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 my Birthday weekend where myself, my wife and my 2 little monkeys went to a little local lake to have a little bit of fun in the sun!
Upon arriving, the swim we ideally wanted had been taken so we decided to jump on the match lake for the day to try our hand at a bit of float fishing to try and keep the kids entertained whilst waiting for bites from the carp on the method feeder.
It wasn’t long before we were met with our first few fish on the float, some lovely Roach and Rudd, defiantly the biggest ones I’ve ever caught and a very cool start to our day
It wasn’t long before we were introduced to our first carp of the day, but just like buses instead of 1 at a time we had a triple take over 3 of our rods, this was honestly the most stressful time ever! But with all 3 fish landed safely the opportunity for photos was here, my son wasn’t the most impressed but my daughter soaked up the opportunity and I believe I have found my future fishing buddy!
So, with a few more fish under our belts and the sun beaming down with my wife slowly being cooked bless her we decided to wind in and call it a day, so with the last rod screaming off I handed the rod to my daughter and got this very awesome video of her playing and landing her first ever carp (A smaller 6ft/9ft rod is being purchased in the pipeline ready for her!)
With the day coming to an end, we finished on 16 fish within roughly 5 hours, both on float tactics and method feeders so an awesome trip and to celebrate my birthday with my loving family doing the thing I love the most is just amazing.
Thanks for tuning into another JT Carpers blog, where next time we will be telling you how we have been getting on at our syndicate lake, trust us you don’t want to miss it!
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 first before any enjoyment etc. But I have been fishing.
So, in March last year I moved home and as we know it can be a daunting task. We didn’t move far only a few miles, but its better for the family and still near water, that’s the main thing lol.
I did get my own fishing workshop, which I love and my own office and yes fish everywhere. The wife just rolls her eyes (She is very supportive). Lots of different types of fishing over the year from sea to freshwater. I always have my year set up, to what type of fishing I will be doing.
For freshwater fishing I would start Mid-March to August/September with my Tench (got to love a Tinca). Then Oct (First Frost) until Feb (Spawning) Pike fishing with lures and dead bait. In between this I do other bits on the river during the season: Roach, Rudd, Dace, Bream and so on. On the lakes I’m trying for Tench and Crucians. How I can’t wait for a summers evening by the water, tiger breaded sandwich in one had and the rod in the other.
As for sea fishing it’s been great in the summer catching Thorny-backs, Smooth-hounds and Bass then this time of year Whiting, Pouting and Dogs (Dogs all year really lol).
Mind you I’m still enjoying my Pike season at the moment. Nothing big this season yet, but still great fun none the less. The weather has been all over the place this year, amazing sunny days and really cold nights. I feel for the fish really, they don’t know whether they are coming or going. Someone I know, who is a very seasoned angler and has had some great Pike over the years has had 7 blanks. This has never happened to him. It’s even confused the Kingfishers; I was fishing for Chub last week and I saw the male brining the female small fish (Sticklebacks & Minnows). This is part of their courtship; I would say it’s a bit early for that sort of business.
I have also become a published author with my first children’s book being published in November 2021. That’s right its about fish, how I love a plan to make sure everyone has fish on their minds. It has gone really well and the feedback is just amazing. It’s set on the River Wensum and a Roach goes on an adventure to find his family, what a story. It’s for sale in all major book retailers and online too. Sorry about the plug with the book, but you have to try.
I was also on Fisherman’s Blues (TalkSport2) in January this year, that was great talking about fishing and my book. What a treat and I have some more interviews booked in with some East Anglia radio stations.
Well, I’m going to end it there, as I want to ease myself back into it, plus not bore you to death. Stay safe and enjoy your fishing sessions.
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 hour earlier he was away again! Another epic battle commenced with the fish stripping line free willingly and putting up and awesome fight under the rod tip, with Jack finally taming the fish he was greeted by this awesome 21lb common!
A few snaps later the fish was returned as were we back to our bivvies, with us now surrounded by darkness we were settled in for the night, what an epic session so far for us, 5 fish between us with the smallest being 18lb, easily our best average weight haul so far, and it was about to get even better.
