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A special breed of carp
I spent the last two days on my local pond Todds pit somewhere i have fished on and off since 1980 and is where i caught my first carp. Much has changed over the years but many of the carp that were first introduced in the 1970's are still there and they are a very special breed of carp too. I have fished plenty of the lakes and pools that litter the fens since i started out but nowhere else has a head of carp quite like these. Back in the day we would call fish like these wildies as they are indeed very closely related it seems to the original wild carp of old. Long and lean most never attain the size of their european King Carp counterparts however what they lack in size they make up for in speed and power. No other lake i fish has such carp as these, at least not in the numbers we have in Todds. When first hooked they will tear off with amazing speed and with such power they are unstoppable, often reaching the sanctuary of the heavy weed long before you have had the chance to put them in check. They are absolute beasts and anyone who has fished for them will no doubt tell you the same. This weeks tactics held them in check though and i managed to land everyone of the seven that i hooked. Rods up on the front rodrest only and baitrunners tightened up to give only on a hard pull. So once the carp take they are instanly being played forcing all that initial power to bring them to the surface giving me a chance. It makes for some exciting fishing when you see a great gold bar launch itself thrashing to the surface from the deeps i can tell you.
Bait making time
It's bait making weekend as i start my fishing in earnest next week. I have three venues in mind just in case 'Valley pool' is busy. I have this year a number of different waters to fish and some i have never fished before so edges are important! Out come the hutchy flavours. Monster crab/maltrex/Scopex rule baby!
Planning ahead
It's at this time of year i start to plan ahead for the coming season because it'll be on us soon enough and then of course it'll be too late. My ticket for The woolpack is being renewed as there is still plenty of fishing to be had there. I have a few invites to attend so there will be other films to take us off track. Plus i am seeking a ticket on a little fished large water but I have a feeling that it might take more than just the odd visit to be successful, we shall see. With my holiday destination firmly booked in Kent for 2016 the diary is already getting full so roll on spring, bring it on.
Swavesey Lake
I had spent most of the early spring/summer months fishing fenland clay pits and although i had caught many a fine carp i craved to be back on a windswept gravel pit. So after a chat ticket was secured for a syndicate on a Cambridgeshire gravel pit that held a small number of large and little caught carp. More than enough to keep me happy me thinks!
The Multi rig
Invented by Mike Kavanagh this rig is beautiful in it's simplicity and use. No other rig i tie allows me to change the hook or the hook pattern with such ease yet keep the same presentation. All it really consists of is a length of hooklink material (here again i am using the korda heavy coated braid) with a figure of eight loop either end, simples! The hook end has the coating stripped back, to change the hook just slide the loop over the point of the hook, and remove the ring then slide the loop out of the hook's eye, simply reverse the process to put a new hook on. I use it mostly for popup presentations and it's replacing my current standard setup for popups (see:, the reason for this is all of the above. The top picture is the completed rig and the bottom one the stripped back rig. You can of course use whatever hooklink material, hook etc you wish but keep it simples eh.
It would be interesting to know just how many people have caught this fish. In the six years i spent fishing the woolpack's lake #3 i caught it three times and saw it caught twice more. If you have caught Bertie then send me a pic!
Park farm part one
Park farm one and two are two of the most popular lakes on the Linford complex. Runs waters, places where you are almost guaranteed to have pickups and plenty of them. The lakes are rich in natural food but because of the high stock this runs out very quickly. When this happens the pickups begin. Plucks on the line, odd single double bleeps from the alarms all telling you that the carp are picking up your baits. Get it wrong and all you will ever get is the odd few fish. Get it right and the action can be non-stop.
TheCarpCatchers blog
Welcome to my online blog i have been really busy creating it! Hopefully it'll make posting onto all the social networks a one step seamless experience and give you even more content. Watch this space, cheers!
Shallow lake lump
Next weekend sees the last of the St Ives lakes series 'True Carping' and we finish on Shallow lake with a lump. By then i will have completed my first session on the new syndicate and hopefully caught! Still gotta think of a pseudonym for it tho :-)