Claire Corlett

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Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Weedy Lakes | Danny Fairbrass 2019

Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Weedy Lakes | Danny Fairbrass 2019

Fishing in and around this stuff
absolutely fries people’s brains. It does require specialist tackle,
it does require specialist tactics, and what I’m going to do
over the next couple of sessions is show you how I fish in and around
this stuff really effectively. You’ll get simple solutions
that you can follow that turn a weedy lake
from something you dread into something
you look forward to. We’re at Embryo Stanton
in the heart of Oxfordshire. As you can see,
it is a very weedy water, typical of loads of lakes up and down
the country and in Europe as well, and in here are
75 absolutely stunning carp, any of which
I would dearly love to catch. So let’s get on
with fishing in the weed. Location is without doubt the most
important aspect of carp fishing, and it’s the thing most people
either get wrong or don’t put any effort into. If you turn up and fish a swim
because you can be near your mate, then you’re probably going to blank,
especially on lakes like this. I always arrive at first light
at the start of a session. That’s when the fish are going to show.
And I’ll just lap and lap the lake. I’ll leave the gear in the car so there’s no temptation
to set up in the swim and cast out, because once you’re welded
to that swim, you can only see
a small portion of the lake and you could miss fish
that are two or three swims down showing their heads
one after the other. So I just lap and lap the lake. It is a laborious task
it takes a lot of effort, and I understand
why people don’t do it. Getting up at three o’clock in
the morning is no one’s idea of fun. It’s not mine either, I promise you,
but it’s so, so important to get you on the right track
at the start of the session. I basically saw fish all the way
down this side of the lake off the back of the wind. So if you looked at the weather,
you could have gone on the other side where the southwesterly’s
going to be blowing into, chucked rods out there because
it said it in a book somewhere, that fishing in the wind
in the summer is good. But we’ve just waited
and seen a few fish show and then basically flipped a coin
of who gets first choice. Because this is a syndicate, there’s a rota for the weekdays
and a rota for the weekends. There was another member here,
so the two of us just flipped a coin. He won the toss. He’s gone
in the swim a bit further down. He saw the same fish that I did. But there were fish showing in front of this swim
called the Walkout as well. So they’re very, very close
to the bank, so I’m not going to do
loads of commotion. I’m going to try and get out
fairly quietly. But if you’re not walking round
looking for fish, you’re going to spend a long time
sitting behind motionless rods. Out she goes. That’s so shallow,
but clean as a whistle. OK, that is
the three starting spots sorted, and I’ve taken quite a lot of casts. It’s the middle of the day now.
The sun’s high in the sky. The fish are not feeding.
I can see them. They’re cruising around sort of
literally just a few rod lengths out. They’re bow-waving
at the back of the lilies and stuff. And what I’ve done is put
a few baits out to start off with, just to try and
scare them away. It hasn’t really done that,
to be honest, and they’ve been
cruising through as I’ve been casting
the marker lead out. But the important thing is
a marker rod with braid on it, and just a lead
on the end of the line. That is so, so important. No marker float, because all that does
is get caught up in the weed. The lead is one of the probe leads,
so it hasn’t got prongs on it, so I can skip it back
through the weed if I don’t find a clear spot. And that’s what I’ve been doing,
basically just casting out at the range where I saw the fish
showing this morning, the range where I saw
the bubbles coming up, and just cast progressively further
and further away from the lilies until I’ve found
a clear area out there. So, on the right-hand side,
I’m actually going to fish in the weed, with a slow-sinking bottom bait,
with what we call a wafter, and then the middle rod, which is probably about
a rod length to the left of it, there’s a big, clear area there,
it’s probably a rod length wide, and I’m going to fish
on one edge of it. And with that one again,
I’m going to fish a wafter hook bait, but I’m going to fish it on a lead clip
rather than on a helicopter rig, which is what I’m going to do
in the weed. And then further left still, then I’ve got another prominent tree
that I’m casting out there, at the same range. I’ve gone round
the distance sticks. Once I’ve found that clear spot,
I’ve gone round the distance sticks. It’s eight rod lengths,
or just under, to that clear spot. I know I’m landing
sort of in the middle of it because I’ve gone out
a rod length further, cast again, and I’m still landing on clear. But I just really want to be
at the area where I saw the bubbles coming up
and where I saw the fish showing. And that third rod again
is landing in weed, so it’s a bit deeper there, so there’s a little bit more time
before the lead hits the bottom. It’s a firm thud, but it is caught up
in weed when I pull it in, and I’m going to put a wafter
on that one as well. I’m not going to fish any pop-ups
to start off with, because I’ve found
at this time of the year, when the fish have been really
hammered all season on pop-ups the weed,
the Canadian pondweed out there, looking at it in the edge,
it’s just a big mat of weed. So if you use a helicopter rig,
the hook link can slide back up, the lead goes into the weed,
the hook link sits on top. It’s a stiff hook link
made of Boom. And I’m hoping that
that wafter will just sit
in the top layers of the weed and not be too obvious at all. So what I’m going to do now is basically
spray bait all over this area. I really don’t care where it goes. If it goes short, if it goes long,
I don’t care. I want the fish out there
picking up baits, just picking up one, picking up
another one, picking up another one, and not really
sort of honing in on a spot. I’m going to halve all the baits as well.
I’m going to use 18mm Link. It’s my favourite boilie at the moment.
I’m going to halve them all. They don’t make
anything like as much splash, which is good when the fish
are around and they’re feeding, but in this situation they really
spread out of the catapult. I’ve got the heavy catapult
with the thicker elastic. That’ll fire them out
easily the distance. I can probably get them another
ten yards past where I’m fishing. And I will feed like that
all the way round in a big arc, so there’s probably two kilos
of boilies spread all over this area, and then I’m not going
to put rods out. The sun’s high in the sky. The fish can see absolutely
everything at the moment. They’re not in a feeding mood. So I’d rather
leave the bait out there, let the fish come in
and investigate it. They’re going to know it’s there
because they’re all around this area, and then later on this afternoon,
as the sun starts to drop, I’ll trickle a bit more bait out
and then put the rods out, hopefully to get a bite
in the evening, but more so for
tomorrow morning. That is bite time. I’ve just given the line
just a little bit of time to settle. I’m just carefully, carefully
putting them back on the rests, just taking a little bit of line off
so everything stays nice and slack. The worst thing you can do now
is move the lead or move the hook and pull it into a bit of weed. So the right-hand rod I’ve brought in a little bit closer
than I was going to fish it, just because I’ve been watching
like a hawk all day with no line in the water, and the fish
have been coming in closer than I originally
sort of cast around to. So I’ve come back to 6 and a half
rod lengths for this one. This one’s fished
on a helicopter rig, with a Boom hook link, one of the D-Rig Kickers
on a size 2 Kurv, with a wafter hook bait. So I’ve cast this one
onto some Canadian pondweed, which looks,
from what I can see out there, like it’s matted on the bottom. It’s not all coming up
in different places. It looks like a big carpet. So what I’m hoping,
the lead’s gone in, I’ve put a little bit of rig foam
onto the hook, so that lifts everything up
off the bottom, and when that melts, the wafter’s just going to sit down
on top of that carpet of Canadian. And then these other two I’ve basically brought in
a little bit closer, they’re just under 6 rod lengths each,
onto the clear spot, because I noticed fish
were actually feeding this afternoon really close in on the clear spot and closer in than I was fishing. And what I didn’t want was the line
going out through the clear spot, and the fish are feeding
short of where my rig is, keep touching the line
all the time and spooking. So I’ve come back
to the edge of the clear spot, the near edge of the clear spot. It’s not an easy cast to do
because the water’s very shallow, probably only about
three foot deep, and these two fished on the clear
spot are on Hybrid lead clips, I’ve got a Boom hook link on,
again a size 2 Kurv, with an 18mm
match-the-hatch Link wafter. So, we’re out.
We’ll see what happens overnight. If the fish have moved
