Trip 40 Carp Fishing 2022


With a few hours spare after gardening today, it had been some time since I thought I would take a drive and look at the School Lake. It’s Monday and generally, the lake is empty, so I put the gear on the car. When I arrived to my surprise, there were 4 cars in the car park, I decided to take a lap of the lake. The day was heating up and the carp were on the top in various areas. I still had yet to sort my floater kit out, which is a bit bad considering the summer we have had.

Here will do

Here will do to start with. There were two-night anglers up by the island and two-day anglers near the car park. This gave me the middle part of the lake, which is an area I quite like and it was a good place to start. It was 12 o’clock by the time the rods were all set up, I’m not sure if I will sit it out here or move along, if someone else heads home.

Hot hot

It’s going to be a hot one, so I’ve pitched up where there is a bit of shade, we will just have to see how it goes. To be honest, it’s not going to be an easy one, I have to be home just after 3pm which doesn’t give me a great deal of time to play with.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be today, but it was nice to see the lake again

Until next time

Richard

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MOTION SENSOR – LED BANK LIGHT


After a fellow syndicate member mentioned he had one of these, I took a look and was straight on eBay to order one for myself.  I’ve been using it now for the past 5 months, and I’ve found it to be an absolute pukka bit of kit.

My main reason is where I fish it’s very dark, I’ve found that I’m also a bit slower and unstable on my feet, the older I get and this helps me see my rod.  I also can swivel it around so I’m able to see the path down to the water.  I also sleep with a small head torch around my neck to help as well. 

I can certainly recommend this to anyone.

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MOTION SENSOR-LED BANK LIGHT

The Light – Dual-beam LED motion sensor light with magnification lenses for use when night fishing. The light is perfect for Illuminating your Rods, Bivvy, Carp Cot, Bait Boat or bankside area during the hours of darkness.

Light Benefits – The LED light improves safety and security, being activated when within the 5m detection range. Great for walking around the swim at night and getting to your rods safely during a bite. Being motion-sensitive, the LED light illuminates when movement is detected in low light environments, greatly helping to reduce bankside disturbance when not required. 

Light Information – The light is fitted with a universal 3/8” thread that can be attached to your bank stick or carp pod. The light provides a high light output and is also very battery efficient, lasting many night session trips. The light runs on 4AA batteries and features a waterproof housing enabling it to be used in all weathers and remain outside, ready for your next bite! After motion ceases to be detected, the light will turn off after 25 seconds.

What’s included – The LED Motion Light is supplied with a soft protective carrying bag, 2 x spare “O” rings, and instructions. 

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Few night’s out


Fingers crossed for the next few nights on the bank.

Richard

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Trip 39 Carp Fishing – 2022


The family has a fantastic two weeks away in the Emerald Isle.

When in Ireland
Stunning

The beauty of running my own part-time gardening company is that when the weather is rubbish for gardening, it happens to be brilliant for fishing! The weather has finally broken and we are having a week of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. After getting wet the past two days at work and the rest of the week looking rubbish for gardening, I was off down the lake for 4 nights – thanks to the understanding family I have.

The weather forecast for this morning was scattered heavy showers. I was up by 6 am, but it took until 8am to get all the kit in the car, it’s like a monsoon season out there! I’d worked out that if I arrived just after 9am there would be a gap in the rain over the lake. I discussed with Ian yesterday afternoon about the weather conditions and the lack of water in the lake at the moment (due to the hot summer). I had not seen it this low in years.

Our options were a bit limited, if we wanted to fish near each other (which we did), as it had been some time since our last social. We constructed a plan/strategy for where to head for first and so on if they were occupied and how we would fish them. This was based on the knowledge we had put together over the years. I then spent the afternoon looking on my Fish Deeper Page and also planned to drift my Deeper Sonar about over the course of setting up and continuing looking, just to see if the carp had been digging around in the silty water. I didn’t find any of them but found this pukka spot in Ian’s swim.

Nice Hump

I’d found something similar in my swim, with the marker float, but the wind wouldn’t let me drive it that far out. It was beyond casting range.

