Floodwater Success - Ash Morton

After a lot of recent rubbish weather and struggling to catch a few decent pike this winter it’s had me thinking about getting back on the river for a "BIG" Barbel as time is running out and they're piling the weight on. The only problem was that the Trent was in the fields in places and well flooded, I’ve not really done much floodwater fishing as usually at that time of the year I’m oten fishing for other species. By midweek the water level had peaked and I thought about driving over and having an evening session after work on the Friday which would...

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Joining the hundred club! - Ash Morton

My last session out on the bank was spent by the mighty River Trent, I was wanting to start fishing for the Zander, but I was still enjoying my barbel fishing so much that I opted to fish one rod for each, plus I was only six barbel away from catching 100 barbel for the season. I've been having a few bumper sessions of the last month or so, so I really wanted to try and hit that target. My line of attack for the zander was a headless roach/dace mounted on two size 8 trebles and a free-running 4oz lead cast just into the edge of the...

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A Change Of Scenery - Rick Townley

Rick Townley treads the path of a lake he’s often observed from a-far, but not ventured through the gates, until now that is. Upon reading the following you’ll find yourself wanting to wet a line there in the future too, as it definitely hooked Rick!   Although I only live around 20 minutes from The Quarry it is a place I’ve often heard stories of and always kept an eye on with interest but for some reason never ventured through its gate. Quite possibly due to the fact I like to concentrate on a certain syndicate, targeting a particular fish and once...

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Pre-Baiting Pays - Roy Allen

This Spring I had the privilege of becoming part of a small syndicate containing a few very special carp, known as The Lodge Lakes Syndicate, Thatcham. The lake holds between 10-15 carp in around 4 acres of water. As with all new venues, getting one bite was always going to be my main aim, just to try and get off the mark as such, especially on such a low-stocked pond, would be an achievement. I started fishing in March and April and both were really difficult months. The clarity of the water was awful and the fish were not showing at...

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Time For Tench - Matthew Fernandez

A double figure tench has been hot on my radar for a long time. So this spring I wanted to put 110% effort into my tench fishing. Half the battle is finding the venues which hold these mythical creatures, but fortunately i'm a member of a syndicate which holds such specimens so it's just down to me to try and achieve my dream. After catching the specimen crucian I was after I was hyped to start my tench fishing. My first session was towards the end of April, early for some tench Angler's but I was keen as mustard.   With limited time...

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An Invite to The Whitehouse Pt2 - Garry Carlton

After Garry’s first instalment "An Invite to The Whitehouse" he’s carried on the story of his time on the Deepings syndicate. If you thought his first year on the water was good after catching Black Spot then you better read on…   It's safe to say, from an angling perspective, we have good years and bad years, 2009 had been a good year, made all the more special by my September capture of the mighty Black Spot at a whopping 50lb plus! Deepings one had always been known as an absolute grueller of a winter water, so I decided to leave it well...

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Spring Gold - Matthew Fernandez

This winter has been one of the coldest for a while, so I was gagging for that spring warmth! Although this winter was a productive one fish-wise, I was glad to see the back of it. I'm not a big fan of the cold or the amount of darkness that comes with the winter. It wasn't long and the trotting and perch gear was stored away and I began to think of "bars of gold" the magnificent crucian. I only had a couple of sessions lined up for the crucians this spring, due to family commitments but my first session...

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An Invite To The Whitehouse - Garry Carlton

Northern big carp angler Garry Carlton takes us back ten years to relive his time on, what is now, one of the most well-known and talked about big fish carp waters in the Midlands. Back to a time when all was kept quiet and this prolific home of the giants was not even on the radar of the majority of carp anglers due to the strict ‘no publicity’ rule.   In the summer of 2007 my good friend Dean Lomas contacted me to inform me he had landed a new personal best, a humping great mirror of 43lb! I was really pleased...

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My Quest For a 4lb Perch - Matthew Fernandez

After several blanks I finally got amongst the perch and found where they liked to feed at dusk, the prime time to catch a big old stripy! With minimal time at my disposal I'd get the odd afternoon after work and the odd day's holiday to use. I was lucky enough to catch a few different 3lb+ perch and lots of 2lb+ perch this winter along with a recapture of a 3lb 8oz perch. I was happy and confident with my approach and thought that it would just be a matter of getting to the lake when the conditions were bang right for a bite. Sadly,...

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March 2017 'It's been grim up North' - Marv Wait

Well, where do I start? James has been asking for a blog for months, but if I am honest, I felt that I didn't have enough material (or carp) to do one. It's not for the lack of trying I can tell you! Then it hit me and I made the call to James to let him know I'll be doing my blog, but from now on my blogs are going to be just that, come rain or shine, win or lose, it’s just going to be about what I’ve been up to, pulling no punches and letting you all...

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