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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 later.

We arrived on Saturday morning knowing the weather was going to be very wet and windy all day but with the pressure dropping and warmer winds due in we were in for a very good chance of a fish. Only 1 other person was fishing the lake so we had the choice of swims and we decided to jump into swims 3 & 4.

So, with everything set up we was ready, willing and waiting for our opportunity to come along and hopefully bag one of the bigger residents of the lake, our recent session here ended with a good number of fish but nothing above the 20lb mark which Mike likes to remind us is quite exceptional, I would go even further to say it takes more talent to catch the smaller ones in here than the bigger ones, that’s what me and Jack are sticking with anyway.

11 o’clock came around and with it the wind and rain and boy did it rain, of course as soon as it started raining my rod was away! With no one fishing to the left of me and half the lake at my disposal I decided to have one rod down to my left, a Slip-D rig was the rig of choice, comprising of a size 6 Wide Gape BP hook from DSD tackle and their ‘Stealth’ coated hooklink to tie the rig together with a Classic Corn Wafter from SpottedFin as the bait of choice, with loose matching boilies thrown over the top for good measure.

After a fairly short but stressful battle the fish was safely in the net, not one of the bigger fish I hoped for but a cracking little mirror to start us off and to save myself a blank, Yippee!!

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With Jack hastily returning to his bivvy and the fish returned I had to put the rig back into place in 40mph winds and rain, rain, rain and more rain, oh the joys! But as always effort equals reward and shortly after I was away again with another smaller fish but this time a lovely pristine common.

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Once again with Jack scurrying away out of the rain and myself putting the rig back into position it was time to settle down with the hopes of drying off a little. Well, that was the plan however Jack had other ideas and decided to get himself amongst the fish and landed yet another one of the lakes smaller fish with this once again pristine common carp.

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Unluckily and somewhat luckily the fish then seemed to turn off and we didn’t have any more fish during the day, so heading into the night and with the weather starting to ease up a little I decided to finally get out of my wet clothes and change into dryer clothes. Doing this just as it started to stop raining rather than waiting till it actually stopped proved to be a bit of a stupid mistake on my behalf with my reel stripping line off once again on the same spot as before.

This time with what was the smallest fish of the session, as you can see from the pictures, being the nice guy I am I didn’t want to bother Jack and for him to get wet too so I took a quick snap of the fish in the cradle and popped it back as soon as possible, what are best friends for ay?

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With the rain now stopping and the night setting in, we were hoping for some more fish but unfortunately nothing materialised during the night apart from getting our beauty sleep. With the new day came the lovely sunny weather, not long after we arose from our sleep, Mike paid Jack a visit to see why we was failing to catch anything of decent size and to try and help relieve us from pest control.

With him he brought along his trusty boat and secret bait, he stuck a rod in on a spot with said bait and told Jack to ‘keep an eye on it’ which we have come to learn is Mike giving us a helping hand and trying to help make content!

Now, if you know Mike you know he is the ultimate wind-up merchant when it comes to fishing his lakes, you could be there for days and not have anything and he will show up, stick a rod out and within half an hour his into a fish, if he is finding the lake fishing rather hard, he can sometimes wait up till a whole hour before he catches, this is no over exaggeration, he really is that good. As always within 45 minutes the rod was away, Jack lifted into it and was met with a bit of a heavier weight than what we have experienced so far this trip, after a relatively short battle Jack had landed the biggest fish of the session at 19lb 8oz and what a corker! A quick phone call to Mike to let him know he had a fish; he was on his way back round.

This fish is a typical strain of the awesome Common Carp Mike breeds in his lakes, big shoulders, deep belly’s and just perfect, this is one of the big reasons we joined White Lakes is due to the stamp of fish in here and I think you can agree they are stunners!

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With Mike now back with his trusty supplies he reset the trap for us, now I know some of you may think this is cheating etc but in all honesty, I just want fish! We still had to play the fish etc so it’s basically just a free tuition lesson from one of the world’s greatest fishermen, that’s all. And to prove it wasn’t just a fluke, 15 minutes later it was away again, this time I had the privilege of being there and went on to land the fish myself, a lovely 17lb common to top the trip off.

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With the fish returned and not wanting to keep bothering Mike, we called it a day and had to leave anyway, whilst again not getting anything above 20lb and seemingly missing the bigger fish, we learnt some more from this trip again and will put that into action next year when we return as the complex closes over the winter period.

So, a massive thankyou to Mike for showing us how it’s done, also a thank you to you all for reading this blog, we hope you enjoyed it.

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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 Jacks bivvy for him so when he arrived, he was ready to cast out and crack on! What a mistake this turned out to be, after 45 minutes in the rain setting up the 3 bivvies, I still didn’t have any rods out and Jack arrived…… not impressed. 

