A totally different day to part one, in store was local rain showers, overcast which isn’t an awful thing. A gusty South Westerly wind was blowing so at least that was in my favour for a bit of stalking with the fish following a warm wind.
I turned up to the neglected day ticket water and it looked as if there was one angler on the Doughnut-shaped pool so got my target water pretty much to myself. Then the heavens opened! With my drench wear gear on and gear all set up I set off to see what I could find, firstly I popped to the canal pool where I saw a good ripple on the water blowing into the left hand bay. A load of grass cuttings and pollen collected over to the left which was pretty still to be sheltered by the over-hanging trees and shrubs. I made the decision to attack the neglected water first and come back later after scattering a few glugged dog biscuits. I left the canal pool with no sign of any fish feeding thinking it would be a hard day at the office. I arrived at the neglected water which was looking lovely as ever, with the wind blowing into the right hand bay so I decided to fish a swim ¾ of the way down into the bay, covered by a large chestnut tree to the left and a shrub growing out into the water to the right and open water in front of me. I fed a few biscuits both into the near margin and about 30 yards out with the throwing stick to gage whether the carp were going to be feeding in these testing conditions.
Within a couple of minutes they were onto the biscuits about 30 yards out in open water so I put some out around 15 yards in to pull them closer for casting purposes; as I was only using a single trimmed down washed out pink pop up. The carp start moving in towards the biscuits in the margin with the odd one popping up in the snags to the right of me. So I sat and waited for the carp to show themselves in the margin, up pops one then two. I managed to drop my hook bait slowly in front of a very dark greedy common. Boom! Fish on! After very lack lustre fight and she was in the net. Absolutely scale perfect common. Not too big but worth catching. Within a couple of minutes they were back at it again, even the rain couldn’t put them off. I re-tied a new surface rig and re-bait the hair with a trimmed down pop up and sit and wait for a bigger fish to show themselves. I spot a rather big mirror milling about in the right hand snag feeding on the biscuits being blown down into the left hand bay. By throwing a few biscuits in front of the snag, I tried to coax her out so I can present my hook bait. Out she came sure enough, snaffling at the freebies. I slowly lowered my hook bait in front of her and… Boom! Like a steam train she was off over to the far bank of the lake where there is a fallen tree. I tightened the clutch to try and slow her down but she wasn’t having any of it. The rod bent double so I switched to back-wind on my reel to try and gain a bit of control; but no she wanted to get to that far margin and she did. It was all over seconds, I’d lost her! AAAARRRRRGGGG! Another one lost! I was left wondering what on earth I had to do to catch the larger residents out of this lake. Keep keeping on! With the loss of that fish, and still kicking myself I went off looking for other fish as I wanted to rest swim for a bit. I walked around the lake throwing a few biscuits in the margins and snags to see if I could get any carp taking confidently. After half an hour or so looking for fish, I chose to go back to the swim I was originally fishing on. Sure enough they were back milling around; they definitely liked following the wind in this lake and following my treats I put in. So on re-tying a new surface rig and rebating I sat and waited again, I spotted a group of fish tails up grubbing around in the margin after a tasty morsel. I thought to myself I should of brought my heavier gear but hey ho sit and wait. In the spot the big mirror was when I hooked her, I could see a couple of fish about 6 inches below the surface so I lower my hook bait in the water stealthy and one comes straight up for it.
Boom! In again, a very hard fighting long fish who tried to get into the snags either side of me and stayed low in the water. After a good 15 minute scrap she was in the net; a very long good looking warrior. Not the biggest, but well chuffed with this one, a cracker! I unhooked her, weighed, photo and safely got her back to the water. After that fish I decided to go back up to the canal pool to see what we could find. Gear packed up, cradle on shoulder and bucket in hand I made tracks.
I arrived at the canal pool and spot fish milling around in the cuttings and pollen in the left hand bay. With anticipation I cast towards a common feasting on the freebies and straight away the fish swam towards my hook bait. Boom! In again with a hard fighting common, not a bad start on this pool I made the right choice to go down to the neglected water first. With the common in the net I prepared the camera and scales for the photo and weight.
Bizarrely I had got fish taking biscuits within a foot off the bank with the cuttings. I spotted a fish just off the reeds so I slowly lowered my bait in front of her and straight away I was in again. A hard fighting fish, again staying low in the water. After an arm aching 15 minutes she was in the net; a pristine looking mirror! I caught a couple of smaller commons but the elusive big fish has got away again. One day I think and they love the washed out floater so head held high I make my way back home.
