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 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.
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
Bright sunshine and no wind didn’t realy help with my planned approach for today but I suppose I cant complain with all the bad weather we have had the last few sundays
Casting approx. 30m into open water with the feeder using various hook lengths from 2″ -6″, it took a while for the feed to settle in but the fish came steady until round about 12 o’clock mainly decent bream ( all my bream today were caught on trigonella 10mm hard hookers )
The particle/pellet mix seemed to be holding the bream in my swim
Whilst waiting for my tip to go round it was a good chance to be pinging some pellets in priming my pellet waggler swim,although no fish turning on the pellets I decided to give it ago when the wind picked up and the sun went back behind the rain clouds lurking,using a small 3g crystal waggler approach as previous weeks brought me a nice chunky carp caught on 6mm trigonella pellets on a band but not much came along after that
6mm trigonella pellet
waggler set up
The next couple of hours bites came hard to come by for all of us, this could of been down to the quite abrupt change in the weather,the sunshine had gone for good and was replaced with dark clouds and wind then soon the dreaded rain
A couple of pegs away Stewart Rusling Youth Team Co-ordinator at Beechwood Baits was kick starting the afternoon off in style and along side him Dave was getting some nice carp aswell
By now everyone seemed to be getting into the carp Michael and Callum having a few aswell
Switching tactics I now opted to start fishing under a large overhanging tree were I had been feeding on and off all day,sticking with the 6mm trigonella pellets as hook bait I started to get into the carp
It seems like we have maybe turned a corner with the weather we will get bad days but hopefully with the days being longer and warmer it should mean more fish with the right tactics and bait,stay patient and don’t be scared to try something a little different if bites dry up remember you “Get more out of what you put in “, thanks for reading and tight lines until next time its been a pleasure
I was first introduced to Trigonella In June 2016 when I was out fishing with Brian Coakley and Stewart Rusling. The first thing I noticed about this bait was its pungent smell …. frankly it stinks, there is no other way to describe it. I had a 10mm Trigonella Boilie in my hand, and being the person I am, my brain started ticking away. My first thought was to use this with a bomb, almost replacing a pellet when the going gets tough. It’s another offering that may bring a fish when bites slow up.
So that’s what I did initially, but the lightbulb moment happened at Larford Lakes in July 2016 where this bait really came to life for me. I will set the scene for you:
On a trip with Fishing in the Northwest, we were doing a review on the specimen lake and the three lads from the team were fishing for bream, but I was on an out-and-out carp mission and my line of attack was pellet waggler, bomb and pellet. I had 12 mm pellets as my chosen bait ( big enough to catapult to distance ) and having had the chats with Martin the head bailiff, I pretty much had my plan in my head. I could see the fish in the upper layers of the water but something wasn’t right. I could not mug them. They would not take my pellet ……. so I changed my hooklength to a 12″ quickstop hooklength and threaded a Trigonella 10mm boilie and out I went. Boom!! The rod bent double on the splash and it was fish on. I had that lump on for over 15 minutes and I didn’t land it. As you can imagine the banter was thick and fast from the lads on that lost fish because it was clearly a big fish, but I had a new bait!! A starting bait!! Not a plan B bait but a Plan A bait. From that moment on at Larford I landed a lot of lumps and had an amazing day.
The next development for me personally was honed on a local water back home. Aimed at pellet waggler method, 12mm pellets glugged in Trigonella oil and used for high in the water fishing as well as on the deck for bomb and pellet. It was on this venue that I practiced the glugging process and got the pellets just right and the results were simply outstanding. I began to use this process on other waters and for the summer of 2016 I just had an amazing few months with a lot of fish falling to this bait and method.
Trigonella is an exceptional bait and I think I have only scratched the surface of this bait. I am yet to use paste or have a session with expanders on this bait, but watch out 2017 because I will be developing more killer methods for this amazing carp bait.
If you regularly read my blogs, view my Facebook/twitter pages, this bait will be familiar to you but I urge you to give yourself an edge, and if you do anything different in 2017…….. then make it Trigonella and start fishing on the edge.