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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Kicking off 2017 - Ryan Searle

I arrived at the club lake in darkness on the Friday night and it was surprisingly busy, so after a brief look around I chose a swim that controls a lot of water as well as a roped off area which the fish can often be found behind as it offers both cover and sanctuary. The night passed by quietly, so i got up early on the Saturday morning, choosing to spend my time looking for signs of movement, intently watching the water. After seeing an area of fizzing at the opposite end of the lake, I decided to make the move. Upon arrival in the swim I baited a...

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2016; A Change of Fortune - Garry Carlton

Garry Carlton looks back at his angling throughout 2016, if you’re ready for a full-blown roller coaster ride, then strap yourselves in, and get ready as Garry experiences it all through the year, ups, downs, mishaps, success, you name it, he felt it!   It's fair to say that things didn’t go quite to plan in 2016! I decided to join a certain South Yorkshire syndicate in the hope of landing one of the three big mirrors that reside there, but it wasn't to be. The lake was far busier than I anticipated and I was struggling to get to grips with it....

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Project 4lb Perch - Matthew Fernandez

One of my winter targets is to catch a 4lb+ perch but with a busy work schedule and a hectic family life it's hard to get the time in, but luckily every Friday I finish work at 12.30pm giving me enough time to squeeze in and try and catch my intended quarry. Only having Friday afternoons also means that whatever the weather, I have to go for it. Whereas when I had time at my disposal I'd only fish when it's higher than 7 degrees and overcast this is just my personal preference as I've found the perch will feed...

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The Older The Better - Marv Wait

My own fishing is done on a multitude of waters, although I am known for heading off on little city centre canal adventures in my hometown of Sheffield, I also love to fish large, windswept pits with my mobile approach, though I can also never turn down the opportunity to have a fish on smaller, more intimate and often a little overgrown lakes hidden in the many corners of the UK. To be fair, I just enjoy fishing and there is something about all of the above types of venue which I absolutely love and if you described any of...

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A Session To Remember - Ryan Searle

On this particular weekend back in July, which was one I will possibly struggle to emulate, I opted to fish a swim that controls a lot of water and gives the opportunity to fish to the rope that cordons off the 'sanctuary' of the lake, a specified 'no fishing' area, it's often a place that the fish like to hold up when there's some pressure on, and they do it in numbers too. I set up my gear on the Saturday in this swim because it was looking really good in here, with fish showing just over the back of the rope. I originally baited...

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When A Plan Comes Together - Brian Wingard

As I begin to write, this the year is quickly moving by. We are just about to hit November and my October carp fishing was extremely satisfying to say the least. Growing up I always watched the A-Team television show and I think Hannibal sums it up by saying “I love it when a plan comes together” So, to start off my first Cygnet blog I have been fishing for carp 10 years now. I am from the United States and the amount of anglers getting into the sport is increasing every day. Even though we all fish for ourselves, I...

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Losing A Rare Jewel - Garry Carlton

I have always had an affinity for small, intimate, tree lined pools. Carpy little venues with overgrown banks and densely weeded areas where you can get up close and personal with your quarry. One such venue was Yarwell. Yarwell, named after the local village, was situated on farmland just seven miles from Stamford and a stone's throw from the River Nene. The first time I visited Yarwell was mid May 2012, this was just a reconnaissance, I was actually fishing another lake in the area and simply called in for a look around. It was raining heavily and the lake was deserted....

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In Search Of Royalty - Garry Carlton

My time on the bank is, and always has been, very limited (the downside of working in a busy tackle shop). With this in mind, when choosing a venue, I have to be realistic. There is little point in targeting a 200 acre pit containing half a dozen fish, the chances are I would probably never see a carp, let alone catch one! Everyone seems overly obsessed with size these days and "how big?" is the first thing most people ask when discussing fish stocks and targets! Don't get me wrong, fishing for lumps is a real buzz for me as...

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