Finally the warmer weather arrived and possibly at the absolute worst time as the fish in Cottington decided to start spawning the day before the start of the qualifier which certainly suggested a difficult weekend ahead.
We arrived at 7am on the Friday which allowed for several cups of coffee and a lap of the lake before compiling our list of swims ahead of the draw. The draw started and our names were called out third, and with our first choice swim still available we m...
A sting in the tail
With the local fishing still not up to scratch, I was recently looking forward to a week in Tralee Bay, in Kerry, Ireland.
I’ve been targeting a stingray for my all-time species list which only includes fish caught in UK and Irish waters, and so far a stinger had eluded me. The Tralee area is though, one of the best for stingray. However the late and cold season was just as prevalent there and it was only literally just prior to my trip in late May that news filtered throu...
Practice doesn’t always make perfect! By Tim Swain
We have just returned from...lets just say a less than successful start to the BCAC this year. We came out 10th out of 12 in the draw and sadly went out in the first round.
The swim we ended up in had failed to produce a fish in the previous 2 years of competiton so the fact we managed to land 5 fish was a small consolation.
Fishing with coco & banana bottom baits and pop ups we had been catching a lot of fish from Lake 7, Orchard Place Farm in Kent in the weeks run...
Taking up Golf .......Dave Weaver
It’s been a long time since my last blog, this is due to a very long blanking spell, some 30 or so nights of watching my rods do absolutely nothing. No matter how much I watched, walked, climbed trees, baited spots I was unable to buy a bite. Confidence was at its lowest and I was seriously thinking of packing up the carp fishing and taking up Golf instead. Even my trip to France I managed a blank.
The weather was miserable, cold, wet, snow, you name it we had it. I decided ...
Plaice on the move.....
FLAMER IV FISHY NEWS June 2013
Pictured above is Karl Winkler from Wimbourne, Dorset who landed his first ever Plaice thatweighed in at 4Ib 10oz,"not bad for your first Plaice" Karl was on his first trip aboard Flamer IV and was using 8Ib class tackle with a two hook flatty trace baited ragworm, prawn and strips with Ammo squid.
Richard Cole from Southampton landed his Personal Best Plaice weighing 4Ib 2oz. Richard was using 8Ib class tackle ...
Springtime 30’s......Neil Dalton
Arrived in sunshine for a change, to an empty lake, no other anglers braving the early spring. No fish showing, no signs at all, so chose the swim for comfort. Threw around for half an hour with the lead and found a lovely spot. Found two beds of Canadian Pondweed, and between the two beds of weed was a nice little run of silkweed. The gap between the two beds of Canadian Pondweed was only about six foot, 70 yards out. To my right was a deep margin with a clean gravel bottom ...
Putting a bend in the rod....Ben Holden
Since my last blog I have still been fishing a huge low stock gravel pit but
with still no action after doing 15 nights already this spring I was still
without a carp so when my good freind Paul asked if I would like to get a bend
in the rod over in France for a few days I jumped at the chance the lake in
question was Bossard which has a good reputation of holding a decent head of
When we arrived at the lake it looked stunning with carp showing themselves al...
Catching Up....James Fiddler
I haven't written a blog for a couple of months now, but I have been doing bit. Firstly I have been pre-baiting my local water every few days since we had that lot of snow at the end of March. After two Months of putting bait in, there was a break in the weather and few days of sunshine so I decided to go and do a couple of hours. I was confide...
Suffolk Water Park. Jon Angell.
Suffolk Water Park. Jon Angell.
The 18th of May saw me and 2 angling friend heading east along the A14 towards Ipswich where you will find the Suffolk water park. One of the best day ticket Carp waters in the country.
They have 5 lakes available from a match lake to the 25 acre Carp Lake with fish to over 40lb. They also have a great café and a well stocked tackle shop. There are showers and portaloo’s all around the complex, hot food delivered to your swim if required and ...
Syndicate fishing...Steve Peach
Hello again, I’ve been fishing my syndicate for the last few weeks, keeping the bait going in on a regular basis but the fishing has been slow and when I got the message the lake would be shut for a week to let the fish get over their spawning I decided it was a good opportunity to have a night out fishing with my dad at FAS lodge pond, where he’s be catching a few on the gulp! Carp boilies.
We arrived around 4pm and the pond was very busy and only a few swim were free, so w...