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  1. kevtaylor

    May catch reports

    Just got back from a great 3 night social at Trent View, 2 nights in the Bay pegs 6/7, last night in the Hut Swim. The first day was a slow steady set up including cook/social tent - the full works lol and enjoying some good bbq. As evening drew near an unexpected weather front moved in and that spelled the end of our chilled vibe and the start of a run of frantic action. It rained all night and the action never stopped - I got zero sleep but by midday we finished up with 15 fish, 11 for me - I was truly knackered but buzzing we had both caught. We spent the rest of the day wowing at the results so far, prepping and hoping for a repeat the following night. Whilst I lost a fish to a hook pull early evening - that was the last of the action - the fish left the bay soon after not to return and we actually got some sleep but by morning we were disappointed that the second night was a bust - but hopeful that a change of scene would restart our little run. The last day in the main bowl started with confidence with a big S/W wind smashing in - we were on fish again and over all rods but as the temps dropped they backed off us and did the off. Overall a great trip, fab venue, will be back for sure! Somehow I have no pics of the first 4 of my fish and the quality of the remaining pics of mine were so bad that I ended up sacking the cameraman completely and doing self takes, fortunately the last few fish were the best. 🤣👍
    10 points
  2. One from another season. Dogs learned when to watch the water.
    9 points
  3. Well the exclusive lake we had booked at woolpack ,has started spawning 🙈. As we were here, we ended up on one of the syndicate lakes instead of a refund, so only just got the rods out & sorted. 🤞
    7 points
  4. The social - job one complete - cookhouse/sitting room - you'd have thought we were in France for a week not up the road for 3 nights 🤣
    5 points
  5. Well I’d been away from the scene for about 6 years and you’ll tell from some of my posts since I came back to the forum exactly how excited I was to get back in the game . Ive invested quite a few quid upgrading certain stuff and replacing other stuff that has gone walkies over the years , more stuff in fact than I’d realised . I had gear in the loft , some in the shed and plenty in the spare room and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t keep the stuff I was taking down to a bare minimum…and it wasn’t really organised at all ..all mixed up , the old & new and a bit chaotic . My plan was to spend the week before organising things so that when I got in from work on Friday afternoon I could throw my gear into the wife’s motor and off for the weekend. Things didn’t exactly go to plan…. Unfortunately work has been pretty demanding recently , particularly the few days leading up to my fishing , and I was having to work 12 hr shifts , getting home at 6.30pm eating , washing up , getting done family stuff that has to be done and getting into bed by 9 for a 0345 alarm which , quite frankly, meant that my fishing gear remained exactly where it was . Now on the Friday I’d managed to wangle an early finish (2pm) and I was going to get all my gear together and be off to the lake for tea time and giving myself plenty of time to get set up for the night but one thing led to another and by the time I arrived at the lake and I’d had a walk round it was virtually 8pm . I’d had to plonk myself in the only swim left available by the time I’d arrived , it was the tightest swim I’d ever found myself in in 50 years of fishing , I had a new (to me) RH Cabrio brolly that I’d never set up before (restrictions on space at home) and it would be dark within the hour . What was I to do ? I rang Nick 🤣 who I knew had the same brolly. He kindly talked me through it and I managed to get the shelter up and my 3 rods set up before it got dark and then my problems started to pile up . My swim was not only as tight as a gnats bottom but the ground was a kind of broken tarmac/gravelly type of surface and single banksticks , my preferred option were just not happening so I had to use my pod . I detest using it for reasons that will be revealed shortly . The battery in one of my alarms was as dead as a dodo and as I reefed around in the dark looking for my spare batteries I discovered I’d got the wrong ones . I needed LR1’s and I’d mistakenly brought some G11a’s . I was exhausted already and wasn’t watching the rod all night so I decided to just use the 2 rods and review the situation at first light . I made up a couple of small pva sticks , a mixture of B5/Black snail stick mix , attached them to a couple of basic knotless knotted rigs , Black snail bottom bait on one and a RH snail wafter on the other with just a couple of handfuls of Black snail and B5 16 millers loosely around them . Fishing room was tight as it was , I wasn’t going to start leading around in the dark with so many other Anglers in close proximity , the corner of the lake I was stuck in had another Angler on the opposite bank approx 80 yards directly in front so the margins it would be at least till the morrow. I also baited up a third line under a willow tree close by in preparation for the morning when a 3rd rod may go out. All was quiet through the night but I awoke at 4.30 am to see a few fish showing in my albeit