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Carp Coarse Jack and Terry

Miniature Surprise!

Welcome to another JT Carpers blog, this week we go over a short session myself and Jack had whilst away with our families for the bank holiday weekend last month. 

So, as I was already on holiday with my family at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island, Jack and his family joined us for the weekend, obviously with a few lakes on site, a small slot for fishing was bargained for and we were in our element. 

So, on the Monday myself and Jack went up to the lakes at sunrise with the plan being that our wonderful partners would then bring food and children later in the day so we could all have a little family picnic whilst trying to entertain the kids with some fishing. 

Our main target for the day was to use a whip to fish for the silver fish in the lake to try and keep the action as thick and fast as possible to keep the children’s attention on the fishing. With a few hours spare before they arrived, we decided to get some rods out for the carp whilst setting up the poles for later, clearly not for our own benefit of course. 

With constant and real fun action on the whips we landed ourselves some lovely fish from Roach, Perch, a small cool looking Carp and finally the best of all, a brand-new P.B for myself in this absolute unit of a Gudgeon! 

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With this being my first ever Gudgeon I was actually very happy, obviously I love catching carp and fishing for them specifically but I just love fishing all round so a new species is always cool. 

With the day continuing and us losing 3 carp on our carp rods (Honestly no idea what happened, these carp seem to be tricky!) we then hooked into a carp on the whip which unfortunately snapped the hook link straight away and really gave us some food for thought. 

After another carp taking the whip for a bend and snapping off, we decided to ditch the whips and float fish for the carp instead on our other rods. 

A short while later as we were packing up Jack was in on his newly configured float rod, a £1 rod he picked up some years ago was put to the test and luckily prevailed! We were introduced to this awesome little mirror carp and our only carp of the day. 

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So, that was the last fish of the day and Super Jack saved our blushes with the children once again by rescuing us with an awesome little carp, with plenty or laughs and memories made this is exactly what fishing is about! 

So once again, 

As always, 

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,            

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Carp Coarse Jack and Terry

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for…

Welcome back once again, we thank you for your time 😊 

This blog is just a short one on a recent session I had on a lake near myself in Lincolnshire called North View Fishing Lakes. This complex is your typical complex with 3 lakes, 1 Match Lake, 1 Carp Pleasure Lake and 1 Specimen Carp Lake. 

Having never visited here before I decided to give the pleasure lake a little go for a few hours whilst my children were at a summer club and they would come and join me with my wife for the last few hours. 

When arriving to the complex it was quite busy, luckily there was a peg free tucked away in a corner of the lake, perfect for me as I was going to be fishing the margins mainly and seeing if I could sneak out a fish or two. 

As I said in our previous blog, with quite a bit of success on the method feeder I decided this would be a great way to fish on a pressured pleasure lake, so with one rod fishing a method feeder I decided to fish the other rod using a rig I had seen some time ago in a video featuring the great Frank Warwick. Using a long shank hook from DSD Tackle I used the rig described by Frank as seen below, I’ve had success on this rig before so knew it would be perfect. 

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So, after an hour or so of fishing, my bottom bait rig was away, after a short scrap I was blessed with this lovely mirror carp, happy days! 

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A couple hours after that cracking little mirror my method feeder was away, after a spritely little fight I was introduced to this awesome little Ghost Carp, the pictures don’t do it much justice but it was a proper white, cracking little carp. 

Then within 2 minutes of the method feeder being back out on the same spot it was away again, once again producing this absolutely stunning little fully scaled mirror carp (This picture does the carp a lot of justice, it looks a lot bigger than it was.) 

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Shortly after that fish was returned my 2 minions arrived with my wife, hoping for a fish whilst they were here was my next target, suddenly the sound of an alarm burst into life, unfortunately for myself and my wallet it was of an ice cream truck turning up to the lake, of course the kids were over the moon with this. 

Slightly poorer but still ever the optimist we stuck to our guns, we moved the bottom bait rod to be closer into the margin and fed loose Smokey Jack boilies and corn over the top, within 5 minutes of moving the rod it was away! The fish was putting up a cracking little scrap and so I handed the rod over to my wife so she could get amongst the action, a short but awkward (My wife uses a walking stick so trying to stand and play the fish was a bit awkward for her) battle later it was in! 

