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  1. Looking at spending abit of time on the back lake (faraway) this year not much in search on here ... the website has some info and pictures but cannot find anything on the actual lake itself. Hotspots if any ... depths etc etc I have google earthed the place and its surrounded by trees so its gonna be choddy come early spring ... whats it like in summer weedy ?? ... did a youtube search and see they had weed cutters in there 4/5 years ago. Also any recent info on the place how did it fish this past year ... fish numbers etc etc Just collecting all the info i can get to give me the best possable start from what i see is not an easy place. Thanx all
  2. My last time out i had 2 double takes ... i had 4 runs that day 😑😑
  3. After fishing for near on 20 years and living 25 mins away from par fisheries i have never fished it mainly due to having to pre-book on and with the limited time i had on the bank it just wasn't an option when i find the lake fully booked on the odd day/night i had free. This year i have loads of free time on my hands and so ... The Par Campaign begins Gonna fish the Back lake so any tips will be nice i have my google earth map printed and ready ;D Break my pb 28lb 7 A thirty ??
  4. Where do i start ... Spring is just around the corner and the last time i posted was 2017 i was just getting back into my fishing after an extended period of time away from my one true passion in life fishing ... To say alot has happened in the last few years would be an understatement both within my fishing and within my personal life i will leave the latter out and get down to what you guys wanna here about, where have i been, what did i catch well ... Well the 2017 season for me was a right off it was my first year back and to had my fair share of blanks and only had a handful of fish all season nothing to write home about but the main thing was that i was back doing what i loved fishing. 2018 Last season was full of twists and turns both in my fishing and my home life, once again i missed a fair chunk of time on the bank because of certain things out of my control, but i did get out and i did manage to catch a few. Center parks 2018 Yes a holiday to center parks was on the cards i went the previous year and i didnt no that it even had a lake or that you could fish so this year i made no mistake and my kit was packed along with the suitcases ... If anyone knows the beach at center parks then they will no the carp love it there with all the bread going in from people feeding the ducks but the beach is out of bounds and you can only fish the other side of the bridge ... well the carp know this and you never see them on the other side of the bridge the swim nearest the beach has always got someone in it ... from what i observed the previous year pressure from that swim was keeping them on the other side of the bridge. This year i was prepared for this and so on the very first night after darkness fell my plan was put into action ... i pre-baited ... i prebaited the feck out of that bridge for 3 nights ... my plan was to introduce a bait they wanted and would keep wanting in a short period of time but to also draw them to the other side of the bridge so i could get a line in where i could catch them. On the 4th day i took an early morning walk upto the bridge and as i peered over the bridge i see my plan was working ... you would never see any fish on that side of bridge but what i see when i peered down was best described as a mud bath ... they were havin it on the side of the bridge they would never venture, it was at this point i thort ... get back to the cabin and grab them rods double time ... 25 mins later i was back and i cast a single out onto the spot it was tight with the bridge being just to my right so i chose to fish one rod locked up if they decide to go tight and get under the bridge i was done for. It must of been a matter of mins and i had a liner ... being center parks the fish didnt seem to be bothered by noise and people clonking along the bridge right above them but what i will say is they know what fishing line is and after that liner it went dead ... im sitting there thinking why hasnt it torn off yet ... over the next hour i thort about it more still nothing ... then it hit me the line running along the bridge was cutting them off ... i reeled in and quickly added a flying backlead and cast back to the spot. 5 mins later i had a bleep ... then another ... then ..... beep beep beep beep as i watched my locked up rod bending and bouncing on its bank stick ... i was in and the fist did what i new it would do i went right it wanted to be back on the safe side and with the clutch locked up and putting as much pressure on the line as i dare i managed to turn it and i was away ... a 5 min battle presumed and then i had my first center parks carp sulking in the net. Over the corse of the next 2 days fishing 3/4 hours a day i bagged 9 fish to 17lb not bad for a place i have never fished ... the next morning of the last day i took my usual morning walk up to the bridge ... i see the odd fish coming from the beach side of the bridge dropping down grazing over my spot for a mouthful then back to the otherside of the bridge where it was safe. It was at this point i see her... ive named her beach babe ... from the 9 fish i had already caught 8 of them where commons and nearly everything i had seen on the bridge over the last 5 days where mostly commons upto low twenties ... but beach babe was different she was a mirror she was wide across the back deep, dark and plump ... all the fish i had caught where long lean fish but not beach babe she was a stunner and she was feeding on my spot ... what was i to do. By the time i got back the missis was packing up the car and it was time to go home ... beach babe will have to wait but as arnold said ... ill be back.
