Plastic Fantastic

Written by Top Imitator on . Posted in Articles, Frank Warwick, News

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I guess I first saw plastic carp baits when I was at the World Carp Classic at Madine more than 12 years ago,  if memory serves me correctly Partridge were giving away free samples to all the competitors in the competition at the post match presentation.

Only sweetcorn was available at that time but it caught my eye instantly, especially as I had been having some considerable success in the UK using the method coupled with Maize on the rig critically balanced by a disk of yellow pop up foam! As good as it was the foam would take on water after a while and render the hookbait a tad less efficient, the new plastic version fitted the job perfectly.

Welchy’s Rig Secrets – 2. The Chub Maggot Feeder

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2. The Chub Maggot Feeder

Chub are the ultimate omnivores, they will eat just about anything, but the one bait which stands head and shoulders above all of the others is the humble maggot.

Providing you have a little time, and indeed patience, to feed a swim then there is no chub that swims which you will not catch as they just cannot help themselves and rather like a kid in a sweetshop no matter how much they know they shouldn’t they just can’t help themselves – and once they start they just cannot stop.

Welchy’s Rig Secrets – 1. The Caster Cluster

Written by Top Imitator on . Posted in Articles, Tench

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1. The Caster Cluster

When it comes to tench fishing there is no doubt at all in my mind that there is no bait to beat casters. It doesn’t matter whether you are fishing quiet estate lakes, meres and natural venues, big windswept gravel pits, commercials or small pools if you are after tench and you are not using casters on at least one rod then you are not fishing as effectively as you could and should be.

Flavoured Plastic

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I have to be honest with you and say that I am a little surprised when I hear anglers occasionally say they prefer unflavoured plastic to the flavoured variety! Because on virtually every water where I’ve fished and done my usual comparison tests I have certainly found this not to be my finding, I would go as far as to say that if my corn for example has been out in the lake for more than 24 hours and I feel its lost its smell a little then I change it for a fresh piece instantly, I am totally confident with both but from my findings my confidence lies with the flavoured type.

3lb 15oz perch on flavoured prawns

Written by Top Imitator on . Posted in Alan Stagg, Articles

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The weather at the start and middle of January has been exceptionally mild  and when we look back to this time last year it couldn’t have been anymore different.  This month has again seen me targeting different species and I started by trying to bag a few carp from a local water fishing short evening sessions after work.  When the weather begins to chill the fish tend to gather in the middle of the pond.

A fan of Enterprise Imitations

Written by Top Imitator on . Posted in Alan Stagg, Articles

I have long been a fan of imitation baits from Enterprise Tackle and their ever-growing range of products caters to a wide range of anglers.  Over the last few years I have been using Enterprise products more and more with great success.  Here are my top three catches using their products.

Ant Ballard. A little bit more…….

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ant ballard with 39lb-common

Following a fair few of my ‘much younger’ years spent fishing on the match scene,  I soon found myself on more carp orientated venues, and for two years I could regularly be found on the banks at Tri-lakes Country Park; Where I enjoyed success both during the warmer months and during the coldest of winters. Managing to land some cracking fish along the way, including some of the larger originals that inhabited the scenic complex.

Where is winter?

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Welchy wonders what has happened to his favourite season as he starts to get amongst the chub.

As I sit down to write this, the first of my blogs for the new Enterprise Tackle website, it is the beginning of December and yet down here in my part of the world, on the Hampshire / Surrey border, we have yet to see a frost! Not only has the temperature not dipped below zero but my bedside weather station (a must-have for accurate weather prediction) shows that the coldest it has been during the last month is 2.5C and the warmest an almost sultry 19C. As an angler who delights in winter river fishing above all other aspects of our sport it has, so far, been a complete write off!

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