At this time of the year I do my traditional Angling Review
2021 has been a very poor year for yours truly on the videography front
and in 2022 I'm hoping that will improve
as I plan to put the written updates to one side and present to you a monthly video instead
if all things go to plan? my monthly video updates in 2022 will be in a diary format, and the content will include footage from the sessions I do each month
I'm really looking forward to getting back in front of the camera, and I hope to capture content which will be of interest to you all
regarding 2021's Angling Review, you can now view it in it's entirety below
Angling Review 2021.....
All that's left to say is thanks so much for your support throughout 2021
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The updates posted in this blog detail my angling adventures throughout the year
and this update is focused on the later stages of the Summer (2021) on my new Club lake
I've been introducing my ever faithful Scopex Squid into this venue since late March,
and I've been increasing the volume I introduce steadily as the months go by
during June, July and August I was introducing at least 5kg a week, that may not seem a lot to some of you reading this update? but based on two short sessions a week that works out to 20kg a month
after netting my first capture back in March and when Spring eventually decided to arrive I managed to nick the odd fish, but as soon as the temperature increased and I began to introduce more bait, my catch rate began to improve
by mid June the carp in this venue were really getting their heads down on it, I was introducing my bait into various areas of the lake I must add and for very good reason
not that I like to have a swim in mind before arriving at the venue, but if their is an area that I particularly fancy and it's occupied, I have other options knowing my next choice of swim has received some free offerings before hand
the other factor is by spreading a bait around a venue gets the carp moving about with the hope they eventually start looking for it
even during the peak of the Summer and whilst fishing a session when the temperature hit a barmy thirty plus degrees did the carp oblige
every capture that session left my unhooking mat in a right state covered in Scopex Squid excrement, that was another sign which told me they were having it
below is a gallery of some more of my captures, some of them being the lakes better fish
Next month I'll wrap up my CM Angling 2021 blog for the year
until then as always thanks for reading
tight lines and happy angling
I've no doubt mentioned this in previous updates, so I apologise if I'm sounding repetitive?
my new Club lake is now my full focus
I maybe tempted to venture on my other water during the Winter?
the carp in my new Club lake are without a doubt some of the hardest fighting carp I have angled for during twenty plus years of carp fishing, they are also predominantly common carp which to me is absolute heaven
All of my captures to date have been either of double figures or twenty pound plus
I have no idea of the lakes exact stock which to me is magical
the unknown IMO doesn't hurt any carp angler
They clearly love their boilies, and I'm not surprised in the slightest how they have responded to the banquet which I have been dishing up all year
Scopex Squid is a bait I have used for many years now both overseas and in the UK, and it's caught me hundreds if not thousands of carp?
regarding the pop ups which I present my ever faithful Twisted Multi Rigs over the Scopex Squid, white has produced the more consistent results
Twisted Multi Rigs.....
The carp in this lake are of many different sizes, shapes and proportions, and one or two characters have graced my net along the way, one that stands out is a carp called Nelson, no guesses as to how it got it's name
Before I sign of again for another month
please enjoy the slide show below of some more of my Club lake captures
Thanks for reading tight lines and happy angling
Bringing you up to speed
in my last update I told you all that the UK was currently experiencing a heat wave
July is now upon us and Summer has well and truly landed, the sun continues to shine, the water temperature is up, and the carp I'm pleased to say are up for a feed
I'm continuing to angle on my new Club water, I haven't fished my other water for sometime now, the new water has somewhat pre occupied me
I have nothing to tell any of you regards my rigs and bait, as the saying goes if it isn't broke? don't fix it!
and I continue to use my ever faithful Twisted Multi Rigs and Scopex Squid
On the subject of Scopex Squid, I'm not one of those anglers who purchases a bag of bait and takes it straight to the waters edge
my free offerings go through a process called glugging and glazing, it's very easy to do and this next section explains how you can also glug and glaze your chosen boilies
I use stabilised Scopex Squid in 15mm, I then introduce around 5kg of bait to a bucket, the next job is to introduce a good amount of Scopex Squid syrup, making sure that every boilie is coated
the final job is to add some Scopex Squid stick mix, this absorbs the syrup and leaves my free offerings with a lovely rough coating, I normally complete the glugging and glazing process a good twenty four hours before my session, which gives my free offerings more than enough time to take in all of the syrup which packs my bait with plenty of flavour
this process is by no means cheap, but boy is it effective, it cloud's the water and the stick mix is reactive from the off when it hits the water, which ensures me their is plenty of activity being created on my chosen spots
Glugging and glazing completed.....
