Khan Emin

Blasford hill pike fishing

So first ever overnight session me and my mate Reece got down at 8:30 am lugging all our gear, food and sleeping stuff down, found a really nice swim with some overhanging trees looking really good for what we are after! 

Decided to cast out a float with a roach deadbait had a few nibbles and something really ripped up the roach, sadly no fish. Cast out again and the float went down after 5 minutes good fight on the fish but it went under a snag and I lost my rig and float but thankfully got them back as I saw them floating around!

Switched to a ledgered roach deadbait and after 20 minutes of silence the alarm starts screaming and rod slowly bent round and I struck into a nice fish, really got fight and pull him into the net got him unhooked and rested, got a weight on him at a solid 9lb he was a really nice fish!

Cast back out and chucked some cut up roach as loose feed every so often and another hooked this one only 6lb but a nice fish and that was the general thing afterwards 5 more fish between 5lbs and 8lbs 

Everything went quiet for a while no bites though the night and our baits got nicked during the night which was a shame!

The morning comes around I decided to cast out a float again instantly as the bait goes down the float bombed away and had a really nice pike at 8lb and had 2 more at 5lb 

One last cast before I left and the biggest fish fell to a small herring what a fight and at just over 10lb it was the biggest of the session but what a good bunch of fish and the bad nights sleep was worth it!

Will Defoe going back there to see if there’s any larger ones lurking out in the depths!

Tight lines everyone.

Khan Emin

Roach fishing on the river can!

Only a short hour session in the evening as that’s when it’s been most productive!

Walked down to the river and it’s flowing a bit fast but nothing awful and a bit of colour.

Setup was my 10ft Shakespeare match rod paired with a Shakespeare reel with 8lb line down to a 2g float with a size 10 hook, bait of choice was large dendrobina worms.

Fishing about 4ft deep in the slacks catching a few gudgeon here and there and a couple of nice dace, one fish I lost felt like a half decent chub but ah well.

Crushed up a few hallibut pellets in a pellet grinder and threw it out as ground bait had a few knocks and lost the worm.

2nd attempt I struck into a really nice fish but it got off and obviously 3rd times the charm hooked into the largest roach of this season really deep and thick set fish put up an amazing fight and as I had him resting in the net I had another decent roach but half the size of the large one! 

Think the float stuff will be calming down and I’ll be moving onto lures and deadbaits for the predators this season! 

And if you’re out this week, tight lines everyone!

Khan Emin Lure River

Evening predator fishing

So the start of the session going down to how mill lock chucking around some crank baits after some perch or chub! 

3 small wasps on the Rapala shadow rap so not too bad! Switching over to a cheb rigged reggie in real ale colour caught a few larger ones, one being close to 1lb 1/2.

Getting a bit quiet as I’m walking up and down the stretch, as things go not a bad start but they all seemed to have switched off. A couple of my mates turned up to do a bit of float fishing so I switched up to free lining some worms I had in the box a few nice roach and a couple of gudgeon was a nice change, one of my friends hooked into a nice small chub looking over  a pound, as he was reeling it in a large pike decided it was lunch time. There goes a nice chub and for the pike a nice dinner. 

So me being a lover of a good pike scrap I go and grab some of my pike floats and deadbait sardines! Time to rig up.

Casting it right where I saw some bait fish jump I waited about an hour before any movement on the float I was fixated on getting that fish. Then the float starts bobbing up and down and shoots under, what a fish and what a fight. Every time I got him to the net he shot off so great sport on the light pike gear. 2 attempts and he was In. 

Coming in at 8lb he’s no monster but it’s a great start to the pike season! 

Tight lines to you all!

Khan Emin

Blasford hill carping

So the day was going to be a chill one of showing my mate Daryl and his son how to fish, set them both up and myself with float rods (I bought my feeder too incase I wanted a tench)

Straight away as they both started casting in not even 2 minutes roach and Rudd left, right and centre and some being near the pound mark! Was really please to see them both catching loads!

