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We’ve had loads of requests for this as we edge nearer to Christmas, gift cards are now available at www.spottedfin.com/product/gift-card/ – simply choose the amount and they will be instantly delivered via email to the lucky recipients inbox.
Perfect for those Spotted Finatics this Christmas!

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Spotted Fin – New Bait Range


Our new boilie range has been smashing up waters during testing, even during some of the harshest of conditions! We will be bringing you all the details soon but we will be officially launching it at the first show on 2020, the Northern Angling Show! We can’t wait to show you all…

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Christmas Gifts


In need of a few stocking fillers for the Christmas list this year? We’ve got you covered!
Hand towels, mugs and even a awesome little ‘Fin’ bottle opener/key ring, all available from SF stockists and SpottedFin.com and all under a tenner.

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Trip 77 Carp Fishing – 2019


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Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 2 1/2 hrs

With work done by 1130 and only just round the corner, I was soon home, loaded and off to the lake.  It was clearly a different day with a heavy frost and a complete lack of sunshine, but as I only caught yesterday after moving at 1215, it was certainly worth the effort and time.

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I was really hoping to try a different area, however, with 4 cars in the car park, my choice was limited.  As luck would have it the peg I was in yesterday was free, probably because it’s a tricky swim to cast from, you need to be on your knees right at the front of the swim.  It’s exactly opposite to where I’ve seen the carp and gives you direct contact with the fish, perfect for maintaining pressure.

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Within 10 minutes, the right rod was away and a small Mirror came out if the pads (across the other side) very easily, but very nearly got me on the right-hand margin.

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Just as I got the rod out there, the left-hand rod was away with another lovely Mirror, this one was so much easier to get in the net.

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Once I had sorted myself out, I sat back down and looked at the time – it was only 1235 and I had already had two carp!  I had only finished setting up at 1208.  It was turning out to be a great venue for runs and testing out the bait.  A few rays of sunlight were coming through the clouds and it wass quite pleasant on the bank.

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Well, it’s nearly home time and my last casts where deliberately off the edge of the pads some two-foot, as I was interested to see if they would venture out, but it looks like that’s a no.  Next time, I’m planning on pitching up in a swim, then walking around with some pellet and baiting up or I may try my TF gear spomb.  This opens in the air releasing the bait to fail into the water as if it had been catapulted out, the empty spomb then drops into the water some 12ft further back, giving less disturbance, my just try that.

 

Until next time

Richard

 

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Spotted Fin – News


Pillows are back!

By popular demand our ‘pillows’ are now available again in both Smokey Jack and Catalyst flavours.
Perfect for those anglers fishing on moving water for carp, barbel and chub. Equally as useful when fishing on steep marginal slopes or simply looking for something slightly different to round boilies when targeting pressured carp.

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Trip 76 Carp Fishing – 2019


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Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 3 1/2 hrs

With my car fixed by the garage just before 10am; it would be silly not to make use of the free time today.  As we are having another proper Autumn day, none of this rain rubbish, I was soon down the lake.  I found a few fish in the dead pads and had the rods both out on the spots by 11am, you couldn’t ask for more.

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These carp are quite happy to give their locations away, just a bit shy about picking up baits.  As Winter arrives, I’m sure that will change as the angler pressure drops even more.

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After spotting a nice fish showing a couple of times to my left, it was time for a swim move.  I moved down a few swims and not wishing to spook the carp, it was single hook baits and a foam nugget.  I was pretty lucky and only needing 3 casts, unfortunately, I’m sure the fish have moved down to my right, so fingers crossed.

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Within the hour my left-hand rod was away with (definitely) much bigger and a harder fighting fish to get back in the pads and off to my right.  It successfully picked up the other rod (joy!) but I managed to sort out and finally get the carp in the net.

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It was about an 11lb mirror, which I’m very happy with and there is a chance of another one.

Within moments of typing the above sentence, the right-hand rod was away, with another carp desperately seeking sanctuary in the pads.  I held my ground and another carp was in the net and this time it was common.

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At just over 11lb ish; I’m not currently weighing them but things will change when I’m a bit more organized.  With only 30 minutes left on the clock, the rod was soon out there again and you never know.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 75 Carp Fishing – 2019


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Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

After a lot of thoughtfulness over the past month, I’ve decided to join my local angling club, I very nearly did this last year before I discovered the Estate Lake.  It was a hard choice to make, but the whole point of having a local water was for my quick 5 hour trips during the week when the kids are at school.  However, the Estate Lake wasn’t producing the goods and with Winter knocking at the door, it was time for a change.  I only felt that fishing on sunny days was my best option on there.  I would still certainly be giving it a go until renewal time and then a big choice would have to be made.

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The local club lakes around where I live gave me two lakes for perch fishing and a good one for carp – no massive fish, but just perfect for those winter days on the bank.

I was very lucky that the membership man dropped my ticket round in person on Friday afternoon and with an hour to spare and a quick 10-minute drive; I was walking around one of the lakes and it was just like old times.  This was the first club I joined when I moved down here some 20+ years ago, I popped into another lake which holds Perch and Crucian carp.  I have not for fished those since I was a kid.  The lake looked perfect and I would definitely be going there in the Summertime for the Crucians and I would be after the Perch in the winter months.

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Anyway, I digress; back to today.  I was amazed to find only one other person here and I had a good chat with him, apparently, it’s pretty peaceful most days and not very heavily fished.  This sounds perfect and I will refer to it as the School Lake, I’m not for naming where it is and prefer to make up my own name up for it.

I walked down to where I had spotted the carp yesterday and within a few moments, a carp topped and then again – well that was my choice made up.  They were clearly still in that area and had been here since yesterday.  I knew there would be plenty of chod on the bottom, I had already rigged up a couple of pop-ups at home last night and clipped on a couple of bags filled with Catalyst pellets only, they had been soaked in the syrup overnight and flicked these out.  One just off the far bank and the other 3/4 of the way across.  As the next few hours passed there were clearly still fish in the area and it was only a matter of time.

It was about 0945 when the righthand rod (with the masala pop up) dropped back and I quickly pulled into my first carp – not the biggest but a carp and its a start.  I can build on this and there where plenty showing themselves.

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It’s a start

With the rod back out with another bag on, I was feeling pretty confident.

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It’s certainly nice to feel the warmth of the sunshine today, we have had a few weeks of horrible rain.  There are a few carp showing today, which is nice to watch and gives me some hope for the coming months.  I’m sure it will certainly get hard as December and January arrive.  I have just about an hour to go before pack uptime, as we have friends over this afternoon and my wife kindly let me go out.  I was pretty keen after getting the ticket yesterday and seeing carp then as well.  It’s a shame I’m unable to get down for another week, I may just be lucky for a quick 3hrs one day.  I’m pretty keen and you know me… it’s bound to happen!

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Richard

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