lightly baited area where my Snail wafter wafted . I decided to leave that area alone for obvious reasons , baited up my other spot and launched my now available 3rd rod onto the margin area that I’d baited up a few hours earlier . It was very hot during the day , nothing showing even in the upper layers and even if they were a ridiculous no floaters no zigs ruling was in operation and tbh I was a bit stuck for what to try . I had been cleaned out by tufties on the 2 baited areas , I’d noticed a succession of Coots etc diving and helping themselves to my Black Snail boilies … so much for Black boilies making themselves difficult for the bird life to find 🙄. As the sun went down and the temperature cooled a tad I considered pulling in my other rod , the one with the single snail wafter hookbait . Before I could pick the rod up the fox alarm squealed and I was into a fish, a fish which appeared to give me a proper battle , admittedly I was a bit out of practice, 6 years and all that , and indeed it turned into a battle . I landed it ok but not before it had wiped out both my other rods and the Pod in the process . Then it hit me . Id been rushing around so much prior to the session that I’d completely forgotten to make any sort of Photo provisions . Good job it wasn’t a personal biggest fish or anything . So I just unhooked it in the net , took a quick pic with my phone and returned it to the water . I now had the job of resetting up for the night the two rods I would have out during the night , no easy task in the dark for an old shortsighted arthritic codger with the ‘ump 😄. As I say it was dark so after untangling the rods and pod … did I mention I hate rod pods ?…I baited up both rods with a Hutchy Naturalz snail wafter and fired out about half a kilo of Black Snail and B5 freebies over each . An hour later the same rod as before kicked off , this time it felt to be a bigger fish , plodding around in the margins until it saw my landing net , the sight of which made it shoot off into the middle of the lake . Then everything went solid . I thought the fish may have found some sanctuary in a weed bed I was unaware of but then I remembered . Where this area of the lake is very narrow , there’s a wooden sign bang in the middle reminding the local numpties not to cast beyond this point etc . Anyway , this fish had swam around this post/sign and obviously spat the barbless hook (another silly rule imo) at which point I had to pull for a break 😡 SO , after tackling up AGAIN and casting out I decided I’d better get my head down as I couldn’t see the swim producing again after all the commotion but within the hour (2am by now) the same rod was off again . It WAS a bigger fish this time , I never weighed it as I was too busy picking my other rod and the pod out of the water 😡as this one had again caused carnage . It wouldn’t have been fair to the fish to retain it anyway though it was well over 20lb in my guesstimation. I released it straight away , threw my tangled rods down in self disgust and went to bed . The following daybreak I tackled all 3 rods up again and continued fishing . I wasn’t happy with the drop on one of my rods so I retrieved it , feeling resistance whilst I was doing it . I reeled in a length of leadcore with a “ safety” clip which appeared to be glued together . Indeed I was unable to separate the components . I enclose a photo of it below and handed it to the bailiff later on . Idiots eh ? Anyway it peed down with rain for the rest of the day . My Mrs came to pick me up mid afternoon and it took me an hour and a quarter to get all my gear back the 300 yards to the car . Why you ask ? Because my Fox explorer deluxe barrow that I’d received a few days previously was still sat in its box at home where I’d not had time to put it together 🙄. so all in all , it was good to finally get some alone time back on the bank , I have to call it a success as such due to the nice 2 fish I did manage to catch but an absolute disaster in other ways . Things I learnt ? I need to be a lot more organised. Take a look at the mess in the pics lol , I can’t be rushing around like that again … mistakes get made , important items get forgotten and it makes it all hard work when it’s supposed to be fun. I need to find somewhere quieter to fish , somewhere a bit more exclusive . I’m only able to fish at weekends and I need to find somewhere quieter to fish somewhere I may get a choice of location instead of being forced to fish where I can . I learnt that my new CTX rods are a dream to use compared to my Berkley’s and I thought THEY were lovely . Im impressed with my RH Cabrio brolly system , SO much room I really am pleasantly surprised . I never saw fit to use the wrap , there wasn’t enough room to get it out of the bag let alone fit it but once I finally get the brolly extension I’ll be living the life on the bank 🤣 I learned that carp like RH Naturalz wafters and I learned that very slack lines , light running leads and simple rigs still work and I must have been doing something right as not a lot else was caught from what I could tell . If you’ve got this far , thanks for reading , hope it’s not been a waste of your time so thanks for humouring me . It really felt like I was a beginner all over again at times but I’m sure it’ll be better next time if I’m better organised . Need somewhere better to fish 🙄
    4 points
  6. kevtaylor

