1st UK carp in 15 years

As many of you will know I recently moved back to London from Amsterdam where I had been living for the past few years. Fishing in Amsterdam was good, if you are ever considering a place as a fisherman to relocate to I heartily suggest Amsterdam.

Anyway, that is now all in the past and I am now back in London and fishing is a hell of a lot harder 🙂 gone are the lazy days sitting at the side of super easy dutch waters ( there  are harder ones but guess which ones I chose) pulling doubles and 20’s out by the fistful. Oh well a new chapter in my fishing life beckons.

As I wanted to get some serious fishing in I decelieded that there was only one plce to try Thorney Weir, I joined this syndicate a while back and I decided that as I had holiday to burn now was the time to get down to Thoeny Weir and put some hours in.

The lake was fairly empty as one would expect for a Monday morning and I was brimming with confidence. There was weed everywhere and the wind and been going around in circles for days do I thought it better to concentrate on where I could see fish rather than where I knew they had to be. The back of the island swim was vacant and as I could see fish topping and rolling I thought that this would be a good bet. Knowing that there was a large gravel patch on the left hand side of the island ( thanks Jon) I put out 2kg’s of boilie figuring that in this weather the carp would be super active and with the stocking levels as they are this would be gone in no time. The other rods I fished against a weed bed and in the margin as there was a very tasty margin along the access road where no one can fish to.

To cut a long story short..

After 3 days of precisely nothing I decided to move to the swim called river point. A quick walk around the lake in the early morning showed that there were fish aplenty cruising around and generally sitting in the weed.

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Solar Weed Lead… has lead camouflage gone too far

So what is it ?

well it is one of Solar Tackles new “weed camouflage” leads, not sure if it works but I am wiling to give it a try. Over the years we have had everything from glass weights to pebbles  no we have one with faux weed on it. When will the fun ever stop ?

Do you have an opinion on calouflagain your end tackle ? have you tried out outlandish things in the name of camouflage ? post a comment and join the discussion

New World Record Carp – 99lbs

almost the 100 - Pic from the DailyMail.co.uk

Well hot on the heels of Solar Head Honcho, Martin Locke’s, 94lb carp from Rainbow comes this one from Les Graviers.  It is the well known fish called “Scar” due to the massive scar that you can see around the fish. The scar was caused by the fish getting tangled in a rope when it was small and was released unknown if it would live… well now it is the largest carp in the world. My congratulations to the captor, Ambrose Smith for this new record which is tantalizingly close to the 100lb mark. As I reported earlier in the year ”  When will the 100lb barrier be broken ? Will if be from France or from elsewhere ? Will the 91 from Luke Moffats Les Graviers take the title again ?” well it turned out that my prediction was true, the fish from Les Graviers has taken the record.

Ok, prediction time again.

1, There will not be another record this year

2, It will go to an unknown German fishearly next year

Lets see if I am correct

What do you think ? Am I right ? do you have another opinion ? Have you seen a larger fish and want to share ? Post a comment and let me know

solar world wide pod – 1st look

It has been a while but I finally decided to upgrade my pod, as those of you who I fish with know, I have been using a Fox pod for a while. This pod, the Fox Stalker, did me proud for a very long time and is still in top top condition. Indeed, if it were not for my Delkims I would still be using that pod. The major issue that one will experience with Delkims and the Fox series of pods is that due to the oval buzz bar shape the antenna and now the new shape Delkim hangers tend to get in the way of the buzzbar. So, whilst the buzzbar is as lightweight as could be it starts to get really fidddly when you want to put yourhangers etc on. I have tried spacers, quick locks etc but to no avail, it was either change the pod, or change the buzzers and I quite liked my delks.
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1st Look – PB Products Line Aligner

In previous posts I have espoused the benefits of line aligners and normally thy are formed out of shrink tube. Shrink tube has the advantage of being very tough and will mould its self to any shape and will reform its self if bent out of shape. It is not all sweetness and light however, shrink tube by its very nature needs heat to be able to shrink. Even the lowest temperature tubing needs 90 Deg C ( steam from a boiling kettle) and some need far higher ( ie shrink tube used for electrical purposes). Now most modern carp anglers if they are going over night will carry a kettle and stove if only for a brew however for the mobile angler or the younger angler getting bank side access to boiling water may pose a challenge. Continue reading “1st Look – PB Products Line Aligner”

the Multi Rig

As I don’t have any popup rigs on the site ( Apart from the chod) I thought I would chime in with my implementation of the Multi Rig, sometimes ( incorrectly ) also called the Jon Mac rig. The rig is exclusively for popups and create a very aggressive hooking angle, coupled with its ease to tie makes it one of my firm favourites. So before I witter on too long lets see what you need to make it ( Click any picture for higher resolution image) :

As you can see there is no tubing just 2 rings one of which I suggest is smaller than the other. Some people just say to use 2 of the same size but there is a method in my madness and the 2 rigs will make it far far easier.
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The KD rig

The KD rig was designed by Kenny Dorsett and my 1st exposure to it was when I was experimenting with a standard knotless knot rig in order to present particles to what I thought were easy to catch carp. I wanted to present the hook in such a way as to hook them differently to how most anglers were catching them due to mouth damage. I thought if I could hook them in a different place I would have a better chance of landing them. A few months later I discovered that I had “re invented” the KD rig.  I also originally started to put the weight on the hair ( rather then the hook link) as I normally use PVA sticks and was getting annoyed by moving the counter weight along the hook link every time I attached a new stick. Moving the weight to the hair make the PVA stick sit far far better and eliminated the irritation of loosing the weight at some point ( making your bait sit 6-8″ from the bottom)

The rig is not just for particle fishing but in my humble opinion works best for small baits and it is worth noting that normally it is used with buoyant baits, if you are not using buoyant baits then you can dispense with the weight on the hair. Continue reading “The KD rig”