Korda Masterclass Vol 7: Summer Carp Fishing | Danny Fairbrass & Darrell Peck

Korda Masterclass Vol 7: Summer Carp Fishing | Danny Fairbrass & Darrell Peck

That’s a liner. That’s a liner. Birthday carp, bosh! Got him! Yes! Heads I’m in the best swim,
tails you’re in the worst swim, yeah? It’s got to be a better one,
pulling like that. These German carp are just so cool. And the biggest one so far,
really accurate, minimal disturbance. Ooh, just seen one out there,
long and… Yes, get in! I love it when a plan comes together. The heavier baiting
is definitely working. Absolutely nailed
on that size 4 Long Shank X. Get in there! I’m absolutely blown away. We’ve been very fortunate to be invited
to Björn Brockmann’s syndicate up in the north of Germany,
about an hour north of Hamburg. And we picked this place
because it’s very representative of what you would fish in England, what you would fish in France
if you were going on holiday and loads of other club and syndicate
lakes right the way through Europe. It’s about 20-25 acres in size. Average sort of depth,
sort of 3-10 foot and a stock of about 160 fish. The biggest of those,
there’s definitely one 25-kilo fish which is a 55-pounder. And probably 8-10 fish over 20 kilos
at the right time of year, which in English money
are 44-pounders. And loads of other 30s. I’ve seen from filming that’s been done
here before, they’re stunning fish. Everyone loves the German carp,
myself and Darrell included in that. Whether they’re 22lbs or 44lbs, I’m sure
we’re going to love catching them. Right, heads I’m in the best swim,
tails you’re in the worst swim, yeah? – Go on, you call it, bruv.
– Heads. Tails. I’m going to be good to you
and I’m going to go in here because I know you really want
to go down there, don’t you? Honestly, I was like, I thought… – You really…
– No, no… Come on, you really want to go
down there, I know you do. Be honest. I’ve got a bait boat, I could probably do better in there than
you could without a bait boat. – Only because of the pylons.
– Yeah, that’s what I mean. There’s pylons going over the lake.
I fished here before. I think this swim is a very good option
for the long… Obviously, there’s fish here now
but you’re always in the middle. And I think that’s a great option
for the week. – Whereas I think that’s a great option
– Now. five minutes after I drop my bait, and the wind is going to blow there
for a day or so so it should be…
Yeah, I think I’ll catch there and then we will see what happens. Go on then,
go and get your little black swan. Got my puppy feet. Swim choice wise… Oh, just seen one out there
long in front of where I’ve chosen. That’s nice. Swim choice wise, I knew Darrell
wanted to fish down the other end. There are so many fish down there,
a big pack of them. You can tell because he gets all jittery
and starts looking and he gets the fire in his eyes. So I knew he wanted down there and I get first choice a lot of the time
on these things. So it’s obvious
that a big pack of fish are there, but there’s a big pack of fish in front
of where I’ve chosen as well. And they say all your battle plans all
change on first contact with the enemy and I was planning to fish longer and fish lead clips if I could,
fish wafters. The fish are here
and they’re really close in. So I’ve got rods that I had tackled up
from Embryo Norton Disney on a shoot last week. They’ve got helicopter rigs on,
little pop-ups. That’s what I’m going to flick out
to start off with and see how it goes. That’s all right. I’ve got three rods out. The left-hand one has gone out
to my left-hand margin. There’s bush there,
saw a couple of fish top and on the echo sound on the bait boat
it looked really clear. I’d also plumbed it with a marker rod. It’s a difficult cast,
that’s why I’ve used the bait boat because the wires over the top
were a little bit much, but I’m on it. It’s gone down with a solid bag and it’s absolutely bomped down
on the bottom really well. I’ve got quite a bit of bait around it. The middle rod is really long
where this morning’s activity was. There was loads of fizzing,
loads of topping going on out there and it just looked like the place to be and the right-hand rod
is down my right-hand margin. Again, there’s a little bit of bubbling
there this morning. One fish topped and I’ve just cast out