My wife had just landed the biggest fish of the day, as she likes to remind me, however with her not wanting to take a picture with it, myself and the minions jumped on the chance for a little picture. 

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And there we have it, a few hours on the bank but lifelong memories made, perfect! 

Thank you again for tuning in. 

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Carp Jack and Terry

Cracking the code

Welcome back to another instalment of a JT Carpers blog, we appreciate you all giving us a read 😊 

So, on this trip we visited White Lakes again for a 36-hour trip on the Top Lake, having fished it a handful of times previously and having the following 25lb Common for Jack and 23lb Common for me we were very much looking forward to it. (If you would like to see how that trip unfolded you can read it here: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Essex Anglers ) 

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Deciding to fish Pegs 2 & 3 this time round we approached the trip with tactics we thought would pay off. I fished a rod halfway between myself and the reed island in the middle of the lake, another rod off to the right towards an aerator that had some fish buzzing about it when we arrived, then my third and final rod towards the reed island. We had been told this is a good spot for the smaller fish so my hope was to pick a fish up here regardless of the size to get the session kick started. 

Jack chose to fish a method feeder on one of his rods, whilst this is known for smaller fish, we have had some great success as of recently with the method and he thought he would upscale the tackle to accommodate the bigger fish and give it a go. On his other two rods he fished a very similar way to myself with one rod just off of the reed island and another up towards an aerator close to him. 

With us both in our spots all baited up we was looking forward to what was to come, sadly with only a few single bleeps to keep us on our toes, we had no fish going into the night, still feeling confident due to knowing this lake does plenty of fish during the night, we snuggled up in our own individual beds of course :/ and waited for the night to come alive. 

It wasn’t too long after nightfall before we were met with our first fish, with a short battle it was in the net, Jack had our first fish of the session being this pristine small common, wahey! 

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Just as Jack was returning his fish my rods burst into life! Getting on my toes sharpish I ran back to my peg and was into my first fish of the trip! Again, another small common but it’s what I like to call a BS ‘Blank Saver’ Yaaay! 

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The rest of the night passed with nothing but constant bleeps for both of us, however, as soon as first light appeared I was away! Welcomed by a slightly bigger common I was happy, not one of the beasts that reside here but when you have struggled on a lake before any and every fish is very much welcomed. 

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Over the next few hours, the action just continued! With myself landing 1 more fish and jack landing 5, yes 5 fish! Again, none of the bigger fish but what a result, from catching 1 fish from this lake on a session if we were lucky to having 9 fish between us with Jack losing 1 as well, I believe. 

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This one being the bigger of the morning haul for Jack. 

With the majority of Jacks fish coming via the method feeder it seems we may have tapped into a method that could be very successful for us on this lake, again not landing any fish of reasonable size but for the number of fish alone this method of fishing won’t be ignored when we return! 

All of the fish were landed using DSD Tackle, we used a variety of tactics and hook patterns and landed fish on all of them, being the first trip that we used their end tackle we were more than pleased with the results! 

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Using a variety of tackle from DSD Tackle, including the newly released Sniper hooks, we managed to get our best results yet from this lake.

Thanks once again for reading our little blog entry and we look forward to seeing you back for the next one! 

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Cameron Harris Carp

Catching My PB Carp On Fly!

Here is my blog from my best carp fly session ever, I haven’t been out for carp in a while but will be going tomorrow to see if I can smash this PB!

so sit back and have a read I hope you enjoy this little issue of my fishing!

The session was meant to start at 7:00 when the fishery opened but after my buddy made a massive mess and pulling me around about 3 shops to find dog biscuits but finally we found them and we were off, after picking the swim we baited up little and often with dog biscuits and bread. The dog biscuits highly outfished bread despite both working on different days.

My bud was picking up decently sized fish all day on a float rod and my baby only came in the last hour before having to leave for work. She was a perfectly scaled shiny gold common and took about7-8 runs before finally coming to the net and almost spooled me took me right down into backing like a salmon loved every minute despite waking up with a massive arm ache and wanting to cut my arm off it was spectacular.

once letting her rest in the net I packed up and went to work but was a fantastic way to start the day. she went 13lb wish I could have gotten a bigger one so back out tomorrow!

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If you’d like to see the fight and the method I used to catch this beauty I will link the video here. Thanks guys!