    Dogs and fishing

    Max barked at a swan that was 200 yards away, yet when 20 were over my lines at the rod tips he didn't bark at all, which is just typical. Both bark if someone comes past but that's good. Just take them fishing or just him to begin with they will probably surprise you - they love it and come home exhausted, I walk them at lunchtime and play ball with Max to tire him out. 👍
    3 points
  7. That's what we thought mate when the offer was made . Managed 3 bites so far , 1 lost & 2 Tench . Leaning towards the lost fish being a Tench too . All 3 very similar bites"drop backs" Nige has had 2 stockies & mick 1 stockie all low doubles. Think we've had 7 bites between us . Just need what's on the end to change 🤞
    3 points
  8. been a maggot drowner for a good few years, accidently caught my first carp and have now decided its the way to go. often go fishing with my daughter (12) and between us we are figuring out all of the new tackle and rigs. based in Suffolk and use a few venues around Waveney. this little beauty and the fight have made me change tack to targetting carp
    3 points
  9. Not something I ever carried but have a little bottle now as dirt cheap so no reason not to get one, had no idea of the stuff carp anglers can pick up but learning fast and draining wallet quicker 🤣
    3 points
  10. Fox Camo pillow Leads Esp leaders Esp anchor braid. No idea what it's like but got it half price lol Some how lost 3x1kg bags of krill boilies in the shed 🤔 so will have to get some more tomorrow. Car loaded for a 48 hour session after work tomorrow 😁
    3 points
  11. Mine is only a standard use boat... Does what I need it to do, when n where the situation requires... A mate has the Actor and quite a few people I know who fish also would recommend this boat too....I would personally have 1, but I'll use what I've got to start off with then maybe in time upgrade to the Actor.
    3 points
  12. elmoputney

    New set of reels

    Having used my 8ks for a while now and lower end diawa and shimano in the past they are head and shoulders above quality wise 5yr warranty, so smooth, I use a aerlex spod reel and they are noticeably better, I paid £80 each for mine and would again happily because I know they will last,(they are cheaper now) and they don't miss a beat I've never had tangles on casting, line going under the spool or anything like that, they just work really well
    3 points
  13. chillfactor

    New bivvy time !

    Paid £440 for the HQ 2man which was a good price I thought. Not even looked at it yet tbh been to busy ! Still in the box 🙈 , probably turn up to the lake still in the box 🙈😁
    3 points
  14. barry211

    newbie to some degree

    i noticed when i caught it, luckily the venue i was at had some lads in a bivvy near my swim so legged it for a dab of carp care and they helped out as i was not expecting to catch it as targetting bream at the time but loved the fight it gave
    3 points
  15. B B

    What is your newest purchase

    Here you go and 10% off …
    3 points
  16. greekskii

    May catch reports

    First one of the year for me. Only small one at 17.04lb but most welcome. Rod was only in the water for 5 mins.
    3 points
  17. Not so much a purchase more an acquisition, my father-in-law donated a couple of packs of the Korda ‘safe zone’ anti-tangle sleeves when he came over yesterday. Its ok though . By the time I’ve mixed em up amongst my Gardner & ESP ones nobody will know the difference. 🤣
    2 points
  18. What an epic read , Newmarket , I'm exhausted just reading it ! . You've only been back 5 mins. and you've got Nicks' 'phone number 😲 ; I hope this doesn't mean favourable treatment ? - if Newmarket steps out of line stomp on him , Nick ! . 😁
    2 points
  19. Gato_Amigo111

