Korda Masterclass Vol 7: Four Seasons, One Water | Rob Burgess Carp Fishing

Korda Masterclass Vol 7: Four Seasons, One Water | Rob Burgess Carp Fishing

This is Todber Manor, a venue
I fish regularly as a Korda coach, and I’ll be showing you exactly
how I tackle a 48-hour session in the winter, spring,
summer and the autumn. Even though it’s not a huge lake,
it has a lot of different areas that the fish like to hold up in
over the course of a year. In the summer,
I might be creating big feeding areas to draw the carp in, and in the winter,
I could be fishing the open water with single hook baits
and nicking bites. There are busy day-ticket waters just
like Todber all over the country, so the tips and tricks I use
throughout this section will definitely be helpful to you
wherever you happen to fish. So, without further ado,
let’s begin the year. Right, what am I looking for
at this time of the year? Well, it has been very, very cold,
it’s February, down to sort of
minus twos and threes at night, but that big boy up there in the sky
is going to play a massive difference in where these fish
are going to hold. I’ve been walking around, looking for areas where the sun’s
been lighting the water up, and hopefully the fish will be
in them areas mooching around. But also, on the flip side to that,
if I’m on the back of an island or the back of the reeds
where the sun’s not getting, that could be an area
to sort of walk past. I don’t think the fish
are going to be there. They’re going to be using that
to warm up, get active and hopefully
get on the feed as well. I’ve opted for an area
that’s not too deep, not too shallow, it’s bang in the centre of the lake, and going from previous experience
as well on other lakes, that’s exactly where the carp
hold up in, central areas. I know it’s not a big lake, but
you’ll get a few fish in them areas, so it’s a good vantage point
to start off with. If they start showing of the evening
or in the night, I’ll be able to hear them
and then move onto them. So if I get to the lake
at first light, manage to chat to a few anglers,
and they’re saying to me that bite time’s been really strict
between nine and ten, I’d probably want to get my rods out
for nine or ten. If they’re telling me it’s
in the afternoon and the evening, I know I’ve got a bit more time
to walk round and really make that decision
work for me. So, yeah, try and find out
what’s been going on, what the bite times are, and then that will determine how
much time I’ll spend walking around. If I’ve got time,
then spend time. Each swim,
give it five or ten minutes. I’m not expecting fish to be
jumping out, leaping everywhere. Sometimes they do, but sometimes
you’ve got to work with your gut. If it feels right,
sometimes it is right. You could be on the back of the wind
and you’ll generally feel warmer. Then spend
a couple of hours in there. If you get a few liners or something,
you can work from there, but, yeah, spend your time
and make the right decision. Right, now that I’m super happy
with my swim choice, it’s really important I find a nice
hard bottom to present my rigs onto. Now, I could probably have
50, 60 casts out there and I will get a drop on every cast. It’s very much
a clay-line-based lake, but amongst that clay area, you’ll always find
some real, real hard areas, and they’re the spots
you want to be on. They’re the spots
the fish feed regularly on there, so if we can locate them, then we’ll definitely put
more fish on the bank. Now, the hardware I’m using. I’ve got a very stiff Longbow
X45 rod, perfect for the situation. I’ve got SLR braid.
It’s the one I always use. I’m not going to change anything
just for this session. And I’ve got a nice Arma-Kord leader
to take any shock out of the cast. As you can see,
I’m just using a probe lead. I don’t need a marker float on there.
I’ve just got into the swim. I don’t want to spook any fish
that are potentially out there that I can nick a few quick bites on. So just a lead, and I’ll be able to pick up any
hard areas out there with just that. If I was looking to do some markering
for a future session, definitely get the marker out there, find some depths and that will
help me out in the future sessions, but for now
that’s going to help me out. Once I’ve found that spot,
the Distance Sticks come into play. I’ll be going round them,
finding how far I’m fishing out and putting that
straight into my notes in the phone. So, midnight, if I get a few bites, I can get back out there straightaway,
putting more fish on the bank. Once I had the distance marked up
at 11 wraps, I got my rigs ready and then clipped
them up with the same distance using the sticks. Right, the sun’s about to set
behind me. I’m going to get this rod
on the dance floor. A quick brief of my rig. A short little 2-foot leadcore, lead clip setup, anti-tangle sleeve, a bit of IQ on a combi,
nice sharp Kamakura hook, a balanced wafter
and a two-bait stringer. Let’s see what that brings. Right, I’m just sinking the line
nice and straight. We’ve got no wind now as well, so this line lay
is going to be absolutely spot-on. And this Kontour fluoro
really hugs the bottom well, which hopefully won’t spook the fish. That cast was perfect.
That lead went down absolutely mint. Let’s see what happens from there. So I’ve got 48 hours. I’m going to try and nick
a few bites, and I’m going to do exactly that,
just try and nick bites, so I’m not going to be going in
with heaps of boilies, heaps of particle,
anything like that. Starting off with just
little wafters, maybe little pop-ups, little two or three-bait stringers,
just trying to nick bites, trying to work out what the swim’s
doing, what the fish are doing, try and nick a few bites that way. Right, the light is fading
on a crisp winter’s day. That temperature’s dropped a lot
in a couple of hours. When that sun starts going down,
you really do feel it. But I’m confident,
it’s down to them now, but I want to be keeping a real close
ear out, walking down the bank, see if I can hear any fish
in the middle of the night, and if I do, if it’s consistent, I may move down there in the night
if needs be. If not, I’ll have a look again
in the morning. But it only takes one fish
this time of year to show to give away a bigger picture. There could be three or four,
even a lot more there, so… But, yeah, I’m feeling confident.