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Carp Jack and Terry

Dayticket? Pass!

Welcome back everyone! This blog we look at a session we done recently over on the Guest Lake at White Lakes with myself, Jack, My dad and future brother-in-law. 

We only had a day session available to fish due to other commitments so we decided to give the guest lake a go for the day rather than trying to fight someone for a swim on a Day Ticket venue on a Saturday. 

We were feeling slightly confident due to knowing the lake a bit better than before and it being the easier of the complex’s lakes to get a fish on a short-day session. 

We arrived to the lake knowing the other 4 swims were already booked up so we had some idea where we would be fishing, we were hoping to get the side of the lake which had aerators along it due to the warmer weather, however those swims were already taken and we had to settle for the swims on the opposite side of the lake. 

We got underway setting our rods up with the hope of a fish each 🤞, a few hours after setting up Jack was away and into the first fish of the session, with a short battle he was blessed with this mirror, not one of the lakes bigger fish but always welcome and got us underway! 

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A lovely small mirror to get the day started and not long after that fish was retuned my rod was away, after a short but spritely fight the fish gave in and graced my net with its presence. 

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There were a few marks on the fish due to the spawning that they had finished a week or so before, so after a little bit of propolis treatment the fish was returned, my session had started and blanking was no longer a problem. 

The rest of the day seemingly passed uneventfully unfortunately until out of nowhere Jacks rod screamed into action, a very decent scrap commenced and Jack was blessed with this awesome 19lb 10oz cracker of a common carp. 

This was so close to carrying on our recent great form at White lakes with having a 20lb fish each trip, unfortunately this was the last fish of our session and meant that our awesome streak had come to an end, but with 3 fish on a day session on a complex we are still trying to crack we are more than happy with the results. 

So, with that all rolled up, we thank you again for reading our little blog and we hope to keep bringing the content to yourselves! 

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Carp Coarse Joe Chappell River

Making Memories

Last week, I had the pleasure of fishing my local small river with my dad. Due to him working away in Switzerland, we haven’t been fishing together as much as we usually would so it’s been nice to fish when we can.

We were hoping to do some sea fishing in the week however poor tide times meant that this wasn’t a viable option. Instead, we decided to spend Tuesday evening fishing on our local small river. After a quick trip to Pete’s Tackle to get some maggots and a few bits and bobs, we enjoyed some fish and chips before setting the gear up.

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This was my dads first ever time fishing on a freshwater river, so the aim of the session was to catch him some fish more than anything. I set one rod up on a light ledger and the other on a small float. For bait, we had worms, slugs, sweetcorn and of course maggots.

We started in a swim known as the pipe which was aptly named due to the large pipe running across the river. This point of the river is a little deeper than the rest, most likely due to the instillation of the pipe. I started my dad off on the float on worms and I just sat back and watched for a little while. He received a bite almost instantly however it may have been from smaller fish. We were baiting with maggots over the worm and we could actually see small roach and rudd coming up and taking the maggots mid water.

After 10 minutes, my dad had caught his first ever river fish, a meagre perch. It was only small but we were off the mark. This was shortly followed by slippery slimy eel.

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After this, I cast out my ledger rod and sat back and waited. We had been in the spot for about half an hour with little action so decided to give it 5 more minutes. Just then, we spotted a large shadow move into the swim. The fish was obviously big because despite the deep water, I could see its dark shadow with the aid of my polarised sunglasses. I really wanted my dad to catch it but he was struggling to see it without any polarised glasses. We had switched rods and I lowered a bunch of maggots in front of its nose. It turned and swam a foot in the other direction, I repositioned my bait and within 10 seconds, the float sunk under and I had struck. It was fish on!

It was a large carp and definitely my biggest from the river. My friend had previously caught a 10lber from the river and at first, I thought that it was that fish. My heart was racing and after a few close calls, my dad had scooped it up into the net. On closer inspection I realised that it was a different fish to the one my friend had caught and was probably around the 6 lb mark. We took some pictures before slipping it back.

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The 5 minute battle had quite obviously spooked the swim so we moved to the next spot. The next spot is quite a fast flowing section of river, slightly deeper than the rest. It’s the perfect spot for trotting although it can be a little challenging due to the flora. I baited the hook with a worm and handed my dad the rod. He wanted me to show him how to do it first however I had a sneaky suspicion that we may catch one on the first trot downstream. I explained the basics and on just his first proper trot, the float dipped under and my dad had caught his first ever chub.

