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Wychwood Riot Rods – Tackle Review

With the freezing temperatures having rolled in over the last couple weeks it has been very hard to get over onto a lake where it hasn’t frozen over and with only 1 lake in my local district as per Government guidelines my options are limited. So, with that in mind today I’m going to write a tackle review on my Wychwood Riot Rods. 

I’ve been using these rods for over a year now, there seemed to be a small uprising of using smaller rods a while ago and after giving Jack’s Nash Dwarf rods a go and seeing the benefits I decided to jump on the band wagon myself. 

After looking around at the different rods available I decided to go with the Wychwood Riots 9ft 2.75lb EVA handled variety. With the lakes I usually fish, I don’t fish at long distances and as I previously stated I like to fish the margins a lot so the 9ft rods are perfect for how I like to fish. 

The Wychwood Riots 9ft Rods, the tackle of choice for myself.

I can honestly say I am so happy I made the move from using 12ft rods to using 9ft rods, the only thing that I really needed to change was how I would cast, sometimes when you want to fish that little bit further you have to give it that little bit more umph. 

However, this isn’t to say the rods can’t do what you need, these rods are perfect for all situations I have put them in and I am very happy with them, they also give you the advantage over bigger rods that they can get you into some more of the overgrown swims or just the smaller swims where the 12ft rods possibly couldn’t go. 

Sometimes these smaller rods can get you in them little holes where the bigger rods may be a bit harder to handle.

They have a strong backbone too, I’ve played catfish multiple times on them and never had a moment where I thought the rod wouldn’t be able to handle it. 

I would recommend partnering these lightweight rods with a smaller reel so to balance out the weight of the rod and reel combo and making it less demanding on yourself over time, I partner my 3 with the Fox Eos 10000 reels which work perfectly for me. 

One of the most attractive and best things of these rods are the price point, at around £55 a rod these are very much affordable for most people and like I said are perfect carp rods, when I purchased mine, I got them on a deal of 2+1, so basically buy 2 get 1 free and with that my setup was complete. I have left a link below for the deal I got myself so you can revel in the savings you’ve made! 

The rods themselves come in 12ft, 10ft and 9ft variations so even if you do not want to downsize your rod size Wychwood cater for that too, also with the 12ft variant it comes with 50mm butt guides to help with longer distance casting. 

There isn’t much more I can add to describe these rods other then they are perfect in my eyes, Ive not come across a reason to believe these rods couldn’t handle any situation I put them through and with such a cheap price point they are perfect for beginners and experienced anglers alike. 

So, with that review complete I hope you all stay safe in these crazy times and fingers crossed we can all soon go about our normal lives and hit the banks and catch those dream fish we all wish for 🤞🤞 

As always,   

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,   

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Winter Warmers

Welcome back to another blog! Sadly no time for fishing this week with all the home tutoring for my 2 children. However I thought I would go over a few essential items to take on a Winter sessions fishing to ensure you are comfortable and safe at all times.

  1. Head torch 

For me this is a vital piece of kit during the winter months. As the mornings start later and the evenings come in sooner you may find yourself setting up/ packing up in the dark. This can be a very dangerous time as you are constantly beside the lake when doing both of these things and without proper equipment you could be putting yourself in a bad situation without even realising it. A decent head torch is a must! 

This is the current head torch I use and its a wonderful piece of kit.
  1. Stove & Kettle 

Whether you like hot drinks or not, nothing can beat warming your hands up next to a nice warm stove, obviously being as careful as possible to not burn yourself. Not only is it useful for making lovely warm drinks but if you want you can take a hot water bottle to give you that little boost, I don’t myself but I see myself getting ever closer to the age where this seems very appealing. In addition, a stove can help you shrink your shrink tubing if need be so is always handy to have it with you. Personally, after seeing a video with a segment from Frank Warwick in it I do not shrink my tubing over the hot steam as this can weaken your rig material, I like to shrink mine inside the hot water itself, this only takes a few seconds to shrink plus saves the material from being weakened and also keeps your fingers away from the hot steam! 

  1. Warm clothing / Appropriate footwear 

I think this one is pretty obvious but can be overlooked. Making sure you have enough layers on or with you can turn that cold miserable day into a slightly less miserable one and may encourage yourself to have that extra hour on the bank with the possibility of a bonus fish! 

