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Koi Meets World

So, this week we are re-visiting a recent trip to a lake we have never fished before. The lake itself is relatively new so there really isn’t much information out there regarding stock etc. Myself and Jack had a sit down at a previous trip to sort our next trip, as we always do, even when we are fishing, we are already thinking of our next trip. We just can’t get enough! 

Jack came across this lake on Facebook and after having a little look through the photos on their page, we decided to give it a go. The lake has a fairly good head of Koi, so why not give it a go and try to lure one of the lovely carp out. This trip was to be a small social with myself, Jack, My Dad Terry (Original name, I know right?!), Jack’s Father-In-Law Vaughn and my cousin Stuart. 

The Lake itself is located at Leigh-On-Sea which is about 45 minutes from where Jack lives and about 50 minutes from my parents’ house where I was staying for the weekend whilst visiting from Teh Countryside (Insert farmer accent (I live in Lincolnshire)). 

So, upon arriving at the lake we were greeted by the owner and onto this beautiful little lake, as I stated before the lake was relatively new so had a very clean and fresh look to it, it was immaculate! After talking to the owner for a few minutes he directed me to the ‘Hot Spots’ and without hesitation I was on them, it also worked in my favour that Jack wasn’t in ear shot of the conversation so I had first refusal which obviously I wasn’t going to turn down. 

With the owners advice heard loud and clear I tied on my trusty Slip-D rig using a 6 inch rig made using RidgeMonkey RM-Tec Soft Coated Hooklink and a size 6 J Precision Curve Shank hook, with a Spotted Fin 15mm Smokey Jack Glugged Wafter as hookbait, this rig has done me very well over the last few session so I have immense confidence in using it. With the rig prepped and cast into position I cast out my second rod to the other spot using a Spotted Fin Caramel Cream Wafter inside a solid bag with Halibut pellets as recommend by the owner. 

After a few hours soaking up the lovely weather and having a little social my rod suddenly burst into life! After a short battle I had my first carp from the new lake, a perfectly pristine common carp, happy days! 

So, with the common returned and the pressure off of myself by catching my first fish from a new lake the rod was re-cast and the bragging commenced. Within 30 minutes of the fish being returned the other rod ripped off! The ‘Hot Spots’ seemed to be paying off for me, a few minutes into the battle the fish topped the water and with the splash of orange I knew I was into one of the lovely koi carp that reside in this lake. 

With both of my methods working and two different baits I couldn’t be happier, unfortunately most of the day passed with no further action for myself or anyone else, I did however manage to perfectly hook possibly the smallest carp I have ever landed, the 15mm Caramel Cream Wafter was bigger than the fishes mouth so I must give the carp an A for effort on this one. 

When we arrived at the lake at the beginning of the day the owner did also recommend using a 6ft Zig up to the island in the middle of the lake, this wasn’t reachable from my peg so after the bites drying up I decided to switch one of my rods to a 5ft Zig using a Spotted Fin Caramel Cream Pop Up as it had done me previous bites during the date on the wafter variation. I cast the rig over to the same spot I had my first fish in the hope that they would be in the upper layers as the weather heated up during the day. 

Within a couple of hours of that rod being out I had a few single bleeps followed by a big drop back on that rod, after picking up the rod and winding down the line I was in contact with my fourth fish of the day! (Yes, I am counting the smaller fish.) 

Sadly, with this fish being the last of the day and no fish for anyone else that brings us to the end of our trip. I was over the moon with the results for myself, with it being a new lake and no prior knowledge of the lake before arriving, landing myself three fish and one of them being a Koi that was on our wish list this trip was a GREAT SUCCESS (Borat voice)

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The Guest Lake

So firstly welcome back to yet another JT Carpers blog, we really appreciate all of the support and we genuinely love doing these every week.

This week we visit the Guest Lake of a local club we are hoping to join in the future. There are 4 lakes on the complex comprising of: The Carp Lake/ Top Lake, Guest Lake/ Middle Lake, Catfish Lake & The Small Carp Lake / Bottom Lake. Unfortunately without a full membership we can only fish the Guest Lake with prior permission from the owner. We have had the privilege of walking around the other lakes and we are in love! With carp to over 40lb, plenty of 30lb+ carp in the other 2 carp lakes and Catfish in excess of 100lb this is definitely a venue we want to get fully stuck into.

