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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! 

Thankyou once again for tuning into a little blog, we appreciate every view and we thank you for your time 😊. 

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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. 

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Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our blog! If you missed the first half make sure you read it here: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Essex Anglers Otherwise, there will be some spoilers 😉 

Following on from the end of the last blog we had a touch choice to make, with the lake now in full spawning mode we choose to leave that lake, luckily the Guest Lake/ Middle Lake hadn’t shown any signs of spawning so we asked Mike if we could jump onto it for the remainder of the trip, luckily for us Mike said yes, no problem but if they started showing signs of Spawning then we would have to wind in and leave. He was closing the complex on Monday anyway to ensure all the fish can get on with what they needed too, Happy Days! 

So, with all our stuff packed up and moved over we was set up ready for the last 24 hours of our trip, obviously not how we planned it but to be able to stay at our favourite complex was a lot easier then possibly having to find another venue in such short notice. 

So, leading into the night we were very confident of a bite, just as I was settling in ready to sleep suddenly my bite alarm burst into life and I was in, after a very good fight I was welcomed with my first 20lb fish out of the Guest Lake with this perfect common carp. 

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That now makes it 3 20lb carp out of the Guest Lake for myself and Jack on our last 2 trips, that is very good going and just reflects why we love this place so much. 

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This also now meant 3 20lb+ carp for myself and Jack on this trip alone, which bar Gran Canaria was defiantly our best result on a session ever, happy days! 

The night carried on uneventfully until around 4am when my rod burst into life with this little common carp, not wanting to awake Sleeping Beauty I took a quick snap of the carp in the sling and returned it a.s.a.p. and got the rod back out on the spot. 

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A few hours before having to pack up and make our way back home, Jack was welcomed with another small common but we were more than happy with the results as this means we made the right decision to switch over lakes rather then find another venue on such short notice. 

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Unfortunately, the rest of the trip passed with no other fish but we didn’t care, with both of us breaking our duck on the Top Lake and both catching some awesome looking fish we were over the moon, we can’t wait to get back on the Top Lake and see if we can carry on our recent form and get a few more bangers under our belts! 

So, until then, 

As always,       

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Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

At last, myself and Jack have got ourselves back on the Top Lake at Whites Lakes! We booked ourselves on for a 48-hour session over the bank holiday weekend and have been looking forward to this one for a few weeks now. We haven’t had any luck on the Top Lake on our previous trips but with some more knowledge from the current members and from Mike himself we arrived with a slight spring in our step and some confidence within us. 

The Weather leading up to the weekend wasn’t great but it was set to be somewhat of a scorcher whilst we were there, once again the Weather doesn’t give us a break, we always book our sessions a few weeks in advance due to family and work commitments so we are forever relying on the weather being nice to us rather than being able to fish on a whim. 

Upon arriving to the lake, we were met with a bit of a knock in our confidence with Mike saying the fish are set to start spawning any day now, whilst they hadn’t started yet Mike did say that if they did start then unfortunately, we would be asked to leave as when the fish start spawning, he closes the lakes to let the fish get on with it, this is once again another sign of how much of an awesome fishery Mike runs and he is not in it for the money but for the love of the sport and the welfare of his fish. 

With only 2 swims available on the lake, I decided to be the best friend a man could ask for and let Jack fish in his favoured swim (I know honestly, I’m just too nice for my own good.) 

After selecting our sports and putting our new approach into place we stumbled across some eggs they were laid randomly on the path between mine and Jack’s swim, although I’m no twitcher, I do really love being amongst the wildlife around me when fishing and so my interests were intrigued and I decided to try and determine which bird these eggs belonged too. 

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Upon extensive research (Seeing the bird return to the eggs and googling ‘Black and White bird with long Orange beak) it was revealed the eggs belonged to a fascinating bird called an Oystercatcher. 

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A few hours into our trip Jack had a few single bleeps on one of his rods, whilst standing at his rods waiting for another indication, we saw the line moving but not enough for the bite alarm to detect it, Jack decided to pick up the rod and see what was going on, hey presto he was in! Result! Our first fish/take on the Top Lake, a short battle later he was graced with this chunky Common, all 25lb of it! 

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With the rest of the day passing uneventfully, we tucked up into our beds and was excited for the night ahead, at 12am I was greeted with a screamer of a run and just likes Jack fish I had a short battle ahead before being greeted with this awesome 23lb Common, my new Common PB! YIIPEEE!  

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(We do need to work on our night time shots) 

With the rest of the night passing with no further fish we were greeted with our worst nightmare, the fish were getting jiggy with it, so we decided to wind the rods in and head off to the shops to contemplate our next move. 

Upon returning it didn’t look good at all with the fish seemingly turning up their Barry White music and giving it a right good go. 

With our session seemingly over, we had a very hard decision to make…… Come back for our next blog in 2 weeks to see what we done and how/where we ended up! 

On a last note, the eggs seemed to start to hatch whilst we were there too! Love all around us! 

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Minions Day Out

Hi guys and welcome back to another JT Carpers blog, we hope your all keeping well and getting out onto the bank as much as possible! 

This week we have a little recap of a session we done with our children last month when we were allowed to meet up with another household outside, we decided to go to Tylers common fishery for a few hours on their match lake to try and get a few fish for the children, defiantly not for our own benefit whatsoever 🙄. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the fishery all the lakes were booked out for matches apart from the Specimen Lake, with the main aim of our trip to be quantity over quality (size) we decided to give this a miss and go onto Puddledock fishery as we know they have a few lakes on site which are of a high quality and very likely to catch. 