    Troll removal

    *cough* *cough* *scratch* Nasty mods will kill a site, and I've experienced that myself. You guys are pretty nice, though.
    2 points
  20. 5kg of Coppens ground bait £17, I normally get Sonubaits but the price has shot up to £8 for 2kg 😳…
    2 points
  21. No because the pin that releases the bottom door is underneath. I've used small pellet and not had any problems but I did find a tiger nut inside the propeller housing. I haven't really used the rear compartment except to test it but it is pretty sloped and I reckon most baits would slide off pretty easily.
    2 points
  22. I thought it was time to pimp my ageing Fox pod with a set of large Bloxx and multi colour inlays… I think the blue to go with the Atts …I know Highy you would go for the purple 🙄…
    2 points
  23. Hi mate .... I purchased the avid HQ , thanks for the input though 👍
    2 points
  24. Can always use a bivvy peg to dig out a guide hole for banksticks.
    2 points
  25. I use sharpened re-bar. Works a treat.
    2 points
  26. Buzz bars for me every time, or genuine single sticks. In fact a 2 rod Buzz bar, and a single is handy for playing fish around, although my 3 I can step into the middle quite easily with slack lines, or if the tips are high if it's the middle rod.
    2 points
  27. Standard for me too I think, everynow and again I think I might just use single sticks but then I couldn't be bothered to make them all neat everytime 😂 I also don't think the little spikes that go in the ground would be as stable as a longer bankstick,
    2 points
  28. Picked up 3 Jag Lackdown in Small Black, with 9 inserts for each Lockdown. Swapped a mate my Pod for His Buzz Bar setup....which do you guys prefer 🤔 Standard.... Singlez Setup
    2 points
  29. kevtaylor

    Dogs and fishing

    Max is on a 15 metre lead, you just can't see it in that pic, can't see that changing any time soon, he's too mad! George is OK off the lead, I trust him not to go too far, but he still hides close by and scares me silly at least once per trip, on busy lakes he is kept on a lead too.
    2 points
  30. I plan on fishing two separate spots on the same peg with different spod mixes to see what catches more fish. Anyone had any experience with this? Would it mess up my swim?
    1 point
  31. The other main lake on my complex started yesterday too must be something in the air, not sure I will be able to get out this week, kids have got a busy week after school and it would appear I need brownie points, I've been trying to get a night fishing this weekend and seem to be halted at every turn(I will keep trying though) 😳 Good luck though having watched all the Jim shelley vids, all the lakes seem to have some nice ones to go at,
    1 point
  32. newmarket

    First time EVER

    Morning fellas , this topic isn’t Carp specific so I’m sure you (Nick) will move it into another section if you feel it’s more appropriate but I get the impression that the coarse fishing section doesn’t get many hits so I’m asking it here initially. My ten year old wants me to take him fishing . As many of you will probably remember he is moderately autistic (as are we all) but has an attention span of about 10 minutes so it’s crucial that I take him to a hole in the ground where I can guarantee he’s going to catch straight away . Thats not a problem it’s already sorted but what isn’t is what kit to buy for him ? my immediate thoughts were to buy him a small whip or some sort of pole . trouble is I’ve never used one myself and wouldn’t have a clue let alone show him how to actually use it so was thinking to throw him in at the deep end with rod & reel . but then which rod & reel ? Length size etc … I dunno what to do tbh .. how would you horrible lot approach it ? Moneys not really a problem except it might prove a 5 minute fad though I’ve a feeling that a tiny perch or roach early on will see him hooked , so to speak. over to you lot ….
    1 point
  33. Gato_Amigo111

    First time EVER

    For your son, I wouldn't recommend buying the best rod on the market just yet- if he decides to drop fishing, then it wouldn't be good to have thrown a whole bunch of money down the drain. If your son decides to fish more, though, I would then buy a better rod for him so it can be a more enjoyable experience. As for your size of rod, if your son plans to catch smaller fish species, then I'd elect for a 5-8 lb rod. If he plans to go for larger fish, then I would lean more towards a 10-16 lb rod. As far as length goes, it really doesn't matter all that much in my opinion. A 5 ft rod would be optimal, but you can go up to a 7 ft rod if you can't find anything else. Since your son is new to fishing, it would be best for him to have a push button reel, otherwise it would be difficult for him to learn a full reel with no experience whatsoever (I speak from experience here). For a kit, I'd buy him some line that has a pretty similar rating to that of your rod and possibly some lower-rated lines as well if you plan to go fishing for smaller fish. You could get some lures, but I haven't had the greatest experience with them and smaller fish species. And of course, buy bait according to the species of fish that he wants to catch. Overall, if he seems to enjoy fishing a lot and goes often, then you can buy him a better rod, reel, and maybe some more equipment too. I could go on for a very long time about gear for smaller fish catching, as that is my specialty, but I'd recommend to learn as you go for this one. Wow, a topic that I'm useful! 😁
    1 point
  34. ouchthathurt

