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  1. Old thread I know but I'm just reading it now. I know how the op felt. I joined a club after a 2 year break. My daughter was born. Despite fishing probably 20 3 hour sessions since Jan 1st I still haven't caught a fish. I first joined this club in 2013. It took about 2 years before my first carp. It can be crazy difficult. I've once had 17 carp in a 3 hour session. When it's fishing well it fishes well. When it's hard it's solid. Two days ago the lake was 2/3 full with about 15 anglers. It's not a very big place. Not a single person including match fishermen had a bite. One time I went down after work for a planned quick 2 hours. Have been trying worms as nothing was working. Left the worms at home. I also fish a multiplier reel, which I know is very rare for carp fishing here. I might be the only one in the country doing it. I saw a carp show on the other side of the lake. Not a big lake. Well thumb slipped off the spool on a big cast. birds nest from hell. Spent 40 mins unpicking the line. Then it started pouring rain which wasn't forecast. So I packed up and went home. Doesn't get much worse. I still haven't caught a carp this year. Or any other fish for that matter but most days neither have all the others fishing the place as well.
  2. It's funny reading this old thread. I am a midlands based Angler and I usually target Carp. Mainly because they should give the best fight of any of the fish I can catch and because I'm sure there are greater numbers of large carp than large pike. I wish the massive Ebro sized catfish were commonly found in UK waters. Anyway back to the point. Today I fished my local lake. It's only a small venue. It's handy as it's 60 seconds from my house by car. Given that the weather was fairly nice and many people are on furlough, the place was packed. Around 15 anglers taking up about half or two thirds of the pegs. Not a single person caught a fish and I have never seen a person catch a fish since joining at the start of the year. Even match fishermen, fishing maggots and tiny hooks have not been catching. One chap I spoke to said essentially anything that swims should be able to take his hook. There are pike, perch, chub, roach, bream, tench etc in the water as well. It is simply amazing. I have fished many times since Jan 1st. Probably 20+ times. Normally I just do short sessions averaging around 3 hours a time. I am yet to even have a run. I first started fishing at this place in 2011 and I think I fished for around 2 years before catching my first fish there. I actually had to double check that this wasn't a thread I had started years ago. It has always been a difficult venue. The fish are very strange. Once I had one fish then I started to regularly catch the odd few every now and then. Then on one occasion I caught 17 in a 3 hr session. To go from 1 fish in 2 years to 17 in 3 hours was quite incredible. Honestly I couldn't put it down to anything other than the fish's attitude. Anyway I had a 2 year break after my daughter was born and I joined again this year. Now the place seems as difficult as ever. I've done everything I can to get a bite. Worms, bread, sweetcorn, various popular boilies, pellets (even though I thought it was too early but nothing else was working so I had nothing to lose), zig rigs, bottom baits, pop ups, floats. Free lined, chods, bolt rigs, mono, fluoro, braid, wide gape, curved, small hooks, big hooks. Bright baits, white baits, yellow baits, pink baits, brown baits. Single baits, method feeders, pva bags. Nothing at all will work. The place is so difficult. Up to now people seem to have blamed the cold. It's amazing that nobody seems to be able to do anything on this lake.
  3. would you like me to provide you with a scientific test where cooked maize out performed non cooked maize when tested? :mrgreen: Tests on wild animals show them preferring cooked foods in tests. I am just pointing out. Our preference for cooked food has been so long lived that we've altered our own biology and evolution thanks to it.
  4. I actually did make up some boilies once with alot of fishmeal, eggs, milk proteins etc as an experiment. Boiled them and they just dissolved after 2 seconds. Too many soluble components. Went to scoop them out and there was nothing. Ended up having to air dry them and they turned out great! They last a good few hours in water but break down faster than regular boilies. They last probably 24 hours before turning to sludge like a pellet. Great flavour release. The thing is fish meals are possibly cooked already. I don't know?
  5. I don't mean to pee on people's parade but cooking is likely a huge attractor for carp. I still like to de-skin boilies but the cooking process is likely helpful. In tests animals offered raw food versus cooked food, will take cooked food time and time again. This is because it is more palatable and digestible. If you look up raw food diets you'll actually see that the biggest issue with this is malnutrition and weight loss. I like to avoid raw meats myself because of parasites, bacteria etc. Many people don't know that cooking food is speculated as one of the biggest developments in human evolution. In fact that not cooking food would have meant that humans could not have evolved at all. The fact that we cook our food means that it is far easier to digest and so we require a smaller intestine. It uses less energy and allowed us to develop bigger brains which required alot of energy. The human gut is the smallest of any primate because our food is so readily digestible. The human jaws and mouth are also the smallest of any primate relative to size thanks to less need for mastication. Chimps will spend up to 8 hours a day chewing. For anyone interested see the book 'catching fire, how cooking made us human'. You'll note that boiling corn or maize for example softens it and brings out the sugars. Starch Gelatinization. Just my 2 cents.....
  6. That sounds good. I notice some of the thicker liquids can take quite a while to absorb and end up running off the sponge. I may use a wide jam jar or old film cannister to drop the feeder in there so it really absorbs well. So far flavours I have tried are coconut, tuti, summer fruits, water off scalded pellets. I still can try scopex, plum, pineapple, maple, caramel, amyl acetate. To be fair I was just limited by time so I had to pick a good spot and hope for the best. I plan on say 40 mins in various locations next time until I see at least liners or actual bites. The difficult of course is that it could be a case of right spot, wrong depth. I know there are zigs and floats but it really feels like 90% of carp fishing is limited to fishing the bottom. I'm sure flavours are sinking and rising. Apparently still waters make it difficult for a scent to really move around but there should be some currents about. As usual fingers crossed!