Appropriate footwear, I cannot stress this one enough, leading up to winter last year I myself made the mistake of not taking the correct footwear on a 48-hour session and this proved to be a very hard session for me. I didn’t take into account the weather leading up to my session and the lake was completely swamped, I didn’t have the right footwear and was left with soaking wet socks and trainers for two days, not only was it uncomfortable it can prove to be very damaging to your health. 

  1. Shelter 

Again, this may seem obvious but if you don’t take it into consideration then you may end up cutting your session short. A good day shelter can be the turning point from having a miserable time and potentially becoming ill and keeping yourself away from the elements and safe. I have had my same day shelter for 5 years and it’s still going strong, some may seem expensive but trust me these are major investments and you will never regret it. 

  1. Power bank 

Living in the world we do; technology is a huge focal point in our lives. Whether it be for important phone calls or browsing the ever-awesome Essex Anglers website for brilliant blogs everyday covering all aspects of fishing 😉 you need battery in your phone. A power bank is a massive must for me and not just any power bank, you have to ensure you have a good one, power bank capacities are measured in mAh (mAh means milliamp Hour and is a unit that measures (electric) power over time. It is commonly used to measure the energy capacity of a battery. In general, the more mAh and the longer the battery capacity or battery life.) So as stated the higher the mAh the more capacity the battery has and the more times you SHOULD be able to charge your devices (Always keep an eye out from scam suppliers who may quote higher mAh then they actually provide) 

The last point for me you must have Passion for the sport and a little bit of a screw loose to fish in the winter conditions, I personally LOVE fishing in the winter, yes, it is harder to catch at times but the fish seem to be at their heaviest weights and with so few anglers fishing, the serenity of being in the outdoors with your own thoughts is perfect! 

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Remember people be safe whilst on the bank at all times but especially in these colder months when things can get a bit harder on the bank. 

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The Key to unlocking a lake?

With the full lockdown still in place and it being here to stay for some time, fishing is still only permitted in your local council’s district. With that in mind last weekend I visited a lake in my local council that I have never visited before. The weather had picked up from the recent weeks so it was looking good for a bite, however sadly this never happened for myself and ended in a big old muddy blank. 

So, that leads me nicely to today’s blog, with no fish to show for my efforts this blog will outline a few areas that can really help you in your fishing, be it Carp or any other species, these next few tips can swing the scales in your favour. 

With a lot of the current Carp fishing vlogs and videos on the internet the thing all the top anglers touch upon is Watercraft. However, some of them push this word upon you but never really help any beginners into understanding exactly what ‘Watercraft’ means. In this blog I’m going to touch on a few key points that full under the label ‘Watercraft’ and can hopefully help anyone who is not 100% sure to get a bit more of an insight. 

1. Weather 

The weather plays a huge part into many peoples fishing conditions, this will make a big impact in where the fish may be and help you identify that. For instances the wind, the wind can play a huge part in where to locate carp. Carp tend to follow the wind due to it blowing the surface water in one direction meaning the water beneath this moves in the opposite direction, carp will tend to swim into the flow of water which means following the direction the wind is blowing into. Most of if not all-weather apps will show you the strength of wind, personally any wind blowing around 13mph plus I would consider a strong wind and will consider this when going to the lake. 

The next massive factor when considering the weather is Pressure, myself and Jack have only recently in the last year or so started to understand how much of a difference the pressure makes and how to read it effectively. In basic terms we have come to understand anything below 1000 is consider low and anything above 1000 is high. 

The way pressure can really impact your fishing in basic terms is the higher the air pressure, the higher the carp will tend to sit in the water. When below 1000 this lends itself perfectly to fish on the bottom of the lake using whichever methods you like, whereas above 1000 would really lend itself to Zig fishing at different depths and also floater fishing/surface fishing where permitted. Surface fishing is one of mine and Jacks favourite types of fishing for Carp as you can see the Carp approach and take your chosen hookbait, this is awesome fun and I highly recommend it where possible! 

Obviously, all of the above information doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t catch on other methods when the weather indicates otherwise, but if you take the above into consideration it could really help you land that extra fish you may not have had. 

Personally, me and Jack use an app called XCWeather for our up-to-date weather as its easily accessible and shows all the information needed. 

