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  1. Got down Fri night about 8pm, 3 of the swims down the windard end were taken and I didn't fancy fitting in between. I thought they might push them out anyway and with cold night temps they might make their way up the other end. Saturday 11am I see the first of around 15 - 20 shows over the course of an hour, some over the rods so wasn't a complete surprise when the left hander pulled up at 1pm. A low double common 12.4lb, female still full of eggs (fish are so behind due to the influx of cold water), so I was made up, another swim caught from and a spot found back in March. Sunday morning, they arrived at 10.30 with one crashing out against the island, then 3 subtle rolls at 11am just short of the rods. 11.15 I'm on the phone and notice the left hangers off and line out the clip but no bleeps whatsoever (no idea), pick up the rod and there's a weight on the other end and weeded up short of the spot, I pull it out and gain 10-20 yards and it's off, hook pull - damn! Interesting it was the left rod both times especially as the fish arrived from right to left. It was the only yellow bait - with corn in the mix so I'll take that forward next session, all 3 on yellow.
    7 points
  2. It's worth sacrificing a day sesh just to mark up swims mate. It can mean the difference between a great year and a terrible one.
    6 points
  3. 6 points
  4. bluelabel

    Rod Shots

    Out on a new water... carp to mid 20's I'm told... time to give the pins an airing as its a small water...🎣😎👍
    6 points
  5. Not a view from the bivvy door, but I just love how natural and neglected this pit is 🥰
    6 points
  6. New lake today...👍
    5 points
  7. Back out, another 3 nights, taken a swim that's unfished so far this year due to high water, on the end of the wind, feels banging, rods out, baiting done - come on Mr carp.
    5 points
  8. It does happen to us all, the 31lber I caught recently ripped off while I had just retrieved a rig from a tree minus half the hooklink I had to chuck the rod in the bush, to make it worse I had already lost a rig in the same tree that was a recast my plan was to hit it short and clip up 😂 It was this one just incase you didn't see the catch report.
    4 points
  9. bluelabel

    June Catch Reports

    I'll be glad when I've had enough of this...😛🤣
    4 points
  10. 2nd night a bust still no fish down the other end so a move today after trying floaters on the small lake for an hour. Can't get the swim I really want on this new easterly, but this is the nearest one, 2 rods very close to the point, 1k of mix over the top, one close on a single pink. New swim to me, had to open it up as noones bothered - hours work before setting up, deserve a fish for that, last night so fingers crossed 🤞
    4 points
  11. 4 points
  12. Last weekend, same swim, same baiting - all 3 on the yellow, similar conditions. Took the baitboat in case I wanted to fish upto the island and find fishable ground with the sonar, but all this showed me was that my normal spots are deffo the one so left them there for the duration of the session no recasts just a bait top up for the 2nd night. Just a couple crashed all weekend - no feeding activity, got it wrong again lol Need these fish to spawn and be normal - taking forever with this weather. Maybe next time
    3 points
  13. Went to a local days only park lake yesterday and in 8 hours had 7 fish including 2 x 18lb'ers and a PB common from that lake of 19lb. It really was a case of "buying your fish" as I used about 8 litres of spod mix and about 2kg of boilies. Every time I topped up the swim, the bites would immediately start and then go quiet about 15 minutes, which was the cue to top up. I had to ease up about half way through as I was starting to run out! I'm sure I would have caught more if I had knocked up another pressure cooker load. I chatted to a couple of blokes on the way out and they had struggled but they did say they didn't put in many freebies. This time of year, the fish really are up for a good feed. I'm sure that if I had gone down the "PVA bag and one bite at a time", I would have struggled.
    3 points
  14. elmoputney

    Pigeon conditioner

    This is the one I use it does have maize and maples, in it so I soak it and give it a good boil also.
    3 points
  15. mrmud

    June Catch Reports

    Bit of a frustrating session today. Reel packed in, Landed up snapping a rig in a tree, bending a hook fighting a common and last but of all out of the dramas I hooked a seagull. What a fight on the bank that was to get the hook out(literally only turned around to turn the kettle off n he dive bombed my surface rig). Then along came the geese aswell so had to give up with surface fishing and just sit there watching all the nice nice fish cruising around the surface. Went in search of a few mirrors, lost count of fish after a mix of around 30 f1s, commons & crucians but as for the mirrors I went hoping to catch only managed to land the brute in the picture somehow on a size 6 fang 🤣💪🏼 Instead of a 20lb mirror I got a 1lb mirror 🤣😂🤣
    3 points
  16. Welcome to carp.com My personal advice, fish for 'other' fish in waters with carp in. The way I started carp (and tench) fishing was fishing one float rod for silver fish with maggots, bread or worm, and then a ledger rod to one side with a bigger bait, sweetcorn, luncheon meat or boilie. I don't know the Surrey area at all but I'm sure that there is a water around that fits the bill.
    3 points
  17. kevtaylor