in the morning, there we go, then we will move also, but I’m
hoping they’re going to turn back up. A few fish have been rocking
at the back of the lilies. I think they’ve been hiding in the lilies
today when it’s been so hot, and I’ve just seen
a couple of fish rocking, so I put a few baits out first
to spook anything away before I put the casts out. It took me a few casts
to get it right. It’s a new swim for me.
I’ve never fished it before. And you have to be certain
that you’re on the money, and you’re confident then when the
fish turn up you’re going to get a bite. So everything’s ready to go.
Action stations. The world is starting to wake up,
the cars are starting to come past, and the sun’s just about
to creep over the horizon. It’s no wonder that the fish were on this side of the lake
yesterday morning. The sun beats into here
first thing in the morning, and the fish know that
and they take advantage of it. And what basically happens
on all lakes that have got weed in, the weed will start to produce oxygen
as soon as it starts to get light. More oxygen means
more fish activity, which means
they’re going to feed. So the first few hours
of daylight is probably the best time
on weedy lakes, especially in
the height of summer. Night-times can be quite quiet. Last night I had bleeps on every rod,
the lines have tightened up slightly, and I suspect they were liners. The fish were coming in
very close yesterday and I put a fair bit
of chopped boilie out there, probably three or four kilos
spread over a big area. I’ll be very surprised
if I’ve been done on every rod. I just think if was fish moving
backwards and forwards through. So I’ve slackened them
back off a little bit, but I’m just going to give it
the next few hours. When we got into the swims at like
ten o’clock yesterday morning, they were still rocking the water
out there, bow-waving around. We’d seen when we’d sent
the drone up in the morning that there were fish feeding
on that clear area there. So it’s a case of
just sitting tight, wait for the activity
to start happening. If they show somewhere else then we can move
round there later on, but I want to go through
bite time in this spot and just see if what happened
yesterday happens again. And I know I say to people
always get there early, and I know it’s not possible
for a lot of people you’ve got to work. You turn up Friday evening having not seen what’s gone on
in the morning. My advice on that one
is if you can get to the lake just for a walk round
first thing in the morning, if it’s not too far away,
do it before you go to work, and then come back that evening
armed with that information. Or if you can’t do that,
just try and get on the grapevine, talk to other anglers. If you fish the lake a lot,
you’ll make friends on the bank, and if you can share information
where they’re showing that morning, it puts you in really good stead for when you get there
later on in the day. Sadly, bite time came and went. The sun rose high in the sky
and I just knew the chance was gone. So rather than sit
behind motionless rods, I decided to bring a new part
of my armoury into play. I first used
the Aspen Weed Rake at Gigantica to clear the marginal weed
in the swims and quickly realised
how efficient it was, and since then I’ve used it
many times to create marginal spots. The swim opposite rarely gets fished,
so it’s an ideal place to rake, as I know fish
patrol this quiet margin, and I could keep an eye on it
from the Walkout swim opposite. After a quiet night,
the morning soon saw me into the first fish of the trip. What a battle. That’s it. Come on. Get in that net.
Get in that net. Bosh! Got him! Come on! What a battle. Thank God for strong kit. Well, it’s amazing
how everything can turn on a dime. This morning it wasn’t looking good.
I’ve been up since four. And I’ve seen one fish show
in the bay behind me, and I saw one show
out off the corner of the area, but I wasn’t certain
whether it was a carp or not, and then literally
two minutes before I got the bite, a carp definitely showed
on the back of the area, really close to the rod that went. And interestingly
it was the pop-up that went, the one that I’ve cast
away from the clear area. The hook link slid
back up the leadcore, got a little foam nugget round the hook
to hold it up above the weed. It’s probably gone into a foot,
maybe 18 inches of weed. And that is the one that’s gone. But I’m going to leave it out of
the water now for a couple of hours. I’ve put the fish into the sling. The hook was already out
and I could see it. It had nailed it
right in the bottom lip. You could see that
as I was playing it as well. And I had to properly pull hard
to get that one in. It was going to do me
round the back of the lilies, and that’s why you need
really strong kit on. So the fish can sit there
for a little while just to recover and I’ll probably give it
till eight o’clock before I put this rod
back out again. I’ll definitely put more bait out
before I put the rod out and see if I can get
a daytime bite as well. But for now
it’s looking really good. There’s got to be
more than one fish out there. I put a lot of bait out yesterday, so there’s every chance
one of those other rods could roar off
in the next couple of hours. Yeah, man. Check that out. Just under 20lb, but who cares? An absolute wood carving
of an Oxfordshire common carp. And that rod’s definitely going
back out on the weed tonight. I might even put two out there. Surprising that one went first,
but, you never know, the fish may prefer feeding
in the weed to on the clear areas. That’s why it’s always worth spreading your rods out
to start off with, see what works on that particular lake,
on that particular session, and then you can swap rods to it. And this was on a Link pop-up, match-the-hatch
over a load of Link, and the pop-up was soaked
in the all-important Garlic Goo. Wicked. Off you go. Yes. With no more action coming
to the remaining rods, I decided to reel in
and rest the spot. This is a killer tactic
that very few people use. Baiting the swim with no lines often
allows the fish to start feeding when fishing 24/7
would keep them at a distance. Upon closer inspection, the area I had raked the previous day
was showing signs of feeding fish. Some serious bubbling
was all I needed to fold up two rods
and head over there. I was using a
chopped-up Link wafter with a layer of Garlic Goo
mounted on the same rig as earlier, a spinner rig with a size 2 Kurv
and a D-Rig Kicker. Once again, instead of crashing
the rig straight in, I wanted to gently move the fish away
with a little sprinkling of bait and then quietly lower my rigs,
hoping that they would come back. I’ve got a chance
on the left and the right. I reckon the right’s going to go,
if I had to put money on one of them, but it’s not going to rain, I’ve got a good few hours until
I need to rebait the rods over there, so let’s see what happens. It’s right under the trees. Yeah, it’s still on. Get the waders on. It’s done me. It all happened so quickly. The fish found its way into a snag
and managed to ditch the hook. I was gutted.
I absolutely hate losing them. But it proved that
raking has worked, and I could now keep baiting the area
with a few chops, and keep an eye on them
for the rest of the session. But for now
the weather had turned and it was about time
to head back to my original swim and get sorted for the evening. Once back in the Walkout swim,
it was only a matter of minutes before I got a chance
to redeem myself. Literally five minutes in the water,
as I came back round here, obviously there’s been no line
in this swim all afternoon, and I saw two fish. I saw two fish, head and shoulder,
just off the lilies where I’d put the chopped baits
on the very first day, and they’ve obviously come back in
and been eating it. And I just flicked one out
just past them. Another one’s showing there now
at the back of the lilies. And obviously
they’re in a feeding mood. Managed to get
the first cast out there and we’re in. Not round there. Come on. It’s a decent ghosty. Get in that net. Not yet. Come on. This time. Come on. Come on. Yes, got him! What a result. With the fish recovering in the sling
and the light fading, I could finally get my other rods out
and then admire my prize. 24 and three quarters.
Wicked. Or so I thought. Just short of the lilies. Thank God I had the waders on. And thank God
I’ve got a 20lb line on as well. This is why we need strong kit. Battles like this are just a joke. There he is.
A big, long one. I’ve put no bait out in the swim
at all since I’ve got back, and the fish have continued to show
even after getting that ghosty, fish have continued to show, and they’ve clearly
just turned up on this bait that’s sat out there since day one,
not been eaten, and now they’ve turned up on it. This isn’t even
where I put the bait last night where I had the fish from
this morning. This is closer in
and more right than that. And it just shows you, it will sit
out there until a carp comes along. And they’ve clearly
been troughing on it while I’ve been round the other side
trying to catch one out the edge, and now they’ve got
their confidence up and they’ve got
a taste for this Link, it’s starting to get really good. It appears like he’s given up. Maybe not. Come on, fella. In you come,
you big, long Oxfordshire carp. Epic battle. In the net. Bosh! Got him! Oh, man, that is wicked. This is what carp fishing
is all about, man. Awesome. Check that out. What an absolutely
awesome carp. This is exactly why
I came to Stanton, just beautiful beasts like this. Led me a proper merry dance. Thank God I had the waders on and I didn’t realise
it was so shallow out there. Managed to get the angle on it and had to pull its head off
at some points, and that’s why it’s so important
when you’re fishing weedy lakes, you’ve got to have strong kit on. I’ve got a 25lb hook link
that’s krimped, probably breaks at about 30lb, a size 4 Wide Gape X,
super-strong hook, and then 20lb Touchdown,
the strongest mono you can get. And everyone says, “Why do you guys use
such strong mono?” That fight is exactly why. What a crazy one that is. And the tip here is always
watch your swim before you cast out, because I’ve not been here
for hours now, put bait out earlier on, and the fish have obviously
turned up on it. And I was going to put
loads of bait out, but I saw a couple of fish show, put one rod out,
got it out there first time, and this is the result,
24lb 12oz. We shall call him the Carrot. What a way to end the day. After a lost fish,
there’s no better feeling than to bag two in half an hour. Right-hand rod again. Nice way to be woken up. You notice
when I’m playing all my fish, I keep the rod low generally, and I’ve learnt that
from the match boys, the likes of Steve Ringer and that. They all play their fish
with the rod really low, and it tends to bring the fish
up in the water, believe it or not. If you put the rod up in the air,
the fish tend to dive down deep. If you play your fish to the side, they tend to come up more
on the surface. And dumping the lead as well
on the Heli-Safe is just an absolute godsend, especially at this time of the year
when it’s weedy the fish are spawned out,
they’ve got loads of energy, not masses of weight,
so they charge around really quick. I’m also playing the fish quite hard. The rod’s hardly bending
and they keep weeding you up. It can be really problematic. All those things combined
can make the difference between losing them in the weed
and landing them. Come on, fella. You are mine.
Get in that net. Bosh! What a way to start the day.
Wicked. Bigger, bigger, big,
as my little girl says. Yeah, what an awesome fish. 27lb 12oz this one, and the fish
are really on the bait now. I’m using Mainline’s Link. It’s my favourite summer bait
by far now. Everywhere I take it,
it just absolutely smashes it. And on lakes like this, I wouldn’t even do a night without
probably two or three kilo with me. A lot of people,
they bring half a kilo, put 50 baits out
and wonder why they don’t get a bite. And at this time of the year, the fish are really looking
for calories, they’re trying to build their weight
back up for the winter, so give them some bait. Two or three key a night at least, and if there’s loads of fish around,
even more. This is the rig I use
for casting on and around weed. If you just wanted one rig
to do everything on a weedy lake, this would be it. So to talk about
the most important bit first, the lead system side of it. The rig must be presented
in the top layers of the weed, and using the helicopter rig
allows that to happen. So on the end
I’ve got a helicopter lead. It’s nice and flat on the bottom, which means
when the lead hits the bottom, I can feel that little bit more,
and that’s really, really important. You want to know whether
you’re in six inches of weed, two foot of weed or
six foot of weed. So having a 3oz lead on
with that flat bottom will tell you just enough
so you can set your top bead so that the hook link
slides up on the cast, stays there
as it goes through the water and presents the hook bait
in the top. So I’ve got a Heli-Safe
on the end of the leadcore leader, and that allows me
to dump the lead on the take, and that’s really important. In this situation you want the fish
up in the water, away from the weed, so they’re not constantly
snagging you up. I don’t dump the lead
in every situation, and you can put
a little collar in these. If I’m fishing other lakes
that have got no weed in but maybe they’re a bit silty
and I don’t want to dump the lead, I’ll put the collar in
and keep the lead on. But here having the lead on
is probably going to lose you fish, so you need to be ejecting it. I’ve got a leadcore leader on,
not a really long leadcore leader. Again, there’s a fashion for using
6, 8, 10ft of this stuff. It casts like an absolute pig, you get more crack-offs
and stuff with it like that, and, to be honest, it’s much
more visible than the mono is, so I want to get off the leadcore and
onto the mono as quickly as possible. But obviously
you need some length to it so that the hook link can slide up,
hit that top no-trace bead, the lead can plummet
down into the weed and present
your hook bait above. So this one’s probably
about 2.5, 3ft long. I would go up to maybe 5ft
if I was fishing in really deep weed and have the top bead set right up
near the top of the leader. It’s not going to tangle,
so it’s actually… there’s still a little bit
of leadcore above the hook link, so the hook link can’t come
into contact with the main line. That’s really, really important.
But it is set up a long way. And what happens, when this goes
down through the water column, the actual force
of the lead going down and the resistance
against the hook bait is going to push it up
towards that top bead. Once it comes to rest, what I’ve found is
that the hook link actually slides
back down the leadcore and just rests in
wherever the top of the weed is. So it doesn’t matter
if the top bead’s too high, but you don’t want it too low. If it was only a few inches
above the lead system and it dragged the whole lot into
the weed, you’re not even fishing. The fish can’t get
the bait in its mouth and they’re going to clean out
all your free offerings and you’re not going
to get a take. One of the other things
that I think should be mandatory with leadcore leaders
and helicopter rigs is that no-trace system. So that bead with a split on it
will pop off of that collar and allow the hook link to get completely off the top
of the leadcore leader. So if you do unfortunately snap up
when you’re playing a fish, the fish can get away
from the leadcore leader by popping that bead off. Now moving onto the hook link. So I’ve got a very, very
stiff hook link. I like stiff hook links in weed
because I think it repels the weed. Rather than getting tangled up in it,
when it comes to rest, you can just imagine this
sitting on the fronds of weed, rather than disappearing down into
them or getting tangled up in them. So this is 25lb Boom. I’ve krimped it at either end, so I’ve got
a size 11 ring swivel on there that’s sliding up and down
the leadcore, and I’ve got one of
the Spinner Swivels on the other end, and then the hook
is attached to that. That’s the spinner rig,
or the Ronnie rig as it’s called, and, basically, if you don’t know
about this rig, where have you been? Virtually everybody in the world
is using it at the moment, and the reason for that,
it’s very, very easy to put together but it’s a very
efficient hooker of fish, and it’s that swivel there
that’s attached to the hook that enables the hook to spin
and catch hold so, so easily. You can see as I’m doing it there,
that hook is just spinning round. So as the fish suck it up,
the hook link tightens, the hook flips over
and catches hold. And then the hook
is a size 4 Wide Gape X, a very, very strong hook,
a beaked point, which basically means
when it goes in, it goes… it curves in
rather than going in straight, and I think it holds it in better. And the only fish I’ve lost
in this session, ironically, has been on a straight pointed hook,
a size 2 Kurv. I think if I’d had one of these on, I probably would have
landed that fish. So it’s very fashionable
to use a Kurv Shank hook with this rig at the moment. That’s what you see on Instagram and
in all the magazines and everything. I’ve been using the Wide Gapes
for quite a long time because it sits beautifully. As you can see, if I hold that still,
it’s just cocked over like a claw. You can just see as that goes in, the point’s going to be facing
towards the flesh and it’s going to react
really quickly. But with that beaked point
and thick gauge hook that stays in that bit better, and you can see some of the battles
I’ve had have been absolutely epic. If you were ever going to lose one,
it was going to be then, and this has stayed in perfectly. I’m using a medium-sized Kicker
with a little bit trimmed off it, just to cover up the join between
the Spinner Swivel and the hook, and, you see there,
that’s so neat. There’s no need
for shrink tube any more. I can tie this whole rig
without using the steam at all. And then the bait is attached
to a micro ring swivel, and what I’ve basically done is pulled a bit of floss
through that bait and literally just blobbed
the end of it with a lighter, pressed it down with a lighter
to stop it coming off. These cork dust pop-ups
from Mainline, these are the Link ones,
are really, really tough. There’s no way
a bird’s going to pull that off, even if that’s been
sitting out there all night. And that just comes up
