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    crusian reacted to Pete Springate's Guns in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    The real eye opener of course is using a boat to look at spots and features. I had a session a few years back which proved to be very interesting. I’d arrived late one  Friday evening in early Summer after a particularly gruelling motorway journey.
    My chosen swim certainly contained fish but also lots of weed. Boats were allowed for dropping markers and baiting up but rigs had to be cast. Out in the boat with the H blocks I set about finding some spots near where the fish had been showing, around 110 yds. It was a jungle with only the tiniest (dinner plate sized) true clear spots. I dropped the blocks in those areas where the weed was shortest and scattered bait widely around each one.

    I’d been intending to fish my preferred lead clip set-up with a simple coated braid pop up but had to quickly re-tackle and use long running chods to sit over the weed. In truth I was not particularly happy doing so but it was by now nearly dark and it had taken the best part of 2 hours to get sorted. After casting each rod to their respective block, I quickly paddled out to check the presentation. Despite my best efforts I couldn’t find the right hand or middle rod for love nor money. But, purely by chance the left hand chod was sitting pretty on a hand sized sandy patch-you couldn’t have placed it better by hand!
     
    I paddled back secure in the knowledge that at least 1 rod was fishing for the night and in with a chance. In the next 24hrs I had 3 low 20’s from the right hand and middle rods. The ‘banker’ left hand rod didn’t produce a bite and when I paddled out at the end of the session to check, it was still in ‘perfect’ position and all the surrounding bait (pellets, chops, corn) had gone!

    Had I been able to present a bottom bait or wafter on that spot it just might have stood a chance, the chod was too blatant but the chances of hitting the spot again at that range was minimal.
     
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    crusian reacted to ouchthathurt in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    Does anyone remember a time when you just walked into a swim and thought “I’ll cast one over there, one to the far margin and one under that bush” (or similar) and “fish the swim” as opposed to finding “the spot” as such? 
     
    on my local water, I can stand in a swim and the other anglers will say “9 wraps casting toward the left hand side of the dam” or “18 wraps toward the water tower” or “cast on the bank and place the rig 12” from the 3rd set of rushes from the dam wall” and everyone drops into the swim and casts to exactly those spots. A procession of anglers all placing their rigs in the same place. I’ve always thought that if you fish the same spots you can only catch the same as everyone else. 
     
    when I stand in a given swim, i know that at “9 wraps (or whatever) cast at the dam is “the” spot, yet I can’t ignore the snaggy margins either side of me, plus there’s a lot of unfished water that’s being ignored by 90% of other anglers. 
     
    on my second water, it’s a small intimate place with (admittedly very inviting) far margins that are an easy cast, nice overhanging trees and bushes. Everyone casts tight to the far bank, yet I get more takes fishing right under my rod tips. One night I had 13 carp under my rod tips, yet the one rod fished to the far margin (just in case) only produced one carp at dawn - which was a repeat capture - I had caught it 8hrs before... under the left hand rod tip! 
     
    whilst fishing the known spots can and obviously do produce fish, I think that doing things differently suits me better. 
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    crusian reacted to yonny in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    This👆
    The way I see it rock hard clean spots have already been harvested, there's no grub there other than what you put out. In the softer areas around the clean stuff, or spots that are just beginning to be harvested, there's natural food so they'll be more inclined to feed there. Supplement that with bait and whallop, party time.
    Of course, thousand and thousands of carp have been caught off clean gravel and some of the best anglers I know of still target rock hard clean stuff, but for me I find dirtier areas are more productive.
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    crusian reacted to Pete Springate's Guns in Carpy spots, split from Simple Stiff d rig   
    I think this is a great starting point for discussion (if a little off topic!).
    We read so much about finding the hardest/cleanest/smoothest ‘spots within spots’ but I tend to agree with Yonny. Certainly this last year on St Ives’ Shallow Pit, the very cleanest areas never produced one bite for me. All my bites came from firm/hard spots that I could still feel the odd bit of weed or silt on. It got to the point that I would avoid really clear spots and actively seek out what I imagined to be ‘new’ spots being created.
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    crusian reacted to ouchthathurt in Starting out   
    Kamasan B175 hooks were a very popular carp hook back in the day, I used them an awful lot in the late 90s. These days there are plenty of hook patterns specifically designed for carp fishing. Don’t get too tied up by rigs and baits mate, keep things simple. Look at ready tied rigs too, one less thing to worry about. Any readymade boilie from a reputable company will do the job, just don’t forget the old classics sweet corn and luncheon meat, maggots etc. 
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    crusian reacted to salokcinnodrog in Starting out   
    Welcome to Carp.com. 
    Keep things simple! 
    Don't get confused in rigs, or even bait. 
    Despite the fact that carp magazines, media or Facebook pages propagate rig fashions, a simple knotless knot hook on hook link still works well, for many baits; sweetcorn, luncheon meat, boilies and even most particles like chick peas, kidney beans which can be bought from a supermarket. 
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    I don't know your area, but find a fishery that will produce fish, although right now is a tough time to be starting, weather, lockdown and numbers of angler's make life tough. 
    Some of us are so old we started carp fishing just with a spare ledger rod while float fishing. That still works! 
     
