I talk to a lot of anglers and it fascinates me to hear so many variations and approaches to carp fishing. I genuinely get a lot from just chatting ad hoc and I typically see the passion ooze out of people when we talk fishing. I guess it’s what anglers all have in common, but with my thirst for knowledge ever greater, a few conversations have stood out recently and I have really stepped back and taken on-board some inspiring comments.
Danny Stone, a friend, a carp angler and fishery owner really validated for me that my fishing approach and my mind-set is absolutely how I need it to be, I face things sideways on , and never to change that. Danny always says it how it is and I respect that. A great chat around the KD Rig and he explained all aspects of it to me. I always enjoy chats with Danny and I plan to do more of it.
Andy Grover, a team member encourages me to keep my match style head on when it comes to feeding, something I now consider since this chat with him. Simple words but Andy absolutely believes a match style approach can be as effective and piling in bait on the right venue. A great thinking angler is Andy and generous to a fault …. Thanks for the leads Andy. For the record when I saw Andy’s bait boat at Larford the theme tune to the love boat always came into my head! #ruined
Gav Astley, owner of Beechwood Baits simply tells me I can. And he genuinely tells me it will happen “your water shot is inevitable, but enjoy the journey, if I can help, shout me”. Gav simplifies things for me. Can’t beat that can you. Gav is time poor, with work, family life and constantly making bait, but he is friends rich, and always has time for his fishing buddies. Enough said!
Denis Ryan, a team member has a knack of using comparisons in match fishing to make his point in carp fishing, so I understand. Really simple but very effective and it hits home. Denis will always demonstrate as well as coach me which is excellent. And for the record, he doesn’t fish in Ireland 🙂 see my video here if I’ve lost you on this one!
Neil Thomas, is a ball of energy and simply inspires me. It’s plain to see he gets a lot out of coaching and passing on knowledge and he has gone that extra mile to help me and Brian Coakley on our last outing to Blakemere. It speaks volumes about him and no wonder he is the team captain…..Apparently he’s not a bad angler either 🙂
So if you whack all of them guys together you have one seriously super carp angler !!!
How lucky am I !!!!
So after all of the above the question is :do I feel closer to the water shot?
Absolutely yes I do ………..and here is why .
Since my last blog on “The water shot” I have learned so much, and loved every minute of this next step in my journey. I have learned and practiced at Blakemere :
- Multi rigs/KD rigs /standard hair rigs/chod rigs/maggor rigs
- Bait floss
- Pva tape
- Captive Back leading
- Measuring sticks
- Casting technique
- Bite alarm set up
- Rod pod set up
- Leads and their uses
- Bivvy essentials
I didn’t catch at Blakemere but my spirits could not be higher, I am a better angler for the experience and loved every second of being with the team on the bank putting things into practice.
So what sticks out …. What are my hurdles?
Rigs ……. Its 4 letters, a little word…………. but in carp fishing it is one of the most essential part of catching besides sighting fish.
I am a novice at rigs but I know this …….. in order for me to fool the craftiest of fish my bait has to act natural, and this is all down to rig and hook choice so I need to practice, change, be different, see how it sits in the water, invent my own, do things different, research, experiment, keep thinking and not sit there and wait.
Rig with a 16mm Mussleberry Red and PNBA Adjusta plug
I cannot wait for my next trip out, and hopefully will be on the bank in Feb with Denis and Andy who I know will gladly share all their vast knowledge with me………… I am gonna glean so much.
Now I have my head well and truly stuck into end tackle and the part it plays, I know how important this is and I need to get it right.
I know Neil will keep pushing me and telling me “cast again” hit the spot and keep at it until you hit the spot every time.
I know Gav will be there to help me with anything I need.
Two other people I have not mentioned but need no introductions are Brian Coakley and Stewart Rusling who are my brothers in this team.
Brian is on the journey with me and a great support because we talk and help each other along the way (and he snores like a right one), and Stew has so much to offer with carp angling.
This blog chapter has really demonstrated how we roll at Beechwood Baits and it has occurred to me that every step forward I make has been at the hands of good friends and closer to that elusive “water Shot”.
Roll on my next trip out.