CARP AT CUTON LAKES!

Getting down to the lake at around 10am seeing a few fish top about and loads of splashes which is awesome to see!

Fishing tackle wise I came down with my 11ft daiwa paired with my shimano bait runner with 12lb mono And my other rod 

12ft sundridge proton feeder paired with my Shakespeare reel 6lb mono

As the day went by I had a few little roach on the feeder as I was using red maggots as hook bait and micro pellets on the method feeder in the margins I had a few little beeps on the big rod but nothing throughout the day besides one small run but lost the fish 

Decided to stick with the quiver feeding in a mix of pellets and maggots and what do you know the rod hoops over and nearly slides off the rod rest!

Struck in to what feels like a solid fish, big headshakes and ripping out drag I thought to myself could this be the big tench I was after?? After a good ten minute fight I bring her up and what a pretty fish not a mark on her and obviously not the tench I was after but at 15lb 8oz it was my first fish from cuton lakes and a big one at that!

After that I had a few roach and a 2lb bream (slimy bugger) but calling it a day and really proud of myself or that carp on just double red maggots! 

Hope you catch if you’re out and it’s not too long till the river season now where my mind will be on barbel and chub!

Tight lines!!

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Thornwood on the fly  

Started off tying on a white fly sort of a small silver fry imitation a few awful casts later I actually saw some improvement with getting some distance!

With no luck on the white fly I changed to a sinking bloodworm and after two casts I was into a lovely little rainbow trout which got away very quickly after a photo

Moving round the lake I tried going after some big brownies and tigers that I saw surface and they obviously new I was a novice because they made sure to nip and follow every cast but not take the bloody fly just to spite me

Changed over to a black and gold fly which was a slow sinker and slowly pulled it in and boom a lovely rainbow again probably just over a pound which was a lovely again lovely fight and jumping everywhere like the water was a bouncy castle! Another cast and again I was into another beautiful rainbow around 3lb 

Wandering around having a few more casts and losing a big fish which looking like a big tiger trout. 

But it’s all a learning curve at the end of the day but as the trout season draws closer I’m very much looking forward to getting out and casting a fly around!

But to everyone out this weekend I wish you the best of luck and hope you catch the fish of your dreams!

Chelmer perch! 

Getting down to a nice spot on the chelmer with a quiver tip and worms and pellets for chub and a light lure rod for perch! First few casts with the quiver tip had it bent double with some really nice chub biggest being near 3lb! Really hard fighting fish in the weir pool then had another 3 perch on the tip all wing around a pound!

Now to the lures,

Switching onto my Daiwa 7-25g rod paired with my Shimano fx xt reel,

Onto the lures! The ever faithful FFS lures have done me a good job over the perch season this time on a 3G cheb I had a micro frog in pukka perch colour a few casts about the section I was on but then I decided to cast into the flow of the weir and hopping in across the bottom and what a hit felt like a absolute rocket a good few minutes and a pike tried coming for the beast I had and I extended my net to it’s full length and scooped it out the water as fast as I could! 

And wasn’t I happy 2lbs of striped beast which has officially beaten my chelmsford PB of 1lb 3oz! 

Casting back in and I was onto another fish of a similar size which I was absolutely chuffed about in the net he went, the next few casts graced another 6 perch to my net but nothing big.

The quiver tip went off again with the nice surprise of a small trout probably only a pound then after that 2 mor little chublets

All In all it was a amazing session and the next few lure sessions are gunna be a bing the for me! And also getting back to the tench soon! 

To all of you that are out tight lines!

River can chunk

Getting down to the can is always a fun session, as it’s a good local river for me but has always surprised me with what comes out! 

Tactics today were my 11ft sunridge proton feeder paired with one of my Shakespeare reels with 8lb mono (heavy I know but recently snags have been a bane) with a 1oz ledger bomb as the river had a bit of flow, down to a 6lb hook length with a Korum specialist size 8 hook with a big lobworm as bait! 

The first few fish to fall to the bait were a pair of 6oz dace which was surprisingly a nice fight!

Another cast in and another did this time a chub of about 1lb which put a lovely bend in the rod!

After 3 fish the swim went very quiet and I found out the reason why as a jack pike had taken the bait and then bit me off.