with a light lead and Spinner Rig, kept casting till I got a good drop and then just sprayed
a few boilies over the top. They’re in the water, I’ve done the best
that I can and there were fish about. It’s just a case of whether
they’re still there or not. Well, the first day’s
drawing to a close. I’ve been racing against the light as is always the case
on the first day on a new lake. It doesn’t help
that it’s weedy out there. The left-hand area where the fish were
showing this morning is really weedy and I tried to get rods out
with minimum disturbance. To be honest, the chance for a bite
was gone at that point. It was ten o’clock in the morning,
the sun was higher in the sky, they’ve stopped showing. But I put three rods out close in
just to see if I could nick a bite, which I did a few hours later,
but the fish charged off sort of to the right
and the line went through the weed and as I was trying to steer the fish
back around the weed bed towards me, the hook popped out. That was a size 2 Kurv,
fished as a pop-up, Spinner style. So I moved over
to a size 4 Wide Gape X, which is a much stronger hook. So hopefully when that rod goes again,
that will be a fish in the net. So, the good thing is
I know that spot produces fish. I’ve actually had a cast round now later
in the day and it didn’t look like a bite was going
to happen and found a better area just about a rod length further out,
so I’m just over 16 rod lengths. I also got caught up in a snag
out there, so I know that’s there now. I had to go out in the boat
unfortunately, to get the line out. I don’t know what it was,
it felt like either rocks or a tree or something like that. So I’ve kept away from that
on a spot with a little bit of weed, spodded about ten Spombs over the top,
just a mixture of boilies and maize. There’s not any small fish in here, so you don’t need to worry about
having little bits of particle on and the fish do love it
in here as well. So when you’re starting an area off, it’s nice to have
a combination of baits. You never know
what they’re going to like. I’ve throwing-sticked quite a few baits
over the top of that as well, just spread it out right around
the area, just to get them picking. Hopefully finding the bait,
finding the bait, honing into the baited area
and then producing the take. So there’s a little tiny Isotonic pop-up
on that rod on a Spinner Rig with one of those size 4
Wide Gape Xs. And then a long area, I used Darrell’s
information from his last session, put the line around the sticks,
just on the marker rod just with a lead on the end,
no float at all so you can feel more on the bottom.
That’s really, really important. I’m using the Marker Braid
and 30lb Arma-Kord as a leader so it absolutely
flies off the marker rod. And I cast repeatedly
out at 26 rod lengths, and sure enough, Darrell was right,
there’s a lovely gravelly area out there just sort of in-between the two pylons. And I just kept casting, casting,
just feeling what it was like, dragging the lead back. Sometimes it would tap along,
sometimes it was smooth. That’s a lovely area. If you find something
where there’s broken ground, where you’ve got bits of gravel and then
bits of soft silt or smooth silt and the lead just slides along,
and in another bit it taps, I like that. I like having that sort of variance
of substrate out there. So I’ve got two rods at 26. Both on helicopter rigs
to cast the distance and not tangle. Both on Spinner Rigs, but both
with wafters rather than with pop-ups, because it’s nice and clean out there. I’ve probably put about 30 Spombs out.
I’ve only just finished. My swim looks like absolute carnage.
I haven’t even got my bivvy up yet. We all know what it’s like
on the first day on a new lake, especially when you’ve travelled
a long way to get there. You’re pretty knackered, you’re not
making decisions the best you could. You get frap-ups, things go wrong
and it happens to all of us. So I wouldn’t say
that I’m massively confident. I know the rigs and baits
will definitely work, but not knowing the lake and not knowing how the fish are going
to respond to all this commotion, I don’t know
if there’s going to be action. But I guess tomorrow morning, we’re
going to see some more fish showing and if they get on that bait,
I’m confident I’ll get bites. Much earlier than I was expecting
a bite, it’s only about 10.30. I think it’s just down here.