With the clocks just about to hit midnight, I get a call from Jack in the next peg to say he has another fish in the net and it looks a fairly good one, so, trotting along to the next peg in my crocs (Don’t judge me) I picked up Jacks net to have a look at his reward and wow, Jack had underestimated his fish and boy did it show, with the fish in the sling and scales hooked up, let the weighing commence!
The needle flew round past 20,25,30 and settled on an awesome 31lb and 8oz, half a pound bigger then my 31, Jack was elated! We joked he had been waiting 5 years for this moment as I had previously beat him by 8oz on our P.B fish whilst fishing in Gran Canaria.
Whilst this fish wasn’t as deep set as mine, it was longer and its weight comes from its muscle, whilst admiring the beautiful capture we couldn’t believe just how thick the wrist to the tail was, we could tell where the pure power of the fish came from.
We had done it! Our target for the year was a 30lb+ carp each from this lake and on our last session of the year on here we had both smashed it! New P. B’s and our first UK 30lb+ carp we were both ecstatic! After sharing a very manly and bromance embrace the fish was returned and we were both left absolutely in awe of what a trip we were having.
It wasn’t over yet! Less than 30 minutes after Jacks awesome fish was returned, I was away again! Under the blanket of darkness, I was battling what seemed yet another very powerful fish, stripping line and deep diving free willingly. After a very entertaining battle I was rewarded with this very deep set 24lb Common, a very welcome visitor to the bank and carrying on our ever-fruitful session!
With the sunrise came another fish for Jack! This one once again coming in bang on 18lb. This session is truly a red-letter session for myself and Jack, whilst we weren’t being met with countless amounts of fish, after having a hard time getting amongst the bigger fish on this lake this session has truly been blessed for us.
After the fish being returned and the inevitable end of the session coming closer, we made a start on a very slow pack up, utilising our time as much as possible. With just an hour and half left of our session Jack was away AGAIN! This time being rewarded with this, once again, pristine Common Carp of 20lb! What a session it has been for us!
With the gear drying out, bivvies packed away and only rods left out we stood by the lakeside reflecting on this magical session. Two brand new P. B’s and first UK 30lb+ carp for us both topped off a session with epic proportions, 2 x 30lb, 3 x 20lb and 4 x 18lb+, we had a session off our lifetimes and to top it off with just the rods left out Jack was away again! This time back to pest control and having this lovely little 10.8lb common to finish off this amazing weekend.
Unfortunately, that was the end of our session but with our grins from cheek to cheek we jumped in the car and headed home, with our target for the year complete on the last session we decided to set ourself a new one for next year. A majority of the fish in the lake are common carp so we have set the tall ask for a 30lb+ Mirror carp each next year, with a bit more knowledge under our belt and a new way to approach the lake next year I firmly believe we can do it! So, make sure you stick around with us and see how we get on next year with our adventures back on White Lakes.
All of the fish from this session were caught using a variety of hooks and end tackle from DSD, from my favourite hook pattern at the moment the Wide Gape BP to Jacks favourite the Longshank hook pattern, they have hook patterns for everyone and their coated hooklink is perfect for all different types of rigs, we use it all to our advantage and as you can see the results speak for themselves. They are also looking for new team members to join so don’t hesitate, get yourself onboard!
Once again thanks for tuning into our little blog and we will see you in 2 weeks’ time.
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 to our club lake for the year as it officially closes for winter, with that in mind we decided to have a slightly longer trip than usual and head over to the complex on the Friday evening rather than the Saturday morning for the weekend. Luckily with the children breaking up from school on Thursday so I could travel down from Lincolnshire the day before and Jack managing to finish work a little earlier than usual we could get to the Lake just before the early nightfall rolls in.
Arriving to the complex we discovered we was the only ones fishing the lake for the weekend, Great Success! Every time we have fished the lake previously whoever was fishing the lake other than us managed to catch a 30lb+ carp while we were left with pest control, all though catching any fish was fun so we didn’t mind too much really.
