Claire Corlett

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Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Multiple Lakes | Ali Hamidi 2019

Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Multiple Lakes | Ali Hamidi 2019

Here we are in
the beautiful Cotswolds. It’s been a while since I was last
involved with the Masterclass project, the Big Fish Off and Monster Carp
and all the travelling and the editing that takes up so much of my time, but I’m really, really passionate and
inspired for this particular chapter. One man, three lakes, a few methods,
and it was inspired by social media. People always ask whether
they’re going to this lake or that lake. Do they have to change
what they’re doing, you know? Do they have to reinvent the wheel
from venue to venue? And you don’t. Wherever you go, and I’ve found it
myself, a carp is a carp. Whether you live up north,
whether you live in Timbuktu, or in Essex, a carp is a carp, and the
same methods will work the world over. We’re just about
to arrive at Horseshoe. I’m really excited for the first leg
in this little Hamidi roadshow. So, let’s get, as they say,
the show on the road. Horseshoe Lake and The Carp Society
are under new management, which means this incredible lake is
getting the love it deserves once again. As the name suggests,
this lake is a horseshoe shape. This means the lake is divided
into two distinct parts. You’ve got Winter Bay,
which averages 8 to 12ft, and then Summer Bay, which is
much shallower at around 3 to 5ft. I start by driving up to Winter Point. This swim commands lots of water so it’s a great place
to spot any signs of movement. It’s important to not just rock up
at the first swim you see and start fishing –
have a look around the lake and see if you can find the carp. On this occasion,
I didn’t see many signs of fish, so I head over
to the other side of the lake where I suspect
the carp will be, too. Well, here we are,
the famous Summer Bay, and actually,
really living up to its reputation. It’s hot and on cue,
there’s loads of carp here. The forecast tomorrow is about 28 or 29,
so, in my language, that’s scorchio, and even if we don’t manage
to nick something this evening once everything’s set up, we might
get plenty of chances tomorrow, but there’s always the backup
of moving elsewhere. If the fish do the off
or don’t turn up in numbers, but hopefully they’ll just stay here
because we’re all here. It’s just one big, happy,
merry party, and the worst
that could happen is I just see carp
swim all over my baits all night. This is very, very
exciting indeed, and I’m going to go and start
getting the kit out of the van. Sweet. I absolutely love
fishing in the summer, more because it’s just pleasant
to be there, wildlife’s at its richest. Often in the day,
when the sun is at its highest, the carp will go
towards weed beds and they’ll literally be sitting
in weed, sucking up the oxygen. But hopefully, at night, they start
feeding in those sort of clearer areas and start having a look out. It is really, no matter what you’ve got
on the end, how good your bait is, it’s an old adage, everyone will
tell you, location, location, location. On a big lake like this,
that is paramount. When fishing a couple of venues
back to back, I always bring
a good selection of bait. With the carp preoccupied
in the oxygen-rich weed, it’s a perfect time
to make up the spod mix. This will allow the liquids to soak in
before you get it out. I start by adding
10mm Link and Cell boilies, then in goes some boilie crumb. After a little mix up, I add some of the
Smart liquid, which smells… …marvellous. Next, I add some Response pellets,
then some large Ellipse pellets which will take longer
to break down. The mix wouldn’t be the same
without these two ingredients, so in goes some
sweet corn and hemp. There’s just one final ingredient
I like to add to the mix. There you go, cop a load of that,
and the last ingredient, is the Smart groundbait which really complements
the Smart liquid in there as well, and that’s going to coat all the loose
feed that’s in the buffet, if you like, and then that’s going to be quite
active, so when you put it out there, when these fish
are cruising around, you’ve got little bits
of hempy groundbait, you’ve got
that fat sauce coming off, and it’s just going
to be alive out there for you, rather than just sitting dormant – a few standard boilies on the deck –
that’s going to be doing something, working overtime, hopefully. That’ll do for me, though.
I might even eat that for my dinner. As light levels lower, so does
the amount of oxygen in the weed. This will normally push the carp
out from the weed beds into clearer, open water, hopefully
seeking out anglers’ bait in the dark. With the aim of getting a quick bite,
a solid bag is my preferred approach. Solid bags are in effect a small parcel
with loads of attraction inside. You can put pretty much anything in
them, as long as they’re PVA friendly, and allow you to pack
the bag nice and tightly. I like to use Mainline Smart groundbait,
PVA and spod pellets and some of the Smart liquid. It’s always best to use
smaller items of bait in the bag. This way you’ll be able to compress
them, making it easier to cast further, and accurately. I’ve got a little trick in there. I’ve got the solid bag tail rubber there
on to a drop-off inline system, dead simple, a little bit of putty