It is, just under my feet, I think. Get in the net, get in the net… Oh, yes! Got him. Okay, what does he go? It is 32.12. Beautiful. Well, check out the little tiny fins
on this guy. These German carp
are just so cool, so, so cool. 32.12, this one. And he’s angry still, he’s angry. Up you come. Yeah, man, look at that. That is like a little baby Arfur
from the Car Park Lake back in the day. Absolutely awesome. A lovely way to start. Now what I’ve got to do is basically
get the rod back out on the money. I was using 20lb Touchdown, but I’m going to go down
to 15lb Touchdown now just to make it that bit easier. It’s 26 wraps out there and in the dark
it is harder for all of us to get it accurate,
so a slightly lighter line. I had no problems with weed
or anything bringing that fish in. Just came in lovely on the surface,
all the way in. Didn’t touch any weed at all. So don’t need the heavy line,
and getting back out accurate and getting another probably
10 Spombs over the top is the way to get another bite. But for now, I am really chuffed. Middle of the night, I think,
I’ve got no idea what time it is, but the long rod, where all the activity
was yesterday morning, has absolutely fizzed off. Okay, he’s in there… He’s in there. Chuffed with that, hey? It’s 2.50. The road is still going,
but it’s the same rod as before. I don’t know if that’s because
the fish have come in from the right-hand side
down from where Darrell’s fishing, or it’s just a better spot out there. Have to go down here. Big old common, long one. Get in that net. Bosh, got him. Well, the first one is always the most
important and it came on the long rod, under the pylons at 36 wraps, where all the bubbling
and all the jumping was going on yesterday morning
and, yeah, it’s the first-ever fish that I’ve caught dropping a rig from
a bait boat so I’m pleased about that. I’m not sure how good it’s looking
for the rest of the morning. It fizzled off, all the casting
and getting the rods out yesterday seems to have scared the fish off. I’ve not seen much this morning so
maybe a little move. We’ll have to see. Yeah, man. Check that out. What a proper fighting machine and the first carp I’ve caught
on my birthday for a very long time. 34.08lbs, absolutely pristine. This one was taken
on a little 15mm IB Wafter soaked in Isotonic Goo and that was on a size 4
Long Shank X Spinner Rig style and a helicopter rig
over loads of Link and loads of maize. Awesome result
and looks good for more. I don’t know about during the day,
the sun’s coming up pretty rapid now and it’s warming up straight away. So we don’t know what daytime action
is going to be like, but if I get a couple of these every
night, I should be more than happy. Right-hand rod again. The fish must be
coming from where Darrell is, probably somewhere in-between us,
I would guess. Oh no, I’m through my other line. Underneath… that other rod. I’ve just got to keep the rod low now. There’s weed out there. I thought that had come off then. Feel it rolling on the line,
it’s horrible. A leathery one. Come on, get in that net,
get in that net, birthday carp! Bosh! Got him! Yes! That is awesome. What a day. 29lb on the button, this one.
Another proper old scaly warrior. A character fish, this one. He’s got
a little tiny black spot on him. Looks quite old,
so I’m sure he’s known to the locals. But I made sure I got four
or five Spombs back out in the swim before the recast, wrapped it up,
fresh hook on, fresh hookbait on, and I think I got it out there
second cast. But it doesn’t matter.
If you put the Spombs out first, you’re going to scare the fish away
with bait rather than with a rig and I think that always means
they come back sooner. So another result and who knows,
you might get more later on today. So yesterday when we started looking, we saw the fish at the far end
of the lake, loads of activity, loads of jumping, loads of bubbling and just that angling pressure
that we put on the fish, this morning
it just looked desolate up there. I’d caught one in the night, and maybe I could have caught one
again this coming night, but to be honest,
it just didn’t look right and this corner I know,
with the wind coming and with these trees here, it’s just
like a little bit of a carp nest. It looks really, really carpy. We’ve seen the odd one cruising around,
a little bit of bubbling and I think there’s a really good chance
of a few takes over here over the next few days. Well, I’ve had a fair few casts
about out there and there’s really not a lot of choice. The bottom is covered in weed,
a lot of debris on there, but so, sort of… I don’t know,
it’s about 35 yards out, about six, seven foot off of the trees
there’s a silty bit. It’s not really hard, but it’s clean,
the light lead slides through and it’s far enough off the trees
to give me a good chance. So it’s going to be proper snag fishing. I’m going to have to fish locked up, rods
on a little bit of an angle, sort of taking the take and be on
the rod straight away to the right. That left-hand tree line
was an absolute carp nest. It was a simple case
of one pouchful of boilies, get the rig over the top and it wasn’t going to be long
before one of them found it. Move out of the way!
