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carpepecheur last won the day on July 21 2014

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  1. I fish large public reservoirs and find fish location more difficult than in shallower gravel pits and estate lakes. The main problem is the change in water level over the summer as water is extracted. My local lake can drop by 3 metres. This means there are no marginal plants to attract fish. In the absence of any other information, I have a fool proof way of getting started. I take water depths at right angles to the bank and look for the point where a steep slope levels out. I used to use a marker float but, since they first became available, I have used a deeper. Do this at a few spots and get to know where the line of the bottom of the slope is. I usually cast out a marker float both sides of me so I know where to cast to and where to bait to. Also if you see a few bubbles it is easy to relate their location to that line. I originally reasoned that any food would roll down the slope and accumulate at the bottom creating a hotspot. However a few mischucks of ground bait shows that it stays on the slope without rolling down. Perhaps feeding moves it or maybe water action does. Whatever the reason, that is my preferred starting point. One day, after a lot of pre-baiting I was excited to see a huge oval patch of bubbles heading along that break line towards my fishing spot. Unfortunately it turned out to be a shoal of bream but where bream go carp are sure to follow. One word of caution. Fishing one spot regularly through a season, I developed the theory that the lower the water level, the less inclined the carp were to feed. Having located my spot, I marked and clipped up my line to ensure accurate distance. What my diminishing neurons failed to register was that, as the water level dropped, so the edge of the water moved away from the bank. So, for example, when the level had dropped 3 metres on a slope of say 1 in 3, I was actually casting 9 metres (30 feet in old money) past my hotspot. Reservoirs can be daunting but very rewarding.
  2. Sorry, this is going to be a rather long answer on my favourite non-topic. I am readily willing to accept that there is a correlation between change of air pressure and fish activity. I am as certain as I can be that change in pressure does not CAUSE that change in activity. It is vital to understand the difference between cause and correlation. Science shows that a change in air pressure (atmospheric pressure) causes a corresponding change in pressure in the water (hydrostatic pressure). If you do the maths, a change in atmospheric pressure caused by a typical storm event only causes a small change in hydrostatic pressure equivalent to a few centimetres of water column. What this means is that, even if a carp could detect that small change in hydrostatic pressure, it could not tell the difference between that change and a change caused by swimming a centimetre or two deeper or shallower. Let me give you a true analogy. I live in a remote village in rural France with a very poor internet connection. I observed (the correlation) that, every time it rained, our connection became so slow it was unusable. It seemed obvious that the rain water was getting in somewhere and I spent a lot of time checking everything in the house to try and locate the problem. I eventually gave up and called out the telephone engineer. I explained the problem to him and he just laughed. He said he did not need to do anything. Every time it rains, the kids in the village go inside and watch Netflix. This takes up all the limited bandwidth that is available. That is the problem. Then he gave me his call-out bill! So understanding the CAUSE is vital to interpreting the CORRELATION. Atmospheric changes cause all sorts of changes in wind, temperature, lighting etc. etc. And more importantly these may differ according to where you are. So what is true for say Essex is not necessarily true for mainland France where, in Summer, high pressure seems to dominate all the time. In France I have had some spectacular catches with high pressure, bright sun, high temperature and no wind. Best tip is to ignore pressure and watch what the locals do. It may not improve your catches but you will have some cracking barbeques 😉.
  3. I had the same requirement as you. Smaller reels for a 9 ft rod. I went for these https://www.decathlon.co.uk/avocet-bronze-freespool-6000-id_8361049.html. I am very happy with them
  4. The sort of atmospheric pressure change typically experienced in UK only represents a hydrostatic pressure change of 2 cms. In other words a carp can feel the same effect of an extreme air pressure change by swimming just 2 cms deeper. i just thought I would put it into context.
  5. carpepecheur


    It sounds like you are all using the mallet in the wrong way. Every time you go out and pre bait your swim or chuck in some groundbait, hit the ground hard with the mallet. The carp then associate the sound of the mallet with food and start salivating just like Pavlof's dogs,
  6. Buy a cheap Canon point and shoot camera on ebay. Down load the free CHDK (canon hack development kit) from the web (just google for info). You will then be able to program your camera to do anything you want including an intervalometer with bracketed shots. I paid £5 for an ixus 50 and have been using it for years to do self takes.
  7. Yes, quite literally. I was only testing - not fishing. (apart from getting a few crayfish for the pot
  8. Yes, just another one of my brilliant ideas that didn't work but crayfish crushed, and include in your ground-bait, work a treat and at least you feel you are getting your own back on them.
  9. I found a toffee recipe on the 'net. I am not sure how long it takes to dissolve but less than 15 minutes. I took a shot of crayfish attacking a couple of toffee coated boilies nailed to the lake bed. You can see the result here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPlpPbdVyJk
  10. I have been using the same xplode since they came on the market. It has not broken yet which is more than can be said of the spombs I have had. The main advantage for me is that you can fill it and close it one handed while holding the rod in the other hand so I find it much faster to bait up an area. I am not a massive caster so have no worries on the distance score. Main downside is it does not retrieve as nicely as the spomb - but of the two I much prefer the xplode. I always have both in my bait bucket but always choose the xplode first.
  11. Strangely enough I tried exactly the same thing - toffee coated boilies. The idea was that it would protect the bait from crayfish. Unfortunately the toffee dissolves quickly and drops off. Doh
  12. Using the logic of "The friends of St Georges", if they are worried about the birds being damaged by fishing related hazards, wouldn't be simpler to shoot all the birds?
  13. I have been using the explode since it first came out and would not consider changing back to a spomb. Just because they do not have the marketing power of Fox does not mean they are inferior. I understand you CAN get them on ebay in UK. If not, Pacific Peche in France do a mail order service to UK. Look out for special deals on that site from time to time.
  14. And I thought you were having a giraffe with a clever pun!
  15. I have been having a good year on spam. I cut a boilie in half and put that between a cube of spam and a boilie stop. Dalthegooner, your link goes to a product that is being spammed over carp forums ..... oh - i get it now!
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