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Carp Coarse Jack and Terry Sea

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 just for a recap of our last year and a look forward to the next year. 

So let us start off with a look over a few nice surprises we had last year, from capturing new species, to some stunning carp and finally 2 brand new P. B’s. 

The next few images are of the new species we managed to catch last year, we do not venture away from carp fishing much so when we do and we are met with something new we really enjoy it, last year we finally managed to get on our annual sea fishing trip as it was cancelled several times due to Covid restrictions, we managed a few new species for myself and Jack including, Bass, Flounder, Pouting and finally a very strange sea anemone. 

Also, to top it off, with a short carp session at Waldegraves Holiday Park planned whilst on a weekend away with our families I managed to capture my first ever Gudgeon, awesome little fish and that was a very enjoyable day, chill time with the families and to really top it off Jack managed this awesome looking carp last knockings, honestly one of the most beautiful carp I have seen with amazing colours and looks! 

Following on with awesome looking carp Jack managed to grab this beautiful Koi from a lake we loved to visit when we could that had a fair few Koi in its waters, unfortunately this lake has now changed to a membership lake and we do not fish it enough to warrant becoming members so as of right now we may never return to that lake, but I hope we do in some shape because it is an awesome little lake with some cracking fish like below. 

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Finally, as I could never miss these 2 absolute beauties out, here we have mine and Jack’s current U.K P.B. carp, mine going an awesome 31lb and Jacks spinning the needle a little further round to 31.8lb, whilst I will not go over the whole trip (If you are interested, please read the whole blog here Red Letter Session – Essex Anglers & Dreamland Continues – Essex Anglers) 

So, with that little recap complete I want to touch on our targets for this year, we both would love to catch a 30lb+ mirror carp from our club lake and personally I would love to catch a 30lb carp from the guest lake on the complex too as we aim to visit that a few times this year with some guests, there is an awesome 30lb+ Ghostie which resides in the guest lake which would be the tip of the iceberg for myself! 

I personally would love to start taking up other forms of fishing in lure fishing/predator fishing and fishing for some crucian carp as I have a water not too far from where I live that offers awesome Crucian Carp fishing so fingers crossed. 

Well, that is all for our first blog of 2022, the next one will defiantly have more recent fishing trips in it, so until then, good luck all. 

As always,  


Tight Lines & Wet Nets,  

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Cameron Harris Sea

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 being October we had the chance at literally anything! my expectations for this trip was NOT what it turned out to be. Upon arrival of the mark we dropped down baits, squid for me uptiding hoping for a late bass or hound, and ever so quickly i was blessed with a slack line bite i knew it was something proper, the tide was ripping and my mind was racing, big bass? hound? ray? blue shark?! When i finally managed to bully the big girl up in the water column Dan did a sterling job of netting her, hook was out in seconds and returned to live another day.

As expected whilst waiting for the tide to sort itself out it went pretty quiet, apart from a super interesting bite on a clients rod, no big head shakes, no line taken but a very interesting bite indeed. As he picked the rod up, an guided him and helped him with the best way to play the fish, the big net was put in hand and we were all on the edges of our seats. When it came up everyone was shocked, this was the first time id ever seen one of these, never mind hold it. It was a Dover sole! in ramsgate! Dans only had one of these on the boat before and a super rare catch for this area. Holding one was something to experience slimy like a snake and moves like one an interesting fish, a very interesting fish.

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A pretty fish non the less

A little bit later on the boat and i got another very heave bite, big rod tip movement, i kept watching it for 5 mins, id seen this bite before i knew what it was so i didn’t want to rush it, but as it just kept bobbing away instead of going solid i thought id just pick it up, as i struck into the fish and caught up with all the slack line i felt it… rod bent in double heavy shakes and a cruising fish, i knew this was a ray so instead of wearing myself out i just applied pressure and waited for it to glide up in the tide, finally netted and landed my first spiky rat since around march nice to get back on track just in time for winter. If you haven’t tried rays on light tackle i suggest it its super fun! i posted a video a couple months ago on it.

