Another blank session

Ok something that sponsored anglers never admit is the number of blank sessions that they endure. Sometimes a blank isn’t an issue and you learn something new. The other day I had a blank that was outstanding in its banality. Nothing was moving, nothing was feeding, it was as if the lake was devoid of fish. Of course I brought it on myself by attempting to film the entire session with the gopro… Either that or we had a sudden cold snap that put icy lids on many lakes that put the fish back onto hibernation.

I tried everything I could think of, different lure colours, depths, speeds of retrieve. Nothing worked and depressingly I didn’t even get a follow. Even. Normally productive snag was lifeless and barren.

Still at least I got some exercise around a very quiet Thorneyweir šŸ˜€

Do big lures produce big pike

There is a belief from some quarters that big lures produce big fish. The thought is that only big fish will prey on big bait fish therefore the bigger the lure the bigger the fish.

For carp fishing this is absolutely true – only big carp can physically get a big bait into their mouths. This is what led me to develop the big pig line aligner rig. However carp are herbivores and swallow their food in one gulp. If it doesn’t fit – they can’t eat it.

Pike and other predatory fish are different. They will attack fish far far bigger than they can eat. All they need is the stimulus that the prey fish is in trouble and they will attack.

Therefore, fishing big lures to catch big fish ? Well it can work after a fashion but you will miss a lot of other fish as they are unable to hookup on the lure. I don’t think that there is a difference between the overall size you get on smaller lures just you catch less fish. Do you set out to catch less fish ?

For most of my fishing I use a 4-6 inch lure and may go smaller if there are perch about bit very rarely larger, it’s just not worth the hassle. Think about it, bigger lures need bigger tackle, are harder to cast and more expensive when you inevitably loose one.

The lure that caught this fine perch can be seen in the background it’s a 4inch fox rage lure that has accounted for a great many fish.

This pike was taken 5 mins later on the same lure at the same spot

an archive of my popular content

16lb mirror carp from Easy access Lake in  Anglers Paradise Devon

I thought that i would put up a quick post with a link to PDF versions of my most popular howto articles. In the migration some of the images didn’t come over so whilst i fix it here are the articlesĀ  with the images in easy to print format.

Beginners Rigs

Under Arm casting

CV safety rig

Photography for fishing part 1

Photography for fishing part 2

Thats it for now – if there are any other instructional articles you would like to see here let me know via the contact me button at the top

Piking with lures – Stay mobile

As we are in the middle of the pike season i thought I would reblog this article as it may prove useful or inspirational to some

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Well the winter is now fully here with temperature fully in to the negatives each night. with this in mind my efforts have swapped over to predator fishing and in particular to the pike. Now i know that a lot of you will point out that many of the lakes are frozen solid at the moment but the rivers are running free and this is where you should concentrate.Ā  As it is so cold I am not really the kind of angler that likes to sit on my back side swapping the sit and wait style of carping for the pikeā€¦ no I prefer to keep moving and adopt a roving approach. If something is not working get moving, if you are coldā€¦ get moving.

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A few hours out in the January sun

well whilst I appreciate its been 7 years since the last post, i thought that I would make my posts like buses… wait 7 years and then 2 come at once. Here is a quick video i took when i had 2 hrs spare in early January at an undisclosed location. The pike weren’t really playing ball, the lakes were flooded and the river unfishable due to heavy rain and snow. Still I managed to winkle one out on a rubber shad.

A few quick updates on the site

I thought I would put up a quick post about some of the changes that have recently occurred on the site. A long time ago in a country far far away I decided to start a blog. I had a server, I had wordpress so I made it happen. Well a lot of water has flowed under the metaphorical bridge since then and just recently I made the decision to either close the blog (boo) or move it to a new host and re launch it. I chose the latter and have now moved my blog to wordpress.com and will start to actively blog again (yay!).

As part of the migration some of the content may not have migrated perfectly so if you see an image missing drop me a line in the “contact me” section above and I will fix it ( I have all the underlying content).

Anyway, whilst this blog started as a carp fishing blog it will be taking a different turn. My fishing had evolved whilst I may have spent 3 nights a week on the bank in the past I simply can not justify it now. I also wasn’t enjoying it as much as I thought I would. Now I prefer much more mobile much shorter session fishing.

This year I will focus on predator fishing in the winter and stalking carp and specimens in the summer. I hope you agree this will be a much more exciting and fulfilling blog where I can share much more useful experiences.

I hope you are along for the ride !

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Hand Made Floats

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Some times there is a website that just makes you stop in your tracks and say wow, tonight I had one of those momentsā€¦ 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.Ā  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 floatsā€¦ 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 itā€¦

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