on the end there, just to sink the line nearest the rig,
and then inside the solid bag, what I’ve done is
I’ve got a little, short, 3.5 inch length
of Dark Matter braid. On that is a size 4 Krank
from the Kamakura range. I’ve had to crush the barb because
it’s a barbless-only rule on Horseshoe. Then I’ve got a micro ring swivel
on the shank, followed by a hook bead
and a little red Kicker. Now, to the ring swivel, what I’ve done,
is I’ve threaded on a Link wafter that’s been soaking in Squid Supreme
and Garlic Supreme Goo and a little bit of the Smart liquid, and around that, I’ve wrapped
a bit of the Smart paste. Really, really good, because
what that does, it breaks down and lets off a little fatty vapour
and then underneath that you’ve then got the Goo
coming out as well. So it’s all going to be going off. This has got a little bit more bang
for your buck. I’m going to aim
to where I’m seeing the fish and hopefully, we might snare
something, you never know. Those of you
with an eagle eye, would have noticed I put
two boilies attached to the hook with some PVA tape. These are actually pop-ups
and will help me identify that the bag is presented well
on the weedy bottom. If the pop-ups take a while
to reach the surface, it would indicate
that I’m fishing in dense weed and will probably justify a recast. However, if they don’t take long
to reach the surface, as they don’t in this case, then the rig should be presented
well enough for a bite even in the weediest of lakes. Oh, yeah, pop-ups have shot up
lovely and quick, probably inside of 15 seconds. So I know, even though I’ve cast
that blind, that’s fishing, that, with a couple of rods out,
just see where we go. Five in the evening. Take stock,
hatch a plan, rock and roll. Summer Bay is full of weed. So to find those clear spots quickly
and with the least disturbance, there’s one device that has become
a must-have in my armoury. Deeper, welcome to the party. Oh, yeah, struck gold straight away,
to be fair. It’s a nice, little, clear spot. The Deeper range of fish finders,
or sonar feature finders, if you like, are an absolute Godsend
if you’re limited for time. I’m not one for wanting
to get in a swim and crashing the marker float
around everywhere, or a bare lead, getting it clogged up in weed,
winding it back in, taking a load of weed off,
starting again. With a Deeper,
it’s on the surface. So you’re able to explore
from the surface, looking down. You’re going to find an area
that looks quite good and then you can explore it
with the lead. Get it clipped up,
get it back out there, and you’re going to find something
to fish effectively onto much quicker than you would
using a marker float, or a bare lead. Of course,
use a marker float after. Go from digital to analogue,
but you’re mad. Honestly, I couldn’t sit
across the table with someone and honestly respect that person if they could give me a solid argument
not to use one – madness. With a lovely spot located
by the Deeper and marker lead, it was now time
to introduce a bit of grub. 12 to 15 medium Spombs
onto the holes in the weed should be fine
in these hot weather conditions. It’s important not to put too much in,
as you can’t take it out. I always use a high-visual hook bait
when fishing over a spread of bait. It’s vital as you can still get a bite
even if the fish don’t feed very hard. As I’m fishing with mono, I make sure
I clip my fishing rods 3 to 4ft shy of the distance of the spod. This allows for
the stretch in the mono and will ensure the hook bait
is sitting close to the baited area. The rig of choice here is the Spinner
rig, presented mini-chod style on a clear ring swivel
Dark Matter leader with a Helisafe added onto it – another winning setup that
will work anywhere on planet Earth. Sadly, the night passed
with no success. The pressure was now really on
to produce the goods. I’ve never been one to just sit back
and hope the rods will produce, so it became a case of try, try, try. First off with the aid
of our cameraman, Keb, we fed a few resident carp
down my right margin with some Link and Fyber crumb. One kamikaze cast later
and we had a rig under those trees. Then the coots moved in
and ruined that chance. Then we tried some mini zigs
in open water, but there just wasn’t
the same number of fish here today. With the afternoon upon us, we then located some fish
in the bottom corner of Summer Bay, but nothing was interested in feeding,
apart from this happy little goose. Go on, that’s it, go over there. With my tail between my legs,
it was back to my swim for the night, which also proved uneventful. As the morning mist evaporated and with just a few hours of our
scheduled time at Horseshoe remaining, we had to make a change. It’s all well and good
having methods you’re confident in, but if you’re not on fish
that are willing to feed, then what hope do you have? I had a strong feeling
that the fish could be in Winter Bay after a quiet night in Summer Bay. My suspicions were correct. In front of Winter Point
were a number of carp cruising, leaping and generally
making their awareness known. After years of carp fishing, I’ve learnt
to read by the way the carp shows whether they’re better to be fished for
on the bottom or on zigs. On this occasion, I really knew
these fish could be up for a zig. The Deeper with a couple of casts
revealed 8 to 12ft of water, a 6ft zig seemed perfect
in this scenario. I could clearly tell the fish