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This made a really fun video, apologies about the wind noise but if you’d like to know how to use your time wisely at this time of the year then give the video a watch there might be something for you to learn in there!

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Jack and Terry Sea

Captain Small & The North Star Express.

All Aboard!! Welcome back to another instalment of the JT Carpers blog, this week we have something a bit different to usual, an awesome little social sea fishing trip with the miniature comedian himself Jon over on the North Star! 

So, usually we book a trip with Jon once a year, for something a bit different than the usual carping and also this man is just awesome, complete bonkers but awesome none the less, this time we decided to book the whole boat out to ourselves and get a group of us going. This time we had myself, Jack, My Dad, Mike, Eddie, Billy and Brandon. We were originally booked in for last year but due to restrictions etc we had to postpone it to this year. 

We set off early to meet up with Captain Small at around 6.45am, Jon is based in Canvey Island from the Lobster Smack pub, I will leave a link to his Facebook at the end of the blog, if you ever fancied a trip then 100% go with this man, in the unfortunate event that you don’t catch anything just being around him will make the day a memorable one believe me. 

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The absolute lunatic himself!

So, after a short boat trip out we arrived at our first spot of the day and it wasn’t long before we were into our first fish and it went to my dad with his first ever Dab, awesome little fish and one we haven’t seen on the boat before so we were already off to a great start.  

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The action continued consistently for the next hour or two with Billy landing 3 fish and all being different species, firstly a small bass, followed by a pouting and then finally a lovely whiting, once again apart from the whiting all fish I hadn’t seen in the flesh before so a really good start. 

As a group we continued to catch several fish between us, my first fish of the trip being this lovely little dogfish, not a new species for myself but they always put a up a good account of themselves and are always welcome on board because let’s face it, they are cool looking creatures! And kind of cute too. 

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Whiting were being caught left and right with a few dogfish thrown in, when the action dried up Jon would move us onto the next spot, this just shows how eager and decent of a Captain he is, some Captains would just sit on a spot all day and happily take your money, Jon is a firm believer in making the day as special and memorable for everyone as possible and this shines through with his attitude and willingness to help everyone, top man! 

This continued throughout the day as when a spot dried up, we were onto the next one. Jack got amongst the action too with some lovely Bass and some cracking little dogfish! I also went on to land myself a new P.B Dab as it is currently the only dab I have ever caught, honestly despite what the picture looks like I was actually very happy with the capture! 

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Mike & Eddie were having a tough time of it on the other side of the boat, it always baffles me how you can be fishing all of 2 feet away from someone else yet they will catch quite a few fish whilst you may sneak the odd 1 or 2 out. 

With the action drying up once again we moved onto our last spot of the day and what a spot it was! Within a minute of being on the new spot Eddie was into only his 2nd fish of the day! When he landed it, he was met with this awesome little Bass, a great fish to end the day on or so we thought, the bites just kept on coming! For everyone around the boat too, bass after bass after bass, Mike was also into a bass too so all in all this last spot really paid off. 

Dad was met with a few dogfish and a lovely little pouting, Brandon was continuously catching throughout the day and had a good few on the last spot too, so all in all the final spot really paid off with everyone catching numerous fish. 

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To top the whole trip off, Jack caught himself a Sea Anemone (I believe that is what they are called?) Or as Jon liked to call them, the arseholes of the sea, quite fitting that Jack would catch a rather large arsehole 🙂

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With that our time was up and we were on our way back into dock, what a fantastic day it was, I believe we had in excess of 40 fish between us and top rod going to Dad with him catching the most throughout the day, we are all eagerly excited for our next trip out with the legend that is Jon in the summer of next year to try and get amongst some awesome looking tope! 

So once again thank you for reading our little blog, we love hearing the responses and feedback from you guys it really means a lot. 

As always, 

 
Tight Lines & Wet Nets, 

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Cameron Harris Sea

Soo Many Fish! – SIB Fishing

Whilst I am waiting for my new kayak to turn up I decided to have a trip with my mate on his sib and we ended up having a brilliant day! with loads and loads of fish showing!