SSP Team Member
My day starts as usual doing the school run and walking the hound; the sun just breaking through the clouds with a very light south westerly breeze. Time spent thinking to myself, ‘work’s quiet at the moment so perfect for a bit of surface fishing at the neglected day ticket water.’ I got back from walking the dog and quickly grabbed my surface gear and a bucket full of dog biscuits and a pot of mixed System-X pop-ups. After a 15 minute drive I arrived at the water. Not a soul there except for the old boy that bailiffs the water, and his dog Tilly. He’s a funny old boy exchanging the usual friendly banter and royalties.
The first water I targeted was what I call the canal pool. Not a very big water so you can chuck biscuits on hair from the bank to the other side comfortably. Sized at around three quarters of an acre in length and well matured as it was dug in the early 1960’s. It holds a handful of big fish which haven’t been caught for a while which makes it a very interesting small water. There’s a few very good looking fish lurking around, from mid double to lower twenties with some old warriors amongst them. The fish themselves tend to hang out underneath the willow trees hugging the far bank; the water is also covered with pollen and catkins from the willow trees. Due to the time of year, the fish tend to sit under the scum looking for a tasty morsel. I fed a few loose System-X glugged biscuits to get the fish milling about, and after a couple of minutes a few fish gave themselves away by breaking through the scum with their lips sucking on the freebies. Thinking to myself I will try a different approach today instead of the usual 2 biscuits on the hair I tried a trimmed down System-X washed out pink pop up to give them something different to think about. I utilised 14lbs mainline tied to a 12lb surface line with a size 10 curved hook with a short hair tight to the hook as the carp get easily spooked in this pool.
I eagerly got the gear set up and ready to go and quickly spotted a rather large common milling around in the separated parts of the scum looking for food. I cast past him and slowly retrieved the hook bait into the area of interest. He quickly turned towards my offering… While my heart raced with anticipation his large mouth sucks in my hook bait! I strike! The fish on the soft rod I’m using lunged into action, line peeling off the reel spool and then! No hook pull! Gutted!!! Straight away I spotted a fish struggling to gut up in the upper layers of the water, a very wide and fat fish which appeared to be a mirror. I cast straight back out towards the mirror, which straight away sucked in the hook bait from a good 6 inches. I struck, but straight out again! Aaaarrrrhhhh! Absolutely gutted as that was another big one gone. Frustrated and annoyed with myself I decided to move onto another pool and come back later when I’ve calmed down!
The middle pool holds loads of fish more for the pleasure angler with a few big ones in amongst them. I put a few biscuits out with a throwing stick and pretty much straight away they’re up and feeding. Using the same tactic, I cast out straight away into a chunky little common, leading myself to believe they like something different, just like the pink floating pop up I offered. With the common in the net and me happier now after the disappointment earlier, I unhooked her and slipped her back to her watery home. I re-baited the hook link and got it straight back out there to the feeding fish. Not long and I was back into another fish. This time a long lean mirror! An hour passes and have caught 4 fish, nothing big but they’re loving the washed out pink pop up approach. It was time to wonder down to my favourite pool of the three, the neglected one with some old warriors and a few large residents in.
The weather had changed from partly cloudy to bright sunshine with not a cloud in the sky. It was very warm with no breeze at all so not really the best conditions as the fish seemed more interested in sunbathing; plus they have spawning on their minds with the water temperature creeping up. I scouted a group of fish swimming around at leisurely pace tacking the odd morsel off the surface so flicked some biscuits to them and they swim straight past. While thinking it was going to be a struggle, all of a sudden, one of the fish separates from the group and decides to feed on the freebies so I quickly cast my bait to him. Taking the free offerings confidently he swims straight to my hook! These fish in this pool fight a lot harder than the others in the other two waters. After a 20 minute scrap he’s in the net; a lovely unscathed mirror, I bite the line and let him rest in the net as by then it was quite warm and humid; so after a minute or two I unhooked him in the cradle. Not a huge fish, but a stunner with a massive paddle. I rehydrated him with a tub of water and put him in the sling to weigh. A few photos later and he were back in the water. After my catch a few more fish decided to feed on the freebies, so I put a few more out to keep them occupied and spotted a very long mirror amongst them… easily 30lb so I made that my target for my next cast. I tied a new hook link and re- baited with the reliable pink pop up. Spotting my target fish about 2 rod lengths from the spot I’d been feeding I flicked the hook bait to the mirror, out of nowhere, without sight or warning, I struck into a large fish. The reel screamed and soon stripped 50 yard of line from me. After a very strong couple of runs the fish decided to come back to me about a rods length from the bank plodding back and forth staying tight to the bottom of the lake bed. Seeing the fish for the first time, I managed to ease her towards the surface telling myself not to rush. But ‘twang’, the surface line had snapped! “Aaaaaarrrrrrhhhhhh” I yelled up the bank fuming. They say bad luck comes in threes and it does! 3 big fish lost! Feeling really angry with myself I decided to go back up to the canal pool to see if we can winkle a couple out as the fish in neglected pool had all spooked after losing that fish.