Knowing that pitch black darkness was only a matter of an hour or two away we cracked on, found some spots, baited them and got the rods onto them a.s.a.p., well that was the plan but my rod sadly had other ideas, upon casting my rod to a spot to my right it randomly decided to snap my top section in half, so for the remainder of the session I was one rod down and just ever so slightly a bit annoyed 😤😤
However, taking into my stride, I got my other 2 rods out onto the spots and Jack did with his 3 rods. With darkness settling in, surprisingly it wasn’t long until we were into our first fish and it was for myself! The amazing sound of my bite alarms screaming into action had me springing out of my chair and lifting into a powerful fish, playing the fish felt different to the other fish id caught on here previously with it seemingly plodding along in nicely and then making a bursting run and stripping line again, repeating this process over and over until it was in the net. Looking down into the net I was greeted with a thick set of shoulders and a deep-set fish, could this finally be the 30lb Carp myself and Jack had been waiting for this year?
At the beginning of the year myself and Jack set a target of a 30lb carp each from this lake by the end of the year, as stated previously we never got amongst any of the bigger fish and took the first year here as a learning curve and set our sights on completing our target next year, however I had what seemed a fairly big chunk of a fish in the net, time to weigh it!
With the fish securely in the sling and attached to the scales I lifted it up, the needle span round and stopped exactly on 31lb, YIPEEEE!!! I had finally done it! My first UK 30lb carp and target accomplished for the year! The fact it wasn’t just an oz or so over 30 made it better too! A new UK P.B and our target complete on our last trip of the year was just poetry!
The ever faithful Wide Gape BP hook from DSD fished Slip-D style using 18lb ‘Stealth’ Hooklink material and using a Glugged Smokey Jack Hookbait from Spotted Fin proving to be this fishes downfall, I honestly have nothing but confidence in the end tackle from DSD so get yourself over to their website a.s.a.p. to jump on the band wagon, they even have spaces for more team members at the moment so check it out!
So just a few hours into the trip and I was elated! The rest of the trip didn’t matter to me, I had finally done it and Of Course everyone in my phonebook was about to find out! So, with phone calls, messages and photos sent I jumped into my bed chair with no hope of sleeping but just a big grin on my face, to my surprise a few hours later I was away again! Once again, the fish putting up a very good account for itself and I was met with this pristine 18lb Common, getting to the lake an evening before usual had paid of immensely, with 2 fish under my belt I was over the moon!
With that fish returned there was no more action during the night and we were met with this epic sunrise, I absolutely love fishing and this is why, not just for the fishing but the surroundings and just being amongst the beauty of nature just makes everything that little but more special.
It wasn’t until later in the afternoon we were met with our next fish, with a few single bleeps on his alarm Jack looked up to see his rod tip bent right round on his left-hand rod, with a sprightly fight commencing he was rewarded with his first fish of the session and yet another pristine Common carp at 18lb.
Once again with the darkness rolling in earlier heading into winter, we were welcomed with a screamer of a run going into the darkness at only half past 6 and this time for Jack, again after a very powerful fight Jack was welcomed with another decent fish, this one going 18.8lb, our average so far this trip being a lot better than any other trip we have had here so far.
With the fish returned and the light truly gone we was heading into our last night of what had so far been our best session to date! Well for me anyway, or was it just for me? Tune into the next Part to see how this session goes from epic to EPIC!!!!!!!
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 1 hour so i switched and put it on the other margin almost instantly i hooked into a gorgeous little carp unfortuatly because the bait was so close to the margin it picked it up and ran straight into the weeds! grr after a couple mins of pushing and pulling he came free and hit the net, for a little common he sure was pretty and gave up an awesome fight! once landed i removed the hook let him rest then got a photo for the camera it was small, but it was a start!
A move away from someone casting into my swim resulted in a good result in the form of two more fish one almost ripped the rod into the water and screamed of what a take! the fish never gave up ripping line and always digging for the bottom when it hit the net it looked as if it could be a pb was one of the most stunning carp i have ever caught lovely scale pattern, somehow it only went 11lb but a lovely fish no matter.