It’s looking good. It’s cold, but that is the fun
of winter fishing. So we’ll see what happens. If I don’t catch you in the night,
I will catch you in the morning. Well, we’re into the first one, and, trust me, it’s cold. I must admit, I didn’t expect
too much going into the night. I thought it would be sort of
daytime bites, but… I will take it. So this was on the…
the little Link wafter, with just literally
a two-bait stringer. I’ve literally put
no bait out whatsoever, just trying to find the fish,
nick a bite, and that’s exactly what’s happened. If you start introducing too much
bait at this time of the year, you could quite easily
ruin your swim and make it a lot longer
before you get that first bite. I’ll do exactly the same again
next cast, simple two-bait stringer,
a little Goo’d-up wafter, and, yeah,
if we can nick a few more bites, then maybe we can start building
the swim with a little bit of bait. But at the minute this is a bonus. Get in. You can see by the frost on that,
it’s a cold one. But we’re off to a flyer. And I’m not sure what’s colder,
the fish or my hands, but we’ve got one,
absolutely nailed. So I’m going to repeat that process
exactly the same, get it back on the spot, and I’m sure
where there’s one this time of year, there’ll be a lot, lot more, so we could
be in for an eventful night. Right, before I get this rod
back out on the dance floor, I’ll make sure
this hook is super tacky sharp. These Kamakuras out the packet
are deadly sharp, so it’s important that it goes out
exactly the way it did, and that has got another bite in it
all day long. So change the hook bait,
get it wrapped back up again, little two-bait stringer,
back out there super quick. Now, I know it’s a lot of effort at night,
especially in the depths of winter, but that’s what makes it
even more important. The carp are sluggish and will
probably stick to a single area. Now I’ve nicked a bite, I can
be confident that I’ll get another. Lovely. So getting the rig
in the exact same spot is crucial. As you can probably hear and see,
the wind has got right up, and maybe that’s stirred things on. When it’s flat calm sometimes, it doesn’t really get them
moving around. And this time of the morning,
if you nick one, there’s normally definitely
a few more about. It could be just a feeding spell, so we’ve got to take advantage
of this. When this one hits the net, get the rod straight back out there
and hopefully nick another one. Go on, two more foot. There she goes. That’s cold in that wind,
but we’ve got a fish. Happy days. So I’m going to make sure
the fish is nice and safe when transferring it to the mat. So undo the net,
let her swim into there. Go on, girl. And then she’s lovely and safe. The hook can’t get caught in the net. That’s when most mouth damage
happens. When you’re lifting the fish
out of the water in the net, the hook can get caught up
in the mesh, and that’s when it starts
ripping their mouths and stuff. We don’t want that to happen,
so doing this eliminates all of that. Right, here is this morning’s prize. He’s only a small one,
but he’s a start, and that’s all we need
to sort of work off of. So, yeah,
same tactics as yesterday, two-bait stringers, a little wafter. I’ve introduced no bait at all,
so I’m still trying to nick bites and work out
what’s going on in my swim. So, yeah, first one,
get the rod back out in the water, hopefully nick a couple more, and, yeah,
hopefully a bigger one as well. But I’ll take this one for now. Well, just as I was saying about
the whole feeding times being short, I didn’t even get the other rod
wrapped up and this one’s gone. So it really goes to show you that, when the bite time comes,
you’ve got to be bang on it. Luckily, on this spot,
I’ve got two rods, so I’ve managed to nick two bites
instead of one. It seems to have been
since that wind’s got up, it’s stirred them up a little bit. It was flat calm this morning,
quite foggy. And I’ve been in situations before
when it’s like that and it’s slow. Get a little bit of wind,
a little change, and they get their heads down. It’s another reason
why I have two nets set up. You never know what can happen,
especially at Todber. Go on, girl. Touch. Right, we’re starting to build
a little hit now, so while that one stays in the net, I’m going to get that other rod
back on the money asap and hopefully turn two into three. So I’m just sinking the line.
The wind’s got up now. I don’t want a big bow of line
going around, so get the rod down quickly,
line under the water. This Kontour in 12lb
sinks beautifully anyway, really, really quickly, and that way I get a nice line
lay back to me from the spot. I’m picking up a little bit of
undertow now once the rods are out, so if that continues,
I may put a backlead on, but at the minute it’s not too bad. And I know that last 20 foot’s
nailed to the deck, which is really, really important. Now that we’ve had a few bites,
I can be confident in the spot. It can prove effective
to experiment with hook baits. I’m still using
a little two-bait stringer, but I’m thinking maybe
something a bit more visual might help to pick out a bigger fish. I’m drilling out a Link bottom bait,
squirting in some Bumbleberry Goo, then plugging it up
with a Mainline Zigger, to give it
a bit more visual attraction as well as a slight buoyancy. Nothing occurred for the final night. The temperatures dropped
to truly arctic conditions and the fish
obviously weren’t having it… until the next morning. I’ve got a feeling this one’s a…
This one feels all right. Be nice to end the session
on a 20lb-er. It’s that same sort of bite time though mid-morning, nine, ten o’clock,
just as the sun gets up, warms that water up a little bit. Yesterday I had two bites
within 20 minutes of the first one, so it’ll be interesting
if that happens again this morning. It’s so typical
of this time of year. You camp for 22, 23 hours, and you get all your bites
within an hour window. In the net. I reckon she’s quite a cold fish.
She hasn’t done a lot. So with the winter bite times
being quite short at the minute, it’s really important
I’ve got several rigs with baits and stringers ready to go, so when that fish hits the net,
unhook it quickly, change my rig, and I’m back out there fishing again
while it’s happening. I’m good to go, got it clipped
and we’re on the money again. Well, this one goes to show that
location in winter really is key. I’ve had four bites.