The fish on the canal pool were still in the scum looking for food. So using the same tactics, I spot a fish a couple of feet off the bank so popped my hook bait where the fish were feeding… Boom! Straight away with a lovely mid-double mirror. Unhooked her, photo was taken and slipped her back into the water. But pretty much straight away I’m into another fish! This time a really hard fighting mid double mirror, a real beauty. A little bit happier but still kicking myself, especially losing the big mirror on the neglected pool, I decided to call it a day with having to pick the better half up from work. I will be back and one of the 3 escaped fish will be mine! Keep keeping on!
SSP Baits Team Member
Being a father of 3 and house husband/stay-at-home dad is all about balance with family life so my fishing time is limited to once every other weekend or a few hours mid-week when the kids are at school and 36hr to 72hr sessions are limited to maybe twice a year, a lot of the time I’m fishing my local park pool which has a lot of history or fishing other local day ticket venues with the odd trip to either Linear fisheries or RH fisheries, so with limited time on the back I need to have confidence in the bait I’m using to catch fish.
Over the years carp fishing I’ve tried all the known brands of baits out there and then taking the step into making my own bait for a few years before returning back to the known brands but I found myself swapping and changing baits and before long you have to many options and little confidence in what your using, So I told myself I needed to stick to one bait company for a whole year and go from there.
I first heard of SSP Baits while at Carpin’ on in Essex in 2016, but never tried the bait then, I followed them on Instagram and watched the results speak for themselves, it wasn’t until August 2016 that I met an Angler using them to great success and I managed to get on the field tester team and started catching from the go and my confidence in the bait and in my own fishing grew and grew, even more so when a trip to Linear fisheries Oxlease and the end of September 2016 I managed to catch a new P.B and my first 30lb carp with a mirror at 36lb 8oz on the System-X bait range.
Fast forward a year and the bait is still catching me fish, my other love of photography which I use for SSP product shots saw me invited to join the consultancy team which I jumped at, furthermore the release of a new test bait for the testers to use has increased my confidence in SSP even more which close to 100 carp caught in a year of using it with no signs of it slowing down and I wouldn’t want it any other way, the SSP Baits field tester are a great bunch to work with and look forward to many more years of success with the team.
By Karl Powers
Team SSP Baits Consultant
The neglected day ticket water is such a lovely carpy lake in deepest Worcestershire. There are three pools within the complex comprising of a small rectangle pool with some old Wiley warriors residing in the deep margin waters; and a doughnut shaped pool surrounded by tree lined margins and a well-established tree lined island comprising of a mixed array of fish for the pleasure angler.
The third pool is a boomerang shaped water around 3 acres; a natural looking pool with a few fallen trees, uninhabited pegs to fish from (basically clear your own). An absolutely stunning water with some stunning old warriors and some rather large finicky residents amongst them. This water has been totally neglected in a way and not many anglers take the time to take a look around and try their angling skills except for us odd few who like a challenge.
I turn up at the waters, the weather looking bang on: warm breeze and intermittent cloud cover. After doing the usual school run there was not a soul there, so I had three waters to myself but will be targeting the Boomerang pool. I fished with one rod as its pretty much hit and hold tactics and fishing clear spots in the margins, the fish happily feed in the margins, throwing up tail patterns giving themselves away but with an air of caution.
After walking around the pool for a good hour I found a margin clear spot. Three feet to the right of me was a fallen Silver Birch tree totally uprooted; and to the left, a Willow tree overhanging into the water with a bramble bush entangling between the branches leaving a total of around a three to four foot channel between snags nice and tight. The peg down to the water is overgrown with a small shrub at the water’s edge and a small concrete slab at the bottom of the cut out. The spot I fished is basically part of the peg an old 3 x 2 slab fallen in the pool over time, sat at an angle in the margin around 18 inches deep near the bank and which drops away to 4ft around 2ft out, so the fish like to feed off the slab and scoot of into the depths of the margin or into the snag on the left. The slab was build-up of clean clay on it so was perfect to utilise. Opposite the swim was another fallen tree off the far bank which is out of bounds also. The far bank being about 100yards from my peg.
I start by trickling in some 2mm System x pellet and a mixture of 12mm and 16mm System x boilie, chops and crumb then sit and wait. Within a couple of minutes I see a couple of shadows come out of the left hand margin and straight on the spot confidently, coming and going for the next half hour I decided to get the gear set up eagerly wanting to trap one of the scaly leviathans.
As I’m only fishing the margins I used a Kodex 10 ft 2 ¼ through action rod, Mitchell baby pit reel with 18lb Katran Synapse line, safety lead clip with 3oz Choddy lead, quick clip, 8 inch Hamilton multi rig with a size 8 Mozzy curved hook with a 12mm System-X dark silt hook bait chopped down. Fishing single bank sticks and pretty much fully locked up with the rod well tucked away up the bank and slack line running over the side of the bank I waited with anticipation.
There were a few fish up near the surface taking in the warm of the sun maybe looking for a surface bait or too, kicking myself I didn’t bring the dog biscuits with me, thinking to myself I could try a trimmed down white pop up later on.
I watch the spot glancing over the bank edge I see about four fish happily scoffing on my freebies to the right of my hook bait all of a sudden a fish swims straight towards my hook bait and boom “We’re in!” the Delkim screams. I hit into a very lively fish heading straight towards the fallen tree to the right of me I manage to turn her back towards me and hold him there lulling on the bottom a couple minutes later, up pops a fat little common around 12lbs; great scrap and cracking looking fish, I slip her back to her watery home. Well chuffed but nowhere near as big as some of the fish I have seen come into the swim. I fed the spot back up and all’s quiet for the next half hour or so. So I decided to target a couple of fish on the surface further round the pool, so I swap the gear over to surface method which comprised of 4ft of Fox Illusion surface line size 10 curved Mozzy hook to a hair which is loaded with a 16mm trimmed down white System-X white washed out pop up. With the gear swapped over I stroll down to the shallower end of the pool, tree lined and a few fish moving around, I cast out to a fish looking for a tasty morsel…off he spooks… but I spot a fish at mid water looking for food so decide to keep the bait where it is and astonishingly, the fish swims 30 yards straight towards the bait and ‘bang’ into a really long mirror.
With the fish into the net I was very happy. Not the biggest, but not going to forget how the fish homed in on the bait, no freebies either. I unhooked a really old, rather odd looking mirror and slip her back into the water. Meanwhile the carp had moved back into the spot. I sat and watched two commons around 25lb plus feasting on the freebies. I quickly set the rod back up for the bottom bait in anticipation of a larger fish. With the bait back on the spot, the fish seem to have wised up to the setup, seeming to move in to feed, then become spooked when in feeding distance of the hook bait. I changed things round a bit; rig length, smaller lead and so on but no still spooking off spot. By this time I’m getting totally frustrated line baits and the bream have moved in also I decide to call it a day, happy with the two carp and a 6lb Bream. I pack up leave a bit of loose feed and will be back in the near future!
Leigh Price Team SSP Field Tester
As I am thinking about the coming season in June my thoughts go back to the end of last season where I had some fantastic fishing and adopted some new approaches to try and catch some big Barbel on my stretch on the River Trent.
The last 3-4 weeks of the season saw a lot of rain with the river being very swollen and some good temperatures as well for that time of the year. I opted to concentrate on the main river at Fiskerton, and Rolleston and also Eaststoke as I was determined to land a decent double before the close season and there seemed to be no better time to try my luck.
My first attempt saw me fishing a new stretch I had never tried before but which seemed popular with other fisherman. The river was well up and roaring through in the main flow so I opted to try and present a bait in the crease. I was using my usual approach of a running rig with a feeder and a 4ft hook length. I really struggled to hold bottom and went up to the biggest feeder I had and was using strips of lead that I had manufactured to fit onto my feeders to help in conditions like this. After losing what seemed no end of gear and tackle with debris coming down and getting snagged up on some of the large boulders that frequent the Trent I decided to call it a day until things had calmed down a bit.
This got me thinking about how I could control my bait and the presentation of my bait in such conditions. Three days later I went back to exactly the same spot for a few hours, the river was still up and had good colour but was nothing like as bad as my previous days fishing. So this time I decided to use again a running rig but with a safety clip / quick release and a gripper weight of about 5-6oz. I then changed my hook links so I could quickly take them off and thread a PVA stick down the hooklength and onto the hook so it was one nice presented package.
The key to this was having my bait matching what I was offering as freebies with taste and smell. Bait of choice for this venture was System X Dark stick mix, ground bait, a handful of chopped boilies and a bit of hemp in the mix was a perfect combination. This was then fished with a soaked 16mm boilie that was wrapped in the System-X paste. For added attraction I also injected the stick with the Bait Mist. I have often found that winter Barbel can be hard to catch as they are more sensitive to temperature and water fluctuations and seem to feed less and only seem to feed in spates of an hour or so.
With this in mind I found that over the few days fishing I offered very little in actual food particles but offered a lot of smell and attraction in the form of the stick and groundbait mix along with the paste that broke down and the Bait Mist. This really did seem to work and I will be using this method for the foreseeable future.
So with the new approach I baited up and hoped for the best with all sorts of scenarios in my mind. The first bite came an hour in which was savage and thank goodness for my Shimano bait runners as I was sat back away from the rods and out of the bitter wind that was blowing. The line was ripping off the downstream rod when I struck into the fish, and instantly I knew I was into a decent fish. After a good fight and plenty of side strain due the floodwater current I had the fish under control and in the net. I didn’t weigh the fish but new it was about 9-9.5lb which was a great start.
I opted to keep casting fresh bags and bait in every 15 – 20 minutes and about an hour later saw another good bite but not as savage as the first. This fish stayed deep and kited across the current which meant good fish! As it came in closer I could see that this was an incredibly broad fish across the back and had a good belly on it so it had obviously been feeding well. This fish definitely needed the scales and it came in at 11lb 2oz which I was really chuffed with. After this fish the wind picked up and there was a dramatic drop in the temperature which also affected the fish as I didn’t have another bite in an hour. I packed up pleased with my new approach which had resulted in two cracking fish.
I fished an evening session at another stretch at East Stoke which offered a gentle glide and steady flow with hope of picking up one of the big girls with one of the board members of the Notts Pisscatorial Society. The idea being that the bigger fish like to use less energy in the slower deeper water. We fished close together and I opted for my new approach where as my friend fished more conventionally with his feeder. He did fish a favourite spot of his which obviously he knew very well which put the pressure on me somewhat, but we both ended up with two fish a piece all of them being between the 8-9lb bracket which was great and this really cemented my confidence in my new approach.
Red Letter Day:
Once in a while we have a day’s fishing where everything goes to plan, every cast is perfect, the fish are feeding and weather is perfect. This was to be my last days fishing for the season due to work commitments on March 8th and I will remember it for a long time. I could only manage the afternoon so after grabbing some lunch I took a long drive down the river at Fiskerton, there had been a lot of rain the river was up and I was glad for my 4×4 as it was difficult going in places. Anyway I reached my spot and I was luckily enough to fish near my car and out of the wind which was quite strong. The river was running right to left and there was a good crease and a slack on the outside of the bend on the main river. It looked great so full of confidence I tackled up the first rod and put it on the crease and left it to start assembling my second rod. The alarm sounded and I looked round to see the rod was bouncing all over the place….. Fish on within five minutes….. It came in quite quickly and it weighed in 9lb 6oz exactly which was a great start.
Over the next five hours I averaged a fish every 40 minutes. But what fish they were. After the first fish I had four more all over 11lb and I had my biggest fish of the season at 12lb 1oz. Every fish stayed deep and used the current and I was really pleased to be fishing 10lb line with a 2.25 test curve rod as the fish really gave me a work out. Each fish took me a good 10-15 minutes to bring in and it has to be one of the most memorable day’s barbel fishing I have ever had.
Fishing an inline PVA stick has really given me another edge to my fishing as well and is something that again has come from the carp world into barbel fishing. To have your bait located in a small pile of highly scented and flavoured small particles along with a lovely cloud that comes from it and the Bait Mist has really transformed what was once a very tricky time of year for me to catch fish.
Article by Nick Walker
Team SSP Baits
Well…. what a start to the campaign on the new water! After the off season & the several walks round my target water for this season trying to soak up as much visual info as possible, I finally got out there bank side on Friday night through Sunday morning this weekend.
Despite the strong NE wind kicking up for most of the weekend and through to Saturday evening, on early Saturday evening I managed to bank one of the lakes larger residence, a common at 29 lb 4 oz. It’s not one of the “Big 4” but (or my target 30+ common) but its one for the books & an new PB to boot!
