SF Coarse – News


David Grocer visited Todber Manor Fishery… The first 24 hours passed without a bleep on the cat rods, so he spodded a mix of Spotted Fin 20mm halibut pellet and 15mm Smokey Jack boilie out, then fished a short hair with a single 20mm pellet topped off with a slightly chopped Pink Pepper Squid pop up so it became a critically balanced wafter bait. It paid off with cats of 35lb and 46lb!www.spottedfin.com

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Out For The Weekend


My youngest is with me tonight, lets see if she bring me some luck.

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SF – Match Tips


It’s set to be a scorcher this weekend! So the ideal time to brush up on your ‘mugging’ skills.
We caught up with Dan White to find out his top tips… Check it out here – www.spottedfin.com/a-mugging-masterclass

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Trip 36 Carp Fishing- 2019


It’s the weekend again.  Time for a few night’s fishing.  Unfortunately, with the weather this week and having to move work about, I was unable to fit a day trip in.  Which is a shame, as I have missed out on a fair few this year.

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I met Ian down the lake just after midday.  I had a good look around the available areas and settled for a spot at the end of the spit between the big lake and the middle pit.  This gave us both plenty of options.

For my left-hand rod, I found the drop off which is situated by the channel that leads into the middle lake.  I have been sure that the fish drop down as they pass through here.  I simply have never put a bait there yet and it feels worth a go.  The other rod is on a gravel bar – well more of a strip than a bar.  It leads off the island in front of me across the lake in front of the gap.  This goes into the out of bounds part of the lake and then runs to the tree-lined margins to my right.  This is just full of snags and way too dangerous to put baits to close to.  There is an area nearby which I may move the bait to if the other spots aren’t productive and I see fish there.

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The first night passed by with no action and I was up at first light.  I recast the distance rod with a fresh bag and ended up moving the margin rod.  I got invaded by ducks that just would not stop diving down.  After an hour of this, there was no choice but to find a nice spot along the tree-lined margins to my left.  However, I wasn’t sure whether to leave the rod there for just the day or not. Will need to think more on that.

During the day, it was mostly rain showers with occasional sunshine and with a nice strong south westerly wind.  Great conditions for fishing, fingers crossed for an afternoon or early evening take.

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I’m very surprised to say that the second night passed by without a twitch either.  After the rain finished, the sun came out and it was a lovely evening.  There was a clear sky and a full moon, all flat calm and not a sign of a carp.  The rain arrived again in the early hours and is still going as I write this!  I’ve just changed my hook bait for fresher one and gone a bit brighter pink and yellow, odd choice as they have not worked for me here before.  I’m not catching on the standard baits that have worked for me, so you need to think out the box a bit sometimes and give it a shot.  I did hear a few more fish crash this morning but they were way off through the gap in front of me (in the sanctuary area).  But they are moving!  And a moving fish is clearly using energy and will feed at some point.  The ducks are back on my margin spot clearing out the last of the bait, which proves there has not been any fish feeding down there.

The big decision today – move, stay, go home.  My thought at the moment is to stay as this is a great area and the carp frequent it a lot.  I just need to get the right combination location, bait, etc and one will slip up.

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Well, the big decision was made.  I moved lakes on to Meadow Lake into a swim called The Gap.  There had only been 6 people turn up for the draw on opening night, one had gone home when I arrived.  As far as I can tell, there was only one fish caught.  With that in mind, I only spombed out a small amount of bait, which was hemp, tigers and 12mm Smokey and Catalyst boilies.  One rod was fished with a Catalyst wafter and the other a PPS pop up.  Both rods had small bags of the same mixture.  My set up was a Ronnie rig made up of a Size 6 SF turning point hook, tied to 25lb semi-stiff Finskin and a 3oz monster leads distance lead.

Let’s see if the change of location brings me some luck and a nice lump on the bank.

It was about 0140 when my right-hand rod burst into life, with an absolute screaming run.  I was into a very hard fighting Meadow Lake carp,  After a long battle back and forth along the margins under my rods tips and even a couple of good runs back out into open water again, I finally had the carp beaten and it was in the Nsr.  I was well pleased.

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20lb 13oz Common

Worth all the hard work of moving lake and setting up again.  With the bait back on the spot, I settled down to write my account of what happened.  I got in the sack and listening to a hedgehog snuffling in the bushes to my left.  I can’t quite believe the amount of wildlife I have seen and photographed this weekend.

