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  • Why Navionics Is Crucial.
    Navionics should be an important part to every anglers tackle box. It works best when you have a large water you need to cover like lakes, reseviours, and the sea. Most of the time fish will be stuck to structure this could be anything. For example depth changes will hold fish. Navionics has a setting […]
  • Dreamland Continues
    Welcome back to another JT Carpers blog, carrying on from our last blog I apologise for leaving it how I did but I think what is about to happen next deserves its own blog! I hope you’ll agree.  So, heading into the final night of our trip and Jack returning another cracking fish just an […]
  • Is The Ned Rig Worth The Hype?
    I saw the pressure and it just screamed perch! i grabbed my rod and went off to do a test that ive wanted to do for a long time, is the Ned rig really worth it!? is it as good as people say it is? So with the pressure low, spirits high, overcast weather and […]
  • 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 […]
  • Big Barbel, Beginners Luck?
    Last weekend I took part in a lure fishing competition on the Lancaster canal. Somehow I ended up coming second out of over 20 people which was a complete shock for me. I’ve only been lure fishing for a couple years and before last month I’d only ever dabbled in it. I never entered to […]
  • Only 2 of These Have Been Caught On This Boat!
    So if you read my last blog know that been fishing with a close mate of mine who runs a charter boat, well today we left the rivers and went back to his prime, the sea! Whilst waiting for the punters to arrive we were talking and both know what to expect due to it […]
  • Red Letter Session
    Welcome back to another instalment of a JT Carpers blog! This week we start looking at a session from heaven for myself and Jack! If you follow us on social media, you will already know the results of this trip, if not, sit back, relax and enjoy the blog 😀   So, this trip was unfortunately our last trip […]
  • A Little Piece of Essex Found in Switzerland
    If you are a regular reader of the blogs on Essex Anglers, you may recall the many blogs my son Joe has written over the past 18 months or so. Unfortunately, both of us have now “partially” moved away from Essex although we have both moved to completely different locations. Joe went off to University […]
  • Lures VS Dead baits!
    So on this trip me and a mate decided to visit a small dyke very well known for its large perch and pike, well between me and a few mates its well known. I went with Dan Taylor a charter captain who fishes from Better Days in ramsgate marina. Hes recently got into the freshwater […]
  • 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 […]
  • Finally Thorny
    Towards the beginning of last month, my Dad and I headed to our local mark on the River Crouch in search of anything that would bite. We’ve fished the Crouch, with mixed success about a dozen times in the last few years because it’s only 10 minutes from home. We’ve caught the usual bass, whiting, […]
  • Captain Small & The North Star Express.
    All Aboard!! Welcome back to another instalment of the JT Carpers blog, this week we have something a bit different to usual, an awesome little social sea fishing trip with the miniature comedian himself Jon over on the North Star!  So, usually we book a trip with Jon once a year, for something a bit different than […]
  • Dusk Time River Roach
    This is probably my last after work session for the rest of this year with the nights getting quite dark when I finish now sadly! This session was a month or so ago of time of publish for reference. Headed out back to my favoured spot on the river chelmer, to continue my mission to […]
  • The Best Bait To Use In The Margins?!
    So big perch was the aim. But i didn’t only catch perch. i set up my brand new sonik vader x RS and wychwood 65S with a good ol’ korda df hair rig with the chosen bait being king prawns! i picked the most perch spot i could think of however it didn’t produce in […]
  • Tiny Essex River Throws up Quality Roach
    Well, I am almost like a broken record, bigging up the small essex river that is the River Crouch. I took a mate down there one evening to try and get him a few river fish, as it’s all very new to him, with my recent run on the Crouch, I was quite confident I […]
  • The Prettiest Fish I’ve Ever Caught!!