The New Washed Out 16 mm Pink Pop-up did the business AGAIN, simply soaked for 48 hrs in the Bait Boost Glug & dressed with the Bait Mist before launching into the depths.
Rig wise, this was taken on a Ronnie rig, size 6 Kurve fished over 25 or so System X 16 mm & 20 mm freebies in gravel colour. These were prepped in a tiny bit of glug & also some hemp oil. These were left soaking for 2 weeks in an airtight container. (they were still beautifully soft afterwards, the sign of a good bait!)
The carp wasn’t the only fish to hit the net. I was blessed with two clonking Bream around 8 lbs or so, one taken on the 16 mm white washed out pop-up & another from the deck using one of my prepped freebie baits using the blow back rig from Leon Bartropp’s instructional video.
Anyway, until next month guys, tight lines & all the best.
My day starts with doing the school run and walking the hound round the Park Pool, the Park Pool is luckily enough of a stones throw from where I live so can kill two birds with one stone, walking the hound and spotting fish. We get back from our walk eager to grab the gear after seeing a few fish feeding on a spot I have been feeding for a while. The spot I have been feeding is really tight so only room for one rod, the fish seem to spook off more lines in the water, also as the Pool narrows up, the spot is around a rod length off the bank pretty much sheltered by a Lorrel Bush and around 3 feet deep, to the right is an Alder tree which is pretty much a holding bay for the carp so pretty tight but they do love to spend a fair bit of time there.
I grab the Gear consisting of one light stalking rod, cradle bag with net sling, scales, medi kit, bucket of bait, chair and terminal gear, nice and light to be mobile. Upon leaving the house there is a shower of rain in the air and a brisk breeze, so i’m thinking to myself its gonna tip it down, i will man it out wont need brolly just the wet gear, walking hands full the rain gets heavier spotting off the peak of my cap, within 5 im at the Park Pool and the rain has eased , luckily enough where my spot is ive been feeding is quite sheltered so getting wet shouldnt be a problem. Walking heel to toe to the swim I spot a few fish moving toward the spots as they are up in the water, quietly put my gear down and investigate the spot, strait away I see a familier tail flapping amonst the disturbance of the bottom, proper having it so I drop a few more handfulls of bait in which doesn’t even spook them, im rubbing my hands at this point with anticipation. I had set the rod up the night before so just need to clip lead on and bait up hair and off we go, plus set up net and cradle. Just wanto go through how I’m fishing the Park Pool at close quarters firstly I’m using a Kodex 1 ¾ tc 10ft specimen rod, a small Mitchell Pit Reel loaded with 12lb Prologic line, the business end I’ve got 16 inches of tungsten dark silt tubing, silt coloured tail rubbed as well as lead clip, 3oz chod coated lead, quick link swivel tied to mainline, I squash the lead clip so its oval so th quick link fits in snuggly, 25lb Katran Hemilion tied to a size 6 curved shank mozzy hook tied as a multi rig with a 10mm beige wafter and a corn topper to finish off rig perfect! Creeping heel to toe I go the edge of the bank , pushing my bank stick into the soft ground trying not to disturb the feeding fish , I drop my bait right into the middle of the spot heart racing at this time as the fish are still having it, loosen th bail arm off on reel and gently ease rod back to alarm with a very slack line, close bail arm and set clutch on reel, set alarm and hanger so its on the ground with very slack line, the back rest is my bucket don’t look great but hey ho. Time to sit back and wait in anticipation for my Delkim to Warble!!! Like a cat on hot tin roof I’m up and down watching whats going on in the swim , off goes the alarm rod goes round and the reel melts off , into one , second later gone, gutted! The next couple of hours go by with no action or any fish in swim , time for a move to find them fish. The sun is out and a nice south westerly wind is blowing to the top end of the Pool and as I thought there they are sat under the scum to end of the pool, I grab the gear and move to the top corner of the pool nice little sim with a Will tree to the right and the fish tend to feed on a shelf around 6ft off the bank . I spread a few handfuls of loose feed up the marginal shelf being careful not to spook the fish that are basking in the sun. I set the rod up so its parallel to the bank so no shadow of rod on water , 20 minutes later the alarms warbling like a good un and reel melting off ant hit into a solid fish, the fish stays low in the water trudging left to right not really doing a lot , after a few minutes up she pops a lovely looking old mirror golden flanks and bit of aa pot belly , a fish known as 2 scale , in th net happy days! Got her in the cradle the hook just drops out as using barbless hooks, nice clean mouth and fish well happy, not all about size when they look like that I thought to myself. Weighed , photo on slipped back safely to her watery home well chuffed.
