PicturesAlder Lake Pictures (13 pictures)
First linford carp from alder lake @ 25.4lb
Second fish from alder lake
Alder lake- hump swim, the perfect swim
The local wildlife on their dawn patrol...
Time spent with the veterans teaching me... a new trick or two
At the carpin4heros show...and i won the alder lake match;-) happy days!
Looking across the lake from the road bank to the island swim
In 2006 this fish had reached 18lb+ its now an old twenty
A nice low double stalked out of the lilies 2006
Not big but this is not a fast growing strain and this fish is at least 15 years plus. however they dont half go and they are not easy to catch!
An evening spent with barrett catching crucians and tench on float tactics
1st May 2018 and my first from this water in a number of years. taken off the top on my floating combi-rig
Fishing the inner shelf on the west bank
First fish and well pleased at 19lb+ from the legendary spit swim between big fjords and meadow lake
End swim on the north bank of big fjords
Big fjords in all its summer glory 2013
Late october 2013 and last chance to get another one
A nice twenty from big fjords at 20.8lb, well pleased!
Late october 2013 big fjords north bank
The dead end swim, awesome!
Sitting back, taking it all in
First session and i am in! june 2003
Block fen b in a hoolie july 2003
The shallows at dusk september 2012
The swim i fished in september 2012, two over-night sessions which produced the stunning linear
Brackhill lake earith 1991
Mid double from brackhill lake earith 1985
One off my mate jeffs rods whilst he was away! 14lb brackhill lake 1987
Hard fighting lovely little mirrors stalked out of reed enclosed pools in the back bay
I only did two sessions and had this on the second @24lb 2004 .one of the few fish in the lake at the time this was one of the biggest, i only ever saw a group of about 6 commons myself. this one included with another two twenties and the rest doubles. as far as i know all the mirrors died off.
Fishing was done with tight lines going down the slope straight to the bait, the signal crays were a pain in the ass tho!
Another one of the twenties pic taken off the film
Night time fish
Fishing tight to over-hanging margins like this bagged up scored plenty of runs
Plenty of different rigs were used in my attempts to convert pickups into runs
Believe it or not i pulled this lot in and found a twenty underneath it all!
Back in 1981 you could fish anywhere you liked on dickos. you could even take a boat out and there was not hordes of dog walkers either. it was a quiet dis-used gravel pit. shame progress came along and made it into a reserve!
Mobility, something worth trading a bivvy for
This is the fourth fish at 26.12lb that i managed from this area after a prolonged baiting campaign to clear the weed and encourage the carp
Apple slice at 23lb+ july 2008
14.8lb 15 july 2008
The fully scaled at 23.8lb over 40 years old as of 15 july 2008
Second of the brace at 23.8lb 1 september 2008
21.8lb 2 september 2008
Second in the brace at 27lb 23 september 2008
One rod, no alarms and i had to stand in a foot of chilly September lake
First carp from Frisby lakes a nice fat mirror
After a move i started to pick them up in the margins, this one went 18lb+
Plenty of commons in frisby and they are going to get big!
Late october and the fog
After leaving university i went back to my club waters, it was nice to know i could still catch.
Another fish for me after picking the rods up again october 2002
Another one from 2006, this fish along with all the others from 2006 are much larger now
Another one of the mirrors which fell to my pre digested fishmeal/salmon oil mix this one was 17lb at the time and now much bigger!
Last fish of the year
Lean long fighting machine at 18lb+ it looked a fought well over its weight
Amazing mirror at 11.8lb july 1983
Luncheon meat freelined over the top of thick weed (early chod?) @11.12 october 1983
My first free t-shirt! cast (cambridge angling specialist tackle) was a great tackle shop 1985
Not sure about the hair! 1986
Back in 1983 this was small but now....
All the fish were scaly and wondrous, back then we did not have all these clean mirrors that we have now!
An old cutting of me with a caught for the camera 12lb common
Beautiful upper double common
They say a man gets to look like his dog..
Another 22lb common, happy days aug 2005
Sweet looking 19lb mirror aug 2005
Another view of the channel swim aug 2005
A really lovely 21lb+ mirror in the first week of october 2006
I had plenty of 21lb+ commons in 2006-7
Two at once again! 24lb common and 16lb common
Single scale at 26.8lb 2nd twenty of the morning october 2006
Another 22lb common, september 2006
Stunning 28lb mirror from one of my stalking spots september 2006
Awesome german mirror at 26lb+ september 2006
A very nice 23.8 mirror october 2006
Starburst at 27.12 october 2006
Absolute perfection! stalked from right under the rod tips i watched this carp and a much bigger mirror sneak in and scoff my baits for over an hour before i got this beaut!