It was getting close to home time however i continued trying to work hard and find a perch and eventually we found one a really lovely fat fish not the size i wanted but it was target species and im happy with that!
Here is my blog from my best carp fly session ever, I haven’t been out for carp in a while but will be going tomorrow to see if I can smash this PB!
so sit back and have a read I hope you enjoy this little issue of my fishing!
The session was meant to start at 7:00 when the fishery opened but after my buddy made a massive mess and pulling me around about 3 shops to find dog biscuits but finally we found them and we were off, after picking the swim we baited up little and often with dog biscuits and bread. The dog biscuits highly outfished bread despite both working on different days.
My bud was picking up decently sized fish all day on a float rod and my baby only came in the last hour before having to leave for work. She was a perfectly scaled shiny gold common and took about7-8 runs before finally coming to the net and almost spooled me took me right down into backing like a salmon loved every minute despite waking up with a massive arm ache and wanting to cut my arm off it was spectacular.
once letting her rest in the net I packed up and went to work but was a fantastic way to start the day. she went 13lb wish I could have gotten a bigger one so back out tomorrow!
If you’d like to see the fight and the method I used to catch this beauty I will link the video here. Thanks guys!
A while ago I picked up a second-hand fly rod & reel for £15, an absolute bargain! After buying a brand new floating fly line for £17 I went to my local carp fishery with some bread flys. This was my second ever carp session and first-ever fly session, however, I managed to pick up the casting method quickly and was on my way to catching my first fly caught fish. As the session progressed I learnt it was best to keep bread in the water at all times as it really sparks the small fish up which attracts the big fish.
The session was exhilarating seeing carp after carp come and bite, swirl and show interest in my fly, I missed many fish and I wasn’t quick enough on the hookset. However it’s all learning and improving, and luckily within 10 minutes I had my first fish on, I timed the hookset correctly and bang a lovely mirror ripping my line away and giving my arm an ache that every fisherman dreams of. She wasn’t very big estimated at between 7-10lb but she gave me a hell of a fight sprinting away from the net at least 3 times before finally coming into the net. The whole fight took me 14minutes and 38 seconds, for a 7lb carp… I can’t imagine what a double-figure would be like! this fish was caught at about 10:00 and for the rest of the day it went quiet until one of my last casts into the evening where I had my most stunning mirror ever despite being smaller hit my fly, this one tried to take me into the reeds multiple times as that’s where she was all day splashing about and slurping. lucky my 10lb leader help up to the job and I managed to pull her out of the snags. It was another mirror but this time with amazing scales and gold, white and brown colours painting across her back.
All fish were released back into the fishery. My next goal is to get their ghost carp on a fly, back in 2019 she was 19.7lb so way into her 20s now and what a fight id get from the prettiest carp known to man.
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With the amount of rain we have had lashing down, it really does put you off Fishing, certainly put me off driving a fairly long way to try and catch some Tench, instead, I stayed at home, warm and dry, and when there was a break in the conditions had the short stroll to my little local pond which has been providing me plenty of fun and bites recently with the numbers of Fish in it, and definetly some true surprises.
My approach for fishing a small pond like this would normally be a light float setup, then fishing over micros with soft expanders or corn on the hook. However, I just used what I was going to go Tench Fishing with, which was a hybrid feeder, with a sweet berry groundbait mixed with micros and corn on the hook. Sure on a small pond, a few fish would fall to this sweet mix.
In the past from this pond, I have had hybrids, Carp to around 5-6lb, and seen even bigger at, a few doubles which is a shock! But these small ponds do throw odd shocks. They do have some crucian/goldfish hybrids too, which are always lovely fish to catch. And I’m sure there is other species in here I have no clue about.
My plan was only to spend an hour, maybe less here just between the rain as a way to get out and catch a few Fish. If I got one, I was happy, I setup, and had a short underarm chuck, and straight away a few fish where there with indications on my feeder straight away. Always a great sign!