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Usually, that section of river only produces one or two fish before they spook. My dad had hooked that fish pretty early on so I hoped that there may still be fish there. We received a few more bites however my dad was struggling with striking while the line was free so they didn’t transpire into fish landed.

We moved onto the next spot, a railway bridge / tunnel. The fishing was pretty slow and all we managed was a small roach.

We headed back towards the pipe, stopping off at the second swim for a quick trot down river. 10 minutes fishing for my dad produced another stunning chub and a couple of missed bites.

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Half an hours fishing at the pipe produced another perch for my dad and a couple of roach and rudd for myself, the bigger fish seemed to have spooked of since the carp. We were on the move again and back to the trotting spot.

This time, my dad insisted I give it a go. I had swapped over to a smaller, size 12 hook and armed it with a bunch of maggots. On the first trot down, I received a couple of small shy bites. I decided to leave them because I suspected that they were roach or rudd. The decision paid off because my float sailed under the water and it was chub on! It was the biggest chub of the night.

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In another 10 minutes fishing, I caught 2 roach and a nice little rudd. 4 fish in 15 minutes, not bad from a tiny river if you ask me.

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Back at the tunnel, the fishing was tough once again with my dad just catching an eel. Personally, I was thrilled because I caught a tiny dace which is a new species from the river and a new species for the species hunt. That’s now the 9th species of fish which I’ve caught or seen caught from this little river, pretty amazing really considering it’s quite mucky. So mucky in fact I was once told by a passer by “you won’t catch anything in there it’s a sewer”.

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We decided to call it a day and we headed back towards the car. We were walking past the trotting swim so it would be rude not to have one last trot, right? Well one last trot turned into about 10 minutes fishing which resulted in a little chub, a roach and a rudd.

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All in all, it was a great evening with lots of fish caught between us and lots of good laughs. Definitely one I’m sure I won’t forget.

If you’re interested in reading more blogs about fishing on this river, then check out my 4 part series about a weeks fishing in February.

Tired of reading? Check out my recent YouTube video about a session catching F1 Carp.

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Carp Coarse Jack and Terry

A Splash of Colour

In this week’s blog we look over a recent trip myself and Jack had over at ‘The Lake at Nine Acres’, the main reason for this trip was a little social with a couple of mates. Having been to the lake before and lurking in the shadows of Facebook we knew of some of the awesome stock that resides here. 

Upon arriving I decided to set up in the swim I did on our previous trip as I had 3 fish that time and could remember the spots pretty well so I was hoping to repeat the success of before. 

Jack decided to set up 2 swims up from myself which had a fair amount of open water to fish to and also had an angle of the edge of the island to the middle of the lake, this giving him another feature to fish towards if he wanted too. 

I decided to use similar tactics as before with 1 rod over to my left-hand margin using a single glugged up Smokey Jack boilie with matching freebies, another rod fished using PVA bag tactics and my final rod using a zig rig as this is what I had some success on before, Jack used similar tactics but swapped the PVA bag method for a Feeder method. 

Not long after setting up Jack had a beauty of a take on his method feeder and was greeted with an awesome little Koi carp, something this lake is known for and why we mainly choose to fish this venue for. 

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Not the biggest but what a cracking fish! 

With another small carp not long after the Koi carp, Jack was having some success on the method feeder which again he has had some really good results as of recent. 

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After somewhat of a short quite spell, Jacks zig rig was off! Jack was fishing a 6ft zig rig just off the edge of the island, with the depths of the lake being between 12-15ft Jack decided a 6ft zig would be perfect to possibly entice a fish that was cruising through those middle layers, this had once again proven to be a great idea as he was met with this beauty of a mirror carp, with it normally being one of the lakes bigger residents at 20lb+ it was a named fish called ‘Frenchie’ with the time of year being not to long after spawning the fish was slightly down in weight at 18lb but that really doesn’t matter when it’s a cracking as this. 

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Jack with the named fish called ‘Frenchie’ 

The action continued for Jack throughout the day on his method rod and he went on to eventually land another 5 fish with 3 cracking commons up to 15lb and another small common as well. 

