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!
Before I crack on with this months update
I would like to say a big thank you to all my new subscribers, your subscription is greatly appreciated, I'm by no means an angling expert, I'm just a normal guy who like many others enjoys spending his free time sitting behind his rods in the hope of catching carp
I'm experienced having been a carp angler now for over twenty years, and I've recently left the angling trade after two spells which lasted eleven years
I love to share the content of my angling adventures and I hope you enjoy my angling ramblings each month?
right then February....
For the interest of those of you who are new to my blog and did not read my January update?
staying within the Government guidelines my angling in 2021 has began on my doorstep carp fishery, it's well within the five mile traveling limit, in fact I'm that close I could roll out of bed and end up in the first swim
towards the end of January and in sub zero temperatures I was lucky enough to slip my net under a lovely ghost carp
When February arrived the weather still remained very cold and the early part of the new month also brought with it snow
A snowy session....
I've been doing on average two sessions a week (work depending) and my time has been spent inter changing on two of the complex's lakes
during the last few sessions I've spent most of my time on lake number three
it's seems to get a lot less angling pressure, and according to the fishery owner holds a good stock of double figure carp, and even the odd twenty?
I've been very fortunate since the start of the new year, and two my knowledge I've only experienced two blanks?
one was the day after a night of heavy snow, and the other was straight after the lake had thawed out
towards the end of February I enjoyed a really productive session and I went on to capture six carp and the biggest of the year so far
An unusal head on this mirror....
I never weighed this one, it might possibly scrape double figures?
The biggest capture of the year so far....
As we approach the end of February and the Government announce their plan to exit the current lockdown, it's looking likely that this venue will still be my only option to wet a few lines until the end of March at the earliest?
I won't lie to you all I feel frustrated, as I write this update the postman has just slipped the ticket for my new Club Lake through my door
but looking at the bigger picture, rules are rules and life, health and safety are well ahead in the pecking order of any carp
Your never far away from one at this time of the year....
Until my March update, thanks for reading, stay safe
and if you manage to get out? tight lines!
I'd like to begin this update by wishing everybody reading my latest blog piece a very Happy New Year
sadly the new year hasn't got off to the best of starts with the UK currently in a three month lockdown
on a positive note and not for the first time, the team at the Angling Trust have kept us angling
their are guidlines in place as fishing is to be practiced locally, I'm fortunate as I have a carp fishery on my doorstep, less than a mile away by car and I'm fishing
the weather has been all over the place since the start of the new year, which has included some very mild temperatures, sub zero temperatures, snow, ice and and even a storm named Christoph
fortunately I managed to wet a line for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday January 20th
Rods out for the first time in 2021.....
This day session took place throughout storm Christoph
strong winds and driving rain battered the UK but the air temperature on this particular day was a barmy 10 degrees
which was one of the reasons why I decided to brave the conditions, and my efforts paid off as I achieved two bites netting both a mirror and common carp
A pretty mirror.....
Before I sign off this very brief update any of you who read my December 2020 update?
will remember me talking about a new Club Lake I was looking to join in 2021
I'm pleased to say the joining process went through smoothly and it got completed just before Christmas, at present due to lockdown restrictions I'm unable to visit my chosen venue
but hopefully come the Spring I'll be granted a window of opportunity?
keep and eye on my UK Session blog for updates
New Club Lake ticket purchased.....
Until the next update stay safe!
Winter has arrived bringing with it frost and a drop in both air and water temperature
things got off to a great start at the beginning of the month despite the rapid change in conditions
my thinking was that it may take a few weeks for the residents in my Club Lake to adjust to such conditions?
but how wrong was I, within an hour of getting the rods into position on session number one of December my left hander was away
and when I say away I'm talking one toner, as soon as I picked up the rod and bent into this one I instantly knew that it was a decent fish
and boy did I experience a decent scrap, it took me everywhere! to the far margin, up the back of the island, it also flat roded me in the open water
I'm happy to say that it's valent efforts finally came to an end and it was mine, a beautiful common weighing a shade under 20lb
I was very happy with this one.....
I must of weighed this capture at least five times? as you can see from the picture above
this common looks 20lb all day long? but the scales don't lie, and when a carp looks as good as this one who cares about weight?
pictures done and I slipped it back, the rod was soon back on the spot and it was time to pop the kettle on, I'd just filled up the kettle when the distinctive sound of a Nash R3 could be heard, the same rod was away again
this time I went onto slip my net under a beautiful mirror in it's true Winter colours
Almost a leather.....
Before the session was over I managed one more, which must have been my smallest capture of the year? a little common of 4 maybe 5lb?
when I returned the following week the mood on the Club Lake had changed completley
which resulted in back to back sessions and back to back blanks
my most recent session was completed not long after writing my latest update, and it's been another tough week, Monday I achieved just the one bite, a bream of roughly 5lb which decided to pick up my 12mm pink Citruz pop up
due to my work commitments I couldn't get back until Thursday which developed into another tough day, I'd settled for another blank that was until my right hander sprung into life just before packing up
not a big fish by any means, but very welcome indeed
A great conditioned scaley.....
It's Christmas week and I plan to do at least two more sessions before the festivies begin
and I'm hoping to do a few more before 2020 is over
2021 will see me targeting a new Club Water, but I'll talk more about that in my January update
have a very happy Christmas and as always thank you to everyone of you who reads this blog
it's greatly appreciated!
I'd like to begin this months update by saying a big hello to all my new subscribers
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right then on with this months update "November"
Autumn is well and truly in full swing and their have been signs that Winter isn't to far behind
I've had a busy month on and off the bank, my six year stay at Angling Direct came to an end and I've returned back to work for a previous employer, I'm pleased to say that the transition period has gone through swiftly, and it hasn't taken me long to get my feet back under the table
in no way has this effected my bank time and I've continued to do at least two short sessions a week on my Club Lake, the only change now is that I won't have set days to angle, and my fishing now will be planned around my weekly work load
I've been greeted to a couple of frosts this month, de-icing the car felt strange I must say and with my Club Lake being shallow naturally this was a concern, as each week passes by and the end of the year gets closer catching a carp is becoming harder
A beautiful frosty morning on the Club Lake...
As well as the odd frost the drop in air and water temperature, another thing that was noticeably recognizable was the change in the water clarity
for months the water has been very cloudy, but by mid November I could actually see the lakebed in the marginal areas, the drop in water temperature played a big part in this happening but more concerning was that it was also likely due to the carp no longer moving as frequently around the lake?
Water clarity change...
Overall November hasn't been a bad month again on the capture front
I've had to work hard but I'm happy to say I've continued to achieve results, my Solid Bag approach is still in full swing, and my Citruz bag mix...
* Pink / White Citruz flake
* 2mm Citruz pellets
* Citruz syrup
is still working wonders, the only tweak I've made to my baiting approach and this has been on the odd occasion I must add is that I've been trickling in a small amount of
Nashbait's Coconut Creme 15mm boilies onto my spots, I'm convinced that this has had a major effect to my results
nothing has graced my net this month like it did in October but hey, I'm a carp angler and not a big fish angler in the UK, whatever the size? they are all welcome
you can view a selection of my November results below
That's your lot for this month, my next blog will be in December just before Christmas
as always stay safe! and if your bankside throughtout December?
enjoy your angling...