Move out of the way! Sorry. You were in the way. Well, what an absolute battle that was. It’s not a big fish, but it was really
trying to get in those trees. But I’m fishing really, really heavy,
locked up. I’ve got a size 4 Wide Gape X on
on a Spinner Rig. Crimped 20lb Hybrid, and that’s breaking
much, much heavier than that. Dropped the lead, 45lb leadcore
and then obviously, 20lb Carp Line. He was obviously hooked
pretty good because I was pulling his head off
at the start. Bosh! Well, the little move into the snaggy
corner has proved a good one. There’s a few fish about. After getting the rods out,
there’s a lot of bubbling going on and a few fish bow-waving around
so it looked good for a bite, and this one hadn’t been out too long,
maybe a couple of hours, and a proper, proper hairy battle. But I was rigged up heavy and that’s
got this one into the net. Lovely. Because I now run a lot of fisheries, I know that the time the fish really
whack the weight on is these months, July, August, September,
and the more bait you give them, the more they will eat
at this time of the year. So, it’s different from the spring where you’re normally
flinging bits of yellow and not putting a lot of bait out, and really, I think that’s the key,
is learning when to put bait in, how much to put in, so you don’t put it in on feeding spells
and ruin that feeding spell. You get everything sorted in advance,
and then working out on your lake, how much do you put in after each fish,
and by what method? Are you Spombing it,
are you throwing sticking it? So it’s very much about food
at this time of the year. Yeah… Keeping your bait fresh
in the height of summer, when it’s 29 degrees, which it is today,
is of absolute paramount importance. If your bait goes off, you put out
carpets of it into your swim, it can actually turn the fish off
rather than bring them in. So you do need to pay attention to it. It does take a bit of effort
but it’s not impossible to do. So first of all, my maize. This stuff here
is three days old already and to keep that nice and fresh, all I’ve done
is just kept changing the water. So if the water goes a bit cloudy,
or a little bit milky on the top, then I’ll pour that water away and I’ll just put fresh lake water
over the top of it, flush it out and then do it again. If you do that every day
or every couple of days, it will keep it nice and fresh and the best way to know
is just to eat a bit of it. I know it might seem minging
but that maize is fine. I can still taste
the corny taste to it. A little bit of salt in there as well. You know,
if I can eat it, the fish can eat it. This stuff basically
has literally been cooked today and all the particles
that you take with you, obviously, you can take dry and then
if you soak them for two or three days before you boil them, they don’t need
anything like as much boiling. So this has probably been soaked
for a couple of days. All I’ve done is I’ve brought it
to the boil, simmered it for 10 minutes, turned it off, put it into a bucket, like red-hot, put the lid on,
and then it’s carried on cooking it for the next few hours
and that’s perfect. And this stuff… You can tell the difference
between the stuff that’s three days old and this stuff.
