My Blog/Website


This website is the journal of my fishing trips from day’s to night’s, river to lake’s, it the full blown thing.  I include all my ups and downs from catch loads, to those horrible hard times, whatever you try, you can’t even buy a bite!  I try not to big it up and keep to the real story of everyday angling, which in my book is every angler as we are all trying to achieve the same thing and this need as much technology help on the way.  I do a blog and a video dairy every time I go fishing to give the full picture of my hobby/life.

Hope you enjoy it.

Richard

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Moody Day Out here


Sitting into the stormy weather, bring on the lumps.

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Trip 43 – Carp Fishing – 2017


This trip was going to be a social at the airfield lake with Rob.  However, after getting a message on Wednesday from another syndicate member, saying the fish are spawning and neither myself or Rob wanted to fish for spawning Carp (this isn’t very good the fish’s welfare).  So plan B was put in place and I find myself fishing the idyllic Holbrook Millpond again – this is never a bad thing.

As I arrived at dusk, after a merry trip round the M25, by the time my kit was sorted out, it was pitch black.  Rob offered to put my baits out with the boat, this made sense, as you really need to be fishing as close as possible to the far bank.  There was no way I could do that in the dark. All rod’s were fished with nature pop ups, a load of chopped boilies and pellets over the top.

Night 1

Sometime around 04.30, the right hand rod was off and not very long after that, my first mill pond fish was  out, not the biggest but a start.  That rod was put out again and Rob came down the bank and to ask if I could take a photo for him of a 20+ Common, with this done, we had a brew, a quick chat and we were back off to our swims.

Around noon, we both reeled in, had a good look round the lake and had a brew in the club house.  I decided on the positions of my rod’s for the coming two night’s.

I would be fishing a small set of pads, the far margins and a set to the right of me.  These areas where baited with a mix of chopped & whole boilies, catalyst & Betafin Pellet  soaked in minaminos / Betafin.

 

The weather had warmed up a bit but there was plenty of cloud about, we were very confident.

As the second day came to a close, it was looking like the fish had changed their feeding pattern to the nights.  We had not had a touch between us all day until at 22.30 and Rob banked the resident grass carp.

The night passed with both of us loosing fish and much more favourable weather conditions for a fish in the daylight hours.

Unfortunately and for no reason, that we can come up with, both myself and Rob where unable to bag any more fish, they just switched off .

Until next time

Richard

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What The Big Issue Is With Sponsorship/ Consultants


This is a very hot topic today in the modern day carp angling world.  There is an astronomical amount of dislike to these fellow angler’s.

I have been fishing for over thirty years and when I started out, the best bits of kit on the market were Optonics, Cardinal 55, Wavelock brollys etc and if you need to stock up on bits and pieces, it generally involved a trip to at least three tackle shops.

Then started the emergence of tackle companies like Nash, Fox etc.  The reputation of their products were very good.  However, the angler’s disliked the fact that most product’s were tested on them (as products were just put straight into the shops).  This changed (luckily) when the industry listened to customers and started employing consultants to advise and test new products.

Then came the world of social media and this (as we all know) drives marketplace today and the industry have no option to follow suit, as people can post instant catch report’s. They would be silly not to get on board, as its a modern day marketing tool, which all industries use.  This is also a very cheap way of getting the products in the public eye – especially bait.  Photo’s now appear instantaneously, the moment a carp has been landed on a particular bait.  So from a business point of view, this is brilliant tool.

I believe that if it wasn’t for the consultants & team members who help develop the new products, we would still be back in the dark ages of fishing.

The promotional side of fishing is a must, you take any modern brand and there is advertising everywhere, they can to achieve the top spot and bring more money in for development for the next great phone, tablet etc.

However, to get to the point of this blog. Why to other angler’s hate the consultants and/or the Promotional teams?  Do they not realise that these dedicated people also have real jobs and probably go fishing less than the average angler?  Yes, there are some who have totally dedicated their time to improve the angling world and all they get is abuse, such as ‘its a free ride’.

Now, I use to be the Head of Operations in the UK for a shipping company and I have two young children.  I worked long hours and still dedicated my time to the improvement and marketing for the fishing companies I was associated to.  I have now become a house husband, which you would think would give me more time for fishing.  This is not the case, as I have to do all that side of things now as I think its unfair to have my wife (who is now the full timer in the house) to do any extra housework, as I did not have to do any when I was the main bread earner.  We have simply switched roles.

So, with that in mind, the next time you think ‘look at that consultant with all the free kit & bait’, they do have to work hard for it and test all the new products, that the general public expect to be developed and catch on.  If they all stopped, what do you think would happen to the industry?  You need to ask yourself that.  If bait development stopped, would you have the edge over other angler’s?  Would you have the wide range of choice?  And I am sure, with the less competition in the market place, prices would rise.

If you where given the chance, would you be prepared to dedicated yourself to this cause?

Trust me, its not what you think and things look much rosier from the outside.  You should be walking around the banks, thanking these fellow angler’s for their time to make the fishing industry move forward and not stagnate or go back to the Argos bed chair & heron buzzer days.

Rant over

Regards Richard

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There’s A New Day Dawning


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As you all know, I have been fishing for a long time and I am still amazed at the number of anglers who just pick a brand and stick with it forever.  This is regardless if there is a down turn in quality of the products.  I call them Brand sheep.  I agree, there are a lot of similar products out there, however, a little change to products, can make all the difference between a fish on the bank or not.  I have been a fan of the odd product from different brands over the year, but never the full range, as part of the brand sometimes let the side down.