They’ve all been on the same rod. Getting them rigs
that you’re confident in, with the bait that you’re confident
in, a nice sharp hook, back on that spot each time will definitely get you
more of these fish in the net. So this is the rig I use for 90%
of my sort of wafter fishing. I’ve got a short length of leadcore. I don’t need
sort of 8, 9 foot. The Kontour mainline’s
going to help pin my line down to the bottom as well, so I don’t need the…
I don’t need too much leadcore, and it’s a bit safer as well. I’ve got that in the Clay/Gravel because the bottom here
is that sort of colour as well, so it’s matching into that. Same as the Tail Rubber
and the Lead Clip. The lead I’m using
is a 2.5oz Flat Pear. I’m not dropping leads, so I don’t need a big 4oz lead
dragging its weight around, potentially pulling my hook out. And then underneath there, I’ve got
a size 8 Quick Change Swivel. Now, you can see I’ve just got
a little bit of silicone over that, just to hold that loop into place, and I can quickly change that
when I need to. And that just slips over
nice and neat and gives me plenty of movement
on that swivel. I’m not going to be getting
too many tangles because I’m using
a little two-bait stringer, and that’s going to help
the hook bait and the lead separate in the cast. This is a 15lb IQ hook link. It’s
acting like a little bit of a boom. It’s not too stiff, but it will help definitely kick away
with that wafter nice and straight. A little bit of putty covering up
my Albright knot in there. And a Supernatural in 18lb, get loads of flexibility,
so when the fish does suck it in, it’s going to be
going in their mouths, and that size 4, pow, nail them. So the hook I’m using here
is a size 4 Wide Gape Kamakura, and at this time of the year when the bites
are really, really sort of finicky and they’re not feeding as hard, that extra sharpness
will get you so many more bites. I’ve got a quite large length
of small size shrink tubing there. That’s just helping open up
the gape in my hook, and, again, it’s all to do
with the hooking properties, and that definitely gives me
that bottom lip most times. I’ve got a nice D there,
and the reason why I’ve got the D, when I’m fishing balanced wafters, I want that D
to give me that movement. That hook bait’s
got loads of free movement. It’s going to give me
a really nice presentation. I’ve been using the sort of
balanced wafters out of the pot. They’re great. In this case,
I like to get a freezer bait. This is the Link one in 16 mil. Bore the middle out
and plug that with a bit of foam, a pop-up boilie
that’s been whittled down, or in this case
one of the little Ziggers. That’s been Goo’d up as well,
giving loads of flavour and a little bit of colour as well
that will catch their eye. So that’s the rig I use. Again, if I wanted to change rigs
to something completely different, take that off, and I can clip
something completely different on and be fishing within seconds. But this is my favoured rig
at this time of the year. To tie this rig, I start by making
a D with some 15lb IQ2, using a four-turn whipping knot. Next, I take some 18lb Supernatural, which forms
a soft section of the rig. I then tie it knotless-knot style,
snipping off the hair, as this is what the D part of the rig
is forming. I slide a micro ring swivel onto a D before threading it through the eye
and blobbing with a lighter. For the stiff boom section
of the rig, I use 15lb IQ2, this time tying it on
to the Supernatural section using an Albright knot. To do this, fold a kink in the IQ2,
making a loop, thread the Supernatural
through the loop, then folding the section of
the Supernatural around IQ six times, then four times down and back through the loop
before tightening up. I want the boom section
around 2 inches. I then thread on a 1.5 inch section
of small shrink tubing. This goes slightly over
the eye of the hook and is steamed to create
a slight kink right at the end, to give it
that ultra-aggressive hooking angle. At the end of the boom section,
I tie a figure-of-eight loop knot, making it around 5 inches in total. I finish the rig off with
a little bit of Dark Matter putty over the knot to neaten it all up as well as help pin everything
to the deck. Being consistently
bang on that hard area, If fish do cruise over the top of it,
you’re going to nick a bite, and that’s exactly
what’s happened here. Lovely smooth clutches
on these Emblems. And in shallow water, they’re
very sort of jolty little runs, and the clutch is bang on it
every time. So the fish is kiting a little bit
to the right now, so I’ll bring the rod
just slightly to the left. Keeping the rod
very low to the water. It’s so much easier to turn fish
when you’ve got your rod like this. And they tend to come in
like a dog on the lead again. I normally use the back wind
in this situation. Just as he comes over the net,
just a couple of little back winds, over he goes. Happy days. Winter doesn’t have to be gruelling. If you spend time
getting your location right by building
a decent picture of the lake and where the fish
might be holding up, then winter starts becoming
a lot more fun. I’ve had a lovely session
here at Todber, had some fantastic fish to go at. Bring on the spring. What a difference
a few months can make. Spring is finally here, the sun
is out, beaming onto the water, and the fish are starting to respond
to the warmer weather. As always, I’ve done a few laps, and there are fish showing
pretty much everywhere, but definitely more focused
in the corners up against the reeds. Spring not only starts energising
the carp but also other anglers, and it’s a lot busier
this time of the year at Todber, so getting location right first time
is important, because you might not have
the opportunity to move so freely. Take your time,
don’t rush into a swim and be smart about your approach. Well, I’ve had a good look around and there’s a lot of fish
in amongst the reeds and the margins, so it would be rude
not to throw a few solid bags right up in them reeds. I know I’m going to get a perfect
presentation from solid bags and I’ll be fishing
every single time. Now, there’s also a lot of cunning
fish just under the surface. If they think they can
get away with it up there, sunning themselves,
they’ve got another think coming. I’ve got a few zigs
and a few floaters to whack at them and hopefully
we’ll nick a few quick bites. But I’m going to keep an open mind, which is a really, really
important point. Spring, they can almost do anything. They could be on the bottom,
they could be mid-water, they could be on the surface,
so we need to constantly be looking, constantly changing and hopefully nick
a few more extra bites out of it. Casting within inches of a reed bed
is an important skill to master when targeting these spring carp. I first try and get as close
as I can, see where it lands and judge whether I need to add
a few more feet onto the clip. Cast again, repeat the process until
you’re bang on the money. Perfect. Now reel it in
and get it round the sticks so you can hit the mark
every single time. This will catch you more carp,
guaranteed. You might not be able to rely on
your eyes during the dead of night, so it’s your ears
that become your most useful tool. I had actually heard a few fish boshing out in open water
a few swims down, and seeing as no one was there,
I packed up and moved onto them. Being adaptive is key in spring,
so I changed to an IQ D-rig, with the prime purpose
of being able to cast singles onto showing fish extremely quickly. It paid off. Decent common, that. Boom. Back of the net. Get in. With the fish safely in the net,
I clipped on a new rig, topped it off
with some Bumbleberry Goo and got it back out there. It couldn’t have been out there
