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  1. hnv


    Hi Mate, Join your local library (if you have one!) then you can order any carp fishing title you fancy and read it for free. They may not have what you want on the shelf but all libraries allow you to order in a book. Just go in with a book title or author. You may have to wait a week or two for it to be delivered to your library. check out the book review section on this forum for ideas...
  2. Hi Mate, The likely looking areas already mentioned are good places to start to locate river carp, especially any permanent boat moorings. River carp can be somewhat nomadic in their travels but they are also creatures of habit. In my experience, most populations of river carp have a 'home' that will return to after their travels. If you are lucky enough to spot a carp in a stretch, that area is definately worth targeting. If you happen to see a feeding carp, then get a rig in there!
  3. My first indicators were monkey climbers made from disposable fag lighters and my mum's knitting needles!
  4. Hinder's of Swindon used to market elipse pellets. They are just an oily trout pellet that has an elliptical (oval) shape rather than round. I'm not sure if the shape helped (they were supposed to flutter down gently and not roll so much in running water) but I have used them and they were a good pellet.
  5. I have some of those exact same reels and I love them.
  6. I'm a big fan of birdfood based baits all year round but especially in winter. They are so easily digestible, are very porous so leak attractors well, are a great source of energy that carp crave in cold water and break down relatively quickly if left uneaten. Having Said all that, this winter I will be using a milk protein based bait for the first time in years. It has some bird food too as well as a peanut derived protein, but is mostly milk protein.
  7. Hi mate, With half-and-half soya and semolina you basically have the old fashioned 50:50 mix. They can be notoriously difficult to roll and can be either sticky or dry, depending on the quality and age of the soya flour. De-fatted soya is 'iffy', so use full fat. Although nutritionally poor, it will still catch carp if used correctly and in the right context. It is a pure attractor bait so should be attractive. Try this: 500g soya 500g semolina 10g icing sugar 5ml vanilla extract (from supermarket) 10g allspice powder 10ml olive oil Pinch of salt and pepper
  8. The wind will help you to find the fish. According to the well respected carp angler Jim Gibbinson, the carp in wild, windswept coastal pits tend to follow or move on the wind even more so than other types of water. Especially a new, fresh wind. He fished pretty much exclusively on windy coastal pits around Kent for years. The chapters in his books "big water carp" and "gravel pit carp" on wind and weather are awesome reading. Well worth getting a second hand copy from Amazon. So, fish the bank that has waves crashing on it!
  9. hnv


    I did a little experiment once. I found a group of fish milling about at very close range (2 feet from bank). I shouted at them, no movement. I then screamed at the top of my voice (no one on the lake and I wasn't fishing), no response. I then lightly tapped the ground with the toe of my boot and they erupted and shot off in all directions. Sounds don't travel easily from air to water but vibrations in the ground are easily detected as they transfer into the water. A fishes lateral line organ is highly sensitive and is used to detect vibrations. A carp' s lateral line is highly developed, odd for a largely non-predatory species.
  10. Big Fish Mix with cranberry Nutrafruit! Some great fruit flavours I've used in the past are: Nutrabaits cranberry, guava, pineapple and tutti. John Baker plum. Richworth plum royale. Rod Hutchinson mulberry Florentine to name a few. If you can find any of these in local tackle shop, buy them! If it's a fruity readymade boilie you want then try Nashbait tutti fruity, I love their tutti and rate over all others including the old Richworth ones.
  11. If it's bream you want I'd use groundbait with some hemp and small pellet in the feeder. Areas is a tough one as the shoals move around a lot. I didn't fish it that much, just several weekend sessions through the summer. I did catch trench and bream at close range (20-40 yards) from the long "field" bank opposite the gravel workings. I was using pellets and tiny (homemade 8mm) boilies (high krill meal content fishmeal). Fish that bank when the wind is in your face and you'll have 'em... Pile a dozen tangerine sized balls in and stick your feeder in the middle of it.
  12. Yeah, I thought so too. It's just that the cost of a ticket will go up 10 fold...
  13. Whitefriars is a big, challenging water. Most people are scared by its size and it doesn't get that much attention. I'm not surprised that the replys are few and far between as most on here will not have fished it. It's a nice water... all the best.
  14. Hello mate. Replied to your intro post... Plenty of large bream in that pit!
  15. Thamesmead A,B&C and manorbrook have been sold. I heard the buyer was Boyer leisure.
  16. I've never used Daiwa bait but their tackle is superb. Especially rods and reels...
  17. Ok mate. Will do when I get home. To be fair, I've been avoiding most of the obvious, polished spots if I'm honest. The bird life clean them off...
  18. lol...I'd like to know that spot too!! Ive just spent 3 months blanking on Cokes. Always been on fish but getting a pick up is conkers. There are some clonking tench in there though (and bream). I netted a tench for a mate (Sssshh!) the other week that was the biggest I've ever seen easily 9-10lb... It's mouth was so big that in the darkness I said "it's a small carp Gaz, well in..." then came the disapointment! As for White friar's, I fished it years ago for a summer (10-12 years ago) and the tench were quite numerous. It definately has the potential to produce big double figure Bream. On the main, long bank opposite the gravel workings area, with the wind in your face you catch big tench in numbers at 20-40 yards range. It was weedy (canadian) back then so a clear hole/channel in the weed would produce. It's all hush, hush but only about the carp. I was hearing rumours of a common in the upper 40's back then, supposedly banked by a 'name'. If it is specifically big bream you are after have you thought about Dorchester Lagoon (next to Orchid lake)? it was the record bream venue years ago I think. Anyway, welcome to the forum and good luck..!
  19. Hello mate, welcome... Who cares what your PB is? It means nothing really. A 10lb fish from the north east is just as meritorious as a southern 20 in my opinion. A fish to be proud of fella. I'm originally from Teeside too. Redcar...
  20. Hello mate, welcome... I'm afraid I can't help you either as I don't use bait boats! sorry..!
  21. hnv

    October catch reports

    Anyway, I haven't caught anything in October (yet) so shouldn't even be posting on this thread apart to congratulate others on their hard-won rewards.
  22. hnv

    October catch reports

    Nice fish by the way guys... well done to all of you.
  23. Hello mate... Not my area so don't know of any suitable waters. Ian's advice on contacting local tackle shops is sound.
  24. Hi Angel, It sounds like you alreday are doing things right! Prebaiting the day before is definately worth the effort and will help you catch. I would pick a few nice looking areas and put in 1-2kg of bait on each spot and then fish each spot for 2-3 hours with just a little bait the next day. Corn and seeds will work and can be very effective for 'wild' river carp but I would also use some pellet and some good quality boilies too and they are just so attractive to ALL carp. If you are having difficulty getting good quality carp bait then just stick with the corn but use plenty of it. The other fish such as Chub, Barbel, Roach, Asp etc. will eat the corn too, so use plenty. Dried maize that has been soaked and boiled can be a great 'wild' river bait. Fish 3-4 grains on the hair with a piece of plastic corn on the end. Above all, use STRONG gear! River fish can be very powerful and in your country very big! I hope this helps and good luck mate!
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