As we hauled the engine and equipment up the beach and pumped up the boat we were gagging to get it and the weather looked absolutely perfect with no swell at all, like a millpond, flatter than a lake! until we found the underwater rocks! As we motored away from the populated beach spirits were high, conditions were perfect and it was all set in stone. As we reached our first spot is was very very shallow but we still managed 1 small schoolie bass before deciding to move a bit further out into deeper water. In the deeper water, it didn’t take long to bag the first Smoothounds on spider peeler crab and a few more bass on fresh dug local lugworm.

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The day was going well we found shoals of bass and a good amount of hounds sat off on the rocks. After about a couple of bass in the first morning, my mate was into a good bite with a hard fight we were sure it was a bass due to the head shaking and when it showed it was a lovely legal bass.

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Cameron Harris Sea

Ledgering Prawns for Big Fish!

So on this day, I went out for an evening fishing trip from 16:00 – 20:00, I was out on my buddy charter that runs out of Ramsgate called “better days”. I arrived at the marina early to try and see if there was any mullet and if there was I was going to have a cast for them with my fly rod which is something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Unfortunately, despite the crystal clear blue water I failed to notice any feeding mullet at all!

So off we went the engine roaring to life and the vessel starting to move, Dan called in for permission to leave the harbour and the fishing journey had started! it was a pleasant day to be on the water with the flat calm seas rolling in and lots of fish coming aboard. the first hound came up within a matter of minutes and they just didn’t stop coming! the bite really really improved as the tide started to slacken off. with many hounds showing, a few dogs and one bass and a super pretty gurnard decided to show its face taking 2 prawns. I felt like we did pretty well especially considering the NE winds.

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I made a video on this day covering most of the catches all the way from 16:00 – 20:00 check it out here!

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David Porter Sea

Bass Fishing From The Shore In North Suffolk (part two)

The weather has been extremely frustrating with frontal systems sweeping in that seem to produce air temperatures more applicable to early Spring than mid May. Normally by this time we would expect that the summer visitors, such as the bass and smoothhound are well settled in our coastal waters. The signs are good with the fish showing in some areas, but they do not appear to be widespread on the East Coast at the time of writing.

I decided to chance my arm at one of my local marks for a crack at an early bass. It was to be an extremely speculative session lasting all of fifty minutes or so of actual fishing time. I had allowed myself forty minutes of travelling time, which was a bit optimistic with the Lowestoft Town Bridge a notorious traffic bottleneck to negotiate, but I managed it. The chosen venue was the Lowestoft South Beach, which is a shallow sandy beach bordered by a concrete promenade that stretches into the distance towards Pakefield. There is ample parking along the main road route. I would be fishing two hours from high water.

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Lowestoft South Beach as it stretches South towards Pakefield.

The weather during that early morning session broke the mould as it was windless and warm as the Sun’s rays broke through a thin veil of cloud. The previous day had been cold with gusty winds blowing from the North turning the sea into a churning vindictive maelstrom.

The tackle requirements were simple and I could travel a light, with a rod and all of my other tackle and equipment contained within a bag hung from my shoulder.

I chose to use my Anyfish Anywhere 12 foot lure and bait rod which will cast up to 90 grams and my small Akios 555SCM multiplier loaded with ten pounds monofilament line and a twenty pound casting leader. For a rig I used a single hook running paternoster with a two ounce Breakaway Flattie pattern lead and at the business end I tied a size 1 Mustad offset Aberdeen match hook. Bait was lively ragworm purchased three days earlier at the Gorleston Tackle Centre.

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The moment had arrived for my first cast to catch a bass in 2021, and I lobbed the bait out thirty metres into the flat calm sea. The fish are often in the calmer water behind the rollers or they congregate in the vicinity of a feature, such as a gulley, depression in the sand, a patch of stones or a breakwater; all of which hold food. This being the case it is good practice to observe the beach at low water regularly, but be aware that storms can alter the topography of the fishing mark. When I fish using a light hand held rod I stand parallel to the surf line so that the line is at ninety degrees to my rodtip.