So, after the fun of setting everything up, we were all out and ready to start catching hopefully. It didn’t take to long for Jack to start us off with this lovely little Common just before dark. 

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With the first fish under our belt, we were very confident for a few more and this proved to be true with 4 more fish coming during the night with 1 of them being my dad’s first fish on this lake, it isn’t one of the bigger residents of the lake but when it breaks a bad spell on a new lake you can never complain and dad was over the moon to have had his duck broken, well in dad! The other 3 fish all came to Jack throughout the night, again nothing massive but all very beautiful carp and a cracking mirror amongst them too. 

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Dads first fish from the lake, ending his duck at Whites!

Coming into day light we was all very happy with the results, with 5 fish under our belts within 12 hours was a great result, obviously I was a little gutted to still not have caught one yet and having lost one during the night that added a little salt to the wounds, but in usual Jack ways he decided to rub it in a little more by catching another 3 before anyone else had a chance to catch one, whilst im grateful for the content and happy for my mate to be catching, myself and my dad couldn’t help but have a few choice words for him. 

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The 3rd fish of the mini haul was also the biggest of the session with this awesome 22lb 140z Common Carp, funnily enough whilst Jack was playing the fish, I decided to record a little footage for our social media pages and it just so happened to be this beauty. 

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With Jack having a deserved rest from all the catching 😒, I decided to interrupt and catch a fish for myself, this awesome Mirror carp gracing my net and saving me from a blank, meaning I now felt like I contributed to the overall catch number and can start using the context we instead of they/he 😊. 

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Now that I had my first fish it seemed that Jack had had enough of letting someone else have a go and decided to start showing us up again, netting another 2 fish and continuing his great run of form on this session. 

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With those 2 fish then returned we was coming to the end of our 24-hour session and what a session it had been so far, however it wasn’t all over yet as I decided to chip in with one more fish, this awesome little common graced us with his presence and made me feel a little bit better overall. 

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After returning that fish it was however to be our last, but what a session we had in the end, catching 12 fish between us, Dad breaking his duck on the lake and all topped off with the awesome 22lb 14oz Common that Jack caught. 

All of our fish were caught using DSD Tackle components over a variety of rigs, 4 of the fish fell to a rig comprising of a size 6 Long Shank hook and 18lb Brown Stealth hooklink fished with some shrink tubing to make a blowback effect. 
 
The other fish were all caught on size 6 Wide Gape BP hooks fished a variety of methods such as a Ronnie Rig, Slip D rig with DSD bait screws and finally using the Stealth hooklink again with the coating stripped back to get to the supple braid underneath to make the perfect rig for a method feeder, the method feeder rig was the downfall of the bigger common and 3 other fish. 

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So once again, thank you very tuning in to our little blog and we hope to see you next time, until then. 

As always,  

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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 few lakes on site, a small slot for fishing was bargained for and we were in our element. 

So, on the Monday myself and Jack went up to the lakes at sunrise with the plan being that our wonderful partners would then bring food and children later in the day so we could all have a little family picnic whilst trying to entertain the kids with some fishing. 

Our main target for the day was to use a whip to fish for the silver fish in the lake to try and keep the action as thick and fast as possible to keep the children’s attention on the fishing. With a few hours spare before they arrived, we decided to get some rods out for the carp whilst setting up the poles for later, clearly not for our own benefit of course. 

With constant and real fun action on the whips we landed ourselves some lovely fish from Roach, Perch, a small cool looking Carp and finally the best of all, a brand-new P.B for myself in this absolute unit of a Gudgeon! 

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With this being my first ever Gudgeon I was actually very happy, obviously I love catching carp and fishing for them specifically but I just love fishing all round so a new species is always cool. 

With the day continuing and us losing 3 carp on our carp rods (Honestly no idea what happened, these carp seem to be tricky!) we then hooked into a carp on the whip which unfortunately snapped the hook link straight away and really gave us some food for thought. 

After another carp taking the whip for a bend and snapping off, we decided to ditch the whips and float fish for the carp instead on our other rods. 

A short while later as we were packing up Jack was in on his newly configured float rod, a £1 rod he picked up some years ago was put to the test and luckily prevailed! We were introduced to this awesome little mirror carp and our only carp of the day. 

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So, that was the last fish of the day and Super Jack saved our blushes with the children once again by rescuing us with an awesome little carp, with plenty or laughs and memories made this is exactly what fishing is about! 

So once again, 

As always, 

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for…

Welcome back once again, we thank you for your time 😊 

This blog is just a short one on a recent session I had on a lake near myself in Lincolnshire called North View Fishing Lakes. This complex is your typical complex with 3 lakes, 1 Match Lake, 1 Carp Pleasure Lake and 1 Specimen Carp Lake. 

Having never visited here before I decided to give the pleasure lake a little go for a few hours whilst my children were at a summer club and they would come and join me with my wife for the last few hours. 

