For a while, now id had owned some NST green machine baby craws when I was learning about perch lure fishing after seeing a 4lb wild perch come up on them! now I have learnt more about finesse methods now and I can really put them through their paces.
On the first impression, I was super impressed the material felt very expensive strong but stretchy, they rigged super well onto a weedless hook. I cheb weighted these floating lures on a super slow retrieve twitching it across the bottom.
I lost a lot of these but that’s fishing they are defo worth throwing! upon the first cast, I caught a nice perch from the margins but unfortunately lost it playing with the go pro Grrr!
Then moved over to my honey hole very snaggy but worth every risk for the amount of perch. and in seconds the ninjas drag screaming with a nice fish on the end. awesome!
After this, it was getting late and the cheb wasn’t coping with the silly amounts of weed. I finally found another bridge where the weed stopped. the first cast I had a follow from a small chub and second cast I banged another very pretty perch.
On another day this perch came up when i was looking for new marks, this perch shot out of the margin when i casted into a shoal of chub.
If you are interested here is the video you can see how it did!
A while ago I picked up a second-hand fly rod & reel for £15, an absolute bargain! After buying a brand new floating fly line for £17 I went to my local carp fishery with some bread flys. This was my second ever carp session and first-ever fly session, however, I managed to pick up the casting method quickly and was on my way to catching my first fly caught fish. As the session progressed I learnt it was best to keep bread in the water at all times as it really sparks the small fish up which attracts the big fish.
The session was exhilarating seeing carp after carp come and bite, swirl and show interest in my fly, I missed many fish and I wasn’t quick enough on the hookset. However it’s all learning and improving, and luckily within 10 minutes I had my first fish on, I timed the hookset correctly and bang a lovely mirror ripping my line away and giving my arm an ache that every fisherman dreams of. She wasn’t very big estimated at between 7-10lb but she gave me a hell of a fight sprinting away from the net at least 3 times before finally coming into the net. The whole fight took me 14minutes and 38 seconds, for a 7lb carp… I can’t imagine what a double-figure would be like! this fish was caught at about 10:00 and for the rest of the day it went quiet until one of my last casts into the evening where I had my most stunning mirror ever despite being smaller hit my fly, this one tried to take me into the reeds multiple times as that’s where she was all day splashing about and slurping. lucky my 10lb leader help up to the job and I managed to pull her out of the snags. It was another mirror but this time with amazing scales and gold, white and brown colours painting across her back.
All fish were released back into the fishery. My next goal is to get their ghost carp on a fly, back in 2019 she was 19.7lb so way into her 20s now and what a fight id get from the prettiest carp known to man.
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Last year I received a 7cm Salmo slider for Christmas after hearing this lure was a must-have for pike I decided to pick one up in real roach colour, and to say I’m impressed is an understatement!
As I have learnt more and progressed through my fishing I have come to realise that its also an outstanding big perch and chub lure! After starting freshwater fishing last October I have been determined to master the fresh and catch everything from dace to salmon. And this chapter is on chub.
I started the day by waking up at around 6:00 and got to the river at 7:00, the lure got a lot of attention from small fish and within 10 mins a follow from a big chub and not only big but my first! she took the lure and missed the hookup. Heartbroken. Anyway, after trying to find her again it proved unsuccessful so I carried on moving to what I like to call my honey hole. Every time I come here there is some sort of fish be it chub, dace, trout, perch there’s always something to save the blank. And that I very much did, a specimen perch showed its face and took a liking to the Salmo with a spectacular fight to put a massive grin on my face!
After this I spent the rest of the day trying to find another chub in the crystal clear urban setting, unfortunately, I spent most of the time pulling hooks out of my fingernail or net, what a pain. But I didn’t let it get me down I swiftly ripped the hook out and carried on fishing, after my repositioning proved unsuccessful I went back to where I got my follow hoping the fish had come back and was ready for another go. And there she was sat in the flow sunbathing I dropped my net and pitched a perfect cast to her face after the follow and a few twitches of the lures I felt it. BANG. Reel screaming, rod shaking adrenaline making me feel bulletproof, this was my first chub. As she neared the net I prayed she would stay hooked and everything came to plan.
I have recently been down to the river and noticed a massive population of chub and super big ones mixed in with the average size ones, due to the slider being 21g I cannot cast it with my UL set up but I will be picking up some rattling hornets and lighter Salmo crankbaits and getting some real fun on the chub, remember to check back in then!
An awesome and productive carp fishing session on a commercial lake.
So late the night before id received a message from a friend who I hadn’t spoken to in a while. We got speaking and he said he had just started carp fishing, so me being eager to learn as much as physically possible I jumped at the opportunity when he invited me out for a session down the local carp lake. He brought all the gear and I paid for some food and a ticket in.