  5. Reports of Carp spawning at most of my club waters today so thats the rods away for a few weeks.
  6. Catching 63 carp in a 24 hour session does not prove the bait is good just sounds like a very overstocked water with a fish a chuck not my kind of water but each to his own in these kind of waters anybait will work ... tbh i think you are wasting money with the key £10-12 a kilo at most tackle shops. There are many small bait companys out there that produce bait just as good but half the price.
  7. Welcome to the forum Anything you need to no about blanking just ask.
  8. Nutcracker

    May 1/17 catches

    Some nice fish one thing i would suggest that is to keep the carp close to the ground and with a carp matt underneath them when taking photos i have see fish dropped from standing up position and its not a pretty sight ... the last photo of the fully scaled would of made for a much better picture if held in the correct way. But some nice fish sir well done.
  9. As said watch some videos mate im sure we are all doing something wrong weather that be the line ... rod ... line lay on the reel ... leads ... technic etc etc ... i added 20 yards to my cast just by watching some videos and found that just by standing in the correct position was all that was needed. Power has nothing over technic i watched a 14 year old hit 70 yards not a massive range by any standards but he was being taught by his dad and i watched as he showed him the technic to look at him if he was fishing alone you would think he couldnt hit 25 yards.
  10. Some good views and opinions here and taken on board mabey i was abit over zelouse with the test curve thing and i no when to hold my hands up when im wrong. My thinking was with a stiffer top section the action is stiffer when the fish lunges the preassure would be more on the line as the stiffer top section didnt have enuff action in it ... i thort the softer section would soak up the lunges and put less preassure on the line because of the softer action but from the posts i see this is wrong. I agree with big common the heavier gear will give you more control and will get the fish in quicker and that connot be a bad thing and yes there will always be a snag no matter where you fish. The only thing i dnt agree with is calling people sheep this is a forum to dicuss fishing , views and opinoins are shared and some you will and wont agree with them ... slating and name calling is not needed and adds nothing to the topic in question thoe they mabey your view and opinion sometimes they are better kept to yourself if they add nothing constructive.
  11. The 2 biggest things to mouth damage is test curves and uncoated braided hooklinks With a lighter test curve the rod soakes up the lunges all these sea rods i see people using soak up nothing. With my light test curve rod i use a mono mainline that has a much less cheese wire effect than braid the most popular hooklink on the market normally paired with a couple of sea rods for ultimate mouth ripping combo. Hooking them in the scissors is the real danger no matter what you are using the chances of causing damage goes up. And if you are struggling with mouth damage dont forget to follow the fishery rules that where created by the tooth fairy when she last visited.
  12. Many moons ago i had a new pb and the biggest fish from my local whilse float fishing ... epic 25 min battle on 6lb line and a few handshakes later the noddy with the float rod had gained the respect of the bivvy boys.
  13. Its still early bite time at 5 . I have just took my first walk around one of my club waters a 3 acre lake in the middle of the woods ... dunno if i could do a night there its creepy during the day lol. Did see plenty of crusiers thoe suns out ... get on the floaters smurf.
  14. I watched some documentry that suggested animals only see in red weather its true or not i dunno but im sure i read an artical somewhere that matty wrote explaining the subject and the reason why he was using red line.
  15. I was thinking of getting hold of some actual mussels from the lake bed and using them straight on the hook ... i like the sound of the extract where could i buy this and what about getting some mussel boilies of some sort. The only thing i have not tried is using a bottom bait ... ive been using pop ups on really short stiff rigs but not yet fished on the deck. I may give this a try with a mussel boilie soked in extract fished on a basic knotless knot braided rig an old classic and sorta back to basics.