I previously mentioned in this update that the carp were up for a feed
the gallery below displays the pick of my captures from July
That's all I have to report this month
I look forward to bringing you my August update next month, until then as always I appreciate everybody who reads my blog and for taking the time out to do so
tight lines and happy angling
For the purpose of everybody reading this blog, these articles don't necessary correspond with the month titled at the top of the page, after addressing that let's crack on
June has arrived and with it so has the weather, temperatures have rocketed and the UK is experiencing a heatwave
far from ideal angling conditions but that did not deter yours truly
temperatures where averaging between 28/30 degrees, I didn't fancy sitting in that all day, so I decided to visit my new Club lake from late afternoon and fish up until dusk
the floater rod was packed into the car but being honest with you I'm not a great fan of surface fishing, I'd rather catch a carp off the bottom any day of the week
the barmy temperatures had certainly deterred some of the other members, for the majority of June I angled alone or with very few others
Billy no mates.....
Being honest I thought the up and coming sessions were going to be a struggle, as you can imagine on arrival the carp were easy to find
their was plenty enjoying the sunshine and cruising on the surface
I had the pick of the swims to choose from due to the lack of angling pressure, and my thinking was to choose a swim which contained the bulk of the carp in it regardless if they were on the surface
I had to wait until around 7/8pm but I'm pleased to say the carp responded to my weekly angling approach
I even went onto capture one of the lakes rare mirrors as well as some more bars of gold
The pick of this months captures.....
For the purpose of anybody reading this blog who isn't familiar with my favoured presentation? that I call the Twisted Multi Rig
simply view the picture below
The Twisted Multi Rig.....
The Multi Rig tied as standard don't get me wrong is very effective, but by adding shrink tubing and over shotting the pop up IMO it turns from an effective presentation to a devastating presentation
I simply couldn't put a figure on as to how many carp the Twisted Multi Rig has caught me in the UK and in France over the years?
maybe during the Winter I'll write more in depth regards carp rigs?
until Septembers update
as always thanks for reading tight lines and happy angling
I'm back on my new Club lake and the weather continues to be unsettled
sun, wind, heavy showers and even hail, mother nature has well and truly thrown the kitchen sink at me
It felt more like March.....
My Wednesday session resulted in a blank
I returned on the Thursday and was greeted to more unsettled weather, thanks to my Nash Profile X brolly I kept dry and was comfortable
it was looking as if I was heading for a second blank? that was until my right hander sprung into life with just sixty minutes of the session remaining
I was happy with this one.....
Such a shame about the tail damage, apart from that this was a cracking common and my biggest capture from the new venue so far
it just goes to show that it's never over until it's over, making sure that the rods are always the last things to get packed away
the following week and conditions remained the same
No change whatsoever.....
But that hadn't put the carp off, as I went onto catch two more lovely commons and my first mirror from the new Club lake
Two commons and a mirror.....
Before I wrap things up for another month, as promised here's an update on a session I did on my other Club water
it's never been an easy water, keeping updated with what's been going on thanks to the powers of Social Media
I soon discovered that the venue had seriously got one on it, and it's resident carp were even more elusive
as always you can't catch them at home, so when this one slipped up I was more than happy
By no means a monster, but a common in superb condition
until next months update, thanks for reading, tight lines and happy angling
Carrying on where I left off
it's always nice to get the first carp under the belt from a new water, I drove home that evening with a big smile on my face
the following week was visit number three to the new Club water, and on this session the weather had improved dramatically
there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the sun was shining, and the air temperature was well into double figures
during my lap around the lake, it was evident that a lot of carp were patrolling the margins
and I found myself a lovely looking swim at the top of the lake under a over hanging tree
A lovely looking swim.....
The rods couldn't have been out for more than an hour when my right hander which was spotted in the margin was away
After such a quick bite it wasn't until the final hour of the session that I experienced some more action, the same rod was away again
The second common of the session.....
Correct me if I am wrong? but I'm not sure if I have written about my favoured presentation which I use on all of my waters
those of you who are avid readers of my blog? will know that it hasn't changed, and it's a presentation which I have the up most faith and confidence in
nicknamed the Twisted Multi Rig, a size eight hook complemented with a twelve millimetre pop up, simple yet very effective!
The Twisted Multi Rig.....
Before I wrap things up for another month, a word on my other Club water
I've been flip flopping and enjoyed the odd session still in-between fishing the new Club water, since I captured a brace in March the fishing has been very tough indeed
saying that I did manage to capture a nice common from their only a few weeks ago, which I will write about in more detail in a future update
until my July update, thanks for reading, happy angling and tight lines
Tuesday April 6th and the long wait to wet a line on a brand new Club water was finally over
I actually joined the Club that controls my new venue back in November 2020
but shortly after joining the UK was as everybody reading this update knows is still in the thick of a global pandemic and the nation went into a three month lockdown
Happy new Club lake day.....
