Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of blogs from us recently, we have been out on the bank a bit but I’ve just lost track of doing the blogs, so I apologise, however WE ARE BACKKK!!
So, for the first blog back we are going to go back a couple weekends ago to my Birthday weekend where myself, my wife and my 2 little monkeys went to a little local lake to have a little bit of fun in the sun!
Upon arriving, the swim we ideally wanted had been taken so we decided to jump on the match lake for the day to try our hand at a bit of float fishing to try and keep the kids entertained whilst waiting for bites from the carp on the method feeder.
It wasn’t long before we were met with our first few fish on the float, some lovely Roach and Rudd, defiantly the biggest ones I’ve ever caught and a very cool start to our day
It wasn’t long before we were introduced to our first carp of the day, but just like buses instead of 1 at a time we had a triple take over 3 of our rods, this was honestly the most stressful time ever! But with all 3 fish landed safely the opportunity for photos was here, my son wasn’t the most impressed but my daughter soaked up the opportunity and I believe I have found my future fishing buddy!
So, with a few more fish under our belts and the sun beaming down with my wife slowly being cooked bless her we decided to wind in and call it a day, so with the last rod screaming off I handed the rod to my daughter and got this very awesome video of her playing and landing her first ever carp (A smaller 6ft/9ft rod is being purchased in the pipeline ready for her!)
With the day coming to an end, we finished on 16 fish within roughly 5 hours, both on float tactics and method feeders so an awesome trip and to celebrate my birthday with my loving family doing the thing I love the most is just amazing.
Thanks for tuning into another JT Carpers blog, where next time we will be telling you how we have been getting on at our syndicate lake, trust us you don’t want to miss it!
Welcome back everyone to another JT Carpers blog, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years and are looking forward to the year ahead, we know we are!
So, unfortunately, we have not had the chance to hit the bank so far this year 🙁 So this will be a little blog just for a recap of our last year and a look forward to the next year.
So let us start off with a look over a few nice surprises we had last year, from capturing new species, to some stunning carp and finally 2 brand new P. B’s.
The next few images are of the new species we managed to catch last year, we do not venture away from carp fishing much so when we do and we are met with something new we really enjoy it, last year we finally managed to get on our annual sea fishing trip as it was cancelled several times due to Covid restrictions, we managed a few new species for myself and Jack including, Bass, Flounder, Pouting and finally a very strange sea anemone.
Also, to top it off, with a short carp session at Waldegraves Holiday Park planned whilst on a weekend away with our families I managed to capture my first ever Gudgeon, awesome little fish and that was a very enjoyable day, chill time with the families and to really top it off Jack managed this awesome looking carp last knockings, honestly one of the most beautiful carp I have seen with amazing colours and looks!
Following on with awesome looking carp Jack managed to grab this beautiful Koi from a lake we loved to visit when we could that had a fair few Koi in its waters, unfortunately this lake has now changed to a membership lake and we do not fish it enough to warrant becoming members so as of right now we may never return to that lake, but I hope we do in some shape because it is an awesome little lake with some cracking fish like below.
Finally, as I could never miss these 2 absolute beauties out, here we have mine and Jack’s current U.K P.B. carp, mine going an awesome 31lb and Jacks spinning the needle a little further round to 31.8lb, whilst I will not go over the whole trip (If you are interested, please read the whole blog here Red Letter Session – Essex Anglers & Dreamland Continues – Essex Anglers)
So, with that little recap complete I want to touch on our targets for this year, we both would love to catch a 30lb+ mirror carp from our club lake and personally I would love to catch a 30lb carp from the guest lake on the complex too as we aim to visit that a few times this year with some guests, there is an awesome 30lb+ Ghostie which resides in the guest lake which would be the tip of the iceberg for myself!
I personally would love to start taking up other forms of fishing in lure fishing/predator fishing and fishing for some crucian carp as I have a water not too far from where I live that offers awesome Crucian Carp fishing so fingers crossed.
Well, that is all for our first blog of 2022, the next one will defiantly have more recent fishing trips in it, so until then, good luck all.
Welcome back to another JT Carpers blog, carrying on from our last blog I apologise for leaving it how I did but I think what is about to happen next deserves its own blog! I hope you’ll agree.
So, heading into the final night of our trip and Jack returning another cracking fish just an hour earlier he was away again! Another epic battle commenced with the fish stripping line free willingly and putting up and awesome fight under the rod tip, with Jack finally taming the fish he was greeted by this awesome 21lb common!
