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floater-cake
A satisfied angler
In 1995 I had a young family so much of my fishing was opportunistic lasting just a few hours and this is the result of one such trip on a sunny July day. I remember the day well and the feeling of complete satisfaction after just a few hours spent alone by it's secluded banks catching this carp. Almost all of these little Fenland pools contain carp such as this, old scaly characters that haven’t grown huge on a diet of boilies but have grown naturally on the food available. How the Carp came to be stocked is anyone's guess but I suspect a combination of stocking by fishing clubs and the occasional flood from the local Lodes (small straight fenland drains) helped the cause. This gem came to free lined floater cake tactics after about an hour of trying to tempt it. Something i learned in my youth at similar little pools and i am sure will stand me in good stead for the rest of my angling days.
2003
All you could want
I have held a ticket for my local angling club Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling society (CFPAS) since the late 1970's and have fished all it's lakes, ponds, pools, rivers and drains over the years. However there was one lake in 2003 that i had not fished and that was Block Fen B. The second of two lakes on this part of the Fen it had all you could want as a carp angler, wild and windswept a gravel pit of about ten acres with a very low stock of carp. My first session was on a warm, cloudy June day with a south westerly piling across the lake. I headed straight for the North east corner and setup my two rods in a small gap in the bushes. Whilst getting the rods out i heard the unmistakable sound of a carp leaping to my left and thirty minutes later i was astonished to see the bobbin hit the top and the alarm scream into action. I did do a few more sessions that year but it wasn't until the first week of September 2012 when i returned to fish it again. Eight years had passed and those doubles were now twenties and thirties, the lake had matured and i couldn't resist another go. What happened then can be seen in the film 'You only get one life', out next week.
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The Woolpack lake 8 pt 19
So here we are 19 sessions on, from February through to October with the last session on the Woolpack's lake 8. I did do a few more after this but blanked and we have seen enough of them eh? So lets finish on a good note with all the usual effort put in to make a complete session. This is the last episode of the current series, but i will be back, i still have a few to catch...
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A short bike ride
I had to look back in my fishing diary from 1986 to help remember some of the details of this session. The years blur but the diary confirmed it as June 16th 1986. As a kid back in the 1960's i used to visit this pit to catch the Roach and Tench it contained. It was only a few miles up the road just outside the village where i lived and a short bike ride would soon see me on the banks bright n' early ready for dawn. So back in 1986 some 20 years on i decided that i would spend the first day of the season back beside it's banks, only this time fishing for Carp as a dozen or so had been put in a number of years previous. It didn't take long to get my first one and by at 4:30 am i had this mirror of 9.12lb in the net, caught on a homemade popup over my liver boilies. Unbelievably i caught this same carp again at 8.00 am on a floater. In the next few hours two more followed to the same method. By lunch i had packed up, loaded my bike for the short cycle ride home and once again glanced back and said my goodbyes. I haven't been back since, but one day maybe...
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That run
My days on the woolpack were full of fun and fish. I did well too landing most of the know residents and few of the lesser caught ones as well. Often when fishing lake #3 i fished with only two rods and put the third rod behind me on lake #2. This rod caught me a number of the residents and all from within a few feet of the bank. This episode has become one of my most popular because of 'that run'. Happy days
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Brackhill lake pictures
No longer exists due to backfilling etc this was one of the first places i fished regular in my early days
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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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A legend
It's the tenth anniversary today of the passing of a legend, Lenny middleton. Lenny is best know for the invention of the hair rig (see:http://thecarpcatcher.co.uk/thecarpcatchers_blog.php?post=402) but he was also a Taxidermist of some repute and enjoyed fishing in all it's forms. Lenny fished all the famous venues including Savay at the height of it's glory alongside all the other legendary names, he had seen it and done it all. A true sportsman, a gentleman and a fine maker of tea his contribution to carp fishing is immense. So whenever you cast out a hair rig pay a little homage to the man himself because he earned it. Lenny is seen here on Lake 3 with Bertie back in 2005, one of a few he had that afternoon on kit that got thrown out by the dustman, an original hair rig and bait that looked like rubber floor tile! I kid you not, a real master.
2007
Stunner in my hands
In May 2007 i started to film my carp fishing sessions. As a single parent of three i had no chance of night fishing but i could fish between the hours of 9am-6pm three days a week. This turned out to be Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, not every week but thats what i aimed for. My method was simple, take the minimum of kit and move around as the weather and showing fish indicated. Bait was my Predigested/Salmon oil mix which i put out in handfuls or bags. This is my third film from the second weeks blogging. It's Monday and i start off in the swim i had a 27lb common from on Thursday last however it's lennys swim that i finish up in at the end of the day, with a stunner in my hands and a fellow angler to help capture it all. Happy days and ten years of blogging has started :-)