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    crusian reacted to Highy in Starting out   
    This year I'm going to try and stick to 1 water and try get my teeth into it... I know there are a few big ens in. 
    Watercraft is Key, I know this lake quite well... Stick to 1 decent bait... The rest should follow. 
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    crusian reacted to Nube in Starting out   
    I've got a basic unhooking mat for now, just in case I was to catch one 😂 Think I'll get a carp care kit in preparation, some of the carp I've seen caught on the YouTube videos look a bit bashed up 😒
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    crusian reacted to Carpmaster in Starting out   
    There’s good guys on here and their knowledge on fishing is extensive,show me a fisherman or fisherwoman who don’t luv talking fishing lol the wychwood reel I mentioned was 60 quid I think and my friend says it was a good first reel he’s still got his just don’t dust it off as much these days  
    keep things simple yours eyes will be your biggest asset to you just enjoy it don’t expect to start hauling straight away if you catch look where the hook hold is this can teach you things and another very important note carp care !!!! Have you got a mat or cradle have you carp care ointment or fell etc there’s many on the market look after what you catch 
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    crusian reacted to Carpmaster in Starting out   
    I’m not from that area so can’t say where but it’s hard at this time of yr anyway look for a runs water shallowish large head of carp take maggots
    godsend this time of yr  keep it simple simple hair rig with maggot clip  most of all enjoy yourself you’ll pick it up as you go ask other anglers for advice most will help out with advice or even show you sometimes  take your time enjoy it sometimes it’s not just about the catching the being there watching the water can often teach you a lot more 
    hope this helps
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    crusian reacted to bluelabel in January catch reports...   
    Cheers chaps... gave me a right dirty long scrap too... totally at odds with most winter fish...
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    crusian reacted to bluelabel in January catch reports...   
    22lb 6 oz Mirror, on Sharpe's 8' cane rod, Speedia pin and Munch Cream Seed... get out there...🤩

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    crusian reacted to elmoputney in Carp Give Away ?   
    That isn't strictly true, 
    I got my sky bet account closed for being too successful 🤔
    Over the course of 1 year I was up about a grand so they stopped me using that account, not massive money but they didn't like it that I had beat them, that Is how they beat the successful gamblers, don't get me wrong I'm not saying I was a successful gambler, it really isn't a get rich quick scheme, but I had learnt when I had an advantage, bookies paid for family holidays and some nice little treats, I never lost what I couldn't afford but having a family meant something had to give, I was betting sloppy and making mistakes, so I stopped because it was too much working, betting and having a family, I basically never switched off it was like having 2 full time jobs and I hadn't earnt enough/wasn't disciplined enough to go full time 😳
     
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    crusian got a reaction from elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    Yonny , your Dad should have cut a deal with your Mum - " if the lad can hit an apple balanced on your head he can keep the crossbow " .
    😁
     
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    crusian got a reaction from ouchthathurt in What is your newest purchase   
    Yonny , your Dad should have cut a deal with your Mum - " if the lad can hit an apple balanced on your head he can keep the crossbow " .
    😁
     
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    crusian got a reaction from salokcinnodrog in What is your newest purchase   
    Yonny , your Dad should have cut a deal with your Mum - " if the lad can hit an apple balanced on your head he can keep the crossbow " .
    😁
     
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    crusian got a reaction from yonny in What is your newest purchase   
    Yonny , your Dad should have cut a deal with your Mum - " if the lad can hit an apple balanced on your head he can keep the crossbow " .
    😁
     
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    crusian reacted to kevtaylor in Pallatrax GRIPZ hooks, Innovation or Gimmick?   
    These are one of the hooks I've started using on a weedy barbless venue, on the face of it I think they are great and cannot see any downside, but if that changes I will update it on here 👍
    Clubs hey 🤦‍♂️
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    crusian reacted to elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    Ha ha there was always loads of fun stuff, l didn't mean the East of England show though I meant the fenland game fair 🙄
    Bit I do have a really funny story about the east of England show, we went on a school trip when we were about 14 or so, somehow this cider stall let me buy cider, a group of us consumed quite a lot of it and some sheep dip whisky samples, ended up very drunk, singing rude songs at the edd the duck, and also chatting to Patrick from Patrick's pantry while he did a live demo, then on the way home yours truly got caught mooning at a lorry driver and sent to sit next to the teacher 😂
    Fun times 😂
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    crusian reacted to yonny in What is your newest purchase   
    My Dad took me there when I was a nipper. He bought me a crossbow. When we got home my mum made him turn round and drive all the way back to take it back 🤣
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    crusian reacted to elmoputney in What is your newest purchase   
    This is you 😁
    Sonik boom boy 
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    crusian reacted to elmoputney in What's your plans for the new year?   
    Well I'm just about to pop to my mums for the last time for a while, we have been safe and locked down since before Christmas so she's been our care bubble of one, but I have to go back to work, that means sadly as I can't trust my colleagues to be as vigilant as myself, I just can't risk it after Monday 😭 
    Let's get this over with then maybe we could discuss it all at a social once its safe 👍
     
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    crusian reacted to bluelabel in What is your newest purchase   
    Spent a few bob pimping my Optonics... leather washers for the bank sticks, stainless stem bolts, snag ears and stainless fixing bolts... 

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    crusian reacted to Big Bass in What is your newest purchase   
    I was hoping my old Nash rucksack was going to pass away this summer I had lent it out to a friend who was doing a lot of camping both side pockets had rips that’s the last I see of that I thought Anyway when he gave it back the rips had been sown up and a buckle fixed looked good as new 😞
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    crusian reacted to elmoputney in What's your plans for the new year?   
    Stay safe the Highys and thanks for helping to keep the country going 👍
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