Spotted Fin – Natural Hemp


We all know how devastating hemp can be, but preparing it can be a right pain, then after that effort you end up chucking most of it away…
Our ‘Natural Hemp’ is a shelf life product meaning it can last for months once opened meaning zero wastage!
Supplied in a resealable pouch it means you can always have it on hand when needed.
Aside from the fact it is convenient, it’s also some of the finest seeds we’ve seen, proper sized grains which are perfect for hooking.

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Trip 28 Carp Fishing- 2019


I’m out for 3 nights with Ian on the Airfield Lake, after a lot of walking and discussion, we finally settled on a swim.  The big issue we had was the lack of seeing fish, the cold east wind but we feel that this is our best option.  We did finally spot a couple of carp, one close by and the other one, some distance away.

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We’re going to approach this session very slowly, not put too much bait out (or even just use bags at first) and then build the swim up with a mixture of 12mm Smokey, Catalyst and a load of hemp.

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Around 6pm after the day time feeding period was over, we set about finding a few perfect spots.  I opted for one to my left, along the margin shelf, right at the bottom in 7 ft of water, with a very dramatic rise up in a matter of just over a rod length.

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The other area was on a 7.5ft Plato with 9ft over water surround it.  This just had to be a feature they would visit.  Both areas were baited with boilies, hemp & tigers with a Ronnie rig injunction and a 3oz & 2oz Zipp lead.  One rod has a Smokey wafter and the other a Catalyst wafter.

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We then sat back, soaked up the view and had a couple of glasses of wine.

Over the night I heard plenty of big fish crashing out, but couldn’t locate their whereabouts, it’s pretty dark out here!  As there is no light pollution, it’s a great spot for stargazing – too much cloud cover tonight.

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Morning arrived with no action in the night for both of us!  This wasn’t much of a surprise at the cold east wind blew most of the night and there was a good drop in temperature first thing.  As the night progressed, it did warm up, the pressure was starting to drop.

The lake does produce fish in the day time, I wasn’t planning on reeling in until noon time.  The Tufted Ducks had moved in on the Plateau rod, which as long as there is only a small amount activity, I feel will cloud up the water and encourage passing fish to investigate.

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Just before 10am, the very same rod ripped off and I was attached to my first Airfield Lake carp.  After a pretty straight forward fight, the carp was safely in the Nsr and we began to organize the weighing/photographing kit.

 

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23lb 6oz Common

That will do me.  I hope a few more grace my net over the next few days.

The morning passed with no more action, around noontime, we set about locating some more features with the Deeper and always with the marker float.  We certainly discovered some very interesting things out there!

 

The beauty of the Deeper is that it was all done with a minimal disturbance on the 4 casts we did, we simply let it drift in the wind and it recorded away.  As the baited rods were still in the water, we had analyzed the data and quickly sorted out the rods for the night.

I moved my margin rod as after 24 hrs of no action, it was time for a change.  The first night I clearly heard fish in open water, Ian moved one rod out of the bay onto a nice spot we found.  We topped up the swim with some more bait, being very mindful, that the Tufted Duck was on the munch!

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The second night passed by with no night-time activities!  The discussion was made to not recast until after 7pm tonight unless we really needed to.  The rain which had been on and off all night was due to stop by mid-morning and the pressure was nicely dropping down still more.

With no signs of any carp in day, I redid my rods and was hoping for a last night capture.  The wind and pressure had dropped and we were expecting a warm night ahead – it was certainly looking more favourable.  Just before midnight, the left-hand rod was off and I was into my second carp of the trip.  It was off down the left-hand margins hoping to find one of the snags down there and it came close, I felt the line twang a branch or two, but with a bit of added pressure, it was under my control and in the margins in front of me.  I was feeling a little bit more relaxed and it soon slipped into the Nsr.

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18lb 13oz Common

Very happy with that and especially after all the effort I’d put in to find the right spot and getting the bait application right.

Let’s hope there are more to come before I am off home tomorrow, to spend the rest of the week with my family.

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The rest of the night passed very quietly and a misty morning soon arrived, with the odd fish showing.  This was a real change from the last few days and a boost of confidence for the last few hours of my trip.

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The weather had finally changed for the better (after the cold snap and very frosty mornings), the night temperatures are looking better from now on and the trees are more full of colour.  We heard the first cuckoo of the year, no signs of the swallows or swifts yet, but I am sure they will be heard by next week.

Ian is staying for a couple more nights and with the change in the weather, I think he will be in with a real chance of some nice carp.

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I’m off just after noontime and it’s time to have some family fun in the sunshine with a BBQ or 2, the Easter weekend is set to be a real hot one – makes a change for a bank holiday weekend!

Until next time

Richard

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NewGO2 Pineapple Bait Sauce


Bait Sauces are perfect for pimping up those expanders! The new Pineapple flavour is literally good enough to eat…

 

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Sf- Bait Hacks


With the weather warming, meat is only going to get better on venues where it is allowed. To really make yours stand out from the crowd the GO2 Liquid Dyes are what you need 
Dan White shows you how to get the most from them…

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Trip 27 Carp Fishing – 2019


At my eldest daughter’s request (honestly) she wants to come fishing on the Estate Lake over the holiday, not to fish, but just to have some Daddy time.  She had taken a bit of interested in the lake since I joined and had come along to check the otter fence after the storms in early March.  She had helped to get a fair few of the sticks out of the lake which had fallen in.

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We’d been for a walk around the lake the last two evenings and baited up an area where I believed I had heard the Carp topping in the night on my last trip.  A fellow syndicate member had also informed me the same thing, as we are sharing information about the lake in the hope of understanding their feeding patterns quicker.

