December 30, 2016

At last after being insanely busy with musical commitments in the run up to Christmas I finally found myself on the banks of Wetlands specimen lake for a December session. Don't get me wrong, I greatly enjoyed doing the six concerts with the band OUTCRY, but the amount...

November 17, 2016

In carp angling terms, this time of year is never easy, especially after the first proper frost of the autumn. Many carpers believe that lakes tend to shut down for a couple of weeks after the event, until the carp have adjusted to their colder environment. The situati...

October 27, 2016

Thankfully, every once in a while, we experience an unexpectedly productive session that exceeds our expectations. This is particularly gratifying in less prolific times of the year, when low water temperatures have a tendency to significantly reduce catch rates. I've...

October 9, 2016

Much has happened in the last month since my last blog, not least a spectacular holiday in New York. A visit to the 'Big Apple' for my wife and I is something that had long been planned, but reality far exceeded our expectations, for entirely the wrong reasons. You mig...

August 25, 2016

This week's session will be remembered as one which started with much promise and went on to deliver some spectacular results. Unfortunately, the results were not mine. They were for the ever consistent Pat, who gave me a sound thrashing in an eye watering period of qu...

August 17, 2016

These days we seem to hear much about maximizing so called 'customer choice' and I can see why businesses might benefit from increased sales, as a consequence, but sometimes there are just too many options, leading ultimately to outright confusion. My wife regularly sa...

August 13, 2016

You're only as good as your last gig! At least, that's what's musicians often tell you. Whether the same principle applies to carp fishing, or not, is a matter of conjecture. Certainly, we can look back at our record of past captures and highlight the successes, in an...

July 28, 2016

After suffering a humiliating blank last week, in red hot weather conditions, I badly needed a decent result this week to reverse what might have been viewed as a bit of a hiatus. Thankfully, the session delivered the goods in fine style. However, the glorious outcome...

July 22, 2016

Experience shows that red hot conditions are rarely conducive to catching carp. The weather forecast predicted scorching hot conditions and for once, it was bang on. I arrived at Wetlands on Monday at 7.00 am, to a lake whose surface was as still as glass. Having parke...

July 13, 2016

The words: "Now follow that" spring to mind, as I begin writing this blog. Those who follow my humble musings will be aware that last week I bagged one of Wetland's 'A-Team', in the shape of Quasi, a magnificent high backed Mirror, that had been introduced into the spe...

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