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I was in the loft a few month back and found my old fishing tackle.. Rather than flea-baying the whole lot I decide to take my son fishing in a local lake.

It's been 15 years since I’ve been and we had a very successful day.. My son caught a wide range of Bream and Roach under 2Ib and I caught a few bream around the 4lb mark and right at the end of the day a lovely 15lb common carp caught on a swim feeder with a mix of bread and sweet corn.

Since then we've been to a couple of venues around Chelmsford and we are both finding this to be a good experience. It's actually not an expensive hobby either and it means we get to spend some quality time together.

Last Saturday, we went to another local lake and caught around 30lb of carp between us. Great day apart from when my rod was sent flying into the lake and I had to go in after it.. “Dad, I think you have a bite” lol

I have found however, venturing in to our local tackle shop a bit daunting. Things seem to have moved on a bit so I’m quite a novice again.

I'm quite interested in taking up carp fishing and I’ve bought a few new rods and reels. I’d also like the occasional course day (not match).

I would appreciate any hints and tips..

Actually, why not post anything to do with fishing in here.. Pictures, venues, methods, hints and tips.


Will post a few pics later :)
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carp fishing is a little world unto itself..with a million different bits of tackle and fiendish bits of kit

if you want to specialise in carp it will boggle the mind!

I gave up coarse fishing as it got crazy with armfuls of tackle every time I went out


took up fly fishing instead..now everything I require goes in my pockets and I can wander round to my hearts content

heres me with a decent rainbow caught beginning of the season

http://www.nicksmith.nildram.co.uk/pictures/fishing/myfish.JPG
 
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15lb carp? thats some doing after such an absense!

are you fishing commercial lakes, or are these "natural" lakes, you seem to be plundering them lol.

carping is good, and can be fun. but is often quite boring actually. i used to be into general course fishing, and progressed into specimen Pike/Carp fishing (baitrunners, buzzerbars, bite alarms etc) but i have never actually caught a carp on that setup lol! (and trust me im dedicated, and nigh on a perfectionish with my rigs. ive done Pendle View, and Wyreside for the carp, and not had a sniff from either (due to going in winter :( )

if your looking to get into carping let me know, i still have good knowledge of the tackle, rigs, rods, reels etc. and know a lot of good cheap places to get the gear from online etc.

ive recently moved into feeder fishing, and done pretty well on Hollingworth lake, (a local big water res) taking bream, skimmers, roach etc on sweet mix.

i have also seen fellow anglers jump in! (in bradhsaw hall!) over waist height to retrieve a rod after a banging bite on the method, was funny.
 
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Nickg said:
15lb carp? thats some doing after such an absense!
Yep, i wish i'd caught that when I was younger.. My poor son was so excited.. we were just about to pack up when -- bosh!!! My poor wife was waiting for me in a car park for half an hour whilst i got the damn thing in.. took some time.. I have a pic and will post later :)

I'm not sure what these empty cages that look like a bomb i've been seeing in the shops?
 
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please post the pic when u get it up, would like to see!

when u say empty cage, do you mean a cage feeder (typical feeder cage feeder)

or something slightly different? we now have method feeders, which i would say are more akin to a large table spoon shape, made from plastic, which can be fished straight through, or via the elastic inside it. they are weighted and designed to sit on the bottom with the concave side up?

unfortunately as we are heading towards winter, i fear the carp action will fade slightly, but with you having good down south weather you may be okay!
 
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Another vote for the 'method'. Get a few method feeders, squeeze some groundbait round it, stick your hookbait into said groundbait, hurl it out and watch your rod bend. Me, my brother and father never fail to take well over 70+ lb of carp in various waters using it.
 
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Cuchulain said:
Another vote for the 'method'. Get a few method feeders, squeeze some groundbait round it, stick your hookbait into said groundbait, hurl it out and watch your rod bend. Me, my brother and father never fail to take well over 70+ lb of carp in various waters using it.

lol, yes but are you fishing a commercial venue stacked with carp, or hurling 70ft into 18ft of water on a random resovour etc?

nowt wrong with the method, but as all techniques seem to it has its good and its bad days, and works out different depending on the time of year, and the water your fishing.
 
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Cuchulain said:
Another vote for the 'method'. Get a few method feeders, squeeze some groundbait round it, stick your hookbait into said groundbait, hurl it out and watch your rod bend. Me, my brother and father never fail to take well over 70+ lb of carp in various waters using it.

ahh I hink that's what i've seen.. so basically squeeze the bait around the weight.. and cast off.. ehmm does it not come off during the cast? do you need a special ground bait?
 
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hi, yes you need something like crazy bait gold, (but keep it fluffy, without any particles, and fish dead maggots (read - freeze a bagful over night soaked in scopex) and stick 2-3 on a hook under layer 1 of groundbait, and then put layer 2 over the top and squeeze tight. its best for warm/shallow to medium depth waters where the carp are biting.
 
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Nickg said:
hi, yes you need something like crazy bait gold, (but keep it fluffy, without any particles, and fish dead maggots (read - freeze a bagful over night soaked in scopex) and stick 2-3 on a hook under layer 1 of groundbait, and then put layer 2 over the top and squeeze tight. its best for warm/shallow to medium depth waters where the carp are biting.

:) i'm still surprised it doesn't come off..

