Boilies are not the answer

Like many carp anglers I have gotten blinkered into believing that boilies are the only way, I have even written reviews of boilies here and pretty much all of my carp have been on boilies for the past few years. However all that is going to change as of now…. well last week.

Last week I was fishing a small commercial where I was told that the approach should be “anything but boilies” and having blanked there before on boilies I could well believe them. So being a boillie angler what else was there to use. In the past when I was a kid I used to use luncheon meat all the time however I remember that it was a real nightmare keeping it on the hook so I found myself looking for something else. Continue reading “Boilies are not the answer”

Yateley Sandhurst Social – Session Report

Just a quick blog post as a follow up from a Carp-Forums.com social I attended on the yateley lake back in March. Sorry it has been a bit of a while since the last post but I have been busy however now there should be a raft of posts on the way.

I had never fished Yateley Sandhurst so had no idea what to expect however confidence was high as I had been told that it responded well in the early part of the season.  Maggot was the modus Operandi and so Ads kindly arranged the maggots for all of us, all many gallons of them.

As was normal on a social, swim selection was performed via draw,

And some people were happier with their swim than others, Continue reading “Yateley Sandhurst Social – Session Report”

Hand Made Floats – the proof is in the pudding

Some of you may know that I have a thing for items of beauty and when I spotted the website by Andrew Field with his wonderful hand made floats, I was smitten. The quality was stunning and I decided then and there that I had to have a few, even though I don’t really float fish a great deal. As my birthday was fast approaching I asked my wife if she could get me a selection as a birthday present which she dully did. I expected to get a single float but what I received surpassed my wildest imaginations ( apparently I don’t have much of an imagination) as I got not only 6 floats but also a really snazzy aluminium float tube. Continue reading “Hand Made Floats – the proof is in the pudding”

The view from the swim – ThorneyWeir

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Just off to thorneyweir for a few days. I much prefer fishing midweek so as i had the chance (thanks Una) i thought i would grab it with both hands. There are (or were) fish over at least 1 rod so i am hoping for my 1st thorney carp soonish. If i manage to winkle one out i will drop a message here.

Actually, hold the presses, a pike just hammered some poor roach right in my swim. At least something likes my bait.

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 🙂