Spotted Fin – Bait Making

Ok, there it is, This is Pure, fresh untampered with, CSL which is less viscous than you are used to. It thickens and darkens as the active components get going over time… This is Pure.. Freshest currently in the industry in the UK as we had our own run delivered direct as we buy in quantity. 24hrs delivered from Holland, from a well known Huge producer of Sugar. It sells quick like this and expands nearly a third of the size so a 5L jar will become 7L or 8L in this state. Only on


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Spotted Fin ***The Big One Exclusive Deal***

Come by and see us at The Big One this weekend for this deal, 5kg of Boilies, Stick Mix, Food Dip and Hookbaits for just £39.99!

*Includes Smokey Jack and Catalyst, Whilst Stocks Last, 22mm Hookbaits Excluded

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Liquid Tuna

Packed full of proteins, our ‘Liquid Tuna’ is pure extract which has had nothing added or taken away. We all know how effective Tuna is as a carp attractor and this is it in liquid form.
It makes the perfect partner to our awesome ‘Smokey Jack’ boilies!
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THE BIG ONE SHOW DEAL: If your going to France I would suggest coming to the SF stand at the show and stocking up. Boilie Bundle Deal £65.. for 5kg shelf life boilies, 5kg of freezer Feed plus food dip of your choice and hookbait of your choice (RRP £95). Floater bundle deal 2kg of floaters, hookbait of choice and food dip of choice £20 (RRP £24.50).. Only at the show, not anywhere else..


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12 Important Steps For An Easy Fishing Life

Some years ago, when I was working long hours and needed to make sure that every trip fishing counted, I put together a number of steps together to make my life easier going fishing.  In ensured I was not just going through the motions.  I am sure that at some point I was this and it affected my catch results.

1. I always keep my kit organized and ready to go.  Make sure you are topped up with any important item replaced or topped up.  I do this as soon as I get home from my last trip before it all gets packed away in the cupboard.

2. I have found that doing the bait a few days before, will help you be confident that it’s all perfect and it can then be kept in the fridge or freezer until you need it.

3. Make your rigs at home.  You can then make sure they are to your standard.  This is so much easier than trying to do this on the bank.  This way, there is no need for all that extra rig kit on the bank.

4. Take the minimal about of kit you need e.g rig boards, a few leads (there is no need for more than 10 leads).  I use a small tackle box with enough rig bits for 10 rigs.

5. On my journey to the lake, always zone out of work and into fishing.

6.  Check the weather beforehand.  You can start to build up a picture of where the carp may be and swim option.  Don’t get to carried away with the swim options, as this is never a good thing, you will never decide.

7. I always load and unload the car in the same way (I even store my tackle in the same way and also set up like this), this will form a pattern which then becomes normal and will help you.

8. When I am fishing, I write a list of things that need topping up or replaced.

9. It’s very important not to rush, take your time and get into a routine when baiting up.

A. Always have sharp hooks

B. Check rig presentation in the lake

C. Pop up/Wafter check

D. Run the line through your hands to check for any abrasions or nicks in the line

10. My bivvy/brolly is laid out the same way each time.  You will always know where everything is every time, day or night.

Doing this will help you through the winter months when you need to set up and pack up in the dark.

11. Every so often, sort your tackle bag out, overtime stuff slips back into your tackle bag and you find yourself taking more than you need.

12. If possible, have separate bags for bits of kit, so if you are only doing a day, you can remove your brew kit or cooking kit and torch etc.

These things are very simple, however, they will help you and make fishing much easier and you will enjoy it a lot more.

Hope this helps


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Trip 18 Carp Fishing – 2019

With a few hours to spare today, the sun was out and after all the rain yesterday, I headed back to the spot which had produced my first carp from this lake.  It was clear that a group of fish liked this area, the lake is stream fed so there is a lot of cold water passing through the lake.  However, this bay behind the island would definitely be the warmer part of the lake and with the sunshine on it again today, it was my best option to bag a carp.


Rigs and hook baits where the same as my last trip, how I was using solid PVA bags filled with pellet and paste and some liquid attract.


