Long Haul

A pink puff-up

After the initial excitement of starting a blog – with one post – it withered on the web and almost died a lonely death through June and July. 

Not for the lack of fishing thoughts and theories in my head but due to the lack of bankside action and the time to put those ideas into practice and crack the Carppuzzle.

Then August was upon us and a long family holiday to Australia filled the diary and knocked the fishing on the head once again.

Having said that; a long haul flight gives you plenty of time to read, so Carpology and CarpWorld travelled the world with me, much to the wifes bemusement.

More theories were formulated, ideas for rigs envisaged and a shopping list prepared for the Autumn campaign upon my return.

Always the fisherman, I kept an eye out for the scaly specimens, and found this withered fella on Tallows Beach in Queenland. It was too late for him but I realised it was not for the blog.

I vowed there and then to breathe new life into the Carppuzzle blog once home.  Watch this space.

Tight lines.

Bean(ie) Counters


With the much heralded and tweeted arrival of Trakkers new product catalog last week, and a tweet from Wofteclothing announcing their beanie came in three colours, it got me thinking. 

Is the hubble beanie the most popular item of clothing for the fashionable carper?

A quick beanie count on the web by Carppuzzle revealed that 28 companies offer 65 beanies. Plus many other styles of head gear. And that is just the big brands – with Navitas topping the table. As you know there are numerous smaller companies out there so I stopped counting as I have a proper job.

Whether you are a tackle maker, bait supplier, or product specialist you cannot be seen not to offer the beanie for that all important moody trophy shot.

Most are shades of green, Mainline bucked the trend with a grey and pink offering – bang on brand, but all have a common theme; the logo, differing in size and style to mirror the catch location:

  • Regular = day ticket
  • Small = syndicate
  • Subtle = off the beaten track
  • Distressed = forgotten pit

So take your pick, rather like a gentleman’s shoes your beanie will say a lot about you, not just your favourite company or sponsor (lucky you).

With beanies all sown (knitted) up, I think I might have found a gap in the clothing market – socks!

Admittedly not a great marketing location on your foot and more often covered with a trainer / wader, but think of how many nights you have dashed out of the bivvy, alarm screaming, onto wet grass, mud or a slug!

New socks please!

I suggest the bean counters at Vass have a look into this, might be quite fetching in yellow.

Tight lines.

Double Take

A sprinkle of pixie dust and boilies

Having secured a ticket for a local estate lake I set about thinking how to tackle the first session.

With bags, bait, rods and reels in the car and about to set off, my wife said, “Why don’t you take Mel?” Which translate to ‘if you are having an afternoon off, take one of the kids!’

So back in the shed to grab the stove, kettle, mugs and hot chocolate and we were off.

As it was late March, I decided a pop-up and combi-rig would do the trick with the lake bed unknown and also I had mastered the Albright knot and keen to see if it would hold in battle.

Lake side; brolly up, rods out with white Mainline pop-ups and a little PVA bag of goodies – the nice thing about having a little helper was explaining what I was going whilst setting up, and this gave me time to really think and consider exactly why I was approaching the session in this particular way.

After an hour and one hot chocolate the inevitable question came, “Where are the fish and why haven’t we caught anything?” So to keep Mel amused I suggested we have little walk up and down the bank dropping Dynamite Crave boilies in where she thought the fish might be – under trees next to sprouting reed beds.

Another hour passed and the biscuits were disappearing fast, as were the boilies into the margin spot.

A change was required so I reeled in both rods only for a fish to show, much to Mel’s delight, on the far bank just passed our original spots. So we switched to a pink pop-up, because “it looks pretty” and cast the right rod at the showing fish. Then on the margin spot to our left went a part drilled out Crave boilie with some cork on a KD rig. The traps were set.

Within a moment the left rod ripped off and a near double common graced the net. Trickling bait in over the last two hours had paid off and Mel and I were very happy.

Having dealt with the common, I cast out the margin rod again. I have yet to master ‘the drop’ but I think the lead hit a fish on the way down and I was just putting the rod onto the alarm when the line tighten and I was into another fish.

This was a bigger fish and while landing it Mel shouted, “Daddy, the other rods is bleeping!” A drop back on the pop-up. With a second low double common in the net I reached for the right rod not expecting anything to be there. Winding down I connected to an angry low double mirror that was not happy to be hooked or share the net once landed!

My first every double take and double smiles all around.