Strangely enough Daryl caught himself a few gudgeon which I didn’t know were in the lake!

We caught a few perch and a small bream, but I decided to set up the feeder rod, flatbed feeder with a mix of meaty further ground bait and some small shrimp and krill pellets! With a hair rigged soft hookable shrimp and krill pellet!

10 minutes In the water the rod bent round double and I was into a very big fish which sadly got off, keeping itself to the bottom and got off the hook also bending it up.

Set up another hair rig, more pellets and groundbait and same large hookeable on the hair, waited a bit longer before I was in again on another big fish, as soon as he was hooked he went straight for the reeds, having to bully him out was a headache but what a fish when we got him in the net. 

Really thick set fish with a LOT of muscle, honestly my heart was pounding and Daryl and his son were shocked at the size of the fish.

Just a few pounds away from 13lb he’s my record carp! 

Really enjoyed this session and it’s made me wanna get on to the BIG carp. and now my mate and his son have the fishing bug to so that’s another good achievement.

Khan Emin

Predator fishing galore

Starting off the day on the micro crank baits in roach colour! Had 3 nice chublets absolutely bomb them one after the other! 

I then changed spots and changed to a rattling hornet in brown trout colour, bringing it through slow and then speeding the pace up a bit, I felt it come to a halt and then I struck into something decent a fight ensued for over 5 minutes and I thought I was into a big chub but as I bought the head up I saw it was a pike (around 5lb) not a massive fish but get on UL Gear! After that I had some bad luck with a massive trout followed in and went for the rattling hornet and then swam off! 

The Next day was even better, same tactic of jigs and crank baits but the jigs worked even better catching me a chunky 1lb+ perch and loads of wasps and a little jack pike! Decided to move on to float fishing tactics as it was going quiet and I got into a few nice Chub and a few decent size roach, biggest was close to a pound! 

Onto a session on the chub stream in st Ives, very picturesque venue and a beautiful little stream teaming with fish

Me and my buddy Simon started off on the micro lures! Landing around 30 wasps between us and the biggest being near half a pound! Switched to free lining a worm and had 5 more perch! My mate Simon has the biggest fish of the day by free lining a big cube of spam and ended up catching a decent size eel from this little stream! 

The past few days fishing has been amazing and hopefully keeps on being that way! 

Hope you all catch something and tight lines to all of you!!!

Khan Emin

The two trips to rook hall

Down to rook hall again! going after my first tench! 

So I went down with a short float set up (7ft rod and 8lb line) bait was just large dendrobina worms! Getting through the small perch (biggest was close to a pound) and roach and Rudd! Changed the depth to 5ft and cast it towards a few sunken logs where I saw some fizzing..

Instantly my float shot under and I was into a massive fish about a 10 minute fight but sadly shot straight under the logs and snapped me off .. either a massive tench or a decent carp.

Cast back towards the same area and I was in again was a little chunky baby tench less that a pound which I was please about proper nice fight for a small fish! 

Chucked out a few loose pellets and ground bait and cast out and it took about 20 minutes but I was into a good fish really nice fight and my heart was pounding got it to the net and what a beautiful sight real orange belly and a golden brown colour.. 5lbs of gorgeous tench, I was amazed at the power and size of her. 

Last hour caught a few more perch and a 3.4lb tench which was proper dark! All in all an amazing session! 

2nd session was a shorter one and the same setup loads of little perch and roach all day which was good fun! And a lovely 

3.6lb tench which was a amazing fight! 

Last cast in I hooked into something massive bought it too the bank and it was a huge common carp zoomed straight off and snapped me clean on 8lb line thankfully I still had my float ect but I’m going there next time with heavier gear for those big carp! 

Looking at the upcoming river season I have a lot too look forward too as I’ve seen some big perch, chub, trout and chub ok the local river and some nice looking pike! So can’t wait to go after them! 

And on the list this year my first ever barbel!!! 

Khan Emin


So this is my 2nd time coming to this venue my 1st wasn’t too successful lost a few decent fish and caught a couple of nice roach in a few hours.