Our first choice was free. Straight away, it was clear there was plenty of carp about. I’m hoping that the lack of water will bring the fish and in particular, the bigger ones close to me and move them out of the large sanctuary area they so love to hide in.

Double Gravel

I was happy with this swim as there were more open water and the horrendous bars that are now sticking out of the water, aren’t too close by. They would’ve been in any other swims. I baited up the spot I’d found, with about 3 kilos of Smokey Jack and Classic Corn Boilies which had been soaking in Sf Finamino since Monday. I’m glad I started my bait prep early this week, at the time I’d no intention of arriving before Thursday lunchtime!

It took me until nearly 1 pm to get all sorted as there are shattered showers everywhere.

Amazing

Ian is due to arrive tomorrow morning, I’d have the first night to myself. I’d already decided to have a bait in the margins – if I was lucky enough to get in a swim that had the features I was looking for. I opted to stick a solid bag out with no freebies around and then, reel it in when Ian arrives. Depending on how I feel about it, I will no doubt stick that bait along my left-hand margins, which could be problematic as it has some interesting overhanging trees along it. However, with the drop in the water level, I’m hoping the carp will simply run out into the deeper open water, instead of back into the undergrowth.

It was nice to finally settle down for my first brew of the trip and I’m still be seeing plenty of carp about in my area. Fingers crossed for the first evening and night.

Morning

Other than the heavy rain showers overnight, it was carp free and we had no more thunderstorms, which was helpful. Ian is due down around 11 am and a day full of shattered showers and sunshine is forecast.

Scattered showers

It will be problematic for Ian to set up, without getting too damp. He is probably going to take a few hours to get it all sorted – this is the beauty of fishing a long session. There’s no real rush and you can make sure everything is just perfect and spot on.

Ian arrived just before 11 am and managed to get his bivvy up and bait out before the heavy showers arrived.

Chucking it down!

Unfortunately, his rod would have to wait until there is a gap in the showers, looking at the rain radar, it was likely to be sometimes.

All over

The night was pretty much rain free, once the afternoon, and early evening rain had passed over. I had a funny take around 7 pm, which resulted in me picking the rod up and pulling into thin air. I’d no option as the bobbin had moved up and down a couple of times.

It was a glorious start to the day, there’s a band of rain due around 10 am until 1pm and that would be it. The wind was also swinging around to the west and then the northwest, this is perfect for this swim. I’d been waiting for it to happen and hoping the forecast wouldn’t change.

I was on the phone with the wife and the left rod was away, this was about 10 minutes to 9 in the morning, and without much of a to-do, a lovely low double was in the net.

Not a monster, but a carp, No 50 for the year, plus a carp in September, I do like to try and capture a carp every month of the year, I don’t tend to set myself targets these days, but that one does stay and it’s only a bit of fun.

With the bait back on the spot, it was time for a quick brew and a chat with Ian, before the rain arrived.

Pukka conditions

These fish have got to have a lot more life in themselves after this rain and be heading for a good munch.

The weather cleared up in the afternoon for a little time, long enough for Ian to get a take, unfortunately, it fell off, like they do here!

That was a real shame but it gave a great deal of hope for the coming night. There was a lovely sunset and the odd carp showing, it was looking perfect.

Two bleeps were my reward from last night. These carp are proving very tricky at the moment to capture. They aren’t shy about showing themselves all over the place, as they generally do.

Today was going to be full of sunshine and clouds, or should I say more clouds than sunshine. We took the opportunity to have a good walk around the lake and take notice of where the bars are situated. You could even see the channels between them, plus some of the huge boulders that are out there that I mention a lot. The lake levels are down about 3ft at the moment.

This makes the lake what it is and the challenges that come from these obstructions, which litter the lake bed. Over the years I’ve learned where most of them are and how to deal with them in each swim, but it does become frustrating at times.

We arrived back in the swim just after 2 pm and had all the rods on the spot by 3 pm.