So on this occasion we went for a 48 hour trip on the Guest Lake. Having fished this lake a handful of times previously, we decided to have one spot that was heavily baited each and to have one rod on the spot during the days and move a second rod onto the spot of an evening time. With our other two rods throughout the day we would either cast to showing fish or try to create a spot with baiting little and often over the rods. As stated before we have done this approach previously and with quite a bit of success, so why not stick with a winning method!

Unfortunately for us, the weather wasn’t on our side and the soaring heat during the day made the fishing hard, however we still had a steady amount of fish throughout the day. None of the bigger residents, but we was happy with steadily catching some pretty awesome fighting carp.

With the night approaching, we both stuck a second rod onto our baited spots hoping for a fish or two through the night. It wasn’t long before one of my rods ripped off and I had to jump up out of my bed and make a b-line for the rods. With the fish safely in the net, I asked Jack for his assistance for a quick snap and then I will return both the fish and Jack to their resting places.

The night passed with a couple of extra fish, but with no real biguns amongst them, I chose not to wake sleeping beauty from his slumber and had a few not so good self takes with having to improvise with a few buckets instead of a tripod, which I forgot to bring.

With the morning sunrise came the hot weather throughout the day. Once again steadily catching fish throughout the day for myself and Jack whilst the other six people around the lake only catching 2-3 fish between them. We was obviously onto a winning formula. This was our first trip out using a new bait company ‘Spotted Fin’. Using a combination of their 3 carp baits; Smokey Jack, Classic Corn & Catalyst, we feel this really gave us an edge. Getting multiple takes from using a variety of the baits on our rigs really gave us that confidence boost that you love to get with a new bait. Our rigs were fairly basic with Jack using mainly a standard hair rig with some blowback tubing on the shank of the hook and a size 8 hook, and myself opting to use a slip d-rig on a size 6 hook from JPrecision Hooks.

During the spell on the second day, I managed two quick fish from the baited area. The first a lovely 19.8lb common. With the fish resting in the net and unhooked I then recast the rod onto the spot. This paid off perfectly as I was just slipping back the 19.8lb common when the rod ripped into life with a 17.8lb common from the same rod on the same spot as the previous fish. This just goes to show sometimes preparation is key and getting the rods back out there as soon as possible can get you them few bonus fish that you may not have got if you waited before resetting the traps!

As the day continued we once again caught a fish or two every few hours. Leading into the night we was feeling confident of maybe a couple more fish as the temperature started to drop, unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case and the second night went past pretty uneventful for both of us.

We was planning to leave at lunch time the next day so we had a few hours in the morning to see if we could manage a couple more fish and hopefully one of the lakes bigger residents. Sadly this wasn’t the case. We did however both manage to get ourselves a kitten of a Catfish which was quite surprising and very welcome.

With the trip all but over we slowly packed away our gear waiting for that ‘last cast’ to finally catch up with us. With time up the trip ended on a reasonable 15 fish between us and some very well spent time on the bank, admiring this awesome complex.

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Lake Chira Part 2

So here it is guys, the second and final part about our Lake Chira trip, i know in the first one i touched on tactics a little bit but didn’t go into much detail but that is because there wasn’t much to it to be honest, in this second part i will be talking about the last part of our week and what would turn out to be a very special day for myself and therefore the best part of my trip fishing wise.

So following the theme from the first half of the week the second half was very very productive with fish coming regularly through out the day to all five of us, with sunshine and a great social this really was a holiday as well as a fishing trip.

As i said in part one we kept capturing beautiful mirror after beautiful mirror carp and it was awesome to see, then Jack through a spanner in the works and managed to capture a lovely 20lb common carp! Again this wasn’t the biggest fish of our trip but a very memorable one as it was the biggest common carp of the trip and one of the very few we managed to capture.

Jacks awesome 20lb Common Carp

Although this trip wasn’t about getting big fish and more about the stunning mirrors and having a nice relaxing holiday whilst fishing i couldn’t help but be jealous of Jacks 31.5lb mirror earlier in the week (Obviously i couldn’t tell him that or i wouldn’t hear the end of it!) so in the back of my mind i set myself a target of a fish either 30lb+ or as close as i could get, we was getting amongst a lot of twenties through out the week and getting ever so close to the elusive 30lb mark.

