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
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 articles with the images in easy to print format.
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
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.
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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Well recently I haven’t been able to get out much which is really frustrating hence there has been a hiatus on this blog ( have just realized its been 7 years since I posted a blog… wow). One of the places I have been fishing is strictly no publicity hence there haven’t been many updates however i thought I would put up this video I made at Thorney Weir. No real pike to speak of but it was an entertaining walk around the lake complex.
Another quick video in the setting sun
I will try to get some of the drone footage I have taken of some of the lakes up as well soon
just a quick note to let you know where I have been and the blog has been really very quiet. Sorry about this I have either been doing DIY on my new house or working. But Now I have been back on the bank again and I am having some success.
I have been hitting the pike in “The Mets” lake part of the Thorney Weir syndicate complex. And apart from not having any large fish I have not been doing too badly numbers wise with not a blank in sight so far. Indeed on a recent session I managed to get 2 in the net at the same time. Continue reading “Just a quick update.. pike and pike and pike”
just to let you all know I haven’t gone anywhere. Just bought a house and have been travelling for work so fishing has had to take the back burner,
Will get hack on the back on the bank really soon and will be tackling the ThorneyWeir and the Mets pike with gusto this winter. I also bought a dream rod a Hardy float rod so I will be back out with the centerpin hammering some of my favourite lakes and rivers.
Please keep the comments and articles coming and I will be doing a special winter series soon covering not only fishing but how to stay warm and comfortable whilst on the bank this winter as well as some tips as to how to make the most of the short days
Stay tuned !
Blog has been pretty quiet recently as I have only been fishing once in the last 6 weeks due to illness. Anyway hopefully early next week there will be a blog article on the antics and fish from the yearly Archer Lake Social. Wish me luck as I set off for ooooop north at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning and will be there till Sunday.
Until next week
edit – due to unforeseen circumstances was the social that never was for me
Following my theme of cloth cap and ancient tackle, I popped down to a small commercial pool today with my brand new Andrew Field floats ( yes I had to get some more as they are simply gorgeous) to try them out. I had quite a few fish on bread ( see an up coming post) but the real stars of the show were the fish landed on my heritage setup. The prettiest of the lot ( managed about 10 in the morning) was this 8lb odd mirror. Nice because it was plainly obvious that it doesn’t get landed all that much and looking at the size of its tail I wonder if this the reason. The fish went like a steam train and my apologies for the pic but the fish wouldn’t quieten down for a photo. Enjoy ..
Upcoming posts on
Buying a hand made float for your daughter and how to make glugged bread sticks.
following my previous post about using fox arma mesh to fish with a whole load of new / old baits I thought I would give a quick update from this weekend. This weekends session on Thorney Weir whilst a blank was interesting as it did prove a point in that you can fish bread in Arma Mesh and get it to last over night. Gone are the days that you would have to re cast every 30 mins if you had bread on the hook. Gone also is the notion that you can’t fish bread at distance. I put a 3oz lead well in excess of 100 yards and the meshed bread was perfectly fine.
Some of the bread pellets looked a little muddy as I was experimenting with meshed lob worms… not recommended the worms crawl out eventually 🙂 Continue reading “the return of bread”