April 11, 2019

At last the carp at Wetlands lake seem to be waking up, showing themselves more frequently and most importantly, getting caught a little more often. Sometimes though, I question the value of pursuing a winter campaign, when the bites are few and far between. Overall, I...

April 10, 2019

Myself and Lucas ventured out for our first day session of the year. We had booked on peg 1 after seeing the weather was going to be quite warm. Although i did not check the wind and instantly regretted it.
With a cold easterly and a shallow swim i thought we had no ch...

March 8, 2019

Without doubt, the banks of Wetlands specimen lake have been trodden rather more frequently by anglers boots this winter than in times past. Whilst the increase in popularity has it's down side, namely more angling pressure on the water, a significant advantage is that...

February 14, 2019

A recent short mild spell filled me with a sense of positive anticipation as I arrived for my latest Monday session. According to Richard a few carp had been caught recently, including some during daylight hours. Surely, a decent catch was on the cards? Or at least, it...

January 11, 2019

We all know that winter fishing can be frustratingly unproductive, to say the least, with the very occasional hard earned capture standing in stark, but glorious contrast against an otherwise featureless backdrop of repetitive blank sessions. My previous experience has...

November 1, 2018

I gave up last week's fishing entitlement in order to participate in a netting exercise on the match lake instead. Hence, after a gap of four days I finally got to wet a line on the specimen lake on the following Monday. The subsequent session turned out to be one with...

October 8, 2018

I must confess that one aspect of carp fishing I'm woefully poor at is that of carp identification. Certain high profile anglers are amazingly adept at the art, even being able to distinguish between Common carp of equivalent weights, that have no missing scales or ble...

September 23, 2018

I’ve mentioned before that carp catching success at Wetlands Lakes is often dependant upon making a carefully considered peg choice. As ever, carp location is key. Regrettably, the practice of making that choice in advance, based solely on previous form is generally re...

September 9, 2018

Thumbing through my dusty old fishing diaries, I was thrilled to come across the account of my first ever night fishing session on Wetlands specimen lake, dated Wednesday 18th September 2013. Along with Dean, I was one of the first few anglers to enjoy the privilege of...

August 25, 2018

Baiting strategy, is always a frequently debated subject, especially in regard to the profound influence that the revolving seasons have upon it. Just recently though, I've found myself using a drastically modified approach to baiting, in consequence of my stock contro...

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