With only 30 minutes left to go, it was certainly looking like another blank.  I can live with this as I spotted a couple of showing carp.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a bait on that area, due to a lot of floating debris.  I may just have to remove before my next trip.  I did get a heavy liner, that I thought was going to turn into a run, the fish were clearly about but not on my bait yet.

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Out for a play today.


Fingers Crossed for a bit today.


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SF – Floater Range

Launching at The Big One, Farnborough this weekend, our brand new floater range!
Available in 6mm and 11mm sizes in both Catalyst and Smokey Jack flavours, loaded with attractors which start releasing the moment they hit the water.

Supplied in a resealable 2kg bag – SRP £8.99


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The Big One

Just as one show finishes, another is just around the corner!
Up next is The Big One in Farnborough on 23rd/24th March, we will be there with an even bigger stand than we had at NAS plus we will be exclusively launching a few BRAND NEW products….
We can’t wait!!!
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Lakebook – Deeper

The Deeper sonar is so much more than a fish finder or feature locator.  You can combine all your recordings on the Lakebook online page, you can review the whole lake and get a greater understanding of your quarry.

With the Lakebook you get to understand the topography of the lake, the hiding spots, interception routes, and the underwater highways, at a quick glare.

The members of my syndicate will often kindly let me know which areas are being fished before I arrive.  So, armed with the weather forecast and the watercraft knowledge I have, I will study the Lakebook before I even leave home.  This gives me the ability to head straight for my perfect location and saves me a lot of time.  This day and age of a fast-paced lifestyle, you can get the upper hand over other anglers and formulate a plan of action.

I use the Lakebook on my mobile phone and home computer.  Due to the smaller screen on the phone, I use it in a slightly different way to get the best of all the features.  It’s simply because of the size of the screen that I have adopted a couple of tricks to simplify the process.  In reality, it’s the same process no matter what the size of the screen is.

Step – 1

Open up your Internet browsers and open the Deeper Lakebook page from my favorite and log in.



Step – 2

Then click on the Venue you wish to view (in this case the top one)


This will have made the map drill down on the area you wish to view.  This helps if you’re traveling long distances for your fishing and/or the venues are spread about the countryside.

Step – 3

Click on the X next to the Lakebook, this will minimize the screen and make better viewing on the mobile.


Step – 4

Now by using the + or – situated on the right-hand side near the top of the page.  You will be able to zoom in or out just by opening & closing your fingers as you would do on your mobile.


Step – 5

You have a couple of choices now to view the area you fancy fishing.

A – Click on the rod & reel by your selected spot, this will give you a blue outlined area.  This would have been mapped at the time you recorded the swim using the onshore mode (instructions below on how to set up).


This brings up the area you have selected and the sonar view of the lakebed and any fishing found.  You can speed this sonar view by pressing the play button until it gets to 10x speed.

Step – 6

Now, this is where a little trick helps when using your mobile if you turn the phone to landscape view, it will only show the sonar part of the screen.


If you scroll along until you find a feature or fish that you wish to cast to and then flick the screen round to Portrait view.


Step – 7

Tap the screen where you see the fish/feature, a line will appear and the deeper will have moved to the location that you are interested in.


Step – 8

I find that if you need to know the distance from the bank to this spot, it’s best to flick over to map view, instead of satellite, as it easier to find you standing point (swim).

This is done by clicking on the satellite button and then selecting map view.



and you now have the ability to measure the distance from the shore to where the Deeper icon is located in the water.



Step – 9

Measuring the distance – firstly, minimize the viewing style, which will let you use the rule, this is located below the map/satellite tap.


click on the rule, it will turn into an x.  You then press on the screen your location and then on the Deeper, this will draw a line from point A to B.


This gives you the distance in meters & feet.  If you need to, you can turn the screen back to satellite view.  This will enable you to cross-reference with horizon markers on the far bank.


you can zoom if you need to on larger venues.



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The other way is to view the whole lake and click on the map to obtain the depth.  You will need to follow step 1 to 4.  Then you can tap on the page, review the topography and choose the best area, like the drop offs on the side of a small island.