weren’t super high up and staying there, rather cruising lower down than
coming up for a little leap or flop. Recently, I’ve been experimenting
with a new style of zig rig tying and it’s caught me some cute fish
in clear water already on my syndicate lake,
the Rise in Essex. I like to use a nice, big hook
like a size 6 Kamakura Krank. I then put my foam hook bait
onto the Zig Line. Once I’ve done that,
I hook the foam onto the shank so that it breaks up
the line of the hook. Then whip the knotless knot
from the inside of the hook before finishing it off
with a coloured Kicker. I’m a huge fan of these, as I love the thought of making
the hook as attractive as possible. My favoured lead system with zigs
is always a drop-off inline system. In weedy lakes, you really don’t want
a heavy lead dragging behind the fish on a long zig hook link. This is the best lead system
for zig fishing, as the lead will always discharge when
a fish is hooked in weedy conditions. It is far more effective
than a standard lead clip. With two zigs tied, with two different
colours of foam to cover my bases, it was now time to get the rods out to see if we can save the session
right at the death. Not long after getting the rods out,
my right-hand rod was away. And so was I,
getting some tackle out of the van. It’s been such a hard session. Honestly. Like this roadshow, talk about
picking the hardest one to fish first. When I came over earlier to have
a look, over the years of fishing, I can sort of see fish. I can tell by the speed they’re moving
or just how they show whether they’re ready to be fished for
on the deck, or whether it’s zig time, and I knew this was time
to put a zig on. I really want to get this in. It’s found a ball of weed,
not good. I’m just going to
keep the pressure on, steady. I’ve got 9lb Zig Line.
Oh, yeah, we’re back in. So when you get them in close
on the lighter hook links, this is when accidents can happen,
so be careful. We know we’ve been through
a weed bed as well. The fish has been
snagged up temporarily, so, there could be nicks
in that hook link. Take your time, enjoy the moment,
you’ve waited long enough. It’s a lovely linear,
it’s a lovely linear. Oh, yes, come on, please. Oh, that’s the gulp of air
we wanted. My heart is absolutely
buried in my mouth. Come on, mate, come on,
come on, please. Go on, go on. Go on, yes! Yes! We’ve done it, boys and girls,
we’ve done it. First venue, fish in the net. One of the methods
I told you about. Job’s a good ‘un,
feeling good. There you go, look at that. 24lb 12oz of absolutely epic
Horseshoe carp. That’s exactly why we came here.
Thank you very much indeed. The wagons are going to be rolling
shortly, pressure’s off momentarily. I’ve got to now go and try
to produce it somewhere else. Again, just a short period of time. Next one, we’re literally
a maximum of 24 hours there, so I’ve got to do it again. But I’m confident. I’ve got a little bit
of buzz on now, so, let’s do this. For the next venue, I head south-east,
just outside the town of Dorking. This is a famous,
old estate lake complex that I first viewed on TV
back in the ’90s when John Wilson fished here on the
ground-breaking show, Go Fishing. It was great to return here
and film the Big Fish Off on those old punts and catch
some of its wily carp for the cameras a few years ago. It was now time to see if my latest
armoury of carp-catching methods can produce the goods
at Old Bury Hill. Oh, and I’m being joined
by a very special guest. Oh, mate,
what a lovely, lovely lake. It’s so good to be back here and
for this part of my Masterclass chapter, I’m really, really lucky to be joined
by a very close friend of mine, someone that I’ve only met really
in the last year, exceptionally good,
exceptionally gifted at getting the rig bang
on the spot every time. His name’s Jurgen. Jurgen, looking forward to it, mate? Ali, I am so excited to be here. That’s right, Jurgen, it’s an absolutely
stunning place, isn’t it, mate? Old Bury Hill, steeped in history. We’re going to be going over
to that tree line. You’re going to be
a busy boy today, Jurgen. I’ve just about had enough of casting.
They worked me hard at Horseshoe. So, look, you have a little brew,
chill yourself out, enjoy the scenery. I’m going to get some rods set up.
Lovely. Right, first rod
is in the right hopper. I often keep the left hopper
with a spiral in, so if I want to put some loose feed out
as well over the area, these spirals
are ingenious things. They actually trickle bait out
all around the spot. But what
I’ve actually put in here is the same rig that we were using
at Horseshoe on one of the rods. It’s the Spinner rig with a Boom, or the Ronnie rig,
as we like to call it, with a Bumbleberry,
Almond Supreme and Mangonana-soaked
cork ball pop-up. That’s what I want to have. I want to have a target over the loose
feed and the loose feed is important because there’s
a lot of bream in here. So rather than using the pellets,
the corn, even the hemp to start with, I’ve kept them to one side and I’ve gone with a boilie-only
approach, in crumb, 10mm, and 14mm format. I’ve got Link and Fyber in 14mm,
Link and Cell in 10mm and in the Fyber and Link,
also basically blended up into chops and crumb. So, we’ve got all sorts of attraction
and what I’ve done, is I’ve laced that
with the Smart liquid, just to give it a fatty coating
which will be vapouring off the bottom, releasing a nice,
