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...

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...

March 31, 2018

Reluctant though I am to admit it, the fact is that I have really struggled this winter. Snow and ice have all too frequently conspired to rule out fishing altogether. What's more, the temperature has been up and down like a yoyo, consequently reducing the carp's incli...

March 31, 2017

Last week, having been on something of a roll, I ended my blog by expressing the hope that my run of recent successes would continue unabated. Well, it seems that making such statements is a sure fire way to bring the 'kiss of death' to ones angling prowess. Add an ele...

March 26, 2017

I must say that spring is my all time favourite season. Having said that, this year I've had an unusually productive winter, with consistent catches throughout the grinding, cold months. What's more, one of the A-Team (Quasi) was included in my tally of winter captures...

March 16, 2017

For some reason there is one aspect of carp fishing that seems to attract a disproportionate amount of attention and that is the subject of rigs. In my view, actually finding fish and presenting them with a well placed, good quality bait far outweighs any misplaced obs...

March 10, 2017

As carp anglers, we are told repeatedly that "Effort equals reward" and that sometimes attention to the smallest detail can make the difference between success and failure. Or, to put it the other way round, "Laziness invites disappointment". On this session, although...

March 24, 2016

"There's no doubt about it, high pressure is very much in charge over the next few days." Those sobering words, from the BBC weather man, were blurted out of the car radio, as I made my way through Maltby, on route to Wetlands. The time was 6.40 am on a dry, but very c...

March 17, 2016

Aside from carp fishing itself, many things in life are unpredictable and long may it be so. Probably, it's a blessing that we don't know everything that life has in store for us, as it's mysterious episodes unfold successively before us. Our rich tapestry of experienc...

March 10, 2016

I begin with some thoughts about a remark Richard made last week. He had noted with curiosity that anglers visiting the specimen lake for the first time, often catch a few carp, but there after consistent success is hard to come by. Naturally, he came up with a few ide...

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