December 11, 2017

Last week I failed to capitalize upon my one opportunity to put a carp on the bank and ended up with a frustrating blank. The opportunity to which I refer came at 4.30 pm on peg 3 in the form of a fast take. The rod in question was fished just a short distance into the...

November 2, 2017

It's that time of year now, when bite rates slow down significantly and for carp angling to be productive, dogged persistence and determination is required. The rewards are definitely there though, for those who are prepared to brave the elements and stick it out regar...

October 20, 2017

The prospect of Hurricane Ophelia 2017 hitting the banks from 3.00 pm until 10.00 pm loomed large in my mind, as I considered my peg choices at  the beginning of my session. Even though the carp in Wetlands specimen lake are frequently found on the end of a new wind (e...

October 16, 2017

Having experienced a disappointing session last week (when the only action I received was a 2.00 am bite that ended in a hook-pull at the net), I was hoping for a better outcome this week. However the news that very few fish had been banked in the last few days, did no...

October 1, 2017

In many areas of life there is a gossamer thin line between what would be considered a monumental success and the diametric opposite, namely abject failure. Such is the nature of carp fishing. Thankfully this week's venture, just made it into the triumphant category, b...

September 17, 2017

I must admit to having had more than a little apprehension about this week's session on account of the weather forecast, which predicted very high night time winds up to 75 mph. Interestingly, 15 October 2017 marks the 27th anniversary of Michael Fish's hurricane blund...

September 6, 2017

After catching "Timms" for the third time last Monday, I was fully expecting an anticlimax of some sort during this week's session, if previous form is anything to go by. Nevertheless, I was determined not to make the usual mistake of dropping straight into the same pe...

September 1, 2017

Last week's session didn't merit a blog of its own, on account of the fact that much of it (or at least a good eight or nine hours of it) was spent cutting down shrubs and trees on the central island area of Wetland's specimen lake. This work was done to facilitate the...

August 17, 2017

After suffering a severely lacerated finger tip last week, by the hook wielding, headshaking actions of a revengeful carp, I was hoping for a less traumatic session this week. My wife tells me that her sympathies lie with the poor carp, wrenched unceremoniously from it...

August 10, 2017

"A Carp's Revenge" would be an apt title for this week's blog, in view of a middle of the night incident that caused me considerable pain and some loss of blood, not to mention damaged pride, but more of that later. To most people, angling is a relatively hazard free p...

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