Trip 93 Pike Fishing – 2017


With the temperatures dropping and we’ve had a couple of frosts, it’s time to squeeze in the odd pike trip.

The sun is trying its hardest to break through the morning mist.

I’ve flicked a couple of free lined dead baits out, injected with Spotted Fin salmon Oil, for some added attraction.  I have gone for this area as, the other week, my friend and I where watching the a shoal of bream being hit by pike.  Let’s hope they are still about today.

One rod was left out in a likely area for the whole time.  The other rod was cast out and reeled in a few feet every so often, I find this method can pay off sometime.

Just after noon time a Jack must of had a go at the bait (by the size of the bite marks on the dead bait).  It managed to avoid the trees which is never a bad thing when Jack pike are concerned.  I think I have managed to cut myself on them over the year’s, more than larger pike.

The sun has finally made it out.  That took a bit longer than I thought it would today.

Just as I was about to reel in, the same rod was off and it turned out to be another Jack, probably the same one that dropped the bait, earlier on in the day.

Until next time

Richard

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Watch “Carp Super Blend – Russel Grimes” on YouTube


Very interesting.

Richard 

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Pike Hunting Again


Out after the pike with a friends today.

Will be a laugh and hopefully pick up a pike or two.

Richard 

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Quick Overnighter Time 


With the weather so mild tonight, I just had to give it a go.

Richard 

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Trip 92 Carp Fishing- 2017


After a poor few days and a chat with a friend who had not been out for a few weeks due to ill heath, I suggest he may fancy a day on here for a change.

The likelihood of a few fish would be a bit of fun.  The day started well with my friend getting stuck in a nice big traffic jam.  As I was doing the night after our day trip, I suggested we go there straight away.  Thanks Ian.

After a look around and a bit of a chat with a fellow Syndicate member, I really fancied this corner.  It had not been fished since Sunday and was at the back of all that wind.  I had seen a couple top first thing and was very keen to go in that area if the lake.  The day proved to be very hard, I had chosen to put the right hand rod, was in an area which felt very fishy looking as it had some nice overhanging trees.  The other rod would be out into the lake a bit, where I had seen the fish.

As the day progressed, I had clearly got it wrong.  The fished had moved over to the left hand side and a long way along the bank, way out of sensible fishing range.  At 4 pm my friend headed home and I flicked the rods (with a natural pop up and a Smokey Jack bottom bait) to the left and put a couple of kilos of a mix of Catalyst & Smokey Jack, both on a Ronnie Rig tied up with semi stiff fin skin and size 6 Long Shank turning point Hooks, this rig works with all forms of bait, not just pop ups.

Would you believe it, just after I reel in, a carp rolls under the trees. You could not write it, I had left it as long as possible.  Anyway, I am all set for a glass of red, pasta & meat balls for tea.

As night fell, the carp started to show more and yes, you guest it all to the right side of the swim and even along the tree line.  I was pretty confident until I had a bream about midnight and then a tench at 03.30.  The night finished with fog and a strong north wind.  I woke up to brilliant sunshine at first light.

I had had a few liners on the left rod, so I thought I better reel it in.  I was a bit worried that the rig was set wrong (nope all OK, just my luck that was set wrong!).  I took this opportunity to change over to a FW Masala pop, to entice the carp.

With not a bleep all day, it was soon time to top up the swim but not too many boilies but a fair bit of catalyst pellets and Betafin Pellets Soaked in Minamino (for added attraction).  One rod was fished on a 15 mm catalyst Wafters and the other on a snowman with a nice 12mm white Catalyst to top it off.

The sun was setting and the lake was looking good.  The odd fish was showing and I was forever hopeful.

Well that was another rubbish night, probably now to the big drop in temperature over night.  This may well have been the coldest one yet.

Gorgeous misty start to the day – let’s hope a can bag one before I go home today.  The family are back first thing tomorrow and I need to collect them from the airport.  It’s been a very hard week for fishing, as they have clearly started to shut down and adjust to the coming Winter.  I wonder if they know what is coming way before we do?  Nature certainly does have one up on us.