My first two sessions took place on as previously mentioned the 6th April and the 7th April and got off to a slow start
the weather was truly awful, I experienced sub zero temperatures, rain, hale and even snow flurry's
the only results I had to show for my efforts on both sessions were bream
April 13th and I was back again, and this time the weather had considerably improved
the weather had improved so much that IMO had put the carp in a stage of confusion?
by midday I spotted numerous carp just beneath the surface
and they were also acting very lethargic
I wasn't sure regards the rules on surface fishing?
and I didn't have any surface tackle at my disposal anyway
but what I did have was some zig bits
I constructed a zig and fished it just under the surface without any success
around 3.00pm I began to experience some liners, and by 4.00pm I could clearly see that the resident carp were moving frequently up and down the margin
I primed a lovely looking spot in the margin to my right, and by 4.30pm I had a rig in position
by 5.15pm it was away, and my first carp from this pretty little venue was in the net
Off the mark.....
Not massive by any means, but I was delighted non the less to get off the mark
I've been introducing my bait all over this small lake on average twice a week
and the signs are clear that it's residents are starting to enjoy it
but more about that next month
as always thanks for reading and tight lines
As the lockdown restrictions begin to get relaxed across the UK it's finally time to say goodbye to my local coarse fishery
it's been a life saver these past three months, I won't lie it's not my first choice of venue
but due to the recent restrictions it's allowed me to wet a line when perhaps other anglers have not been so fortunate?
Wednesday 31st March and I made the first visit to one of my Club waters in 2021, weather wise and for the time of year it was a barmy twenty degrees
A day in the shallows.....
Despite my efforts all I managed during this session was a solitary tench
I planned to return the following day, looking at the forecast before departing the weather was to change on the Thursday
and when I say change I'm talking considerably
on arrival on the Thursday morning the air temperature had dropped by ten degrees, yes you did read that correctly
I'd baited some of my usual spots in the deeper water before leaving on the Wednesday as a plan b if the predicted forecast was correct?
if not I was heading back into the shallows
April 1st and the forecast was correct
by 11.00am I was settled in and fishing in the deeper water
the session got off to a slow start, the lake looked lifeless and showed no signs in the way of carp activity
my good friend Nick dropped in for a catch up which was nice, he'd done an overnight session on his Syndicate which is not far away from my Club water
we chatted for well over an hour before he headed home
minutes after Nick had departed a rod fished in the open water sprung into life
and resulted in the capture of a beautiful mirror
fifty minutes later and the same rod was away, this time I slipped the net under a lovely looking common
Mirror and a common.....
Looking back at my capture pictures neither of these carp have graced my net before
overall I was very happy
Tuesday April 6th and the long wait to wet a line on a brand new Club water was finally over
yet again it was all change on the weather front in the way of
freezing temperatures, frost and even snow flurry's
I'll now be concentrating my efforts on this venue, and from time to time flip flop to some of my other Club waters
I'll write more in depth about the new venue in my May update
until then as always if your bank side? tight lines, stay safe and thanks for reading!
As I write my latest update, the current lockdown goes into month three
and so does my angling on my lockdown venue
I've continued to catch steadily flip flopping between the fisheries specimen lake
and lake three
and I've been fortunate to slip my net under a variety of carp, which have consisted of
mirror, common and ghost carp
A variety of carp.....
so far the larger residents in the specimen lake have evaded me
that was until March 10th
whilst watching Countryfile and it's weather forecast for the week ahead
the weather man issued a severe weather warning for midweek
you don't need me to tell you that when you are working, and I have been fortunate to do so throughout the current pandemic being a key worker, that you can only go angling when free time allows?
Wednesday and Thursday were the days I had available
on arriving at the venue on the Wednesday I decided to fish on the specimen lake
being honest with you all reading this blog, the weather wasn't as bad as predicted
in fact the conditions could not have been any better, I was very confident of some action
after paying my swim fee and signing in (covid policy), I was shocked to discover that I was not just the only angler present on the specimen lake, but also on the complex
by 11.00am I was all settled in and fishing
I started catching pretty much from the off, the action slowed down around 2.00pm, and picked up again around 4.00pm
my final bite of the session arrived at 4.45pm, which was capture number seven of the day
and finally after many weeks one of the better fish
One of the specimen lakes better fish.....
I was absolutely delighted
hopefully by the time I get around to writing my April update, the travel restrictions will have been lifted?
and I will have wet a line on one of my new Club Waters
I'm forever grateful to those who have subscribed and read my blog
stay safe and if your bankside? tight lines!