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We had a quick look about and I felt this swim would give us the best option.  There were absolutely no signs of any carp, clearly, they did not like the rain.  I was hoping that it would put them down and get them feeding, I hope this will be the case over tonight.

I placed my baits in a lovely hole in the weed it was nice and clear.  The other off the side of the island where I had previously seen carp and it is most likely a patrol route.  Both rods had large bags filled with a mixture of Catalyst & Betafin pellets, which I soak in the Betafin liquid.

Hook bait-wise, I opted for a Smokey Jack wafter with a white Go2 wafter on top and a single Smokey Jack wafter on the other rod.  Both set up on Ronnie rig with lite leads to keep the noise down when I recast, as I would just be dropping the leads back in with no bags.  I felt that keeping the disturbance down would help me catch another fish, once I had caught the first one.  I put about 6 handfuls of 12mm Smokey and Catalyst boilies over each spot.

The rain continued until after dark and once it stopped, I had a liner on the left rod.  Hopefully, it will mean that the carp had found my baited area.  But that turned out to be the only action and the buzzers fell silent for the rest of the night.

We here not due home until just before noontime.  I was really hoping that they feed at first light and up until mid-morning, the forecast was for sunshine today, but it was overcast first thing.  They clearly loved the sunny days,  would they be back on the top sunning themselves?  I really hope that I would pick one up by then.

It was not to be.

Until next time.

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Sf Bait Hacks


Our own Simon Willsmore details a sneaky little bait approach which has been helping him to single out the larger silver specimens recently!

 

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Spotted Fin – Match GO2 Range


Following on from the success of the GO2 range of groundbaits, we’ve listened to customer feedback and have introduced two brand new ‘all-round’ mixes to the range. By carefully selecting ingredients used in the mix we have managed to keep the price down so you can get a 2kg bag for just £6.99. So wether you are pleasure fishing, piling in bait down the edge or fishing a huge reservoir for silvers where large beds of bait are needed, these are a great alternative to the awesome GO2 range.

 

 

 

 

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Spotted Fin ***Two UK 50s in Two Days!!!***


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***Two UK 50s in Two Days!!!***
Not content with his 50lber yesterday, Charlie Hayes has gone one better banking the ‘Big Sutton’ at a new Personal Best, 54lb 5oz!
Once again tempted on the ever faithful Catalyst… Mega result!
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Don’t Panic or Despair


With fishing and all sorts of other of life’s problems – when you are struggling to catch a carp and it appears it’s never going your way (how ever hard you try), the trick is not to panic, otherwise you can start changing all sort of things around to try and catch fish.  Don’t get me wrong, things need to be tweaked all the time with fishing but when you are catching fish, you tend to do this by small degrees.  When you are on a long run of blanks you can easily start to change all too much at the same time, this is a fatal mistake and will result in more blanks.

If things are going wrong and you just can’t catch, you need to analyze the big picture so you can determine where you may be going wrong.

1. Are you the only one on your lake blanking?  If you’re not, you are probably doing it right and just need to pinpoint why other people are catching before you change anything.

2. Are you fishing at the right time of the day when the fish are feeding?  Are the weather conditions perfect when you are on the bank?

3. Are you fishing the same old swims all the time?  Could it be your favorite swim is not what it was in the past.

4. Could there be a big hatch going on each time you are there?  We have all sat in a swim with carp everywhere over your bait and you don’t get a fish or even have a bleep, they are just preoccupied with natural food.

These 4 things are very important to think about before you start changing rigs, bait etc.  The worst thing you can start doing is swapping rigs and bait round every few hours’s.  It will not give you a true picture of whether any of them are working and you can easily start to spook the carp out of your swim with to much casting in & out.

Firstly you must not despair.  This happens to all anglers, whether they tell you or not.  It’s best to take note of the above 4 things and then determine if you need to change any rigs, bait.  As long as you’ve not changed your rigs, checking them and using them for the correct situations, like you have done before.  Why would there be a need to change them?  You will have confidence in them.

Bait – as long as you are using a top quality bait and applying it correctly, as you were when you were catching fish, it’s not an issue.  Change between bottom wafters and pop-ups is a perfectly normal thing to do.  You should be doing this all the time anyway, as things do change.

Once you have gone over the above minefield of possibilities.  Hopefully, your head will be a lot clearer and you will have worked out if you have changed or have done something to affect your fishing.  It’s as simple as switching back and lastly there is just good old luck, it can be with you or not.  Remember it’s only fishing and it can all change at a drop if a hat and you can have a trip of a lifetime or the last half of the season can be your best ever and the past 6 months of blanking is all forgotten and a distant memory.  If all else fails, pop over to your local easy club water and bag a few 10lbers, this will certainly make a lot of difference and prove you’re doing nothing wrong, it will give you a great boost.

Hope this helps

Richard

Part Two Of Never Give Up And Despair.

As you will have read in part 1 of this, I was certainly struggling to catch a big carp or even catch regularly.  So I took some time out and thought about what was going on and want to do.  Well, the only option was to fish another lake, which I knew and would hopefully break that chain.

Well, the first trip on there I had 2 fish and lost one.  This gave me the boost in confidence that I needed and I then was feeling much more upbeat about fishing.  I was so keen again, I soon returned, well one night later and managed to bag 6 x 20 + my first UK forty and a new PB mirror.  This goes to show that you should never despair as it will turn around again and you never know what’s coming your way.

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Full blog on that trip – Mega Trip

Hope this helps

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