The sun still shining and few more fish showing themselves within the are I’m baiting I get the rod back out there awaiting another bite, I top up the swim with a bit more corn and bits and pieces. An hour has gone by and all gone quiet. Made a couple of changes and got bait back out there on the spot, another angler has turned up so got busy chatting within a couple minutes off it rips again hit into another solid fish bit more lively than the mirror earlier, 5 minutes later she’s in the net an absolute pristine common, thought to myself not caught this one before as it ha very distinguishable black scale by its dorsal fin.Got him/her in the cradle unhooked , weighed photo and slipped safely back into its watery home. Thats it time to go as gotta pick the mrs up from work , well happy 2 fish not monsters but stunning and loving the System X. Tightlines .
Something a little different, Stephen Scrutton ventured out to Thailand in pursuit of some monster carp. He took with him some SYSTEM-X goodies, and the fish loved them. Stephen fished IT Monsters Lake and Cha Am Fishing Park, and caught a host of species including Amazon Red Tail Catfish, Pacu and a variety of carp species. It looks like the tropical giants also like a taste of the SYSTEM-X, judging by the 150lb+ Aripama that took a liking to two 18mm beige bottom baits.
A 24hr session Friday straight from work resulted in a fantastic 5 fish haul ranging from 14lb to 18 40z.air pressure was high bright and sunny all day and a sharp temp drop in the night.The SystemX range is a truly remarkable bait and absolutely came into its own.maybe it’s the top grade sourced ingredients or possibly the carp searching out a food source complete with all it needs for a healthy immune system.either way quality will always promote confidence and fish on the bank.#pinkandwhite
Well after that spell of bad luck 2 weeks ago with the net ripping and the big common getting away before I had chance to weigh and photograph it i decided to get back down to the lake for 36hrs.
I baited the swim i fished last time with 5 kilo of mixed 15mm ssp gravel and silt boilies 24hrs before knowing that the common was in the area and on the feed.
Got here Thursday after work and got the rods out with in 20 minutes had a 10lb fully scaled mirror proving they had found the free food and we’re waiting.
11.30pm the same Rod pulled up tight and held so I lifted into a solid weight and coxed it back towards the net after a few dodgy moments in the edge it rolled over the net and who should it be but my mate the escaping common not letting history repeat itself i made sure all went to plan this time lifting it up @29lb dead was made up and feeling very lucky.
After a bit of breakfast I re freshened the rods and topped up with some more boilies and 30min later the same Rod has melted round and with me hanging on to a screaming reel seeing a bow wave go on the surface for around 50 yards it finally stopped and once again some angry lunges in the edge it was mine once on the mat I could see it was another good fish this time a mirror going 28lb 8oz
Gavin Morgan has sent us in this great little article.
Having been out lately testing the new pop ups i had other arrangements for this weekend gone but a cancellation presented me with a window of opportunity and one I wasn’t going to miss out on.I wanted to take full advantage of my free window of opportunity and headed to a very good local lake and booked on for 24hrs. With the weather being very bad there was a lake to myself so again i took full advantage of this and set up right on the carp.wind and rain battered the bivvy for 12hrs with nothing for my efforts other than holding down the bivvy praying I wouldn’t take off.the second half of my session was altogether another story with some beautiful commons from 15lb to 21lb. All Caught using beige and silt 16mm SystemX freebies and the amazing washed pop ups. #Sspbaits #SystemX
I arrived at my local complex my first choice swim was not available so i went to my second choice i had 1 rod out for the carp which when i arrived were crashing everywhere my second rod was for cats feeling confident i baited up dark silt pop up soaked in the system x bait mist since September well at 1pm i had nothing and my first choice swim became vacant so i moved the first fish came around 5pm and was a cat on the pop up i was using the IQ D RIG with the pop up the second fish came about 630 that night and again was a cat seeing as they were feeding i switched both rods over to the same baits this produced another 2 cats 1 of 38lb 11oz a new pb for me and another soon followed of 26lb 7oz.
The morning came round with a rush of carp but i had to change baits.the set up was a leader with lead clip and all linked to quick links all tied to 15lb touch down. the equipment used was Dawia Emcast 12ft 3.5lb tc and Dawia Black widow big pits.
Being a 14 year old puts limitations on my fishing but there are certain things I implement into my fishing to get the most out of the short space of time I have to try and catch a carp. Here are a few tips and tricks which may help you bag a short session carp this spring.