A few snaps later the fish was returned as were we back to our bivvies, with us now surrounded by darkness we were settled in for the night, what an epic session so far for us, 5 fish between us with the smallest being 18lb, easily our best average weight haul so far, and it was about to get even better.
With the clocks just about to hit midnight, I get a call from Jack in the next peg to say he has another fish in the net and it looks a fairly good one, so, trotting along to the next peg in my crocs (Don’t judge me) I picked up Jacks net to have a look at his reward and wow, Jack had underestimated his fish and boy did it show, with the fish in the sling and scales hooked up, let the weighing commence!
The needle flew round past 20,25,30 and settled on an awesome 31lb and 8oz, half a pound bigger then my 31, Jack was elated! We joked he had been waiting 5 years for this moment as I had previously beat him by 8oz on our P.B fish whilst fishing in Gran Canaria.
Whilst this fish wasn’t as deep set as mine, it was longer and its weight comes from its muscle, whilst admiring the beautiful capture we couldn’t believe just how thick the wrist to the tail was, we could tell where the pure power of the fish came from.
We had done it! Our target for the year was a 30lb+ carp each from this lake and on our last session of the year on here we had both smashed it! New P. B’s and our first UK 30lb+ carp we were both ecstatic! After sharing a very manly and bromance embrace the fish was returned and we were both left absolutely in awe of what a trip we were having.
It wasn’t over yet! Less than 30 minutes after Jacks awesome fish was returned, I was away again! Under the blanket of darkness, I was battling what seemed yet another very powerful fish, stripping line and deep diving free willingly. After a very entertaining battle I was rewarded with this very deep set 24lb Common, a very welcome visitor to the bank and carrying on our ever-fruitful session!
With the sunrise came another fish for Jack! This one once again coming in bang on 18lb. This session is truly a red-letter session for myself and Jack, whilst we weren’t being met with countless amounts of fish, after having a hard time getting amongst the bigger fish on this lake this session has truly been blessed for us.
After the fish being returned and the inevitable end of the session coming closer, we made a start on a very slow pack up, utilising our time as much as possible. With just an hour and half left of our session Jack was away AGAIN! This time being rewarded with this, once again, pristine Common Carp of 20lb! What a session it has been for us!
With the gear drying out, bivvies packed away and only rods left out we stood by the lakeside reflecting on this magical session. Two brand new P. B’s and first UK 30lb+ carp for us both topped off a session with epic proportions, 2 x 30lb, 3 x 20lb and 4 x 18lb+, we had a session off our lifetimes and to top it off with just the rods left out Jack was away again! This time back to pest control and having this lovely little 10.8lb common to finish off this amazing weekend.
Unfortunately, that was the end of our session but with our grins from cheek to cheek we jumped in the car and headed home, with our target for the year complete on the last session we decided to set ourself a new one for next year. A majority of the fish in the lake are common carp so we have set the tall ask for a 30lb+ Mirror carp each next year, with a bit more knowledge under our belt and a new way to approach the lake next year I firmly believe we can do it! So, make sure you stick around with us and see how we get on next year with our adventures back on White Lakes.
All of the fish from this session were caught using a variety of hooks and end tackle from DSD, from my favourite hook pattern at the moment the Wide Gape BP to Jacks favourite the Longshank hook pattern, they have hook patterns for everyone and their coated hooklink is perfect for all different types of rigs, we use it all to our advantage and as you can see the results speak for themselves. They are also looking for new team members to join so don’t hesitate, get yourself onboard!
Once again thanks for tuning into our little blog and we will see you in 2 weeks’ time.
Welcome back to another instalment of a JT Carpers blog! This week we start looking at a session from heaven for myself and Jack! If you follow us on social media, you will already know the results of this trip, if not, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog 😀
So, this trip was unfortunately our last trip to our club lake for the year as it officially closes for winter, with that in mind we decided to have a slightly longer trip than usual and head over to the complex on the Friday evening rather than the Saturday morning for the weekend. Luckily with the children breaking up from school on Thursday so I could travel down from Lincolnshire the day before and Jack managing to finish work a little earlier than usual we could get to the Lake just before the early nightfall rolls in.
Arriving to the complex we discovered we was the only ones fishing the lake for the weekend, Great Success! Every time we have fished the lake previously whoever was fishing the lake other than us managed to catch a 30lb+ carp while we were left with pest control, all though catching any fish was fun so we didn’t mind too much really.
