July 31, 2015

Last week, my cast iron resolve not to commence fishing, until I had found carp and thoroughly familiarised myself with the lake bed, seemed to pay off. Curbing my initial eagerness to put the rods out, coupled with a strict abandonment of any pre-conceived peg choice,...

July 2, 2015

The joys of a hot, sunny, June day may seem like a distant and utopian dream, when viewed from the perspective of a freezing cold winter's day. Yet, when the dream finally manifests itself in the present, the reality of it all is not always what we might imagine it to...

June 19, 2015

Inevitably, some sessions turn out to be tougher than others and of course, it all adds to the interest and mystery of carp fishing. It would cease to be the fascinating and rewarding sport that it is, if we could guarantee to bag-up every time we ventured out upon the...

April 23, 2015

"Tis better to have hooked and lost than never to have hooked at all." That somewhat corrupted version of a famous quotation from a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson floated around my mind at regular intervals throughout this week's session at Wetlands. Having lost a sizeab...

April 16, 2015

 

 

Don't get me wrong, this weeks session was absolutely brilliant in so many ways, but at the end of it I ended up pondering what might have been - simultaneously gutted and fired up, aching for the next opportunity to even the score. More later.

It all began in customa...

April 11, 2015

 

 

I've mentioned before that I absolutely love experimenting with bait, rigs and tactics in order to compare the performance of one with another. On this session, I was expecting to have an absolute field day testing all sorts of bits and pieces, courtesy of the team a...

April 2, 2015

Having attended the Northern Angling Show on the preceding day, I approached this week's session with more than my usual quota of enthusiasm. Excellent talks by Adam Penning, Rob Hughes and Darrell Peck, plus the odd chat with the likes of Ian Russell, Sean Harrison an...

March 11, 2015

Pinpointing their winter quarters is obviously of critical importance in catching cold-water carp. But what if said location is an impenetrable sanctuary deep within a convoluted cluster of interlocking islands that cannot be safely accessed from existing pegs? Well it...

December 25, 2014

Some days don't get off to a great start, especially when you own two ageing and somewhat incontinent Labrador dogs, who rarely manage to make it through the night without some kind of bladder or anal accident. And such was the case at 5.30 am on Monday morning, as I g...

November 5, 2014

Recently, my youngest daughter came home with a 1000 piece jigsaw. It was graded as extremely difficult, given that the underlying picture  was of a huge shoal of uniform, bright yellow, silver striped tropical fish, with only the subtlest of difference in shading acro...

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