I’m just back from doing a week on Parco Del Brenta in Italy which resulted in having 22 carp including 3 x 50s, 4 x 40 and lots of mid to upper 30s, fishing on the back of a bar at around 95 yards out, in 20 feet of water using a bottom bait tipped off with a piece of Enterprise yellow imitation corn .
New for 2016 we are now offering a customized Mix ‘n’ Match service for our standard size Popup Sweetcorn. Although our Classic and Food Source flavoured corn ranges have proved very successful and popular, we understand that every angler has their own favourite colour and flavour combination.
You can now choose any colour corn (8 grains of one colour per bottle) and match it with the flavour of your choice chosen from our extensive range of top quality flavours, from some of the UK’s leading bait companies. Our own brand flavours including classics like Scopex and the awesome new Candyfloss & Betalin, have been specially blended for us by the same ‘Flavourists’ that the big bait companies use, so you can be sure of their quality.
Just a few lines to introduce a new face to the Team Enterprise. We welcome Geoffrey Koch, a carp angler from eastern France who is to provide further support to our development team. An angler for over 28 years and adept in all aspects of carp fishing, Geoffrey will be providing his long term experiences with catching carp from rivers and difficult lakes in France.
After putting my landing net under a PB crucian in May my thoughts turned straight away to targeting a potential PB carp. I had a water available that contained a “50”, and at the right time of year could possibly hold two or even potentially three “50s” prior to spawning; so was clearly the place to concentrate my efforts on while trying to better my PB of 45.02. The gravel pit was fished by members, but also open to day tickets and because of the size of the carp it contained it was always busy and targeted by plenty of very capable carp anglers. The carp were therefore well “clued up” and the water classed as “tricky” at the best of times, but by all accounts it seemed as though this year in particular the carp were proving extra difficult.
My initial efforts did nothing to dispel the “difficult” tag and I was “blanking” in fine style. However the time spent at the pit wasn’t wasted as there was always something to learn and I had also noticed that the tench that were often to be seen rolling close in, especially early in the morning, appeared to be of a good average size. A few years ago when I’d done some fishing on the same water I’d seen a load of the tench following each other about in the clear margins as they got ready for spawning, but at the time they hadn’t looked to be anything special size-wise. However it looked as though they might have grown on a bit since then and after quizzing some of the regular carpers it seemed as though the tench were very rarely caught, but of a good average size, with one of the tench caught the previous year weighing into ‘double figures’.
My fishing in April was all about one session really, the rest of the month being a bit of a ‘non-starter’. Fortunately plenty happened during the 4 night session, so the results kept me satisfied for a while.
The trip was scheduled in the first week of the month, starting mid-week on the Wednesday afternoon and going through to the Sunday morning of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. There were two target species to aim for, as Mallard Lake on the Bluebell complex has a handful of specimen bream as well as plenty of fast growing carp in the low “doubles” to scrapper 30’s bracket. With the bream being so rare I was planning on fishing for the carp and simply hoping that a bream might make an appearance.
It was already quite busy when I arrived, but there was a swim available that I quite fancied, as it contained a slightly shallower plateau that rose up in front of it from the deeper water in the swims on either side. Casting around a marker float soon had the central area of the plateau located and marked up, while a few casts with just a lead on one of the ‘proper’ rods informed me that the area felt very clean and a perfect area to concentrate the majority of the hookbaits and the main bulk of my intended feed. To kick things off half a bucketful of loosefeed consisting of lots of hemp, some of it containing small snails, mixed boilie chops, whole 10mm Source and crumbed Red-Amo boilies, mixed sized pellets and some flavored sweetcorn was “spombed” out over the spot.
Last autumn and early part of this winter and I have been bang into my barbel fishing. After gaining a ticket to a rather special stretch of a Thames Tributary, I have dedicated a fair amount of my time trying to track down and catch some of its big, yet nomadic residents.
During the early part of spring I had a burning desire to catch a big bream. As the weather seemed favourable I decided to start my campaign early and got the rods out at the end of March. The pit in question had a track record of producing big fish, and although I knew the fishing would be difficult, I knew it was the place to be.
Over the past year or so the carp fishing in Thailand has really caught on. Fish in excess of 100lb are not uncommon, and in fact several over this figure have been landed at Gilhams Fishing Resort, Krabi.
Giant Siamese Carp are very different to our European strain of carp, as they tend to be more filter type feeding fish than their cold water counterparts. These fish have huge mouths and they vacuum natural food in the lakes very easily. It is not uncommon for us to fish for these huge fish with Leam ground bait, and for them to get so preoccupied with the constant cloud in the water, that they take everything other than the hook bait.
Everyone loves to go on holiday, or travel to new countries. Whether it’s a planned fishing trip, or family holiday, we all get that ‘Rush’ when it comes to seeing different lakes, rivers or canals, no matter where they are.
I’ve been lucky to have visited all continents and many countries, some for holiday, and some for business. The bottom of my suitcase is always packed the same, travel rod, small fixed spool reel, case of lures, and a bits box with a few terminal bits in. Included in this terminal box is a box that contains a few Enterprise plastic baits for hook baits. Think about it, bait that doesn’t deteriorate in the sun, doesn’t smell, always looks bright and fresh, and mimics a bait that can be so hard to find on distant travels.