Carp fishing update, weed!

IMGP0683So to make this first part of this post short, the lake is solid with weed and I cannot find any clear spots within casting range. The weather has pushed the carp into the middle, and there they stay all day. I guess in the dark (no night fishing) they move into the margins and such to feed when its cooler and the weeds oxygen dies off. I had a fruitless day fishing when it was far too hot, and with no wind, nothing moved. I fresh wind could help, but the weed drifts and catches the line, the 40 swans on the water don’t help, as they are constantly pulling weed off the bottom as they feed. I do think they will move off once the food supply gets less in autumn. So for now I’m pulling off the lake.

So what to do, well a River Trent carp sounds nice doesn’t it? Now this will not be easy, but I have lost a number of big fish when trotting for barbel, some I expect were carp. I’ll make a start today, and do some pre-baiting as I think thats the only way to go. The fish are nomadic, but can be in small shoals two or three maybe. I’ll not feed food that will attract bream if I can, so its tiger nuts and boilies. Tackle wise my new Affinities with pop ups and snowman rigs, big baits that I hope will only take the much bigger bream. Helicopter/rotary set up to avoid tangles. I don’t think weed will be a problem, even though I’ll be fishing right in the margins, just off the initial shelf. Everyone I’ve spoken to say “fish the margins” with strong simple tackle.

It’s still really hot so I think it will be the last hour of light that will produce, but it could take a few trips to get some baited areas established. We’ll see, keep watching!


So where are we now?

We’ll Know my health is not as good as it was last year, but I still want to go fishing. So it will have to be a more casual kind of fishing, sitting down behind rods and being relaxed as I can be. Not far from me is a club carp water with a few nice carp in it, so for the continuing future I’ll be close to home fishing for some big fish. It will be difficult as the water is low stock, but the fish are worth it once on the bank. I can get home in 15 minutes if needed, and the parking is not too far from the swims, also I have a barrow now, so a proper carp angler indeed?


I’ll start next week, mapping out the lake and putting some bait in a few spots ready for fishing. I’ll be watching the water and maybe taking the dog for a few walks around the place, baiting as we go. It’s very weedy, so maybe a few swims will be cleared in the margins just enough, not to scare the fish, but to present baits better. I fancy it will fish better in the autumn when much of the weed is drying back and the carp are more hungry. Subsequently this year I’ll play less outdoor and indoor bowls, and do more sitting behind carp rods, sound good to me!

I’ll be putting some pictures of the lake up in the coming week, stay tuned.

Short trips/Blanking!


Looks so good for a bite, earlier in the year 2018.

I’ve had three short trips fishing for some difficult carp, on a local reservoir. To be honest I didn’t expect to catch, and you may find that strange from someone that is mostly positive. The only times I’ve done any good to be honest, is when they are up for a floater. The place is very weedy, featureless in the main, and the fish don’t often show. So floater fishing works as you can imagine.

I baited the margins mostly in hope than anything else, as that’s what you do isn’t it? I mean all the famous carp anglers you see do it, don’t they? The fish come in and bingo everyone a coconut, well no, not on this place. Even when I clear spots (with a rake) the fish don’t seem to turn up, well not when I’m there. I tried floaters each visit, but the wind was very changeable and never really gave me a good chance. I’m comfortable with the gear I’m using should I hook a giant. A 2.25lb t/c Daiwa floater rod 12lb Nash Floater line and 9lb Guru n-gage hook-link. I love the Guru line, very strong and The Nash stuff lays well on the spool for casting. I’m using the Nash floaters this year along with the slicker, and riser pellet, but to date cannot give you any feedback.


Floater fishing can be exhausting, sometimes?

I’m going to keep going, because I think it’s just case of finding some fish in the upper layers, and getting them feeding. I’ll keep you informed! Still awaiting the river chub session, as the river is still up and coloured.



100 and out.


What a cracking day I’ve just had, loads of fish then back home for a Asda Curry. With all the current rain in Lincolnshire, I genuinely thought the local carp pits would be flooded. But after an early morning call to the owner, he gave me the all clear.