Knowing that pitch black darkness was only a matter of an hour or two away we cracked on, found some spots, baited them and got the rods onto them a.s.a.p., well that was the plan but my rod sadly had other ideas, upon casting my rod to a spot to my right it randomly decided to snap my top section in half, so for the remainder of the session I was one rod down and just ever so slightly a bit annoyed 😤😤
However, taking into my stride, I got my other 2 rods out onto the spots and Jack did with his 3 rods. With darkness settling in, surprisingly it wasn’t long until we were into our first fish and it was for myself! The amazing sound of my bite alarms screaming into action had me springing out of my chair and lifting into a powerful fish, playing the fish felt different to the other fish id caught on here previously with it seemingly plodding along in nicely and then making a bursting run and stripping line again, repeating this process over and over until it was in the net. Looking down into the net I was greeted with a thick set of shoulders and a deep-set fish, could this finally be the 30lb Carp myself and Jack had been waiting for this year?
At the beginning of the year myself and Jack set a target of a 30lb carp each from this lake by the end of the year, as stated previously we never got amongst any of the bigger fish and took the first year here as a learning curve and set our sights on completing our target next year, however I had what seemed a fairly big chunk of a fish in the net, time to weigh it!
With the fish securely in the sling and attached to the scales I lifted it up, the needle span round and stopped exactly on 31lb, YIPEEEE!!! I had finally done it! My first UK 30lb carp and target accomplished for the year! The fact it wasn’t just an oz or so over 30 made it better too! A new UK P.B and our target complete on our last trip of the year was just poetry!
The ever faithful Wide Gape BP hook from DSD fished Slip-D style using 18lb ‘Stealth’ Hooklink material and using a Glugged Smokey Jack Hookbait from Spotted Fin proving to be this fishes downfall, I honestly have nothing but confidence in the end tackle from DSD so get yourself over to their website a.s.a.p. to jump on the band wagon, they even have spaces for more team members at the moment so check it out!
So just a few hours into the trip and I was elated! The rest of the trip didn’t matter to me, I had finally done it and Of Course everyone in my phonebook was about to find out! So, with phone calls, messages and photos sent I jumped into my bed chair with no hope of sleeping but just a big grin on my face, to my surprise a few hours later I was away again! Once again, the fish putting up a very good account for itself and I was met with this pristine 18lb Common, getting to the lake an evening before usual had paid of immensely, with 2 fish under my belt I was over the moon!
With that fish returned there was no more action during the night and we were met with this epic sunrise, I absolutely love fishing and this is why, not just for the fishing but the surroundings and just being amongst the beauty of nature just makes everything that little but more special.
It wasn’t until later in the afternoon we were met with our next fish, with a few single bleeps on his alarm Jack looked up to see his rod tip bent right round on his left-hand rod, with a sprightly fight commencing he was rewarded with his first fish of the session and yet another pristine Common carp at 18lb.
Once again with the darkness rolling in earlier heading into winter, we were welcomed with a screamer of a run going into the darkness at only half past 6 and this time for Jack, again after a very powerful fight Jack was welcomed with another decent fish, this one going 18.8lb, our average so far this trip being a lot better than any other trip we have had here so far.
With the fish returned and the light truly gone we was heading into our last night of what had so far been our best session to date! Well for me anyway, or was it just for me? Tune into the next Part to see how this session goes from epic to EPIC!!!!!!!
If you are a regular reader of the blogs on Essex Anglers, you may recall the many blogs my son Joe has written over the past 18 months or so. Unfortunately, both of us have now “partially” moved away from Essex although we have both moved to completely different locations. Joe went off to University and now resides in Lancaster and I relocated to Switzerland almost a year ago for work.
First of all it needs to be said that if you’re not familiar with the geography of Switzerland, the country is landlocked, surrounded by Italy, France, Germany and Austria. For a predominantly sea fisherman like myself, that provides a very unique challenge as the sea is many, many hours away.
But I wanted to fish. Therefore, my choices were to either reduce my fishing exploits considerably or adapt to what many people reading this blog see as their only form of fishing – freshwater. So that’s what I did. It’s not that I’ve never dabbled with freshwater fishing. Before coming to Switzerland I would regularly go with my son Joe, who prefers freshwater fishing to sea fishing. But unbelievably, I’d never actually been freshwater fishing by myself.