Jack caught this awesome 23lb mirror carp from the surface, whilst fishing in weather conditions that promoted this type of fishing.
XC weather app showing the direction of wind, strength and also the air pressure.

2. Signs of Fish 

So, this may sound obvious but I’m going to touch on a couple of things that could help you spot fish and or give you a clue where they may be held up.  

Carp jumping/rolling, now again this may sound obvious but you will only see this if you’re watching the water and paying attention to your surroundings, this obviously shows where at least a few carp are held up and I will ALWAYS stick a rod onto a showing carp if its reachable from my swim if I have already settled for a swim, if I haven’t already settled, I will check if any swims are available around the showing fish and go straight for it. 

Next up is bubbling/clouding of water. Both these things indicate a fish is feeding in that area and should never be ignored, bubbling is the oxygen the fish is releasing by rooting around on the bottom looking for food and this goes hand in hand with cloudy water, obviously whilst rooting amongst the lake bed any mud/clay/silt/weed will be disturbed and cause the water to cloud/colour. 

Lastly a giveaway sign is any branches/reeds moving. Especially if there is no wind this can be a big giveaway to where fish are patrolling and could be a helping hand in the shy fish giving themselves away. 

I caught this fish on a day trip with my dad when no other fish were caught on the lake that day, this was a few minutes after casting to a showing fish down my near margin, BONUS!

3. Lake Features 

This one is more about your understanding of the lake you are fishing. Obviously, this differs from lake to lake but the principles will tend to stay the same. Islands are always a good spot to aim for as this is a beacon to most carp and most anglers, Islands can break the wind travelling across the lake and provide some sort of shelter for the fish.  

Going hand in hand with Islands is the margins, myself and Jack will 99% of the time have a rod down in the margin, so many people neglect their margins and to me this is a huge opportunity for me to grab that fish that most will miss. Most anglers at the end of the day will discard of their bait in the margin before going home, this soon becomes a beacon for the fish to learn that they can eat quite freely on discarded bait and not get caught as there are no hooks amongst it all. The margins are also a patrol route for many fish to travel around the lake, in conjunction to this a lot of lakes margins actually undercut the bank you are fishing from and the fish will hide right underneath your feet, putting a bait Infront of them can entice them to come out and feed under what they presume to be safety. 

Next up is snags, I personally wouldn’t recommend fishing towards snags until you are very comfortable in your own ability as this can cause harm to fish unless handled properly. Snags are a beacon for carp, as stated before with the undercut on most lakes the fish feel safe amongst the snags as they can be unfishable, if you do choose to fish up to snags you MUST have a tight clutch so the fish can’t just run straight into the snags and get caught up, no one wants a fish to get snagged up and possibly harm the fish. With having a tight clutch, if you are snag fishing, I personally would be basically sitting on top of my rods to ensure I am straight in contact with the fish as soon as I get an indication so I can steer the carp away from snags and potential danger. 

Jack caught this pristine 27lb common by fishing down to his right hand margin underneath a boat the bailiff uses to clear the lake of weed in the summer, sometimes the carp hide there for cover, great Watercraft from Jack, using the features and margins to his advantage.

So, they are the main points to touch on when applying ‘Watercraft’ when fishing. Always check the weather days leading up to your session, this can help you plan your tactics in advance and give you that advantage. Signs of fish, I would recommend doing a lap of the lake if possible when arriving or just standing in a single swim for a period of time just watching the water, see if any fish can give themselves up and help you make your decision where to fish a little easier. Lastly features, keep all these features in mind if no fish make themselves visible and these could grab you that bonus fish. Keeping all this in mind can honestly turn your day from a blank into a bounty of fish, there is no point just settling for any random swim for the sake of it, the idea for all of us is when we go fishing, we go to catch fish, so why not tip that into your advantage with a few simple things. 

As always, 

Tight Lines & Wet Nets, 

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All aboard the Northstar!

Firstly, Happy New Year all! I know it’s a bit delayed but we didn’t get a blog out last week as I was a bit unwell so didn’t get a chance to get one sorted for you all. 

So, with the Nation being in a full lockdown any hope I had of travelling to Essex to try and grab a few species for the species hunt is dead in the water unfortunately. With this in mind and me being a bit under the weather as of late I haven’t managed to get out on the bank as I would have liked. 