This has got a really rich corn taste, really salty because I put quite a lot
of salt in the water. That is lovely. Now if in doubt,
with any kind of particle, just throw it away
and cook another batch. And then my actual mix
this particular week is the Link boilie, which is my favourite boilie
for the summer. It’s Mainline’s new one
come out about a year ago now, and basically
everywhere that I’ve used it, it’s caught fish
absolutely straight away. It’s never been in this lake before
and the fish have been crapping it out. It’s been in the sling. That’s my number one choice of boilie
for the summer and I’ve just mixed it with the maize and put a load of water
in the bucket as well. So basically,
the boilies soak up the maize juice, and it sort of makes them
swell up a little bit. They go a bit softer,
and then basically, that means that they can’t take any of
the crap out on the lake bed into them. If they go out bone dry, they can
suck up the silt and smell very silty. So by doing that,
if you do it in hemp juice, tiger juice, the maize juice that I’ve got here,
it just adds something extra to it. And then moving onto the boilies. I’ve got my 15 and 18mm Link in there. This is one way to keep them fresh
during your session. Just transfer them into air dry bags,
and what I do, I pour them out of the freezer bags into
a bucket and then pour them
into the open air dry bag and it just stops them going everywhere,
all over the floor. Obviously, you want to keep them
up off the floor if you can. If they’re lying at the back
of your bivvy, rats can get to them and eat through the bags. So I’ve got them hung up in the trees. Again, out of the sun as well,
and when they first go into the bags, if you fill them right up to the top,
you need to keep moving them around for the first couple of days because little bits of moisture
get stuck in-between them and that’s where the bait
can start to go off. And then you can look into the bag and all the stuff in the middle
has started to go white. So just keep moving them around
the whole time. These have been in there
three or four days now. They’re going harder and harder
all the time. Good if you putting them out
with a throwing stick, but really I want to be putting them
into that water and letting the maize juice
soak into them for at least 24 hours before I put them out. And another way
to keep your boilies fresh. I’ve got a great big cool box
in the back of my van, it’s one of the Coleman variety and if you put them in there
and pack it in tight and keep that lid sealed down,
they will stay frozen for two or three days and the bait is now even four days in,
they’re still cool to the touch. And I’m probably not going to use
all those baits. They’re going to come home with me,
go back in the freezer and they’ll be absolutely fine. And as a last resort, I always bring
some shelf life boilies with me. The High Impact range,
normally the Banoffees. Me and Darrell have used those
on loads of different sessions all around Europe, on the Dutch canal, the big lake that we fished in Belgium,
and they work brilliantly. So if you’ve got some of those in
reserve, if you do run out of boilies, you’re not going to stop getting bites. So this afternoon I
decided to move out of the snag swim. The clear spot
where I caught the fish from. It’s not the sort of spot
you want to be fishing while you’re asleep
in your sleeping bag. You have to be on the rods quick and the thought of sitting behind
a rod in there, fishing right up against those trees,
not getting onto it quick enough and then ending up in the trees,
that’s bad angling. So the island
to the right of the snag line as such, there’s been a few fish bow-waving
around behind that today and the next swim down to the right
of the snag swim fishes out towards that island. I can’t get exactly where they are
bow-waving around because they’re in a no man’s land and that’s why they’re there,
happy and nice and safe. But this swim is the nearest to that
and after throwing a bare lead around out there a few times,
I found a really nice gravel patch. It’s short of the island, so it’s safe
for night fishing as such. If I get a take in the night,
it won’t be able to get to the snag because I’ll be on the rod in time
and it’s fairly open water. So I want two
on that really nice gravel patch, and it isn’t far for those fish swimming
around behind the island to come and find that bait. I used the marker float,
clipped up after finding the spot, put the float out onto the spot and then used the bait boat
to take the bait out there. It’s sort of lazy spodding, really.
I’ve been rushing around all day. I wanted to put quite an amount
of bait out there and the bait boat
seemed like the fastest way to do that. So that’s why I’ve done that and the right-hand rod
is maybe 40 yards to the right of it, to a corner of an island out there
on the sort of marginal slope of it. It’s a small spot, takes a few casts
to get it in there but I’ve got a really nice drop on it. All of them are fished on Spinner Rigs
with pineapple pop-ups, and I would say I’ve probably got
two kilos of boilies and a kilo of nuts on both spots. So it’s quite a bit of bait, but there’s
quite a few fish in here and I’m pretty confident
going into the night ahead and for the rest of the session. The wind has been blowing down
to the original swim that I started in and the fish were there to start with but there was definitely less there
when I woke up this morning. I have since
seen the odd fish down there but for the remainder of this session,