Swim 30, prolific!
Sweet looking 23lb+ september 2007
Starburst again at 27.14lb september 2007
Scargill at 28lb+ august 2007
Common carp perfection at 28lb+ august 2007
Sweet looking 20lb+ mirror august 2007
Even back in 1981 i was known for my cooking with one pan and one gas burner
Carp fishing 1981 style!
My first twenty caught off the top at 21.8 july 1983
Wonderful scaled tiddler! june 1983
Mepel 1983 and an old school setup complete with home made alarms
Mepel in 1991 fishing the road bank end swim
Fishing the carpin4heros social on nickolls lake
One of the fish i managed on my trip in 2014
Getting the rods setup all spaced well apart covering the whole area
First fish within ten minutes of putting a bait on the far margin
Plenty of classic looking king carp commons
One of a number of mid-double scatter-scaled mirrors i had on my trip in 2015
Amazing looking 17lb+ common with a fully-scaled tint to its scaling and gorgeous colours in the fins
Two at once, this happened more than once!
Lovely upper-double two-tone common
One of the beautifully proportioned hard fighting commons, lots of these!
Almost every fish was a minter like this mirror, one of the better mid doubles to grace my net
Another nice mid double mirror
One of the more recently added fish
Plenty of bream if your not catching carp
I first fished this lovely little pool in the mid 1980s when you had access to all four banks
I caught a number of fish at night and most of them came to long casts to the far (private) bank from the middle swim. this one was a typical 21lb+ common i managed to catch a few times that year
My first carp out of pingles at 28.8lb, so a good start!
One of the many 20lb+ commons in pingles
One of the ugly sisters, a pair of mid double leathers
A really nice mirror this and one of the best in pingles
Minter winter 30lb+ common caught using a fluoro berry popup on a withy rig over a bed of winter berry
Second capture of my first fish from pingles at 29lb+
Dawn 29.15 common
Summer sunset on pingles in the car park swim
Pingles pool autumn dawn from the first swim
First fish and i am stunned i managed to get one
Putting it back
First mirror from redhouse and what a stunner!
Autumn dawn on redhouse
The mill pool, this used to be the home of the linear and bullseye before they escaped through the lock and went down river. 2010
First river cam 20. 2004
Mid double perfection
Another nice mint mirror from 2005
A quick visit back in 2005 produced this nice mirror
20lb mirror 10 september 2011
18.8lb 22 june 2011
Mid double september 2011
Mat shot of bullseye at 33.8lb 23 november 2011
This is the linear (right) and bullseye together on one of my fish spotting trips in the close season. 2011
Another large fish on the river cam spotted during one of my trips. signs like these are vital for success
The river in winter, even when its minus 6 the river at the sewer outfall is still clear. this is because the water coming out of the outfall is a good few degrees warmer! 2012
The river cam from up top the a14 bridge is a very good fish spotting position if a little noisey!
The awesome tossals d almatret escarpment with the river ebro winding through it
The swim at almatret. 300 meters wide with depths over 11 meters. lots of flooded olive groves etc in the margins with massive boulders and plenty of washed down dead trees
My first spanish carp from the river segre
Third fish from a murky Ebro
Another hard fighting if small ebro carp
First carp from a river in 1984 and it was from just down the road in the little village of great shelford where i lived
A foggy march session for old times sake, this is where i first started fishing as a kid
32lb of cambridgeshire gravel pit carp, second fish on the first morning :P
First fish, first morning at 20lb
This is how i first started out in carping in 1980. a pike rod and a float rod and a home made contact breaker alarm that was like a air-raid warning going off
Fishing for the big rudd at todds 1980 and the old boathouse in the background with my then transport a honda 50 (in camo green!)
Getting around back in the day
Best fish of 1981 from todds at just over seven pounds
I spent an awful lot of time back in the mid eigties on this lake learning and catching all i could
Ever capture was prized back in 1985, this is from one of my many short evening sessions from the back of my car in the old car park swim
Best fish of the early 90s at 17lb and one of the biggest in the lake back then
Middle of the day and they would often have a short feeding spell in fact noon was the best time
Late october 2008 upper double
One of the stockies from early 2000
22lb+ common late season 2008
Another late season 20lb+ common 2008
First of the year
Valley pool north corner
Another of the old uns at 17.8
April dawn on valley
Stalked live on film from the margin!
