Sunday, 21 May 2017

Method Man

Once more I was fortunate enough to team up with the Bro-In-Law Jase 'The Carp' White.  As per usual there was much debate about location.  I was keen to give Emerald Pool, Jade Lake another bash but Jase wanted to visit Shearwater.  After a while I went with his suggestion, mainly because of a smaller, lesser known lake nearby called Little Shearwater.

We arrived fairly early but there were loads of Carpers out.  It was like a bombing run with spods flying in all over the place.  Large leads followed up with enormous sploshes. Robotic bleeps echoing around the lake. I will be brutally honest, I'm not a huge fan of all this.  I prefer things a bit lighter and more intimate.  Nevertheless I had purchased a carp rod and reel, mainly because everybody I know is a Carper and I Have to keep pace somehow.

After some uncertainty about swims we finally kitted up on the opposite bank to all the walkers.

10 minutes in and I was jumpy.  Jase noticed my discomfort...

Despite this he had an early Bream.

A good start for "The Carp"

Moments later I was packed up (after falling over) and drove along to Little Shearwater.  This is no mean feet in a Peugeot 107 which is great on fuel but not so good at carrying 12ft Carp rods...

I was the only soul in this beautiful secluded lake, surrounded by big trees.  Bliss.

A proper wild lake - I loved it

I had some difficulty deciding where to go as I cast in a few times expecting some action on my waggler, but nothing...

In the end I decamped at the nearest spot to the carpark/field.

Unfortunately my bite alarm had stopped working so i knicked Jases's fancy bite alarm... which I couldnt get to work...  So in the end I used my eyes!

I was convinced that the waggler would win out but I wanted to get something using the swimfeeder.

First fish
1-0 to the wag and mag

Small but perfectly formed.

I caught another 2 silvers.
3-0 to the wag and bag... But then something amazing happened.

The carp rod was literally bouncing up and down.  I struck and...

A new PB Bream!!! Actually its the first proper Bream I have caught.

Moments later a chap and is young son pitched up.  He was firing what looked like green laser blobs across the lake, they jumped like the bouncing bombs in WW2.  Amazing!

Despite the distraction I kept one eye on the tip...

Another lump - excellent!

Soon the forecast of heavy rain came true.  I got drenched and the maggots went all foamy and horrible. Yuk.

When the clouds parted my ledger assault continued.  Who needs an alarm anyway? :-)


Last but not least.  Sadly an ugly human got in the way :-)

It was an amazing few hours with 8 Bream from 3ibs up to 5ibs.  I hadnt realised just how nice they look with a beautiful bronze sheen and a deep body.

Total score was 8 on the method, 3 diddlers on the wag.  A solid victory for the method.  I really enjoyed using it (a first for me).  In all honesty I thought it would be rubbish!

Meanwhile Jase persevered on the big shearwater and had hooked another manky looking Bream and a 9-10ib Carp.  Good going considering all the food being smashed into the lake.  I'm surprised the fish could be bothered to even check out his bait.

I now am very tempted by a quivertip rod... Its all about the method, man!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Eeling Good

The stars aligned correctly this weekend.  Both myself AND Brother in Law Jase "The Carp" White had both been granted day passes by our respective overlords wives.

There was a lot of debate via WhatsApp the night before with Shearwater, Viaduct, Bullock Farm and Emerald Pool all in the mix.  Bullock Farm is a bit of a distance for me but it looks great.  Must get down there soon.  I Facebooked Viaduct as I knew Jase would like Cary Lake but there was a match on.  So it was Shearwater or Emerald.

I love Emerald Pool so was very biased.  Eventually I convinced him with Jade Lake which has plenty of chubby Carp swimming about.

I was well equipped this time.  My new purchase was ready to go (or so I thought).

Daiwa Black Widow reel coupled with Daiwa Phantom - it sounds so cool and looks amazing.  In fact I might just frame it rather than use it for fishing :-)

We arrived fairly early, but the place was packed!  Never seen it like this!

Jase was a little quiet but I was confident we would find a nice spot.

The owner, Alan gave us a quick tip off that the corner peg at the top was spare.  I proudly announced that I would be using 2 rods today...

We headed up the tree lined path and decamped.  A nice little bay, which was something of a sun trap.  The reeds were being bashed about by hefty chaps bellow the surface.  Looked good.

I proudly assmbled my Carp rod and then... I had forgotten to put the line on.  Yes I am that stupid.

So it was back to thee old faithful pellet waggler.

Meanwhile Jase was looking uncertain, concerned about swims and casting and lines crossing and... these carp fisherman are very fickle.

Luckily after a short while the adjacent peg was vacated.  Jase was immediately a lot happier and soon I could hear the splosh of bait bags aimed towards the reeds on the far bank.

meanwhile I concentrated close in by the reeds.

 Skimmers by the dozen!  Dont know how many I caught.

 A first for Jase.  A gribbly, slimy Eel.  It went mental on the bank and got itself tangled up in the grass.  After a quick rescue effort and a few prods with the landing net he slithered back in.  Bluurrrgggg!

 I was so pleased to catch a decent Perch - my favourite fish

 Hooked into a good few quality Roach as well

 What a beaut (the fish I mean)

Another stunner

I hooked into 2 Carp during the session.  I lost them both.  The second time I thought the rod would snap! It was a big 'un!

I didnt mind.  Both of us were feeling good...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Day Breamer

After a long, long drive with a lot of wrong turns, slug-like heavy goods vehicles and a good dollop of bad language I finally got to Emerald Pool.  Diverted traffic can really upset your day.

Nevertheless my mood was lifted after discovering a nice little island type bit, tucked away.  Excellent.

