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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September 2016 - Dale Turner

Hello everyone, this is my first Cygnet blog. I’ve not really done a great deal of fishing this year so far, well, tell a lie I fished hard in the spring months up to the 1st of May at my Essex syndicate; Golden Gates, which, if any of you follow me on social media you probably already know that I'm after a very large common in there, known as ‘The Bulldozer’. This is my 5th year on Golden Gates now and it may well be my last as I think life is too short to be chasing one carp around,...

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Trusty Hardware Required - Joe Turnbull

My tackle hardware is important to me and setting up my rods no matter when or where has to be both easy and efficient. I can’t be doing with heavy gear, and that includes all my luggage too. I always opt for the lightest possible equipment that will serve me well, while still maintaining strength and reliability. To me, tackle items are tools of my trade and I will say with my hand on my heart that I don’t actually treat my stuff very well. It gets thrown about like your tools would do in a tool bag and as...

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August 2016 - Marv Wait

Well, as I sit and tap this out, it's currently the middle of August and if I am completely honest with myself I don't really feel as if I’ve settled on this year’s choice of syndicate water. I decided to spend a year on a syndicate locally, and concentrate on doing quick nights in between work, the majority of them being around 12hrs, and even though I have had a few fish, it seems that the bigger girls are avoiding me like the plague. I think one of the reasons I don't seem to be enjoying it, is that compared to...

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