From then, the tip went round in my first bite of the day, and I connected to the Fish! A small, perfect condition common carp.
The one thing I so often find with these little ponds, is the the fish are always in such beautiful condition, no damage on them at all, and they have the tendancy to be a bit scrapier than your usual little Carp too! Which really adds to it, especially on a light rod, these little Fish will try and dart into the reeds and snags and really make a go of it. Afterall, a lot of us grew up fishing these little ponds, catching fish like this, and it’s always fun to roll back the years and do it again. Especially if you do have venues like this on your doorstep.
Back to the action, well, it got a bit quiet, clearly the disruption from this guy had caused a few others to back off maybe, and it was a quiet 10-15 minute wait. And then the tip went round again, for another little energetic Carp. And again, another 15 minutes or so, I managed another one.
So, for under an hour, 3 little Carp, I was quite happy, and satisified the fishing bug for the day! And for a day where I was just on a quick run out, I can’t complain. However, next week, onto a change and hunting some more Tench!
It’s safe to say that this year, I’ve been out of the carping game. Over the winter I dedicated my time to some pike and river fishing. Once the weather warmed up, I was overloaded with revision for my A levels and only managed to hit the bank once for a quick overnighter at my local park lake. That session resulted in 3 lovely looking fish, two of which were caught in the last hour out of the 26 hours that I was fishing. Last weekend, I finally managed to catch up with my friend Jack and catch a few carp.
The previous night, I had made up some spod mix. It consisted of crushed up God’s Gift economy boilies, whole 11mm regular Baylys Baits God’s Gift boilies, breadcrumb, pellet, and some leftover white rice from dinner. I gave it all a good soaking of Secret Sauce Glug+ to add even more attraction, it’s not only a glug but also a liquid food & Lysine Amino Acid. When adding many boilies to my mixes or crushing them up, the economy boilies are fantastic. They’re affordably priced but still offer lots of attraction. I think that by using them in conjunction with the regular boilies, it can make the regular boilies which I will use on the hook stand out more too. I also made up a stick mix and a few pva bags which consisted of crushed up God’s Gift boilies, pellets, and Glug+.
With my bait and rigs prepared, I was up early and at the lake by 7. Jack had arrived before and picked out a likely looking swim. To our left was a large fallen tree, out in front of us was the island and to our right was a large overhanging weeping willow. Jack had picked the right hand side of the swim which left me with the left hand side which I actually prefer.
I started by throwing a few handfuls of my spod mix about 15 ft out next to the fallen tree. I then prepared my rods. I decided to fish a Ronnie rig with a yellow God’s Gift boilie on my margin spot, and a simple snowman rig with a God’s gift Boilie and 11mm Secret Sauce pop-up towards the island. I fished just a few feet off the island and used one of the pva mesh bags that I had prepared the previous night. Around the island, the bottom is quite firm, so I opted to use a 3oz lead to help drive the hook home.
It took about an hour for the first bite to come. It came from my rod over the baited spot to my left but was rather twitchy, probably because I was fishing slack lines. The fish took me on a short run before shaking the hook, never to be seen again. Although slightly disheartened, I looked at the positives. My rig, bait, and spot were working and the fish were obviously hungry for me to get such a quick bite over quite a bit of bait. I re-cast and threw another couple of handfuls of bait over my spot in the hopes of getting the fish feeding. I’d also brought with me my new spod rod which I was eager to try. After getting the first bite, I decided to spod some bait towards the Island. It didn’t quite go to plan and using the stiffer rod was harder than expected. I think some practice is needed.
While waiting for a bite, Jack and I baited a couple of marginal spots in the swims next to us in case a stalking opportunity arose. We soon noticed lots of swirls coming up along the bank under the willow tree. Armed with sweetcorn, Jack lowered his improvised float setup into place. After a little while, he received a bite from a bream. The bream was covered in spawning tubercles and was oozing milt. We thought that although we had caught a bream, there may be carp feeding on the eggs, so we persevered. Suddenly, a huge sheet of bubbles came up and the massive disturbance patterns came up. We suspected that it was one of the dozen or so catfish in the lake. Jack decided to reel in one of his rods and switch it over to a catfish rig. I’ve never really catfished properly however Jack is quite a competent catfish angler. Unfortunately, nothing came of Jack’s efforts and the fish weren’t playing ball.