What an fabulous end to a week out on the lake spread over two sessions.  Even though only one carp on the bank for me.

Until next time

Richard

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Trip 91 Carp Fishing- 2017


With it being half term week, the family are off to Ireland for the week.  I have the opportunity to fish five nights this week or even go on the river after the Barbel.  Am not really sure yet, don’t think the weather is in my favour at the moment.  We are having way to much rain.  The wind is good and the pressure is perfect, well until the end of the week, as it’s slowly rising.

When I arrived, I had no real expectations of where I would like to fish, so I drove around the complex twice looking and walking.  There was only one other angler setting up for the weekend.  All the other anglers had already gone.  This was a bit of a surprise as it was only just after noon.  Not sure if this is a good omen or not.  A couple of the lads had fished in a swim at the back of the strong winds and had 4 or 5 between them.  So moving in there had crossed my mind.  The only other angler had beaten me to that swim and being a bit of a lone angler, I didn’t fancy the big point.  I had a couple of choices, the wind had swung around, so my favourite area was flat calm and baking in sunshine.  On my second visit around, a fish stuck it head out, that was me sold.  It was the only sign I had seen and I thought I would give it two nights and see how things pan out.

With the rods out in two slightly different spots, as I felt I needed to be in deeper water and on more of a patrol route.  I also decided that one rod would be fished over a bed of Catalyst Pellets and Betafin Pellets with a mix of, Corn, Tiger, Chic peas with a load of Molasses for added attraction.  I only added a tin of each, as I was after the attraction.

I also Spombed out a few chopped boilies.

This was a mix of Smokey Jack & The Catalyst, with a 22 mm Catalyst bottom bait soaked in Finamino.  The other rod was just 18 mm Smokey Jack boilies with a 18 mm bottom bait soaked in the Smokey Jack dip.  The rain was setting in again, the air temperature had dropped to 13 degree’s, which was not helping my confidence at the moment.  The water temperature was 14 degree’s, so I just need to keep telling myself this.

It was looking very moody, but that sunny corner was looking good.

Night 1

As I lay on my bed-chair watching yet more rain failing, the air temperature was dropping and darkness fell over the lake.  I was not feeling that confident.  Later the evening got, the calmer the lake became.  I watched and listened, there were no signs at all of fish.  I must of drifted off to sleep, the cows in the field woke me at around midnight.  I took the opportunity, put a brew on and listened out again for any signs of fish.  It must of been over an hour before I heard a fish and then a couple more.  Now that made me feel bit more confident, once I had finished my coffee, I got back into the bag and laid there listening out again.  I got a couple of bleeps on the right hand rod and about 30 minutes after that, a single one on the left hand rod.  At around 0115, the left hand rod absolutely ripped off, I was out like a shot and with the fish kiteing left towards the island.  I was pumping the fish hard away from that area and we were home and dry.  Or so I thought.  It went straight across the front of the swim and headed for the overhanging tree, no you don’t I thought.  I was also lucky as it only just missed the other line.  Finally the fish was under control, under the rod tip, ploughing up and down with the odd go at trying to get back into open water.

But to no avail and it slipped nicey over the cord.

A nice 27 lb+ Common to start the trip off, that will do me.  The rain woke me up around 0630 again.  I did wonder if there was just to much rain going in the lake.  I will leave the rods where they are until around noon time and then top up the swim with more of the ground bait mix.  I will go for look about as it’s always good to know your options, as you can easily just sit back and wait to long, you have to keep focused.

Bit of a wet start today and the wind had pushed round to the SW again.

Night 2

My first full day turned into perfect conditions and I was feeling very confident.  I had one fish one the bank so far.  It was certainly looking good for another one today.  As the day passed, there was the normal fish showing behind the small island and along the tree line.  This had given me a great deal of hope.

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As night fell, I drifted off to sleep, that’s the trouble of laying on a bed chair after a couple of glasses of wine.  Lucky for me, the wife texted about 9 pm,  otherwise I think I would of slept all night!  I don’t like doing this.  I try and stay up until the early hours, as the fish are very active in the night on this lake.  It gives you a good idea if you are in the wrong area.  In this instance, I was well positioned, the carp were tucked up in both bays to the right and left if me.  As long as they moved out, I would be in pole position.

