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Carp Jack and Terry

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 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! 

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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!

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Once again thanks for tuning into our little blog and we will see you in 2 weeks’ time. 

As always, 

 
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Carp Jack and Terry

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 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! 

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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!

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!!!!!!! 

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Cameron Harris Carp

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 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!

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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.

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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!

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Cameron Harris Carp

Catching My PB Carp On Fly!

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!

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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!

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Cameron Harris Carp

How To Catch Carp On The Fly!

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.

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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.

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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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Bailey Payne Coarse

Small Pond = Big Fun

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.

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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!

Tight Lines…

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Joe Chappell Carp

Back in The Game – Park Lake Carping

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.

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One of the fish I caught last month on my overnight session.

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.

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My side of the swim. (An old photo from last winter, don’t have a recent one)

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.

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The Ronnie Rig

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.

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The willow which the bream were spawning under. (Once again an old photo)

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.

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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.

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A beauty caught by Louie

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.

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My second fish of the day

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.

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The Smallest of the day for Jack

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.

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My final fish of the session

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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Tom Baird

The Nightmare – KHV

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.

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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.

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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.

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Symptoms of KHV include:

  • Gill mottling
  • Red and white patches appearing on gills
  • Bleeding gills
  • Sunken eyes
  • Pale patches
  • Blisters

Changes in the fish’s behaviour may also indicate the presence of KHV. Behavioural symptoms may include

  • Disorientation,
  • Hyperactivity
  • Isolation, in which the fish detaches themselves from the shoal.

You can help control the spread of disease if you:

  • follow rules for imports – Health checked stock
  • perform regular health monitoring to spot disease early
  • contain outbreaks as quickly as possible
  • use good husbandry practice
  • follow rules when moving fish – EA will help advise you
  • put in place and follow a biosecurity measures place i.e., dip nets/dry nets etc.

If you come across an infected fish or shoal you should inform the owner or club etc. Then you need to report it to –

CEFAS – Email: fhi@cefas.co.uk,  Tel: 01305 206700

Environment Agency – Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk, Tel: 0800 807060

I hope you found this helpful and if you’re new to angling you can do your part.

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Tom Baird

What a Plank

Evening fellow anglers and what a day. So, after a few jobs this morning I decided to have a few hours fishing at a venue recommended and blogged about by fellow blogger Andrew Pilgrim. I arrived at Bobby Georges lakes at 10:30 and I was the only one there. I went to the back lake where the island runs down the middle of it.

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Looked around for a while to see where the fish were and chose my spot. I used the good old Darent Valley Specialist rod by Tackle Box. Put on a simple rig and these new boilies that I’m testing out for Baylys Baits, 11mm Blackcurrant Twist. Soft but durable boilie and the smell is amazing. I took some photos obviously for my blog and sent them to the team.

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First Joe noticed that my hook was bent, so back in came my tackle and sorted it out and then Andrew sent me the rules of the lake. Which clearly states no hire rigs. This is where the Plank bit comes in. WHAT A PLANK, I only looked at the rules the other day. After I spammed myself and had a word in the mirror. I reeled in again and decided to go to the float.

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Before this I was getting lots of attention on my line and this was from the blackcurrant oozing out in the water. I had only put these on my hook and a few in the water. No ground bait or tones of bait piled in, small and often. This means they must be a decent bait, but had to bring in due to the rules.

Now set with a float, I only had fake sweet corn, so put that out and there wasn’t much. Until a knight in shining armour, a true and knowable angler came to the rescue. Andrew Pilgrim had arrived with worms and a tin of sweet corn. I could not let down my hair as I have none, but he managed to make it to my swim.

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I put some corn on and we had a really good chat about fishing in general and some of the amazing places Andrew has fished. I had some interest but still nothing. Andrew then went of on his noble stead and left me to it.

I was in front of some Lilly’s and my reel screamed off, thank god I was in. A nice 10lb 2oz Common. What a save from blanking and thanks to Andrew for rescuing me.

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Lovely Autumn colours

What are the lessons for today, do your research, read the rules and be more prepared? Also, what a lovely fishery.

Tight Lines……..

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Tackle Reviews Tom Baird

Tackle Box Darent Valley Specialist Rod

Review

I was asked to test out this particular rod which is one of 10 in this range of Darent Valley. As an active angler I decided that I would test the rod with Carping and Float fishing. So, over the last four weeks that’s what I have done.

First let’s look at the design of the rod. When you first pick it up you notice it’s a very light rod. I like that its light, this makes it easier to carry if walking a River or equally a large Lake. The slim line length and the carbon black finish really sets the rod off in the sun. The Cork handle gives it a bit of class whilst fishing. I do like a cork handle. Its like fishing with history with you. Also, when you’re reeling in you have that soft but durable handle.

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The eyes go from 25 near the handle to 8 at the tip. The line moves freely and smoothly through the eyes. Just before the cork handle is a hook keeper, which allows ease when moving swims or location depending where you’re fishing.

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When transporting the rod, it folds well into two sections and comes with a rod sleeve, which has a Velcro strap near the reel area. I would like to see an extra strap at the top end of the sleeve to make it a bit more secure. 

The length is 11ft 9inches which is a good size for Carping and moving up and down a River. The 2.25lb test curve is powerful and still allows that amazing bend and play for the fish. The thought in the carbon technology in this rod really does show when landing that prize.

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So, the first test was Carping on one of my club waters. I used a bolt rig with a 4oz weight. The cast was good and I felt comfortable in the flex of the rod. After an hour I was in with a 7lb Common. It was a great play and the bend was good. It took me back a few years to when I caught my first Carp.

Next was the float test. Out came my Guru 0.14oz torpedo float, which goes far. There was a good flick on the cast and was fishing at about 6ft depth. I was fishing for Roach and they were coming out thick and fast. Again, a good curve in the rod and a great play bringing them in. I had 42 in total and the rod performed well with every fish.

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This rod is usually £74.99 on the Tackle Box website, but at the moment there is 20% off, making it just £59.99; an absolute bargain.

https://www.tacklebox.co.uk/rods-en/specialist/specialist-rods/tackle-box-darent-valley-11ft-9ins-2.25lb-specialist-rod.html