sort of cloud and scent as fish come over the area, and hopefully that pop-up’s
just sitting there, pride of place, ready to be taken.
So that’s the first rod and I think it’s about time
we got Jurgen to work. I’m feeling fully recharged
and ready to go. Oh, my God, this place
is unbelievably good-looking. I sent Jurgen
straight over to the tree line. Here the bottom is really silty,
typical of an old estate lake. I placed the first rod
in about 3ft of water on a firmer area of silt as shown
by the RT4’s echosounder system. For the second rod,
I chose to use a solid bag. Having two different
proven methods out there gives me a barometer to work out which
is best on any given water or session. This is the beauty
of the autopilot system. It literally, with the press of
a button, I don’t have to do anything. Jurgen just does it all,
what an absolute lad. But this is going towards
the mouth of the jungle, or the far margin of the jungle,
if you like. It goes for quite a way
down there. That looks pretty good
to me there. And then quite simply, the bait’s in the right hopper,
just slacken off a little bit so it doesn’t spring back
and sink some bait. We can see it’s 0.7m,
which in your money is about 3ft. Open right hopper,
rig’s down, okay. So, I’ve got the Singlez pointing as best as they can
on a direct line to the spot. Obviously, when you’ve got
two rods out there, unless I had single sticks,
I can’t get every one, bone straight, but I’m going to
get pretty close to that. And then, look,
these clutches are ramped up. We’re not here to play.
Make it all nice and tight. When you fish to snags,
the most important thing is when you get the bite,
don’t start pumping up and down. What we’ll be doing is hooking it
and we’ll be walking backwards, especially for the first
4 or 5ft of the fight, just start progressively going
back, back, back. Don’t pump, don’t pump, just use the rod to winch
the fish away from the area. One rod out. See that?
No line can be given. That should literally just
pull up tight, a few bleeps and that’s us in the game. With two rods positioned,
it wasn’t long until the first bite. Even though I was on it straight away
and walked back with the rod in hand, the stretch in the mono meant the carp
had taken me straight into the trees. It was now important that
I went out in one of the punts over to the far margin
to check the fish wasn’t still on and ultimately,
remove any line and rigs, ensuring the safety
of fish and birdlife. There’s my hook. You can see it, look,
they’re masters at getting rid of it. It gives you an idea
of what we’re fishing to. With the rig removed, it was time
to make some wholesale changes as losing fish in snags
is not an option. Luckily on Old Bury Hill,
you’re allowed to use braided mainline as long as you have a metre
of protection nearest the hook. So I’m going to be using
a Dark Matter leader, which is perfect. I use them all the time anyway,
I absolutely love them, and I can use
my Helisafe on there, or I can use a solid bag
tail rubber on there. Either way, I can fish
exactly as I have been, but I’m going to use braid
straight through. Hopefully that will
solve the problem. There’ll be no stretch,
a zero-stretch in braid. So when you get that first bleep,
the only thing that can happen is they’ll pull the rod off the rest. So I’ll have to be
even closer to the rod. As soon as it bleeps,
grab it, walk back. That’s it. Let’s hope it all plays ball. With the midday summer heat
in full flow, things had slowed down. But whilst I redid my other rod,
of course, the unattended snag rod, now loaded with Apex Braid,
was away. Well, that was fun. I’ve been waiting all day and this is the difference. Braid straight through, mate,
because that carp went nowhere. This is on a pop-up,
on a Ronnie rig. It gets us underway on Bury Hill. And here we go. A lovely, estate lake carp,
come into the net. Here we go, come on, then. Get in the net. Yes! There we go. Very lively and our first
Bury Hill carp of the session. I’m going to give myself, I don’t know,
probably about 65.5lb. No, not really. Probably about 15lb,
15, 16lb I’m going to go for. I’m not going to weigh it, but it just
shows, a little move over to the Apex, it was plain sailing.
Let’s hope that continues. Sadly, the only thing that continued
was an onslaught of bream. It’s safe to say
I love most fish species, but have never seen a purpose
for the existence of bream, which is probably why they decided
to torture me for the afternoon. Elegant in the evening
summer sunshine, glorious, making me one of
the happiest anglers alive. Bury Hill has a variety of species
across the stunning complex, but the Old lake
does hold loads of bream, which is great for the match angler
wanting to build a big weight, but it isn’t great when they find
your bait as a carp angler and continue to give you hell. No matter what rig was out there,
those slime bags would find it. With the evening drawing in, it was clear the carp
had left the margins, which was probably
why the bream were having a ball. As is always the case with any type
of fishing, location is number one, and I needed
to make positional changes. Here at Bury Hill,
there’s an old stream gully which I know the carp get caught off
at night, so with the help of Jurgen, I put two single Ronnie rigs
with some loose feed into the area with a plan to cast
a single solid bag off the bait, along with a scattering of boilies to see if this