Upon arriving at the lake, we decided to jump onto ‘The Snake Lake’. We weren’t going to be fishing all day as our children are still young, I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for them to lose interested if we were there all day. 

So, upon arriving we decided to have 1 float rod each using simple maggot tactics and then 1 method feeder rod each to target some of the carp. The day started off somewhat slow and we were beginning to worry we would be forever taunted by our children about our lack of fishing skills. 

Finally, Jack hooked into the first fish of the day, a lovely little roach that saved both of our blushes and made us look awesome to our children, true fishermen with unbelievable amounts of skills! 

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With Jack bringing in the roach to no end it started to become apparent that this was very much a one-sided affair and I needed to catch something or forever be reminded by my children and Jack and his son that I was the only one to not catch. 

BRRRINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG, my bite alarm screamed from out of nowhere and I was into a carp on the method feeder, after a short scrap and letting the children have a go as much as possible without wanting to lose the fish, we had landed the only carp of the day, Hooray everyone was happy! 

So, with a few hours of getting the children out of our partners hair and having some fun fishing we decided it was time to call it a day before the weather took a turn for the worse. All in all a very success day, a few fish under our belts and looking like we actually know what we are doing to our children we went on our merry way. 

So once again, thank you so much for reading the blog, we appreciate all the support as does everyone from the Essex Anglers team. 

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We’re Baccck

So finally, a JT Carpers blog! I know, I know your overwhelmed with excitement and so you should be because that means we actually have some content worth sharing! Yippee! 

To say it’s been a dry year so far for myself and Jack would be an understatement, obviously once again 2021 started how 2020 ended and that’s with a miserable lockdown, this did hinder our opportunities to go fishing so we were always going to struggle till it had been somewhat lifted. Once the all clear had been given by big Bozza we decided to book our first session on White lakes as fully pledged members. 

Unfortunately, as it was no night fishing allowed this was a normal day session over on the Top Lake/Carp Lake, with the weather still being cold we weren’t hopeful and we were right in thinking that as we had no luck on that session, regardless it was still awesome to get out on the bank and back to a site we loved spending time at. 

So, then we decided to get onto the club lake for a longer session, with night fishing now being permitted we got permission from our wonderful, ever loving, beautiful partners to do a 48-hour session 😇. The lake had been fishing fairly well with a member fishing opposite us catching 8 carp prior to our arrival, before getting the rods out we decided to go and pay the member a visit and have a little chat, being new members, we are always looking for any advice and tips from other members. I must admit every single member we have come across has always been very pleasant and always willing to talk, this shows what an awesome fishery Mike runs and a great judge of character he is. 

On our walk over to Ian, he hooked himself into another Carp and what would turn out to be a stunning 32lb mirror, I had the pleasure of taking some snaps for him, with a congratulations and small chin wag later we decided to go back to our pegs and set up. So, without dragging the whole session out for yourselves to read it sadly ended in a blank for us and as Mike would so politely put it, we caught a big round number of fish between us, 0. 

Now, with that session ending we was ever so eager to get back and give it another go with the new knowledge we had learnt from the members we met over the 2 days, but with no fish under our belts yet in 2021 we really wanted to get amongst them so decided to do a 24-hour session over on the Guest Lake with my dad and cousin. 

I am so happy to announce, WE HAD SOME FISH!! After around 20 minutes of paying Mike and him comically waving the cash at the lake telling them it’s okay to come out now that we had paid, I was into my first fish of the session, a short scrap later I was gifted with this 10lb common, not the biggest by any means but when you have been on a bit of a baron run, the first fish is always welcome. 

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The next fish to pay us a visit wasn’t until the evening time around 10:30 when Jack was met with a screaming run and a beautiful 20lb mirror carp, his first carp of the year and to be met with a cracking 20lb mirror what a way to start. 

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Jack then had another carp at around 2:30 in the morning, it was only a small common but coming off of the same spot as the first fish it seemed to show whatever Jack was doing was working. 

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This showed to be true with yet another fish off of the same spot at around 7:30 in the morning, once again another awesome 20lb mirror, cracking average size of fish for Jack on this trip and the perfect way to get the ball rolling for his fishing for the year. 

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So, we were packing up a bit earlier than usual due to it being the Bank holiday Monday and the weather meant to be taking a turn for the worse come 4pm, then within the space of an hour myself and Jack both had another fish, fantastic! The trip had turnt into a success! Another 2 smaller commons but pristine and perfect. Unfortunately, my dad and cousin never had a fish between them but that didn’t dampen their thoughts of the lakes and they can’t wait to get back over on the guest lake with us as soon as possible. 

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With the session coming to an end, 4 fish for Jack and 2 for myself (well 3, I did have a Bream during the night Aswell but didn’t want to bother anyone for pictures) the session was a success and just what we needed before our return to the Carp Lake at the end of the month! 

Once again thank you for reading our blog, I know it’s been a long time coming but good things come to those that wait 😁. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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 🤞🤞 

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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! 

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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. 

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  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. 

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  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. 

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Jack caught this awesome 23lb mirror carp from the surface, whilst fishing in weather conditions that promoted this type of fishing.
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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

As always,

Tight Lines & Wet Nets,

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