When arriving to the complex it was quite busy, luckily there was a peg free tucked away in a corner of the lake, perfect for me as I was going to be fishing the margins mainly and seeing if I could sneak out a fish or two. 

As I said in our previous blog, with quite a bit of success on the method feeder I decided this would be a great way to fish on a pressured pleasure lake, so with one rod fishing a method feeder I decided to fish the other rod using a rig I had seen some time ago in a video featuring the great Frank Warwick. Using a long shank hook from DSD Tackle I used the rig described by Frank as seen below, I’ve had success on this rig before so knew it would be perfect. 

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So, after an hour or so of fishing, my bottom bait rig was away, after a short scrap I was blessed with this lovely mirror carp, happy days! 

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A couple hours after that cracking little mirror my method feeder was away, after a spritely little fight I was introduced to this awesome little Ghost Carp, the pictures don’t do it much justice but it was a proper white, cracking little carp. 

Then within 2 minutes of the method feeder being back out on the same spot it was away again, once again producing this absolutely stunning little fully scaled mirror carp (This picture does the carp a lot of justice, it looks a lot bigger than it was.) 

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Shortly after that fish was returned my 2 minions arrived with my wife, hoping for a fish whilst they were here was my next target, suddenly the sound of an alarm burst into life, unfortunately for myself and my wallet it was of an ice cream truck turning up to the lake, of course the kids were over the moon with this. 

Slightly poorer but still ever the optimist we stuck to our guns, we moved the bottom bait rod to be closer into the margin and fed loose Smokey Jack boilies and corn over the top, within 5 minutes of moving the rod it was away! The fish was putting up a cracking little scrap and so I handed the rod over to my wife so she could get amongst the action, a short but awkward (My wife uses a walking stick so trying to stand and play the fish was a bit awkward for her) battle later it was in! 

My wife had just landed the biggest fish of the day, as she likes to remind me, however with her not wanting to take a picture with it, myself and the minions jumped on the chance for a little picture. 

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And there we have it, a few hours on the bank but lifelong memories made, perfect! 

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Dayticket? Pass!

Welcome back everyone! This blog we look at a session we done recently over on the Guest Lake at White Lakes with myself, Jack, My dad and future brother-in-law. 

We only had a day session available to fish due to other commitments so we decided to give the guest lake a go for the day rather than trying to fight someone for a swim on a Day Ticket venue on a Saturday. 

We were feeling slightly confident due to knowing the lake a bit better than before and it being the easier of the complex’s lakes to get a fish on a short-day session. 

We arrived to the lake knowing the other 4 swims were already booked up so we had some idea where we would be fishing, we were hoping to get the side of the lake which had aerators along it due to the warmer weather, however those swims were already taken and we had to settle for the swims on the opposite side of the lake. 

We got underway setting our rods up with the hope of a fish each 🤞, a few hours after setting up Jack was away and into the first fish of the session, with a short battle he was blessed with this mirror, not one of the lakes bigger fish but always welcome and got us underway! 

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A lovely small mirror to get the day started and not long after that fish was retuned my rod was away, after a short but spritely fight the fish gave in and graced my net with its presence. 

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There were a few marks on the fish due to the spawning that they had finished a week or so before, so after a little bit of propolis treatment the fish was returned, my session had started and blanking was no longer a problem. 

The rest of the day seemingly passed uneventfully unfortunately until out of nowhere Jacks rod screamed into action, a very decent scrap commenced and Jack was blessed with this awesome 19lb 10oz cracker of a common carp. 

This was so close to carrying on our recent great form at White lakes with having a 20lb fish each trip, unfortunately this was the last fish of our session and meant that our awesome streak had come to an end, but with 3 fish on a day session on a complex we are still trying to crack we are more than happy with the results. 

So, with that all rolled up, we thank you again for reading our little blog and we hope to keep bringing the content to yourselves! 

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A Splash of Colour

In this week’s blog we look over a recent trip myself and Jack had over at ‘The Lake at Nine Acres’, the main reason for this trip was a little social with a couple of mates. Having been to the lake before and lurking in the shadows of Facebook we knew of some of the awesome stock that resides here. 

Upon arriving I decided to set up in the swim I did on our previous trip as I had 3 fish that time and could remember the spots pretty well so I was hoping to repeat the success of before. 

Jack decided to set up 2 swims up from myself which had a fair amount of open water to fish to and also had an angle of the edge of the island to the middle of the lake, this giving him another feature to fish towards if he wanted too. 

I decided to use similar tactics as before with 1 rod over to my left-hand margin using a single glugged up Smokey Jack boilie with matching freebies, another rod fished using PVA bag tactics and my final rod using a zig rig as this is what I had some success on before, Jack used similar tactics but swapped the PVA bag method for a Feeder method. 