could get the carp’s attention. It was clear I’d made the perfect
decision at just the right time. It’s been a long,
old day, to be fair. Literally all I did this time was
just put a bit of the power particle, mixed with Link and Fyber boilies whole,
into the boat, but then I also loaded up
the left spiral, which meant I could trickle out bait
left and right. So, in effect, in about two minutes,
I created what would have taken me probably 45 minutes
with a Spomb. Oh, oh, we’re away,
double take. So, look at that. With just a little adjustment,
been hauling bream all day. Okay, going for yours first, mate,
all right? Hooked after and landed before,
how about that? It’s still my fish, that, mate. The old Helisafe’s done its job
on the Dark Matter leader. Come on, baby. Yes! Two in the net. Wow, there we go.
A pair of estate lake commons. Bolts out of the blue. Little adjustments in the spot,
no rig changes, just the same stuff
in a different position, and bingo dingo,
it’s all come good. Thank you for being there to hit that
rod, but there we go, lovely, old carp. Good-oh, that’s good. I might have to
have another little go in a minute. With the carp clearly on the feed
in our new gully location, I quickly made up another solid bag
to dispatch onto the spot. It’s amazing how tiny tweaks
in rod position can make such
dramatic differences. So remember, they don’t always
just stay in the snags. As evenings draw in
on waters across the country, fish explore open water and
that’s exactly what’s happened here as the newly-cast solid bag
is away again. This is the solid bag rig that
I showed you on Horseshoe as well. Dark Matter, this one’s just a 3 inch
length of 20lb Dark Matter braid. Krank hook, yellow Kicker,
micro ring swivel on the shank and a hook bead and this is an Essential Cell cork dust
wafter soaked in Pineapple Supreme and Orange Goo. That is the recipe. Another common. Seems like
this is the common channel. There she goes. Look at that. A lovely, little common
carp, nailed once again on a solid bag, and that’s the beauty of them. You get them out there,
full of attraction, the Smart groundbait,
the cork dust wafter, soaked in the Goos, and then a little
bit of Sherbet Goo squeezed in there along with a bit of the Smart liquid,
just means that they find it instantly. Cloudy water, as we’ve said,
maximum attraction, instant result. That’s what it’s all about. ‘Night ’night, mate. The final leg of our roadshow sees us
not only move across counties, but also seasons. We’re now
in the depths of winter and visiting a venue
for the very first time. Well, you didn’t think I was going to do
three sessions in the summer, did you? We are now at a new venue. This is
called Blue Lake on the Embryo roster. Brand-spanking-new, stocked
with some absolutely stunning carp and I think in years to come this is going to be
a premier water in England, somewhere to go and get a bite and
that’s exactly why we’ve come here. Often, people choose
the wrong venues in the winter. We’re into December now,
not too far from Christmas, and one of the big questions
I always get asked is, ‘Ali, you know,
I’m going fishing in the winter, do I change things,
do I use different rigs?’ and the answer is no. So I’ve come here to show you that I’m
going to use exactly the same things we’ve been using
in other parts of the chapter, but on a totally different lake
and in the middle of winter, just to give you the confidence that you don’t need
to keep reinventing the wheel. Sadly, we arrived here
in pitch black yesterday and we didn’t hear anything,
didn’t see anything. So I decided to set up in a middle swim
almost halfway up along the lake and the reason for that
is it gives me options. I can also see most of the lake
from where I am. So, if fish show to my left
or to my right, I can move on them
or cast on them. So, once I’d done that, set up,
I got the Deeper out and the idea was
just to see what the depths are. Always nice on a new water
just to get a feel for it. I didn’t want to start crashing
a lead around and having a feel then and the perfect thing
is in the dark with the Deeper, you can float it
around on the surface and you’re going to pick out
the different sort of gradients along the bottom and noticed
it shallowed up in the middle and then dipped down and
I had a nice little trough. And I forgot to say to you as well,
another reason I set up here is at the weekend just gone,
we had a member of Korda staff, one of the product development guys,
Thomas Pashley, here with his mate, and they actually had
nine carp in 24 hours, including a few lovely 20s,
and I thought, do you know what, that’s the last place a bit of bait
went in, so why not set up there? So, once I’d had a look
on the depths and saw a couple of
likely-looking areas on the Deeper, in the dark I got the lead rod out,
again with braid, and just had a little cast about
to feel for the drop. That’s really important,
no matter where I go, I want to feel and find somewhere
that’s quite hard on the bottom, and I was able to locate a couple
of nice spots, so, that was it. That was what we did for the night,
got everything clipped up and then first light when we got up,
we started to clip up the rods, get them out into position
and then we introduced some bait. And an important thing when you go to
a lake, especially somewhere quite new, it’s often they’ve been fed on pellets,