Sulking and sad I decided to move spots to a nice deep hole with a lot of structure which looked good for the perch and chub and oh boy was that a correct thought!

Had a few taps on the tip and that was it for about the next 30 minutes but I waited and chucked some chopped worm and hemp as loose feed, then the rod hooped over double and spruce back and went over again and I struck into what felt like a tank with big head shakes and a good few runs I pulled his head up and slipped him into my net and what a lovely fish he was at nearly 4lb another cracking fish and a great way to start the new year and that marks the 3rd New Year’s Day that I’ve caught a big chub! 3 years of big chub luck spot on!!! 

If any of you are out have a great session and tight lines

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BIG PIT PIKE


started off the morning at totham pit getting there for 8:30am trying to walk around to get a idea of what the situation is, found a couple of decent swims and then me and my mate decided to stay at the best ones in our heads, he ward carping and as usual I’m after anything with teeth or that will go for a lure but I decided to float fish a lob worm as I’ve heard of a few good perch coming out of that water but if the accidental carp was to take it no worries as I was using 8lb line and boy was I lucky to be using that as I waited for that float to dip for around a hour chucking out the odd few maggots ect the float started bobbing very oddly then slowly slid away I struck in and I thought I was into a large eel as it was a very strong fight but as I got him closer it was a very nice jack pike only a few pounds but a welcome fish to my net and luckily hooked in the scissor but with only a size 10 hook! So fair to say I was very lucky!

Decided to get out my heavy rods, for my ledger setup

Shimano fx Xt reel with 30lb mono 

30lb treble trace

Bait: half a large bluey

And the same for my pike float set up!

Only had to wait about ten minutes before the ledger rod was off and wasn’t she a beast! Really good fight and back and forth head shakes and a bit of jumping what a lovely fish! Sadly I had no scales but she had to be low double! And then ten minutes after I released her she was sulking in the shallows my float started sliding away and I was in again this time her big sister decided she wanted a chomp again really nice fight as she graced my net the size of her head and body had me in awe! Cleaned the leeches off her flanks and got her straight back 

Caught 3 more on the float good jacks but I was hoping for the mother! Then last fish before I left answered my prayers and she was a mighty one and a gash in her tail but she swam off fine as she was released!

Honestly one of my favourite fishing sessions ever with the big 3 definitely being double figures fish! But aside from that I had a blast of a day!

Tight lines to you all if you’re out at all!

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Blasford hill pike fishing

So first ever overnight session me and my mate Reece got down at 8:30 am lugging all our gear, food and sleeping stuff down, found a really nice swim with some overhanging trees looking really good for what we are after! 

Decided to cast out a float with a roach deadbait had a few nibbles and something really ripped up the roach, sadly no fish. Cast out again and the float went down after 5 minutes good fight on the fish but it went under a snag and I lost my rig and float but thankfully got them back as I saw them floating around!

Switched to a ledgered roach deadbait and after 20 minutes of silence the alarm starts screaming and rod slowly bent round and I struck into a nice fish, really got fight and pull him into the net got him unhooked and rested, got a weight on him at a solid 9lb he was a really nice fish!

Cast back out and chucked some cut up roach as loose feed every so often and another hooked this one only 6lb but a nice fish and that was the general thing afterwards 5 more fish between 5lbs and 8lbs 

Everything went quiet for a while no bites though the night and our baits got nicked during the night which was a shame!

The morning comes around I decided to cast out a float again instantly as the bait goes down the float bombed away and had a really nice pike at 8lb and had 2 more at 5lb 

One last cast before I left and the biggest fish fell to a small herring what a fight and at just over 10lb it was the biggest of the session but what a good bunch of fish and the bad nights sleep was worth it!

Will Defoe going back there to see if there’s any larger ones lurking out in the depths!

Tight lines everyone.

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Roach fishing on the river can!


Only a short hour session in the evening as that’s when it’s been most productive!

Walked down to the river and it’s flowing a bit fast but nothing awful and a bit of colour.

Setup was my 10ft Shakespeare match rod paired with a Shakespeare reel with 8lb line down to a 2g float with a size 10 hook, bait of choice was large dendrobina worms.

Fishing about 4ft deep in the slacks catching a few gudgeon here and there and a couple of nice dace, one fish I lost felt like a half decent chub but ah well.