Today’s blog is about a couple of previous trips we had with an awesome boat skipper called Jon aboard his boat the NorthStar from Canvey Island. Obviously, this is way before lockdown and any national restrictions that have been put into place, we are hoping that as soon as this virus decides to go on its merry way, we can get back out with Jon to try grab some species for the species hunt. 

Firstly, let me just put it across how funny Jon is, honestly one of the funniest most down to earth people I have ever met, his banter is top level and if your quite easily offended over quite crude jokes etc, his boat probably isn’t for you. Next to his awesome sense of humour is his knowledge, as most skippers have to be his knowledge is amazing. His first target of the day is to make sure you all have a good day, catching fish is obviously up there but sometimes out of his control so making sure you have a good day is controllable by him so he does this in bucket loads! 

The boat itself is very comfortable and very well kept, we have had the privilege of fishing with him twice and both times I have felt very comfortable aboard his boat. 

Next, onto the fishing! Our main species for the trips were dogfish as these tend to come abundantly in the stretch of the Thames Estuary that we fished. 

We did make a vlog from the first trip with Jon which I will link at the bottom of the blog if you are interested in checking that out. 

We caught a lot of dog fish with a few cracking Rays and Smooth hound thrown in for good measure. 

Jon is based at the Lobster Smack, Haven Rd, Canvey Island, he also has a page for his boat which I will post at the bottom of the blog and again which we highly recommend having a look and jumping on board with this absolute legend! 

Having no knowledge or understanding of boat fish or sea fishing in general his does cater for the absolute novice of us all, he will take the time to talk you through it and explain why it is done that way which again for myself and the group was a huge positive as I love learning new techniques and understanding what I’m doing in more detail. 

So, with that all done unfortunately that’s the end of the blog, I hope you enjoyed this short blog and admire the pictures etc in the blog, don’t forget if you want to check it out a bit more check the vlog out linked below of our first trip upon the NorthStar. I am hoping to get out on the bank this weekend, local to myself and within my district as per Government guidelines, so hopefully some fresh content for you all next week. 

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New year, New me?

Firstly, we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year for tonight/tomorrow, we hope you all enjoy it as best you can as we all try and say bye to one of the worst years in recent history for many of us, it’s been a tough one but hey you’re here reading this so you’ve made it through so it’s only onwards and upwards from here! 

With nothing but chilling and being with Family as much as allowed since Christmas we haven’t managed to hit the bank (Yes, I know very poor excuse.) 

This week we have a quick recap of some of the fish we have managed to say hello to over this tough year, obviously like many others a lot of our fishing plans gone thrown in the bin but we tried to make the best out of the time we had, we had some cracking fish and some not so impressive blanks. But we are blessed to have seen the bank as much as we can as we know others never got the chance to.  

We visited Whites Lakes as frequently as possible this year and managed to wangle ourselves a membership for the coming year (Yippee). I must say the owner Mike is a top bloke and we do love having a good old chin wag with him on the bank so we cannot wait for our first years membership and try and get amongst some of the complex’s beasts! Here is some of the results from our trips over on the guest lake this year, no real monsters that we know reside in there but a few lovely fish, biggest going 19.8lb. We will for sure still visit the guest lake this year, hopefully we can get my Dad on there to fish it with us. 

Next up honestly one of my favourite captures from this year, we visited The Lake At Nine Acres Fishing Lake in Eastwood, Essex. This is a relatively new lake and it does show, the place is immaculate, the bailiff/owner Darren put us onto some of the lake’s better spots as soon as we got there and I really do love it when a bailiff is there to help and what’s you to have the best session possible instead of just turning up, taking your money and not really caring so huge respect for him. 

Jack came across the lake on Facebook and after seeing the stock of some awesome looking Koi we decided to book it up, obviously the Koi was on my target list as there are a fair few of them and I just love them. After a few hours fishing with nothing apart from a few liners I was in, when the fish first showed on the surface, I was so excited, then the realisation came in that I was hooked into a Koi and now that I had seen it if it somehow came off, I would be devastated. Once I landed it, I was relieved and thrilled with my capture, again not the biggest but what a beautiful fish! We will defiantly be back next year with the Essex Anglers Species Hunt in mind and just because it’s an awesome place. 

