The frogs have returned in volumes to my garden, which always means that I no longer need to work so hard to catch carp and now is the time to start moving on from my various cold water winter approaches to the methods that have caught me so many spring fish in years gone by.
With the daylight hours stretching on so much longer and the sun rising so much higher, the carp increase their activity and start to cover a lot more ground than they perhaps have been doing these past 2 ½ months.
So, how do I approach spring fishing?
I’ve been preparing my session baits and in this blog I shall describe how and what I do to try and give myself a bit more of an edge.
My last diary type blog ended with…
“The following day I put a couple more nice fish on the bank, so August had started off sweet. Again the Spicy Spirulina has really opened my eyes this summer. During real hot conditions when I wouldn’t really have expected to catch on the bottom, they have still sailed away.”
Beginning of August since my last entry – I do apologise.
My feet don’t seem to have touched the floor, but then again, that tends to be quite normal for me during my favourite time of the year. If I could split the years into quarters, into my quarters, then September, October and November would be my favourite season bar none. I always feel an urgency to get out there and enjoy every last moment of it and now I’m seeing that time passing and the start of what I term as winter about to hit us, I’d better try and get caught back up.
I am a keen listener myself to the Carp Cast Pod Cast and often download them to listen to them on the banks as a change from the radio, particularly now the longer nights are drawing in.
I had so many kind comments from this edition which I featured on so thought I would share it here for those who possibly haven't yet experienced Mark and Jamie's pod casts.
My interview starts just after an hour into this episode and be warned, it continues for almost an hour and a half whilst I am grilled about many different subjects. Jamie in the interview says that I made a lot of things so much easier to understand and this has been the general feedback I have received from the kind listeners.
I hope you enjoy, it's the bit about the moon phases which appears to have sparked the most interest.
Having moved into September I was starting to sort through and back up my pictures from August. My pictures mean a lot to me, so I make sure they are stored in at least 3 different places. I never copy over memory cards as they are so cheap when you compare them to how much camera film and developing used to cost. So when the cards are full, I simply store them away and start to use a fresh one.
I also have my pictures stored on the PC and at the end of each month I have a little session saving each month’s pictures from the cameras and telephone’s onto memory sticks. If my computer crashes or a memory card gets damaged, I still have access to my pictures. I also have a fair few on Instagram as well as facebook if in an absolute emergency.
Anyway, I was starting to go through them and as usual the memories have flooded back. I thought I’d share one of these as I have not done a diary bit for a long while now...
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