Trip 26 Carp Fishing- 2019


I have the chance of another weekend, just as the school Easter break starts and my Dad is down to help look after the girls.  This is so I can carry on gardening and the kids don’t have to go to a holiday club.  I was on my way once the wife was home Friday night.

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When I drove around the first lake to the Tower car park, I was amazed to find about 10 anglers on that lake.  I was starting to panic a bit, so I drove on to the next car park to find only 2 cars on there, phew.  I headed off to find the location of the owners of the cars, one was doing the weekend and the other was just packing up which gave me the choice of the middle lake or the top lake.

The top lake is always my first choice if I can get a swim.  I was in two minds as to fish the same swim as my last trip, go into another one or even go to the swim I fished last weekend as no-one was on there.

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After looking and waiting on the long point between the middle and bottom lakes.  It meant I could see both lakes and any signs of fish.  The one issue was, I was certain I only had my large spomb, as I had carried the other one about for so long without using it, I had taken it off my car bag.  This is a bag which has a lot of kit I may need but don’t necessarily need it in my swim.  This is the beauty of fishing a safe place off the beaten track.

So it’s single hook baits for me this weekend, as clearly the carp are here and any overactivity could push them out of the area.

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It’s starting to come a bit of a habit, another blank night has passed by.  I just have to stick with it and have faith that I am getting closer, things will come together very soon and I just need to stick to what I know best.  I shouldn’t start changing things around and panic, as this tends to result in you continue to blank.  You change too much all at the same time, it’s best just to alter one thing at a time, as you will never know which factor has caused or affected your results.

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Once 11 am passed, it was time to get thinking about where to put the rods tonight or not move them at all.

I decided to move the right-hand rod a lot closer to the channel which runs between the middle lake and the bottom lake.  This was one of the areas I had seen fish in when I arrived yesterday.  Not sure if I will leave it there at night yet.  Hopefully, it will catch a carp and see how it behaves.  The left-hand rod will be moved slightly right, as I have found a harder bottom to fish.

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I just about managed to get some bait in the area with my large spomb (that was fun), maybe its time to have some casting tuition.

All was sorted out by 1 pm, so let’s hope that the carp move back into the area, as they where there last night when I arrived and we can pick one up.

 

Last night was action free and with an early pack up, I was off by 8am and heading home.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 25 Carp Fishing – 2019


Now that the clocks have changed, it’s full steam ahead on the Airfield Lake.  They spawn in early May, would you believe?  But yes they do.  It’s because it’s so shallow in the main lake and it warms up very fast.  It’s hard going at the best of times but after they have spawned they spread out more.

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With a definite plan already formulated, there is a definite pattern to this lake – well to a point anyway.

I pulled into the car park just after 1830 and was very happy to see that there was only one car in the car park.  I knew where he would be, so I loaded the barrow and headed off for a long hard walk, this certainly takes it out of you but effort = reward.

Having fished this swim a number of times over the years, it was a very straight forward set up.  I was fishing 1 rod on the back of the bar and the other over the top.  I had spombed out about 8 loads of a mixture of Smokey & Catalyst 12mm boilies.  I was fishing a size 8 turning point hook ronnie rig style using stiff finskin and a 3oz zipp lead from monster leads.  With a pink pepper squid & a natural Catalyst wafter on the other.

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Let’s hope tonight bring me some better luck.

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Other than the odd liner in the night, that was it.  I had a few hours in the rain before I needed to pack up and am hoping it will have eased off some what by then.

I’m more and more convinced that the carp are happy feeding on the hatches.  Until that dies down a bit and they discover boilies again, it will always be hard going at the start on here.

 

It’s certainly looking like another Spring blank is coming my way.  It’s sort of to be expected but it still surprises you every time, especially when you feel it’s the right conditions.

Until next time

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Basic Guide To Leads


As part of my beginner’s guide to carp fishing, I will stick to the simple answers regarding leads.