When we arrived the sun was screaming down and I could see many decent carp and koi sunbathing on the far bank, luckily it was my mates ‘lucky swim’. So after setting up and getting the 3 rods set we had assigned 1 rod each and we would share the fish on the third rod. The swim was tight with three rods but we managed space for the pod, unhooking mat, with the weighing sling behind the tree to keep it cool. it didn’t take long to get the first run and I was pleasantly given the rod by my mate. This was it. My first carp screaming down the lake and shaking its head like a madman. I was super impressed by the sear power of this fish even when at a little size I couldn’t begin to imagine what a massive one would feel like! Once the carp was in the net I breathed a big sigh of relief and was shaking with adrenaline, a smile from ear to ear. “absolutely stunning” I claimed, first fish in and unhooked was a fantastic 11lb mirror carp. Chunky, filled with the attitude and strength of a lion.
The next fish to come was for James, a spectacular cast to the opposite bank resulted in another screaming bite alarm not soon after being cast out, this again was a lovely 12 mirror for James. This lake doesn’t have massive fish in it but a good head of quality well took care of carp that enjoy a scrap. Both of these fish came on a normal running ledger rig baited with strawberry boilies and ground-up strawberry and raspberry boilies used as ground bait.
The next fish to show was undoubtedly one of the prettiest fish I have ever and probably will ever see, a 14.5lb ghostie! WOW! what a stunning fish with its snowy white scales and pitch-black eyes. Again coming on a cast to the far bank right towards the sunbathing carp on a strawberry boilie and this fish FOUGHT and fought hard. super fun fish with a super pretty fish to show for as a reward.
After this ghost, it went quiet for hours till the evening bite came in like a rash with bite after bite after bite. The first two fish to show were small but amazingly pretty commons, easily my favourite type of carp there’s just something about these stunning scale patterns that makes them the best of the best in my opinion.
After bagging 3 species I had to try and go for the quadruple. Coming just as it started to get cooler 2 estimated at 4lb Koi carp decided to show their face and finish my day. what a spectacular day spent chasing some brilliant species that I never considered in my life before I’ve always been a wild fish with teeth and a big attitude type of guy but this goes as a sign to go outside your comfort zone and always try something new you never know what your missing out on!
If you want to hear more about this amazing session I have made a youtube video on it that you can check out. It would be massively appreciated thanks for reading, stay safe.
Smoothounds. Sharks of the shallow. Undoubtedly the hardest fighting fish inshore UK waters have to offer. And a personal favourite for me to target on the kayak. Smoothounds fight hard, run like steam trains and have the attitude to match their stylish looks. They can take you for a sleigh ride and give you a real run for your money. Even once landed they will not give up and if you are stupid enough to let them they will crush your fingers!
I got invited to meet up with two of my mates on Saturday to target these stunners of the shallows. I spent most of Saturday on the Navionics app trying to find structure, drop-offs, sandbanks or gulleys. I believe finding the correct structure, and depths is vital to being able to find the fish. Due to us fishing into the dark I didn’t want to push too far offshore and thankfully found a nice bit of changing depth. close to the rocks which provided a food source. Once id pinned my mark it was onto bait collection. Within 10 mins I’ve found a couple of peeler crab. After spending a few hours looking for hardbacks id found 5 hours worth of decently sized hardbacks. As I got home I set up the rods, packed the kayak, put the bait in the fridge and was bouncing off the walls all night I couldn’t sleep. The Hardbacks and peeler are super easy to store, all they need is a bucket with shallow seawater and some seaweed over the top of them.
The day had finally come! I was up at the crack of dawn. Last time checks of the weather and tackle and it was game on! I was up fishing at 7:00 and decided to grab the lure rod and see if I could pick up a morning bass, there was lots and lots of activity in the scorching morning sun. I was using the axia glide and had 3 bars of silver go for my lure and miss. On the way home I saw something cruising on the surface. When I stopped to take a closer look I saw it was a huge bass at around 7lb at least. unfortunately, it swam down into the deep before I could cast a lure at it. Fast Forward in the Day to 16:30 and I was walking the kayak down to the beach and getting ready for a launch at 16:45. By 17:00 I was anchored onto the ground perfectly and chucking lug baits hoping for bass until the sun went down. I managed a few big bites but nothing came from it. as the sun went lower I started to throw crab baits. The first bait thrown was a peeler crab on a running ledger rig with Cox & Rawles specimen extras. I put that on a really light rod hoping for some hounds on light tackle. To be exact it was a 10-40g lure rod with an Abu Garcia black max bait caster. on the other rod, I was using hardbacks hooked through the swimmer leg joints on the same rig. This rod is a 12-20lb Ugly Stik arguably the best boat rod available to man. we fished from 17:00-21;30 and surprisingly I didn’t get a single touch on peeler crab! all hounds came on live hardbacks. Between all 3 kayaks we had about 8 hounds landed. The sea couldn’t have been in better conditions, the swell was 0.3ft, and the wind was 6mph offshore you can’t ask for better than that! I made a video on the amazing session that you can find here: