Would you like some ice with that?....Tim Fairchild
Well I’m back again after a short break due to a knee injury, overloaded barrow on my last session in November! Then it was Christmas and work was busy, then SNOW! Our lake had a 3 inch in lid on it for several weeks but as the weather started to warm, myself and my fellow gulp! carp army recruit James Hughes headed off to the lake last week. We arrived to find the lake two thirds iced over still but on assessment it was thin and a south westerly was gradually blowing the lid...
Pike on the Erne......TERRY’S TRAVELS
With most rivers in flood conditions at the moment, and extremely inclement weather, my angling options are somewhat limited! Despite these problems, Glenn, Andy and I took a chance on the Erne system last Sunday to see what was about. The main lough seems almost devoid of fish, seeing little on the sounder, which would suggest that DCAL’s policy of allowing commercial freshwater netting on this particular water is having a serious impact on our pike and perch stocks.
December Morning Madness......Steve Phipps
It's early December and after a few cold nights and light frosts I was slightly concerned that the drop in temperature may have switched the fish at my club lake off, nevertheless, it would take a lot more than a chill in the air to stop us from trying to bank a few carp.
My club lake has the benefit of a large hill adjacent to the bank which is perfect for getting a full overhead view of the lake making fish finding a great deal easier. after 5 or so minutes of pacing up ...
Ok! So what’s been happening with the weather?
Welcome to my first blog of the year and first off let me wish you all a very happy new year.
Ok so what’s been happening with the weather? I don’t know about anyone else but that mild spell we had over Christmas was for me was a carp anglers winter dream. Many people say that lakes fished better when we had proper cold and frosty winters, but for me the mild weather that gets the water temperature up above 6 degrees is the best winter feeding conditions you can get. ...
Frozen lakes......but still fishing?......Paul McMinn
The title of this blog may seem ridiculous to most but for me, it makes perfect sense.
I mean, after all, How do you fish a frozen lake?
Let me try and explain......
I, like millions of others, have an obsession, an addiction for the species Cyprinus carpio (The Carp). I will spend endless hours of the day dreaming about Carp fishing and if I am not dreaming I will have my head buried inside a book or magazine, or watching a fishing programme on the television. All of my...
Tarn in the snow and ice......Steve Peach
The weather has been bad and I just managed to squeeze a night in just before the big freeze and landed a couple of cracking low 20s on the gulp! squid and liver, and with the fish on the feed I was gutted it was going to freeze up!
A quick visit down the Tarn last Friday and the lake was solid with nearly an inch of ice. The weather was set to be very mild over the weekend and I felt confident I could find the lake pretty much thawed by Monday morning. So Sund...
A Good Start to 2013
I wasted no time in getting my new year fishing underway and chose to begin with a rock fishing session on Anglesey in North Wales with conger eels in mind. I’ve also been field testing a potential new Penn 535Mag reel which is ideally suited to this rough and tough style of fishing, so it was a case of making the most of every opportunity.
The weather forecast, as usual, was way out. What should have been an easy 10mph southerly breeze turned out to be a steady 25mph side...
Terry’s Travels Lough Corrib, Galway
During the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to spend a trolling session on Lough Corrib. Famous for its superb trout fishing on the fly, it also produces some of Europe’s largest brown trout in the form of the wonderfully marked Ferox. On this particular day, I had the company of Inland Fisheries officer and good friend, Mark Corps. It has to be said that trolling on Lough Corrib was a new experience for both of us, and a tall order to find a Ferox on our first trip....
Terry’s Travels - Trolling on the River Erne
Until now, I had never had the opportunity to target pike on the River Erne system, Enniskillen. A new angling venue is always a challenge and can sometimes seem a little daunting at first. So, where do we start?
Navigational waterways such as the Erne and Shannon system have comprehensive and well-documented charts. These are easily obtained through local maritime outlets or online, and are highly recommended to begin the research required for success. Importantly, su...
Match Fishing Head to Head – River Soar:
Match Fishing magazine requested a head to head competition between myself and Shakespeare Superteam member Tony Marshall.
The venue we selected was the River Soar at Sutton Bonnington near Loughbrough and we used different tactics and baits on pegs next to each other. Tony pole fished breadpunch, hemp and chopped worm whilst I fished maggots on Bolo, waggler and straight lead.
See details of this head to head in the February Match Fishing magazine and ...