Tonight was my chance to do something I have not done in my 35 years of fishing and that was get my self a carp in the dark and this was all down to Barry who shown me through the rigs and which was the best way to approach the swim
After watching Barry land a few in the day time ( he made it look so easy ) but to me the transition to bigger and heavier set ups wasn’t as easy as it looked
Fishing 14 wraps out over a pellet/boilie spod mix casting into the dark aiming at the tree markers in the sky line using a musselberry red 14mm hard hooker and the trap was set
We waited,the wind was picking up and the line bites were getting us excited each time I was thinking this could be the one
Then it happened the alarm went off and to be honest I just sat there forgetting this was mine , it wasn’t instinctive for me to go and strike,but the shouts from Barry soon made me go and give it ago,after a bit of a battle mainly down to me and not the size of the carp I netted it,taking it over to the cradle I couldn’t hide my delight bagging my first carp in the dark
Not the biggest of carp but to me it was a beauty and one I will remember
thanks for reading and until next time its been a pleasure
A return to Cheshire fisheries on Sunday but this time a new pool for me and I went with a plan and was determined to stick with it even though as the week progressed the weather forecast was giving heavy rain and strong blustery winds which wasn’t ideal to my plan
8m paste/meat swim
The plan was fish paste and meat 8 meters out as the shelf drops and try and get some of the better stamp of carp but with these conditions presentation was going to be hard
musseberry red glugged meat
pole rigs for the day
paste and trigonella feed pellets
A quick walk round the pools and I was soon thinking I should of brought my rods but that but that would of been the easy option.So setting up and cupping in plenty of trigonella micros and fishing a decent lump of paste on a size 12 hook and the bites were slow in coming,feeding a pole pot of micros every put in and the bites started to come after half a hour missing most of them which got me thinking it was small fish. After about a hour I got my first lump of the day wow did it fight,for the next hour or so it was a even battle with me catching as many as I lost,this is were I probably need to fine tune my paste fishing as its not a method I use often.
Soon the weather started to get the better of me ,unable to present my pole rigs due to the strong driving winds and a little worried about pole damage this was sweeping across the fishery and never in the same direction for to long so I went onto a shallow rig targeting the silvers at 4meters out which was good sport on the light gear feeding maggots as well as on the hook
After a bit of dinner and a brew it was time to give it a couple of hours back out at 8m were I had kept feeding the pellets,the carp had certainly moved in on the feed with instant bites which started to bring hard fighting carp on the paste and a new bait for me glugged mussleberry meat always putting in feed after every missed bite of fish caught
A few for the camera
Not as many fish as I thought I would of caught but I lost a lot some that felt big and would not stop running when hooked,paste size was a issue for me aswell too small or too big there was always something nibbling on it and not always the carp I was after,the weather certainly played its part a few pegs down from me Dave had double the amount of carp I had using the feeder rod which let him have a better bait presentation in the high winds
A decent sort of day were I stuck to my plan and got more hours on the bank using paste which on its day is a killer method
A quick return to Lloyds Meadow Badger lake taking the chance to fish it as usualy its booked up for matches on the Sunday or I’m in work and as it happens we had a special on the Trigonella range for the bank holiday so with a little tweaking I took full advantage of it!
A warm day with a left to right wind and a clear sky and not much ripple on the water greeted us as well as plenty of varied wild life loving the immaculate looking lake pruned to perfection giving each peg features close in and across to the island.
My idea today was a relaxed session involving plenty of chat with Stu and Danny and to get a few fish in the net.
Feeding the trigonella micros soon got the small carp in the swim and as previous visits I had noticed how quick these little terrors were putting on weight and giving a great fight on light elastic and taking double maggot!
slopping up the pellets and feeding heavy brought some realy good Bream and quality roach.
A couple of pegs down Stu was bagging up but using the waggler to get some good ide and carp fishing shalla on the waggler as well as getting led a merry dance on his pole line from some hard fighting carp.
As the day drew on I took a break from the pole and got the feeder rod out chucking it across to the island were I had been firing in 8mm trigonella pellets, using trigonella 8mm wafters with micros in the feeder this method was a hit catching me a good stamp of carp!
