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Thanks for the support with my first published Novel

To all those who supported my novel release – Rebecca & the Spiral Staircase – a massive thank you. I aimed at top 1000 within 2 months on Amazon.

Today, I reached number 46 with Amazon Hot New Releases, under the Fantasy section.  Scary OMG territory…  And that’s after two weeks 😉

Thanks one and all SteveD

Stephen M Davis

Nos. 46 new releases

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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Carp Fishing General

 
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Novel Update

Hi all, just to let you know, my novel – Rebecca & the Spiral Staircase – went live on August 17 2017 @ 20:00.  So far, I’ve had some extraordinarily positive feed back, either via here, word of mouth or on Amazon… Climbing the ranking table as we speak.  You can search on Amazon by typing the novel title, or my full name – Stephen M Davis.  Alternatively, here is a link to the ebook and once there, you can open the the hard copy version (only difference is the cover).  If you purchase the paperback, you get the ebook free. You can also – once on Amazon – click the book cover and get to read some of it for free also.  Or you can read some of it below where it says; FREE PREVIEW

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Please, if you like it, let me know, ideally on amazon – helps with rankings…

Sorry if this bores some of the anglers expecting fishing tales. We will back to normal real soon – I think haha 😉 I must say, only a couple of the male anglers open admitted to liking R, but plenty did via PM on the forum and to my face hehe. It’s okay to like this type of stuff, I blinking write it and can’t see anyone judging me negatively.

Link to ebook:

 

Lastly a link to Author profile – that’s me 😉

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stephen-M-Davis/e/B074YNWY4R/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Thanks Steve

 

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Writing – not angling – my other side

The complete novel is now available for half the price of a packet of hooks haha. If you go online to Amazon and in the search, type in Rebecca & the Spiral Staircase, it will pop up.  There will be a hard copy available by the 19th August 2017.  If you read it and enjoy it, please review it on Amazon and share it.  My beloved Rebecca has been 7 years in the making and finally, I’ve let her spread her wings.

Thanks Steve

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Please take 30 seconds and fill in the survey at the bottom of this page.  No email needed, just a couple of clicks.  Thanks Steve

Okay, those that know me know I like to write.  I might add – and those that know me well, will know that it’s not just about angling.  There is another side…

I realise that an angling blog probably isn’t the right platform for such an unrelated “girly” novel.  However, with such a large audience, I would be a fool not to use what I have built.

Genre, haha, probably: Psychological – spiritual – chic-lit fantasy.  Afraid so, “girly novel”.

 

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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 some small lilies 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 lilies.  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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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Unexpected Alton

 

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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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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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I guess, I best explain predictable so as not to sound arrogant.  I believe, because Lemons is shallow by comparison with the rest of the reservoir – 10-14 feet – the bream, carp and tench are largely nocturnal.  With the nights so short, I’d found myself sitting during 48-hour sessions for long bite-less periods.  Yeah, for sure, I had some great fish, and in particular, large Bream, the size I had targeted.  However, all my decent fish had fallen during darkness.  There is only so much time you can spend playing games on your phone.

Birchwood Bay, for those of you, who don’t know it, is a large bay – around 10 acres – that opens out directly in the middle of this 340-acre venue.  Last week, during that heat wave, I had a walk around with a marker float checking depths.  On the left-hand side as the bay opens out into the main part of the reservoir, I’d found a consistent 21 to 25 feet of water.  From my previous sessions elsewhere, I was confident the fish here would be day-feeders.  It also helped that I spotted a couple of decent Bream role with the sun at it highest.

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The wind did eventually drop

I arrived, as usual Sunday afternoon, and had a walk around checking depths in various swims with a little more detail than last week.  It wasn’t long before I found what I believed to be the perfect area.  It was a nice comfortable swim, with big trees either side, which would shelter me from the 15-20mph winds.  The depth at 14-rod-lengths (56-yards) was 21-foot-6-inches, gradually sloping away on a smooth sandy bottom to around 23-foot at 16-rods (64-yards).  The abyss, as I call it – where the depths drop to in excess of 40 feet – was around 120 yards out.  To my mind, it was perfect bream territory, and boy was I right.

On a venue of this size, the wind is exaggerated and can be a real problem if it is blowing straight at you.  As a side note, it is also worth considering the impact the wind will have on your baiting and casting.

While marking up, I’d seen a fair few fish role at around 100 yards, and was feeling optimistic.  I knew, however, that I would need a decent amount of feed, firstly, to draw the fish in and secondly, hold them there.

The reason, I chose to fish 40-yards away from what appeared to be a big shoal, was because I had recently discovered that the bigger specimens would leave the main shoal, and give you an increased chance of a proper sized example.

Before mixing up all my ground-bait balls, and considering the crosswind, which was blowing from left to right, I tried a couple of testers to see which size would hit my marker float comfortably.  Having sorted that, I mixed up 80 two-inch (50mm) balls of ground bait, which was around 3 kilos in total.

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This is around 20 of the 80 that went out…

It was 6pm by the time I’d cast out.  I had barely started setting up my bed, bivvy, etc and had my first indication on a boilie rod.  I was again using the Nash Key Cray, which was a bait that had proven very successful at Lemons Hill, having spent months trying to establish a boilie that the fish would take naturally.  So I was delighted this appeared to be working here, all-be—it early doors.  The second rod was on Maize and the third on corn, both proven reasonably successful.

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I continued setting up, and the boilie rod indicator slammed to the top.  A couple of minutes later and the fish had come free over some weed that went out about 20 meters.  I recast, and made a cup of coffee, which always works, and so it proved.  The same rod slammed to the top again – and this time mindful of the weed – I was soon slipping the net under a good conditioned, reasonably sized 8lb bream.

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Now, if I was to go through the details of every fish, I’d had, this article would end up like a novel, suffice to say, within two hours, I was only using two rods.  By 7am Tuesday morning, I had slipped the net under 54 bream between 7lb and 9lb with a couple just over the magical 10lb mark.  I estimate, that in 36 hours, I’d had, 20 minutes sleep and over 400lb of fish.  By anyone’s standard, that’s a red-letter session.

Here are just a few, after all, how many photo’s can you take on a phone haha…  You will see, all shapes, sizes, and age.

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I used in total, 2 kilos of white crumb, plus the same amount of brown.  In addition, I added 2 kilos of sweet corn, 1 of maize, 1 of 4mm trout pellet, 1 of 2mm light-oil pellet.  I also added a kilo of crumbed Key Cray plus a kilo of Key Cray powder and a kilo of scopex pellet.  Twelve kilos in total, which is a lot of bait, but accounted for a lot of fish.

As a side note, I used the new Kodex GenomicMGP wide gape size 10 hooks tied to their supper soft hook-length braid and have to say, they proved brilliant. In fact, the hooks are so sharp, it is hard not to spike yourself while tying your rigs.

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So, if you fancy filling your boots with some quality Bream, then get yourself over there.

Here’s link for ticket details.

http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/alton/fishing/

As always, my intention is to encourage you to get out and enjoy all that Alton and fishing in general has to offer.  Go-Catch SteveD

 

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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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