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Nice rainbow shot from thus afternoon

Through the night, there was plenty of carp active about, the rods only managed a few liners and in the morning I was feeling very surprised about the lack of fish.  I need to have a rethink of things, moving swim was cleanly not a option, I would be moving away from the fish.  I like to think things out.  First thing I did this morning was to change over to a Catalyst Natural Pop Ups on the right hand rod.  I need to put a bit of thought into the bait location and bait application today, the lake had been fished heavy over the weekend.  I started out with my ground bait mix and chopped up Catalyst & Smokey Jack boilies and a small area only had Smokey in it.  I have been fishing the lake each Tuesday & Thursday night and been doing very well, maybe this is the key and with the weather as it is, I now need to bait up as I would on those nights.  Let’s think about that.

The decision had been made after a walk around the lake and a chat with the only other angler on the lake.  The fish where clearly not far away.  I don’t have the option to fish the day swim unless I pack up and then set up again – probably in the dark.  I can’t really afford to drive backwards and forwards to the lake.  I have decided to stay another night and bait up a trail of bait out of the areas the fish are in.  I will then bait a large area up with a load of boilies, ground bait and some 8 mm Catalyst pellets soaked in Betafin liquids.  This I hope, will hold them there if they move out.  What I really need is some angler pressure in the day bay.

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The conditions are just perfect, we shall see what tonight brings and then make the next choice.

 

Night 3

The night has fallen upon me again and with great expectations.  All I received was a belting run at around 1 am, which connected to thin air!  I picked up the rod as the line was still pouring off the Spool and pulled into absolutely nothing.  I wound down and did the same thing again.  Once I got the rig back, I checked the hook and it was needle sharp, must have been a heavy liner or a trailing fish (which you never need).  It did give me a bit of hope but that was that for the night.  A move was decided.  I am packing up and moving to a day swim, then off home to meet up with friends tomorrow for a social day on the easier lake.  I may stay and do a night or two, just gives me a night off for a rethink.

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Nice spot for a few hour’s today, just fishing single hook baits and a catapult of boilies over spot. May move on later.

I gave it until just after noon, which was 3 hrs in the swim and not a single bleep.

Back home now and sorting out if for a nice easy day session tomorrow and then set up for another two nights on Meadow lake.  Got to be in it to win it, as they say.

Until next time

Richard

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After The Pike Today 


Misty start, but the sun is doing it’s best.

Richard

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Bait Soaks & Dips


Bait soaks or dips are a key feature in Carp fishing.  It is one of the best ways to make your hook bait stand out from your freebies, it also helps your hook bait to stand out from another baits on the lake.

My preference for hook baits that I am going soak, is always shelf life bait as I don’t have to worry about keeping them in the fridge or freeze all the time.  I can even take than out of my bait bucket and I soak them in bulk.  I will soak a kilo bag at a time over a period of months before I start to use them.

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When I first got my hands on a bottle of Finamino, I was very impressed with the smell and taste.  I instantly grabbed a bag of shelf life Catalyst boilies, which don’t really need a boost however, its nice to have your hook bait stand out from the rest your freebies ( as I have said before), I had already been doing for the past year with the Catalyst Food Dip.

It has certainly helpped my catch rate, in the harder months.

I have found over the years, by testing different ways, that the best way to get your boilies really soaked, is to freeze them and then add the liquid when the boilies start to defrost.  I repeat this process five times.  This is the main reason I use shelf life boilies, as I know this will not effect the make up of the bait and degrade it in any way.

 

These I keep in the fridge until the bag is half empty and then I start the process with another bag – same dip or another nice new one from the Spotted Fin Range.  Theirs have so many options that you can give you the edge over other anglers.

Hope this Helps

Richard

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Nice Write Up In Carp Talk This Week 


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Let’s See What The Next Few Nights Bring.


I have the opertuneity to fish five night this week, so we shall start here and see where we finish up.

Richard 

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