and stops against the hook bead. I have mine round
so the thin end is basically butting up
against that swivel. A lot of people have it
the other way round. There’s loads of chatter
on the internet about what is
the right way to do it. Both work perfectly. It’s just personal preference, really, but I just like the angle
that it sits at. You can see there,
it’s just cocked over like a claw, just ready to grab the flesh. Very, very important
to have a really buoyant pop-up, and these are super-buoyant. I’ve been developing these
with Mainline. There’s 25% cork dust in this bait, and that will hold
that hook upright even overnight, so that’s really important. You don’t want it falling over
and the hook ending up in the weed. So that is basically the rig
I’ve been getting my bites on at Stanton. As I said at the beginning, if you were looking for one solution
to fishing on any weedy lake, this would be it. It’s always nice, the smell of carp
at the end of a fishing session. I’ve done better than expected.
I was hoping for a bite or two. I’ve had five bites, landed four. The raking has definitely worked, creating a spot
that was pretty weedy before and had lots of sticks
and stuff on it and then feeding it,
definitely got the fish in feeding there. So I will definitely be taking that
into the next session. I’ve got my eye on a little corner
that they call… I think it’s Windy Corner
I think they call it. There’s also a spot
sort of on the far bank that I’ve seen fish
showing on pretty regularly. I’ve been watching like a hawk
the whole time, and even though
I’m getting bites here, I’m still scanning
the rest of the lake. And I’ve noticed, especially
as it’s cooled down a little bit, the fish have moved away
from this part of the lake, which is a little bit shallower,
down into the deeper area. And there’s a guy
further down the bank who’s had a couple
of really nice fish today, and I think that coincides with the fact
the wind’s swung northwesterly, it’s a lot cooler
than when we first got here, and those fish that were charging
about on the shallows when we first got here seem
to have sort of disappeared. Maybe the fish I’ve caught will have spooked them
down there as well, but it’s definitely something to keep
logged in the memory banks. All the spots I’ve had bites from
are already in my phone, so if I come back into this swim,
I know exactly how many wraps it is. And I think probably
most interestingly, all my bites have come
through fishing on top of the weed, not on the clear spots. And most people would be obsessed
with finding those clear areas, and there are
some lovely ones out there. I tried it at the start
and it just didn’t work. So fishing the little tiny
Link pop-ups on a spinner rig, sliding up the leadcore
as I cast out, seems to be the way. Definitely having foam nuggets on
to hold it all away from the weed, so when it melts, it just flutters
down onto it, has worked as well. And I’ll be employing those tactics in other swims around the lake
in the next session. So I’m really looking forward
to next week. It’s going to be a little bit cooler,
a little bit of drizzle, very good conditions
for a bite in the day. Let’s see what happens. It is now half past five,
just getting light, and as I’ve said
many times before, getting here at first light
is a major edge. I know not everybody
can do it, and if you can only get here
after work on a Friday or whatever, then try and get down one day
during the week early in the morning, preferably Friday morning, but if you got there late Thursday
night and saw what was happening, it just…
it tells you so much more, those first couple of hours
of daylight. The fish reveal where
they’ve been the night before, where they’re feeding. It’s such an edge. It’s such a great way to start
when you know you’re on fish. I’d done quite a few laps of the lake
before settling on the Point swim. It’s done some
good fish recently, but that wasn’t the reason
I chose it. I’d seen several fish show
near where the bites had come from, so starting there
was a no-brainer. Learning from last week, I knew the first few hours offered
the best chance of a quick bite, so I flicked out three single pop-ups
towards the showing fish, making sure that
I got a decent drop indicating clear spots
or low-lying weed. After bite time came and went, I decided to properly
interrogate the swim for tonight and
tomorrow morning. As usual,
I used a marker rod and just a lead
to feel for the clear spots. This took a lot of casts,
and after maybe an hour I looped the lead off
and slid a marker float on, to give me something to aim at. I baited in a line
with about 20 Spombs of whole and chopped
Link boilie, and then let off about 6ft of line and reclipped the Spomb to land another 10 to 15 Spombs
just past the rigs. This was to create a large baited
area to build the fish’s confidence. The three rods then went out
onto the clearer spots. This was loads of commotion
but is simply unavoidable when the fish are at range
and it’s really weedy. All the ranges get written down
in my phone, so next time I’m in that swim, I can get out quietly without
using the marker float at all. I’m now in the third swim
I’ve fished in 24 hours. I went round to Windy Corner,
put a couple of rods out. It didn’t feel quite clear enough,
to be honest, on the left-hand side. It took me a few casts to sort of get
it anything like I was happy with. The right-hand side
was definitely OK, and I fished a solid bag on that
with a COG lead on the inside. Didn’t really see any fish
round there, and then I’ve started to see them
out here, basically. And they were showing
literally just behind me, behind the reeds there. There’s a great big weed bed,
and I’ve seen them. The last time I was here,
I saw them showing there as well. When we came round and stood here,
two or three showed sort of literally within
about 30 yards of the bank, just off to the left there. So I’ve got one rod there,
at seven and a half wraps. I had a good cast around
just with the marker lead first, no float on it at all,
and, basically, I had the fishing rods here
when the fish started to show, so I flicked a fishing rod out,
got a reasonable drop on it, clipped it up and then stored it and then I went round the sticks. It was eight and a half times. So then I wrapped up
the marker rod, put that out
eight and a half wraps and just bounced it
back along the bottom, because it was
a little bit too far out, and settled on 7 and a half, and it’s still reasonably firm. There’s little tiny bits
of weed there, perfect for fishing a little pop-up
on a helicopter rig over the top. So I’ve just sprayed baits out
with a throwing stick all over that, put a couple of hundred baits
out there. And then the fish showed
further out as well, and I did the same thing
with the other fishing rod, whacked it out
to where I saw the fish show, felt the lead down, and it was
a nice, solid thump as well, clipped that one up, wound it in,
went round the sticks. That was 18 and a half. And I cast around with a marker lead,
clipped it up at 18 and a half, cast around,
and to the left of the area, there’s weed almost up
to the surface at 18 and a half. So what I’ve done is
I’ve come back to 16 and a half, I’m just short of the weed, and it’s just a nice dull thud. It’s like that firm silt,
it’s not gravel. It’s a bit deeper over here,
probably 10, 12ft. But the most important thing is
I’ve seen loads of fish in this area. And it doesn’t matter
how much bait and how much time
you’ve invested in another spot, there’s nine key of bait
on that spot over there now, less what the tench
and maybe a few carp have eaten. And I dare say that
will spark up in the morning and fish will start showing over it
because there’s no line out there now. I can always move back.
I know what my marks are. But there were far more fish in this quadrant of the lake
than anywhere else, and basically
I just had to move. So I’ve just been
into the corner, redragged it just to clear it out
a little bit more. I’ve put more bait
over the top of that as well. And with the wind
pumping in here, and the fish showing so close
on the other side of the weed bed, there’s a very good chance that
that area’s going to spark up tomorrow and I’m going to be able to
catch one right under my feet. But for now
I’ve got three rods on the money. The fish are
in this part of the lake. Let’s see what happens. It was the morning of day three.
Nothing had occurred overnight. But during the morning
the weather had properly turned. A strong southwest wind
was howling into my area. So instead of stalking
my raked spots, I stuck it out in the rat’s nest, put out just a few pouch-loads
of chopped boilie, redid the rods, and later that afternoon I was
into a fish off the marginal spot. Well, it’s middle of the afternoon. The margin rod, or the rod that… Just flipped over the…
Flicked me up. The line just flipped over and… The margin rod has charged off. Pretty tight in this swim. In fact, I think I’m going to get in. Lots of weed there.
Just got to keep it moving. Looks like one of the good ‘uns.
Looks like one of the good ‘uns. Get in that net. Get in that net. Bosh! Got him! Yes! After all that effort,
that is so worth it. Yeah, man, that’s one of