Casting leads or distances leads –

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These are the pointed ones, which look like bullets and used to be known as Zipp leads.  They are perfected for casting great distances due to the shape and also make less noise when entering the water.  Regarding lead size and the heavier the lead, the further you can cast – this is true to a point but you need to match up the correct lead to your rod and your ability to cast.  You may well find that you can cast further out with a light lead than with a heavier one.  You have to remember, if you’re fishing silt the lead will go in very well, however, because of the shape can easily be pulled out.

Flat leads –

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These are perfect for slopes, where you don’t want your bait to roll down e.g margin shelf, sides of island and gravel bars.  They are very effective as bolt rigs, they sit flat on the lake bed. They will make more noise going into the water.  Anglers like to use these in PVA bags but I prefer the Zipp style, as it makes the job much easier due to the shape.  You can easily push them into the bag.  These are best fished on gravel or perfect for clear water as their profile is very slimline.

Pear leads –

Very good for casting but not up to the standard of the distance leads, as it’s all about aerodynamics.  The shape of the lead has most of the weight at one end, this helps the carp prick itself a lot quicker than distance leads and these leads do plug themselves in the silty bottomed lakes.  These leads can be used in most carp fishing situations and is a very universal lead if you had to pick one.

There are plenty more choices however, I don’t wish to over complicate things.

Hope this helps

 

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Trip 24 Carp Fishing – 2019


I’m finally back out on the Airfield lake, after two weeks and it’s also the last time of setting up at dusk, the clockS change to British Summer Time. Which is just great news.

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I had spent 4 hrs on Thursday having a good look around the whole complex, instead of going fishing.  I just felt that it would be more beneficial for me and formulated a plan for the weekend.  It was going to be very dependent on where other anglers were set up.  I would not arrive until 1830, which would just about give me 30 minutes to decide what my best options where.  I settled for the second point of the middle part if the complex. With the lack of time, I’d planned on finding one spot and point both rods on it with about 8 spomb’s of a mixture of 12mm Catalyst and Smokey.   I would fish a Natural wafter on one and a masala wafter on the other.  Both rods were fished with a large pva bag filled with pellets soaked on Catalyst particle syrup.

With a few fish showing on the far tree line, I was pretty happy with my choice.  Let’s hope the next 48 hrs turns out that way.

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The night passed me by, with just a few lines and a lovely Spring day arrived again.  This must start waking them up soon.  I say waking them up but they’re pretty much on it as normal – just all under the overhanging tree.  This comes out into the lake some 20 ft, just need the carp to venture out into open water more.

Another night passed me by again and a very early pack up.  I need to get back for Mothers Day, head off for lunch with the family and the Mother in Law.

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Trip 23 Carp Fishing – 2019


After my day trip today, I put a lot of thought into where I should go fishing tonight.  My original plan was to fish on the Airfield Lake, but this would mean a bit of a rush job on finding a suitable area to fish before darkness arrived.  This is never ideal on a venue that I’ve not seen or fished for the past few week’s.  Reports are that the lake is pretty hard going and I felt that a return trip to the Estate Lake would be more productive and informative as it would be my second night on there.

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My swim choice was made more or less at home, I really needed to fish a different swim/area at night.  After seeing all the fish out in the main part of the lake, it had to be that area.  I knew from a previous day trip which area was clean from the weed and as I had the time at home to rebait my rods with free hook baits (as the kids were eating their tea), I was already prepared and I catapulted a few small pouches of 12mm Smokey & Catalyst boilies out.  I soon had the camp set up and all sorted for the night.

I awoke in the night a couple of times as there where fish crashing.  Due to the size of the lake, they could have been anywhere.  I didn’t walk about, as this may have disturbed the carp.

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It was not to be again!  But I have certainly learned something more about the lake.

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You Only Need a Deeper Fish Finder to Catch Them All


You Only Need a Deeper Fish Finder to Catch Them All

Richard Handel

Species: Pike

Caught in: River Avon, Hampshire, South of England

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“Once I’ve found an area on the river with slack water, I use my Deeper fish finder to check for a drop off, ledge or snag in which pike like to hide. They wait in areas that require less effort and more time to rest up. Then, I like to see if there are bait fish in the area, and if not, I know there will be no pike, so I move on to the next spot”.

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Best features to target when carp fishing


I have put together a list of 3 of the best carp features that carp will hold up in, help you bank fish and they are very simple to find.

