Monday, 10 July 2017

FLOAT FISHING...........




Last week i had some energy left after work and decided that i fancied a couple of hours fishing. The only problem was i couldn,t make up my mind whether to go to the local park lake and have a go for some surface carp action or pop to the local estuary and target the ever wary mullet or trot up the road to a local day ticket and just float fish for whatever came along. The later option was chosen.




After quickly sorting some gear and grabbing a tin of sweetcorn i was set up in my chosen swim on a beautiful local water. I love this water but unfortunately it can get a bit noisy with the local scrotbags riding bikes along the paths behind you and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Today they were well behaved but unfortunately there was a small group of Europeans on the opposite bank who were chatting very loudly and constantly getting phonecalls. They were putting the fish they caught back in the lake so thats definately a good thing, so i can,t complain too much considering the general reputation they have.





Anyways back to the fishing. I baited a nice looking spot next to a bush on my left in 5ft of water with sweetcorn and small pellets then set about tackling up my road. First chuck in and i had a nice bream of around a pound or so on my corn hookbait, actually scrapped well on the light gear even taking line at one point. Next chuck the float dipped and i struck into something a lot heavier, i reckon it was a small carp as there was no way i could stop it from powering away from me. Unfortunately my hooklink parted and away it went. After tying a new hooklink on and re-casting nothing happened for ten minutes then it was a bite a chuck. Rudd and roach were the main culprits with the odd bream thrown in for good measure all giving a good account of themselves and in tip top condition. I fished for a couple hours before hunger got the better of me and away home i went for my dinner.


TESCO TREASURE......

I bought this little beauty at Tesco yesterday for the princely sum of £12.50 and it looks to be worth every penny.

It measures roughly 12" square, weighs 1.8kg, collapses flat and even has its own carry bag.

I,m looking forward to bbq steak on this beauty next time i,m on the bank...

BRIEF SYNDICATE UPDATE........

Well i,ve fished the syndicate twice more since i last posted about the place but unfortunately have not been successful in catching any carp. I have however caught more bream than i was hoping for and learned more about the place which is always a good thing.

My free time has been very limited over the past couple of months so i havn,t been able to put as much effort into fishing the place as i had hoped, but on the couple of trips i,ve made i,m slowly getting to grips with fishing such a large water for so few fish. One thing i have noticed is that the lure anglers both on the boats and on the bank can be a bit of a pain in the arse. I,m all for letting everyone enjoy their fishing but when lures get chucked over your lines from the next swim down because they ' didn,t notice you mate' and boats anchor up above your baits 50 yards in front of your swim and then the guys argue that they are only fishing mid-water upwards and that it won,t spook the carp on the bottom, it does get a bit frustrating. But thats fishing i guess..........

I,m hoping to be on the banks in the next couple of weeks so i,ll post on here how i get on.

RIDGEMONKEY XL





Used this bad boy a couple of months back and have to say its the perfect tool for cooking up a big boy brekkie bankside...

Saturday, 3 June 2017

PARK CARP........

A few weeks back i decided to fish the local park water, me getting down with the kids urban angling hahaaaaa,  for a few hours early one morning as after my trip to the syndicate i thought it would be nice to catch a carp so i,d remember what they were like.


I,m really not a lover of fishing this type of water as there is just too many people around for my liking, but having walked the lake quite a bit with the dogs over the years i thought i,d give it a go. It is a pretty little lake and well kept, just up the road from where i live and has a good head of carp so was an ideal venue to brush off the cobwebs. Also i wanted to try zig fishing and this seemed an ideal place for this technique as i,ve seen carp swimming sub surface on most of my visits.

 Having arrived at first light i set up in a swim with easy access to fish a small island in front. One rod to the near margins with a small stick and bottom bait and the other rod out to the margins of the island. Nothing happened for an hour or so until i had a missed run on the margin rod followed by a screaming run on the zig rod. This resulted in a beautifully scaled, although gammy mouthed, mirror carp of around 12lb which initially got tangled in someones snapped off tackle which was still connected to a tree on the island. Eventually after a lot of commotion i landed the fish, quite chuffed i was too as it was the first time i,d used the zig method and i,d caught on it.

I stayed for another hour but the swim was dead, probably due to the commotion of the mirror i,d just caught. I,d enjoyed my few hours fishing and learnt a bit about fishing a new, to me anyway,  method for carp. I left just as the sun was getting warmer and  the lake was getting busier with more anglers arriving and families out for an early sunday morning walk.

Croissants and coffee picked up on the way home for brekkie, my fishing itch scratched and the rest of the day ahead of me.

Top banana.........

NEW SYNDICATE FIRST TRIP.

Well finally i was given a pass by the better half to have a couple days out from working on the extension and without any hesitation plans were made and bags packed for a 2 night trip to my new syndicate water. The weather was bloody cold when i arrived at first light but after a couple of hours walking part of the banks i opted for a nice tree lined section of bank which was sheltered from the cold wind and considerably warmer than the rest of the 100 acres. Even the sun came out to greet me.

It wasn,t just because it was warmer here, i had also seen quite a lot of small fish activity here when i first walked through the trees. They were only silver fish but seeing as though i had not seen any activity at all anywhere else on the lake i thought this would be as good a place as any. The swim also gave me plenty of water to fish and even more water to scan in case any carp showed themselves anywhere else.






By mid afternoon i had everything set up and three rods fishing in what seemed like a rather featureless expanse of water. I,d markered around as far as i could cast both left, right and central and the bottom seemed to gradually sloped out to 26ft with patches of gravel dotted in between the light weed at varying distances. No areas jumped out 'fish me' so i opted for a near, medium and far approach. Near being a small stick and bottom bait cast 30-50 yards to my left on a gravelly seam i found in 12ft of water. Medium rod was a ronnie rig fished pop-up over a good bed of boilies, whole 10mm and 15mm as well as some chopped, and hemp with a little groundbait mixed in as an additional attractor. And the far rod was a choddie fished pink pop-up launched as far as i could cast, and i moved this rod every few hours in an attempt to locate any fish. All the baits were the ever stinky Virus, boy do these baits stink and the liquids are even worse, in a hope the strong odour would draw any passing fish in.














