Kev’s Top Tips part 1.

Kev Hewitt needs little introduction as being one of the most prolific carp catchers in the UK. His technical ability, bait application and watercraft skills have helped him catch big carp wherever he has angled.


Kev with a thirty pounder that was part of a big spring hit.

Here we start a new series of ‘top tips’ from Kev, where he will share his wealth of carp fishing knowledge — whether it be on rigs, bait or watercraft, they will all be relevent to the time of year they are published on the E-S-P website.

Kev kicks off with location at this time of year, with the water temperature steadily increasing and daylight hours becoming longer, here’s where to find them:

Spring has sprung and every living creature including the carp have come out of winter hibernation. The water temperatures are gradually increasing day by and and it is this time of year that fish start looking for shallower water and venturing into areas of the lake that have been previously uninhabited for the past 4 or 5 months.

Keep an eye out for the shallow bays — when fish start getting in these areas for the first few times there is always a big hit on the cards. Areas that haven’t done fish all winter will start throwing up some of the better fish so never neglect the areas that have up until now been devoid of fish.

Careful observations will reveal their whereabouts so keep an eye out for those carpy signs. Get on them and catch a big one this month.

Tight lines, Kev.

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Great start for Wesley!

IMG_3715Belgian angler Wesley Mast had a great start on his first visit to a tricky, highly pressured venue in his home country. Good angling Wes, here’s what happened:

It’s the end of April as we speak and for the last two weeks the weather was pretty mild after months of rain and cold temperatures. A busy little lake somewhere in Belgium would be the hunting grounds for a day so I left home at 5.30am and arrived at the carpark at 6.20 and still I wasn’t the first, 2 other carp anglers were waiting already ‘on the gate’ but I stepped up the pace to load the trolly and ensured 2nd choice of swim.

When I arrived at the gate I had a little chat with the other lads and asked them where they wanted to fish (already knew the answer, but wanted to be sure).

They opted to fish the spot I fancied so over to plan B. Credit to them of course, they arrived first at the scene. With no other anglers arriving I took a walk around the pit, searching for signs of carp and I found some under and next to a wooden platform. Enough for me i thought to myself and secured the swim with my trolley.

I was ready in no time but before I made my first cast I wanted to see more of those fish I saw earlier. Slowly and in stealth mode I crept to ground zero and for the next hour I was there, flat on my belly, watching, learning there patrol routes and how they reacted to the few freebies I put in.

When I made up my assault plan and like I said an hour later I tied up 2 multi-rigs, both made of 20lb ESP Two– Tone (green) and size6 Stiff Rigger hook. A combination I have 100% confidence in. Close to the deck with a washed out 16mm Monstercrab pop-up from New Bait Designs and critically balanced with some tungsten putty I walked that particular rod out and placed him right next to the ‘obstacles’ and flicked the other rod to a hard spot I had found on the other side of the wooden construction.

Two hours later my alarm from the left hand rod gave 2 bleeps and I saw the rod tip bend. A short but powerful strike followed and I was into a fight with an angry carp who wanted nothing more than to get under his safe zone.

Several minutes later I had the mirror in the bottom of my landing net and I was a happy man. First blood for me this year. The scales said 32lbs and soon after I had some photographs and a short video footage for my Carp Movement video’s. The rest of that session nothing happened but I went home a happy carp angler! To be continued…

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Ben bags belting common from tricky pit!

Ben Tipney had a right result last week from a demanding gravel pit which does not give up its prizes too easily. Well done Ben!

Ski Pit 30.09, 22.04.15 (2)

An intense battle resulted in this lovely old common for Ben

One of the waters I’ve been fishing on and off for the last 8 – 9 years is a tricky low stock pit — gin clear with about 40 original fish in its 20 acres.

It’s never easy, but for some reason has been particularly tough going the last 2 years with very little coming out, so I was over the moon with this cracking character — 30.09 of gnarly old common!

I got down for a short overnight session and dropped into a swim that I’ve been trickling bait into for the last couple of weeks. I had 2 rods on the baited area at 50 yards but also knew a spot at longer range (9 – 95 yards) that I’ve had fish off in the past, so put one on that with a light scattering of bait.

At around 10pm the long rod belted off at a rate of knots and I knew it was a decent fish straight away. Once I’d stopped the first run the fish came in fairly steadily, hugging the bottom. It got weeded a couple of times but steady pressure kept it on the move.

Then about 30 yards out it did exactly what I was afraid it might and kited hard to the left towards a set of marginal snags. I couldn’t see how far out it was so just kept pumping and hoping it didn’t make the snags, until I felt the dreaded grating coming through the rings and then it locked solid.

Straight away I stripped off and jumped in (waist deep margins), wading across to the snag tree. Luckily, once I could get the rod in front of the fish it popped out of the snag and then proceeded to lead me a merry dance under the rod tip as I stood in the waist deep water, heart in mouth, playing it rather gingerly and praying the hook didn’t pull.

Eventually the fish rolled on the surface, beaten and I felt a massive sense of relief as it slid over the net cord, as it’s my first one in over a year from the venue and it doesn’t give its prizes up easily. As I got the fish on the mat I saw the size 5 stiff rigger absolutely nailed in the bottom lip and thought “That was never coming off!”

It’s only my 3rd night on there so far this year, so hopefully a sign of things to come!

The fish was caught using 12lb ESP Syncro Loaded mono, with 20lb fluoro shockleader, hinged stiff rig utilising a size 5 stiff rigger, 20lb Bristle Filament and ESP Leadcore Leader. Bait was a 15mm Pure Pellet ‘Morning Glory’ pop-up (white blackcurrent/n-butryic) over a scattering of 15mm/18mm ‘Blaze’ boilies, a new bait on test from the Pure Pellet stable’.

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