I arrived in Switzerland in late November 2020 in the middle of a country-wide lockdown. The weather was dry but bitterly cold, hovering just above freezing most days. I was temporarily living in Zurich, about a 2-minute walk from Zurichsee / Lake Zurich (more on this lake soon) but due to the cold weather, I never actually saw a single person fishing at the lake.
A few months later, I relocated to a small village about 30 minutes from Zurich and was now about a 15 minute bus ride from lake Zurich. The weather was still cold in February and 45cm of snow soon fell and stayed around for weeks. Fishing was still some way off. During this time, I started to investigate the local area for fishing locations, tips etc and found the available information on the Internet to be absolutely woeful. No one talks about their fishing here and no one tells anyone else where to fish or what to use.
The one thing I did discover from my searches was the biggest challenge of fishing in Switzerland is that it’s heavily regulated and each canton (like a county) has their own unique rules and laws on fishing. In the canton of Zurich, they do allow a person to fish without a licence. But the fishing is limited to a single rod and only natural baits such as corn, maggots, worms or bread allowed. In addition, all rivers are rented by fishing clubs who will refuse anyone outside the club from fishing them. (It’s a shame because the rivers are absolutely teeming with life. I’ve seen stretches of river with stacks of 5lb+ Chub in a small 50-meter stretch!)
Fishing without a licence is possible, but its limited. You are unable to use lures, plastic worms, spinners or even pellets/boilies. There’s also a very strict law that every canton will follow – there’s virtually no catch and release. What you catch, you take! This law is alien to us but is in place to ensure that a fish doesn’t go through the same stress twice in its life (they are very big on animal welfare).
Even considering all of the regulations, I decided that I would go through the process of applying for a fishing licence. In the UK, we can apply and pay for a licence online and in a few minutes, fish completely legal. Well, this is Switzerland and nothing is ever simple here. You can’t actually apply for a fishing licence until you have completed an exam that goes through all parts of fishing, water management etc. The exam is called a SaNa and this must be completed and takes an entire day to complete – no exceptions. Once you have the SaNa, you can then apply for a licence. All of this costs money, quite a lot actually.
So, a few hundred quid in and now that I have my licence, I was able to fish without too many restrictions. All I needed now was some gear. Considering most things in Switzerland are super expensive, tackle is not and is either on-par with the UK or in some cases about 10-15% cheaper. The only downside I’ve found is that Switzerland absolutely love all forms of lure fishing and so the tackle shops cater for this in a huge way and general carp or float fishing tackle is contained to a small corner at the far end of the shop. Very different to the average tackle shop in the UK which is the complete opposite.
After buying what I needed to try my luck at lure fishing, I set off to Lake Zurich in the hope of a Perch or two. I was told by the tackle shop where to fish and what to use and what to expect. Apparently, Perch above 40cm come out of the lake fairly regularly with the odd 50cm fish each year! To most UK fishermen that target Perch, this is the stuff of dreams so I was hopeful lady luck would sprinkle some pixie dust on me. Those hopes were very quickly dashed. I think I blanked on 4 trips before I finally caught my first Perch which was about 10cm, not 40.
But by now the weather was improving and the lake was warming up. I’d spoken to a few locals who told me that most people only fish from May-Oct when the water is at its warmest. When it’s cold, the good fish go deep, very deep. Lake Zurich has an average depth of about 80 meters and is about 120 meters at its deepest. Casting out just 40 or 50 meters into the lake is like shore fishing in the UK. The lead hits the water and then continues to take line for sometimes upwards of 15 seconds. Not what I was expecting in a freshwater lake.
I persevered with artificial worms using both Carolina and Texas rigs for several more weeks with some very limited success, catching plenty of small perch but nothing to ever get excited about. I’d never fished this way before but was confident that eventually I’d have the success I was hoping for as this was a method I was seeing used by virtually every local that lure fished.
The following week I was trying to catch some pesky Perch under a jetty freelining with a worm when a South African came up and asked how I was getting on. “Shocking” probably wasn’t the answer he was expecting but I’m British and we say it how it is. We soon got talking about all things fishy in our own countries and 30 minutes later, he had returned with 2 rods and we started fishing together.