 

 

I hope I am in with a shout of another fish or two.  There are plenty topping out there.  With the wind and it being overcast, it’s impossible to really tell where they are, but I am pretty confident they are not too far away.

The next bite was from a tench just after 5am.  With the odd fish showing in open water, I was hopeful of the other rod going off and was starting to wonder about getting the other rod out there.

It’s the last hour and a bit, the conditions are still perfect.   I have put fresh hook baits and bags out, I feel there is a good chance of another bite.

It’s been a very enjoyable 3 night’s fishing and a hard choice to move lakes.  I really love the Airfield Lake, but it’s just not producing the fish at the moment.  This is a real shame.  I will be heading that way again on my next trip.

Until next time

Richard

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Solent seafood survey | Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust


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Zero Gravity Pop-Up and Wafter Mix


We pride ourselves on the quality of the products we produce and refuse to let anything go out the door which isn’t 100% perfect.
This can occasionally mean that if we can’t source certain ingredients to our exacting standards then products may go out of stock on rare occasions. This was the case with our awesome Zero Gravity Pop-Up and Wafter Mix.
You’ll be pleased to know we’ve got production back up and running and it will be back in shops and online at www.SpottedFin.com

VERY soon!

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Fishing Etiquette


Carp etiquette

Over the years that I have been carp fishing, I have seen some funny phases. When I first started, it was very secretive, but other angers would have the decency to talk to you and be very polite and ask you to leave the swim before they baited up or cast out again. Even to the point of casting in the wrong area until you had gone. Back in those days (what a line!) no one would set up anywhere near you and if so, they would have the decency to ask if they could do this.

Then came the stage, that anglers would not talk to each other. They would just hide in their bivvies’ or just point blank ignore you. This then moved on to the set up anywhere and cast anywhere brigade.

Anglers have started to reserve swims, which I can see the point of this. As 30 years ago, there were very few anglers and you could spend all day looking around with not even the hint of another angler.

Nowadays, you pull in most lake car parks and you can be followed in by 2 more cars. Getting back to the point, I have seen buckets put in swims for 2/3 hours, which is NOT acceptable in this day and age. Having found the person who owned the bucket and made inquires re the bucket, I was told his mate was down later and wanted to fish near him (was he scared of the dark!?), he arrived 4 hours later. I have even seen a row of buckets & a chair once (is it beating the Germans to the sunloungers syndrome?).
I have also been told by a person who set up next to me on a empty lake that he fished this swim every Thursday night (even if the fish are topping round the corner?). After a bit of a heated chat, he thought that it was a good idea to move swim and even up the odds a bit.

I have also found that is very hard to even get a swim on some of the circuit waters, nowadays due to the volume of anglers. Which is why I have stuck with small syndicates & club waters for the Winter, when most stay at home only coming out on sunny days.

What I do on lakes that have a secure car park, is to have a walk around with my bucket and place in the most likely swim, based on past trips in the weeks before. I then carry on with my wheelbarrow until I find a better one then go back and collect the bucket. This process only takes about and hour or less. Now, if you have the luxury that you have the place to yourself the ‘worlds your oyster’.

I know I have got a bit demoralised with carp anglers due to the above. And moved back onto the rivers where its a pleasure to fish and other anglers are very courtious to each other (and helpfull).

This page is all about thinking of other anglers before you set up. Most lakes I fish anglers leave one swim apart and do not fish opposite to each other. This is just an unwritten rule and it works well. On the syndicate that I am a member of on the river Avon, people will not fish within a 3/4 of a mile.

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My point in this page is to think of other angler and also yourself and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Fishing

That’s all for know

Richard

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Spotted Fin Smokey Jack range


The Spotted Fin Smokey Jack range of products are perfect for barbel, especially in coloured water. The pungent aroma travels huge distances downstream pulling fish into your swim towards your hookbait, and there are a huge range of products to choose from whatever your angling style. Check out Smokey Jack.

 

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Read what CARPology Magazine wrote on the FINSKIN


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Fin Tip


Fin tip. Our Method Ready pellets are super sticky straight from the tub. You can even squeeze them around hair rigged hook baits for added attraction! Find out more at www.spottedfin.com


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