  16. Some really stunning fish chaps well done to all this page will get me throu the blanks and keep me going.
  17. Im using pop ups on tiny stiff hinge rigs the lake has muscles on the bottom ... and they have a leader ban on all the waters the one im fishing has no snags whatsoever im not even a fan of leaders but when common sense prevails.
  18. I have been float fishing the margins since my first session using corn and a single ssg shot and a small clear waggler lift float style and have caught many carp over the years doing this ... not had a sniff accept 1 aborted but i suspect this was more of a line bite than a carp picking up the bait.
  19. I was thinking along the lines of naturals ... but they are 100% taking my boilies 2 main spots i have been pre baiting are being cleared out its not the birds these spots are hard and when you feel the lead down it thumps thoe in my earlier sessions it was a good few inches of silt down there and you could feel the lead plug in it i have since switched from a heli setup to an inline as the spots have become clearer i will deffo fish 1 rod with my boilie... no nuts allowed so tigers are out the question ... but i was thinking a more natural bait on the other mabey a maggot ring or maize or chick peas.
  20. As for local knoledge im yet to arrive on a day that someone else is fishing the place and its great having the place to myself but for the last few weeks i have kinda been hoping to bump into an old chap that has years of stories to tell about the place.
  21. So i have come home early today my 9th and friday my 8th sessions of the season with 2 more blanks. 9 sessions and all i have to show is a 7lb common and a 5lb tench starting to doubt myself even more now because ... I was on the fish 100% friday and sunday both days i fished the same SE corner with a strong wind blowing into it and they where there in numbers on both days i see them topping over my bait and even clouding the water under an old willow that i had a bait under even sunning themselfs ... over the corse of my 9 sessions and observations this is the hang out corner not once since starting fishing this lake have i failed to see a carp either topping of hanging about in there. Its a small lake i have been creeping around it like an undercover agent and for sure there are times that they no im there no matter how quiet i have been ... its hardly fished so they are not used to the genrel stomping about most lakes get and the slightest noise and they are gone into the depths ... i have to flick a floater out wide and let it drift into the corner as just the sound of a single freelined floater hitting the water and they are gone. I have scaled everthing back im now using 1 ounce leads the smallest i can get away with ... i have been pre baiting and coming back to fish a few days later so i dnt have to put out any bait during the session as that is the kiss of death. All i no is im on the fish ... my rigs work ... my bait works ... im being as quite as possible can... but these carp are wild not your everyday commercial carp that dont bat an eyelid at a 3 ounce lead hitting the water above them its just not happening for me and im starting to think these carp are un-catchable. Any suggestions.
  22. BLANKED on the carp front Had i nice tinker thoe on a sinking mixer on the float rod good old scrap on 4lb line and a size 14 hook gave me the right run around at first i thort it was a carp untill it started shaking its head as they do. First time using camera so pic is abit rubbish was really dark overcast sky so that didnt help either.
  23. So its been a few weeks since my last post im now heading into my 8th session of the season with one 7lb scrapper to note and alot of blanks. I did have a pb roach on double corn that measured 28cm that you guys estimated to be around 1lb 8oz so im pretty chuffed with that and makes up for the blanks. Over the last few weeks i have been testing out this chod rig thats all the rage and for me its just not my cup of tea so have switched to the hinged stiff rig that i have much more confidence in. Tomorrows im out again and the forecast is looking good with some low pressure and a warm sunny showery day ahead. This evening i went down and pre-baited swim 15 with half a kilo and a can of corn and see alot of my quarry sunning it up and a really decent mid 20 with his head down in the reeds. Also today i picked up a bag of mixers from tesco i already had a few left over in an old bag was making some up in the kitchen (shuss she was out) and i noticed something the new ones are blooming massive they have changed the size of the mixers so i hope this will now allow me to cast my freelined mixer even further. So thats me upto date with the goings on so i wont bore you and leave it at that for now.
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