A few thoughts on blanking and sponsored anglers

I have ( like many I suppose) been reading more about carp fishing this winter than catching or even carping its self. One thing has struck me very plainly about the magazines ( and I am not going to name names) is that if you believed everything that you read in them, some anglers never blank… Not even during the winter, not even ( it seems) when the lakes are frozen over. They are carp catching machines who never seem to suffer the pitfalls mother nature and fate throws before us mere mortals. They are the gods of carp fishing, and 99% of them were unknown 15 years ago. Continue reading “A few thoughts on blanking and sponsored anglers”

Kontrol Polar Ice Polarising sunglasses review

Polarised sunglasses  are the Xray specs of the carp fishing world, they allow you to turn the harsh silvery glare of a lakes surface into a clear fish tank revealing not only our quarry but also any features that may have been lurking. As you can probably guess I am a very large fan of polarised sunglasses and take a pair with me fishing on even the most dull of days as when you need polarised sunglasses you really need them. Not only will they help you see fish they will also help cut down in eye strain ensuring that even if you are “casting at the sun” your eyes will not feel like it. Additionally  if you are a lure fisherman or fly fisherman a pair of sports sunglasses will also give you basic eye protection against everything from a misplaced fly to weed and lake water flying off of your reel. Continue reading “Kontrol Polar Ice Polarising sunglasses review”

pimp your spomb

Inspired by a post on carp-forums.co.uk I decided to “pimp my spomb” I have no idea what it has done to the aerodynamics but I suspect it will work just fine… and be purple and gold spangly at the same time. Now I can Spomb in style ! and I have the perfect accompaniment to my pink marker braid.

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Watch out Thorney Weir, when you see my pink and gold missile flying over head you will know that there is some serious carping about to happen… or something like that. So what have you senselessly pimped / modified in your time ? share it in a comment below.

UPDATE with quite a lot of embarrassment I have just realized that there was a pimp your spomb competition run by Spomb themselves on facebook… oh well just one of the joys of  “not doing facebook” ™ – I think I will mail to them to see if mine would have won 🙂

Remember your License

Just a quick post to remind you all in the UK that your rod license will expire at the end of the month. Go here to get a new one sorted out and remember that if you fish 3 rods you need 2 licenses.You can also get your license at the post office or by calling 0844 800 5386 there is no excuse for not having one.

Considering that it is a criminal offence to fish with out a rod license, do you really want to take a chance for the sake of £27 ? Remember that whilst some of you might not exactly agree with the EA, they really do do lots of benefit to the nations rivers and if there is a disaster they will respond. Get your license now and secure the future of our sport.

If you are a river fisherman also remember that your season expires in 10 days time ( so I will be seeing you all on the lakes then 🙂 )

End of the pike season

well it is the 3rd of March and that means for most of us that the pike season ended 3 days ago. Sad really that we have abandoned closed seasons on most waters in the UK ( though not in Norfolk)  but we still cling to this antiquated idea that October – March is the pike season.I think some lobbying of my local water owners may be needed.

Anyway it is time to unload the lure kit out of the car and any quick sessions will now require a whole load more planning to sure that bait is fresh before setting out. One of the huge advantages of pike fishing is that you can just “grab and go” as lures are always ready.

Now on with the carp campaign 2011, hopefully it will be better than the carp campaign 2010 as the UK has not been kind to me yet fishing wise.

Hand Made Floats

Some times there is a website that just makes you stop in your tracks and say wow, tonight I had one of those moments… get on over to Handmade Floats, and indulge yourself in a visual feast. Whether you float fish or not you can not help but be amazed by the beauty of the floats that Andrew Field makes on his blog.  What ever you fish for there is a float there to suit your style, however I feel that there is but one problem with these floats… if I buy some I will never sully them by dipping in water. They are too beautiful and too perfect.

I will stop this post here, click the link and admire not only the quality of the floats but also the photography. It is really good to see someone who can take a basic item and make it into an object of lust 🙂 now to find a price list