    New set of reels

    I used Diawa cross cast 5000x reels, I’ve got 4 of them, 2 are on my boys rods, ones on a spod rod and one is a spare. They held up to my hamfisted efforts to knack them, I broke one when in a proper strop while snagged up, wrenching for a break, diawa replaced it no questions asked. My boy uses them with no issues at all. I’ve got the fox EOS 12000 reels and I absolutely love them.
    1 point
  35. Thank you mate , I think after a while we go onto autopilot and our experience kicks in so we just get on with it .
    1 point
  36. I could go on a rant about how the Scratch Team are evil, but I would probably break whatever character limit carp.com has for a post. for example, their discrimination against groups of people that don't align with their beliefs... I am going to stop myself so I don't sit here and type till the end of the week. The point is, carp.com mods don't do this and that's why they're cool. 😺
    1 point
  37. Well that certainly sounded like an adventure. I've recently started back out again after a couple of years break. Unfortunately for me, covid was bussier than ever. Do you have any club lakes near you that might have a better angler to swim ratio? I had a similar situation to you with my only catch so far (I only really do days), so had to make do with an unhooking matt pic. Anyway at least you learnt things an will hopefully be able to get things sorted for next time. There will be a next time, won't there?
    1 point
  38. just as an add, i have no problem with getting nasty jobs that others don't want, the worst being a toss up between full time night cleaner at the city rail station to cleaning phone boxes, caretaker at a homeless hostel. the last being a good jaob and a nice place to work, but i never signed up to be a cheap social worker/mental health nurse, then there was the petty crime very violent and off the scale.
    1 point
  39. chillfactor

    May catch reports

    Sounds like a good social Kev .... & plenty of fish banked, quality too 😎 My social is still on for next week at the woolpack, just hoping it doesn't get cut short with spawning, first trip since late summer last year .🤞
    1 point
  40. cgms310

    IMG_1720.JPG

    From the album: Some of my catches...

    Can I get an Amen?
    1 point
  41. newmarket

    May catch reports

    Nice Kev , very nice indeed 👍🏻
    1 point
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    1 point
  43. hutch

    BAF TropAmino

    They will both work, cream based flavours can work really well in a fishmeal, Im sure JB doesnt recommend mixing TM1 with other flavours due to its complex make up, my preference is low level (1ml/1.5ml per kilo) of both these in a fishmeal food bait. Yes, I use it in conjunction with Nut Hydro and Special K in my particles
    1 point
  44. yonny

    Troll removal

    I agree. It's refreshing innit!
    1 point
  45. yonny

    New set of reels

    I agree with Elmo. While I'm a Daiwa man their lower end reels don't do it for me. You're better off with Okuma or Penn at that price point. Don't even bother mate. It's cheap Indian rubbish.
    1 point
  46. Carpbell_ll

    New bivvy time !

    highly rated the prologic range, the avenger is real good for no condensation that top wrap with the roof vents work well together, all good quality zips that 360 venting is real nice always got a draft flowing even on still hot days, cooler in the bivvy than outside, the inspire range would be well worth the money.
    1 point
  47. I'll have a go with both, gone over to sticks now for more ease, might see about some longer spikes or even put the 2 on each setup...
    1 point
  48. yonny

    How much rest after spawning?

    Yeah I know of loads of places that have started. Just keep an eye on the place you fish buddy. I always like to give them at least a couple of weeks rest after spawning personally.
    1 point
  49. Strangely enough, one of the guys who manages the syndicate has been comparing pics of stocked fish to my 23 this morning. We have come to the conclusion it is one of the rare 'Quarry' fish that rarely get banked, (don't think this one has been caught before) so it looks like the rig has confused it from the norm into making an error.
    1 point
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