Nice Write Up In Carp Talk This Week 


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Let’s See What The Next Few Nights Bring.


I have the opertuneity to fish five night this week, so we shall start here and see where we finish up.

Richard 

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Trip 90 Carp Fishing – 2017


It’s been a week since my last trip.  Which you all know is a life time for me but family comes first.

With the first of many night time set ups looming ever closer, it was nice to arrive just before dusk.  However, the wind and rain was pouring down, swim selection was very easy as this swim was free.  I know the area very well, the brolly was set up and I got the rods out in the dark.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a very rough night, I was hoping for less rain as these fish don’t appear to be fans of heavy rain but certainly love the wind.

Now, that was a very rough stormy night out, without a single bleep, amazing.

With a nice early morning pack up, I was off home.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 89 Carp Fishing- 2017


It’s that Thursday evening feeling!  Kids dropped off – let’s go!  However, half way there, the wife calls and she is stuck in a big traffic jam!  Oops, bit of a panic on and updates every 10 minutes, a friend was on standby to do the pick up.  I was also on stand by to come back from the lake.  It was a close call but she made it, only 1 hrs 15 minutes to make a 25 minute journey.

No mucking about this week, only the rods out, the car wasn’t far away and a fair bit of panicking going on.  This was the best option and the fact there where carp topping, this made me feel a lot happier and even more so after the last phone call, to say she had got there.

I put both rods on the same area, Spombed out a kilo of Smokey Jack boilies, one rod had a 20 mm bottom bait and the other had a 15mm wafter on the other rod.  I set up camp and all before darkness.  Let’s hope my luck carries on into the night.

I woke up around 0130, the wind had picked up and the water was lapping up against the side of the swim.  I was wondering where the carp had gone, I had been very confident of a take before midnight, now it was all very peaceful out there.  Fingers crossed for the remaining 4 hrs.

It’s just gone 5 am, the conditions are perfect and there have been a fair few carp crashing about in my general area.  I am still ‘happily’ blanking and now I’m thinking this could be my second blank of the week.  It has just started to rain and the wind has picked up again, let’s hope this stirs them up into moving on to my baited area.

Unfortunately it was not to be.

Until next time

Richard

 

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It’s A Bit Windy Out


Pukka night for it.

Richard 

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Trip 88 Carp Fishing- 2017


For the first time in a very long time (probably since early July), I am out for a few hours in the day time.  As luck would have it, I was down the lake by 0910.  I had the knowledge that I normally get a run between 0945 & 1045 from this swim.  Being Tuesday, the lake had a few people on it, so I thought I would give it until around 1130 and if no joy, move into the day bay ( if no one else turned up).

Let’s see what happens!  I have made up a stick mix with a few Spotted Fin products, I will do a blog about this in the future. I don’t wish to put any pressure on feeding time, with a load of bait going out.  Both rod’s have a Ronnie Rig on, with a bottom bait and the other with a snowman rig.

With no joy by 1100, I was off looking for another likely spot.  A nice warm wind was blowing into this bay, I certainly fancied my chances.  I had not seen or heard a fish at the other end of the lake.  So even if I blanked, it would give me some idea of any other area the carp may be in.

One rod is along the right hand tree line and the other is in open water.  This is where I had a fish the other week, no change in tactics on the bait front.

With only a liner and a rod tip knock to excite me today (I also had a numb bum from sitting on my bucket as the chair is safely in my garage at home).  About 30 minutes to go, I was still feeling hopeful and I still had seen no real signs of carp.  There were 3 anglers around the complex, setting up.  This may well have kept the carp hidden away.

Unfortunately, no luck today

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Marker Sticks & Small Swim- Solution


We all love marker sticks, however very small swims can be a bit of a nightmare.

Here is a little solution that I came up with some years ago.

You need three marker stick a a 12ft cord

 

1 – Normal Stick set up (1 x 12ft)

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2 – Normal Stick set up, But – 1 x 6ft marker sticks and wrap around twice.

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3- 3 x marker stick in a triangle or any shape that give you the 12ft leather you need for each wrap

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Litte video to help

 

Hope this helps

Richard

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Trip 87 Carp Fishing- 2017


After dropping my eldest off at the stables this morning, I was on my way down to the lake.  This is the time I like to think of my options relating to past captures, weather and in the back of my mind ‘did I need to move on from the swim I had been in over the past few weeks?’  I am sure the fish would be looking around for food sources in other areas. On arrival, I took my normal route around the lake, as this give me a chance to see a high percentage of the swims and unfortunately the area I was thinking about had a couple of anglers in there.  There was one more option and the swim I had been fishing was free.  I parked up the car and walked down the track until I could see the other area I was thinking about.  This was taken by a couple of day anglers.  This lake was a bit fuller than I expected.  However, the weather is good – the wind is from the S/W and it’s Saturday, the weather isn’t too bad to put people off.  It looks like my swim has chosen me!  Can’t be a bad thing!

Love these Autumn colours.

As I’ve had a few morning takes over the past few weeks, I flicked out 2 Smokey Jack bottom baits on to the area and I would bait up early this afternoon.  I also flicked the marker rod out, as a slightly different spot could be a good approach.

With no joy by 1230, it was time to put some bait out and marker around to see if there were any other nice features.  After 5 or 10 minutes, I had located a nice level change with a bar which ran across the front of the swim, it had about a 2 ft depth difference.  That will do me nicely.  I Spombs some Smokey Jack over the normal area and catapulted the rest over the other spots.  I recast with a bag which had some Catalyst pellets soaked in Betafin liquids and Minamino.  I also had Spombed a bit over the other area first.  This gave both areas some added attraction and hopefully will be more appealing to the carp.  Remember, we are also competing for a take against other people.

With a complete change to my spots, I therefore, had to move the rods around.  I am not one for looking good, it’s about catching fish.

The night past very quietly for me, other than the cows mooing in the fields behind the lake.  This was a great help, if you need sleep!  I only had a couple of bleeps all night long and I was getting a bit worried that I had got it wrong.  You must stay confident in your choice and sure enough the left hand rod rattled off at about 7 am, closely followed by the other one.  Luckily for me, it went off after the other one was in the sling.  However, by the time I had got to the rod, it had be around the corner of the point (between me and the island), this is when I think the lead pinged off on the snag it was going for.  The hook also pinged out, real shame that was as I felt I had gained control and had the upper hand, apparently not.

The one that I had banked was this lovely fish at bang on 22 lb, which had made my day,  as it was another mirror to add to the list.

I got the rods back out, got a brew on and watched the day starting to unfold.  Around 9.30, the right hand rod was off again and I was very lucky again, as this fish was determined to get behind the over hanging tree to the right of me.  I had to get my rod tip way down into the water and I slowly managed to get the fish from under the tree.  I did have a few scary moments though when the branches were shaking a bit, but it all ended well and after a good fight in the margins the fish was safely over the cord.

It tipped the scales at 17 lb 12 oz. Very happy to see the Smokey Jack is working very well.

Love the mirror effect you get when the water is still.  It was now well past packing up time, I needed to get the kit down, sorted and in the car.

Until next time

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