This blog was actually my answer to another blog penned by my friend Nigel 'Fennel' Hudson of Fennel's Priory http://www.fennelspriory.com/
I have always enjoyed Fennel's writing style and the fact that he tackles some rather difficult subjects which will often create a bit of a stir. The blog I was answering was one about what defines a traditional angler.
Is it the tackle they use, the clothes they wear, or their state of mind and angling ethics?
Earlier to-day I had posted on my Shaun Harrison Angler facebook page a picture of me with one of my snow carp captures, along with the heading...
When we wore an A.C.A. badge with pride and Allen Edwards would attend almost every angling show going, without claiming loads of expenses. They won so many pollution cases bringing the guilty to rights.
The word boilie is a rather inadequate word and doesn't really tell you anything. It is a commonly used word that I actually hate. It's really like using the word dinner to describe all meals. Here I run through a few different categories of 'boilie', with hopefully a few things which will make a lot of sense that perhaps weren't quite so obvious to you before.
Spectacular, scrumptious, salubrious, scintillating, splendiforous, stunning, superb, special, superior, spicy spirulina
When you book a French trip in late May early June you’re never quite sure what you are going to get. Two weeks before we arrived at Lac du Blaireau the carp started spawning but the changeable weather soon put a stop to that. The forecast for our week looked hot which could have set them off again. A massive thunderstorm as we journeyed towards Soissons after visiting the battlefields along the Chemins des Dames dropped up to a foot of water on parts of the road and vitally it cooled the lake water ensuring no spawning this week.
The seasons are well and truly changing and as we move into March, here is a late catch up from my angling over these past 3 months.
2017 sees me enter my 40th year of catching carp and my first ones were in the snow!
The last time I wrote about my adventures with Questrami was back in the summer when the story was about catching 14 barbel, including 4 doubles, during a red hot sunny day in August this year. After then I continued to fish for barbel but moved to my autumn stretch, again on the middle Trent.
The stretch I was concentrating on was an area from where I had caught my personal best barbel, a stunner of 15.02 in 2014, which I recaptured 12 months later at an ounce lighter. It is also where I saw an otter with an enormous barbel in its maw, which may well have been the same fish. Who knows, maybe the stretch was now devoid of barbel and not worth targeting! Undaunted, I decided to have a campaign there, again using Questrami boilies and paste wrap.