Now this is the Lake I’ve mentioned before, where I think a few big old Roach could be had during the winter months.  I’ve seen a few swimming about while float fishing for carp. Today with a fresh 3 pints of maggots ( two white one red ) from the farm, the drive was steady and eventless, no floods? I chose white maggots as I knew the lakes would be coloured, and so they proved to be. You couldn’t see past a few inches down, but the fish gave themselves away when scattered maggots were sprinkled over their heads, by boiling on the surface.


I started on the 3 meter whip and never changed all day. The fish were so hungry, they were hooking themselves against the tiny “Matchstick” I was using for indication, just 12” from the size 18s hook. In just four hours I must have taken over 100 fish, mostly Roach around 3-6-oz with the odd better fish to 8-oz. A handful of Roach were of a much better stamp, one going 1lb 3oz and two others 12-14oz. All took single maggots on a 18s to 2.2lb hook-link.


During the session, I managed to hook four nice carp all Crucian – F1 type around a pound to a pound and a half. Scary stuff on a light three meter whip and 2.2lb line, but boy such fun.

This was my first day out after my cancer operation, and it felt liberating. I sat in the sun watching a Red Kite swinging just over my head, looking for Goose chicks I think. He made several fly passes, some so low it felt he was within touching distance, what a stunning bird of prey they are. I hope to be out again on Weds, but this time my eye will be on some big carp and tench in a local lake close to home. Also I’m keeping me eye on the local river, as once it abates a little, the chub could be up for some floating crust? Maybe!


The future!

So I’m sitting in bed recovering from my cancer operation. All being well in the coming months I’ll get some fishing in, and I have a kernel of a plan forming. Whatever I do must be quick and simple, so I’ll start off on the local River  fishing for Chub on floating crust. Mixed with a spot of Rudd fishing with the small whip on the local canal. All within a few minutes from home, and little gear to carry. If the river is too low with no flow, then the canal will come in, and visa versa.

I’d also like to try for some decent Roach in a carp lake beside the River Trent near Newark. By big I mean I’ve seen some fish over a pound in weight. But you never see all the fish in any lake when you visit, do you? I’ll only use the whips and maybe light bomb and match rod in reserve, I simply want fun and a few fish.

Game fair 6 (Small)

In the coming week I’ll get a few bit and bobs together ready, in a small rucksack. A loaf of bread, pint of hemp and maggots is all I’ll need come next trip. I may even get to the “Game Fair” again?

Pre opp! Post opp!

We’ll, less than a week to go before I have my PROSTRATE removed, and I’m a little apprehensive if I’m honest. You never know all the outcomes of what could happen, and I’m very happy with my life at the moment, apart from missing my fishing like crazy. I’ll have to have a least six weeks doing nothing, so a good time to sort all the gear out, and I may even have a sell off, of some of my tackle. My fly-fishing days are mostly over and I still have a dozen quality rods and reels about the place unused. I love the whip fishing and hope to do more of that come autumn after some decent Dace on the local river.

Fish takes Dry!!

A huge wild brown trout takes a dry fly late evening on a local reservoir. It was landed and returned none the worse for its capture. The image was a cover for a well known fly-fishing magazine some years ago.

In addition if I’m well enough at the start of the river season, I fancy some floating crust fishing for big Chub. The Trent in parts could be very good for this style, but my local small river is ideal, intimate with deep pools every hundred yards or so, with nice bends and undercut banks. I just hope the surgeon gets all of the bloody cancer and that’s the end of it. Thanks to all my Facebook and River Trent Angler followers for the wonderful support, and kind wishes.

Wish me luck and see you all on the other side.


So come the May 20th I’m in Leicester Hospital for my operation, the removal of the Prostrate. I’m told while its major surgery it will be done with the key-hole method, and I’ll be recovering for about six weeks. After then, all should be well apart form a few minor changes in my pee habits, up to a year?  But it’s better to be about than in a box in the ground, right?

I’ll keep you all updated thanks again for all the kind wishes.  Richard.