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My stance with the rod parallel to the surf line. This photograph was taken on a much colder day in more like early Spring conditions with an onshore wind.

I did not have to wait long for my first take as the tip of the rod violently wrapped around, similar to the take of carp in a commercial fishery. A sharp strike and I was into my first bass of the year. It swirled on top of the water and made for the sanctuary of a nearby breakwater. After a delightful couple of minutes of furious swimming and thrashing on the surface I guided the fish onto the shore. It was small and plump, but measuring in at 40cm it was a very satisfactory result. A good point to make here is that this fish taken on a standard surfcasting rod would not have provided such enjoyment, as the fish would have been overpowered and not allowed to show it’s true mettle. Twenty minutes later I landed a second bass of a similar size and this fish was trapped because of its own curiosity. I always try to overcast when fishing light and gradually retrieve the end tackle by recovering a small amount of line every so often, and this is done not so much as to give movement to the bait, but to disturb the bottom raising a column of suspended sand near my bait. The idea is that the curious fish will investigate the disturbance. This tactic dictates my choice of the Breakaway Flattie lead as it is designed to achieve this effect.

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A great looking bass in perfect condition.

After landing the second fish it was time to pack up, but it was a case of mission accomplished so I was quite pleased how things had worked out. The fish were in residence and I had caught a couple which had been returned to the sea, so roll on the next session.

The next session turned out to be four days later and again it was to be a short session of about two hours actual fishing time at the South Beach. This time the conditions were totally different and the weather had reverted back to its changeable pattern, and the wind was fresh and blowing from the South East. The sky was grey and overcast and that was no visible sign of the Sun’s warming rays. The sea state was choppy and surf was rolling in, hopefully providing perfect conditions for a bass hunt. I was fishing the middle part of the flooding tide. The tactics were exactly the same as during the previous session, but this time I choose to use a two hook paternoster with shorter snoods because I expected fish to feed freely in the prevailing conditions. I was quickly into fish taking one of 35cm the first cast on a cast of about twenty five metres. A short while later I hooked and landed a slightly larger fish of 40cm.

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I started to get a number of bites which were distinctly different to the violent wrap around takes of the bass and these comprised of the lifting and settling of the lead usually following the retrieval of a small amount of line when displacing the lead. I ignored a couple of the bites expecting a bass to grab and swim quickly off with the bait, but nothing happened. I finally struck at one of the bites as the line slackened and was instantly into a fish which was not so dramatic nor vigorous in its attempts to escape.

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The answer to the puzzle was a plump flounder in superb condition and this first one was followed by two more, with all of them falling to the slowly retrieved bait technique.

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A fine conditioned flounder that has spawned in deep water during the early Spring and is now packing on weight before returning to the East Coast estuaries.

I was very pleased to see a flounder or two as I rarely catch them during my sessions on the open beach targeting the larger species. I have had good bags of flounders from this beach before during the late Spring and early Summer period but not recently.

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I look extremely well wrapped up against the wind and for good reason as the fresh onshore breeze was chilling. Still with the fish feeding well the uncomfortable conditions were not such a problem.

I topped the session off with a fine plump bass that measured 49cm and probably weighing somewhere in the region of three pounds. The bass hit the bait hard and went ballistic when hooked, by first swimming quickly through the water one way and then running in the opposite direction as I played it and applied pressure. The rod took on a dramatic bend as the fish tried to escape taking a bit of line against the drag. Gliding it in with a wave was an exciting moment, as it thrashed about on top of the water before finally submitting to pressure. I carefully lifted the fish by hand and held it while admiring its beautiful silver profile…what a great looking fish! After a quick photograph the fish was carefully returned to the water, and after a few seconds of recovery it flicked its substantial tail and headed back out to sea. All the fish I caught were carefully returned to the sea.

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The best of four bass caught from the Lowestoft South Beach.