After watching Jack have some success on the method rod, I decided to change my PVA bag rig over to a method feeder and low and behold I had this small ghost like common carp to show for my troubles, although not the biggest it’s what I like to call ‘A Blank Saver’ 

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So, with the day all but over we can safely say Jack hit the nail on the head with his tactics and what a great day it turned out to be for him, so well played sir! 

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Cameron Harris Carp

How To Catch Carp On The Fly!

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.

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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.

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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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Carp Joe Chappell

Fishing as Pikachu for 24 Hours – Part 2

This blog is a continuation from my previous post, if you haven’t already, I‘d suggest checking it out before reading ahead. If not then here’s some background. The other week, I took part in a carp fishing match raising money for Great Ormond Street. The venue was Newlands Hall fishery in Essex. Going into the evening, I had caught 5 carp including the biggest of the match so far at 18lbs 8oz. Oh, and to spice things up a tad I was doing the whole thing dressed as Pikachu.

After landing my fifth fish of the session, it took another hour for the spot to produce another bite. The winning tactic was a 12mm yellow pop-up on a Ronnie rig. As far as I knew, this fish took me into the lead. The last I’d heard was that someone else was on five fish a couple of hours previous. Of course, a lot can happen in a couple of hours, but I was quietly confident.

It was now around half past six and my tummy was starting to rumble. I got the stove on and started to fry my burgers.  Just five minutes later I received a savage bite from the left hand margin. The rod tip bent around, and I thought I was in. I lifted the rod and reeled however there was nothing on the end. The fish had obviously spat the hook.

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I finished off cooking before re-casting my right hand rod. It hadn’t produced anything all day so I decided to move it around the swim to try and find a few fish. Just as I was casting it out, I received a bite on my left hand rod to the snags. This produced my seventh fish of the session which was another small common.

A little after an hour later, my left hand rod ripped into action again. I managed to get the fish away from the snags and it was charging all around my swim. It headed down towards my left hand margin however I wasn’t worried as there were no obvious snags. The rod locked up and it seemed the fish had become snagged. I could still feel it on and didn’t want to risk snapping up or a tethered fish.

Although the lake rules state no wading, I weighed up my options and decided to head in. The margins were between three and four foot deep so there wasn’t a risk of my waders flooding. I managed to find my rig however unfortunately whatever was on the end had escaped me. I also found the snag which the fish had taken me around. It was a large branch. It was full of line, rigs and leads including my method feeder rig which I had lost earlier in the day. I must have cast right on top of it.

I decided it would be best to remove the branch from the lake so that’s what I did. I had a feeling that it may kill off my swim for a little while, but I thought I was acting within the best interests of the lake and fish for the future.

About half an hour after losing the fish, I had finished removing the branch and my bait was finally back in the water and fishing. The next hours fishing was uneventful. I decided to swap my right hand rod from a Ronnie rig to a solid bag.

The change obviously paid off because after 20 minutes, my rod was nearly pulled off my rod rest. It was my eight fish from twelve bites but more importantly for me, it was my first fish on the bottom and away from the snags. I was worried about fishing close to the snags at night whilst I was sleeping so it gave me some confidence of night-time bites in open water.

It was now around ten o’clock and I’d just heard that Stewart, who was fishing around the middle of the lake where the island is was on 14 fish. The match was going to be a numbers game, so I had some catching up to do. Although I was already quite tired due to going out the night before, I really wanted to win this match so decided to stay up and catch as many as I could. Staying up and sitting next to the rods would mean I could continue fishing the productive snags to my left and I planned to re-cast my right hand rod every half an hour with a fresh PVA bag.

I decided to get a couple of hours sleep so moved the left hand rod away from the snags and got my head down. My next bite and ninth fish woke me up at about quarter to 11. It was a small common but that didn’t matter because it was all about number of carp.

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I managed a little more sleep before being woken up again an hour and a half later. After this fish, I decided to stay wake. I had run out of solid bags so started to use PVA mesh bags instead. This obviously made little difference to the fish because I caught three more between quarter past one and quarter past two. They were a small common, a mirror around 7 lb and the biggest fish was around 13 1/2lb, this one was caught on the right hand rod in open water.

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I could hear fish jumping out slightly further down the bank than I was, I couldn’t however hear anyone else’s alarms going off. I was now on 13 fish, just 1 behind Stewart who was leading on 14 going into the night.

