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...

July 29, 2018

In spite of the recent and persistent heat wave, my last two sessions have been unexpectedly productive. The abundance of wild fowl at Wetlands means that surface fishing is not allowed, but catching carp off the bottom in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius can be a...

May 27, 2018

Last week I fished peg 10 and managed to winkle a couple out, even though I didn't see much in the way of carp activity during daylight hours. You may recall that I came away from the session feeling that I would have faired much better had I taken more care over peg c...

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...

January 23, 2018

After a gap of a couple of weeks, that included Christmas Day (and 7 days later), a totally frozen lake, I was glad to get on the banks of Wetlands once again. However, I was under no illusions that it would be nothing short of a momentous challenge to catch carp, give...

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...

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