I tried luncheon meet on a hair rig last weekend.. found that to be very good.. I had to ask the shop how it was done :o
 
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Nickg said:
lol, yes but are you fishing a commercial venue stacked with carp, or hurling 70ft into 18ft of water on a random resovour etc?

nowt wrong with the method, but as all techniques seem to it has its good and its bad days, and works out different depending on the time of year, and the water your fishing.


Mainly club waters around Haslemere, Surrey, fairly well stocked admittedly but the method pulls far better weights than any other er...method.
 
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I went last week from Monday morning 'til Weds afternoon, we had planned on staying until at least Friday but the fishing was rubbish. This was the first time I'd been in a couple of years & we'd always had great success at the place we go to go, Furnace Lakes in Horsham, I think it was Nickg and I who used to chat about it a while ago? I had one carp, @10lb on the Tuesday, and my mate had one @15lb on Monday. We've had over 20 carp in a 24hr session before & were really disappointed with it:( Mind you, there were others at the venue who didn't even get a run in 72+ hrs. We put it down to the moon phase (Moonstrike) anyone believe in that?
Got plenty of photos from previous sessions if anyone wants a look?:)
 
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yar, meat is good, i like the boosted strawberry van den ende stuff works quite well on the pole!

no shame in asking, otherwise how would you get anywhere?

as for the method, ask next time your in the shop, u can also buy "method mix" groundbaits specifically designed for this method which will stay on.

hair rigging is good, and can prove very effective. they are easy to tie (knotless knot) and can even be used in match fishing if necessary. just remember where u put your needle down (find myself buyinga new one every other week...)
 
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JohnnyG said:
I had one carp, @10lb on the Tuesday, and my mate had one @15lb on Monday. We've had over 20 carp in a 24hr session before & were really disappointed with it:( Mind you, there were others at the venue who didn't even get a run in 72+ hrs. We put it down to the moon phase (Moonstrike) anyone believe in that?
Got plenty of photos from previous sessions if anyone wants a look?:)

hard lines. i had a craapp session last sunday morning - put it down to - high winds, poor casting, and poor worms which looked rapid in the box lol. still a 10lb fish aint bad, and 15lb is not to be sniffed at.

personally i get bored with the waiting on those kind of sessions and have to have a whip/pole/feeder out too to keep myself entertained.
 
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Nickg said:
hard lines. i had a craapp session last sunday morning - put it down to - high winds, poor casting, and poor worms which looked rapid in the box lol. still a 10lb fish aint bad, and 15lb is not to be sniffed at.

personally i get bored with the waiting on those kind of sessions and have to have a whip/pole/feeder out too to keep myself entertained.
The place I go to has five lakes, at least one carp over 50lbs and literrally hundreds of 20s-40's so relatively speaking they are small fish, for the venue anyway, they've got catfish over 60lbs too :eek: It was soul destroying and we tried every method & bait you can think of, it just wasn't fishing:(
 
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not sure what the weather is like near you, but its getting colder up here i think its having an impact.

and bolt rigged methods are hit and miss at best and can go for days without a sniff. (im never confident with mine, is it sat right on the bottom? should i move it or leave it for 24 hours? am i snagged ? etc)

check http://www.wyresidelakes.co.uk/ i blanked but was only a 6 hour session (we ended up sat in my mates car with the heater running it was that cold...), but that was a year or two ago.

and last year we did an evening/morning session at pendle view. the surface was frozen when we got up in the morning and the glacierlike ice palates swept across the water as they thawed dragging and shredding everyones line as they did lol.
 
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Nickg said:
not sure what the weather is like near you, but its getting colder up here i think its having an impact.

and bolt rigged methods are hit and miss at best and can go for days without a sniff. (im never confident with mine, is it sat right on the bottom? should i move it or leave it for 24 hours? am i snagged ? etc)

check http://www.wyresidelakes.co.uk/ i blanked but was only a 6 hour session (we ended up sat in my mates car with the heater running it was that cold...), but that was a year or two ago.

and last year we did an evening/morning session at pendle view. the surface was frozen when we got up in the morning and the glacierlike ice palates swept across the water as they thawed dragging and shredding everyones line as they did lol.
The weather here is just starting to turn cold now, last week it was gorgeous apart from the storms Monday night, and we've really no idea why it fished poor:(
That place looks nice, especially the beer festival coming up;)
Here's where we go Furnace Lakes , it's had a new lake put in & more stock since that website too:)
 
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Nickg, where abouts in the North are you? Have you ever fished Hayfields at Doncaster? (South Yorkshire), home of Fishomania etc...
We went last week and it was absolutely awesome, we were fishing with floaters, dog biscuits to be precise. I had a 10lb 8 Ghosty and my bro had a 13lb 10 Koi, lovely white colour. We both had plenty of Mirrors and Commons but those were just special:cool: I stuck to the floaters all day (love fishing the floater) but my bro tried the pole and feeder to the island, he was casting towards a model warship:p Successful with just about every method he tried.

Looking around the pond the favoured method was the pole at 13ish metres :yawn:

Probably the best days fishing i've ever had, I don't think its possible to blank there.

Think it was a fiver for a day ticket. http://www.hayfieldlakes.co.uk/

Edit - on the website you can actually see the island in the pic, we were on the bank to the right, next to the pub (didnt have chance to go in as we were bagging up:p) Lovely pub though.
 
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