five minutes and I was into another fish
on the same rod. It’s important
that we’re really adaptive… and respond to whatever they do. So if they start showing
by the islands, we’ve got to get rigs
on them islands. If they start showing in the reeds,
get rigs on there. And also, if we see them
on the surface, zigs and floaters. So it’s really important
I keep my eyes open and react to whatever situation
happens in front of me. This one here came
to a little snowman rig, IQ D-rig, and this was cast to showing fish. It didn’t take long to go. This one was an upper double, but the first fish
spun the scales round to 24lb, a great start to the session. Well, what a fantastic way
to start the spring Masterclass. A mint, scale-perfect, 24lb common. I’ll tell you what,
thank God spring’s here. They’ve become a lot more active. Right, what are we doing? Apart from getting blown away
from Hurricane Bob. Sorry, mate. What is going on? So why is it important
to be on the fish? Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. You can’t catch
what’s not in front of you. I know they’re moving around
a lot more at this time of the year, but it doesn’t mean
just because you’re off the fish, you’re going to be on them
in 20 minutes’ time. You’ve got to go and look for them. The lads that are
at the front of their swims all weathers, all times of the day, will catch a lot more fish than a lad that’s sitting in his
bivvy on his iPad watching YouTube. It’s really, really important you’re at the front of the swim
looking for fish. And if an opportunity arises,
get on them and you will definitely catch more. I spotted a fish
very close to the island, so I quickly made up a solid bag
and got it bang on the money. Solid bags are great
up tight to features, as I wanted the fish
totally focused on a single spot. I wanted its head down
and a quick bite, and that’s exactly what happened. Well, that just goes to show about being responsive
to what’s going on out there. I see a little tail flick,
literally, definitely a carp, right next to the island,
and I mean, like, super tight. So I went to my solid bag locker, got one
absolutely bang on the money, and it has probably been out there
two minutes. Middle of the day,
it’s like 20 degrees. Feels a bit more like summer
than it does spring, but it just goes to show you,
they’re right up on the shelf, getting all the naturals
out of the reeds and all the rushes. And this one come across
my little wafter, and now he’s got a big
size 6 Kamakura in his bottom jaw. So I’ve loaded up
with a fluorocarbon mainline. It’s called Kontour. Line lay to me is so important. I don’t want a tight bow string line
going straight to the island, cutting my fish off. I want happy fish out there, fish that don’t know
they’re getting fished for. If they bump into my line, they may spook,
they may spook their mates, and that means no fish,
extra fish, on the bank for me. So I try and get my line
nailed to the bottom as possible. That way, fish don’t know
they’re getting fished for, and that’s more fish for me
in the back of the net. I think that’s a cheese.
Get in there, sweetheart. Boom! Back of the net. Get in. Yes! That is a cheese.
That is a cheese. Buzzing. Well, how about that
for some midday action? See a fish roll. I didn’t even
see it roll, to be fair. Just the tail come out about 3 foot
from the margins on the island, very shallow water, got a solid bag first time,
bang on the money. It literally took two or three
minutes for this one to go. As you saw earlier on,
I was using solid bags. That was mainly because I was
slamming up tight against the island when it was nice and warm. Them fish were circling the island
looking for food, and my solid bag nicked that 23lb-er,
so it definitely worked. But in the last few hours,
I’ve had a few bream, so that’s telling me that potentially
now that the sun’s gone down, the carp have done one
and the bream have moved in, taking full advantage
of that pellets in the bag. So I’ve pulled off of that. I’ve gone
onto some wafter hook baits. Hopefully them changes will bring me
a few carp in the night. And just after sunrise,
I managed to get a bite. A little bit of warmth on the water is all the fish need to wake up,
get moving and get their heads down. Well, that’s how
we like to start the mornings. A nice 21lb bar of gold. The nights are so slow, but it’s not
really that surprising. It’s sort of 20 degrees
in the daytime, fours and five at nights, and it’s just making the fishing
hard work. But as soon as that sun comes up,
these get on the feed. Fingers crossed,
we can nick a few more bites. I’ve had to stay
very open-minded this trip. With the sun
beaming down on the water, the fish have moved
towards the island, and I’ve found the best way
to catch them is using solid bags. How I’ve set this up is using a
1-foot, ready-tied leadcore section, which I remove the tail rubber from. I take out the plastic stem
from the 3oz lead and replace it
with a Shockleader Sleeve. Because the Shockleader Sleeve
is one piece, it doesn’t wiggle free when
I’m packing and twisting the bag, so I get a very tight bag,
which is really important. The hook link is 4 inches
of 18lb Supernatural braid, which is extremely supple and short, so when the fish attacks the bag,
everything just flies into its mouth and creates that opportunity
for a great hook hold. I actually do
a two-turn whipping knot on the shank
of a size 6 Kamakura Wide Gape, before I knotless-knot it as usual. This is to trap the hair
in the perfect place for the hook
to always flip over in the mouth. There’s a tiny piece
of silicone tubing over the eye to also aid the effect. I’ve swapped between
lots of different hook baits to narrow down the exact combo
that’s working on the day. That’s my island and margin rig, but as the fish move off
into open water, when the temperature drops,
I use a different approach. This is the rig that’s been doing
the majority of the bites for me, very, very similar
to the one I used in winter, but this one is IQ straight through. The reason behind that? Well, the fish, now,
they’re feeding a lot harder, and it’s not just the carp
that are feeding. You’ve got the roach,
the bream, the catfish. All that disturbance on the bottom
is now making my rig, no matter what I do,
get blown around the bottom, so it’s so important my rig resets. Now, on the business end,
on this one here, I’ve got a 14mm wafter. But I’ve been changing my hook baits
a lot regularly, just to try and find
what works on the day. Some bigger, some smaller, different colours,
different buoyancies. Important, that. Business end,
size 6 Wide Gape Kamakura. That has been IQ D’d
to some 15lb IQ2. On the eye there, you’ll see
a small bit of shrink tubing. That basically makes sure my IQ leaves exactly
where I want it to on the eye but also opens the gape of the hook, which definitely helps
with hook holds. Figure-of-eight loop
on the end there. That has just been attached
to a quick change lead clip. I’ve got a 3oz lead and a very simple
tail rubber over the top of it to hold it all in place, and that is no tubing, no leadcore,
just fluoro straight through so I get a lovely line lay. The rigs are bang on,
but it would be pointless if I wasn’t constantly
watching the water for fish showing. I briefly saw one top,
got a rig on it and it was away. And as I’m playing this one now,
I can see a couple on the far bank, so we may get an opportunity here where we can get a few bites
this afternoon. The sun’s just started to drop
over the back of the trees. It’s still very warm,
but the fish are obviously happy now. They want to feed. A lovely mirror as well. I tell you what, mate,
that’s not too bad. Let’s get this one in the net. Come on, sweetheart.
