New Water Success – Mike Linstead
Having spent a lot of my summer months doing a thorough recce of my new stomping grounds I’ve been able to find some really nice waters in close proximity to my new house.
Having had some success in recent weeks at Pool Bridge Farm I wanted to pit my wits against a better stamp of Carp on a more challenging water.
More by luck than judgement I stumbled upon a small carp water online which is within a few minutes drive of my house and, due to the quality of the photo...
Birds Green, Top Lake.....Adam Spearing
I had not been to the lake since October 2011, when I caught 9, one of which was the female common at 26lbs, unfortunately at the bottom end in terms of weight she had been caught at before; It was still a pleasure to catch her, as she is a pristine fish, not even one scale missing.
I arrived at 9am, had a chat with the bailiff, who informed me that only one had come out since dawn. I know the top lake is popular so I grabbed my bait bag and went to grab a swim. The top ...
Sea trout......Terry’s Travels
Whilst chatting on the phone with Andrew Wolsey, discussing the usual, where to head out to wet a line, Andy happened to mention that it has been a long time since he had seen a Sea trout on the fly. I have a Sea trout hot-spot that has always been kind to me and suggested we give it a couple of hours.
Although tides were perfect, the wind speed had picked up to a fair pace, and casting and presenting a fly was not going to be easy. With this in mind, we each brought a...
BCAC Barston Lake semi final
Attack time -what we were going to do after long methodical talks with Mat on the phone we had planned on taking allot of bait .This would be made up of allot of boilies which thanks to the Berkley gulp lads who had done us proud with supplying us forty kilos of the red crustacean and pops and bits-which I was feeling confident as everywhere I had been taking it had been doing the biz .It just seemed like they could not get enough of it also it just seemed to make life so m...
New PB....Matt Groves
This 24.5lb fully scaled Mirror is my new UK PB (formerly 23lb 12oz) and was caught on my 5th mid-week overnighter at the venue since the start of the season there on July 1st. I blanked for the first 4 nights! This was caught from a gravel spot surrounded by silk weed at 24 yards range, on a 20mm Squid & Liver bottom bait (drilled out with a cork plug) presented on a combi-link with a long shank hook fished blow-back style. I put around 2-dozen 16mm and a dozen 20mm fr...
36 Hours and Ticking....Paul McMinn
With the clock ticking, I had 36, hours before I was due to attend a Doctor’s appointment.
Car loaded, I headed off to my local syndicate lake, in an attempt to capture some of it’s residents. On arrival, I did a circuit of the venue to see if I could locate any of the fish.
With a couple of shows and bubbles rising, I opted to fish in Peg 9.
I had managed to fish this peg before and with previous knowledge, of knowing where at least one of it’s hotspots was, I placed on...
Terry’s Travels....Try a Wicklow Smoothie
Acting on an invite from Nick Ward, I found myself heading south yet again, this time to the east coast in search of Mustelas asterias, or to the lay-man such as me, smoothies, smuts or hounds. The plan was to join my old buddy Sid Kennedy and his son Derick for a relaxing week-end in search of this hard-fighting mini-shark.
Nick’s vessel is “Neptuna”, a well equipped Redfin powered by a 115 HP two-stroke, and as we soon found out, is spine-shatteringly fast! Launc...
Still catching...James Fiddler
Right firstly the Red Crustacean are still doing the job! At the start of June me and friend went to a Northamptonshire Reservoir for four days. We arrived on Thursday afternoon, found our swims and my rods hadn't been long before the first fish was in the net. Around 17lb , caught on a glugged 16mm Red Crustacean bottom bait with a few little extras added to the glug. Over the next few days we had a lot of fish between us, resulting in myself having 26 carp over the four day...
Frantic Twelve Hour Session
I have managed to get back on the bank for a short session in between work on a water in Essex.
I got to the lake and just finished loading up the barrow and the heavens opened, I sat that one out in the van, although my gear was soaked, then made my way to my swim of choice. Two further thunder storms followed over the next 30 minutes, this left my kit and myself soaked but seemed to create fish showing in my swim. I know the swim well and there is a long bar running acro...
Short session success.....Craig Soames
I recently got the opportunity to get a short overnighter in at my local Taswood lakes with the nights starting to draw in it was going to be a struggle to get the rods out in the light but with my heavy right foot I made excellent time and got there just before 8.30.
I choose a tight swim with a large set of pads straight in front of me at 30 yards, as I was only doing a short one, I only had a kilo of 16mm Squid & Liver on me, so I chopped a quarter of the...