Soon enough the sun started to set with no indication of any carp being in the local vicinity but the water was alive with silver fish and pike thrashing at them. Although i hadn,t caught anything, i did have a few aborted takes but i reckon they were just bream as this water holds a massive head of them, i had still enjoyed my first day there and had learnt a lot about this part of the water. Expectations were high for the night as i settled down to cook a nice fillet steak and mushrooms dinner.
Morning came carpless but i did have a couple bream during the night to the stick mix rod. Not what i was hoping for but at least the bait and rig was working.


Whilst having my morning latte just after first light i had an erratic take on my medium rod, not a bream type rattle, and before you knew i had rod in hand, ooeerrr missus, and lent into whatever was nibbling at my bait. Unfortunately it wasnt the hoped for carp but a beautiful silver roach glistening in the morning sun as i watched it twisting around in the shallows at my feet. A lovely fish but not what i really wanted and after recasting the same rod was away again but this time a good size 7lb bream was the culprit. In fact the rest of the morning i just got plagued by bream on the medium rod, which on talking to some other anglers the following day, as i walked the banks again, was commonplace if you baited up with particles. Oh well, lesson learned, maybe not a good idea to use particles which is a shame as thats my favourite method really.




The bream i caught were quite scabby looking things really, with big chunks out of their fins and covered in marks, lumps and scars. Some of them were failed pike attacks i,m sure but i,m not sure about the rest. I would of enjoyed them more if i was using lighter tackle as they were putting up quite a scrap really, and i reckon if i had used a small method feeder approach i would of bagged up on the snotty things, and hopefully some nice tench too as this water holds some crackers as i,ve seen some pictures and actually watched them swim around a a nearby shallow bay a few years ago. In fact this water holds fish of most species to an above average size its just such a big body of water that tracking them down is a bit of a nightmare. I,ve watched match anglers on numerous occasions over the years catch some big old roach upto the magic 3lb mark as well as bream to the upper single figures, with regular reports of mid doubles being caught too. The tench go to low doubles so i,ve been told and i,ve seen them to upper singles swimming the margins. As well as these fish you have good size pike, fair size perch, rumours of biggg eels and abviously the carp that i,m hoping to catch at some point.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and the evening and night time didn,t bring any fish at all. The temperature had dropped quite a lot during the later part of the afternoon and the night was a lot colder than the previous. I had considered a move to somewhere else but to be quite honest i was comfortable where i was and had a visit from a regular carper during early evening and he had said i was in as good a place as any. The evening saw me watching the water until well into darkness drinking lots of lattes and eating more jam and cream biscuits than i should off, but i didn,t see anything remotely carpy.

Morning came around and other than a couple of bleeps on the Delks i,d had a good nights kip. I watched the water, drank some lattes, ate a fry up, walked the bank either side of my swim and by midday i was in two minds as whether to stay or go home for a roast dinner with missus. The later got the better of me so i packed up the kit and pushed the barrow back along the track to the truck. A quick stop of at the  waters toilet for a much needed dump and a wash then the local petrol station for a cold drink and then a walk along the bank at the far end before the long drive home. No carp but thoroughly enjoyed myself and  learnt a bit more about this water.

Until next time chaps and chapesses.......

Sunday, 9 April 2017

NEW VENUE, NEW CHALLENGE

Its been a couple months since my last post for which i apologize. Work and diy has got in the way again, a frequent occurrence for the past couple of years, but i do have a little something to tell all you fisher folks. I have been deliberating as where to fish this coming season as last season i joined a local water which i,d been a member of many years ago, a time i thoroughly enjoyed back then, but this time round i did not enjoy it due to the numerous Korda Klones fishing, and messing up, the place. It was obvious this was not the place to join again so i donned my thinking cap as to where to go this season. Maybe just stick to the local day tickets i thought firstly, then slapped myself hard for ever having such a stupid idea. What about joining BDAC or CAPS, local angling clubs with numerous waters on their books, but they didn,t really interest me one little bit. Then i remembered a very large water i fished a few years back which had practically everything i wanted out of a water. I,ve fished it plenty of times for the pike and done pretty well, it holds some good size tench, has big shoals of bream, the roach there are big and numerous, and it has some monster carp swimming in its depths. That was that then, i fired of an email to the fishery manager asking if there was any spare places on the syndicate and i waited with my fingers crossed for the answer i was looking for.

The man from the fishery he say yesss!!!!!!!!

Thats what the email said when i opened it the following day, hows that for prompt. Whats more he even remembered who i was and my like of pike and tench, cant complain at that. Anyways a meeting was arranged for that sunday where i paid my dues and had a walk around this mahoosive spread of water to acquaint myself again. By christ she is a biggg water and didn,t look too appealing on a grey blowy day, but that aside i was looking forward to it.

A rough plan was hatched as to how i was going to tackle finding and catching the carp from this water and i was onto my next decision of which bait to use. After quite a bit of research and chatting with various bait buffs i opted to use a local bait manufacturer called ECLIPSE BAITS as i,d heard some good things about the baits they produced.


After a chat with Dave the owner i decided to give their Virus range a go as it stinks to high heaven and hopefully will have the pulling power i will need. Its a stinky fishy boilie and quite soft which i like and comes with various pop-ups, dips etc. Bait sorted the next stage was to get the rest of my kit ready for my first trip which was going to be in a couple of weeks, I couldn,t wait...