I came down with my method feeder rod and my float set up! Using a worm kebab on the method and using worm or corn as bait on the float.

Cast out my feeder with the worm kebab and my float fished worm and straight away was into a decent perch! After I got him back in the feeder confidently bent round and I had a big lovely roach on possibly over a pound!

Went quiet for a bit and I set down my gear to change spots the bailiff came round and told me that a group of about 8 carp are swimming about in the margins near some reeds, I went over there with my float rod and hooked up a big lob worm, by the looks of them they weighed between 6-15lbs, I cast right in the middle of the group and after a few seconds it shot under! I was into a lovely scrap either a nice looking mirror weighed about 6lb+

Got him back and again was quiet for a hour with the odd tiny wasp caught on the float.

Was at the last half hour of my session when my float rod nearly came off it’s rest!

Again into a good fish and put up a good 5-10 minute fight when I got her In the net bit of a warrior with a chunk out of her tail and a few scars! Really nice fish going around 8lb+

All in all was a really good session again sadly no tench yet but I’ve seen them swimming and fizzing about and hear about 7lb+ being pulled out of there and a few golden ones too! So I’m the mission to catch my first tench I will be going back ASAP!

Tight lines to you all and I hope you have a great week!

Khan Emin

Fishing fun!

The local pond: 

So my first session was only a short two hours, on a local pond close by which has had some decent tench and small carp but I’ve been trying to figure it out for years with a different range of baits, methods and morning and night sessions where I’ve only had lunch with roach and Rudd and surprisingly a small perch but the perch was only a year ago! This session wasn’t looking up and I was float fishing with worms and loose feeding chopped worm and groundbait and I only had a small roach for my efforts. No matter next time I go early morning and hopefully it warms up enough for the tench! 

A12 cuton lakes: 

Float and method feeder methods where on the go this time! First ever time checking out these lovely lakes and I shall be coming back! But I was using a flat bed method feeder with my quivertip feeder rod and float fishing in the margins! But sadly for myself it was a massive blank.

A friend of mine who was testing out his cast was lucky though! No bait on his hook just casting in towards the middle and as it dropped into the water it was off and a good 20 minute fight was on! We thought it had been foul hooked but as we netted the fish the hook was in the corner of the mouth which was surprising. A decent looking common and at 13lb It was a solid fish!

Newlands hall (the park lake):

So this was probably one I’ve the most fun/stressful sessions I’ve ever had. Started off the day on the method feeder and float! Me and my friend Reece both had a few fish in only a couple of pounds mirror and common carp  and I had a few roach and rudd as I cast my float rod in I turned around for only a minute to speak to Reece and my rod shot off the rod rest into the lake after a few attempts of casting over and dragging it in I managed to get a hook on it and as i got the rod in the fish was still fighting and pulling line got it in a bit closer and a massive crucian was on the other end around 3lb+ but sadly got off the hook.

But at the end of the day it’s been a good few sessions and I had a lot of fun a few carp and good roach and rudd next week hopefully I’ll be getting on blasford hill! So looking forward to that!

Khan Emin

Carp fishing on blind lane fisheries!

So we had a bit of a late start on this one because my mate Nathan was running a bit late! 11:30am we got there already with our rods set up and baits prepped! 

As soon as we got on the bank we could already see the carp swarming the surface as we chucked some liquidised bread and groundbait in as feed.

I casted my feeder near some overhanging trees packed with some frenzied hemp/caster groundbait with a big lob worm as hook bait and on my float a piece of sweet corn just off the bottom close in near the margins! Didn’t take long as my float shot under 5minute in and I was into a lovely small common carp only a couple of pounds but a good fight! 

Then after I put him back the feeder bent around and nearly slid off the rest and into the lake as I struck in I knew I was into a good fish as I reeled in got it to the net it was another nice common around the 4lb mark! 

My mate Nathan was pulling out nice Dace, roach and f1’s and 2 nice common carp sadly one large fish snapped him off and he was deflated after that.