Not long after setting up Jack had a beauty of a take on his method feeder and was greeted with an awesome little Koi carp, something this lake is known for and why we mainly choose to fish this venue for. 

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Not the biggest but what a cracking fish! 

With another small carp not long after the Koi carp, Jack was having some success on the method feeder which again he has had some really good results as of recent. 

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After somewhat of a short quite spell, Jacks zig rig was off! Jack was fishing a 6ft zig rig just off the edge of the island, with the depths of the lake being between 12-15ft Jack decided a 6ft zig would be perfect to possibly entice a fish that was cruising through those middle layers, this had once again proven to be a great idea as he was met with this beauty of a mirror carp, with it normally being one of the lakes bigger residents at 20lb+ it was a named fish called ‘Frenchie’ with the time of year being not to long after spawning the fish was slightly down in weight at 18lb but that really doesn’t matter when it’s a cracking as this. 

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Jack with the named fish called ‘Frenchie’ 

The action continued for Jack throughout the day on his method rod and he went on to eventually land another 5 fish with 3 cracking commons up to 15lb and another small common as well. 

After watching Jack have some success on the method rod, I decided to change my PVA bag rig over to a method feeder and low and behold I had this small ghost like common carp to show for my troubles, although not the biggest it’s what I like to call ‘A Blank Saver’ 

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So, with the day all but over we can safely say Jack hit the nail on the head with his tactics and what a great day it turned out to be for him, so well played sir! 

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Staycation Success

This week’s blog is a little review of 2 recent sessions Jack had whilst having some time off work and going on a family holiday. 

On his first session, Jack managed a spare few hours on the Bank the day before leaving for his holiday so decided to visit a local venue to him. 
 
On arrival he see the fish feeding on the top so he decided to fish on the top and a zig on the other rod at 6ft up from the bottom. 
 
After a couple hours of the fish just mouthing but not taking his bait Jack decided to make a couple of subtle changes and boy did it pay off, with 7 fish in a little over 3 hours Jack’s changes had paid off, with the pick of the bunch being an awesome little ghost koi mirror carp. 

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Nothing huge but some real good fun surface fishing in a few spare hours he had. 

On his second session, Jack managed a day session on the lake within his holiday complex, he was at Elveden Forest Centre Parcs, with the blistering heat due in Jack set off early to try and get amongst some fish, his mode of transport being this super sexy bike and cart 

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Upon arriving, unfortunately Jacks ideal swim was taken and so he settled for the next available one, within a couple of hours he was into his first fish and using a Method Feeder which Jack has found recent success and confidence in he was off to a flying start. 

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With the fish steadily coming through the day Jack had a very successful trip whilst on holiday and with the sun really making an appearance Jack packed his stuff up a little earlier than planned and spent the rest of the day spending some valuable family time. 

So, with that all wrapped up, thankyou once again for spending the time reading our blogs, we really appreciate your support. 

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Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our blog! If you missed the first half make sure you read it here: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Essex Anglers Otherwise, there will be some spoilers 😉 

Following on from the end of the last blog we had a touch choice to make, with the lake now in full spawning mode we choose to leave that lake, luckily the Guest Lake/ Middle Lake hadn’t shown any signs of spawning so we asked Mike if we could jump onto it for the remainder of the trip, luckily for us Mike said yes, no problem but if they started showing signs of Spawning then we would have to wind in and leave. He was closing the complex on Monday anyway to ensure all the fish can get on with what they needed too, Happy Days! 

So, with all our stuff packed up and moved over we was set up ready for the last 24 hours of our trip, obviously not how we planned it but to be able to stay at our favourite complex was a lot easier then possibly having to find another venue in such short notice. 

So, leading into the night we were very confident of a bite, just as I was settling in ready to sleep suddenly my bite alarm burst into life and I was in, after a very good fight I was welcomed with my first 20lb fish out of the Guest Lake with this perfect common carp. 

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That now makes it 3 20lb carp out of the Guest Lake for myself and Jack on our last 2 trips, that is very good going and just reflects why we love this place so much. 

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This also now meant 3 20lb+ carp for myself and Jack on this trip alone, which bar Gran Canaria was defiantly our best result on a session ever, happy days! 

The night carried on uneventfully until around 4am when my rod burst into life with this little common carp, not wanting to awake Sleeping Beauty I took a quick snap of the carp in the sling and returned it a.s.a.p. and got the rod back out on the spot. 

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A few hours before having to pack up and make our way back home, Jack was welcomed with another small common but we were more than happy with the results as this means we made the right decision to switch over lakes rather then find another venue on such short notice. 

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Unfortunately, the rest of the trip passed with no other fish but we didn’t care, with both of us breaking our duck on the Top Lake and both catching some awesome looking fish we were over the moon, we can’t wait to get back on the Top Lake and see if we can carry on our recent form and get a few more bangers under our belts! 

So, until then, 

As always,       

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