We visited a few random day ticket lakes throughout the year just to keep our fix going and to have some socially distanced socials with friends, nothing really came from these trips just the odd fish but a new P.B for my future Brother-in-law was the highlight of one of these trips so congratulations to him! 

With the year now wrapped up in this blog we move onto a short piece about our goals for next year. 

Whites Lakes of course will be a huge part of our fishing next year, with 4 lakes on the complex and 3 of them being members only that we now have access to we are so excited! With Carp to 40lb+ and Cats in the Cat Lake going 100lb+ we cannot wait to get stuck in, our first target of the year will be a 20lb+ Carp each from the top lake (Easier of the carp lakes) Once that’s under our belts we have agreed that we won’t move onto the harder lake with the bigger carp in till we have both got a 30lb+ Carp each from the Top Lake, hopefully we can get that done within the year if not then hey, always next year! 

For myself, most of my other fishing will be aimed at species I wouldn’t usually fish for with the Essex Anglers Species Hunt in mind, I am really looking forward to this as it gets me using my fishing brain and really experience new styles of fishing that I’ve never done before, so expect a varied lot of capture blogs this year, Yaaay! 

That will be the main focus of our fishing for next year! Please feel free to leave comments etc of what your goals for the new year are, maybe it is joining a new club like ourselves, or chasing that new PB, or even a fish from a new venue that you’ve had your eye on, let us know in the comments 🙂 

Once again Happy New Year everyone!

As always,

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,

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Christmas Wishes

After last week’s shambolic display from myself and Jack, we haven’t hit the bank since and with Christmas all but here fishing was off the cards, so unfortunately no new stuff to post this week :(. 

So, this is a very short but sweet blog to wish all of the readers a very Merry Christmas, I know a lot of people aren’t going to be able to spend it with family etc, especially in Essex due to the new restrictions, but try and make it as good as you can. 

I hope you all get everything you asked for and more and I hope your all back on the bank a.s.a.p. and getting into some of those winter chunks! 

Once again Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎄 

As always, 

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Winter Washout

So, after not fishing for carp for over a month myself and Jack finally got a session out this weekend to Tylers Common Fishery to get a bend in the rod before Christmas. 

The weather leading up to Sunday was Cold, Wet and did I mention Cold? Thankfully for us the weather was set to warm up for Sunday so it wasn’t looking too bad. 

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that well as it rained all day and we got completely bogged down in our already pretty boggy swims, luckily, we invested in some decent wellies since we last went to White Lakes and nearly got frostbite in our feet! 

With it being colder I set out to have a rod out on maggots, maggots can be a seriously killer carp tactic if used correctly, I decided to try a different method of using maggots this time. I had a cork ball screwed into a bait screw on a Ronnie Rig, with the cork ball in place I then superglued maggots onto the cork ball, this makes the rig sit like a pop-up rig and gives the maggots maximum moveability as their brains aren’t pushed out with the hook point going in. 

This was the first attempt at doing this, trust me the presentation got better throughout the day!

After sorting that rig, I decided to use a method feeder on 1 of my other rods as this worked well on this lake last time. On the other rod I used a standard hair rig but used Baylys Baits ‘Secret Sauce’ boilie as we have been checking them out lately over at Essex Anglers and giving them a good testing. 

Jack was using similar tactics but replacing the Maggot rig with another standard hair rig but equipped with Spotted Fin Smokey Jack boilie as we have had a lot of success on it over the last year. 

The day started off pretty quiet but there were a few bleeps from around the lake so not all hope was diminished, after around 2 hours of ‘Proper man football talk’ Jacks receiver had lit up in the corner of his eye, Jack was using some new bite alarms he had recently got, whilst looking at his new fancy receiver telling him that 4mm of line had been taken, then with the number going higher and higher, he realised he actually had a take but his bite alarms weren’t turned up properly, DOH! 

Running through the swamp from our base camp was a challenge but upon getting to his rods finally Jack was in! YESS!! Whilst playing the fish, Jack could tell it was a decent fish as it hugged the bottom of the lake the whole time, but then the dreaded words left Jacks mouth ‘Its Off’, gutting! Our first sign of the day, first take and now first fish lost. Not to be completely down heartened as it was still early in our session, Jack put fresh bait on and cast to the same spot, around half a rod length off of the island in the middle of the lake. 