the known ones definitely. Get in. Yes. Yes, yes, yes. No matter how big the fish is, I still always get the rod
back out first. A few pouch-loads of chopped baits
went out before the rig, and after getting
a nice firm drop, I could hold up the fish
for the all-important trophy shots. And it is a 30-pounder. Get in. Only just, though. 30lb 8oz. Get in. Well, how about that
for a weedy lake result? One of the original
Oxfordshire mirrors, 30lb and ounces. I’m sure it’s got a name.
I don’t know what it is, but who cares? What an awesome,
awesome creature, and it’s made
all the effort worthwhile. It’s a lot of energy
expended yesterday, moving about
and trying to get spots going, and in the end
it was just being on the wind and being where the fish were. The afternoon a few fish have started
showing, and this is the result. Again, taken on the little spinner rig,
little tiny Link pop-up, just fished the length of the hook
off the bottom on a helicopter rig with a few Link boilies over the top,
and this is the result. I am absolutely over the moon. The rods are
12ft 3.75lb Basia DF X45s. 3.75lb might sound
like a broom handle to you, and I see a lot of chatter
on the internet about why do they always use
such heavy rods all the time? Well, the reason is, it’s got
the power there if you need it. When I started on this lake, I was fishing
at five and three quarter wraps. At the beginning of this session, I was fishing
at 24 and a half wraps. So it’s a major difference
in the distance I’m fishing, and because
I’ve got 20lb line on, and you can see here we’ve got
a big old wind blowing in your face, you need a powerful rod in order to achieve those distances
with pinpoint accuracy. And that is the thing. You’ve got to be dropping it
literally on a dustbin lid to make sure you’re in the bit
that’s got a bit more low-lying weed rather than going 6ft to the right and ending up in a massive weed bed
and then the rig’s not fishing. So I would recommend
you use a rod 12ft 3.5lb as a minimum, if you’re going to fish
weedy lakes all the time. And you’ve seen
I’ve had bites close in, and I’ve landed those fish,
I haven’t pulled out of them. I’ve had some absolutely
epic battles with them where I’m trying to pull them
out of lilies and everything else, and providing you’re letting
the rod do the work and you’re not pointing it
straight at the fish, you’re not going to pull
the hooks out or snap the line. So my advice is
be the master of a heavy set of rods. They’re so much more versatile. You can fish at a distance or you can fish
right under your feet. The reels are not so important. What I’ve got on here
is the absolute Rolls-Royce. They’re the new Basias.
They’re absolutely beautiful reels. My sort of favourite colouring
in matt black. The line lay on them is fantastic but if I was stepping up
to a weedy water, I wouldn’t have to go and spend
£1200 on reels to do it. Yes, you would need heavier rods
if you only had, say, 12ft 2.5lb or 12ft 3lb test curve, and they’re a bit soft, but most reels
will probably do the job. These ones have got
really kind line clips, and that’s really, really important. If you’ve got a reel that’s got
a little jaggedy sort of line clip and they’re not too kind to the line
and it’s marking the line, when you’re hitting the clip,
dropping it on the spot, you can weaken the line
and then get snapped up. So my advice is stick with
a reputable company like Daiwa, all their line clips
are really kind to the line, and you’ll find yourself
using them all the time when you’re fishing in weed. The line I’ve got on
is 20lb Touchdown, which is 0.43 diameter. Super, super thick line,
and that’s obviously for two reasons. One for strength,
but also for durability. When you’re playing the fish
through the weed, you can feel it inching back. There could be
little zebra mussels in the weed that could cut through the line. The thicker the line
you’ve got on, the more robust it’s going to be
and the longer it’s going to last, and you will find you’ll trash
your line a lot faster on weedy lakes than you will on lakes
that have got no weed in at all. So I put this line on before
I actually started this session, so it’s brand-new
for these sessions, and the way I put it on, I just used a little bit of tape
on the spool to tape it on. Because let’s face it, if a fish
takes 250 yards of line off you, it might as well have
the whole lot. You’re never going to get down
to that bottom bit. It’s never going to see
the light of day. When I change it over,
I just cut it with a sharp knife, it comes off really, really quickly,
bit of tape on, and then when I wind it on,
I make sure with the Touchdown that the spool is spinning
in a bucket of water. When it’s spinning, that means
it’s not going on with any twist. If you’ve got the spool lying flat, as it comes off the spool,
it’s going onto the reel twisted, and that’s when you can get frap-ups
round the butt ring and get all kinds of
terrible problems. So, my advice,
if you’re using any of our lines, always make sure the spool is
spinning as it goes onto the reel. And I stop, as I’m winding,
I stop every now and again, look through the butt eye, and if it’s going perfectly straight
through the butt eye, it means it’s going on
with no twist. If it’s twisting round
the butt eye and getting caught as
you slacken off, then the spool
is in the wrong orientation, so you either need to lay it flat, or, in the case of the Korda lines,
stand it on its side. So it’s not over-filled as well. That’s the other thing
that’s important. With big heavy line like this,
it will come off the spool really easily. So I’ve just
filled them up to the lip, and I make sure
I keep the line wet all the time. When I go round the distance sticks,
I always flick it a little bit first, don’t cast it too hard, wind it back in so it’s nice
and tight and the line’s wet, and then go for it. You see loads of people go round
the sticks, whack it straightaway, they get a massive frap-up
and snap everything off. The other thing about the Touchdown
that is so important is it’s low stretch,
so it’s only about 10% stretch. Most monos are 20 to 25%, and that low stretch means you can feel the lead
hit the bottom so much better. And it’s something
that you have to master if you’re going to fish
weedy waters. You must know
what the rig’s landing on so you know whether
it’s in a couple of inches of weed, a foot of weed or
six foot of weed. It’s so, so important,
and if you’ve not done it before, literally start off by literally
bouncing the lead on the bottom off the tip of the rod, then cast it a little bit further,
catch it, feel it hit the bottom, donk, right,
you know what that feels like, go a little bit further,
do it again and do it again. And our new Korda coach,
Rob Burgess, he teaches people
exactly like that who have never felt the lead
hit the bottom, and I promise you,
once you get it, it’s something, like riding a bike,
you can never forget. The Touchdown as well
sinks really well. I use it in the green colour. I’ve found from all
the underwater stuff I’ve done, when I’ve been out scuba diving and the stuff we’ve done when we’ve
been catching fish on the cameras, green seems to blend in
so much better. Even if you look down and
the water looks a brownie colour, when you get in and look through it,
as the fish would be, it always looks green, so I use
green lines for all of my fishing. So you can see here I’ve got it
set up two different ways. So I’ve got two lines
that are sort of semi-slack. So the Stow bobbins are hanging
down with a bit of weight on them. The lines are going reasonably slack
off the tips, just bowing out there. And what I want to do is have
the line on the bottom near the rig but off the bottom
back towards me. Then I get really
positive bite indication. I’m fishing further out
on those rods, just about 70 yards, I don’t know
what weed is out there, so I want to be into contact
with the fish as quickly as possible. The left-hand rod
is fished really close in. I’m less than 30 yards out there,
so I’ve slackened right off. And basically I’ve done that so that
the line is going along the bottom, down to the rig,
so the fish can come in and feed and not come into contact
with the line. You see a lot of people
on weedy lakes fishing close in in deep water and they’ve got
bow-string tight lines. And, yes, sometimes
you need it. If the fish are constantly
weeding you up, you need to be
on the rod quickly. But I’ve found,
in situations like these, where there’s just clumps of weed
here and there, I’d rather have the line slack, get the bite in the first place
and then worry about it. On the first session
I was fishing very slack as well. Even though I was fishing
down the side of those lily pads, I was fishing slack lines and I was fishing
a reasonably loose clutch, because what I wanted to do
was the fish to run, the lead to come off the Heli-Safe,
the fish to go past the lilies, and then I could get onto it
and steer it away. If I’d fished all locked up
in that situation, I just know the fish would have darted
straight into the lilies and they would have done me
before I even picked the rod up. So I’ve sort of tricked them
into running away from the lilies. In other situations, like when I was fishing on the Point
swim at the start of this session, I’ve got the clutches pretty tight. I’m fishing a lot further out,