I had a couple of single bleeps and at one point the rod tip knocked through the evening. Just before 9 pm that rod rattled off, with what felt like a nice lump. It headed off to my left, towards the overhanging trees along the margins. I had no option but to try and slow the fish down, it also managed to pick my left-hand rod line up, which wasn’t too much of an issue really. I had walked down the bank to get Ian’s attention to pick the other rod up, before I need to land the fish. At this point, I was heading back towards my swim and able to stick the rod tip under the water if necessary, the hook pulled out and that horrible sinking feeling kicked in.

Soon the rods were all back out and sorted once again. I never like to dwell on these things, I just spend a few minutes thinking of how I could have done it differently, analysing it helps to understand it and put anything learned into practice for the next time.

Just after 11.15, Ian’s right-hand rod was away and this carp’s behavior was so much better than the others, with a minor hook up on the other rod, it was mostly played out under the rod tip.

15lb 12oz

It was a most welcome blank saver for him.

I was up quite early, as I like to spend the last morning soaking up the atmosphere.

Sunrise

It certainly was a spectacular morning to be on the lake, unfortunately, Mr carp, still not playing ball and it was soon home time.

Stunning

With my first trip back after the summer break, Autumn is certainly coming first, there was plenty of dew on the bivvy this morning, it is time to head home.

Until next time

Richard

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On The Club Lake


Few hour’s on the club lake today.

Richard

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Keep on keeping on!


Some more fishing ramblings and insight into my passion.

Over the years, people have asked “How I keep on going each week for a couple of nights, in rain, snow or shine.

I’ve thought about this a lot over these winter months. It’s been particularly hard going this year on the catching front, the weather has been particularly bleak and cold at times. When it is like this, my feet suffer, and is one of the big reasons I do short days when the weather is too cold. I prefer night fishing over short day sessions because I find they help more with my depression and the more I’m outdoors the more I feel at home. I could probably live in the wilderness, as just being on the bank is the thing that draws me out each week and the fishing is secondary.

It’s not always been like that, I was obsessed with captures for many years, and those target carp and catch more each year and break my PBs.

I remember the day it changed, I just couldn’t take any more of the bucket brigade and the selfishness of anglers towards each other. It had been building for some time, and I’m sure there were other reasons. I never particularly like setting up across the lake from someone or even in their line of sight. This is where being alone and out there with the wildlife around me comes from. I loved the time I spent fishing on a syndicate on the Hampshire Avon, simply because in the 5 years or more I was a member, I probably only spotted a handful of other people fishing. You were just left to your own devices and the tranquility of the valley and the river.

When I found my current syndicate, I first wasn’t keen on Meadow Lake. It was your typical carp lake, I’d fished it a few times in the past, but I just never fell in love with the water. This is something non-fishing people will clearly never understand. It’s something to do with nature and the scenery, I love walking up mountains and the landscape of Scotland, Wales, and The Lake District, but not the tourist-type places. Can you see a pattern forming here?

My obsession side of fishing was under control. I realized that just being out there was all I needed. Don’t get me wrong, catching carp is an integral part of it, but I understand more that it’s all about the joy of the captures, in conjunction with being out amongst the wildlife and watching the seasons coming and going.

I’ve recently started to be more social with my current syndicate, which I’ve been a member of for the past 8 years. This is where I currently write about being the Airfield Lake and Meadow Lake, the people on this syndicate are a great bunch of lads, are very friendly, respectful to each other, and are happy to help each other catch carp. They are all like-minded people with the same views as me.

I try as hard as the next person to catch carp each time I’m out on the bank and avoid getting obsessed with it, too much. I know that sometimes, I need to get down there and into a particular area or swim and then I get a bit obsessed again. But I’m not sure if it’s more about my drive to catch carp, I don’t get wrapped up at that moment to catch at all costs scenario. I think that’s more an age thing, I’ve realized that I’m a bit slower and simply prefer to fish open water or nearby snags rather than in them, fishing all locked up. I just don’t find that enjoyable anymore.

I hope this article has helped you understand how I keep on going over all these years of fishing and understand that it’s not actually all about the carp. However, I’ve realized that my favorite species is most certainly carp. I’ve switched between other species over the years, and I just can’t keep away from them. It must be partly to do with them, the never-ending changing ways of fishing, the constant development of products and technology improvements since I started carp fishing back in 1981

Until my next ramblings

Richard

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Trip 38 Carp Fishing – 2022


I had the chance to get out for one last go before we head off on our family holiday. I was in two minds about where to go after last week’s success, but that was all about avoiding that extreme heat and having a social. This time it’s about catching on a quick overnighter.