The rest of the night remained quiet. I didn’t catch another fish until 4:40 the next morning. I had spotted some swirling almost under my feet. The previous night I had put some bait in the margins, and something had obviously moved in and was feeding on it. After having my rig in the water for 20 minutes, it was away with another low double common. This ruined this spot since it was so close to my rods.

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Fortunately, there was another spot slightly further down the bank which I had been baiting up all the previous day. I noticed some fizzing on that spot and lowered my rig on top. I threw a handful of pellet over the top to keep the fish interested. It only took 10 minutes for another bite. I did this again and caught yet another fish, taking my total to 16.

I caught my fourth fish in an hour when my left hand rod towards the snags bent round and I was into my 17th fish, a small common.

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I was absolutely knackered, I’d had about an hours sleep but it was all worth it because I’d found out that Stewart who was leading going into the night hadn’t caught anything all night and was still on 14 fish. Although things were looking positive, there was one downside. It appeared the fish had started spawning again. Apparently, they had spawned a couple of weeks prior to our visit however obviously, some hadn’t finished and conditions were perfect for them to start again.

The fishing suddenly died right off, and I struggled from 6 till 10. The match was meant to finish at 12 and I had 2 hours to cement my lead. I swapped one rod over to the float after seeing some fish feeding in the margins. I fished a worm over some pellet and after half an hour, my float dipped under. I’d caught a bloody eel! I had one worm and an hour and a half left. I watched my float like a hawk and by quarter to eleven, I had another bite. I struck into the fish and watched my float disappear under the water. I never saw it again because the fish had snapped me up.

I had heard bite alarms going off around the lake, everyone’s except mine. On closer inspection with my binoculars, I could see Stewart haling them in down the bank. I needed to act fast!

I re-did my rod toward the left hand snag and threw a few more boilies over it. I also put some more bait down my right hand margin. Just 15 minutes later, I was in. It was my 18th fish but only a small common. Just 15 minutes after that fish, I had another bite brining my total to 19. There was just 20 minutes left of the match and I watched Stewart’s swim with my binoculars like I was an FBI agent. I didn’t see him land any more fish, but I wasn’t sure I’d done enough either.

Midday arrived and the match came to an end. Had I done enough?

Paul came around to let me know the result. Stewart had caught 18 fish, I had won! It was quite emotional to be honest, I never expected to win, I was in an average swim without much water or an island. Many of the contestants came around to congratulate me whilst I was packing up and Paul brought round my prizes. I had won several things including some bait, a gift voucher, and a head torch. The prizes didn’t matter to me, we had raised an enormous amount of money for Great Ormond Street, and I’d had some mega fun doing so.

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Stewart and I

Thanks to Paul for running the competition and thanks to everyone who competed for such a great time. Here’s to next year?

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Staycation Success

This week’s blog is a little review of 2 recent sessions Jack had whilst having some time off work and going on a family holiday. 

On his first session, Jack managed a spare few hours on the Bank the day before leaving for his holiday so decided to visit a local venue to him. 
 
On arrival he see the fish feeding on the top so he decided to fish on the top and a zig on the other rod at 6ft up from the bottom. 
 
After a couple hours of the fish just mouthing but not taking his bait Jack decided to make a couple of subtle changes and boy did it pay off, with 7 fish in a little over 3 hours Jack’s changes had paid off, with the pick of the bunch being an awesome little ghost koi mirror carp. 

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Nothing huge but some real good fun surface fishing in a few spare hours he had. 

On his second session, Jack managed a day session on the lake within his holiday complex, he was at Elveden Forest Centre Parcs, with the blistering heat due in Jack set off early to try and get amongst some fish, his mode of transport being this super sexy bike and cart 

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Upon arriving, unfortunately Jacks ideal swim was taken and so he settled for the next available one, within a couple of hours he was into his first fish and using a Method Feeder which Jack has found recent success and confidence in he was off to a flying start. 

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With the fish steadily coming through the day Jack had a very successful trip whilst on holiday and with the sun really making an appearance Jack packed his stuff up a little earlier than planned and spent the rest of the day spending some valuable family time. 

So, with that all wrapped up, thankyou once again for spending the time reading our blogs, we really appreciate your support. 

As always,        

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,        

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