Anyone who has read many of my blogs will know that I generally like to add liquids to my baits to help open the pores a little more and get them working faster. I guess this becomes rather a habit after so many years of doing it. Tuesday’s for years has been the day I start to prepare my bait ready for the week-end. Things have changed over these past few weeks though and I must say I feel as though I am almost cheating catching on baits straight out of the bag. It’s silly really but because I have not been putting the extra effort in to make my baits just a little bit different it seems really idle of me.
It all started a few weeks back...
I hadn’t planned it this way at all but my last five sessions have been on totally different waters and all have been a great success in these awful carp catching weather conditions we have been enduring. With temperatures soaring, the carp have been no-where near the bottom where my baits have laid for much of any day. Now don't get me wrong, I used to love surface fishing, but these days the gulls simply drive me mad. They never used to be an issue during the 80’s but now nature has changed tenfold and continues to do so with man’s interference thinking they can just release a few of these and a few of those and continue to net tons of fish at sea with no changes.
Here is a typical letter/message I receive weekly asking the secret to getting in the magazines and catching a lot more.
The birds were real troublesome on the baits. This is how I turned around a possible blank by making a few changes to my approach. Nothing was getting caught at all, but soon the indicators were flying.
Having landed the largest carp in one of the syndicates I’m a member of, among a few other fish last week-end, I decided upon a change of scenery and a change of county this last week-end, so headed to Paradise Pit.
This is what happened, another successful weekend in poor moon phase conditions
Once in a while we all get lucky and hook into a fish we really wanted to catch. Occasionally someone has the presence of mind to grab a camera and rush round to take a few action shots. Rarely do the two situations join together. Thanks Dave for capturing those exciting moments for me.
I have just come back from an interesting week on a lake in the Champagne Region of France, with my brother David. The weather forecast for the week and the catch reports I had been reading suggested that the week wouldn't be an easy one and that a large catch of carp was probably going to be out of the question as there had only been 3 carp caught from the whole lake on the week prior to our visit. But, careful baiting was to work a treat.
Abolishing the river close season for coarse angling
I wonder if this will be the last coarse angling river close season we ever have?
I’m sat here pondering things and really don’t know how I feel about it. I have very mixed emotions on the subject and up until a couple of years ago I would have fought hard to retain the three month break in the season. Perhaps it was the traditionalist in me, perhaps just a conscience that our fish should be rested.
As we are on the last day of the river season, possibly the last ever if a vote to abolish it goes through. I'm stuck at my desk with my mind naturally rolling over past season ends. I have been so fortunate to have had some pretty spectacular last evening's etc, but this tale is something very different, a chance encounter that you couldn't have possibly dreamt up.