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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June 2016 - Rick Golder

Rick recounts what he’s been up to over the months of May and June as he takes on his new target water while getting a bit of practice and confidence in using a boat for the majority of the fishing on this lake, it’s a steep learning curve, but one with huge rewards to be had. I had been on one trip to the big pit, my new adventure for this year, and as well as proving a considerable new challenge, it was a massive learning experience too. Fishing using a boat is indeed a new skill, and whilst it has...

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You Gotta Go Lookin' - Steve Metcalfe

At the start of June last year (2015) I was offered a ticket on a very special pit, one which I had known of for a long time, as a few friends had fished it some 15 years previous. The pit in question is very mature, maybe around 10 acres in size, gin clear water, littered with weed beds, bars and snags a-plenty. Not only that but the pit is positioned in a prime location, surrounded by woodland and wild farmland, it is a true carp hunter’s paradise if ever I’d seen one.   When I first met the owner, we had...

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January 2016 - Rick Golder

Continuing on from my last blog, I’d had a single night session on the new water, one that held only a handful of carp, but my target being a historic old mirror, a daunting prospect in 16 acres of snag and feature filled pit. The positives were that the lake was nice and quiet; in fact I only really saw 2 others fishing it, which gave me a decent chance of finding an area and priming it up. My two friends who had caught the big mirror in the past had given me lots of help and advice, and as...

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October 2015 - Rick Golder

In early August I began thinking about my autumn fishing, and where I wanted to fish more precisely. The summer school holiday months I tend to only do single nights, fishing close to home and taking the kids for a few sessions. I’d taken my older boy to a club lake a couple of times for day sessions, and we’d had a fantastic time, with him catching fish up to 17lbs on his own rods, in fact he out fished me on each occasion! It was great though, and as well as us spending time together, I’m sure these activities...

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A Weekend With Friends - Romuald Laurent

France has lots of venues and lakes to be fished. The region where I live is surrounded by water. Lots of magical destinations offer their swims to let me indulge in my passion. This also enables me to test and try lots of products and approaches but also to admire mother-nature in various ways. The aim is always the same, live my passion at its most. This being kept in mind I decided to take two of my team mates on this journey. The issue to find a common date is always quite tricky, but ‘where there is a will there...

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