Trip 71 Carp Fishing – 2018

With the weather, work and family stuff, I’ve not managed to get out for two weeks, which is a shame, I just didn’t fancy getting soaked for only 5 hrs fishing.


I had a quick look about and spotted a carp show in front of this swim.  I was looking at another area, I didn’t fancy fishing here again.  You have to go where you see the fish.  After all the strong winds we have had, I was thinking they may be on the back of the wind.


My left-hand rod is at the bottom of a nice drop off at the end of a bar, which I’ve had fish from before.  The other rod is on a nice spot I found after an hour of using the deeper, marker and leading about.  Both areas have been baited with chopped Catalyst boilies, Particle blend, a load of Betafin (left to soak for 2 days) and I will be fishing different SF Wafters until I get a take.  I will be changing them every 12hrs as I don’t wish for too much disturbance in the swim.  I will have to bait up after 24hrs as the small fry will have mopped up the particles etc up by then.


Well, the bream may have found the bait as just before 4 pm, my left-hand rod was beeping up and down, with that telltale sign of a bream – let’s hope it’s the only one.


The night past with only one disturbance that nearly pulled the bobbin to the top and dropped back a small amount.  I was thinking it’s another bream, but it never moved again.  I was hoping it was a liner from feeding carp but this was around 3 am and the rain and wind arrived and a cold night became a warm night.


The wind was certainly stirring things up and I’m hopeful of a carp today.  These conditions look perfect and are the main reason I’m doing two nights.  All my baits are in the perfect spots, all set for the weather change.  It definitely wouldn’t have been fun setting up in this.

1010 and the right-hand rod is off.  I was halfway through putting on my salopettes when the buzzer screamed into life, which was nice.  After a quick fight, the carp was in the NSR50 and my first winter carp was on the bank.  I was very happy about that.


The bait back on the spot, it was time for a brew.

The day past with no action and into early evening.  I had rebaited both rods and topped up the swim with my mixture late afternoon.  It must have been all that fresh air, as I drifted off to sleep sometime after 5pm.  I woke up again just before 8pm, had a brew and watched Netflix until midnight.  I use headphones with only one earpiece, which is perfect for listening out of fish.

I got my head down again and the next thing I knew, my alarm clock telling me it was pack up time.  I set this just in case I get completely sucked into the session and end up packing up way too late.  I try and get home mid-morning and spend the day with the family.


I was very confident of getting another fish yesterday and especially with the conditions just so perfect. Oh well, it’s been a pleasant few nights on the bank.

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Deeper Part 8

Once you have mapped your chosen lake, you have a few options when you arrive for your next trip.  I do both depending on the time available to me when I arrive.

Option one

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 that the carp have been cleaning, silty spots, if the carp have been digging up the bottom and making any new feature.

Option two

You can use your lake book and check for horizon makers and calculate the number of turns to your chosen spot.

Step 1

Instead of using the whole map of the lake you will need to us the individual recordings.



Step 2

Once you have selected your swim out of the list of areas you have mapped, open up that one.




Step 3

Now scroll along the sonar reading until you have found the spot in the swim you want to cast to.  This will be marked by the Deeper image on the screen.


Step 4

I find it best to zoom in on the swim and the press the ruler icon on the right-hand side (just below the satellite icon).  This will make it easier to view where you are on the map and calculate the distance from the bank to your spot.


Step 5

Once you have the distance, you can then zoom out to find a horizon maker.  If not then you can always use the night mode on the Deeper and then you will be able to find the right feature on the horizon.


Step 6


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Keeping Warm In Your Bivvy

I have been fishing winter nights since the mid-80s and I am so glad that the tackle industry started to revolutionize, it was very bleak and cold in those days.  My feet still feel the cold a lot and I am sure it down to those days.

I have put together a list of ways to improve your time on the bank in your bivvy.  I am still working on keeping warm outside the bivvy!  I am sure that’s also down to, to many winter piking days in wellies and inadequate clothing.

1. Always use a ground sheet and even in the summer, damp rises.

2. Use an old piece of carpet or a thermal blanket under you bedchair


3. With modern bivvy/brolly systems, there is a skirt then you can tuck under the groundsheet.

4. Use items of luggage as an insulation around this area of the Bivvy e.g rod bag, rod sleeves bags etc, this will help keep the draft out and even more insulation on the ground.

5. Also with modern brolly/bivvy use the door letterbox style and don’t open from the bottom up.  Tuck the flap under the groundsheet and make sure the zips are full down.

6. Use a bivvy mat or any old door mat.


This all helps to keep you warm through those hard winter days.

