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 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 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...

May 11, 2017

This week's session at Wetlands is deeply etched on my memory. What's more, the reason has absolutely nothing to do with carp fishing. Rather, the powerful images concerned are a potent demonstration that at times nature can be extremely cruel. I'm referring to a scena...

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 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...

February 26, 2017

For some reason, whenever I have one of those exciting bag-up sessions, that sees me banking several decent carp, the very next session is more often than not, a bit of an anticlimax. I return to the banks a week later hoping for more of the same, but my aspirations ar...

February 17, 2017

I suppose the term "anorak" is applied most commonly to train spotters, rather than to any other group of like minded hobbyists. A dictionary definition of said condition, would be: "A person obsessively interested in a thing or topic that doesn't seem to warrant such...

February 10, 2017

Maggots (often referred to as "the goots" amongst carp anglers), definitely fit into the 'Marmite' category. You either love 'em or hate 'em. As for me, I've had some great catches on the wriggling wonders in the past, particularly when float fishing a mop-like bunch o...

January 14, 2017

It never ceases to amaze me what a stark contrast there can be between two lakes on the same complex when it comes to winter carp fishing. This is most definitely the case at Wetlands, where the specimen lake fishes much harder than the match lake, even though the lake...

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