  7. Yes that was my thought and I got 12 scouring pads for a pound. 2 for fishing, 10 for the house. No luck with the technique this weekend but unfortunately I only got time for 2 hours fishing sat and 2 hours sunday. Not really time to find the fish which is all important. They are alluding me.
  8. Try it! You'll be buzzin! Might actually be classed as electro-fishing which I think wont be allowed.
  9. I've seen the heated socks and I really wanted to get some last year when it was really cold. -20C. Only my toes were getting cold, even with multiple layers of socks and standing on a padded matt and moving about. Interested to see how they go. Newmarket, I popped to the tackle shop at lunch time and got some cage feeders to try your method. Light ones for close range. A bit heavier for longer ranges. I just have to find some sponge now. I always have too much of the stuff when I never need it. Probably recycled the stuff already.
  10. That's a great idea. I usually fill a pva bag of some ground bait soaked in a liquid but your method is simpler and doesn't need pva friendly liquids. I use quite a bit of flavoured glycerol anyway but it's great to have more options.
  11. Lots and lots of flavours for winter fishing and glugging. Tutti fruity, scopex, amyl acetate, jasmine, plum, pineapple, bananna to name some of them.... Going to be trying flavoured bread, method mixes, particles etc as well to see if I can offer something a bit more tempting than a boilie.
  12. In my opinion, YES! Way to much. As long as a hook is not too big for the fish's mouth and as long as there is something it wants to eat, then you are doing enough. I don't believe all these different presentations do anything appart from make an angler feel more confident and allow tackle companies to sell little bits of tubing etc at a huge mark up. Then if you want to increase sales of bits and bobs, encourage things like dumping leads. The difficulty is having a suitable bait in the right place, at the right time. That's not easy to sell to Anglers though. I wouldn't believe in the teflon idea. A small, sharp point should be enough. Surely teflon would help a hook slide out, just as easily as it slides in, should you lose tension and not fish barbless hooks. Again I wonder what the markup is on adding some PTFE coating. This is one reason I love to fish in Thailand. No boilies, no complex rigs, simple, fun fishing.
  13. Do what I've often done fishing sharks on beaches in the pitch black dark. Put reflective tape on it.
  14. Just don't move around too much and make too much noise. That's what's important. Even someone in camo is easy to spot when they move. The brain has neurons for motion detection and obviously most animals have ears, plus the fish have a lateral line. The area of the brain responsible for detecting motion appears to be distinct from vision.
  15. I've caught a fair amount of fish on my setup despite to line angle to the lead. I've always wondered because ducks will make a huge U turn when they come across line. I sometimes wonder how they spot it, when it's even feet below where they are swimming, but a fish brain is far far simpler and nowhere near as complex as a duck's. I'm of the opinion that fish don't care about the line. I know other people will argue the oppostie.
  16. What people will probably say is that a fish will be more likel to feel the resistance earlier on a bolt rig and spit it before the hook fully penetrates. Myself I favour a bolt rig over a running rig by a large margin. I have huge confidence in bolt rigs. I've caught fish on running rigs, but I jeust don't have that much confidence in them. If I can get the hook to set automatically I'll go for that. Especially with carp being so finicky.
  17. Hmmm, maybe the carp can hear them in the wind! I guess my line isn't bowstring tight but if the bait is picked up and moved back, it clearly goes slack.
  18. ukfrosty


    I use a castable wireless fish finder(Should say depth finder) as well. I don't really look for great detail just general depths, any particular anomoly like a very shallow or deep location, drop offs, gullys. AKA features, to fish to. With carp, most time will be spent in the littoral zone, where plant and thus invertibrates live, but this really covers anywhere sunlight can penetrate and plants can grow which can be to 30m in clear water. Better to look for signs of fish in my opinion. That's not always easy.
  19. I wont fish slack lines now. I've actually been going the other way which a lot of carp anglers don't seem to like. I resorted to having my rod point up in the air at about 30 to 45 degrees and to wind down until I'm tight to the lead, fishing a bolt lead. As soon as a fish moves off with the bait I see it. If the fish comes towards me, or goes left/right (or at least not away) which it can do on maybe +50% of occasions, then my line drops slack onto the water. I pick up and wind down. Either there's a fish on or there isnt. I can tighten up gradually. If the line keeps moving then it's clear there's a fish. With slack line I'd never know, or at least not as quickly. The carp don't appear to be line shy. Had 9 fish in a 2.5 hour session last week on a water where I've had 2 years between not blanking at times, so not an easy water! I think the pick up in activity is actually due to my better bait but the indication is helping me land them. That's my 2 cents...
  20. How does this happen to 2 lads? Was there a gang? Were knives or worse involved??? Sounds terrible. You can understand why some people will take matters into their own hands when these things happen...
  21. ...and I'm sure the hint of any left over wine steeped into the cork will be a great attractor! The fish will probably be weaving all of the place after though!
  22. Bravo! Great idea. I have been considering how to use a good bait on a zig. Seems so obvious now! I've used pop-ups in combination before. I'll also enjoy drinking more wine in order to get some cork! Cheers!
  23. I was thinking about doing friday after work myself but I checked the forecast and it looked crap. Keep an eye on the various weather websites. The ones with hourly breakdowns are best. http://www.bigsalty.co.uk/beach_guide.php?location_id=186&dc=weather http://uk.weather.com/weather/hourByHour-UKXX0040?cm_ven=yahoo_uk&cm_cat=citypage&cm_ite=weather&cm_pla=hourly http://www.meteox.co.uk/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=loop1uur http://www.meteox.co.uk/forecastloop.aspx?type=1
  24. Well I spent a a good number of hours during Sat and Sunday without a twitch in the line during daylight hours. I think I'm going to have to start fishing just zigs myself. I've done them every now and then but not as often as I need to.
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