Tip 1: Preparation. Being prepared saves wasted time on the bank tying rigs and preparing bait. This time should be spent watching the water for any signs of carp. The night before a session I will make sure my rig safe is full of rigs, putting me safe in the knowledge that the last thing I’ll have to do on the bank is wasting time tying rigs. I’ll also make up a stick mix if required but more importantly I will check all my hookbait pots to see if they’ve dried out, and if this is the case I will add some SSP System-X Bait Boost Glug so I know my hookbaits are pumped full of attraction.
Tip 2: High attract hookbaits. A high attract hookbait which stands out over your freebies will grab quicker bites than a dull one straight out of the bag which may take hours for the carp to find. It doesn’t always have to be a big blatant 16mm pink fluro pop up, it could be something slightly more subtle, something like a boilie tipped off with half a 10mm white pop up. The main thing is to find a colour that the carp seem to like. Play around with colour until you find one you are getting frequent bites from. Then you can mess around with flavourings and what you feed over the top, rigs etc. I like to use the 12mm pink or white System-X pop up over the top of a couple of handfuls of crumbed, halved and whole System-X boilies in all sizes and both colours.
Tip 3: Cut down on kit! If you’re fishing for 3 hours do you really need a bivvy, a chair and a barrow? Having little kit with you will allow you to quickly pick your gear up and move swims in a flash saving valuable fishing time. A lot of the time I will bring 1 rod, a bucket, a mat, a rucksack and a net. All my bait goes in the bucket, which doubles up as a chair, and any other tackle boxes, permits and bits are stuffed into my rucksack.
Tip 4: Venue choice. It’s all well and good following the above but you won’t get the results you’re looking for if you choose the wrong venue. Firstly, I would look for a water near my house, or near your place of work. This means you’re not spending much time in the car which means more time with rigs in the lake! Small club lakes, syndicates and members lakes are perfect because it means you don’t have to spend £15 for a day ticket each time you pop down after work for a couple of hours. Even more importantly, find a lake with a decent head of fish. There’s no point fishing a large low stock pit because your chance of catching is very slim. I fish a lake belonging to my local club which is less than 10 minutes from my house with 80 carp at a guess in 2.75 acres of water. The lake is very intimate with the longest cast you’d do about 20 yards. The carp are mostly doubles plus a couple of 20s. These factors mean there’s a good chance of catching in a short amount of time.
I hope these tips help you to catch some carp after work or in your lunch hour when you would’ve normally stayed at home or in the office!!
After the bitter months of winter and various storms that have battered the country making fishing very difficult for many we are now approaching the spring equinox on march 20th, Lakes up and down the country are coming back to life, water temperatures are on the rise and carp are beginning to wake up and get on the feed. This is where the new SSP system-x pink and white pop-ups come into there own, standing out from any lake bed they are the perfect bait to trip up those hungry carp, combined with a low level pop-up rig like a chod, hinge stiff or the ‘Ronnie’ rig it can be a devastating tactic in the spring.
I’ve recently used two of these methods to good effect on my local water where the fishing has been hard and very little showing, a 14mm pink system-x pop-up on a hinge stiff or 2 12mm pink and white system-x pop-ups are perfect for the current ‘it’ rig the Ronnie rig, both rigs sit beautifully on top of silt and leaf litter left over from the autumn and winter, add a small pva bag of mixed pellets and a small scattering of 12mm system-x boilies to leak out scent and attraction how can any carp resist.
Well we’re now creeping into the early stages of spring with carp all over the country starting to wake from the wet cold winter we’ve just endured.I’ve recently been testing the new white and pink washed out pop ups in various sizes and I can safely report that these washed out beauties are amazing in low visibility lakes where water carries sediment or very silty lake beds. Bouyancy is amazing even the small 10mm holds a decent size hook confidently and continues too for a very long period in turn giving you confidence in your hookbait and rig of choice. These washed out SystemX pop ups are a great addition to the range and definitely give you an edge when used in combination with shelf life or the frozen range of SSP SystemX. Another diamond I’ve also been testing is the new wafters small and great for pressured waters where the usual bait sizes fall short. Thinking outside the box from time to time and going against the grain will always produce you an opportunity and glugging them in the SSP Bait Mist gives the wafter a huge visible edge and leaks consistently into your swim triggering passing carp to your hook bait. Good luck to everyone starting a spring campaign I hope you bag a beauty and the carp gods are with you all on your hunt for beautiful carp.