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

Until next time

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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

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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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Trip 86 Carp Fishing- 2017


With my girl’s dropped off at their clubs.  I was on my way down the lake and all done before dark.

Back on my spots again and another 2 kilos of Smokey Jack out there with a couple of 20mm bottom baits on two Ronnie Rigs, tied up with fin skin to a long shank turning point hook.

It’s so nice to have it all done before dark as you can sit back, get a brew on and watch as the last rays of light fade away.  It looks like there is only me and another angler on the lake tonight.  Fish are showing in front of me, hopefully it’s only a matter of time.  As the moon popped over the trees, I got my camera out and played around with some shots.

Here are my two best shots.  Just after this, the left hand rod was off across the lake and I was into a hard fighting Meadow Carp.  For once it was not going right and trying to go round the tree, it still managed to hook up my other line as it dived right in the margins.  After 10 minutes or so, the fish was safely in the net, I quickly unhooked it and got it in the sling.  I sorted out the mess and got both rods back out.

A nice 24 lb 5 oz common to add to the list of fish I have had on Spotted Fin products.

Time for another brew and get in the winter bags as I think is finally winter bag time.

With a few more liners in the night and the odd fish crashing about I was feel confident.  With a bit of a drop in temperature, the fish weren’t having it.

Until next time

Richard

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Traps Set


Just about got the camp set up before darkness fell upon the lake. 

Richard 

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Trip 85 Carp Fishing – 2017


I arrived down the lake to find way too many people fishing tonight (in the middle of the week night).  After a quick chat with a fellow member, I headed on around the lake, looking for a likely area to fish.  The second from last swim I looked in, a carp popped it’s head out – that will do me.  This is an area I was not to familiar with, since not fishing this area for a few years.

Camp is set up in the dark for the first time this year, something I have been doing for more years than I can remember, over the winter months.

I have just baited one area.  This is something I have been doing a lot more of over the years.  I will have to write a blog on my thinking behind this some time soon.  I Spombed out just over a kilo of Smokey Jack boilies, flicked out a bottom bait and wafter on either side of a nice silty are a just off the side of a gravel bar.

At 0200 ish the right hand rod belted off and I was onto a very hard fighting fish which managed to pick up the other line despite me using back leads.  This caused me all sorts of problems and a complete new set up on both rod’s after having to strip the line back on both rods.

It was a torpedo and just would not give up in the margins.  It tipped the scales at just over twenty pounds.  An hour later the same rod was off again but this one made it just round the tip of the point where I was fishing off and under the over hanging tree. This was despite my rod tip being under where the fish clipped a branch.  This was when the lead pinged and the fish slipped the hook.  Oh well.  The alarm clock had just gone off and it signals packing up time.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 84 Carp Fishing- 2017


I was so nearly going to be fishing the Airfield lake for the last time this trip out.  However, I would have only been able to fish Thursday night and with a quick change of arrangements with the wife, I was able to fish the weekend.  Then came the hard choice; one night on the Airfield, then move to Meadow lake or just do both nights on the Meadow.  I would have to hope there would be a few on the Airfield, which would reduce the numbers on Meadow.

I arrived about 1830 and started to drive around the lake.  Much to my amazement, this swim was free.  The other three I had in mind had other angler’s in.  So without missing a heart beat, I parked up and unloaded the kit into the swim.  I proceeded to put out 3 kilos of Smokey Jack.  If I was going to be here for 48 hrs, I needed a good bed of bait.  If no fish came the first night, I hand made up some of my ground Bait mix, it was frozen krill & bloodworm with a mix of Spotted Fin groundbait, with a load of pellets soaked on CSL liquid.  I had made up very sloppy, to give a cloud effect.  I would be putting out this  tomorrow lunchtime, to get the fish moving into the area for the afternoon and evening feeding spell.

I was using a Smokey Jack wafter on one rod and a 18 mm bottom bait on the other rod.  Both were soaked in Smokey Jack dip and they where both being fished on the Ronnie rig.  I have found this to be absolutely brilliant for both bottom baits, Wafters and of course, pop ups.  Both rigs have been tied up with semi stuff fin skin and a size 6 Turning point hook.

Lets see what the first 12 hrs bring.

Well, that night was rubbish.  Only bream, a broken clip on my spoil and plenty of linners to keep me up and keen.  I was up at just after 7 am to get the baits perfectly back on the spots and hope this morning brings a fish or two.

My first take came around 1030 to the left hand round which had the 18 mm bottom bait on and after a quick battle (as it was daylight), oh this swim is so much easier in the day time.

Just over the 16lb mark, which will do me to start off with.  I had been playing with rigs in the week and the Go2 wafter range.  I thought it would an ideal time to test it out during the day on here, as I am thinking ahead for the winter.

I tried up a couple of Florocarbon-line rigs to a size 6 Sf straight point hook, with 3 of the Go2 Wafters on.  This sat very nicely in the water.

So after that fish, it was a perfect opportunity to give them a try.

The day passed, the wind and the rain picked up as forecast.  I had Spombed out a load of ground bait, I had mixed up and topped up the swim just before dark with about six Spombs of boilies.

I didn’t want to over do it due to the lack of takes so far.  However, I was very hopeful of tonight and sure enough at the normal take time, the right hand rod ripped off.  I was attached to a nice lump, well it felt like it.  Unfortunately, the hook pulled, which it very unusual for me, but these things happen.  Time for a new rig and some fun casting out in these strong winds.  Job done, it was time to warm up with a brew and get my head down again.

I was woken up by the next take at first light and proceeded to reel straight into what felt a bit like a bream, until it broke the surface some 3 rod lengths out and went crazy.  Up and down the margins, crashing around on the surface, it finally top the scales at 22 lb 2 oz.  I put it in the retaining sling, I felt it would be best of the carp.  It was certainly not happy on the mat.  However after about 10 minutes, when I had recast my rod back onto the spot, it was feeling a bit less stressed out.

The rain had past and the wind calmed down a lot.

A lot calmer than through the night.

With all but the bivvy down, the rods on the floor and all but the mat & net out.  I am sitting on my bucket reflecting on a nice weekends fishing.  We all have that last few minutes of hope.  That one last fish.  Would you believe it?  I heard the right hand rod reel whizz off and I was attached to another nice Meadow Lake carp.

As luck would have it another nice 20 lber, which is a nice end to the weekend.

 

Until next time

Richard

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Few Hours Free Today 


For the first time in a few months, I have a free day, better us it wisely.

First swim of the day.

Richard 

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