My luck had been pretty poor until that day but over the course of the day I finished with 2 pretty good-sized Roach and a few very exotic looking fish called Pumpkinseeds. These are an invasive species and there is a law in place that dictates all Pumpkinseeds caught must be dispatched and not returned to the lake. Seems a shame but these fish are causing havoc with the native fish and out competing them for food, so something needs to be done.
Paul, my new South African fishing buddy is passionate about carp and other large specimen fish. Back home he lives 6 hours from the coast so the only fishing he has really done is in lakes and rivers. It was interesting to see the differences of tackle he uses to catch carp. One interesting looking piece was a hair rig set up, but with 2 completely separate hooks baited separately which was designed to improve the chances of catching (like he was sea fishing). Can you imagine what people would say if he were using a 2-hook rig on a lake in the UK? Paul and I fished together every weekend for a few weeks more, having moderate success although he did catch a large Bream from the lake by himself.
Mid-summer came and with it, so did my wife and Joe my son for their summer holiday. They spent 10 days with me and I think we limited the fishing to about 3 days, which is quite good for us. Joe had reached out to someone on Instagram before he came over to enquire about fishing venues. By chance, the young lad (Aaron) had roots to Essex. His dad was born and raised in Burnham but had lived in Switzerland for 25 years (he still had a bit of the accent). What’s the chances eh? Well, this proved to be a good connection.
Aaron is an avid fisherman (as well as being a Swiss international Rugby player) with a preference to carp fishing. Unfortunately, as I have discovered carp fishing is very limited in Switzerland. He has a number of venues to fish, but unlike Essex that has dozens and dozens of venues, the local area to Zurich has very few. He took us to one lake in the middle of a wood which appeared more like a British lake. The lake was created by a river that had been dammed about a hundred years before and by all accounts, the ancient riverbed in the middle of the lake was where most of the big fish hung out. Being about 3 acres in size, casting into the fishy ancient river bed was possible.
The fishing tactics were simple and recognisable. We were either using method feeders or hair rigs with PVA bags. As we all had licences, boilies were permitted and handfuls of these were thrown out with a baiting stick to get the fish feeding. A few fish were coming in here and there but nothing too large.
Only Aaron myself and Joe were fishing this lake and after about 3 hours, Aaron and Joe had both caught a few fish and started ribbing me that I was still blanking. I told them I was waiting for the biggest fish of the day, not the most. Little did I know what was about to happen. Just before lunchtime I caught two fish in quick succession. A small carp and a little tench. Joe had lost a fish on his feeder too.
We decided that it was time for lunch. The sun was hot and we had a belly full of meat from the BBQ (permanent community BBQs are regular sight in Switzerland).
All of a sudden, my alarm screeched and the line took off. I lifted my rod into the fish and was happy that it was definitely on and hadn’t spat the bait out. I was only using a light method feeder rod so the fish felt big, very big. I was worried about the light rod so a loosened the drag off a little and the fish took off. It was zigzagging all over the lake, taking line all the time. I was only using 10lb line so needed to manage this fish accordingly. Eventually, it stopped dead but was not coming in. Was it in some weed or maybe behind a fallen tree? I couldn’t tell, but it was still on and just sitting there somewhere deciding what to do next.
After a further few minutes, the fish suddenly started moving again. He was still taking line but was now moving which gave me some confidence that I would win this particular battle. After about 2 minutes he finally started to swim towards me and I was able to retrieve the line he had taken. Eventually, he came into the net and I could see it was a very solid looking common.
Strangely, it wasn’t as big as it had felt on the line and weighed in just shy of 10lb. (I honestly thought it was double that) But make no mistake here, this wasn’t some fat, lazy lake carp we get in the UK that’s been caught a dozen times. This was a wild carp. Living in an ancient, river fed lake that is rarely fished. It’s quite likely that this fish has never been caught before in its life as most fish including carp are taken and eaten. It may have been a small 10lb fish, but on very light gear it fought like a stallion and was an absolute joy to land.
Now, according to the law of land, this beauty should be dispatched and taken home! Imagine my shock when it suddenly jumped out of my hands and landed straight back in the lake. What are the chances of that eh?
The day ended with a few more small carp and tench. As I had predicted earlier, I may not have caught the most, but I did catch the biggest.