    On the day before this i planned to meet up with a mate and go to a super well known mark that is crazy good for things like wrasse. I’ve always wanted to fish this spot as its the best wrasse spot near me unfortunately there is about a 20ft drop so you have to […]
  • Knowledge is everything
    Welcome back one and all, this week we look at a recent session myself and Jack had over on the Top Lake at White Lakes, this lake is proving notoriously difficult for us both but persistence always pays off so we are returning to see if we can make it pay off sooner rather than […]
  • River Fishing for City Roach
    Well, back to the blogs, this is a session from a little while ago. I took my dad out for a session promising some good Roach after my success so far this season fishing for Roach on the Rivers. And with a possible 2lber on the cards, it’s difficult to turn this down! The normal […]
  • How To Catch Live baits
    So, its October, predator season is upon us! however still to early to fish dead baits, could try lures but only if your happy doing 20k steps! so what the next best thing? LIVEBAITS! Livebaits work so well because once you start catching them you can be sure that there will be pike in the […]
  • How TO Catch Live baits!
    Live baiting can be a spectacular way to weed out the smaller fish and catch the nice size fish as well as dead baiting. Live baiting can sometimes be an essential way to find bigger fish and beat your PB. The best live baits for pike and perch are roach in varied sizes, the roach […]
  • 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 […]
  • Hartlepool marina.
    Hartlepool is situated on the north east coast of England. Its a small town with a beautiful coast line, passionate football fans, a memorable nickname (monkey hangers) and a marina. The marina can hold up to 500 boats, hosted the tall ships event in 2010 and is again in 2023. It has pubs, restaurants and […]
  • Soo Many Fish! – SIB Fishing
    Whilst I am waiting for my new kayak to turn up I decided to have a trip with my mate on his sib and we ended up having a brilliant day! with loads and loads of fish showing! As we hauled the engine and equipment up the beach and pumped up the boat we were […]
  • Bye bye Ducky!
    Welcome back once again everyone to the next instalment of a JT Carpers blog, this week we revisit a recent trip to White Lakes Guest Lake with my dad for 24 hours.  With myself and my dad turning up a little earlier than Jack, I decided to be the best friend anyone could ask for and setup […]
  • Catching Baitfish On Fly
    So today was a day off from work and I decided to go out, ride to a local river and see what is lurking in the brackish water conditions, id heard story of nice big fish being carp, tench and pike but I wanted to see what the baitfish life was like first, not only […]
  • Big Chub CANNOT Resist This Lure!
    This was the last day of my two days off and I decided to pop back down to the new mark id found on my river where the sea trout was. I wasn’t expecting another trout but in the back of my mind, I was hoping violently hoping for it to happen. id armed myself […]
  • Miniature Surprise!
    Welcome to another JT Carpers blog, this week we go over a short session myself and Jack had whilst away with our families for the bank holiday weekend last month.  So, as I was already on holiday with my family at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island, Jack and his family joined us for the weekend, obviously with a […]
  • Ultralight Dropshot fishing for Perch – River Chelmer
    This session was a full on busy Perch session down the river chelmer, so far our luck had been great and we have really had some great sessions. With Rose catching loads of fish as well! Our setup is simple, a normal drop-shot rig, with a 5g weight, we use mainly worms, however sometimes can […]
  • South shields
    Setting off at 8 a.m with a friend, heading towards some rockpools that we’d never fished before. Expecting nothing but hoping for everything, or at least a new species. It turned out to be harder than we thought it would be, more frustrating than we thought it would be, warmer than it was meant to […]
  • Chub Fishing With Crazy Surprise Catch!
    Today I somehow managed to get up at 6:00 to get down to the river to get the early morning bight, but today proved that whether it’s at 6:00 or 9:55 in the morning the bite is hot! I got down to the swim and got my waders on I jumped in and started walking […]
  • Brixham and Plymouth LRF
    During my long and awful 10hr drive home from Brixham to Hartlepool, I had time to think about the fishing I had done and the people I had met. While my family slept and gazed out of the windows at mostly stationary traffic, my mind wandered to the week we’d just had, specifically the fishing. […]