Crushed up a few hallibut pellets in a pellet grinder and threw it out as ground bait had a few knocks and lost the worm.

2nd attempt I struck into a really nice fish but it got off and obviously 3rd times the charm hooked into the largest roach of this season really deep and thick set fish put up an amazing fight and as I had him resting in the net I had another decent roach but half the size of the large one! 

Think the float stuff will be calming down and I’ll be moving onto lures and deadbaits for the predators this season! 

And if you’re out this week, tight lines everyone!

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Evening predator fishing


So the start of the session going down to how mill lock chucking around some crank baits after some perch or chub! 

3 small wasps on the Rapala shadow rap so not too bad! Switching over to a cheb rigged reggie in real ale colour caught a few larger ones, one being close to 1lb 1/2.

Getting a bit quiet as I’m walking up and down the stretch, as things go not a bad start but they all seemed to have switched off. A couple of my mates turned up to do a bit of float fishing so I switched up to free lining some worms I had in the box a few nice roach and a couple of gudgeon was a nice change, one of my friends hooked into a nice small chub looking over  a pound, as he was reeling it in a large pike decided it was lunch time. There goes a nice chub and for the pike a nice dinner. 

So me being a lover of a good pike scrap I go and grab some of my pike floats and deadbait sardines! Time to rig up.

Casting it right where I saw some bait fish jump I waited about an hour before any movement on the float I was fixated on getting that fish. Then the float starts bobbing up and down and shoots under, what a fish and what a fight. Every time I got him to the net he shot off so great sport on the light pike gear. 2 attempts and he was In. 

Coming in at 8lb he’s no monster but it’s a great start to the pike season! 

Tight lines to you all!

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Blasford hill carping

So the day was going to be a chill one of showing my mate Daryl and his son how to fish, set them both up and myself with float rods (I bought my feeder too incase I wanted a tench)

Straight away as they both started casting in not even 2 minutes roach and Rudd left, right and centre and some being near the pound mark! Was really please to see them both catching loads!

Strangely enough Daryl caught himself a few gudgeon which I didn’t know were in the lake!

We caught a few perch and a small bream, but I decided to set up the feeder rod, flatbed feeder with a mix of meaty further ground bait and some small shrimp and krill pellets! With a hair rigged soft hookable shrimp and krill pellet!

10 minutes In the water the rod bent round double and I was into a very big fish which sadly got off, keeping itself to the bottom and got off the hook also bending it up.

Set up another hair rig, more pellets and groundbait and same large hookeable on the hair, waited a bit longer before I was in again on another big fish, as soon as he was hooked he went straight for the reeds, having to bully him out was a headache but what a fish when we got him in the net. 

Really thick set fish with a LOT of muscle, honestly my heart was pounding and Daryl and his son were shocked at the size of the fish.

Just a few pounds away from 13lb he’s my record carp! 

Really enjoyed this session and it’s made me wanna get on to the BIG carp. and now my mate and his son have the fishing bug to so that’s another good achievement.

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Predator fishing galore

Starting off the day on the micro crank baits in roach colour! Had 3 nice chublets absolutely bomb them one after the other! 

I then changed spots and changed to a rattling hornet in brown trout colour, bringing it through slow and then speeding the pace up a bit, I felt it come to a halt and then I struck into something decent a fight ensued for over 5 minutes and I thought I was into a big chub but as I bought the head up I saw it was a pike (around 5lb) not a massive fish but get on UL Gear! After that I had some bad luck with a massive trout followed in and went for the rattling hornet and then swam off! 

The Next day was even better, same tactic of jigs and crank baits but the jigs worked even better catching me a chunky 1lb+ perch and loads of wasps and a little jack pike! Decided to move on to float fishing tactics as it was going quiet and I got into a few nice Chub and a few decent size roach, biggest was close to a pound! 

Onto a session on the chub stream in st Ives, very picturesque venue and a beautiful little stream teaming with fish

Me and my buddy Simon started off on the micro lures! Landing around 30 wasps between us and the biggest being near half a pound! Switched to free lining a worm and had 5 more perch! My mate Simon has the biggest fish of the day by free lining a big cube of spam and ended up catching a decent size eel from this little stream! 

The past few days fishing has been amazing and hopefully keeps on being that way! 

Hope you all catch something and tight lines to all of you!!!