Ali Laird thought the weather looked spot on for a bit of Autumn carping and acting on this hunch headed to Jennetts. He enjoyed a brilliant session banking seven carp including fish of 23lb 7oz, 21lb 14oz ,19lb plus 3 good doubles and a little mirror.
BB wrote of Carp Fishers in his delightful tome “Confessions of a carp fisher”.
“ And then there are carp fishers, or should I say, carp addicts. These are very strange men indeed. Carp Fishing is a must curious form of fishing and calls for a very special turn of mind and character. First there is the quality of patience. Your habitual carp fisher is a man of inexhaustible patience, no angler born has more than he, not even a wild sad eyed heron has greater patience and, I may add, watchfulness.”
Much has changed in the carp fishing world since BB penned confessions in 1950. This was prior to Dick Walker catching the British Record carp of 44lb in 1952.
The days of mystery have by and large gone with carp fishing now big business with many lakes crowded. The methods used for carp fishing have changed dramatically since those far off days revolutionised by the innovations of the eighties and following decades.
I fished with a degree of intensity for carp during the eighties my imagination fired by the literacy of Chris Yates, BB, Walker, Rod Hutchinson, Kevin Maddox, Tim Paisley and several others.
I return occasionally to carp fishing and have had a succession of blanks in the past twelve months. A couple of trips to Jennets have not seen the alarms screaming out which has to a degree increased the desire to connect again.
On my latest trip I arrived a little later than intended at around 7:30am to see a rod bent into action in the first swim. I knew I should have got up earlier! Still I set up half way along the res and put baits out against the far margin. Whist it seemed right at first I had a nagging feeling to move up to the shallower end of the lake.
By midday I was in my new swim and put one bait in the near margin and one to the far bank with a scattering of freebees around each. And so, the wait began again. I often liken carp fishing to a game of chess; the issue is to a degree that there is a board and we make our move but cannot see the pieces on the board or sometimes not even the board! There are so many factors to ponder upon as the wait goes on. Confidence is a major factor for without this doubt creeps in regarding the bait, location, rig etc.
Its not a problem waiting beside a carp lake in summer amid a bouquet of wild summer flowers. The occasional glimpse of a kingfisher and the constant background restful tones of birdsong.
It often goes quiet between 1.00pm and 5.00pm so a lack of action didn’t matter too much until early evening. Shortly after 6.00pm a carp rolled over my baits and expectation grew. I hovered expectantly and felt sure a chance would come.
Just after 7.00pm the Delkim screamed out the bobbin rose and I jumped to the rod lifting into thin air. This proved to be my only chance of the day and I packed away at 9.00pm.
As I walked back I came across a small group fishing the first two swims one of whom was into a decent fish. They had been fishing since 5.00pm targeting the session over the prime time. After a few moments a handsome common was in the net and pulled the scales to 18lb 6oz. The angler was well known local angler Chris Connaughton who was using Remix Secret pop ups and Lakebed Leads products.
I was very impressed with the care taken with the handling, weighing and photographing of the fish. An important factor in these enlightened days of fishing.
As I walked away I pondered on the fact that I had seen two carp caught all day one as I arrived the other as I left. Perhaps twelve hours is not long enough! Or perhaps I should just arrive to fish early morning or late evening ensuring I get there first thing or stay till last thing?
14 fished , Simon Maunder drew peg 2 on the point and fished a short pole shallow using dead reds he has fed groundbait corn and maggots to win today with a terrific weight of bream and roach. Neilsen Jeffery was drawn on the first bank on peg 12 he also fished shallow but on a whip for net of 200 plus roach and skimmers for second. Third place went to Pete Slade on peg 14 fishing full depth for 300 plus fish.
Jason Tee has been in fine form at day ticket water Jennetts reservoir, Bideford, and has landed seven 20lb+ fish in his last couple of visits all on boilie hookbaits with the largest going to 27.03.
Ben Pearman fished a 48hr session at Slade Reservoir to celebrate his birthdayand was rewarded for his effort with 4 carp the biggest being a fine common weighing 23lb 12oz all caught on sticky baits krill.
Ben Smeeth Countryside and Angling Manager – Sent me these reports of stunning fish and images from our local South West Lakes Trust Waters
John Deprieelle spent some time on day ticket venue Lower Tamar last week and had this to say about his session:
‘Well the carp fishing didn’t go quite to plan so I took bailiff Bobs advice and went to the very end peg which looked great and had fish everywhere in front of me. I lost a big fish within 30 mins of casting out and that was it. I had a few bream though and this 9lb fish was the best of the bunch taken on an 8mm pinapple pop up. The sunset was amazing!’
Ryan Wilshere caught this cracking 27.10 Common from day ticket venue Jennetts Reservoir recently. Ryan fished the far margin from the first few pegs and the fish fell to a Mainline Essential IB pop up fished over a scattering of essential cell boilies. (Below)
Brad Laughton has been having great success on day ticket venue Jennetts reservoir, just outside Bideford, Devon. Brad recently caught 10 fish over two day sessions all landed using a hinged stiff rig cast tight to the far margin over a bed of QC Baits red candy boilies. The three commons attached weighed 25lb, 22lb 14oz and 20lb. Top Angling Brad!
22lb 14oz Brad Laughton
Whilst not North Devon fish I could not resist putting up these fish caught at Old Mill Near Dartmouth a water I fished once twenty odd years a go with some success. The two fish look fitting captures from this Old atmospheric water.
John Kneebone and Amy Maunder had these stunning mirrors from syndicate water Old Mill reservoir Near Dartmouth, Devon, part of the South West Lakes Trust portfolio. Amy’s was 20lb on the nose and John’s 18.04. both fish were caught on Mainline Essential Cell boilies.
Catching carp off the surface has to be one of the most exciting ways of tempting them and at times most frustrating. Watching the carps approach to a bait is riveting and the sight of a big pair of lips closing on the bait extremely pleasing. Shelley Gordon had a terrific session on day ticket venue Jennetts reservoir near Bideford (North Devon) on Friday 24th June landing four carp all off the surface using dog biscuits and bread. The commons weighed 14lb 10oz, 16lb 1oz, 18lb 4oz and a new PB of 22lb 7oz.