    3 on the spot or not

    I do like to move rods about depending on what I see through the session. On a busy day ticket you often end up fishing 3 on a spot as there's no other choice although that can be good sometimes, but then it's normally one rod outfishing the others, the spot within a spot.
    3 points
  18. When there is a 'y' in the day. Just not early mornings, I dislike early mornings...
    3 points
  19. kevtaylor

    Rod Shots

    3 points
  20. bluelabel

    Rod Shots

    3 points
  21. elmoputney

    find carp spots

    I've binned off all my tech this year, sold the boat, my deeper stopped working so I'm more or less a traditional angler these days, next up split canes and a pipe 😬
    3 points
  22. finchey

    Rod Shots

    Rossal beach Blackpool and what a lovely night to be out, but a big fat blank for me.
    3 points
  23. Thanks @yonny & @salokcinnodrog. Need to buy some braid then I'll be doing as you both suggest n spending a day or two annoying everyone casting a lead n float around
    2 points
  24. framey

    New purchases

    Johnson Ross are one of the best
    2 points
  25. salokcinnodrog

    Today's thought.

    I finish my antibiotics today, so that's good. The hospital has sent me a follow-up appointment to discuss tonsils out for next month. I've managed to actually stay awake for a whole day. I had been getting up, breakfast, ablutions, walk Sky and fall asleep, lunch, take Sky out, fall asleep, dinner and take Sky out bed then a rough night's sleep. Fishing this week, although cursing at how quickly the weed has come up. On Sunday, only a few weeded over spots, within 3 days the surface is covered by blanket weed and any that breaks free drifts into the lines. I'm going to have to go out in chesties to clear some of it. Not fun as the water level is still high. On a positive note I have seen the big uncaught common that I would put at big 40's, and I managed to retrieve the line and rig that the pike bit through a couple of weeks ago, still with bait attached, but negative is that I haven't caught this trip.
    2 points
  26. I tie the slip d with a knotless knot like the one on the right but I add a thinking anglers grub kicker(they seem pretty stiff) and a bit of putty about a inch down. I've never tried to tie a combi multi rig / slip d multi rig probably because it's easier to tie plain slip d and TBF all the biggest fish ive caught has been on it snowman style. I did make a few ronnie slip D's but I used shrink tubing since the kettles always on lol. Not thrown them in the water yet though.
    2 points
  27. Found it. It is held up by the pop-up in water, so the curve link is not quite so severe as it looks. The boom is a doubled over length of Smakeskin, and the pop-up weights are free running. The hooklink section goes through the swivel exactly like a 360. Yes, it is on a helicopter set up, Solar Unleaded needle knotted to the mainline, and I had cast it to around 115metres, just under the outer branches of a tree on the island where I'd seen a few fish, so it's tangle free. The fish I had runs from, absolutely nailed. You could quite easily swap the boom section material.
    2 points
  28. I barely used my light last night. If at all tbh just attracts mosquitos and other flying pests,
    2 points
  29. That looks very neat , Elmo , but I'd probably cast straight into a tree after going to all the trouble of tying it . 😢
    2 points
  30. Albringht knot mate 👍
    2 points
  31. Thanks Kev , Nick , and Elmo . That's lots of very useful information for me to think about , much more than I was hoping for . Many thanks . 😃
    2 points
  32. I still say you are missing out 😂 I like a wide gape for a Ronnie or a jprecision long gape kranks are also good, imo has to be an Inturned eye for me though, Multi rigs I would probably use a chod type hook
    2 points
  33. crusian

    June Catch Reports

    I hear you , Blue . I can't wait to hook one of these big carp that allegedly just plod around staying deep until it's time to land them ; these low doubles that charge around like nutters , and refuse to give up are so tiring when you are a mature gentleman . 😁
    2 points
  34. Coupla hard scrapping commons... bloomin arms hanging off now🤣🤣🤣
    2 points
  35. BackInTheGame

    Biker Chat

    I know there are a few bikers here so thought i would start a biker chat. Would be good to see your bikes (past and present) also any pics of tours, meet ups etc. I will start with my Triumph Street Triple, loaded for last years trip to the IOM TT.
    2 points
  36. bluelabel

    Biker Chat

    My Scrambler will be my last bike... I'm 66 in a few weeks so I'll have this one a while till my back says "beggar off, yer done sunshine"...🤣
    2 points
  37. i came to carp after years of being a maggot drowner and as much as i was clueless to begin with i knew some of the basics of fish care and such like. i picked up some cheaper carp rods after using my feeder set up and from there have used this forum and other places to learn rigs and presentation and am now having loads of fun. i reckon if i had started fishing just going for carp i doubt i would have lasted long at it but follow the aboves advice and i reckon you will have both more fun and luck
    2 points
  38. BackInTheGame