So big perch was the aim. But i didn’t only catch perch. i set up my brand new sonik vader x RS and wychwood 65S with a good ol’ korda df hair rig with the chosen bait being king prawns!
i picked the most perch spot i could think of however it didn’t produce in 1 hour so i switched and put it on the other margin almost instantly i hooked into a gorgeous little carp unfortuatly because the bait was so close to the margin it picked it up and ran straight into the weeds! grr after a couple mins of pushing and pulling he came free and hit the net, for a little common he sure was pretty and gave up an awesome fight! once landed i removed the hook let him rest then got a photo for the camera it was small, but it was a start!
A move away from someone casting into my swim resulted in a good result in the form of two more fish one almost ripped the rod into the water and screamed of what a take! the fish never gave up ripping line and always digging for the bottom when it hit the net it looked as if it could be a pb was one of the most stunning carp i have ever caught lovely scale pattern, somehow it only went 11lb but a lovely fish no matter.
It was getting close to home time however i continued trying to work hard and find a perch and eventually we found one a really lovely fat fish not the size i wanted but it was target species and im happy with that!
Welcome back one and all, this week we look at a recent session myself and Jack had over on the Top Lake at White Lakes, this lake is proving notoriously difficult for us both but persistence always pays off so we are returning to see if we can make it pay off sooner rather than later.
We arrived on Saturday morning knowing the weather was going to be very wet and windy all day but with the pressure dropping and warmer winds due in we were in for a very good chance of a fish. Only 1 other person was fishing the lake so we had the choice of swims and we decided to jump into swims 3 & 4.
So, with everything set up we was ready, willing and waiting for our opportunity to come along and hopefully bag one of the bigger residents of the lake, our recent session here ended with a good number of fish but nothing above the 20lb mark which Mike likes to remind us is quite exceptional, I would go even further to say it takes more talent to catch the smaller ones in here than the bigger ones, that’s what me and Jack are sticking with anyway.
11 o’clock came around and with it the wind and rain and boy did it rain, of course as soon as it started raining my rod was away! With no one fishing to the left of me and half the lake at my disposal I decided to have one rod down to my left, a Slip-D rig was the rig of choice, comprising of a size 6 Wide Gape BP hook from DSD tackle and their ‘Stealth’ coated hooklink to tie the rig together with a Classic Corn Wafter from SpottedFin as the bait of choice, with loose matching boilies thrown over the top for good measure.
After a fairly short but stressful battle the fish was safely in the net, not one of the bigger fish I hoped for but a cracking little mirror to start us off and to save myself a blank, Yippee!!
With Jack hastily returning to his bivvy and the fish returned I had to put the rig back into place in 40mph winds and rain, rain, rain and more rain, oh the joys! But as always effort equals reward and shortly after I was away again with another smaller fish but this time a lovely pristine common.
Once again with Jack scurrying away out of the rain and myself putting the rig back into position it was time to settle down with the hopes of drying off a little. Well, that was the plan however Jack had other ideas and decided to get himself amongst the fish and landed yet another one of the lakes smaller fish with this once again pristine common carp.
Unluckily and somewhat luckily the fish then seemed to turn off and we didn’t have any more fish during the day, so heading into the night and with the weather starting to ease up a little I decided to finally get out of my wet clothes and change into dryer clothes. Doing this just as it started to stop raining rather than waiting till it actually stopped proved to be a bit of a stupid mistake on my behalf with my reel stripping line off once again on the same spot as before.
This time with what was the smallest fish of the session, as you can see from the pictures, being the nice guy I am I didn’t want to bother Jack and for him to get wet too so I took a quick snap of the fish in the cradle and popped it back as soon as possible, what are best friends for ay?
With the rain now stopping and the night setting in, we were hoping for some more fish but unfortunately nothing materialised during the night apart from getting our beauty sleep. With the new day came the lovely sunny weather, not long after we arose from our sleep, Mike paid Jack a visit to see why we was failing to catch anything of decent size and to try and help relieve us from pest control.
With him he brought along his trusty boat and secret bait, he stuck a rod in on a spot with said bait and told Jack to ‘keep an eye on it’ which we have come to learn is Mike giving us a helping hand and trying to help make content!
Now, if you know Mike you know he is the ultimate wind-up merchant when it comes to fishing his lakes, you could be there for days and not have anything and he will show up, stick a rod out and within half an hour his into a fish, if he is finding the lake fishing rather hard, he can sometimes wait up till a whole hour before he catches, this is no over exaggeration, he really is that good. As always within 45 minutes the rod was away, Jack lifted into it and was met with a bit of a heavier weight than what we have experienced so far this trip, after a relatively short battle Jack had landed the biggest fish of the session at 19lb 8oz and what a corker! A quick phone call to Mike to let him know he had a fish; he was on his way back round.