This fish clinched the battle between myself and mrmartin back in 2007
The spit swim, to the right is the reedy area that can be a good spot for swim 5 when the spit is closed
Another shot of the linear
One of the more recent stocked fish, much easier to catch than some of the smaller old uns
One of the nice ghostys
Fourth fish of the 24 hour session with jeff and a real beauty at 22lb+
Second fish just after dinner and we are on a roll
I always like a lake with a bit of character and this place has loads
Jeff with his 20lb+ mirror
This fish reached over thirty in 2010 but in 1992 it was still a young double
I was pretty much the only person fishing this place back in the early 90s for carp and so my son and i had it to ourselves most of the time!
I lost count of the numbers of carp i caught and stopped taking photos soon after but they were mostly of this calibre
Marcus always made them look bigger
Another nice fish off the islands
In 1991 i did a few short day sessions on Willow with my son Marcus
First carp from willow since 1991 a late november mid double
Second twenty of the evening at spot on 20lb
A really hard fighting ghosty at 22lb
A really sweet fish at 27.8lb
One of three fish in an evening at 29.15lb
22lb and another early season fish at night
Willow lake in winter time with ice over most of the lake, i still fished though!
Misty willow dawn spring 2009 swim 3
Yet another 40lb+ cat...
A rainey swim 10
A nice plump margin caught twenty mirror
Off out in the boat to bait up
That run, from the film series Effort = Success
Blog time! with an nice lake 2 20lb+
The lake two friendly mirror at 18lb
My first carp from the woolpack a 16lb common, a banana fingers classic!
First fish off the bar at 21.2lb august 2003
An upper double from the shallows and a severe haircut!
My first twenty common from the north bank, pic taken by lenny middleton
26lb mirror july 2005
The mug (deceased) at 28lb (second capture)
Bertie at 25lb 2006
25lb stunner caught right under those rod tips!
The mug, again! and again at 28lb, this time from lennys swim
Dawn in lennys swim august 2006
One of three twenties in a day from the shallows at 24lb sept 2007
Second twenty of the day and an old friend the leather @ 27.12lb
Bertie at 28.8lb
Dannys common at 23lb june 2007
My first thirty mirror september 2007
Bertie at 29.13 may 2007
The bar swim august 2007
27.8 common off the snag to my fishmeal may 2007
The koi at 27.4 from lennys swim 2007
Willow bay mirror 2007
The koi at 25lb second capture from the shallows margin
Dawn common at 20lb+ july 2008
24lb common for the first time
My first thirty common july 2008
28lb beast from the bar swim 2008
The end of an era, after the car-park cleanup 2008
26lb+ from lake 7 2010
27lb+ from lake 7 2010
The woolpack syndicate lakes 5, 6, 7 8
Hard won fish but i learned plenty from it
Misty summers dawn on lake 7 july 2016
The end swim on the north-east bank
Late autumn on lake 7
My first lake 8 carp caught in 2010 at just over 20lb
The first of many in 2015
I caught this carp four times! here it is the first time around at 23lb+
17lb long wild common and second fish of the session
Out in the boat for a snagged fish from episode 13 of the woolpack lake 8 2015
Looking out to the north west bay august 2015
Third time out for this fish on the same bait and the same rig, oh and the same swim!
First fish of my session in the north west corner and its a 1977 orig
Fourth fish of the session and its a mirror so i have the set of four. fully, leather, common and mirror carp, pukka!
Fifth carp of the session in the north-west corner and a beautiful plump italian style stocky
Third carp of the session and its the blind fully scaled again!
Fourth fish of the session in the fall swim and my first 20lb+ common from lake 8
Seventh fish of a memorable afternoon in the fall swim and my forth lake 8 20lb+ common of the session
A really wonderful old scaly carp from the woolpacks lake 8 at 23lb that i had to go out in the boat for, and it was well worth it!
A really long 19lb common just before midnight hits the mat, first fish of the session in the secret swim
Stunning 26lb common from the weedbeds out in the lake and second fish this session
Second mid-twenty of the session and the six fish of a dream session in the secret swim
This was the largest of the stock fish i caught at 18.5lb
The leather again from a four fish catch overnight 2016