With no indications from my own rods, I plugged away retrieving the method feeder every 20 minutes or so to rebait and recast to the chosen spot. An hour or so after Jacks first take he was in again, this time whilst watching the previous night’s UFC (Yes, I know we are so manly it’s unreal.) Sadly, once again thou it was off, 2 takes and 2 lost fish, not great at all. Both takes coming on the Baylys Baits ‘Secret Sauce’ so we will defiantly be using these baits again on our next trip, hopefully this time we could land some fish! 

Unfortunately, with the rain making us soaked through and the gear wet, with the cold wind blowing through and the lake seemingly going very quiet over the last few hours we decided to call it a day and have a slow pack up.  

This is where the day goes from bad to just dreadful for myself, whilst packing up the rod pod and bite alarms, I made the amateur mistake of undoing the bite alarms next to the banks edge, as you can imagine with the rain hammering in all day, they weren’t the driest of items, as you can expect a slip out of the hand happened and PLOP! One of my bite alarms flies straight into the lake, after 15 minutes of trying to retrieve it with the net I came to the rather crappy conclusion that it was gone, bite alarms are now on the Christmas list 😊 

That’s it for this week’s blog, unfortunately another blog without a fish and possibly my last spot of fishing before Christmas, with lots of stuff to do over the next couple weeks my fishing the river may get pushed back into the new year! Hopefully I can move a few things about and get some time out on the bank but who knows! My fingers and toes are all crossed! 

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Species Recap

Firstly, welcome back to another blog, with this year soon coming to a close we would just like to say a thank you to everyone who reads our blogs, we really do appreciate all of the support. <3 

So, once again this week I was hoping to hop down to the river and try trotting again (Still sounds a little weird to me) however with the snow earlier in the week came the enormous amounts of fog! I am not sure how bad it was in Essex but where I live on the Lincolnshire border it was unreal, honestly couldn’t see more then 1 foot in front of you, so unfortunately that put a stop to my fishing for this week. Obviously now as I have written this blog the fog has mysteriously disappeared, typical. 

So, with no new exciting tales to tell you of my blanking record on the river, I have decided to just do a little recap on the different species myself and Jack have caught over the years, this goes hand in hand with next year as I will be on the hunt for as many as possible with the Essex Anglers Species Hunt Title on the line! I have no chance of winning it but the adventure along the way should be fun. 

First, we start with every carp anglers’ favourite fish, the Bream. Whilst admittedly it can get rather annoying whilst waiting for that elusive bite from a carp, Mr bream decides to take your hook bait and give you a good old slimy kiss to your landing net. I somewhat have a slight soft spot for the slimy buggers! Whilst most of them can be annoying I have to admit that when you land a big one the size of a bin lid it’s hard to not be impressed! Myself and Jack haven’t caught MASSIVE ones before but with next year’s competition looming, I hope I can get amongst some of the specimen ones! 

A Nice Bream for the Guest Lake at Whites Lakes

Next up, one of mine and Jacks favourites, the good old Tench, again most carp anglers loathe them but me and Jack actually really like them, having not fished for them specifically before, next year will be interesting, we both love the colour of them and the good old scrap they put up, I think they are beautiful fish and again can’t wait to get amongst them! 

Here we have a sub-species of carp, the Koi Carp, whilst still part of the Carp family I can’t help but fall in love every time I see one, I am lucky enough to have caught 2 special ones before and have found a lake we have blogged about before that holds some lovely Koi. We will defiantly be heading there next year to get one ticked off the list and just be in awe of their beauty whilst doing it! 

Now we have a fish that I have unfortunately not been able to catch before but Jack has whilst fishing for Carp, Pike, we have never properly fished for Pike before apart from chucking a lure out and retrieving a few times before deciding to pack them away for the carp rods. But next year I will be aiming for one specifically and giving them a good crack with my cousin who fishes for them regularly so fingers crossed! 

A small ‘Jack’ Pike caught by Jack whilst fishing for carp at a local Park Lake

Finally, we have the power house of the lot, the Wels Catfish, Ive been lucky enough or unlucky depending how you look at it to hook into these beasts on a number of occasions but have only tamed one of reasonable size. In the last year when fishing venues with Cats in I have aimed to have one rod out specifically for the Catfish but seemingly they just love to home in on my Carp bait! My 30lb Catfish pictured was actually caught on a Spinner Rig with a White pop up whilst reeling in from casting to a showing Carp and not being happy with where it landed. For a solid 10 seconds I thought I had hooked into a snag as the rod just locked up, then all of a sudden, a burst of energy and the line was screaming off the reel as I was screaming for Jack in disbelief, these monsters really do give you a fight and me and Jack cannot wait to get onto the Catfish Lake with our new membership at Whites Lakes next year! 