just shy of 100 yards, and I want to know straightaway. The weight’s on the bobbins.
That was going to pull up to the top. The clutch was pretty tight. I’d wind down and
be straight into it to stop it charging off
through loads of weed beds. So you have to think
what situation am I in? Do I want the fish
to run away from the weed, or am I worried
it’s going to run into the weed? So if it’s going to run in,
fish it tight. If it’s going to run away from it,
fish it slack. And the whole lot is sitting
on my favourite Singlez System. Absolutely rock solid that is. Use it everywhere that I go,
whether it’s stage stands, or pushing it
straight into the ground like this. And, most importantly, it’s the angle of the rod
that you want to be thinking about. When you’re playing a fish,
what am I going to be doing? Guiding the fish
over the top of the other lines, in that case you want
very low tips and slack lines. Or am I going to be playing it
underneath the other lines? And in that case, you want the tips
up high and the lines tighter. So when you first get into a swim,
you should be thinking about when I get one on,
how am I going to land it? Where is the fish going
to come into? Where is it safest
to have the landing net? Do I need the tips up in the air,
or do I want them down nice and low? So that’s the hardware I’m using
when I’m fishing weedy waters. Priority number one
is a more powerful set of rods. The final morning
was wet and cold and nothing showed
in my part of the lake, but that didn’t stop me
watching like a hawk. Fish started to show off the bottom
bank in the late afternoon, so I moved round and managed
to get three decent drops of the lead for the last few hours. Nothing happened, but I still had three new areas
marked for future sessions and had time to form a plan to fish another Embryo lake
just up the road. This is the Cables syndicate
in Abingdon. It’s only about half an hour
away from Stanton, and like a lot of lakes in this part
of the world, it’s hellishly weedy. But even though
it’s a different venue, the same weed-fishing rules apply
and can prove equally successful. The stock in Cables
is about a hundred carp. There were eight to ten originals
left in here. The otter fence
went up last winter and Embryo stocked
90 new fish after that, and they’re
all shapes and sizes. There’s mirrors, commons,
leathers, linears. They’ve all really darkened up because the water here’s
really clear most of the year. That unfortunately gives rise
to loads of weed, and this lake
and Phil’s lake next door to it have historically always been
really, really weedy. That makes the fishing
really interesting, but it also makes it
quite technical as well. The major change
from Stanton to here is that I’m using
a wafter hook bait because I’m fishing
on a clean bottom out there. There’s weed everywhere else, but where the rig’s actually
coming to rest is nice firm silt. I’m putting
plenty of bait out there, and I love fishing wafters
in the summer. When the fish are really
switched on to the freebies you want something at the same level
as where all those freebies are, rather than popped up above it. So I’ve got a 15mm Link wafter that I’ve soaked in some
of the Garlic Supreme Goo. It doesn’t change the colour
of the bait at all. It just gives it
that extra little bit of attraction over the top
of all that freebie out there. You’re trying to hone the fish
into the hook bait faster than everything else, so you haven’t got like
a needle in a haystack situation, and that is working
really, really well. Everywhere I’ve taken the Garlic,
I’ve just done brilliantly on it. And you see there
a small bait with a really big hook, and that’s something else
that we incorporate in our fishing all the time now. You’ll see Dovey using size 4 Kranks
with a 12mm pop-up. It looks really unsightly,
but it really, really works, and I think it’s because
there’s so little bait to get in the way
of the hook catching hold, and the hook is so big,
it just snares in the mouth every time. Now, on the back of the size 2 Kurv,
I’ve got one of the D-Rig Kickers. I’ve spent the last couple of years
developing these, fished them all over the world, just had some absolutely
amazing results on them. Every hook hold
is just like bang in the bottom lip, they’re just absolutely nailed,
and they’re just so, so easy to use. So, basically, what I do is put
a little tiny micro ring swivel onto the D-Rig Kicker. That goes onto the tapered end first
and then I slide it onto the hook. I cut the little tiny bit
of the taper off. In this situation,
because I’m going over the top of one of those Spinner Swivels,
you don’t want the tapered bit on there. If I was just going to use it
on a normal Combi Rig, you’d want the taper on,
just like there is on a normal Kicker, just to neaten everything off. But in this situation,
that little tapered bit gets in the way. So you slide the fatter bit
onto the hook first and then the thinner bit on,
the top bit up there, and then basically the hook
is clipped onto that Spinner Swivel. Now, the trickiest bit of this is getting it pulled over the top
of that Spinner Swivel so it’s all neat and tidy and
there’s no way the hook can get off. And what I normally use is one of the Krimp Tools
and just my fishing towel, and then I just pull it down
onto there, maybe wet the eye of the hook
to slide it onto it. But once you’ve done that once,
it sort of stretches that material, and often when I’m catching fish and
I’m changing the hook really quickly, I’ll slide everything off,
I make the hook barbless, slide the whole D-Rig off,
slide it onto another hook, clip that hook onto the spinner
swivel and then pull it down. The thing I think
that makes it so good, it’s not that it’s anti-eject. I think it’s just the way
the bait and the hook are really close together, but as soon as the hook
turns and catches hold, the bait just gets out the way
and allows the hook to do its job. It just sits perfectly
every time out there. These baits just hover
above the hook, so the hook lays flat on the bottom
and the bait is just above it, so it’s obscuring the sight
of the hook as well. And these size 2 Kurvs
are so sharp, so strong. Even in weedy situations
like these, I’ve got no problem
with bullying the fish. You could say you could
go down to a size 4 Kurv, but I have fished them
in these sort of situations, and when I’ve got fish in, I’ve opened them up slightly
in certain situations, so I don’t think
they’re quite strong enough for really big fish
in weedy conditions. That’s why I go up
to a size 2. You could swap over
to a size 4 Wide Gape X. Just use the next size down
of Kicker, so it pulls up to the top of the hook,
just as it is there, and they’ll work
brilliantly as well. What I tend to do
with the size 4 Wide Gape X is I’ll in-turn the eye of the hook
a little bit more, just by putting the eye
into the Krimp Tool and then just applying
a bit of pressure to in-turn the eye a bit more, so the hook flips over
that bit faster and a bit more aggressively. And then the hook link itself,
my old faithful Boom material. This is the 25lb Boom, about 5 inches long,
krimped at either end, and basically that stays
on the leadcore leader forever. If I don’t want to change the length
of it or it doesn’t get damaged, then I’ll use that
session after session after session. I’m still using the helicopter rig because you never know what you’re
going to be casting on on these places. Here, it’s silty. If I went to the swim next door, I might be fishing
over two foot of Canadian, and then I’ll be moving
that no-trace bead a lot further up
the leadcore leader, so the lead can plummet
into the weed and the hook bait
can sit on top. And in that situation, I’ll probably
swap back over to a pop-up, just like I used at Stanton. I’ve got a Heli-lead
on the end there, really flat on the bottom, so you feel that thud
as the lead hits the bottom. And that’s probably
the most important thing. When you’re fishing
weedy lakes, you have to master the art
of feeling the lead hit the bottom. If you don’t know
what you’re fishing on, how can you construct a rig that presents the hook bait
effectively over it? So a helicopter rig
is definitely the safest way to go. If you use a Heli-Safe as well, you’re dumping the lead
every single time, and that again is absolutely
essential on weedy lakes. You’ve got to be
dropping the lead. So either one of those
or a Hybrid lead clip, and then the lead
is definitely going to come off. But in this situation,
it makes it so versatile for me. The leadcore is
so durable as well so I can fish
session after session and there’s no need
to change that at all. If you’re not allowed
to use leadcore, I would fish this setup naked, but what you want to have on there
is one of the Line Saver Beads, and that will basically
protect the line, because as that comes down
to the bottom there and I’m playing the fish, there’s a lot of pressure
on the line at that point. By using
the Line Saver Beads, you’re just extending
the life of the line, but I would cut that Heli-Safe off
every now and again, slide the line saver bead
up out of the way, retie it back on so you’ve got
a fresh bit of line there and you should have
no problems. So that’s my preferred setup
for fishing weedy waters. If you swap between
