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  • 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 […]
  • The Best Species For Lure Fishing?
    With lure fishing we can catch pretty much every species that swims, from Grayling, Roach to Catfish. But which is best? The most common 3 are perch, pike and chub. Pike despite getting big, fighting hard and being pretty common they are only a winter and autumn species as its dangerous to fish for them […]
  • 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 […]
  • Lure Fishing What Makes It Tough?
    Lure fishing is the most exciting method of fishing known to man, with explosive takes when the rods in your hands and light tackle helping you to feel every bite and head shake. Theres often times when you will be able to just grab your rod, rig up a drop-shot, find a boat. boom, perch. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Zander Fishing At Bury Hill
    Today me and a few mates decided to go to bury hill to complete a dream we’d had for years. Bury Hill is an awesome venue with a stunning lake and big toothy angry predators! We decided to go early morning to increase the amount of hours with baits in the water even tho 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, […]
  • Why Fishing Into Dusk Is Crucial!
    Im sure we have all been told at one point that if you wanna catch lots and big perch you need to look at dusk and dawn and to an extent ive believed it however ive never really acted on it always starting my sessions early morning and fishing through the whole day. However ive […]
  • BIG PIT PIKE
    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 […]
  • How To Catch Pike On Fly!
    Pike on fly is easily some of the most exhilarating pike fishing you’ll ever experience the impressive takes, the light tackle, the fact that you are the only drag just makes it such a raw method of fishing and we all love that! However using the correct gear is so important these fish fight hard […]
  • 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, […]
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