and this particular lake, they’ve got a particular type of pellet
that’s been introduced all through the summer months
for the fish to get reared on and get bigger and you’d be mad
not to use them. I’ve gone to lakes all over the world
that have been fed on a house pellet, and Gillhams being one of them. If you go to Gillhams in Thailand and don’t use the house pellet,
you’re likely not to catch too much. So, I’ve introduced that
in with my Mainline boilies, a little bit of corn as well, and then I’ve coated it
with a Smart liquid, added a bit of hot water as well,
just to give it some life, and just almost
scald the pellet a little bit and a tin of corn mixed
in as well. So, that’s what
we’ve introduced for now. Not too much, about 10 spods
over each rod, just to get a little bit of activity
in the area, and I’m just going
to see what happens, and it might be a case
of just every hour and a half, a couple of little Spombs
over the top, just to get some bait
falling through the water column and keep those fish interested. So, it is winter. Action does tend to be
in little spells and windows. So you’ve got to stay composed,
stay calm, and hopefully, it won’t be too long before
we pick off a Blue Lake carp. Fortunately, it seemed like we’d got
things right, as after a few hours, the middle rod on the bait
was away. Or so I thought, before the take
came to a bizarre halt. It was time to inspect
what had happened. Oh, no, we’re on. Well, that was a strange bite
if ever I’ve seen one. The first fish turned out to be
one of the smaller, scaly ones, which explains
the peculiar pickup. Just get him in the net,
get off the mark. There we go! Definitely one of the smaller ones
in here without a shadow of a doubt, but beggars
can’t be choosers. So, we’re off to a nice start, and hopefully, I’ll get to see
some of the bigger ones. This fish was caught
on a Spinner rig with the yellow Toasted Almond
Mainline pop-ups soaked in Mangonana, Pineapple
Supreme and the new Isotonic Goo. Since being a young kid, I always
change the hook after every fish. This is even more imperative
with a super-sharp, fine-pointed hook like the incredible
Kamakura Krank. Why do all the hard work
and then jeopardise success with a less than perfect hook? Even if I get a fast bite, I always want the freshest hook bait
possible back out there. Something that is dripping
in water-soluble attraction for me is the most appealing item
in the swim, and in cold water,
this is even more critical as the fishes’ senses
are at their lowest. So, a super Gooed-up hook bait over the
Smart liquid-laced loose feed is a must. This is assisting you
in getting the quickest bite possible in any given situation. Well, another tickle. Not that far after with the last one,
just about an hour and 30 minutes since we rechucked,
so, that’s really good. Followed that recast with about
seven Spombs of the house pellet, 10mm Cell, 15mm Fyber,
half a tin of corn, a few squeezes
of the Smart liquid over it, and then followed that up with
a bit of hot water and it’s gone again. So just trickling it in
all the time, very similar to what I do
in the summer on different venues, but more a case of putting in less and then topping it up as and when
I think I might need it. Let the fish tell me, you know? Or if there’s been a long period
where nothing’s happened, just a couple of little spodfuls
over the top to rejuvenate your spot. This fish is getting close. Both the first two bites
were on Ronnie rigs, or Spinners, whatever you want to call them, and they are with Isotonic,
Goo-infused, Mainline pop-ups, and they’ve also got Pineapple Supreme
and Mangonana on them. So, a mix of all three,
brilliant for this time of year. You really, really can pick them out
and I actually tie all my pop-ups off at the minute, I don’t know why
I do it when it gets cold, just one of those things
I’ve done for years. I always use a little, fake maggot
on the top, probably because I think,
oh, you know, the fish have been picking out
more naturals as it gets towards the back end
of the year, but that’s absolute baloney
because they eat them all year long. So, these fish that have gone
into Broom, C3s and C4s, some of them
are already doubles and 20s. So this is looking
more like the double figure stamp. There you go, look, you can see
the pop-up sticking out. The red Kicker on the Spinner and a size 4 Kamakura absolutely
slap bang in the bottom lip. Cool. Number two, a lovely-looking carp,
that one, look at that. Well, this lake is definitely going to
get a lot more mature and grown up. Currently, I’m caked in mud,
but smiling because look at that. A stunning, stunning mirror carp. I’m going to give myself
about 13lb for that one. They’re growing very nicely in here and
still, that is one of the smaller ones. So they are getting bigger. The tactics are working,
and do you know what, I haven’t changed a single thing
from how I fish in the summer. How about that? Even in the dark, it’s critical to get
that rod back out on the money. Just get that nice drop. Really important to get that firm drop
that I’ve been getting each cast. If it doesn’t go down,
I’ll wind it back in and redo it. There you go, even with that mono,
I could still feel that, just that slightly firmer sensation, which means we’re sitting on harder,
better bottom to present a hook bait, and again, it doesn’t change. Summer, spring,
