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

Brett Island in the spring

Well just back from a 2 day blank on the Mets where I had my very own island for the weekend. The only other place where you can get a private  island with 2 swims for the price of a season ticket to the Thorney Weir / Mets complex ? yep it is Necker island, and it is a little bit pricier but the weather is better 🙂 Anyway I decided to ensconce myself on the island as it gave me perfect access to the lightning tree. Continue reading “Brett Island in the spring”

Niewemeer

Please note that this is part of the fishing in Holland and Expats guide, the parent article can be found here.

NiewMeer is a lake situated just outside of Amsterdam connects the Schinkel in Amsterdam and the circular canal of the Haarlemmermeer polder. It is reachable via tram and also by boat from the Amsterdam canals. It contains Carp, Pike, Zander, Perch and many other species ( including catfish) however it is best known for its predator fishing. As I didnt really fish it for carp the rest of this article will focus on the predator side of things however if you wanted to fish for carp you will find it relatively untouched as I only saw 2-3 other car anglers there in the years I fished it. Continue reading “Niewemeer”

Pike success from the Mets and a tip for carp anglers

Well it has been a white n coming but I finally felt that I was at home around the Mets. I have been a member of the Mets / Thorney complex for a year and apart from taking some nice photo’s of the place I have not done a lot else. well that changed this weekend. I decided that after I had dropped my wife off at Heathrow I would pop down for a couple of hours with the lure rod to see what was up. Continue reading “Pike success from the Mets and a tip for carp anglers”

Piking on Thorney / Carping on the Lizard complex

Just a quick post update about 2 sessions on the Thorney-Weir and Lizard complexes. One was for pike and was a blank and one for carp ( which was also a blank) but strangely the largest pike came on the carp session… sadly not to us but it was a fine picture all the same and shows that there are big pike in Lizard 2 ( see later).

Continue reading “Piking on Thorney / Carping on the Lizard complex”

The Guardian… how can you get it so wrong

Just a quick piece of reflection on a blog in the Guardian News paper on the subject of eating UK freshwater fish. The article that can be found here by Nick Weston, espouses the idea that as the fish stocks in the sea surrounding the UK are dwindling that we should start to consume the fish in the UK waterways. It even goes on to state that “the British angling press is frequently peppered with tales resourceful eastern Europeans taking prize carp,“. Lets read that again, “ resourceful Eastern Europeans talking prize carp” I imagine he is talking about these ones, or perhaps these, or even this one, I could go on. I wonder if the journalist who wrote the piece would describe car thieves as “resourceful” perhaps shop lifters are not criminals they are just “resourceful shoppers“. Continue reading “The Guardian… how can you get it so wrong”

Preparing for the new carp season

With spring right around the corner and temperatures rising the carp season 2011 is almost upon us ( though some of you are already out as I saw today..) and it is important to start the season running. I have condensed a load of tips that I have worked out over the years to help you get off to a good start. If there is something that I have missed please let me know and I will be sure to add it, or just pop a comment at the bottom. On to the list

Check your tackle

Sounds easy but how many people forget to do it ? they pack up in a winter session in December and then the next time they open their tackle box it is a mouldy mess in January. If only they had checked their tackle. Do it over a few evenings in front of the TV in the warm. Get a notepad and make a note of things that need to be replaced or things that you are running short of. Better to know now that you need more choddy hooks in size 5 rather then finding out on the bank. Continue reading “Preparing for the new carp season”