I had stocked up on bait.  Hemp, corn and maggot all went in.  The fish here dont normally mess about and love a banquet.  Whilst they were tucking in I set up my Daiwa pellet waggler.  I used a slightly bigger float which needed 5aas.  I have learned through bitter experience that the more shot you have the more tangles seem to ensue...

I started off simple with double mixed maggot.  Casting gently to the far bank.  After a few minutes the float twitched and sank.

I reached for my camera only to find I had forgotten the bloody SD card.  Nevermind I still had the iphone except that had run out of batteries...

Back to my crappy HTC phone then.  Sorry for these terrible images.

Not a bad start.

I kept on chucking in bits of bait.  It must have been like an all-you-can eat restaurant for the fish.

The float dipped violently.  The creature on the end fought hard but didnt feel like a carp.

One of the best fish about.  Certainly one of the better Perch I have managed

To my left I noticed a lot of splashes and dark shapes cruising about.  I couldn't resist, and quickly relocated to an adjacent peg.

Overhead a Mallard laughed manically.  He was trailing a long bit of line.  Turns out that the owner Alan was chasing after him!  It was great to see such a quick response.  Indeed these lakes are a prime breeding spot of Geese and ducks.  Luckily the duck appeared to have removed the unwanted attachment.

The fish were feeding now.  They love casters here.  Hungry mouths emerged from the depths.  But the carp were not alone....

This one was 2ibs on the nose and did have a bit of go in him.

I'm not sure how many Bream were caught if I'm honest. 15-20 maybe.  Ranging from 5ozs to 2ibs.
I hooked into a couple of Carp but I lost them both as the hook pinged out.  I didnt mind.  I was covered in slime but was happy day-breaming at the lakeside.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Everything fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle with regard to my weekend fishing. Emerald pool yesterday and now Landsend today. The weather forecast was awful but I didn't care. I nearly fell over in the carpark... There were only 3 cars there. Ive never seen it so quiet!

I took the long trudge to Sidneys Lake. I am a creature of habit. I must try out the other lakes sometime...

Happily I was the only person fishing the lake AND the weather wasn't really that bad. Bit of rain. Bit windy but nothing severe.

I just set up the Daiwa Pellet Waggler with the loafer. Balled in the last bits of ground bait from the day before. Put a couple of red maggots on the end and off I started.

I was fishing between 2 sets of Lily pads. Carp and other fish love Lily Pads. Shelter and a great place to hide.

Bites came thick and fast. I stacked up on little silvers pretty quickly with 10 or so in the bag after about 20 minutes.

 Loads of diddlers

Caught on 8mm Pellet :-0

As time moved on a few better quality silver's emerged...

Love a decent Rudd or two

Caught on 8mm pellet...

Then I hit into something much bigger. The line pounded of the reel. A carp was on the run... Straight into the Lily pads. Carnage. The line strained then snapped. Lost amongst the underwater foliage.

I cursed. My best float bobbed about right in the middle of the lake. RIP.

I tackled up again and boshed an 8mm Halibut Pellet straight onto the hook. This would get me something good...

It went quiet for a while and the rain started to fall. Then... Bam! In again. I managed to steer the carp away from the reeds but he was a strong devil. A minute later the line flew across the sky. The hook had pinged out :-( :-(

At least I didn't have to tackle up I suppose.  Keen to catch one of these buggers I kept with the pellet.

Sure enough I was soon into another. And then... The hook pinged out! Lady luck was frowning on me today.

But she wasn't finished yet! As the rain came in a bit heavier the float sunk. The line shot away. Again I was into something pretty hefty.

A long battle ensued. Then 10 minutes in my heart sank. I was tangled on something underwater.

I tried my best. Moving about on the lake edge trying to work it out from different angles. But it wasn't to be.

SNAP. The line finally gave out. A float bobbed up. This time I could grab it.
Thoroughly fed up I packed in. To rub salt into the wound I left my forceps there as well. It's enough to make you snap.

On reflection I have come to realise that on certain ponds some heavy line will make life easier. It just means you can guide bigger fish away from snags with a bit more confidence.

I'm thinking of purchasing a Carp rod with 7ib line for those snaggy venues.

Monday, 1 May 2017

The Bream Team

After some clever negotiations with the better half (I mainly used the weather forecast as a weapon - with Sunday being a potential washout) I managed to zoom down to Emerald Pool.  I was keen to have a go on Sapphire but got distracted by Emerald as it looks so nice!

I went a bit further down the carpark and kitted up by a little bridge.  I figured the feature might attract some of our fishy friends.

I balled in some groundbait, stuffed with dead maggots (frozen in the freezer - dont tell her!!!!) and corn.

I hooked up with double red maggot and the old loafer float (R.I.P. - more on that in the next post).

After a couple of minutes the float started to move on its own.  Either it was A.I. or a fish was having a look.

 It was a Bream!

 and another...

 Would fit into my baguette

 I quite like this picture :-)

After 25 Bream I got a bit tired.  I wanted to get something else!

I decided to up sticks and move back to the very first peg.  Its a bit of a sunspot which also meant I could top up my tan.

I chucked in some pellets and hooked up a worm.

Another Bream followed...

Plus a Greylag

Then I swapped to 8mm Pellet.  Which finally gave me something a bit chunkier

 2ib 2oz Common (Ive got some scales!!!)

 It looks like the same fish - but it isnt!
5ib on the nose.

I hooked into another Carp but it went straight into the reeds and I was hopelessly tangled up.  With great regret I was forced to snap the line...

Luckily my little float bobbed up about 10 seconds later - phew!

My last fish of the day was...

34 of these...

The Bream Team was out in force...

Next: A disastrous session.  Lost tackle, line twist and 5 lost Carp.  Stay tuned.