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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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River Cam Carp Quest 2011 pt 7
Time is the key to everything and as a film maker i can bend it, stretch it and stop it. I can even go back in time. As the poet William Henry Davies once wrote; 'What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.' So here we are 5 years on from this day all caught on film live on camera The capture of The Linear from the river Cam, one of my finest moments i think :-)
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Colnebrook pictures
The lake that Mary and Malins came from before they were made famous in Wraysbury it's not far from the end of Heathrow airport runway and is the noisiest place i have ever fished. However it's full of carp and made a nice change from St Ives Big Fjords where i had been fishing for the whole summer. There your lucky to see a fish let alone catch one ;-) Places like these can give you your confidence a real boost as well as letting you try out things and learn.
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Pingles pool - Last of the Cuckoo's
Pingles Pool is an old clay pool situated in rural fenland and it is full of beautiful, fat Mirrors and Commons. It has been twenty years since I last fished and laid eyes upon this lovely little pool and in those following years many fish had been added and grown on with the olduns. The lilies had taken over all of the shallow margins and bars while some of the old mighty trees had crashed into the lake margins. Renowned for it's moods and the ever-surprising fenland weather the pool has an atmosphere all of it's own. Let the adventure begin!
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Mepel SWAC pit pictures
Another club ticket water i used to fish back in the 1980's and 90's it has a very old stock of carp to 30's
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Woolpack lake 3 pictures
I spent 6 years fishing lake 3 and managed to catch many of the residents in that time and some more than once. Having just finished my degree here in cambridge the woolpacks lake 3 was a good place to start back again after such a long layoff. I struggled at first but by the end in 2008 it was almost a fish a chuck! well not quite but almost :-)
1985
Being out there
Back in my early days carp fishing i still got out in the winter to fish for Pike as had been the custom every winter since i first fished for them back in the late 1960's. The winters of 1982-3 were spent on a few of my local gravel pits fishing for carp but i soon formed the opinion that if i wanted to catch fish and still enjoy my fishing then i should put away the carp rigs and get out the wire trace. At the moment carp fishing takes up all my time Spring, Summer and Autumn and the winters have been neglected. So it's time to remedy that and get back to doing what i love, being out there. The picture above was taken in 1985 on Big Fjords, St ives. The fish i think weighed around mid-upper doubles. The rod was a glass fibre Jack Hilton carp rod and the reel my trusty old mitchell 300
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First carp
In the early morning of June 16th 1980 Chris Yates caught his record carp from Redmire pool on a few grains of sweetcorn. At the same time hundreds of miles away i was on Todds pit my local pond catching my first carp on the same bait, sweetcorn. Having read Still water Angling by Richard Walker (the man who invented modern carp fishing) the previous year, 1980 was the start of a whole new world of fishing for me. Something that has now consumed much of the last 4 decades of my life. Now if you are wondering why i a holding the carp in a towel i can tell you. We used to think (as it was said by some) that our hands were too hot and might burn their skin... It was also said that they were near impossible to catch... well i guess that's partially true at least :P
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First on The Berry 2016
With rain forecast and a low pressure system moving in i took the chance last night for a quick overnighter to test out a batch of The Berry. After 5 minutes with the marker rod the weed growth all over the lake became very evident so i elected to use a chod rig. The 15mm Berry Airball popups stayed up all night long with no loss of buoyancy and would have most likely stayed up considerably longer. This 40 year old common came at 7am, weighing in at 23.8lb it's the first on The Berry for 2016.