All the way to the net. I’ve just got a fish in the net, and I can see loads of fish
working that island. So I got the other rod in quickly. I’m going to get a rig
bang on where they are and see if we can get another bite. Two minutes later… Rod’s away again. Well, seeing that fish
definitely paid off. We’ve got one in the net, and that replacement rod I got over
there asap has gone straightaway. You’ve got to be on your toes
this time of the year. You see one fish,
it’s a major giveaway. I thought it was a stinker,
but it’s a good fish. And a few minutes later,
my final rod roared into action. That’s three bites on the bounce, and that’s because
I was watching the water and casting singles
onto showing fish. And now for the final fish,
which was the second in a triple hit, and what a beautiful fish it was. Another one slipping up
to my ever faithful D-rig, absolute banger,
and what a way to end the session. Next time you see me, I reckon these guys
will have had a good spawn and bang up for some grub. That’s the sound
we like to hear in summer. Mate, that absolutely roared. There were no bleeps.
It was just gone. Well, looks a nice 20lb common
to kick things off. We’ll take that. Welcome to the summer chapter.
Right, summer. This is all about getting them
feeding, getting them competing, racking up the numbers and hopefully catching a few big ‘uns
along the way. Right, so, what’s changed? Our baiting approach
slightly changed. I’m using a lot more bait
this time of the year. They’ve had a good spawn.
They’re up for a good feed. A lot more smaller baits as well. I want them keeping feeding
for longer, so when the opportunity
comes around, there’s loads of bait out there,
they can all get competing and hopefully
we can get a few more of these, and a few bigger ones along the way,
but we’ll see how that goes. OK, hold up. Let’s rewind to the start and talk about arguably
the most important part of my 48-hour summer session:
baiting. As I said, the fish have spawned out, but also the warmer water
has boosted their metabolism, so they are fully on the munch. Seeing as the fish are pretty much
purely focused on looking for food, you can essentially create
a rocking swim from scratch by optimising this baiting approach. My mix is full of the usual suspects: boilies, tiger nuts,
Mainline particle and Pulse mix, which includes
a Link flavour additive, and lots of juice
from that activated tiger mix, to create a big cloud
when it hits the water. Don’t get put off
by the amount of bait you’re going to have to put
into the swim. What we’re doing is essentially
creating a feature out of bait. The fish are hungry. They’ll move onto food
and clean it up really quickly. The way we’re going to get
consistent bites is by constantly topping up the swim and not letting the fish move away
onto someone else’s area. Be greedy in the summer and huge hits
can be yours for the taking. Well, he might not be the biggest
Todber fish in the world, but he’s a sign
of good things to come. That baited spot now is rocking, there’s a few fish showing
over the top of it, I’m getting plenty of liners, so I reckon we could be in
for an eventful night, hopefully a big ‘un and all. Let’s get this one back,
get a few more spods out there and keep that spot rocking. That’s the important thing now,
keep them competing for the food, and they’ll soon
jump on the end of the hooks. I had managed to get one fish
last night off the baited area, an upper double mirror, and not long after first light,
I was in again. Trust me, this is going to be a pig
if it’s a carp. Ooh, yeah, that’s a good fish. They’re the ones you want, boy. This’ll be a knit one, purl one. Knit one, purl one. Boom. We’ll take that all day long. Get in. We’re in the height of summer now
and the carp can be super fickle. If you’re not
topping up your swim with bait immediately after
getting the fish in the net, then they’ll move on somewhere else
where they can get fed. Top up the swim,
get your rig back on the money, then have a look at your prize. There you go. 23lb 12oz. But the baited spot is rocking now. This fish was passing
all the bait over the mat, crushed tigers all over the mat. The cell was getting
passed through it. So, yeah,
that baited spot’s rocking. A few smaller fish along the way, but it doesn’t take long
for the big girls to start searching it out
and getting on it. I actually felt a few fish on the way
down on that last cast as well, so they’re definitely rooting around,
getting confident, and I’ve got a feeling
there might be a few more of these, but we’ll see. There we go. Topping the swim up with
three or four spods has paid off. Another bite
very quickly after the last one. It’s another good fish, boys. Come on, baby. Get in there. What have we got this time?
