30.12.09

Christmas Catches

So, what have you all been up to during the festive break? It’s a few days before New Years Eve and if I’m honest I’m gagging to go angling. I’ve been able to do the odd day here and there but not where I want to be. My good mate Richard Stewart and I ventured to the canal only to watch it slowly freeze over while we were angling, and get caught out in a heavy snowstorm. However, you wouldn’t believe it but we saw five carp all huddled together underneath the cat ice, just quietly going about their business moving from one overhanging canopy to the next in search of their Christmas dinner – yes I will be back, hopefully tomorrow to bag one.
I also took a few mates pike fishing while the lakes were frozen solid and managed to catch them their first fish, ever! They were only jacks but more than welcome in such tricky conditions. Hopefully, I’ve created two more potential carp anglers of the future.
The catch reports haven’t exactly been inundated with whackers the past few weeks but I’m still receiving the odd one from you hardcore carpers. My mate Neil Spooner reported a beautiful linear carp and I’ve had the odd one sent from abroad. However, I want to see more because there must be a few of you catching, surely? Tommy Dove bagged a massive 30lb 2oz mirror just before the freeze from a Lea Valley day-ticket water, plus a mid twenty, so it goes to show that if you do put in the effort you can be rewarded.
Short sessions can be the one at this time of year, as feeding spells will be extremely localised. A few hours here and there could reward you with a winter whacker.
Anyway, if you have been brave enough, or mad enough, to go angling, and have caught, make sure you get it sent in. You never know you could be in with a chance of winning the monthly Korda prize bundle. Simply send into mms@korda.co.uk and away you go!
A couple of new vids have been uploaded too. Check out Garth Ethelston’s new addition where he takes apart Thorpe Lea revealing some neat tips on day-ticket carping.
Hope you’re catching chaps and fingers crossed this pony weather takes a turn for the better in the New Year. Good luck for 2010 and may all your dreams come true.
Tight Lines
James Armstrong
Website Editor

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