That wraps up this week’s blog, we have also caught countless Roach, Rudd & Small Perch however before finding my love for fishing as a whole rather than just for carp fishing, I never really took any pictures of them. With the Species hunt next year do expect to see a lot more variety in mine and Jacks fishing and hopefully a lot more fish! 

As always,

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,

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Trotting Along

Firstly Hooray I managed the hit the bank this week! Whilst it was only for a short couple of hours, time on the bank is always an exciting time. I didn’t manage to get out last Friday as I was hoping due to the life of being an adult (It really does suck at times doesn’t it.)

I did manage to get to my local stretch of river this Tuesday, with the bitterly cold weather slowly sneaking in, its become harder and harder to convince my wife to go fishing, but in all fairness to her she never says no and off we went!

Following on from my last session to the river and having a talk with the bailiff it was quite clear I had to move up the river more and we proceeded to go to the spot he recommended last time, it has been a few weeks thou so I was hoping we would still get amonst some fish.

As I stated before I am a complete novice when it comes to anything outside of Carp fishing so all and any advice is more than welcome. Once again my trusty fountain of knowledge came to aid me with a few tips, the trusty fountain of knowledge being in the shape of Bailey, he is far to modest to admit it but he really does help me out with anything I ask.

With Bailey’s advice in hand I set my couple hours out to have 1 rod with a basic carp setup as I am itching to get my very first carp out of the river, with the other rod setup up to ‘Trott’. Now admittedly I have never heard of this method before and always believed Trotting is the outcome of a very dodgy curry the night before.

With a list of items that Bailey recommended purchased during the week I was excited to try something new and hopefully get it right ready for the Essex Anglers Species Hunt.

Unfortunately for myself the couple of hours I spent didn’t suffice to anything and a blank was on the cards, however a new skill learnt is always a positive and as long as I get all my choirs done this week I get to go fishing next week! YAY!

With that session wrapped up sadly this is a very short blog this week. Fingers crossed next weeks blog can be that little bit more invigorating and a lot more fishy!

As always,

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,

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Farlows in the Sun

Once again adult life takes a firm grip on my fishing and unfortunately I haven’t been able to hit the bank again this week before the blog is due, however i shale be on the bank tomorrow trying my hand on the river! Woo!

So this week’s blog is a very quick re-cap of a trip me and Jack had earlier this Summer. With the trip to Farlows booked a few weeks in advance we wasn’t overly pleased with the very hot weather heading in, 30c+ we was set for a scorcher!

Arriving at the venue around 8am we wasn’t surprised to see the Lake basically full apart from a couple of pegs, Farlows is known as one of the Mecca’s for Carp fishing in the country and for that reason it is always very busy.

Off we headed around Lake 2 to see if we could squeeze in somewhere if possible, with two of our mates turning up later in the day it looked like our social would have to be put on the back burner in order to all being fishing sensibly.

Luckily me and Jack had managed to find 2 pegs next to each other along the left hand side of the lake, not our preferred swims but sometimes you have to work with what you have.

These are the 2 pegs we managed to jump in to.

With the weather already being hot and only seemingly going to get hotter our approach was always going to be fishing zig’s and keeping an eye out for any cruising fish.

Rods out and bed chairs out for some lounging in the sun we was set for a very hot and sweaty day!

The day pretty much passed uneventfully and with only 2-3hours before sunset my rod was off! HOORAY! After a short battle I was rewarded with this lovely little mirror, having fished Farlows a couple of times before and not catching anything I was over the moon with finally landing one of its residents, even if it was one of the babies.

Perfection scaled down!

We headed into the night with nothing else to show for our efforts, unfortunately for us the hot weather seemed to turn the fish into a randy mood and they started spawning through the night, in came the rods and we packed up first thing in the morning. Cutting our session short but allowing the fish some room to get on with the deed.

Hopefully I can get a fish or two tomorrow and have something new and refreshing for next weeks blog!

As always,

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,

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