Now the tide is turning and there is a new company in town – Spotted Fin.  I came on board early on and am part of the team.  I am able to test products new to the market.  There is no doubt in my mind, that this company will be taking over the fishing world. You can feel the passion for the best products (with no compromise on quantity), past on to all the team.  They believe in quality always, the angler always comes first and foremost, this is in all the products that I have seen and tested so far.  If i am honest, it’s very hard to find a fault or suggest any improvement, there has been a great deal of effort and thought, gone into every single product with no compromise.

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Cannot fault any of these (as you can see from reading my blogs), most of my fishing is close quarters snag fishing and the hook link material holds up amazingly well.

Hooks

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Carrying on from above, I use Finskin in conjunction with these beauties and I can’t fault any of these, the hook hold is amazing

Boilies

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What can I say?  Other than, after I struggled with my previous boilies and then switching over, my catch rate and confidence has risen up and not faltered.

Pellets

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In conjunction with their boilies, the pellets certainly pull the carp onto the bait and have accounted for some very nice fish – for myself and others.

Hookbaits

They smell and last perfectly, you couldn’t ask for more.  They are not rock hard (like a lot of pop ups) and are not to soft, they are right in the middle and just spot on.

Stix Mix

Krill, Salmon, Tuna – Are one of my stix mix ingredients and without a doubt these are the best on the market.

Ground Bait & Spod Mix

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The range of products is just perfect and whether you are a match or carp angler, these will not fail to catch.

 

Liquids

Tuna, Salmon, Krill, Minamino, Betalin

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You just can’t go wrong with any of these liquids, there are so many more products coming on line every week – I just can’t keep up.  There is just no compromise on quality and some of these products have been tested over a two year period.

 

Go on join the revolution.

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Quick Night Time


All set for a quick night out.

No day trip out today, been looking after ill children, conditions look very favourable.

Richard

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Trip 42 Carp Fishing 2017


It’s Tuesday again and that means, fish a few hours in the day, head home, sort the kids out, wait for the wife to get home and then back down the lake for the night.

As luck would have I am back in the same swim as I was during the day.  I am not in the same spots, as it would be way too dangerous and not very fish safety conscious.  With a couple of hard spots found, two bags were put out.  However, after today’s success on the natural pop up both rods where on them.

It’s about 0230 as I am writing this and I have just lost my second fish of the night.  I can’t blame the hooks or the rig,  just bad luck and a bit of my fault.  I am having to play the fish hard to avoid the tree lined margins either side of me.  This is despite the swim being some 40/50 ft wide, these fish have the knowledge in their head’s, that if they can make the trees (which hang down nicely into the water), they will be free and I was so close at getting the last fish into the open water, just in front of the swim.  It’s just one of those things we a have to live with on this syndicate.  I have never known fish like this in all my year’s of fishing.  They just make a full blown run straight for the snags, with no quarter given, amazing fighting fish these Carp are in here.

  Much to my delight, I finally banked a carp around 4 am. 

A nice 22ld 12oz common

Back she goes, that’s taken the edge of losing two fish.

A perfect start to the day.  Well it’s time to head home.

Until next time

Richard

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Another fish in Carp Talk this week .

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Trip 41 Carp Fishing – 2017


After feeling I wasn’t really on the fish recently.  I really need to check out another part of the lake that I had neglected for sometime.  This was mostly due to feeling confident where I was.  So, I headed off for a walk with the gear.

There was still that cold Northerly blowing into my face but I needed to disregard that, as I was able to cast into a sheltered part if the lake.  I was only going to be baiting one area, as that was the only one in catapult range, I was certainly not going to be spombing out bait for a 4 hour trip.  Both rods were fished along the tree lined margins, one with a Frank Warwick  Marsala pop up and the other with a natural pop up.  This rod also had a few boilies and Pellet over the top, within 30 minutes I was into my first fish.

A very hard fighting Common, it had a big tail, so it gave me a run for my money.  With the photos done and the rod back out, I sat looking at the lake hoping to find some fish in open water.  I will be back again tonight and there is no way I will be able to fish this spot at night, I would no doubt lose them all.  Not before too long the same rod was off again and that turned into a fight and a half, the fish nearly made it into the snags a few times, before it graced the net.

22lb 3oz Common

Not bad going for 2 hours fishing.

Unfortunately, still not seen any signs in open water

I have got the marker rod with me and my plan is to have a flick about with that before I go.  Not sure I will bother as I don’t really want to disturb the area.

With the sun coming out, it was feeling a bit like Summer. What a fabulous few hours today.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 40 – Carp Fishing – 2017


After not being on the lake for 5 days, I needed a good look round.  As luck would have it, there was only 3 other people on the lake.  I could have a good poke about  in the margins, trees, bushes for any fishy signs and after 2 hrs or so, I finally decided on this swim.

I was set up quite quickly, as I knew the spots I wanted to fish.  I catapulted out a lot of a Pellet and with only a few chopped catalyst boilies over the top.  I made up two bags, the same as my previous session, why change tactic when it’s working well?

Unfortunately, it was a very peaceful night, other than the birds.

Until next time

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