For the next couple of hours the wind picked up and we had a little rain but the bigger carp came on the feed and the trigonella wafters were doing the business for me.
Probably the least fished of the 3 lakes at Larford but wow I think we would all love to have this at the bottom of our garden! No fixed pegs with a high bank on one side and a bank that enters the water on the other side letting you stay protected from the wind if you choose so.
Today was the day I tried out Feed+SSP. My SSP had been glugged in Trigonella for near two weeks now and smelt delicious!
on the waggler and bomb rods feeding 8mm trigonella pellets
Not using this bait before it was a bit of a learning curve for me so I started off on 15″ hook lengths on both waggler and bomb and a size 16 hook with a bait band on, the shape of the SSP suits the band perfect, firing in 2/3 pellets every 30 seconds soon got the carp turning on them but it took about 30 minutes to get my first fish.
A few more were netted whilst we still had cloud cover keeping the feed going in which was keeping the fish very competitive in my swim
Swapping over to the bomb casting in over the feed from the waggler kept the fish coming still feeding 2/3 pellets and casting regular
This session was going great I was firmly into my groove my feeding pattern was steady and the cloud cover was dictating my method of fishing
The fish were of a really good size not going below 4lb but fighting like fish twice their weight.
The highlight of the day was a stunning Common carp just over 16lb caught on the pole using the SSP this took me over 20 mins to get in from a swim I had been feeding with several large balls of ground bait and glugged small pieces of meat.
Finding a flavor that suited the venue I was fishing and then adding it to SSP really worked a treat for me today and as I mentioned before they were all good size carp plenty of them knocking on around 10lb, this product excites me because it seems to have possibly filtered out the smaller carp and the bream and has so many variants whether it be bomb, waggler or even the pole. Still a bit more tinkering to get the finished product but until then its been a pleasure!
Rain greeted us on our return to Larford lakes for our Beechwood Baits social and after a walk round the match lake my mind was made up it was peg 43 for me giving me 2 margin swims, Lilly pads and an Island to cast to.
Three swims for my pole line included some tricky looking Lilly pads to my left and two margin swims at 5m and 8m to my right up against the bank, my feeder line composed of 34g guru method feeder and a selection of hooks with bands and spikes at various lengths.
8mm pellets and wafters soaked in trigonella glug and corn were my main hook baits constantly firing a few pellets in every cast of the feeder.
Once I found my range with the feeder it was best to come off the island by about 3ft to avoid branches and leaves the fish started to come steady. Bream and carp liking what was on offer.
caught off the Island
caught using 8mm trigonella pellet
Plenty of fish movement around the lake which for a while I had to myself until the rest of the lads on the match side of the Beechwood Baits social joined me, as the fish seemed to be spawning on the specimen lake and they were soon into the fish.
Plenty of bites still on the feeder but choosing to leave it for a while as it seemed the smaller fish had moved in on the groundbait, this decision now became a pattern for my fishing giving it 30 minutes a time swapping from pole to feeder during the course of the day.
Lots more fish came as the day went on constantly feeding now introducing dead red maggots to my feed and liquidised corn this holding and attracting fish to my chosen swims.
Sitting off and having a chat with the lads it seemed like we was all having a decent days fishing even though we were disappointed not being able to fish the specimen lake, but nature was doing its thing and there will always be another day.
Time was moving on and the fish had moved into the margins so casting the feeder into my 8m swim and using the pole at about 6m got me some fish but loosing quite a lot with the fish snatching at the bait and shooting into the open water at a rate of knots.
A great days fishing on a day that started at 3-30am to travel down to Larford lakes seen me catch a lot of Carp and just as many if not more Skimmers and Bream, the fish were definitely in my swim(s) but I think the skill was keeping them there and then getting them in the net on balanced set ups and well presented bait.
A sneaky hour on the specimen lake Saturday morning brought me this 12lb mirror carp on double red maggots this took me over 25 minutes to get in the net as I was only using Daiwa white hydro elastic.
