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A photographic look at Alton Water Park in all her moods.

A photographic look at Alton Water Park in all her moods.

There’s a reason John Constable loved North East Essex and South East Suffolk.

There’s a reason why us anglers also love this part of our beautiful planet.

Here are some of Alton Water’s summer moods, from daybreak til dusk and beyond.

Clearly, when I’m fishing, and taking photos, it’s not just of the fish I’ve caught. Although I may have accidentally slipped a proper Alton Common in near the end.  Enjoy, Steve

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Posted by on August 4, 2020 in Alton Moods

 
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Alton Bream – the ins and outs

Alton Bream – the ins and outs

   Over the last few weeks, a number of people, both on here and on the bank, have asked me about my approach to Bream on Alton and in particular, snaring the bigger fish.

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Alton & some depths

Alton & some depths

 

I’m now in my 6th year on Alton and am still learning.  Of interest, I’ve fished a 2-day overnighter session most weeks, including the depths of winter.  Faint heart never caught fair maiden and all that.  One thing I’ve focussed on has been the hugely varying depths.  Those who know me well will know I spend perhaps too much time with a marker rod in my hand.  Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I use my marker in a slightly different way to most.  Yeah, I use a big float (I use a £3 slim pike float, rather than a £10 Carp float, does the same thing) and a heavy-ish lead. My main variation, is I use a stopper bead above my float, so in effect, I am using a big slider.  This way, I can alter the depth an inch at a time if needed. In essence, the things I am looking for are the old farmland irrigation channels that invariably silt up and are often full of natural food.  Also, I look for the obvious holding areas, “egg-box” bottom, shelves, drop-offs, and hard gravel bars. The list is endless on a water of this size.

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Posted by on July 20, 2020 in Alton & some depths

 

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Alton June 2020

Alton June 2020

So, after a few months away, 4 of those in Spain in the motorhome, which lead to lockdown in February, I’m back on Alton.

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There’s another side to my writing and here’s a link…

 

Some of you may know that I am a published author.  I realise that you are here to read about my angling exploits, and my novels may not be of interest to you.  However, when you’re stuck for a gift for someone close, perhaps this will tick the box.

The genre for my novels is perhaps best described as YA for Adults/Time Travel Fantasy.  If you have ever wondered if we may inherit memory along with eye colour, then these books will be right up your street.  Rather than me telling you how well received my books are – obviously I am biased – below I have added a couple of the latest reviews.

I might add that an angling diary/novel is on its final edit.

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Unexpected Alton

I have learnt – very quickly – with a venue the size of Alton, to expect the unexpected, and so it proved.  I was back on Sunday for a 36-hour – two-night session, in the swim I mentioned last week.  As I was setting up, I was convinced I was in a perfect Tench swim, and boy was I wrong haha.

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Having marked up, I had two chosen areas.  The first one and main line of attack, was down the middle on a nice soft sandy bottom, with a depth of 6 ½ foot, sloping away to 7 ½ foot a rod length further out.  The second area was to my left, right into the bay near a small reed bed and the roots of a fallen tree.  I increased my initial feed from last week and put ten spods in the middle and 6 by the reeds.  I had my rods out by 4pm, sat back, kettle on.  Soon after Steve and Graham turned up for a coffee and chat – Graham said it’s nice having a cafe on the bank haha.

 

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Alton Tench – new species – new area

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I have had more than my fair share of bream over the last few weeks, and decided on a change in tactics.  I had heard rumours – some solid and some not so – of some decent Tench being caught from Alton.  At best, the information was sketchy, although I had heard enough to focus some attention.  Having previously fished so often in deep open water for the Bream, my chance of seeing much in the way of Tench had been limited.  I was starting from scratch, something I prefer, not being a fan of preconceived ideas.

There was another reason for wanting to have a go at the tench, and that was to try out my new Kodex Specialist rods haha.  I had already switched over to their amazingly sharp hooks, and hook-length material a few weeks back.  I have been more than happy with both products, to the point where I am now actually recommending their gear in the shop.  Those of you, who know me, know I only ever recommend something I have used successfully.

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Alton Tench

 

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Alton Bream Madness

Having spent the last three months at Lemons Hill, I decided it was time for a move.  There are a couple of reasons for this; firstly, my sessions at Lemons had become a little predictable.  Secondly, I’d had my radar on Birchwood for a while having walked it a few times.

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Alton Bream Madness

 

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Carp – A change of mind

Many DVDs, books, articles, and individuals will have you believe there is only one way to fish for carp.  That concept runs from the rods you use, through to the way you bait up for them.  This often includes ludicrously expensive rods, and shed-loads of boilies.  Now, I am not saying they are wrong, far from it, if it works for you, then happy days.  However, I would suggest there is no go-to rig, method, rod, or baiting campaign that works best for any species.  I want to offer up an alternative way of thinking.

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One thing I do know is that on any venue, the fish really don’t care how much you paid for your gear.  Before we had the all singing carbon rods, we were using fibre-glass, cane, split cane and so on.  We still caught big fish.  Izaak Walton wrote 350-years-ago of catching 50lb Italian Commons.  He was using bread-paste mixed with latex and honey and spending days and nights in their pursuit.  We are just reshaping the wheel.

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A return to Hemingford

Having had more than my fair share of fish at Alton, I decided upon a trip back to my beloved Hemingford Grey.

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I arrived in the carp park swim at around 4pm on Sunday, ready for a 48-hour session.  I had heard there had been more than the average amount of people fishing it, so checked with Chris the bailiff to see if my fancied swim was free – and it was, which was a surprise considering it was a bank holiday.

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in A return to Hemingford

 

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