a wafter and a pop-up, your hook bait is always going to be
in the right position. Fishing the hook baits close
to the deck quickly proved effective, and I found myself bent
into the first fish of the session. This fish is taking me
right round the corner. It’s not good. Back out the other way. That’s it, that’s it,
that’s it, that’s it. Good. Wow. This fish
must be radio-controlled. That went right into the reeds, and it’s just
come back out again. The weed here has made it
almost unfishable in the summer, and it’s just started to die down. The fishing here is
a little bit different from Stanton in that you’re fishing on clear spots
with weed all around. So I’m fishing with Link wafters. This one’s on a helicopter rig. Come on, fella. This way,
this way, this way, this way. There he is. Come on. In you come.
Get in that net. No. Come on, mate. This time. Get in that net. Get in that net. Bosh! Got him! Wicked. That is good
to be off the mark so quickly. There we go. What an awesome, awesome carp
to start our session at Cables. 24lb on the button, this one. Just blackened right up.
The water’s so clear here. They go really, really dark. I think this is one of
Simon Scott’s babies, a VS fish, probably went in here last winter
I would guess at sort of scraper 20, so it’s putting weight on,
which is brilliant, and I can’t wait to get
more of them. But for now a brilliant start. Kiting bad. It’s going to do me
in the weed. It’s gone out the other way. It’s going back into
the weed again. That is a stroke of luck, that is. It’s going back that way again. There’s a load of… There’s a load of weed to the left
and the right of this swim. And they’re just making for it
every time. This is why you need heavy gear,
for this sort of fishing. Proper heart-in-your-mouth stuff, this. Same rod as before,
didn’t put any bait out, just because it felt like I was
going to get another bite quickly, and baiting on their heads might delay the action
or scare them off completely. So that was definitely
the right thing to do. Trying to keep him
underneath them other lines. This time. Come on. He’s seen the net. Get in that net.
Get in that net. Get in that net. Bosh! Got him! These are epic, epic battles. Yeah, man, another 20.
23 and a quarter. Touch. Yeah, man, check that one out. What an absolute stunner. Just over 23lb,
and just like the first one, taken on a wafter
rather than a pop-up. You remember on Stanton
I was using pop-ups most of the time because there was
so much weed out there. I just wanted to lift the hook up
out of the weed. But here I’m fishing
on nice firm silt, so I’m using a wafter. Still on a helicopter rig
on this particular rod, but a match-the-hatch Link wafter just soaked
in a bit of that Garlic Goo, and at this time of the year,
when the fish are feeding really hard, I put loads of pellet out there,
loads of boilie, I want my hook bait at the same level
as all the other baits rather than popped up above it. And two takes in the first
couple of hours of fishing is proof that
it’s definitely working. Location on weedy lakes
is very dependent upon when you want to
get your bites, so if you’re doing
quick overnighters, you don’t really want to be
fishing the swims that are absolutely full of weed. In the day,
the weed’s giving out oxygen, and that’s why a lot of the time if you walk round in the middle
of the day, the sun’s up, the fish are all in the weeds
sort of bow-waving around, enjoying the oxygen-rich water. At night, the opposite happens, so that actually the oxygen
is depleted in those areas. So if you’re doing
quick overnighters, my advice is to find
open-water areas near the weed, where you see the fish showing
first thing in the morning. Often you’ll see them out in open water
first thing in the morning and then during the day
they’ll migrate in. So I’ve chosen this particular swim
called the Stocking. This is where the fish
were stocked here last winter. And I’ve chosen here because it’s got really good form
first thing in the morning. I opted not to fish
the first night. I just baited up and then waited until the morning
to put the lines out, and, sure enough,
I’ve had a couple of takes within the first couple of hours
of casting out. During the day
the fish have been here as well, and that’s why I’ve moved down
to the other end. I did bait a swim
at the other end of the lake, called the Little Beach,
and that’s got form during the day. There’s lots of weed down there,
lots of big floating rafts of weed, and when it gets hot,
the fish love that area. There’s a couple of other swims
called the Underarm, which are right underneath
the cables here, so you can literally only underarm
the rods out. The fish love it in there during the day,
especially when it’s hot, but because today’s
not been like that and the fish have still been cruising
around here on the surface, I’ve stayed put. So if you’re doing
quick overnighters, then I suggest you fish out
in open water away from the weed, and if you’re turning up
during the day, definitely look
for the weediest areas. I’ve been baiting regularly during
the day because these fish are young and they really respond
to the pellet that the syndicate managers
are putting in on a regular basis. So rather than just leaving the swim
alone for hours and hours and hours, if I feel like the activity out there
is sort of diminished, maybe the ducks have been on me
eating quite a bit of the bait, then I’ll put some more bait out. And the last time, I put
ten Spombs out of pellet and boilie, and I’m just going to leave it now
until it gets dark. The plan is to fish tonight. If I don’t get anything
in the next couple of hours, then I’ll definitely fish
through the night and refresh bait if
I get more bites. I’ll put more bait out
during the dark. Everything’s clipped up. I’m fishing 13 rod lengths
on the fishing rods, 12 and a half rod lengths
with a Spomb because it swings back towards me
a little bit on the fishing rods, whereas the Spomb
stays put on the surface. So it’s something
to put into your fishing. It’s really, really important. If, like me,
when you’re feeling the lead down, you’ve got the rod up in the air, always fish the Spomb slightly
shorter than your fishing rods. And what I’ve done here
is put the marker float out, cast the Spomb out to it. The marker float
has hit the clip at 13 rod lengths. When I’ve put the Spomb
round the distance sticks at 12 and a half and cast it out, it’s landed in almost exactly
the same position, so I’m dropping
right on top of my rigs, and day or night it means I can be
super-accurate with the baiting. The highlights for me
over these last few sessions, it’s got to be on
that first session in the afternoon,
when we turned back up in the swim after doing a bit of stalking
and the fish were there, and they were feeding
on the bait I’d put in previously. To get two bites
in quick succession, having epic battles with them
and landing two really stunning old fish, that was definitely
one of the best moments for me. It’s important for me
to be consistent and to extract as many fish
out of a swim as I possibly can. When you get one big ‘un, like I did that 30-pounder on the
second session, yes, it’s brilliant, and it confirms that
you’ve got it right, but multiple hits always
feel better to me, irrespective of the size of fish. The key points:
definitely feeling the lead hit the bottom is a skill that you must master
if you’re going to fish weedy lakes. If you don’t know
what you’re fishing on, how can you construct a rig
to perfectly present on it? So that’s something you should
practice over and over again, start off on places that are not weedy,
where the water’s a bit deeper, start really close in,
then work further out, and in the end, you will be able
to tell the difference between a bit of firm silt
that I’ve got here, two inches of weed,
six inches of weed, two foot of weed,
six foot of weed, and that will catch you so many fish
throughout your angling career. The other thing is strong kit. You can’t go onto weedy lakes
with very light rods, light line, and expect to land everything. You’ve seen
there have been epic battles with virtually every fish
on these two venues, and if I hadn’t had 20lb Touchdown
on and a big, strong hook, I probably would have lost
some of those fish. Also, the rigs. Without a doubt, helicopter rigs
are the most versatile, moving that top bead
up and down depending on how much weed
you’re fishing over, and swapping from
a pop-up to a wafter depending on whether it’s clean
or whether it’s weedy will continue to get you bites
whatever type of water that you fish. Observation is absolutely key. You see I’ve got Polaroid sunglasses
on all the time, got a cap on, as well,
to shield my eyes from the sun. And keeping watching,
keeping moving around. Following the fish
as they migrate around the lake as the oxygen levels go up and down
is absolutely key. Knowing that you’re fishing
the right spots for the time of day you can actually
get to the lake is so, so important. So I hope, in all, this masterclass
has demystified weed fishing for you. I hope it gives you the confidence
to attack weedy waters in the future. It is very demanding fishing,
it does take a lot of brain matter, it does take specialised kit,
but boy, is it worth it.

