Trip 96 Pike Fishing- 2017


I am back down the lake after doing the school run.  After blanking last night on the carp, I am meeting up with a friend for a spot of pike fishing today.  We have gone for an area which we both have been planing to fish but never got around to.

This gave us the option to fish a rod in open water each and both put a rod in the bay behind us.  We were fishing a mix of dead baits herring, mackerel, I was injecting my ones with salmon Oil.

It was not long before the first fish was on the bank not that big but another pike to add to the list.

With the rod re-baited, it was time to do a pasty my friend had brought down.

About an hour later the other rod was off – well until the fish dropped the bait.  This has happen to me before, time to rethink my drop off bobbins.

That was that.

Until next time

Richard

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It’s Pike Fishing Friday 


Stunning Start To The Day 

It’s time for another go after these pike in meadow lake again.

Richard 

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Home Made Pop Up Time 


It’s been a long time since I stopped making my own bait.  In fact probably just over twenty years and with Spotted Fin stocking some truly amazing bait making ingredients, I am starting to get the bug again.  I used to make my own bait back in the early 80’s until the mid 90’s, when I moved down south and living in digs for the best part of year.  Not being able to make my own bait anymore, I drifted over to ready made baits. But as winter is well on its way, I fancied making some homemade special pop ups.

With an order done and the goods here, it’s time to have a play about.

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River Campaign 


This year I have decided to go after carp on the Hampshire Avon.  Part of my Syndicate ticket covers about 6 miles of river.  In most areas, I can fish both banks, there are also two sections which allow night fishing.  I’ve had a few trips after the carp before but never given it my full attention.  On these trips, I have managed to locate two area which contain carp and according to the Estate Manager, the carp generally spend their time in these areas of the river.  One area, night fishing is allowed unfortunately the carp that I have seen are in the shallower area, which is quite fast flowing.  There is an area of Lilly pads, that are very thick and have thick rushes in them.  This is the area that I have seen the most carp in and will be a very big challenge to fish.

This area certainly needs plenty of attention and a plan of attack.  The other end of this patch opens up into a huge shallow area that due to the flow around the island and has made a deep channel up against this island.

There is no real way of knowing what is under the water along this area as I an unable to get a clear view.  On my next visit, I will be bring my waders and a stick (safety in mind always) and a few heavy leads to flick along that far bank.  It’s going to be a real challenge to locate their feeding areas.  The other part of the river I have found the carp, is in the day fishing area on a large slow bend also filled with weed.  There is fortunately a hole in the weed and the deep margin bank is accessible to me.  I have seen a few nice carp and also managed to get them on film feeding but they would just not pick up my bait.  Obviously not quite the right presentation for them.

Of course there are other areas that I need to have to look at.  We shall have to see how this goes over this year.  It’s not going to be a quick job and will take sometime to get my head around their behaviour.  I’m not in a rush and need to fit my other lake fishing in around these trips – until I’m 100% sure I’ve got the location and spots right.  I’ll not be pushing myself to much as this is clearly going to be a long process and I don’t wish to get in a rut (with endless blanking!).  Clearly, if I do the ground work first and get that all right, the reward of catching a river carp will not be far behind.

The campaign was put on hold after the first few trip, as I had a change of plan as to where I was going to be spending my time this year.  All information has been logged and will certainly become very useful over the next few sessions.  This re-think was mostly down to how popular the lakes are at the moment and the possibility that they could become more popular in the future.  I thought I would save the river for another year.  However, I do like to spend some time walking around and this is all good information.  I will be out after the pike again in the winter and also may have a go for some chub and the barbel again before the end over the river session.

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Trip 95 Carp Fishing- 2017


With the weather so mild, I had to take the opportunity to do a quick overnight.  After gleaning some information the other day from a fellow Syndicate member, I really fancied one end of the lake over the other.  I had three swims in mind, unfortunately one had all ready got an angler in, the 2nd one a tree really needed a good prune to be able to get the bait in the right area, so (in true Goldilocks style) I settled for option three.  I was very happy about this swim.  I clipped up the rods on the areas I fancied and put on some small mesh bags filled with my updates stix mix for the winter.  I will let you know about in the near future, if I catch of course.

Sorry photo’s may be a bit boring for the next few month’s on my quick over nighters, as I have to set up/pack up in the dark now.

Both rod’s had the Spotted Fin Smokey Jack on.  One with a wafter and the other with a pop up.  I did stick a few baits out in the general area – to get any carp hunting around for food, let’s see what the night brings.  Plenty of sleep or plenty of carp, you never know and that one reason we keep on going week in week out.

With plenty of liners early on in the evening and the odd fish topping it was looking good for a take.  This was sort lived it all went quiet and a good night sleep was had.  I must say was I bit surprised.  I am off home now and then back for a few hour’s pike fishing with a friend today.  Let’s hope this is more fruitful, mind you it’s going to be a bit of a struggle on the lake to locate the big pike I think.

Until later

Richard

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Trip 94 Pike Fishing 


As there was an absolute bucket load of rain falling down into the lake yesterday, there was no way I was going to be after the carp today.  So pike fishing was on the menu!  With the hope of spotting the odd carp, to give me a clue for tomorrow’s trip.

I had absolutely no idea where I was heading for but it had to be somewhere the bream would be.  As Mr Pike will never be too far away.  I opted for a swim that I had never tried for pike in.  In this swim I could cast my baits into a nice warm and calm area of the lake.  It had a nice gravel hump where I have caught bream in the winter from before.  I am going to sit it out in each swim and not move around (like I have done on here before), as I need to build up a better picture of were and when the pike are feeding.

As before, I left one rod static and flicked the other one around the area.  Unfortunately, no pike today.  Hopefully next time.

Until then

Richard

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How To Enjoy A Winter’s Night 


After fishing some 35 winters, I have come to the conclusion (or realisation), that you are really only fishing 30 nights max over this period.  This is based on two nights a week.  In general (unless you are really unlucky), a good percentage of this nights will be not that extreme.  And with modern day carp fishing equipment, it can be very pleasant if you get you mindset right.  You are still fishing the same amount of time as before, its just dark (obviously) and that’s the hard part.  Setting up and packing up in the dark, you just need a routine, a very good knowledge of the swims and the lake.  This comes with time.  As carp on most waters, like feeding at night, you should stand more chance of a take.  Admittedly it can be cold but with these mild winter’s, but you also have the prospects of catching carp at their biggest weights.

With modern bivvys, sleeping bags, bivvy lights and armed with a mobile phone or tablet, you can sit in the bivvy watching plenty of stuff when you want to hibernate!  Some anglers find the thought of watch tv a big no no.  If I had not been doing this, I would have been asleep most of the night (which I did do when the children were younger) and not heard a thing, I would have moved my baits onto topping fish.  I tend to use headphones with only one ear peace in, as it helps to listen out for the carp topping.  With the long moon lit nights, this can be in fact the best period of the year to understand where the carp are.  Even a walk around the lake at night with your ears wide open, will give you more knowledge than you can dream of.


Hope this helps

Richard

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It’s Going To Be A Wet & Windy One 


Let’s see what the next 12hrs bring, other than a load of wind and rain.

Richard 

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