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Dad and lad fishing

6 weeks off school always seemed a great time as a kid to put away the football and go fishing.  My youngest Lucas who is 8, is gradually being eased into fishing with a ‘no pressure’ approach, with the help of a lot of good Beechwood team mates, friends from the #SundayCrew and fisheries owners, he is spending more time on the bank and learning lots of new fishing skills.

The usual early start normally results in a few hours sleep at the side of the lake, he tells me its to stock up his energy to catch more fish!

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When he finally does wake up the usual shout  is “come on Dad you have had your head start now it’s my turn”.

I try to mix it up with Lucas using the rod and pole.

Fish handling is important, but with a decent mat some soft ground and keeping  the fish low to the ground, Lucas seems to be getting the hang of things.

A few small carp and a barbel, not a bad start to the day.

Where possible I try to let Lucas do as much as he can with some coaching from me in the back ground, my advice to anyone introducing their kids to fishing, is as long as it’s not too much of a struggle let them find their own way, which they are comfortable with.

Sometimes you do catch those carp that just won’t keep still, and have to step in to help!

Catapults and mixing bait seem to be some of Lucas’s favourite things when fishing.

Nothing better than a bit of team work with his friends; listening to Lucas while this (below) was happening was priceless, he sounded like a fisherman of 40 years experience telling Kieran what to do)

Each venue offering different challenges which included fish size, depth of water, pegging and weather.

Where possible I just stand back and let things happen, only stepping in when needed.

Such a shame that summer seems a long time away, but looking back at these memories makes me proud that Lucas has enjoyed his summer time on the bank with myself and the lads, who I can’t thank enough for their time and patience which has made it so much easier for me and Lucas to enjoy ourselves!

 

until next time its been a pleasure

 

 

 

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The “Makins” of a great weekend

With 18 well stocked and carefully managed lakes on this scenic site, Makins are confident they can supply every angler visiting with a day’s fishing they will never forget.  Whether you are specimen carp angler looking to smash a personal best, a match angler looking for a bumper haul, or a pleasure rod who merely enjoys a relaxed days fishing.

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So first thing was to get some preparation and bait sorted. Off I popped to Warrington Angling Centre knowing which fisheries pellets to use I grabbed a few bags of 6 and 8mm pellets for on the band and some rig essentials to cover deep,margin and shalla pole work

A two-hour drive down the M6 and after setting up base camp for the 4 days we were ready to fish,on advice from the bailiff we chose lake four to fish from 5-15pm to about 8pm.

A very strong head wind made it hard to fire out pellets for the waggler to start with but the fish were turning on them so starting just off the island 2ft deep and a 14g guru waggler firing in 2/3 pellets every cast and casting about every 30 seconds we started catching but the way we gradually fed over the next couple of hours,  brought the fish to a distance of about 20m away from us and down to using just a 4g splasher waggler which was making a great plopping noise as it hit the water, this was attracting the carp

The hook that I tied had the pellet hard up against the hook.

It wasn’t long before we were into the carp

we were off to a flyer with a great 3 hours of waggler fishing catching 23 carp between us

Sunday morning and after a short walk we set up on lake 5 ,my peg had open water on the right of me ,the corner of an island in front of me and great looking margins either side of me.

Carp,skimmers and bream were the order of the day fishing 8mm pellets and monster lobster paste , feeding trigonella micros every put in , constantly feeding my 4 swims throughout the day.

Not having much luck on the rods apart from a few skimmers it was the pole that provided all the carp, fishing hard pellets and paste and swapping swims every time I caught or lost a carp.

The 35 carp I caught were of a great stamp not dropping below 5lb and rising up to 14lb 9oz loosing quite a few aswell. Sometimes even Daiwa black hydro just wasn’t able to hold them once they made a dash for the deep open water.
This one below being my biggest on the trip 14lb 9oz all these fish again were caught using fisheries hook pellets or monster lobster paste feeding Trigonella micros from Beechwood baits

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The Monday seen us try the specimen lake out but with not much happening after  few hours so we had some dinner and moved to lake 2b for an action packed afternoon of catching hard fighting carp and bream that thought they could fly.