And simply follow step 9 onwards


The beauty of being able to do this on the bank, it is extremely handy and can benefit your fishing a hundredfold.  Basically, if you have your phone with you, you can tinker with the Lakebook, on the bank, at home, on your lunch break, if the weather is pretty rubbish and you just want to get on with your fishing, the Lakebook is certainly the way forward. This is why I love the Deeper Lakebook online page so much.  Below are a few perfect spots I have found whilst sitting at home looking over my recordings later, these can easier be missed when you are in a rush and want to get fishing.

This image picked up a lovely slope, with a couple of nice edges where fish would patrol along. A perfect spot for bait.

This screenshot has picked out a couple of depressions in the lake.  Another perfect spot and unless you were extremely lucky, you would never find them with a marker float set up.

This final screenshot depicts a steady incline from 11 ft up to 9.4 ft.  Again is another likely area that fish would patrol along.

Once you have completed mapped the lake and even understand what is out there.  I would still get the Deeper out and flick it out into your chosen area and double check your spot.  This is a very good idea in the summer months when there is plenty of weed growth.  It’s also very handy in the winter to find any new areas where the fish have been cleaning or even new silty spots if the carp have been digging up the bottom and making any new feature.

Here’s a quick Carp Fishing Tip

When casting the Deeper out and you find the perfect spot, I flick the marker out and retrieve the Deeper.  I then cast a lead to the spot and clip up.  I clearly don’t want to hit the Deeper with a lead!  This is also a good way to get accurate baiting up with the Catapult or spomb.



How to set up onshore GPS mode.  This is very important, as is a key part of getting your recording on to the lake book.

Step – 1

Open up the Deeper on your mobile or tablet and click settings


Step – 2

select Sonar mode: On Shore Gps


Step – 3

Then make sure that OnshireGPS Mode (pro+only) is ticked



How to download to Lakebook

Step – 1

Open up the Deeper on your mobile or tablet and click history


Step – 2

This will bring up a long list of recordings


The ones that have names against them, I have already uploaded and I have renamed on the Lakebook.  The one which reads Onshore GPS, needs uploading, which will auto-download depending on your setting (which I will cover below).  As you can see there is a circle in the top right-hand corner, this indicates that you recoding is uploading and once it has done, the cloud icon will have a tick, as you can see.

You will also notice that the bottom recording (New point & Vincents) is not high lighted, this denotes that the recording has been deleted from your device.  This will save storage if needed, they can be simply downloaded again as and when you need.


Just tap on the screen and you then hit yes, if you need to save storage space, press on the recording you do need and it will be highlighted in grey.  A trash icon will be in the top right corner.


Then you have a choice of deleting from the App or both.


Helpful Hint

When doing mapping, I always just put the deeper in the margin to make sure its connected properly.  You don’t want to cast it out on the perfect spot and find the atmospheric conditions will delay connection.  You don’t want to disturb the fish too much.



Download Setting

Step – 1

Open up the Deeper app and select settings


Step – 2

Then tap Sync settings


Step – 3

Choose which option suits you.


I hope that I have covered everything you need to know about the Lakebook.  I can safely say that I wouldn’t be without this feature, as it certainly helps me put fish on the bank.  My best advice is to study it as much as possible, it will reveal some hidden treasure.  The more you map and download the better it gets.  I have uncovered some hidden spots and overturned some areas that were supposed to have one type of feature like a gravel bar, but it tuned out to be more a hump/dip.


My best example of how the Deeper helped.

I had struggled to catch anything from the left-hand the side of this particle swim and I spent a long time getting this right.  I came across it one day when I was looking over my Deeper recorded and I noticed a perfect spot.  At the next opportunity, I was in that swim and it produced this lovely mirror and a couple of other fish.

I have found the deeper very useful with my perch & pike fishing, even on the river & small lakes.  You are able to locate the baitfish, this certainly saves a lot of time.


This spot just off the old dead pads, the Deeper picked up a shole of bait fish and produced this lovely Perch.


One of three Perch that day, I was very happy with that.

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I have also found that on the river the Deeper is very helpful, it can save you a lot of time.  If there is no bait fish in the perfect looking spot, there is no point in flicking a bait out. Below is a spot on the river which has produced some lovely Pike.


You can see from the Deeper view, there is a lovely bowl which holds the bait fish and the Pike do favor spots like this.



Not a bad pike of my efforts.


Hope this helps

Regards Richard

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