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Episode 11 Extreme Winter Carp Fishing on Home Farm Fishery South Cheshire



In this video Harry Andy and Dave go night fishing for Carp in the middle of winter to Home Farm Fisheries in Alsager South Cheshire. The Venue holds Cat Fish upto 60lb and Carp to 30lb. We show both the Match and the Specimen Pool and Andy gets a run in the early hours of a very cold morning to take a Chub. The Winter weather was very cold dropping to around 2 degrees at times and a little windy at the end so appoligies for the sound. This short video details the cost to fish and the hiring of a wooden cabin and also gives the address and web site details of the venue. At weekends it is best to book your peg, or phone the bailiffs to see if they are busy. Thanks for watching and please subscribe

The Very Basics Of Carp Fishing

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It is possible for both amateurs and seasoned fishermen to enjoy carp fishing with only the vary basics of tackle, bait and of course plenty of patience. The first thing you will need to know though, is where to find the fish.

The great thing about carp is that they prefer slow moving or still water. This is great news for your blood pressure, as the environment in which you’ll be fishing is likely to be very calm and tranquil. Even if you don’t catch anything, it’s a lovely way to spend a few hours. Many enthusiasts have found so great a pleasure in this pastime, that there is a niche market in carp fishing holidays which will cater for the professional or novice’s every need.

As an all-round sociable species, carp are usually found in groups of six or more. A quiet and shady place with lots of plant life around is the type of environment preferred by carp. Being bed feeders, they are usually not easy to see from the surface. You will, however, be able to tell if they are indeed there.

There are many seasoned fishermen who have been seeking out the best spots for decades, such as George Barnes. “They love the dark and the quiet,” he says. “If disturbed from their habitat, they may disappear and not return to the bed for days. They are easily scared, and a spot where four or five were landed on one day may be barren the next.”

Whilst a fifty-odd pound specimen has been recorded from time to time, it is not likely that your average carp fisherman would ever be that lucky. The average carp landing tends to be around the three to five pound mark, meaning a huge degree of sophistication in carp fishing tackle is unnecessary, particularly for the novice. In the beginning, a simple 10lb-line rod and reel set-up is more than sufficient. A good float is a vital part of your carp fishing tackle. Buy the best one you can afford, because this will help you no end. It doesn’t take much for the carp to be frightened away, so you should avoid excessive pulling in and re-casting.

As carp are omnivorous and will try almost anything which comes their way, there is a huge range of carp fishing bait on the market. “I usually use a ground bait, lowered gently into the water,” says Barnes. “Boilies or pellets or lobworm paste all work well. Once the fish are used to the introduction of these, they will be more inclined to take them from the hook”.

“You must have patience for carp fishing. One day, you may have no luck with one type of bait, so it is essential to have as many different types of carp fishing bait in your bag as you can. Fruit flavour boilies or pellets can sometimes bring instant catches: on other days, you have to keep changing the variety of carp fishing baits before you get results.”

There are certain things to remember to pack in your bag, along with a flask of tea and some sarnies. Depending on the time of year, you may need to bring a variety of hooks. This is where an extra rod can help. Sometimes it’s best just to go with the simplest set-up rather than load up your best hook with the fanciest boilie bait or lug paste.

There are many people, like George, who have been carp fishing for many years – even decades – who will attest to the fact that no matter how much carp fishing tackle you accumulate or bait you try out, it really just depends on what the fish feel like doing. In conclusion then, the most important thing to remember when going carp fishing is to take along your patience!

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Episode 6 Carp Fishing at Winsford Bottom Flash with Harry and Friends after some River Carp


In this video Harry has a short session over night at Winsford Bottom Flash in Cheshire. He uses a marker float and finds a deeper channel about 50 yards out to fish to. First cast he catches his first ever Bream and the video shows a typical Bream take. The Flash holds a good head of Large un-known Carp and a lot of Large River Bream. The Flash is a very beautiful relaxed place to fish. Harry talks us through his rigs and the baits that hes using. We capture night fall and Paul checking out the Sexy Models in the new diem-angling gear insert. On this session we had no Carp, but we do capture the angler on the next peg playing and landing a nice Mirror Carp. The flash also holds some specimen Roach and some nice sized Tench. The venue address can be found at the end of this short video. Thanks for watching!


Episode 4 Carp Fishing at Lakeside Fisheries with Harry Andy and Rob


In this short video we travel to Ranskill. Both Harry and Andy beat their personal bests! Rob catches an 18lb Common and a 12lb Mirror. Harry runs through his rig and baits that hes using. There are five lakes at the Lakeside Fishery complex, comprising a 40-peg Match Lake, two pleasure lakes, a specimen lake and even a fly lake. The Match Lake holds carp to double figures, ide, skimmers, tench, roach, bream, rudd, chub and crucians, providing year-round sport. On the specimen lake carp up to 37lb and only six pegs with a good head of twenty ponders.

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