My 8 year old son has been asking for weeks “when are we going fishing Dad” followed up with “I always catch more than you Dad” so the weather had warmed up and we headed off to Lloyds Meadow my go to water knowing its safe surroundings and family friendly pegs on Kingfisher and Heron lakes
Feeding quite heavy to start with on the pole brought Lucas plenty of small carp
When I got the chance I caught a few myself
Through out the day as well as eating all the packed lunch Lucas caught steady mainly using the feeder rod swapping his hook baits around to keep the fish interested
Not one moan about the weather , not one shout out “are we going home soon”but the shout out was a proud one as far as I was concerned ” when are we going again Dad “
A really enjoyable day for me watching Lucas catch fish with help from me only to net and un hook,fishing doesn’t have to be expensive for the kids to do in fact when you have got some gear together were else could you go and spend a full day for the price of a day ticket which is between £5-£8 at most places
A decision made at 5am when I couldn’t go back to sleep and the weather was decent seen me pop off to Lloyds Meadow and take the opportunity to fish Badger lake, having had a few good sessions throughout the winter I was intrigued to see how the newly introduced stock carp had come on in 4 or 5 months.
It was like the weather was teasing me as soon as I got my gear settled on the peg the rain came and stayed for the most of the short session I was there.
maggots and corn
trigonella micros and 8mm pellets
4″ hook length with 24g feeder
After a short but helpful chat with Danny the order of the day; keep the feed going in little and often fishing 8m out in about 6ft of water with 3 light rigs to fish 3 different depths as needed when the bites cool off, no margin swim today with being a short session but on the feeder I chose 8mm trigonella pellets on the band with trigonella feed pellets.
The fish were wanting it feeding micros and red maggots and swapping round corn and maggots on the hook brought plenty of small mirror carp which certainly have doubled in weight in such a short time.
Fishing light and shalla brought some great Ide and roach and with another rig fishing over depth brought some realy good crucians, skimmers and perch.
Meanwhile the feeder line had been a bit quite for the bigger fish, so I came away from the island and went into the deeper water which brought instant fish several carp between 6-8lb all on the trigonella 8mm banded pellet.
A short session on the impressive badger lake seen me catch plenty and use plenty of bait, no wonder these fish are putting on weight so quick, not so many big fish today for me but the local knowledge has put right for my next visit, the quality of the roach and ide is very impressive throw in with that the crucians and tench and you can get yourself a right good mixed bag.
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A frosty morning greeted myself, Dave, Michael, Dave H and Callum, not a ripple on the water or more worrying no fish moving about, so we spread ourselves out around the lake but kept within ear shot for the usual banter.
Dave C had a great start with a chunky mirror caught down the channel on corn.
Else were round the lake it was a slow start for us all apart from Dave H who was picking off some feisty F1’s and fat looking mirror carp as well as loosing a few that just didn’t stop running.
Me I was having a none productive morning, several baits and methods tried on the feeder and the pellet waggler brought me no fish not even a bite, after speaking to Nigel the owner he said the frost we have had won’t be helping but it will pick up in the afternoon as the day warms up, just keep putting the feed in and the fish will come he said.
First person to get into the afternoon fish was Michael, fishing to the far side with sweetcorn and feeding trigonella flavored pellets , these we hard fighting fish and gave a great battle on the pole.
1-30 and I was still struggling for a fish but the wind had picked up and the sun was out, changing over to pellets in my feeder and corn on the hook and fishing into open water were the wind was causing a ripple on the water and my first fish ripped my tip right round it was a beauty.
Fishing to some pop ups on a small puddle chucker float 3ft deep were I had fed 1 pint of hemp brought me quite a few crucians of a decent size.
Swapping over quite regular from my 24g guru feeder to float brought me a steady flow of fish for the rest of the day into the early evening.
Plenty of bait tried today which usually on another venue and day brought the fish, today it was quite evident the frost had slowed down the fish feeding in the morning, as the day went on the fish came on the feed and they seemed to fancy the flavor the trigonella micros and sweetcorn.