I was receiving frequent line bites on my rod to the island and suspected that the fish might be feeding on the bait which I’d spodded just short of my rod. After receiving no indication on my rod in the margin, I decided to move it to just off the island where a few of the spombs landed. I also decided to change the rig on my rod towards the island. I changed to a Ronnie claw rig and used a pink Secret Sauce pop-up as a hook bait.
At around 2 o’clock, I received an absolute screaming take. It was fish on! After a great battle, I had the first fish of the day in the net. It was a beautiful mirror and weighed in at 14 lbs 8 oz. The fish looked familiar and after examining some photos, I realised that it was a fish I’d already caught the previous year. Last year it weighed 12lb 12oz so I was pleased with the increase in weight. I slipped the fish back, and got the rod straight back on the spot.
The fishing around the lake was starting to pick up, Louie who was fishing a couple of swims down managed to catch a nice looking mirror and a couple of other fish were being caught around the lake.
Before long, I was into another fish on my rod towards the Island. It was a very shy drop back bite and at first, I thought that the fish had escaped me. Fortunately, it hadn’t and before long, I had my third fish of the day on the bank. It was a chunky common which we estimated as around 8lb.
Jack was starting to lose confidence in his bait so I offered him some God’s Gift to try. He cast his rig perfectly under the overhanging tree on the island. A fish showed over his spot and a bite was inevitable. Finally, he received the bite he was after. It wasn’t quite the size he was after but it was better than a blank. The action continued all around the lake, Louie who was a couple swims down from us had a bite not long after slipping Jack’s fish back and his rod was almost pulled in.
By about 5, the bites were slowing down. I’d lost one which I think must have been foul hooked because I brought back a scale on my hook. Eventually I received another bite and managed to catch my third fish of the day. It was another common, this time slightly bigger than the previous one and around 12lb.
Jack’s dad arrived at around 6 and brought with him some catfish gear. The conditions were apparently perfect for catfish. Unfortunately, the last couple of hours were quiet. All in all it was a good day’s fishing in good company. I’d recommend getting yourself some Bayly’s Baits, the proofs in the pudding. All the fish were caught using Bayly’s Baits.
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Evening Anglers and a Happy New Year. Well kind of. With the new lockdown now in force, 1000’s of anglers now have to live in the workshop, garage or shed avoiding a divorce sorting out tackle. Your tackle is never going to be so organised and clean.
I am about to move home, but have been avoiding the packing of fishing gear until the last moment. I have no excuse anymore and will now have to pack it away, to be ready after lockdown to get back out there.
In my last blog I spoke about Black Spot and it seemed to go down well. I have spoken to a few of you and I was asked to discuss KHV. Most of us know about this dreaded disease, but thankfully if the fishery is run properly and measures are put in place you will never come across this nasty infection.
So, Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (also CyHV-3, koi herpes virus or KHV) is a species of virus causing a viral disease that is very contagious to the common carp (Cyprinus carpio).
The disease is mostly found in ornamental koi, which are often used in outdoor ponds or as feeder stock. Unfortulantly we see Koi be added to fisheries as a dream fish to catch. Which I must admit I have caught a few in my time and they are amazing. But this is where we put our other stocks at risk and the heart break seeing a dead 40lb mirror or common is devastating to the angler, but more so to the owner.
The first case of KHV was confirmed in 1999, after a report in 1998. KHV is a DNA-based virus. After discovery, it was identified as a strain of herpesvirus. Like other strains, KHV stays with the infected fish for the duration of their lives, making the recovered and exposed fish potential carriers of the virus. Fish infected with KHV may die within the first 24–48 hours of exposure.