We had the option every night to either sleep at the bank with bivvies and bedchairs already set up waiting for us or to return to the villa and sleep in the nice comfy beds, as you can probably tell from the way i put that across we chose the villa every night, this was mainly down to the fact that whilst this was a fishing holiday, it was still a holiday to relax and enjoy so we done that to the best of our ability, so with the thought of having to go home without my own target accomplished looming over me i said to Jack that if i didn’t catch a 30lb fish during the day on the Thursday i would stay at the bank that night to increase my chances as it was the last chance of night fishing we had due to having to fly back Saturday morning.

So with that in mind me and Jack went out on the boat and placed all the rigs on to the spots we pre baited the previous day before heading upto the villa for the night, i decided to put two rods out using the boat and a third rod i would cast out over a baited spot therefore it being easier that if i did get a fish i could just re-cast the rod rather then having to get out in the boat to reposition it, the rod i cast out from the bank was a standard hair rig with a size 6 Wide Gape barbed hook (Barbed hook only rule on Lake Chira) using 4 grains of maize as the hook bait.

After a few fish came out amongst us as a group and one from the rod i had cast out i had a take on that rod again, with the fish this time just stripping line from the reel, with the lake having a very jagged bottom and unseen snags every fight was tense, this fish felt somehow different, heavy at the end and it would come in very easily at points but then would burst into life so i knew this was a good fish, how good though i wouldn’t of guessed. So after a lengthy fight the fish showed itself on the surface and i was in awe of this fish, with it in the net and the bailiff Chris recognising the fish we knew it was a 30lb+ fish, hallelujah i had finally got my target and a very stunning fish at that! The fish came out at a lovely 32lb so not only my target of 30lb+ but also bigger then Jacks fish so win win for me! With the pressure now gone that i had put on myself i decided to do the night anyway even thou i had the 30lb+ carp that i wanted.

My beautiful 32lb of Gran Canaria Mirror Carp!

With the evening looming it was time for my dad and Jacks dad to return to the villa whilst me, Jack & my cousin Daniel all stayed to do the night. The bites carried on into the light fading so whatever the size it was nice to catch a few fish that we wouldn’t of ordinarily captured as we would be sitting back up at the Villa instead of fishing.

With the light all but gone and the temperature taking quite a drastic drop i decided to call it a night and tuck myself into the comfy bedchair, we had several fish throughout the night but nothing to write home about, however not long before sunrise i had a take on one of my far margin rods, after a slow but fun battle i had landed another stunning 30lb Mirror Carp, with sunrise only 30 mins or so away i decided to stick the carp in the cradle ready for when my dad returned to show off my reward for staying for the night. When they arrived just after sunrise we weighed the fish again and the needle stopped bang on the 30lb mark! Happy days!

Another stunning Canaria carp! 30lb on the nose.

So with this being the last day we was able to fish we all enjoyed a lovely day in the sun with some more lovely fish, the week was finished off nicely with everyone returning to the villa for some delicious home made kebabs and some beers to top off an awesome week (Maybe a few to many drinks for my dad, the trip to the airport in the morning for him wasn’t to great!)

So that is sadly the end of our wonderful trip and the end of this blog, i thank you all for reading it and till next time, Tight lines and wet nets all!

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Lake Chira Part 1

Firstly welcome all back to another of our blogs we really appreciate it, if you read our first blog you would know how much i loved mine and Jacks trip to Lake Chira, Gran Canaria a few years ago so im going to take this opportunity to talk about it (Any opportunity to talk about this awesome trip ill take it!).

We went to Gran Canaria back in October of 2016 after a year long wait from booking the trip to actually going, mine and Jacks carp fishing antics were still in their early years when we went on this trip and i think that is what made the trip extra magical as before this trip the biggest carp we had seen/caught was a lovely old 23lb Mirror from Belhus Woods Country Park in South Ockendon.

Jacks 23lb Mirror from Belhus Woods Country Park, South Ockendon

Upon arriving at the airport on the Saturday we was welcomed by a local driver who took us to the Villa we was staying at up in the beautiful mountains where Lake Chira resides. With us arriving around midday Chris the bailiff gave us the opportunity to go down to the lake which was a 2 minute drive from the Villa, with all the gear already down at the lake (All gear and accommodation was supplied from the company we booked the holiday with) we took this opportunity to get the rods out for a few hours not really expecting much but just to soak in the awesome surroundings. Luckily for us Jack managed to squeeze a lovely mirror carp out and we was on our way, with no other action within those few hours we headed back up to the Villa where Chris’s partner Trish had made a lovely home cooked meal for us! We then sat in the garden with a few beers again taking in the awesome surroundings of this beautiful place.

