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...

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 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...

October 30, 2015

Hindsight is a wonderful thing! And it seems upon reflection, that I might have made a wrong decision this week regarding my night fishing tack. I was fooled into thinking that the clear blue sky that appeared in the afternoon, heralded yet another very cold night, wit...

October 8, 2015

In my last blog, I shared a few thoughts about my attempts to nudge statistics in my favour, by the accumulative effect of adding up as many helpful tactics and precautions as possible. One thing I didn't mention though, is that I always combine this with an effort to...

October 24, 2014

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, so they say! Certainly, if I had the opportunity to fish this week's session all over again, I would approach it very differently.  The problem was that I took a (not unreasonable) gamble that the carp would be stacked up on the end of t...

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