100 comments on “Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol 6: Weedy Lakes | Danny Fairbrass 2019

  1. I used to love watching Korda videos. I've now completely lost interest. Your previous videographers were so much better. ESP content is far superior!

  2. 2/3 kilo of bait a night is fine if you get everything for free but for us normal people its not i cant even afford to drop the lead every time never mine 2/3 kilo of bait a night lol

  3. Danny .You always go on about fishing etiquette Yet every time you catch a fish you shout and very loudly let every one else on the lake you have had one.GET in there BOSH ect ect….Buddy have a bit of consideration for ya fellow anglers and shut the fuck up please….There could be another angler fishing in the margins and you screaming Bosh get in there,Would make every carp within 100 yrds off you know you are there….

  4. Great video guy's! Check out this guys fully robotic programmable electric fishing pole system its the future of fishing, —
    Help support MrTeslonian he gives all his ideas out for free, not many people left like that!

  5. If I got free bait, would be able to put 2+ kg in all the time.. all day.. with no one on the water.. korda same all the time..

  6. Lots of people slag this man off ,but he's a very passionate and skilled carp angler it doesn't mean if you get tackle etc free or cheap that your going to rip places have to be a dedicated and sensible fisherman. Like him or hate him his products have made carp fishing easier safer and better

  7. My wife just told me I'm being a bad sport! And I need to buy a bait boat and a decent drone ? Does she have a point?

  8. Nice film, but I can not understand that still today you chose to drop the leads. Where are your sense of responsibility as big "leading" company (Korda)? Or is it too hard for you to work with companies who make stones, concrete or steel weight for fishing? Or develop something else?

  9. looks like a trakker tempest composite v2, good enough for danny, good enough for me haha, did he mention the bivvy?, oh maybe not my bad

  10. I understand the whole concept of doing the laps and location of the fish. Buy lets go to the real world where u live up north, where any venue your competeing with the anglers more than the fish coz your struggling to find a empty peg let alone having the whole water to your self . This isnt a pop at korda , they are all at it showing u unrealistic fishing

  11. Another brilliant masterclass. !!! Really enjoyed it I've been fishing all my life and now I'm just 64 and I'm still learning. Great video Danny keep the faith. Gur

  12. I like Korda’s attitude and passion for the sport, all hosts are great fishers and top of the sport, but us minions can’t afford to spend £1500 per reel ( they have 5) or 10-15 spare spools, that’s not including the rods,bait, bivy and Danny’s electric barrow. I know, I’m jealous and would love to fish with that gear, but I would be happy to invite the Korda boys to a little comp fishing with the same spec gear that I have and see how they do…….

  13. Fair play Danny – the only film in this Series that's actually got me gaggng to go fishing. The others were either really boring or really cringey!

  14. At least they are showing that it’s not just drop a bait out and get a fish not all of us can pack up and move from swim to swim

  15. Thanks Korda, for a fairly newcomer to Carp fishing, I think its good advice, you can always turn off the if these videos annoy you, but for me I like to learn how the so called Pro's do things, then I add my take on it (maybe not 2-3kg thou). 😁

  16. Raking a swim has come on a bit now 😂😂…. I use to use a bit of rope with the head of a rake lol …… interesting watch helpful for those weedy sessions👍

  17. Dumping of leads by anglers in the public eye and therefore setting a trend,for that's all it is a trend,and very clever product marketing

    which company makes and sells leads to anglers,which company advocates the dumping of leads ?

    I can tell you right now ,this lead dumping trend is going to come back and haunt Korda in the future ,and carp angling ,you wait and see…

    There are lots of gullible new carp anglers out there who think dumping the lead is paramount,it is not….if you are angling in a situation whereby there is overt weed and a chance of snagging up and losing a fish,do not fish in those situations ,if you choose to do so ,it is called `catch at any cost`…

    It is all about being able to think for yourself…..personally as a fishery manager,i would NOT let any member of Team Korda fish on any venue I controlled…so called famous superstars or not…….apart from Embryo,which is the best thing Korda have done…

  18. Can somebody tel me the difference between a pop up and a Wafter? I know the principals. But what situation favours? I’m a barbel angler, but I’m becoming fond of all this carp nonsense 👍🏻😂

  19. Carp fishing has changed alot I'm 33 and haven't fished since I was 20 odd it used to be baitboats back then but now I see they're using drones, underwater cameras, weed removers. Haha carp fisherman and they're work tools nothing changes.

  20. Alot of bad comments on here. Why you watching. Danny and lads have done very well. There is a saying jealously gets you no where!! Yes they promote their tackle alot but come on if you was in their situation would you? I've carp fished for 20 years!! I'm still learning cos come on not one rig does it all. Carp get smarter and smarter. Water craft is the most important part. What korda as done is modernise carp fishing! Well done Danny lad done very well for someone selling leads on the bank. Let's the haters hate. I'll continue to watch you videos even know I've fished for over 20 years cos let's face it! The carp will always be smarter than us. That's why we all have carp fishing in our veins.

  21. Peaky fairbrass…..oh yeah and not all daiwa line clips are on form…..tournies…shit clips emblem x….shit clips…..

  22. I've just joined a syndicate with a very weedy water. This has been very enlightening and hopefully I can convert what I've learned here to fish on the bank

  23. Hi Danny
    Love you to fish my syndicate if possible
    It’s very very hard
    It’s mdv fishery
    In Kent
    I’m in Larkfield Complex
    And it’s mega hard water

  24. Nice video Mr. Fairbrass i am a great Korda Fan.
    But some one know witch Fishingreels he use? I like the design. Thx for infos guys

  25. I noticed at 33.08 when the foam nugget comes off the rig goes down well and the baited rig sits well. However the leadcore leader is sitting up. surely this will spook the carp away? How come it's not falling down out the way? A bit concerning.

  26. Thanks Danny your knowledge is awesome I would love to be able to fish the lakes you do one day and will have the know how to catch some chunkyies. Tight lines Mate

  27. Great vid yet again! Be sure to check out this friendly fishing group @Facebook be lucky

  28. So the way you fish a weedy lake is by making it non-weedy?
    That doesn't help!
    What about lakes you can't rake?!

  29. Just started to watch the Korda videos over the last couple of weeks, I am match angler and can learn lot s of stuff from the videos. BUT the big thing I would like to highlight is your enthusiasm on every fish, you must have caught thousands of fish but to you everyone is special and I love that.

  30. I’m sorry
    But I e got to say
    If bait boats are banned
    Why are the companies who supply all aspects of carp fishing tackle
    Allowed to use than
    Surely there making in general people thinking they just casting to find cleanish areas
    I think fisheries that allow I’E TOP CARP let’s say BRANDS
    Should be ashamed
    And stop regardless of how much said companies pay to fish lakes
    Anyway to all pure anglers good fishing’s

  31. Get on the rivers ditch your drones and wheelbarrow full of bait and lets see your masterclass. Like shooting fish in a barrel most korda stuff.

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