Over the following days we spent all the daylight hours soaking up the sun and views whilst catching some absolutely stunning carp, Lake Chira is mainly known for its scaly mirrors and boy did it deliver for us on that front! As a party of 5 we had bites between us all throughout the day which broke the day up nicely and made it that extra bit special as all of our PB’s got broken on this trip and some still remain as our current PB’s. With breakfast, lunch and dinner being delivered to you everyday this really was Paradise. Over the first few days we all managed some awesome fish and Jack managed this awesome 31.5lb Mirror (Picture below) as i said before the lake is known for its mirror carp so if we was to manage a common carp it would always feel a little bit special and the bailiff said to us any common carp around the 20lb mark is a very good fish so that always kept in the back of our minds.

Jacks lovely 31.5lb Mirror on the 2nd day of our trip

We used mainly a boilie and maize approach for the entirety of our trip, opting to use the boilies that are sold onsite – Duster Baits Gran Canaria Specials which were a purple colour with a very sweet/fruity scent, these were fished in conjunction with maize and topped with a single grain of maize. Using just your standard hair rig with a size 6 hook seemed to work perfectly for us, to bait up we would hire the boat facilities they also had at the lake and would row out to our chosen spots to place the rig and bait over the top, we feel using these tactics to aid in precision of our rigs and bait really helped get them few extra fish that we wouldn’t of got just casting from the bank.

So with the first part of the week all wrapped up i shale leave you with some images of the beautiful fish we caught and we continue with part 2 on Thursday on our usual blog upload schedule, i hope you enjoyed the pictures etc as much as i did. For more up to date captures and trips from myself and Jack please follow our page on Facebook and Instagram @JTCarpers on both platforms. So once again Tight lines and wet nets from myself and Jack!

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A Warm Welcome!

First things first as this is our first blog with Essex Anglers, we should probably start with an introduction blog! We are JT Carpers, two friends who have a love for fishing and love to share our experiences with people, our names are Jack & Terry hence the name JT Carpers, I bet your thinking ‘very outside of the box thinking’, we know right! We have known each other for around 7 years and our love for fishing has brought us closer as mates, not lovers as our partners may suggest at times. Most of our fishing is based in and around the Essex area as this is where we are both from, however in recent years I (Terry) have relocated to Lincolnshire and have recently joined a local club to give my local river a try so defiantly keep tuned in for updates on that in the future. Our main focus in Carp angling as we love these beautiful creatures however from time to time, we like to dabble in other forms of fishing from Sea fishing offshore to waggler fishing for smaller species. Just like most keen anglers we aim to get time on the bank as much as possible.

A lot of our fishing at the moment is based at a club lake in Maldon, Essex, unfortunately we aren’t members as of yet however they have a guest lake which we have been given permission to fish freely in the meantime so expect a lot of content from us from this lake, Jacks current UK P.B is from this lake so there are defiantly some awesome fish for us to get amongst here and we look forward to future blogs of our adventure on the Guest Lake!

Jack’s current UK PB of 27.2lb from the Guest lake stated previously.

My current UK PB of 25lb from The Mill Day Ticket in Chelmsford

As stated early in the blog we have known each other for 7 years and have been fortune enough to share some epic fishing adventures together, none greater than a weeklong trip to Lake Chira in Gran Canaria, I could literally talk for days upon days of how amazing this trip was however I’m not sure my wife or yourself would appreciate that too much! So instead of talking endlessly on in I will just show a couple of epic snaps from our trip!

My current PB of 32lb Stunning Lake Chira Carp | Jacks current PB of 31.8lb Mirror known as ‘Zippy’

Perfect example of the stunning mirror carp Lake Chira had to offer on our trip!

So that brings us to the end of our first blog with Essex Anglers! Hopefully we will be posting on here very reguarly and this wont be the last you hear from us! If you would like to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see any little bits we may not post here on Essex Anglers we would really appreciate the support! (@JTCarpers on both Instagram and Facebook) So for now tight lines and wet nets from myself and Jack!