• Syndicate Sessions
    Welcome back to a very late JT Carpers blog, we haven’t posted in a while but with some new people joining the Essex Anglers team and a new schedule being made we have more manageable blogging times so let’s look forward to more content on the horizon 😊 In this blog we are going to
  • Summer Chubbin’ (Topwater Chub Fishing)
    Well, it’s safe to say after this summer I have a bit of a new addiction in Lure Fishing. Topwater fishing for chub, something already a lot of anglers do, however, there is still a lot which don’t. And if you’re not…why?!? This is by far during the summer, the most exciting way to lure
  • Birthday Treat
    Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of blogs from us recently, we have been out on the bank a bit but I’ve just lost track of doing the blogs, so I apologise, however WE ARE BACKKK!!  So, for the first blog back we are going to go back a couple weekends ago to
  • Spring Tenching And A Wild Swim
    Up at 4.45 on a frosty late March morning. Tackle packed into my trusty Volvo the night before, lunch and flask prepared, and Indy my dog poised and alert: he knows we’re going fishing. It took me almost all of the previous afternoon to prepare for today’s session. My wife said “you spend more time
  • Kickstarting Essex LRF
    LRF in Essex is fairly unheard of unfortunately, due to the muddy murky Thames, it makes lure fishing for mini species incredibly difficult. The marks that Devon and Cornwall have, just aren’t here, strong tides also makes life difficult. Overall, we just have smaller populations of those mini species. However, those don’t mean that it
  • Friend Or Foe – investigating seal and inshore trawler impacts on fish stocks
    It’s funny what you remember from school. Even stranger at times is what from that you learn, what you chose to actually use in life. Probably the most important thing I learned from school was down to my RE teacher, Mr Marshall. He was weird to say the least. Resembling the John Pertwee version of
  • Thornwood on the fly  
    Started off tying on a white fly sort of a small silver fry imitation a few awful casts later I actually saw some improvement with getting some distance! With no luck on the white fly I changed to a sinking bloodworm and after two casts I was into a lovely little rainbow trout which got
  • On The Hunt: Predator fishing 2021/22
    Winter is all about predator fishing for me, although I did partake of a couple of short sessions on my local river, the Suffolk Stour, trotting for the numerous dace and chub that inhabit this jungly, overgrown stretch, which I’m happy to say is free-fishing and only a five minute walk from my house. It
  • BFS Perch Fishing – Exploring new Rivers
    Well, after my house move, I’m back fishing and continuing with Lures. Lure fishing has really won me over, from its simplicity and ease, a rod, net, rucksack and you’re off and can fit in sessions easily around a busy life. And boy, the joy and feel when you feel a fish smash a lure…words
  • A study In Light.
    A radical approach to glow in the dark tackle that seriously improves catch rates Back in November I was watching an old episode of Only Fools And Horses – the one where Del Boy had acquired some cheap paint and was busy decorating a range of things from the kitchen of his local Chinese restaurant
  • For The Love Of Chub
    I think I’ve grown to love chub. It wasn’t an immediate infatuation, like my experience with tench and pike, more a slow-burn, a gradual awakening of admiration, prompted by Matt Hayes and ably assisted by the river Roding. One crisp winters morning about twenty years ago, I was driving to work down the M11 when
  • Nice to be Back
    Hello all. It’s been nearly a year since my last blog. I bet you are all going oh no not him again. Yes, it’s me, I’m back. I have missed you all and I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in so long. As always, everyday life gets in the way and we need to do that
  • Seasonal Baits That Make A Winning Session
    OK let’s be clear from the start. Sprats don’t catch mackerel, well at least they don’t on Clacton Pier on a cold, misty January morning. But the sprat season is well under way and as I watch the birds working the oily water surface I can only imagine what carnage is going on underneath the
  • Looking Forwards
    Welcome back everyone to another JT Carpers blog, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years and are looking forward to the year ahead, we know we are!  So, unfortunately, we have not had the chance to hit the bank so far this year 🙁 So this will be a little blog
  • A Soggy Morning
    I walked through the door at 4am with a belly full of alcohol and kebab. I stumbled up the stairs as quietly as I could as to not disturb my mum and dad who were fast asleep. I opened my bedroom door more cautiously than a prisoner might do while escaping the bars locking them
  • For The Love Of Perch
    There’s been a bit of a perch bonanza amongst fellow Essex Anglers bloggers lately, so I thought I’d show my appreciation for this magnificent fish too.  Like most anglers, my very first fish was a perch, in fact I think I caught about nine, at the age of nine, from Highams Park Lake in Woodford
  • Start of my Lure Fishing Journey (Perch)
    Regular follows of my blogs and videos will know, I haven’t done a lot of Lure fishing, until the last 6 weeks or so of 2021. And by god, has it taken me in. In previous sessions, I had started drop shot fishing with worms under bridges on the chelmer which held Perch during July/August,
    started off the morning at totham pit getting there for 8:30am trying to walk around to get a idea of what the situation is, found a couple of decent swims and then me and my mate decided to stay at the best ones in our heads, he ward carping and as usual I’m after anything
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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