I carried on as he sulked in his chair and was into a few nice fish, then my feeder rod again bends round horrifically and as I strike the fish zoomed off in the opposite direction and took about 15 minutes before I even saw her, got in close and she looked around 10lb+ but I sadly lost her at the net. 

I set down my feeder rod and stuck to just the float again a few decent fish but biggest of the day was around 5lb. 

With 12 fish in total I was happy to call it a day. 

I’m not usually the carp fishing type but that session saved me from a big few blanks! Hopefully get back there soon and go after the larger fish!

Tight lines to everyone getting out and have a good week! 



10ft Shakespeare match rod

Shimano FX XT

8lb Daiwa line 

1.5g waggler 

Size 12 Drennan barbless hook 

Quiver tip: 

Sundridge proton

Shakespeare omni reel 

8lb Daiwa line 

1.1oz Flat method feeder

5lb hook length 

Size 10 Drennan barbless hook




DYNAMITE Frenzied hemp/caster groundbait

Khan Emin

Pike/perch galore (with a few extras)

Started off the day on sixteen foot drain!

Was full of other anglers on the day a mixed bag of carpers and pike fishermen because in the past few weeks a 30lb carp had been pulled out and a 19lb+ pike 

So understandably it was packed! 

Day started off slow for a few hours but I only landed a decent 5lb+ jack but it wasn’t too bad as I nearly landed a big one but she got off near the net looked to be a high double! Went away feeling a mixture of defeat but also adrenaline and genuinely pleased that I at least caught a fish! 

Next session was on the river nene going between a float setup then ending on some light jigging had a few nice wasps on some micro lures and a good amount on the float! But then as I switched to a larger squirm on a cheb rig first cast out I landed this lovely 2lb chunk! Really good fight so I was pleased with that last fish of the day. 

The next session was on 20ft drain with a mate of mine! As I was new to the stretch my mate showed me a few decent spots and we cracked on with the day was loads of pike jumping and after the baitfish I’ve never seen anything like it, we both lost a fish so just dampened our spirits but we pushed on! Time went on with nothing to show for it my mate went home as he had bits to do I pushed on for a couple more hours and I was gifted with a lovely 10lb beast so that was my Cambridgeshire PB broken which as you could guess I was over the moon with! 

I was back on the 20ft drain again 2 days later only floating for pike! Trying out my new circle hooks I was into a nice fish on my first cast but she got off but on my second cast the bobber shot straight under baitfish scattered in all directions and I was in with a good fish 8lbs of solid pike she was a bit beaten up from another larger pike or a cormorant so quick release and she swam away fine!

Last session of the season! 

So me and my mate went about planning where to go and what to go after we decided on the river nene and to target the good ol perch! He was into a few lovely perch through the day but sadly I missed a few that took between my float and lures. So ended up just floating a worm for a moment one good roach and then the next cast In my waggler pauses then starts going the other direction slowly dipping up and down then it shoots off!! Struck in and for a few seconds I didn’t know what I was into.. then it came up, me and Simon couldn’t believe our eyes a big beaten up bruiser of a Rudd only coming onto 1lb but its the biggest I’ve caught so I was really happy! 

What this season’s taught me is to have patience, enjoy every moment of this relaxing sport and not to cast into bushes and trees so much they end up looking like Christmas trees! 

Targets for the upcoming closed season I’ll be moving to lakes and canals and I’ll be looking into some reservoirs too target trout! 

But target species for the lakes ect 

  • First reservoir trout 
  • First lake pike 
  • First lake perch 
  • First tench 
  • Break my 10lb carp pb   

And for when rivers open 

  • break my perch 3lb pb 
  • Break my chub 4lb pb 
  • Break my brown trout 5lb pb 
  • Break my pike 26lb pb 

At the end of the day I’d love to do all the above but I’ll just go and enjoy every bit of fishing I can! Even the blanks teach us something!

But I hope you all find joy and tight lines whilst the rivers are closed!