summer, autumn, winter, you still want it presented
on the best bottom possible, the sort of spots that you know
they’ve been feeding on, or they are likely to feed on
and find your hook bait easier. With the fish clearly in one of those
winter-feeding windows, I topped up the swim
with seven spodfuls of bait. With a big stock of carp,
this is a good amount of food, but always remember,
I can use more loose feeders as I know my hook baits are
super-attractive and stand out from the pack. So even if they just have a little feed,
I’ve still got a great chance of a bite. Well, we’re in. Fish number three,
or the third fish we’ve hooked, and it’s the same rod still, and
that’s typical of winter fishing really. That’s why coming
to a new water for the first time, I’ve got two different
approaches actually on this rod. This is, as I say,
the same one that’s gone, the Ronnie rig with
the Isotonic Pineapple Supreme and Mangonana pop-up on it, and on the right, just probably
like a few feet away, inches, if you like, is a solid bag with pellets infused
with Smart liquid and Goo, and on that one, a pink pop-up. That’s just not gone.
It’s crazy, really. You see that happen a lot. So that’s why it does pay
to often fish two rods on one spot and then the left one is on its own,
again, on another Spinner with the same sort of Goo-infused
Isotonic and the Pineapple. You’ve heard it all before now. This one’s just out here
having a little splash about. Dumpy, little fellow. Looks like a nice, pretty fish,
all welcome during the winter, and this is why
you pick the right venue, you can have some great sport
in cold water conditions, and another lovely, lovely linear,
a cracking, little fish. We’ve been very unlucky with the size.
We’ve actually weighed this one. It’s 8.5lb, so, definitely one of the
smaller of the stockies that went in, but look at it – an absolute creature, and that for me,
is what winter fishing is all about. Going to venues where you get a little
tickle on, you can test some rigs, test some baits, and when you’re
catching carp as beautiful as this, who actually cares
how big they are. Incredibly, the same rod
has done all three bites, whilst the solid bag just a few feet
away, has sat there motionless. When it’s three bites to zero between
rods, that’s the time to make a change. So I retied the solid bag, but this time I put on the same
hook bait that has done all three fish. The Isotonic, Mangonana and Pineapple
Supreme combo has been a real winner on Monster Carp filming in 2018
for season four, and it seems to be just as splendid
in the depths of winter in the UK. That citrus appeal really gives
the hook bait extra zing, which is clearly making
a difference on this spot. Fresh bag, back on the spot, and
the next rod to go was the solid bag. So it just goes to show
that if you tweak it in the winter, a little hook bait change,
get a bite. Let’s get this net.
This is close to the bank, this fish. That’s another one. Here we go.
A sucker for a solid bag. But, ironically, I decided
not to cast the solid bag out again. It was time
for a little in-session trial. Not long after that solid bag,
caught fish is returned. The Ronnie rig on the same spot
has just ripped off. I just thought I’d try something new
and just leave the spot and see if I could pick out
a bigger fish and this one definitely
feels like a better stamp. He’s nailed. Yes, lovely. That’s a better one. Well, this is what we came for,
a 20-pounder in the depths of winter, and what a lovely carp it is. Have a look at that, 22.5lb. That is certainly one of the ones
that’s packed the weight on early doors. Awesome, awesome carp, and,
a tiny, little tweak, really. This time I’ve not recast the solid bag
and I’ve not put any bait out because I just wanted to see
if I left it alone, if one of the bigger carp would come in
a little bit after the commotion of bait going in
and picking up that hook bait and that’s exactly
what happened. So, awesome stuff. This stunning winter 20
was the last fish of the trip, but it really proved how small
in-session tweaks are the difference between success and failure,
not wholesale changes. This chapter has been all about
showing you the fine lines we all face during a fishing session. Horseshoe was really testing, but a last-minute move onto
a different shoal of fish in Winter Bay with the awesome zig rig,
saved the day. I’ve seen it so many times
on big waters, just finding a different group of fish
in another area of the lake can be the difference. Old Bury Hill provided
a new set of challenges. First off was changing my mainline
from mono to Apex braid to land the next fish
that took my Spinner rig setup against those infamous snags. Then we were faced
with a frenzied bream attack that made me re-evaluate
where the carp had moved to. With the rods in deeper,
open water, we had three bites
in super-quick succession. No change of rigs or bait
and no panic alarms, just intelligent adjustments
when needed. All along this journey,
fishing three completely different waters, I haven’t been chasing
for the latest fandango rig, or worrying about what
I should use here or there. My go-anywhere armoury
has proven through years of fishing all across Europe,
that it will work anywhere. The solid bag, the Spinner rigs
and the zig rig really produce
the goods everywhere when coupled with
the fine bait choices I’ve shown you. Find them, feed them
and they will come.

