15 March – 15 June is the close season for coarse fishing. Coarse fishing on rivers is banned during this period but angling on still waters continues. A recent survey revealed that 71% of the 7,000 anglers who voted were in favour of abolishing the close season. But would that be a good idea?
Where’s the evidence?
Those in favour of ending the close season argue that there is Continue reading “Coarse fishing close season – the debate”
It’s been a bad week for Liverpool! Both footy fans and Anglers have encountered disaster, leaving the Anfield district of the city completely in the doldrums. Liverpool managed to throw away the Champions League in a final featuring unfortunate goalkeeping errors and now the
Stanley Park fishing lake has seen dozens of fish die suddenly and without explanation. Continue reading “A bad week for Liverpool’s anglers”
There is an impressive amount of fishing lakes in the county of Hertfordshire and in the surrounding counties, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Greater London, making it one of the prime UK spots for carp angling. There are a whole host of options available for the highest quality fishing to be had in tranquil and scenic surroundings. Continue reading “Fishing Lakes in Hertfordshire and Surrounding Counties”
It can be difficult to know where to start with pellets, as there really are many different ways to use them and different choices that can be made as to which kinds you should use. Having said that, it is definitely worthwhile learning about the ins and outs of pellet usage, because it is an integral aspect of carp fishing and a sound knowledge can Continue reading “How to use pellets for carp fishing”
It may have escaped most people’s notice, but the British Record Fish Committee (BRFC) has taken action to reinforce the integrity of the record fish lists. This move has come in the wake of Continue reading “British Record Fish Committee Raise Institute New Rules”
Due to its sweet scent and bright colour, you would do well to find a more consistently effective bait than sweetcorn. Corn is an excellent choice all year round, and is probably one of the cheapest and most readily available options you could go for. On top of that, you can be sure that this natural option will not be harmful to the carp’s digestion.
As it can be used on the hook, on a hair rig, flavoured, coloured, and even mushed up to be used as ground bait, the versatility of corn really is Continue reading “How to fish for carp with corn”
Whether you have the perfect bait and rod or not, you cannot have a successful carp fishing trip if the areas which you are targeting contain a small amount of carp. Therefore, it is for this reason that choosing your spot is arguably the most fundamentally important factor to consider when carp angling.
One of the paradoxes of carp fishing is that the Continue reading “How to Find Carp”
Holding up your caught carp for that perfect picture is a necessary part of the fishing process if you want to have a record of that great moment. There are certain rules that you should follow though to be able to do this safely and effectively.
Continue reading “How to hold a prize carp for a picture”
What does this mean for you?
Carp are cold blooded and therefore, when the water temperature drops over the winter, so does their body temperature. When the temperature of carp drops in this way, unlike humans, they cannot heat themselves up by moving about. In fact, in these conditions, carp actually move a lot less and their metabolism is reduced. When a cold period goes on for a long time, carp can sit more or less motionless at certain times in the day. Continue reading “Do carp feed in the Winter?”
The spring is a time of reawakening and renewal. This is certainly the case for the flowers and the trees, as sunlight hours increase, and the temperature rises once more after the dark winter months. But the reinvigorating conditions of life and of general activity on dry land can also be said to happen in the waters, as the rise in the water temperature means that the carp become more active and in turn need more food to fuel this increase in activity. With carp on the hunt for food, the potential for bountiful angling also heightens. Continue reading “How to Catch Carp in the Spring”