Unknown treasures for Dave!

Dave Robinson ventured into the unknown last weekend on a large Fenland pit. On his first trip Dave’s pioneering spirit was well rewarded with a couple of show stoppers. Brilliant angling Dave, this is what it is all about!

Knowing full well what weather we were expecting on Friday night (3/7/15) I headed to the Lea Valley in search of a big common. When I arrived, it was apparent that I wasn’t the only one who fancied their chances under the huge moon. Not being a very social person, I soon left the valley and headed two hours north to the heart of the fens.

Because of the stormy conditions due I headed for a venue I had never fished before. I thought as its a random session anyway and I didn’t have any targets as such I would go and experience the storm on a 50 acre unfished wind swept gravel pit.

Having only seen two different carp in there during the spring I didn’t have anything to go on what so ever. I baited the area in the margin where I had seen one of the small commons two months previously. During the day I kept checking my pile of particle on the big pit and each time I was amazed to find it completely polished. I was adamant I was getting cleared out by swans when my back was turned, but that could not have been further from the truth…

As the evening draw to a close I loaded my barrow in my mates swim on a local club lake some two or so miles from the venue. By 10.30pm, I had made the horrendous mission through tractor ruts, over banks infested with stingers, and finally made it to the spot I had been priming for the last six hours.

As the moon rose I lowered two 4″ supple rigs with size 4 Big-Ts and long hairs. I fished large hookbaits as I had remembered seeing tench rolling at range whilst mooching in the spring.

After switching on my alarms I crept back up the bank to start setting up my brolly before I got caught up in what the weather lady called a “horrific storm.” As I sat behind my rods in silence knowing that I have the best part of seven hours to make it count I kept saying to myself “imagine if this, imagine if that.” The chance of a carp that has never seen a hook really does get me going.

With the weather on the horizon and the full moon slowly fading out behind the clouds I was charged up big time. I know from past experience just how easy fish that are not pressured by any anglers can be to catch. I could feel the storm coming and see the flashes in the distance from across the fen. Just as the rained started one of my rods melted off, it was clear to see that whatever was on the end was not impressed with the 5oz lead he had just connected with. The fish took over 60 yards of line before I began to gain it back again. I could feel light head shaking so I new it wasn’t the monster I had been “imagining” but it was still a carp from a lake that nobody knows anything about.

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I noticed common scales’

As the fish surfaced I noticed common scales before it rolled into the net. I thought it was one of the two males I had seen in the spring but, it turned out to be a good twenty. I was over the moon with this capture, it’s mouth was like nothing I had seen before.

By this time I was charged up and thought anything is possible. I quickly got another rig in position and split a 1kg bag of corn over the lip of the marginal shelf. I got back under my brolly rubbing my hands together, over the moon with what I had caught.

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The 4am ripper

Little did I know I was just about to have my mind completely blown by a fish like no other. 4am arrived, the weather had just past over when that same rod got ripped off the alarm and I was into another powerful angry carp. After a twenty minute battle I finally managed to net a huge ball of weed at full stretch. Before long I revealed my prize and I was lost for words’.

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Lost for words’

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Successful guest session for Nathan!

Nathan Highley enjoyed an excellent guest session on a Norfolk syndicate earlier this week, catching fish off the bottom, on zigs and off the top, good angling!

This week I had a guest session on a Norfolk syndicate for twenty four hours and managed to land four fish ranging 17lb to 27lb.

I had one off the bottom on a standard bottom bait rig, size 5 D-7’s to 20lb two-tone and original camo leadcore.

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Two were on zigs using double strength 12lb and Big T size 10, and the other off the top again on 12lb Double Strength but hook choice was Drennan Super Specialist Wide Gape size 8.

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The one off the top really did take me all over the place, through weed etc and took a good 15 minutess to land it really was an animal’.

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Tel’s Top Tips #4

Here’s Terry Hearn with a crafty tip. This is a bit of an unusual one but in the right circumstances when very precise rig placement is required, it can be a massive edge…

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Tel’s improvised ‘clip stick’

The Two Rod Trick

Some crafty angling this time round, with a tactic which has worked well for me at several different venues over the years, and that’s clipping up to the far bank. Obviously fishing in this way depends greatly on the venue and the nature of the bankside, but every so often you might find yourself in a situation which suits it perfectly, e.g, you might be set up in a narrow bay with the fish feeding tight along the opposite margin.

Setting it up is pretty straightforward, and all that’s really required is a spare rod with a PVA loop tied into it, and a spare bankstick with a clip on the end. I generally fashion a clip with a freshly cut twig taped to a stick, which isn’t quite as posh, but the end result is exactly the same.

Once your ‘clip stick’ is in position, close to the edge on the far bank, it’s just a case of casting a bare lead across onto the bank, then walking round, looping on your baited hooklink and lowering the rig into place with your spare rod. I simply put the hook through the loop of pva, which enables you to still feel for a ‘donk’ when lowering in. The rod is then held with the line tight to one side, whichever side I want the hooklink to fall. You’ll feel the line ping slack as the pva loop melts, releasing your hookbait to settle inch perfectly on the bottom, and after that it’s just a case of nicking the mainline into the clip on the bank, before walking back round, tightening up to the clip and lifting your mainline free of the water. If your lucky enough to get a take, the mainline simply pulls free of the clip and into direct contact with your rod. So long as you fish with your bobbins at the top, a take generally registers as a drop back, followed by the bobbin quickly whacking back up to the top as the fish takes up the small amount of slack.

Using this tactic is bait placement at its very best, but as an added extra it also enables you to keep your mainline clear of the water, which means there’s no chance of it spooking any fish between you and your spot. In some situations it can also work to your advantage by keeping any birdlife at bay, as they really don’t like coming too close to a tight line stretched across the water.

This example of clipping up is just one of many ways it can be used to good effect. Just lately I’ve been clipping up to an exposed gravel hump, which I’m able to wade out onto and lower my rig in from. In this instance it’s keeping my line clear of the water to avoid drifting weed, which prior to adopting the tactic had been regularly wiping my rods out soon after getting my rigs into position. Since doing so I’ve been able to leave my baits fishing perfectly for as long as I want. It’s not a tactic which I see used very often, but on the right day it’s a winner.

Tel

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