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  1. As some of you may know i fish some big lakes in Japan. Until now i`ve been casting from the bank but my fishing friend recently bought an inflatable dingy, electric motor and sonar/GPS unit to step things up a bit. We kitted ourselves out with some safety gear like life jackets (my friend went for a pull cord gas cylinder type that isn`t restrictive, i went for a restrictive foam type as i figured this would be safer if i went in unconscious), whistles and flashing head lights and we`ve been on 2 sessions with the boat. I thought i would share my initial experiences as it wasn`t all plain
  2. Here is part 7. I`m part way through editing Part 8 so that won`t be long now either.....
  3. Mouths were all good. A couple had torn dorsal fins but i don`t think they see the bank very often, if ever. Part 6 is up now. This has lots of fish including the fish from thumb nail picture at 20kg. It is a bit longer than the others as well as i got a lot of the carnage on the video glasses / camera. There are a couple of screaming takes in there as well. http://youtu.be/gNs-zs4Q26A
  4. Part 5 is up now with a couple of big fish in it......
  5. We used a long spoon in Chris` peg as there was nothing in his mix to bind it but chucking in mini-football sized balls was much faster for me. I think i`m going to Yogo next weekend, not sure if it will be the Friday night after work or on Saturday morning yet. Guess i`ll see you there.
  6. Part 4 is up now, there are some fish in this one! It will take me longer to get the next parts up as I was editting the first parts whilst i was fishing and the next parts are still raw footage.
  7. Carpy James, i used peanuts for the last 2 years but didn`t use them this year as they are another thing to prepare, are quite expensive to buy and don`t bind the mix like pellets can. Later in this session I was letting the pellets break down so that i could just ball up the mix. Whilst there are some sea bass, these lakes don`t have a bass bass / blue gill problem like other lakes do (yet!). And i`m not worried about getting cleaned out by those fish; the hera-buna are more of a problem to be honest but must be helping to keep the peg clean. I thought that bass were an invasive spe
  8. Thanks for the feedback. I`ve just uploaded part 3, this has a whole section on the pre-baiting.
  9. When I matched fished I would often target carp on the pole using boilies; it was very effective on venues like canals where you needed to drop in right next to trees or rushes. There are some very strong cheap poles available now and you can use very strong gear which is more than a match for double figure carp. That said, if there is open water, you will struggle with very big carp as they will bottom out your elastic and then something will let go; usually this will be the hook or line but I once pulled the bung that the elastic is attached to through the pole section! If they are close e
  10. .......not sure what happened to the end of that post. I'm going to guess that Apple's incompatibility with anything none Apple has thwarted me again (I'm finding I-movie painful if you can't guess). I'd welcome any constructive feedback on the films before I get too far into editting the remaining footage. I can't do much about the wind noise, car noise or footage itself but I can edit it differently .
  11. OK, here are the first 2 parts: I`d appreciate any feedback on these as, whilst there is
  12. I`ve just got back from a 10 day session which was the end of around 1 month`s activity on the Mikata 5 Lakes area in Japan. It was a fantastic campaign with a new weight PB (20kg), 2 x 40s and 10 x 30s caught. As the fishing deteriorated for the last few days I moved around the big lake and then finally to Lake Yogo for 1 night and managed 5 bites from there for another 3 x 30s! I`ve moved from a written style of blog to a The-Carp-Catcher/Jim Shelley/Kevin Ellis video format and I`m uploading the first 2 parts to You Tube now. These 2 parts are me basically fishing around the Mikata
  13. My wife bought me a Sony Cybershot digital camera for my birthday (can't remember the model number and it is the car but I think it is DSC-WX170). It is a fairly standard point and press camera and doesn't have a flip out screen that you can see when holding the fish. It does have good features, namely 'smile shutter' and wifi connectivity. Firstly the wifi......this is good as you can connect the camera to your smart phone or tablet and very quickly copy photos from your camera to your device. Also your device can become a camera remote where the result apprears on your phone so you c
  14. There is a whole science used in Quality Control called measurement systems analysis which I'm sure would show that we might as well estimate the weights of the fish we catch rather than measure them using wet slings and dial scales hoisted to shoulder height. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measurement_systems_analysis
  15. I`m on Lake Suigetsu this weekend. I thought I would edit the videos from last week whilst on the bank but I have been driven crazy by the Apple software. I`ll write more next week. I`ve had 3 bites today, the first was 96cm 31lb 4oz and the second was 40lb 1oz! I`ve just put the third one back at 85cm 8.2kg. Below are a couple of videos i managed to get onto Youtube.
  16. I did get out last weekend but didn’t video or write anything. Courtesy of my new van (no more hire cars!) I went straight from work as planned on Friday and was on Lake Yogo before dark at around 6pm. The plan was to fish one night, find a clear spot on Lake Biwa on Saturday to feed for Sunday-Monday with Chris. Lake Yogo was really busy with all the good spots taken but I managed to get on the south end where there was enough room for me and my friends Chris and Mune-san who were arriving later. The lake got really busy over the weekend and basically there were no spare pegs; I
  17. I recently posted on another section of the forum and re-read all I wrote here. I had already forgotten some of the things I had learnt and so I think I`ll start this blog/diary again as a way to record things and to show people what carp fishing in Japan is like………my autumn and winter campaign starts next weekend. Having enjoyed the Kevin Ellis Rainbow Lakes blogs this summer I might try and get a bit of video in as well. Hopefully I`ll catch a few like the ones i caught during a 10 day session in the late spring from Lake Suigetsu when I broke my length and weight PBs a number of tim
  18. I've had a play around with some different materials and have made a few different rigs to try. The Gardner Trip Wire that I got free with a mag subscription is slightly stiffer than some Korda IQ2 that I bought. I've tied a variety of rigs and the stiff hairs look least appealing. I'll get some photos up and give them a go next weekend.
  19. Fortunately there are no bream in this county (Japan). Unfortunately the nusiance fish equivilance (Hera buna) is worse as they just sit there tethered and don't swim off! I was using single B5s in 16mm or 20mm that had been glugged.
  20. I was fishing over firm silt. The bottom was really clean. I was fishing in open water about 65m using a micro bug bobbin that was just 'cocked'. I had added a flying back lead and an actual back lead when I changed the set up.
  21. I just came back from a long session where i am i`m sure i was getting `done` by some carp who seemed to be able to throw the hook before bolting (giving a few more bleeps than you would normally get from a liner). I eventually caught one and dropped one by shortening the hooklink down to about 4 inches, adding some silicon tube so that the hair came off the bottom of the bend of the LS hook and upping the lead size to 5oz. At the time i choose this over moving to a running rig as i thought the lead wasn`t doing it`s job but i`m now thinking that the much bigger lead could have actually help
  22. How clear does a lake have to be for an Aquascope to be effective? With polaroids on I can just about see the bottom in the margins (about 3ft deep); would I have any chance of seeing the bottom in 10ft+ with a boat & Aquascope? I found this camera on the web. http://www.maplin.co.uk/underwater-colour-surveillance-system-223963#overview Has anyone ever tried one? Thanks, Peg 101
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