by our guide Martin Foden ( http://ebrocarp.fishing/ ) the dream of fishing the river Ebro became a reality. We started out on the river Segre which is a tributary of the river Ebro and then moved onto the main river at Almatret the next morning for six days.