I finished the session with the smallest bass of the day, and my two hours of angling bliss had ended, as it was time to head for home as promised. This light tackle fishing for bass is addictive and most coarse anglers who fish for tench and carp will have appropriate rods and reels amongst their kit, so it’s a great opportunity to try something different. For me, it won’t be too long before the sound and smell of the sea and the dreams of the silver bass tempt me to fish again; perhaps tomorrow?

Next week my fellow blogger Alan Stevens, will entertain you with his recent sea angling adventures from the shore in South Suffolk, and it is sure to be a great read.

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Tom Baird

The Dream

Afternoon all, I hope you are all safe and well on the bank. As anglers we all have that one dream fishing experience, well most of us have a couple. Whether it be fishing for giant Carp in sunny France or a huge Red tail in Thailand. The enjoyment and excitement of actually doing it can be life changing.

I would like to share with you some of my fishing dream which I will be doing this year and in the future. But whatever your dream is make sure you get the most out of it and don’t let it stress you out getting there.

So, up first is my ultimate fishing experience to fish for Sturgeon on the Fraser River in Canada. Now these beauties can go up to 200lbs and more. Staying in a top hotel and fishing for around 7 days (9 days including travel). With wonderful settings and surroundings, what a way to unwind with a friend or family member. Now I have been planning this trip for a few years now (over 10 lol) and have been looking and talking to anglers who have been. I have found an operator who looks good and the reviews are amazing. It is also for a reasonable amount at around £2,500. Cascade Fishing Adventures which are online have all you need to know about your trip. https://www.sportquestholidays.com/fishing-region/north-america/canada/

Up second is deep sea fishing in Sørøya northern Norway for Giant Cod and Wolf fish. The main season for catching enormous Cod is March and April. This is when the massive shoals of Cod travel from the Barents Sea to the spawning grounds located around the north of Norway. After fishing from the boat. I would then hit the shore line for Wolf fish which hide in the rocks waiting for prey.

Finally, but by all means not last is my own trip I am doing here in the UK for a birthday treat with my Dad. After watching Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone fishing on BBC 2, it gave me an idea to travel around the UK to different spots targeting different species from Grayling to Trout. From Scotland to Cornwall, we will travel the country in a camper van and hit some amazing spots.   

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Tom Baird

The Beach was Calling

Evening all. Now we are coming to the middle of lockdown, I thought it was about time to dust off the beach casters. Off I went down to the local beach. Now I am quite lucky I live in a coastal town and have this facility on my doorstep.

The hightide was at 09:30 this morning, so I was ready to go. I went for a pully rig today, which was already made up. It was windy and the waves were crashing, so chose a breakaway weight. This then digs into the sand and helps my bait stay where I cast it.

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My bait for today was Rag, lug worm and squid (Bait was from Colchester Bait & Tackle and Clacton Angling). Once fishing I sat back and soaked in the amazing sunshine. Even though it was windy, the sun was out in all its glory. There were quite a few sea anglers out today, which is always great to see. But you do think that they might strike into a shoal and not you lol.

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First on the line was the beloved Bass, what an amazing fish. That amazing silver shimmering in the sun and the fins on display. Hook out and admiring over, back it went. Then another Bass came in, this one was smaller but still put up a fight.

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Then came the Whiting; 6 in total. I love their little teeth and how soft they are to hold. Reminds me of holding a Tench. Nothing big, but great to have two species already. Then I had a fish I had never caught before. It was a nice little Pouting. At first, I thought it was a Codling which I haven’t caught in years. But was happy that I had ticked off a Pouting on my list.

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Sea fishing has changed over the years. With different habitats these days you are more likely to catch a variety of species. Some say we have lost fish like Cod etc. Have they just moved on to colder waters or are they really in decline? Some blame the wind farms and some say they act as an artificial habitat, which attract fish like Bass etc. The amazing Tope, which was once in abundance around the East Coast is now hardly seen. But we do get Thorny backs, Dogs and Smooth Hounds. Let’s hope we see these amazing creatures return to our area and that sustainable fishing helps in some way.

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In total we had 10 fish, which isn’t that bad really. It was better than blanking and 3 different species was good. Hope you are all staying safe out there and might see you on the bank.

Tight Lines…….