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Paste and pellet rigs were 3ft deep 8m under a tree to my left and up against a pallet on the right seen me have a slow start for an hour or so then it went crazy. Incredibly I hooked and lost 9 carp on the trot taking me out into the middle of the lake using 13m of pole and elastic stretching out almost to its limit, a few changes in position on my box a bigger hook and I was ready to start getting a few of these crazy carp onto the bank.

The carp were coming in fast now.

A bit of clock watching hoping the time would go slow and the carp would carry on feeding . Ian  2 pegs down from me was doing great aswell, we were both catching carp regular with the best I had being 13lb 9oz backed up with 12lb and 11lbers with plenty of doubles too. Ian knocking up one just under 13lb.

Another brilliant day of fishing catching big hard fighting carp on the pole,once we worked out what they wanted and were they were it was a great afternoon even though we both lost a lot of fish, another visit will see me tinker a bit with rigs and elastic  to try to lose less ( hopefully )

My first visit and definitely not my last £12 per night to camp with electric and £7-50 to fish,throw in that a tackle shop,clean toilets,shower block,a great café and some new luxury lodges and it makes for near perfect fishing.

A guided tour round the complex by the bailiff in his 4×4 gave me a great insight and wanting more from the complex.

With over 600 swims to choose from, they can cater for both pleasure and match anglers alike.If one water is booked up for a scheduled event, they know for a fact that they can put a pleasure angler on to a water where they will have an equally enjoyable day.

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Speed fishing

Day one at Westwood Lakes while waiting for our lodge to be ready saw us have a 4 hour stint on Osprey, which is a newish match lake where all pegs are identical looking and ideal for a bit of speed fishing on light tackle.  I set out using Drennan Aqua F1 elastic and Daiwa white hydro in my top kits, shalla rigs with size 16 and 18 guru qm1 hooks with my bands tight up against the hook.

“Osprey lake is a 25 peg strip lake ideal for club matches. It is 13 meters across and 250 meters long. There is a shallow 2ft deep shelf either side and down the track is 3.5 – 5ft”

Bait was an easy choice glugged in Trigonella 6 and 8 mm pellets and feeding micros, this soon changed to just feeding 6mm pellets every put in.

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The fishing was frantic, once the feed started to go in, getting bites every put in but also

lots of line bites and loosing fish.

After about an hour I wasn’t putting in as much feed, just loose feeding 6mm pellets.

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Fishing up against the reeds on the far side brought some barbel and carp upto 3lb

( taking care to give every fish especially the barbel time to recover in the heat )

The fish were of a small standard with being a new lake but was great fun on light tackle.

Ian and Stu were enjoying the fun aswell.

a well-earned break with temperatures upto 30 degrees and Ian supplied some welcome refreshments.

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Back to it and it was pretty much the same but by now we were fishing right in up against the bank getting a slightly better stamp of carp and barbel, as you can see in the picture it was quite ” Extreme margin fishing” )

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Not a water I would want to fish all day but a match situation or a few hours of fun then yeah great, in a few years when these fish have matured there will be some great weights coming out for all anglers!

Osprey on my you tube

Tight lines and keep an eye out for the rest of my blogs from my brilliant week at Westwoodlakes

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Rosemary Wood ….Carp in the dark

Well here we go , a new challenge for me

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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

 

Sticking to a plan

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

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

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.

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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

its been a pleasure Brian

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Bank Holiday Mixed Bag

 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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Another top day fishing at my favorite venue comfy pegs , plenty of choice of features on all the pegs , lots of parking and clean toilets all this adds up to relaxing quality fishing in a super safe environment

my advice for Badger is walk around see if the fish are moving if they are get on them pegs, at the moment the fish are not holding up in any particular place.

Pellets and maggots seem to be the go to bait at the moment and  knowing how much to feed.

As usual great hospitality from Danny and Sarah always good to catch up and hear the latest goings on at the fishery.

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Arena Lake at Larford…..SSP

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

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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!

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Larford Lakes Match Lake

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Thanks for reading its been a pleasure Brian

Lloyds Meadow for a few hours …why not

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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.

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.

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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.

until next time its been a pleasure

Carp and plenty of them

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.

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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.

Choosing the widest part of the venue gave me good scope for my feeder,using a 24g Guru elasticated feeder filled with trigonella soaked micros and dead red maggots and banded 8mm trigonella pellets and hook bait

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

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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

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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

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