That’s another good 20. It doesn’t take long
for these good 20lb-ers to realise they’re missing out
on a good bit of food and get on the bait
and push the smaller ones off. That’s a good second
good 20lb-er in 10, 15 minutes. So, yeah, the spot’s rocking. It’s quite rewarding
at the same time as well because you’ve created
that atmosphere, you’ve created
that feeding environment, and I think
it will only get better as well. Well, not long after
that 23lb-er was released, this 26lb-er paid the baited spot
a little visit, so that’s given me
a lot of confidence now. The fish are definitely on that spot, they’re going through the bait
and I’m getting the rewards. And you never know,
the way things are going, there could be a 30 on the cards, but let’s get a few more spombs
out there, keep that feeding environment going, and hopefully a few more of these
will slip up along the way. So once in the swim yesterday, because I knew I was going to be
fishing sort of two different areas and I’ve only got
the one spod rod on me, I decided to clip up
against the island, but not too tight, just off it, on the shelf, where I can get
a good sort of group of fish hopefully feeding
in not too shallow of a water. It came back at about 12 wraps. I then used them same wraps
to fish in the open water. There’s not a lot out there
in the open water. There’s no bars and plateaus. It was just a lot easier
for when I want to spod to one spot. I can then go back to the other one
as well without having to rewrap, wasting a lot of time and potentially
costing you fish as well. So, yeah, I got the rods out, I’ve
done about ten spombs on each spot, little 10 mil Banoffee wafter with a
little bit of Buttercorn Goo on it, little three-bait stringer,
just to stop any tangles, because it’s a small hook bait,
small hook. I want that sort of counterbalance
to stop any tangles. Now, the first few bites,
they came against the island, as the sun was in the sky,
it was very, very hot yesterday, and the first few fish
come off there. Now, they soon moved off that spot and then hit my left-hand rod,
which is in open water. I kept the spombs going in
on both spots as I was catching, and even though
as I wasn’t catching on the middle, I kept the bait going in
and building that bait up, so when the fish
did finally get on the spot, there was a nice bit of bait there
to hold them. It’s really important,
as soon as that fish hits the net, my third rod’s set up,
it’s back on the spot. There’s three or four spombs
going back out there, and that’s how you get
that sort of like feeding mentality and you build up a good head of fish
at this time of year. It’s not a great time of year
to sort of be just single hook baits, trying to nick a bite. You really can get them
feeding through bait and build up a hit that way. I stayed consistent with my approach
for the remainder of the day, hoping for a real big ‘un. But when they look like this,
how can I really complain? Well, that is definitely the
prettiest one we’ve had so far today. Big old scales on the girl. I finished the day off
with a couple more scaly ones, which made me confident
going into the last night. But unfortunately
the rods stayed quiet. I’d been using lots of particle
in my spod mix this session, and the rig I’ve opted for is proving
very successful for that approach. As you can see,
I’m using a very small hook bait. This is a 12mm Banoffee wafter that’s been soaked
in some Buttercorn Goo. Now, I’m using a supple hair there, and how I’ve done that is I’ve got
some 18lb Supernatural braid, done a little whipping knot to the
back of my Longshank hook there, and that gives the bait plenty of
movement when it’s on the bottom. I’m using a size 8 Longshank X there, brilliant hook for when you’re
sort of fishing small hook baits, double fake corn,
and small hook baits like this, Very lightweight.
Just sits there lovely. I’ve then got some 15lb IQ2, which has been
simply knotless-knotted to the shank of the hook
three or four times, and that’s been covered
by some small shrink tubing. I’ve got about an inch
of shrink tubing there. That helps open
the gape of the hook up and really, really helps improve
the hook holds as well. An inch or so down,
I’ve got a small bit of putty, which is just helping the rig
sit naturally on the bottom. At the other end, I’ve done
a very simple figure-of-eight loop, and that’s going to simply clip on
to my hybrid lead clip, which makes this rig
very, very effective but also very, very quick for
when I’m getting bites in the summer, I want to quickly change rigs and
get another one back on the money. With the session coming to a close, I’d say that our time
has been pretty successful. Regular baiting
and quick-hit style fishing has proved to be a winner, and we even had time
for one more bite. There she is. One more. Good girl. We got her. Well, that’s a nice way
to end the session, another good 20lb-er, and that spot now
is absolutely rocking. The swim is alive,
I’m getting liners, and, more importantly, I’m putting fish
in the back of the net. Bring on the autumn. It’s safe to say that autumn is probably every carp angler’s
favourite season. The fish are at their largest,
they look their nicest, and because of the carpy weather, there’s no excuse
not to drink gallons of tea. But in all seriousness, I’m hoping to get amongst
some of the real lumps at this time of the season. I’ve started,
as I have every single session, with multiple laps
to see if I can spot any fish. I saw some fish
on the back of the wind and decided on fishing
the Point Swim, but after a couple of hours
everything seemed dead. We’ve only got 48 hours,
so I went for another walk round, only to find all the fish on the
complete opposite end of the lake. There’s literally one swim left and
that’s exactly where the carp are. They’re not stupid.
They know where there’s no pressure. So, I’ve got down there, I’ve introduced
literally two single hook baits and just fished boilie over the top. At this time of the year the fish are really wanting to pack
on the weight to get through winter, and this is when
they’re at their biggest as well. Going back a few months ago
when we fished in the summer piece, maybe there was five or ten 30s. This time of the year, there could be
anything like 30 30s in here, so they’re plump, they’re big, and this is the time of year
when I want to catch them. Like I said, I’m introducing
boilie only, 15mm Cell, loads of Smart liquid
out on top of it as well, and it’s a single hook bait
over the top. I want to keep introducing that bait, I’m going to keep ringing
that dinner bell and hopefully
we can build this swim up and let’s see if we can get
amongst some of these fish. I felt everything was sitting perfect
going into the first night, but unfortunately
a piece of the puzzle was missing. The carp were definitely
still out there, but when morning bite time
came and went with no action, I knew something had to change. I’ve changed from a Hybrid Stiff to a slightly suppler
fluorocarbon hook link, a 15lb IQ. I’ve gone from a size 6 Longshank X
to a size 8 Longshank X, with a little supple hair
on that as well. Now, the reason for the change
is simple. If you don’t change,
you don’t find out. That little slight adjustment
to the hook size, or a slightly suppler fluorocarbon
from the hybrid stiff, it’s just like zig fishing, you’ve got to find out
how they’re feeding on the day. You don’t try, you don’t find out. So I’m sitting here confident still,
which is important. I’m warm. I’ve got my woolly hat on. I’ve got my thermals.