Carp absolutely love features and hang around them all the time.  These also tend to be areas which contain their food source.  It’s like a sanctuary for them.

1- Overhanging Tree’s –

These are simple to find and more or less every lake has then.  You must bear in mind the possibility of fallen branches and other debris.   The best thing to do first, is just run a lead through the swim, this will help you to determine which part is the best part to fish. I personally like to fish the gravely area under the trees as this has clearly been cleaned by the carp.  I also like to fish a very bright pop up with a good smell.  I have done very well on Frank Warwick’s Masala pop ups, which are bright orange.  The carp are just moving through these areas looking for food and a bright bait will take their interest and they hopefully will investigate.  There is always the possibility of zebra mussel or something that may cut the line, it’s best to fish a heavy line 18lb and I like to fish a heavy hook.

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2. Gaps Between Island

This is another very simple feature to find, carp just love these.  They have the possibility to hold food and are generally used as patrol routes between different parts of the lake.  Carp, like humans, generally cut the corners and the best part is the corner of the island.  Mind you, don’t forget the middle as this is a very unfished part of the lake.  If the lake is pressured by anglers, they will cut through the middle.  Bait wise same as before, as they will generally be moving through the area and it will not be a holding area.

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3. Humps or Indentation, Gully

I have put these three things all under the same banner.  You will need some help finding and understanding these and before the days of sonar, there was only one way and that was with a marker rod and a lot of time.  Deeper have solved this problem and speeded up this process 10 fold.  Humps & indention’s can be very tricky to find with a marker float and you need a bit of luck on your side.  With the Deeper and the mapping mode on, you will able spot them – not necessarily straight away but when you are at home, reviewing your lake book and spot them. Just like one I have spotted.

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And when viewing the feature on the sonar, it’s perfectly clear, this is a brilliant spot.

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The same will apply for indentations which a great holding area for carp and will produce carp.  Gully’s are like underwater highways for carp and will take a bit more understanding.  Watching the water will help revel their secrets but just knowing where they are and which direction they go on the lake, is a great starting point.

From a rig perspective, I have found that the Ronnie Rig is the best all rounder rig in any situation from pop up, wafter and even bottom bait.

This rig is a step forward from the original 360 rig, which specifically used the 360 hook from JRC (no longer made by them) but lucky is now made by Spotted Fin

All the above features will certainly help you catch more carp.

Be Lucky

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Trip 22 Carp Fishing – 2019


The weather has completely thrown me this trip!  I spent most of yesterday afternoon sorting my floater kit out.  Only to wake up with a clear blue sky, thinking this is perfect.  I then spotted a grey front moving down from the North and after checking on the weather apps again, oh joy it had changed.

When I arrived at the lake, the temperature had dropped to 7 degrees and it was 9am, it was probably warmer a 7am.

I was not 100% sure where to fish, but right on cue, a fish rolled on the bay area.  That was as good a place to start as any.

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I picked a slightly different spot to set my rods up in and I also had my chair set up away from the rods.  It was also angled looking down the main body of the lake if I spotted any fish showing I would be on my way.

Since the last trip I have been doing some thinking and I need to step away from the mindset I have for my other lakes.  These have only been stocked recently and have been reared on pellets in a fish farm.

This is a real shame, I was looking forward to using some bread and one of my viewer’s had suggested Classic Corn.  I have tried casters in a bag a couple of times, but very it was expensive.

I have moved over to yellow baits today in the Frank Warwick range, a corn pop up and a pineapple pop up.  I think I need to ascertain their preferred colours.

It was not until the afternoon that I finally started to spot the odd carp in the upper levels amongst the weed.  They were clearly not interested in floaters yet, as I had put a few out about 1130, which are still about, but I think its worth a go with some bread.

They are different, not interested in floaters or bottom baits  They are much more happy sunning themselves, it finally made an appearance and definitely warmed up a lot.

I’m very much enjoying this new adventure, as it has revitalized my thought process regarding fishing and gets you thinking more about other waters I fish.

No joy today, but I have decided to go back here tonight, instead of my other water.  Once the clocks change, I will switch over more.

Until next time.

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