I headed for Airfield lake, and after checking on the weather I wasn’t really sure where I fancied. It had been fishing hard recently also similar to Meadow Lake, but I feel more at home here and I’m still convinced that the bigger fish are in this water, however slightly more problematic to catch.

Tower Point

I headed for the Tower Point area and spotted a small carp show off the side of the gravel bar. The bar was well out of the water now, due to the lack of rain. This was until two days ago when the thunderstorms arrived but were very localized, so I’m not sure if it actually rained here. However, the difference in conditions from last week isn’t too dissimilar to when I was here last and you can guarantee that some bait went in here over the weekend, this had to be worth a go.

Under the shade

I simply turned up with single hook bait tactics and a few 20mm Classic Corn Boilies, along with my throwing stick. I found the same spots as my previous trip, flicked a lead out to check on the spots and they were still feeling perfect.

With a few liners in the night and a spot of rain, I was feeling extremely confident. The odd carp crashed out, and I had trouble settling down to sleep as I was full of anticipation.

Morning

They clearly didn’t play ball and I have a feeling that the carp were not feeding in those areas, but more to my right. I’m not 100% sure as it was a pretty dark night and I couldn’t locate them.

I was off early, as I had a full day of stuff to do before we headed off to the Emerald Isle for a couple of weeks. This was originally supposed to have been our Christmas break, but with covid19 rules, it became way too complicated.

Until next time

Richard

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All set for a few night’s


Let’s see what theses few night’s bring.

Richard

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Parsley Box – Great Fishing Food


 

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I’ve been eating these meals for the past couple of years fishing and I can honestly say they are delicious.


The really great thing is that they are long life, so if you don’t eat them you don’t have to bin or waste meals, just simply store them in your bag.

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These are perfect for long-session anglers who don’t wish to carry a large cool box, as they simply go on your bag.

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Lamb Rogan JoshLamb Rogan Josh (1375)  

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Bombay PotatoesBombay Potatoes (1376)  

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Tarka DhalTarka Dhal (1373)   

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sweet-sour-riceSweet & Sour Chicken with Rice

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Sweet and Sour ChickenSweet & Sour Chicken (1366) 

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Chicken-lemon-riceChicken with Lemon & Ginger with Rice 

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Chicken-Ginger-LemonChicken with Lemon & Ginger (1368)  

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thai-green-riceThai Green Chicken Curry with Rice 

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Thai Green Chicken CurryThai Green Chicken Curry (1369) 

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Beef in Black Bean SauceBeef in a Black Bean Sauce (1367)  

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Chicken Korma with Pilau RiceChicken Korma with Pilau Rice  

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Chicken Tikka MasalaChicken Tikka Masala (1372)

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Fruity Chicken CurryFruity Chicken Curry (1371) 

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lamb-rice-riceLamb Rogan Josh with Rice   

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Trip 37 Carp Fishing – 2022


I’m out for a 4 night Social with Ian. The current heat wave may be against us, but it’s all about the social this trip and we really needed to be in a shady swim.

I arrived down the first lake at about 7 am, we’d decided that it was worth looking at Meadow Lake first and then heading over to the Airfield Lake if needed. There really was only one swim that we could double up in and was in the shade, this is what a social is about.

Our first choice was taken and I don’t blame them, it’s shrouded by trees. I picked on another one and headed off for a walk and a chat with a couple of other syndicate members. I found one was heading off in a few hours and as Ian wasn’t due down for anything 3 hours it felt a good option.

I called Ian and discussed our options, he agreed that this was the best and I dropped a bucket in the swim – after checking the current occupant was happy. I headed off for a good walk about and a double check on the swim situation, it was definitely looking like the perfect answer.

My side

I managed to get my kit sorted, with the exception of the rods before Ian and the sun arrived on my side of the swim. Mornings were definitely going to be spent on my side and afternoon on Ian’s side. The temperatures are due to reach 30 degrees.