78 comments on “Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Multiple Lakes | Ali Hamidi 2019

  1. A carp is a carp LOL

    A big difference where it gets caught, therefore there is a difference between what a catch is worth. If you fish paylake or public water. Huge difference in difficulty

    BIG difference if it is paylake carp or public water carp !!!!!!!!

  2. Really? At what point does it stop being fishing? Does dredging the lake, walking out and lifting a fish class as catching? Bite alarms is one thing but when you’re using remote controlled boats and depth imaging isn’t it getting a bit easy?

  3. Great set of vids guys much appreciated, is the smart liquid a new product? Also what’s its purpose and difference to the already available products?

  4. Carp fishing does not have to be like this!do your own angling and do your own thing…you will be a better angler for it.

  5. Not aloud to shoot waterfowl with lead as it’s toxic 🤔 you old anglers are dropping 2.5 times as much with 1 lead as I am with 1 shot out of a shotgun 😂 fair?

  6. Rule 16. Barbless hooks must be used at all times; crushed barbed hooks and the use of long shank hooks are not permitted. Horseshoe Lake ? Bad example to set Ali, otherwise interesting watch.

  7. I like his style of fishing. Very straight forward. Solid pva bags must be one of the most under used methods yet most of the time it’s all you need

  8. What happened to teaching watercraft, not gps bait boats and iPads 🙄. Ull never get the most from your fishing if your new to the sport and follow this lead. Darrell chapter will benefit you a lot more or Danny tbf, I’d love to have that convo about the deeper as well 😂 go watch terry on esp or cypography and light that fire!!!!

  9. rods left fishing in winter bay swim and you were 'at the van' ??? thats a 30 metre run back to rods, i know that swim well, as for crushed barbs…….well – we know it damages subcutaneous skin tissue, and arent allowed on Horseshoe….. one rule for the sponsored anglers – set rules for others eh ?

  10. Breams, tenches and crucians are native, unlike carp. I'm an angler because i love nature and it looks you are not.

  11. Great watch think Iam going to start using kickers on the zigs 😎😎 such an over looked method but catches loads of carp👌👌👌

  12. Your calling yourself a master class of carp fishing that's not fair, catching a river carp on the river wye, year after year is more of a master class I think, would love to see you boys more on the river bank, pond fishing like your doing is not a master class it's an expense, it's like you buy fish, come on mate get on a river, above all any young beginner is working with pocket money, or paper round wages, and your equipment, methods, locations, is going to put them off, this isn't the way forward it's advertising nothing else

  13. all them fish in front of him in summer bay and he opts to fish on the deck just so he can advertise all their baits, terminal tackle.

  14. Not so sure about a touch screen controlling bait boat functions, how usable is that in pouring UK rain.

    And all of you thought I was going so say not sure about promoting expensive bait boats and gadgets!


  15. Back to fox for me, I’m watching this with my lad an he says I want1. I buy him the best bivvy the best brolly the best rods an reels etc but this has killed me sorry Ali but I’m not that rich. I look after old people for a job an I feel I can’t keep up with Ali

  16. I'm truly blessed to live in a century were the quality of the content is outstanding and Ali hamidi you are the best. You are my 2nd most favorite after Terry Hearn. God bless you guy so that you guys can deliver such good contents to us.

  17. Wow Ali this was a true masterclass in Korda products development, with a few tips thrown in . It seems gone are the days of passionate carp angling .

  18. Why dump leads on a clear lake? I can understand in seriously heavy weed. No wonder there’s campaigns against the use of leads when you lads dump them for fun.

  19. ALI HAMIDI HE IS THE MAAAAN, I have Been following all your VDS and
    I have taken all of your advice and motivations and that has made me jump
    out of the comfort zone. I have started to catch more big fish down here in
    South Africa using your products, and that has motivated me to start my own
    Bait Company. To check my progress is will love some support/ feedback so
    please hit subscribe and check them out.

  20. these videos just seem like adverts for buying tons of shit you don't actually need, and not only that, but over using as much of it as possible so you need to top up faster?! Corn on a hair will catch you carp easy.

  21. What a lazy fisherman Ali what next a robot catching your fish you korda boys make me laugh have you forgot when you first started fish vs man I still luv ya Ali

  22. Thing is wherever the korda boys turn up they allways leave about hundred weight of lead in the fucking swim when they leave.wich i think is total bollocks ! Most of the time.

  23. Wow this is the most stupid fishing video ive seen takes the fun out of fishing and al can not fish to save his life! Gets lucky catches and has the confidence to talk tue amount of BS!!

  24. i go fishing to relax, i leave the office at work not take with me to the bank. By time you played with your boat, and tablet on your tripod the day be gone.

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