    Biker Chat

    i know what you mean, i cant see myself getting rid of my STR. It does everything i want very well. not the most top end but you can really rev it without fear of losing your license before 3rd gear
    2 points
  39. yonny

    3 on the spot or not

    I tend to let the carp tell me what to do. If there's a spot in front of me on which my finned friends are clearly having it, I like nothing more than to fish 3 on it. Some of my best hits have come to this method. But it's very rarely this situation occurs and even rarer there's space for three rods on the spots I tend to fish. I just fish to what I see. This could mean 3 on a spot or 3 different spots dotted all over the place. Or 2.... or even 1.
    2 points
  40. hutch

    What bait

    Old wives tail mate, they will still eat fishmeal in the winter the problems you can get is becuase the water is colder and there metabolic rate has slowed down, if they chow down on a heavy protein bait it basically can take them alot longer to digest so they wont be as inclined to eat again for several days maybe longer, also combine that with there requirements change when the water is colder so they are looking for fast hits of more energy based/easy digestable baits like a Manilla or Live system rather than a complete food source.
    2 points
  41. What nick means is open Google earth and find pictures of the lake. you can get various pictures for different weather conditions if you look enough and it might show you the bars gulleys etc. the. You can use the measuring tool and work out how far these are and then cast to them.
    2 points
  42. So have all the catch reports from all time been deleted? Sad day people put a lot of effort into those catch reports.
    2 points
  43. framey

    3 on the spot or not

    Depends sometimes one is enough.
    2 points
  44. salokcinnodrog

    Vitalin

    After going through some of my old posts I've just remembered one of my favourite groundbait bases. Go into your local animal feed supplier and look for Molassed Rabbit Mix, there are various brands available, some are more Molassed than others. While it is vegetable based, the molasses is an attractor, and it is a good base if you add flake maize and a few pellets.
    2 points
  45. InteraX

    Rod Shots

    2 points
  46. Higham1987

    What bait

    Mainly manilla but I did have some Sticky Visuals. Manilla Chops, Crumb, Few Wholes, Hemp, Manilla Stik Mix Dust and Manilla Glug/liquid. Did have some Krill for 1 other lake but never panned out... Also Had some Munch Baits Bio Marine for another lake campaign, but that didn't take off either (Sopd all My Gear since)
    2 points
  47. I only have/had a 2 rod setup, so was always 1 in either margin and 1 to open water or a feature...both using the same baits though, Sticky Manilla.
    2 points
  48. elmoputney

    find carp spots

    I'm sure I can find a stroke to pull somehow. They are banned on a couple of the lakes I fish so I couldn't use one anyway but if the need came and I felt it beneficial I would definately use one, not cheating just making use of a tool, good angling I say
    2 points
  49. kevtaylor

    find carp spots

    No cheating for you then lol Not taken mine since a social last year as not needed, however I have recently identified an area of massive interest to me where I will need the boat as no casting headroom whatsoever and I'm not opening it up for all to see. Cheat time!
    2 points
  50. Fab weekend on the syndi - chose the windward end on a easterly and felt confident but by dawn I'd only heard one fish crash through the night deep working the bay on my left. I sat it out until 9am but couldn't believe they weren't having it elsewhere so I reeled in and drove to the other end (back of the wind) to see if they had popped up on top after eating down there at first light. After a quick walk about and speaking to the one guy down there it seemed they weren't there so I hurried back vowing to make the most of the spot I had, they just had to be there at some point. Walking back in the swim late morning I see one straight away passing my rods along the margin going into the bay, then another going the other way, I'd made the right choice afterall. I shot up a climbing tree to be greeted by many fish - basking in the sun, some of them proper units - right down the end of the bay sitting in a 5 yard gap between overhanging trees. Over hours I fed mixers into the scum that had gathered up against the reeds and waiting for my chance to wade into the reeds and cast out my hookbaits but fake mixers and cut down boiles were either being rejected or just missed completely. At a loss I went back to the bivvy and got my bag of bagels, a size 4 hook and off for another go. The fish had all but gone by this point but I tried for one in the scum line but quickly lost sight of the bait and that fish drifted away, I felt gutted all those hours feeding and having little casts here and there have lead to nothing. I was about to get out the water when I see one more fish drift in and under the scum line so I put on some fresh bagel and make a cast a couple of feet from the scum. A head pops back out then moves at speed for the bait, smashes it so I guess he's got it, strike and hang on for dear life as it tries to power away but I can't let it go anywhere, it tore through the right tree line but thankfully I just pulled like a mad man and got it back somehow, was lucky as I could feel it crating on the branches several times, proper heart in mouth stuff. Epic battle 26.14 Common in the net, made up.
    2 points
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