I’ve got my merino socks on. I’m not getting cold. I’ve got my waterproof jacket,
because, as you can see, it hasn’t stopped raining,
to be honest with you. I’m being proactive and I’m angling,
and that is what it’s all about. Well, we’ve finally got one. That has been a frustrating morning. You think you should be getting bites
and you’re not, so you ring the changes, and the one change I didn’t really
think would make a difference has, and that was literally
adding a wrap onto my spot. I’ve been fishing at ten wraps,
bang on my bait, and I thought I wonder if they’re
just sitting off the back of it and not really on it today. So literally made that change,
30 seconds and we’re in. Well, looks to be the first one
of the autumn in the bag. Well, that has been a frustrating
night, morning, mid-morning, but we’ve finally got one, and, yeah, just an extra wrap on
the distance, a rod length. 30 seconds later, bang. Just goes to show you, if you’re not on the money,
you’re not going to get a bite. So both these rods now
at 11 wraps rather than 10. Let’s see if we can turn this one
into several. Thank God for that. Well, here he is, first one, and that definitely took
a lot longer than expected. But even when they’re out there
showing all over the shop, you’ve got to be
on that dinner plate sometimes, and extending that rod to 11 wraps,
maybe I found it. Maybe this month, this week,
this day, they’re not on the bait. So it’s important now that I get
both rods on the back of the spot, maybe ease off the bait
a little bit as well, and see where that puts us. But I’m happy with this one,
he’s only a small one, but he gets the ball rolling,
and that’s the important bit. Well, it is very nice
to get the first one underway. That’s the most important one. You get that one under your bag,
you can go from there. And it just goes to show
all the little tweaks that I’ve made with my hook sizes, my rig length,
rig material, adding… I’m in. It’s amazing, isn’t it? That extra wrap
has made all the difference. Whether that is just the fish
holding off the back of the spot, or they’re not feeding hard
on the spot, we’ll soon find out. So I’m going to ease off the bait, get a couple of rods
a little bit longer and hopefully turn this
into a bit of a Toby Carvery. Go on, girl. All the way. There she is. And it’s finally
all starting to happen. Well, we’d better get
that other rod wrapped up to that all important 11 wrap spot
and see if we can get another one. Well, look at that one.
He thinks he’s a marlin. But, I’ll tell you what,
he’s absolutely beautiful and I’m very happy with it. Fish number two. I’ve got both them rods out
at 11 wraps now. I’ve calmed the baiting down
a little bit, so fingers crossed
that we will keep catching. I see on social media the other day, there’s one in there
that goes to 35lb, very, very similar to this one here. Wouldn’t that be nice? So I’m going to get this one back
and go for his bigger brother. Carp care,
it is one of the most important, if not most important aspect
of fishing. We want to see our fish
in tip-top condition. Now, if we get a hook hold that needs
treating or we’ve lifted a scale, or they’ve had a little abrasion
from spawning, it’s really important
we treat that area. Now, new to the range, we’ve got
the Propolis and the Ulcer Swab. Now, all you simply need to do is dry off the affected area
that needs cleaning. I get a dry towel,
dab around that area, say, for instance, a lifted scale,
then add some Ulcer Swab. This will help disinfect
and clean that area. Simply put a little bit
on your finger, mask the area that needs cleaning. Once the area has been cleaned
and disinfected with the Ulcer Swab, we now need to seal the area
with the Propolis. Simply over the top of
the Ulcer Swab, apply the Propolis. A little bit of lake water
will help seal that now so when the fish goes back
in the water, he’s off fighting fit. We’re approaching
the end of the second day now, and I’m happy the little changes
I’ve made are now paying off. Although I’m keen to constantly try
new things whilst on the bank, my core equipment
hasn’t changed much at all. I’ve been using Kontour
for the whole of the season. It’s a line that I use
a hell of a lot of. It is very reliable. It sinks
to the bottom very, very quickly. Fish are not bumping
into my line and then spooking off, and my swim stays active as possible
over the session. So normally with fluorocarbon,
I’d be using a very slack line. I want that line
pinned to the bottom. But I’ve been using it
in conjunction with backleads. That way,
my line is really nailed to the deck. But you’ve got to remember, you don’t
want to be fishing a slack line in conjunction with a backlead, so I’ve been fishing
quite tight lines, with my Stow bobbins on
for maximum sensitivity, and I know exactly what’s going on
then when a fish picks up my rig. Now, I’ve been using my Longbow X45
in 3lb test curve throughout the season, and they’ve been absolutely spot-on
for the job. I’ve had very few hook pulls
due to the rod being very light and very sort of forgiving when the fish are sort of off
bolting through that shallow water. The reels,
I’ve been using the Daiwa Emblems. Again, perfect for a budget reel.
They really are spot-on. I’ve had hardly any frap-ups.
