Picky’s Big Carp Blog – April 2015

Posted by: Martin Pick on April 10th, 2015

This season seems to be on a flyer so far. I started going again at the start of March after a bit of a break for the winter. After a couple of blanks I started to see the odd fish out by the island in the hole in the bush swim. Nothing had been caught at all for a couple of weeks so all I had to go on was the very few fish I’d seen show the week before. The island is a bit far for me to get a rig to being between 140 to 150 yards away. I’ll hold my hands up now and say my accurate casting range is up to around the 120 mark so I had a lead around and found a couple of nice areas as far as I dared to go, leaving myself a little bit of room in case the wind picked-up and I then struggled to hit the spots. I lightly baited the spots with three-to-four Spombs of DT Cold Water Mix per rod, and with not much happening, I decided to leave the rods out for a full two days and nights, as the birds were leaving me alone and I know my rig would be fine.

On the last morning I woke at first light to a slow take. I looked up expecting to see a bird but sure enough I was into my first carp of the year, which turned out to be a 21lb 10oz common. There was a hard frost that night, and believe me, from getting out my bag into that and then holding a carp for catch pictures sure does wake you up quick!

The following week I returned to the lake and went in a swim called Laurie’s which also fishes out into the same bit of open water, and I felt pretty sure that the fish were still in this area. Nothing had been caught since my last fish so I wasn’t really expecting too much. The wind had got up and was seriously strong at times, but thankfully I was on the back of it because it felt very cold and I thought the fish may have backed off it slightly. At about 4.00pm one of the rods suddenly burst into life. I couldn’t believe it because the fishing was so slow. Sure enough a carp was on the end and it decided to take me into a cove on the island. I felt the line tighten up and the fish snagged me briefly then started moving again, so I whipped the waders on and walked in to a bit of depth to net the fish. After a quick plod up and down a few times my second carp of the year was in the net, so I called my mate Shaun to come and give us a hand and do some pics because he is brilliant with a camera. The fish turned out to be a dark looking 30lb 6oz mirror that I didn’t recognise so I was well chuffed.

Nothing else happened that trip for me but another member, Pete, down the other end on the savage wind had a right result banking a 30lb 4oz and the Chinese common at 53lb 8oz (he also had his bivvy blow away at around 2.00am, so fair play to him for getting the well earned result).

Knowing there were still quite a lot of big ‘uns going to make an appearance, I was gagging to get back again, but how my days off fell meant that I’d have to go on the Sunday, but with it being Easter weekend the following Monday would be a bank holiday. When I arrived I expected it to be rammed out with anglers only to find that all 12 people who had been on were going and I was on the lake on my own! I decided to go in the Hole in the Bush again after a very slow weekend. The next morning Shaun was down in the next swim and was champing at the bit to get off the mark, as he hadn’t caught any as yet, and he is usually one of the first to get a bite. The following morning though it was his turn, and in proper Shaun style he had a double take! The first one was 51lb and the other was 49lb 8oz. How mad is that?

I was feeling like I needed to really pull something out the bag in order to catch this week, because they were the only two fish out and there were now quite a few people on again. I’d spotted a ghosty in a small channel next to my swim and baited the area just before dark with a handful of DT Cold Water Mix. When I looked in there the following day, I saw the ghosty straight away, and noticed that it wasn’t alone because there were also a few mirrors with it. I wound my rods in and clipped some light leads on a couple of them, lowering them into position when the carp drifted to one side. My mate Elliott from Korda had rang me for a catch-up, and whist having a chat one of the rods melted off on the floor. I dropped the phone and after a very hard fight that pretty much took me to my limits, a monster carp and new personal best mirror of 49lb 6oz was in the net. I was left shaking and feeling a bit sick but my God it was worth it!

 

As I’m sitting writing this I’m already thinking about my next trip and what may be in stall for me.

 

Until next time tight lines.

 

Martin Pick.

 

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

With action not being particularly forthcoming, I decided I’d take a couple of rods and go and fish where I’d seen a few carp for a while.

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

49lb 6oz – what a result!

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

Back you go!