Yes I was worried a bit after a few hours catching no fish but neither was anyone else to any note, so I made a few changes stayed focused and it paid off
This trip out to Rufford Meadows Fisheries had been a must go to in the fishing diary for a while and after great reviews from a few of the lads from Fishing in the North West it was the Sunday crew’s time to give it a go, bit short on bodies this week so it was down to myself, Dave H, Mike and Callum to do our best on a new venue for us all.
Under new ownership the venue has been tidied up with new footpaths,trees cut back, toilet facilities and Neil has said this is just a start with plenty more improvements to follow.
Not the biggest of venues but one of the deepest I’ve fished which involved some preparation work at home making pole rigs up then cutting them back to suit using 0.8 and 1g floats and getting the shot bulked up to get the bait down to the bottom quick,also I prepped 3 guru elasticated feeder with various hook patterns.
Once I found my spot I clipped up and put in 10 feeders full of pellets to boost my swim ,and the bites started to come,each bite or take ripping my tip round not always resulting in a fish, The first part of the day brought me fish from 2.5lb to 5lb but these fish fought like fish twice their weight
2 pegs down from me Dave was off to flyer fishing into the deep water on his pole about 8m out getting into Carp,tench and decent silvers,later on his margin swim brought him some really good carp and plenty of crucians
Michael and Callum were further down on a narrower part of the lake which seemed sheltered from the wind but still with enough ripple to give the fish confidence to feed shalla,fishing feeder and pole the lads were also having a great day using Aurora pop ups to the far side between the rushes and sweetcorn close in the margins both using micros soaked in trigonella as feed
A harsh change in the weather brought strong winds and a threat of rain but one thing that stayed the same was the fish were still hungry, my second net of the day seen the stamp of fish stay the same with few bonus bigger ones
Nets drying off and it was time to get in the margins,white hydro wasn’t enough to stop some of these carp bolting off,feeding plenty of micros and dead reds using pellets and hook bait made for a frantic last couple of hours for us all with the bigger fish moving in for an afternoon feed
I went with a plan to fish the pole but ended up using the feeder most of the day. Dave next to me fished the pole most of the day and Callum and Mike chopped and changed all day but the one thing we all had in common was we all caught over 100lb of carp each backed up with some great silver fish which tells me this is going to be a venue that will fish well all year round,it doesn’t strike me that this is an easy venue to fish as other people round the lake were catching but not as prolific,this venue looks like every peg will produce fish if fished correctly and the right quality bait used
I will be returning pretty soon and beefing up my tackle for a crack at some of the bigger fish we seen cruising round and take it from me they looked around the 20lb mark if not bigger
big thanks to Neil for his very kind hospitality and sharing his knowledge on the venue
until next time as always its been a pleasure, Brian
Today was a day when reading most social media sites most of the talk by anglers was about the weather and how bad it was
Having loaded my car up with all my gear the weather dictated to me that it was going to be a rod day so feeder and waggler
With a strong left to right wind and a decent cast to the islands I decided this was a day to clip up using a 35g feeder casting in front of me and letting the wind draw the feeder into its resting position more like a golf shot
Excelso 6mm pellets
packed in tight
tuna and krill ground bait with added hemp
Bait for today ended up being straight forward 6mm trigonella and excelsor pellets from Beechwood Baits and a tuna and krill groundbait with added hemp
After a few casts and finding my range the fish started to show
The Bream were certainly winning the fight to get to the bait 1st
If I got tighter to the Island then carp won the battle to the feed but this was hard even though clipped up the wind was still causing problems
The weather was by now terrible and my only option was to stay on the feeder,which to be honest was a no brainer because the bites and the fish were none stop, they were loving the feed being presented to them
the weather was bad but the fishing was great,accurate fishing resulted in building up a few nice nets of fish I think this was down to the amount of feed going in one particular area, although clipped up I did move it left and right not leaving it not letting it settle for more than about 1 minute,I cant wait to go back here and get the pole out and give it a proper go on the waggler I’m sure it will be another great days fishing
thanks for reading , if you get chance pop over to the Beechwood Baits web site and have a look round see what the bait is all about, meet the team behind developing the bait, there is all kinds of links to our blogs and you tube channels,good luck and tight lines and until next time its been a pleasure