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...

September 23, 2018

I’ve mentioned before that carp catching success at Wetlands Lakes is often dependant upon making a carefully considered peg choice. As ever, carp location is key. Regrettably, the practice of making that choice in advance, based solely on previous form is generally re...

September 9, 2018

Thumbing through my dusty old fishing diaries, I was thrilled to come across the account of my first ever night fishing session on Wetlands specimen lake, dated Wednesday 18th September 2013. Along with Dean, I was one of the first few anglers to enjoy the privilege of...

October 1, 2017

In many areas of life there is a gossamer thin line between what would be considered a monumental success and the diametric opposite, namely abject failure. Such is the nature of carp fishing. Thankfully this week's venture, just made it into the triumphant category, b...

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 6, 2017

After catching "Timms" for the third time last Monday, I was fully expecting an anticlimax of some sort during this week's session, if previous form is anything to go by. Nevertheless, I was determined not to make the usual mistake of dropping straight into the same pe...

September 30, 2015

 

This week my session got off to a flyer, in spite of some initial doubts on my part, but more of that later. Firstly though, there is a persistent thought buzzing round inside my head that I need to explore. I have long believed that to be a good angler, it is useful...

September 23, 2015

"Should it stay, or should it go?" A misquote from  a classic song by English punk band 'The Clash', released in June 1981. It's a question I find myself asking numerous times over, whilst preparing gear and bait for each and every fishing session. I don't know about y...

September 18, 2015

OK, so I flouted my 'No fishing without first scouring the lake' rule once again. However, on this occasion, I think I can be excused, as Richard had recently developed a new peg adjacent to peg 7, and I was absolutely itching to give it a go. My thinking, was that the...

September 9, 2015

Location, location, location! After banging on about it at regular intervals, you'd have thought by now that I'd have learned my lesson, regarding the paramount importance of locating fish before committing to a peg. Clearly, I haven't, because I ignored my own advice...

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