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Picky’s Big Carp Blog – April 2015

Posted by: Martin Pick on April 10th, 2015

This season seems to be on a flyer so far. I started going again at the start of March after a bit of a break for the winter. After a couple of blanks I started to see the odd fish out by the island in the hole in the bush swim. Nothing had been caught at all for a couple of weeks so all I had to go on was the very few fish I’d seen show the week before. The island is a bit far for me to get a rig to being between 140 to 150 yards away. I’ll hold my hands up now and say my accurate casting range is up to around the 120 mark so I had a lead around and found a couple of nice areas as far as I dared to go, leaving myself a little bit of room in case the wind picked-up and I then struggled to hit the spots. I lightly baited the spots with three-to-four Spombs of DT Cold Water Mix per rod, and with not much happening, I decided to leave the rods out for a full two days and nights, as the birds were leaving me alone and I know my rig would be fine.

On the last morning I woke at first light to a slow take. I looked up expecting to see a bird but sure enough I was into my first carp of the year, which turned out to be a 21lb 10oz common. There was a hard frost that night, and believe me, from getting out my bag into that and then holding a carp for catch pictures sure does wake you up quick!

The following week I returned to the lake and went in a swim called Laurie’s which also fishes out into the same bit of open water, and I felt pretty sure that the fish were still in this area. Nothing had been caught since my last fish so I wasn’t really expecting too much. The wind had got up and was seriously strong at times, but thankfully I was on the back of it because it felt very cold and I thought the fish may have backed off it slightly. At about 4.00pm one of the rods suddenly burst into life. I couldn’t believe it because the fishing was so slow. Sure enough a carp was on the end and it decided to take me into a cove on the island. I felt the line tighten up and the fish snagged me briefly then started moving again, so I whipped the waders on and walked in to a bit of depth to net the fish. After a quick plod up and down a few times my second carp of the year was in the net, so I called my mate Shaun to come and give us a hand and do some pics because he is brilliant with a camera. The fish turned out to be a dark looking 30lb 6oz mirror that I didn’t recognise so I was well chuffed.

Nothing else happened that trip for me but another member, Pete, down the other end on the savage wind had a right result banking a 30lb 4oz and the Chinese common at 53lb 8oz (he also had his bivvy blow away at around 2.00am, so fair play to him for getting the well earned result).

Knowing there were still quite a lot of big ‘uns going to make an appearance, I was gagging to get back again, but how my days off fell meant that I’d have to go on the Sunday, but with it being Easter weekend the following Monday would be a bank holiday. When I arrived I expected it to be rammed out with anglers only to find that all 12 people who had been on were going and I was on the lake on my own! I decided to go in the Hole in the Bush again after a very slow weekend. The next morning Shaun was down in the next swim and was champing at the bit to get off the mark, as he hadn’t caught any as yet, and he is usually one of the first to get a bite. The following morning though it was his turn, and in proper Shaun style he had a double take! The first one was 51lb and the other was 49lb 8oz. How mad is that?

I was feeling like I needed to really pull something out the bag in order to catch this week, because they were the only two fish out and there were now quite a few people on again. I’d spotted a ghosty in a small channel next to my swim and baited the area just before dark with a handful of DT Cold Water Mix. When I looked in there the following day, I saw the ghosty straight away, and noticed that it wasn’t alone because there were also a few mirrors with it. I wound my rods in and clipped some light leads on a couple of them, lowering them into position when the carp drifted to one side. My mate Elliott from Korda had rang me for a catch-up, and whist having a chat one of the rods melted off on the floor. I dropped the phone and after a very hard fight that pretty much took me to my limits, a monster carp and new personal best mirror of 49lb 6oz was in the net. I was left shaking and feeling a bit sick but my God it was worth it!

 

As I’m sitting writing this I’m already thinking about my next trip and what may be in stall for me.

 

Until next time tight lines.

 

Martin Pick.

 

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

With action not being particularly forthcoming, I decided I’d take a couple of rods and go and fish where I’d seen a few carp for a while.

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

49lb 6oz – what a result!

Martin Pick – April 2015 – Blog – Trakker

Back you go!

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