This fish is a typical strain of the awesome Common Carp Mike breeds in his lakes, big shoulders, deep belly’s and just perfect, this is one of the big reasons we joined White Lakes is due to the stamp of fish in here and I think you can agree they are stunners!
With Mike now back with his trusty supplies he reset the trap for us, now I know some of you may think this is cheating etc but in all honesty, I just want fish! We still had to play the fish etc so it’s basically just a free tuition lesson from one of the world’s greatest fishermen, that’s all. And to prove it wasn’t just a fluke, 15 minutes later it was away again, this time I had the privilege of being there and went on to land the fish myself, a lovely 17lb common to top the trip off.
With the fish returned and not wanting to keep bothering Mike, we called it a day and had to leave anyway, whilst again not getting anything above 20lb and seemingly missing the bigger fish, we learnt some more from this trip again and will put that into action next year when we return as the complex closes over the winter period.
So, a massive thankyou to Mike for showing us how it’s done, also a thank you to you all for reading this blog, we hope you enjoyed it.
Welcome back once again everyone to the next instalment of a JT Carpers blog, this week we revisit a recent trip to White Lakes Guest Lake with my dad for 24 hours.
With myself and my dad turning up a little earlier than Jack, I decided to be the best friend anyone could ask for and setup Jacks bivvy for him so when he arrived, he was ready to cast out and crack on! What a mistake this turned out to be, after 45 minutes in the rain setting up the 3 bivvies, I still didn’t have any rods out and Jack arrived…… not impressed.
So, after the fun of setting everything up, we were all out and ready to start catching hopefully. It didn’t take to long for Jack to start us off with this lovely little Common just before dark.
With the first fish under our belt, we were very confident for a few more and this proved to be true with 4 more fish coming during the night with 1 of them being my dad’s first fish on this lake, it isn’t one of the bigger residents of the lake but when it breaks a bad spell on a new lake you can never complain and dad was over the moon to have had his duck broken, well in dad! The other 3 fish all came to Jack throughout the night, again nothing massive but all very beautiful carp and a cracking mirror amongst them too.
Coming into day light we was all very happy with the results, with 5 fish under our belts within 12 hours was a great result, obviously I was a little gutted to still not have caught one yet and having lost one during the night that added a little salt to the wounds, but in usual Jack ways he decided to rub it in a little more by catching another 3 before anyone else had a chance to catch one, whilst im grateful for the content and happy for my mate to be catching, myself and my dad couldn’t help but have a few choice words for him.
The 3rd fish of the mini haul was also the biggest of the session with this awesome 22lb 140z Common Carp, funnily enough whilst Jack was playing the fish, I decided to record a little footage for our social media pages and it just so happened to be this beauty.
With Jack having a deserved rest from all the catching 😒, I decided to interrupt and catch a fish for myself, this awesome Mirror carp gracing my net and saving me from a blank, meaning I now felt like I contributed to the overall catch number and can start using the context we instead of they/he 😊.
Now that I had my first fish it seemed that Jack had had enough of letting someone else have a go and decided to start showing us up again, netting another 2 fish and continuing his great run of form on this session.
With those 2 fish then returned we was coming to the end of our 24-hour session and what a session it had been so far, however it wasn’t all over yet as I decided to chip in with one more fish, this awesome little common graced us with his presence and made me feel a little bit better overall.
After returning that fish it was however to be our last, but what a session we had in the end, catching 12 fish between us, Dad breaking his duck on the lake and all topped off with the awesome 22lb 14oz Common that Jack caught.
All of our fish were caught using DSD Tackle components over a variety of rigs, 4 of the fish fell to a rig comprising of a size 6 Long Shank hook and 18lb Brown Stealth hooklink fished with some shrink tubing to make a blowback effect.
The other fish were all caught on size 6 Wide Gape BP hooks fished a variety of methods such as a Ronnie Rig, Slip D rig with DSD bait screws and finally using the Stealth hooklink again with the coating stripped back to get to the supple braid underneath to make the perfect rig for a method feeder, the method feeder rig was the downfall of the bigger common and 3 other fish.
So once again, thank you very tuning in to our little blog and we hope to see you next time, until then.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.)
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.
And there we have it, a few hours on the bank but lifelong memories made, perfect!