All done

We were all done with the exception of casting out by 11 am ish, this was good going as the temperature was ok.

I’d found a couple of perfect spots and baited them quite heavily with 12mm boilies. I was fishing a krill hook bait with a 12mm Catalyst pop-up, one white, the other pink over the top.

The afternoon was spent avoiding the sunshine enjoying a few glasses and catching up on stuff since we had last fished together.

Sunset

Time soon passed and the sunset arrived, we were full of anticipation for the night, and maybe one of us would catch.

Ready for the sun

The night passed bleep free for me, and Ian had a couple of liners. That was really it for the first night, we have a few hours left to catch through feeding time. Then, I think the day will be down to luck if we catch anything. 

We were sitting outside in the shade, happily drinking coffee and the left-hand rod ripped away. I was pretty lucky as it tried to weed itself up. I maintained the pressure, the carp was soon free, and heading to my left, trying for the overhanging trees, I walked back slowly to maintain the pressure and guided the carp straight into my margins. It was a case, then, of simply playing out the carp under the rod tip.

In we go
Safe and sound

Once the carp was safely in my Nsr50, we sorted out the camera kit and poured a few buckets of water over the mat in a sling, in preparation for some snaps.

Perfect
25lb 15oz
Back we go

I’m happy with that start, With any luck, it will continue over the next few nights, all we need now is to get Ian a carp.

With both swims topped up, this is part of our baiting plan for these few days and with fresh baits on it was time for a glass.

Cheers

We had a great afternoon and evening, and we settled into our bivvies just before midnight. My right-hand rod rattled off just be 4am, and with minimal issues, it was in the net after 5 or 10 minutes.

Peach
29lb 15oz Common

Nice one. The bait is back on the spot, it was time to get some more shut-eye.

The heat of the day was soon approaching, breakfast was in order.

Mushrooms for breakfast!

I’m glad we had food early because by 2pm I was really in need of more, probably too much wine last night.

That will fill me up

Steak, chips, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes were on the menu, followed by a couple of cans of Guinness. Around 5pm, it was time to top up the swim a bit, get some fresh hook baits on and get the rods out for the night.

Perfection
Amazing sunset

The sunset this evening was absolutely fantastic, I never grow tired of sitting watching them.

Just before midnight, Ian’s right-hand rod was away, he was attached to something big. It just held its ground, Ian did start to gain some line back, at this point, it ripped off again and was aggressively taking line, Ian was hanging on trying to gain ground.  The hook pull out and that feeling we all know, fell over him.  He got himself together and got the rod back out onto his spot.

Last 24 hours

I was hoping, as it was so early in the night, that another rod stood a good chance of going off at some point. Unfortunately, this never came to fruition and we started our last 24 hours. This was my last trip for about a month. I’d planned a few weeks with the family away in Southern Ireland and would not be on the bank again until mid-September. I’ve only got two weekends free that month also. Autumn would be in full swing by the time I was back in my routine, but Summer is all about the family really.

I hope that Ian catches something over the next 24 hours – these conditions have been trying in the heat, however, I’ve been surprised how well I’ve coped with the high temperature. However, I couldn’t have been out gardening or even anything, as it would mean moving around too much! I end up dripping with sweat – lovely.

This afternoon was not so hot, however, there’s a good blow on the water and the pressure is pretty low and I feel there’s a good chance of a carp or two tonight.

The sunset and cloud formations were absolutely stunning tonight and I hope this brings us both some luck as we go into the last night.

It was another carp-free night and packing up time. As the forecast for another hot day, camp was down early and I was going to spend the last few hours sitting by the rods. Always in the hope that a carp still fancied a feed. 10am was going to be my limit, it really started to get hot after then and a fair amount of shade had gone.

Just the rods

It had been a cracking 4 night social and would’ve really been nice for Ian to land that carp he had hooked, which I’m certain would have been the biggest of the trip by far.

But that’s fishing for you.

Rods on the floor

It’s now time for a couple of weeks off, out and about with the family, with lots of beach fun, I’m sure.

Until next time

Richard

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