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The Woolpack lakes 2 & 3
I had been fishing the woolpack lakes 1, 2 and 3 since 2002 but only started to film my sessions in 2007. Here are some of the first episodes in each series, seasons 2007 to 2008 where i caught an amazing amount of the residents before my final goodbye.
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.
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.
An old flame
Today was all change from the summer on lake 7 as Autumn is rapidly passing over to winter and my ambition to catch pike from lake 7 commenced. It was a bright sunny start with clear skies but a driving north westerly soon brought heavy cloud and rain. Proper Pike fishing conditions and i was right on the end of it. I manged three runs too! Nothing big to report but i will be going back on my days off because those three runs have rekindled an old flame and i want more.
Telling a story
I get a lot of people asking me how i go about filming my sessions. It's not something i have ever thought about really. That is until recently when i realised that all i am really doing is telling a story, albeit as it happens. There is no script, i dont set out to make a film, i just go fishing. Getting the camera out is now simply a part of the process of working things out, letting you know whats happening. I am though always aware that the story is the important part of my films. Telling it like it is, keeping it real having fun and loving every minute of it.
Last cut of the social
This weekends film is the 'Nick Burrage social'. I should be finished with the final editing and have it uploaded tonight for release tomorrow. Nick is one of this country's best anglers and ambassadors of the sport. His knowledge and experience of catching carp and his willingness to share all that he knows is testament to that fact. Pasties, cakes and coffee are the order of the day.
I need a carp dog!
When fishing Pingels pool back in 2009 i got to make friends with 'Punch'. He lived in the house across the lake but wandered all the drains, dykes, pools and rivers in the entire area for miles and many anglers had come across him. This year i have promised myself to get one. It'll be called 'Walker', which is apt eh ;-)
What you dont know
It was a tough session this week on lake 8 which wasn't helped by the constant cold wind changing around. I had my rigs on really good spots but the wrong ones i suspect and in fact i think it would have been hard to get a bite anywhere given the downturn in temperatures. Sessions though are never wasted as you build up a picture of the lake and its underwater topography. These all lead onto the next sessions and provide you with solutions to catching fish. You dont know what you dont know as i keep saying and the learning curve can be hard when results dont come. However when they do come (and they surely will) the rewards will be all the greater and the satisfaction immense. I am already looking forward to my next session as i try a new swim and find out what's in front of me. Connecting up the dots to form a picture, getting lucky now and then and never losing sight of the journey ahead.
The Local Pond
After fishing hard down at the syndicate for two months and only being rewarded with two mid twenties i was thinking of getting me some fun and action. I did not fancy the bivvy and barrow any more and long for the easy day sessions i used to have. So plans were made to fish a local pit,Todds pit in Milton Cambs. This is where it all began for me, way back June 16th 1980 (the old first day of the season for lakes) i wet my first line for carp. I caught one too!