Hope this helps


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Things you would like to ask, but can’t

In the fishing world, there are things you would love to ask but can’t.  The first question on your lips when you walk into other anglers swim is, have you caught any fish?  It’s all about knowledge and it’s not a bad thing to know.  Another question is which spot it came from?  I’m sure this would help you build up a picture of where the fish come from in each swim.  You would then like to know as well, was it a bottom bait, pop up or wafter?  This will help you to bank a carp or two.

These questions are just no-go areas.  Some people will be happy to spill the beans and I am one of those.  I believe it’s us against the Carp and not each other.  Copying someone else’s tactics certainly doesn’t mean you will catch and should not detract you from your achievement.  It’s simply about building knowledge about the lake at the particular time of the year.

I must admit, it has certainly got a lot better since I start carp fishing (in the early 80’s).  People would ask you to leave their swim when they baited up or even cast to another spot just to throw you off the sent.  I must admit, I did catch a lot of bream and tench in those day’s.

Back then, bait was never a question as we all made homemade boilies but times changed and everyone got obsessed about being on the going bait.  I think that stage has passed, as there are a few top quality bait companies about these days.  Unfortunately, a few rough ones with substandard quality ingredients hang in there.

Being part of a Syndicate of the like-minded angler’s really help these days, everyone is being pushed for time in the modern world we live in.  Which is where I am very lucky, the knowledge of which swims are fishing well is passed around quite freely.  This can be a real obstacle on some waters.

No one asks about which rig you are on anymore if you stick to the common subscribed rigs you will not go far wrong.  There can be an edge to being on the right rig for the lake and that also goes for any of the above.  Knowledge is the lifeblood of a successful angler, but never lose sight of the real goal.  This is to catch fish, enjoy yourself, relax and forget the stresses of everyday life, don’t let fishing get sucked into that side of your life.

Enjoy and be lucky



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Trip 70 Carp Fishing- 2018

With the last mild night for the foreseeable future, Winter is just around the corner.  I had to push myself to set up in the day, I had not planned to do that anymore.  I’m just getting too old but seeing the forecast there was just no way I could miss this opportunity.


I had looked at the forecast over the past few days and the wind was going to be pushing from the East or North East.  I just didn’t fancy any swim with the wind in my face.  I was hoping to get in the same swim as last week, they seemed to be held up out there and possible to the right.  If that failed, I would head for another area which has produced fish for me on the past.  As luck would have it, it was free.

I knew where I was going put the right-hand rod and that was the same spot that I had the thirty from last week – at the bottom of the margin shelf in 8ft of water.  It would not be an easy cast as it was only a gentle flick and it’s even harder at night.

The left-hand rod, I was looking for a hard area passed where I had fished last week, the fish were clearly showing at range and just of the far margins.  I knew the rough direction that I need to aim for, from the horizon marker.  I would just have to lead about a bit to get the perfect range.  I managed this on my second cast and clipped up and sorted out the hook bait.  I had been doing very well on the Spotted Fin Prototype hook bait, so this would be my first choice of hook baits for the weekend.  With the bait on the spot first cast, I felt it touch down with a nice soft tap.

I had tipped the margin rod off with a couple of white Evolution Carp Tackle maggot, like last week, it’s always best to stick with what’s working.


It was time to get the kettle on and a bite to eat.

I was feeling quite confident as the evening progressed as I had received a few lines early on – they never materialized into anything.  I was up at first light, I really needed to make sure the right-hand rod was in the perfect spot.  I then also took the opportunity to rebait the other which had seen all the action.  I just had to check it out and make sure the rig was perfect, sure enough, it was.


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As the day progressed the sun was shining and more people arrived to fish the Saturday night (much to my surprise).  After not seeing much by noon and the wind was from the east for a bit, I got the Deeper out and let it drift across the swim.  I discovered that the carp were clearly a lot slower to this bank than I had thought.  So, the long-distance rod was reeled in and recast for the afternoon or maybe longer, we shall see.



Could not resist the temptation to put a bait on them.

With no joy after 2 hrs and the carp back topping on the far margins again, it was time to get the rod all sorted for the night.  I decided the best option was to put the rods out on the same spots as the night before.



Think is going to be a cold one

At about 1930, the left-hand rod was screaming off and I quickly picked up the rod.  I connected to thin air and after checking the hook (which was still super sharp).  I can only assume it was a heavy liner or a trailing carp, which is never good.  The rest of the night passed me by with no activity at all.


With a lovely but fresh sunny morning, it was time to pack up and head home.


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