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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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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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Alton Bream Approach

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asked a occasionally about my approach to Alton.  Most questions relate to tackling a venue this size and setting up for the bream.

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When you visit a venue the size of Alton for the first time, it can be daunting.  At 340 acres, it can feel and look more like an inland sea. Realistically, this is purely because we are used to fishing lakes smaller than most of the bays, some of which are over 10 acres themselves.  The trick is finding an area you are comfortable with and then fishing just what’s in front of you. Before I go any further, I have found the bream – as you would expect – shoal up in open water. So avoid the bays as tempting as they look.  The entrances to the bigger bays are the only exception to this.

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