The drag’s very, very sensitive. So when they do go
on their mad little runs, the drag is there, ready to rock,
no stickiness, perfect for the job. As you can see,
today I am well wrapped up. Even though that sun’s out,
this wind is not very warm, so I’m very well layered up,
starting with my socks. I’ve got some real good
merino socks on. These will keep my feet warm,
which is extremely important. If you’ve had cold feet before, you’ll know
exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve got
my thermal underlay on as well, so it’s really important
that my base is absolutely warm. If I get cold, I am not going to fish
to my 100% capability. So going back to winter,
it’s important about layering, waterproof and windproof
as well. That wind can be the main factor
why you get cold, so this waterproof jacket
doubles up as a good rain protector but also
a good wind protector as well. So in the summer I’ve been using
the Kore range of clothing. The long-sleeved T-shirts,
they’re absolutely perfect for that. Also my hat and my sunglasses. Being protected from the sun
is very, very important. Keep them nasty sun rays
out your eyes. You’ll spot more fish
and enjoy your session a lot more. So, back to spring. It can be
very unpredictable weather-wise. That sun can be very nice one minute, and then you get a rainstorm
come through and you’re all wet. So it’s all about being prepared, having stuff in the van
that you can quickly get on. Thermals, it can still be very,
very cold in the mornings in spring, and along with the waterproofs,
like I said, one minute it can be raining,
so having them in the van and you’re not getting caught
on the hop is very important. The bites dried up
during the afternoon, but I kept watching for a sign, and after a fish topped
by the island, I was ready with an ultra-attractive
PVA bag filled with Squid Goo, a couple of pouches of Cell
scattered over the top and I was away within minutes. Here we go. I’m in, boys. It’s that same old thing:
location, location, location. Well, it’s got me another bite. And this one
doesn’t feel too bad at all. So keeping the eyes on the water
all the time, even when things ain’t going right,
it’s super important. If I’d have missed that fish showing, I wouldn’t have got a bag on it
and I wouldn’t be in. A nice chunky mirror. Get in my net. Yes, there we go. That’s the one we want. Well, there’s absolutely no need
for the water bucket for this one. This weather is relentless today. But, look, I’m out here, I’m making
the changes and getting the reward, and that’s what it’s all about
when it’s fishing tricky. That little solid bag
slammed up against the island, a bit of Squid Goo,
it got this one’s attention. And I think it’s time to get it back,
get that rod out, and I’m going to get in the bivvy
with a brew on, because I’m getting cold and wet now. As quickly as the rain came,
it disappeared, but fortunately for me,
the carp didn’t do the same and I spent that last night
on the lake hauling. Right, I’m going to run you through
a couple of the presentations that have done my bites this session. Now, when I moved into this swim
from the Point, it was pretty obvious there was
lots of fish in the open water area, so I opted to fish both rods
for them fish. Now, rig-wise, I chose very simple
sort of match to hatch rigs, and I was feeding
sort of 15mm Cell, and my hook bait was exactly that,
a 15mm Cell. Now, I started off
with a size 6 Longshank X but then opted
to change over to a size 8 because I wasn’t getting any bites. I was making a few changes
to see where I was. Now, the material I stayed with
was a 15lb IQ2, and you can see I’ve got a little
Supernatural supple hair there. This gives the bait
plenty of free movement, so when the fish comes along, there’s not too many
alarm bells ringing. I’ve got some shrink tubing on there, just to help open up
that gape of the hook, giving me maximum
sort of hooking potential, and a little bit of putty there, just so I know
that that rig’s nailed on the bottom. Now, I have caught fish
from the island, and if you cast your mind back
to spring, I was using solid bags. Well, it’s the same now in autumn. I don’t want a long hook link, potentially clipping leaves
or branches on the way in, especially when I need to get
super tight to the island margin. So a solid bag with everything tucked
inside it is my preferred method. The rig is exactly the same
as it was back in spring, a super-sharp
size 6 Kamakura Wide Gape, and this is topped off
with a small pastel barrel wafter. With a generous squirt of Squid Goo to really hone the fish into the bag
in this murky water, you’ve got yourself a winner. Well, this year at Todber,
we’ve had a lot of fun. Obviously we started
back in the winter, and the winters down here
can be very, very harsh. But if you put yourself out there,
there’s plenty of rewards to have. Obviously there could be days
without fish showing, so it’s all about
sort of doing a lot of homework, a lot of research where
previous captures have come from, and work it out from there. And when you do get down the lake,
your eyes are like a hawk. They may be showing
during the nights, so you need to be up listening
and prepared to move. But when you’re on them in the winter,
you’re generally on them and they generally
don’t move around too much, so big hits can happen, but
you’ve got to put yourself on them. So then that leads onto spring. Now, spring,
they’re a lot more visual. They’re potentially
up in the layers of the water, showing a lot more,
cleaning themselves, and the fish
are now spreading out as well, so it’s a lot more easier
to get on them, but you’ve also
got to hold them as well. So that’s when bait does come
into play, high visuals as well. There’s loads of little things
you can do to put yourself ahead of the fish, paying attention to the wind, potentially being on the back
of the wind. So there’s a lot more to think about
but a lot more fish spread out, so you can definitely get yourself
on them and reap the rewards. So this year
there was hours of no activity, then all of a sudden the fish rock up
in front of your swim and you’re there like a crazy person,
trying to get the most out of it. So it’s all about being prepared, having your rigs ready,
having your bait prepared, so when that opportunity does come, you’re making hay
while the sun shines and putting plenty of carp
in the nets. Now, in the summer, you’ve got
loads of options. You can really sort of play it
into your hands, and that’s exactly how I fished it. I used plenty of bait,
plenty of particle, and tried to hold the fish. They’re obviously a lot more active,
they’ve had a good spawn and they want a good munch as well. I was on the opposite end of
the lake, fishing up to the island. I kept that spod going in,
kept that bait going in, and the bites kept on flowing. But you can catch them on a whole
array of tactics in the summer. You can stalk them out at the edge, you can get them on the surface,
over depth zigs. It really is how you want to fish. I love fishing over bait. That’s exactly the tactic I applied
over there, and I had a good ‘un. Now, the autumn, it can be a funny
old time of the year. They’ve been pretty much battered all
year now and they want a little rest, and maybe sometimes
they’re not on the bait, and that’s exactly what happened
on this particular session. I thought they would be on the bait,
to be honest with you, because the conditions
have been absolutely spot-on, but I noticed that the bites were
not coming directly over the bait. I moved a couple of rods off the bait
and got a couple of bites, but it didn’t last too long. I noticed a few fish by the island, so it’s very much an opportunist
time of the year as well. A couple of solid bags over there,
loads of Squid Goo in them, and I nicked the bites. But that’s what it’s all about
throughout the times of the year, keeping your eye on the ball,
letting the lake tell you what to do and working it out from there. Now, you’ve probably noticed, I’ve kept the cameramen busy
while moving a lot. That is how I fish. I cannot sit in a swim when I’m watching the fish
bosh up the other end of the pond. We’ve only got sometimes
24 or 48 hours fishing in a week, or even a month, so it’s so important that you use
your time wisely. Move if you have to.
Move in the middle of the night. I’ve been there, I’ve done that,
you get the rewards, and when it does happen, that reward
tastes a little bit sweeter as well because you’ve made it happen.

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  1. Gonna go full on proper try hard mode with pva bags this yr what size hook to what size dumbbell wafter do you suggest

  2. fantastic vid loads of information , don't understand how anyone has disliked it it was class from start to finish well done hope the 14 blank the rest of the seasonπŸ‘ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. the knot that connect iq to braid does not hold i used same stuff as in video tried it 4 times got knot puller on hook and swival pulled it and it either snaps or comes apart or the knot slides apart

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