the wind is going to push this way and I’m in this swim, got nice spots. If I get some takes tonight,
I’ll be really rubbing my hands for the rest of the session. In the early hours
I was dragged from my pit and I wasn’t surprised to see
it was the left-hand spot and as it came into the net,
I could see it was a really good one, a really good common. In the early hours of the morning
my right-hand rod was away. It had kited, as they often do at range, and I could feel the line grating
almost from the word go. Eventually, the fish stopped moving as I guess I had pulled it back into
the weed bed it had kited around. It’s really easy to panic at this point
and pull too hard. I’ve made that mistake before,
so now I tell myself to calm down, take my time
and let the fish change its direction and pull itself out of the weed. It doesn’t always work, but on this
occasion, the spool started turning, which means the fish has worked
its way free, and once it’s moving, steady pressure on the rod
keeps it inching back towards me. It’s a tense time,
but if you stay calm and patient, you can often win the battle. I never said a word because
I thought I was going to lose it. Another mid-30, 34-pounder
from in the night, and the most interesting thing about
this capture is what is in the sling. And with it resting for a few hours, it has passed loads and loads of maize
into the sling, like loads. And that is a great indicator
of what the fish is eating. There’s a bit of boilie
in there as well. So it’s definitely been eating that, but maize seems to be
the dominant food source. So tonight, I’ll definitely be putting
one rod on a stack of maize, keeping the other one on a boilie and
we’ll see if we can get two rods going because at the moment, all the action
is coming to one rod. And on a long session like this where I’m plotted up
in the middle of the lake, I need to think about
the tactics I’m using, when I’m baiting up,
how much I’m putting in, what I’ve got actually on the rig, in
order to make the most of the situation. Darrell’s being Darrell
and dotted around everywhere, fishing loads of different swims
and getting bites and with me staying put, there’s nowhere
for me to move to, really, so I need to think about
how I’m fishing and making the most
of these shorter feeding spells. Well, here’s last night’s result. 37lbs of German common carp
and the biggest one so far. Came over the heavily-baited area
with the Link boilies and the tiger nuts from the bait boat, really accurate,
minimal disturbance and then casting
those pineapple pop-ups on the Spinner Rigs over the top. Lethal. Right, we’ve had hardly any action,
well, no action in the day, really. I just think it’s non-beneficial
to have the lines in the water. Sometimes you’re fishing and you’re trying to maximise
the most of the time you’ve got, I understand that. But I think it’s probably better
to have the lines out of the swim, put some bait out, let it do its thing,
smell in the water without the lines in, and put them out again in the evening
once there’s a chance of a bite. It gives me a chance
to nip to the hotel, have a quick shower, freshen up, and, yeah, I think that’s going to be
the winning formula. Lovely. Well, I’m only two nights
into a session on a brand-new lake. Obviously the learning curve
at this point is very, very steep. And with that fish I had
in the early hours of the morning, the best bit about it
other than obviously, the fish itself, was seeing the sling, when I got it out
of the water this morning, it was full of maize, there was boilie
in there, but not much. So I’m going to swap one rod
definitely onto maize tonight, but what I’ve decided to do now
is to bait up heavily now. I’ve already wound the rods in. It’s just about 10 o’clock. As you can see, weather-wise,
there’s not a cloud in the sky today. Perfect sunbathing weather,
but not perfect fishing weather. And you see a lot of people on a week’s
holiday out in France and stuff. They’ve got to have rods out, you know?
They’ve got to fish like 24 hours a day. They’ve paid for their week,
they’re going to fish no matter what. And you can end up, what I call,
drowning the swim by having your lines out all the time. So now I’m a couple of days in, it’s
obvious the bites are coming at night and sometimes
first thing in the morning. The wind has now changed
to an easterly and they say wind from the east
catch the least and with it being hot and sunny, an open-water area
in six or seven feet of water is almost certainly not going to produce
in the middle of the day. So by bringing the rods in,
you’re not missing anything and what you’re actually doing
is giving those fish an opportunity to find the bait, come across it.
There’s no line in the water. That’s 100% the scariest thing
in fishing is the line. Much more than the rig or anything else,
or even the sound of the Spomb, lines out all the time,
they know they’re being fished for, they start avoiding the area. So bait for a few hours,
sitting there with no lines in it is only going to help the action
when it is feeding time. I’m casting slightly upwind
because when the spod hits the clip, the bow in the line is going to pull it
in the windward direction. So I’m aiming slightly right and
quite a few of these are going more… Well, they’re landing on what is going
to be the middle rod tonight that’s going to have the maize on it. So I need to aim even more right to get
them to land over the right-hand rod which has been doing all the bites. But now the wind’s changed direction,
I’ve already seen a couple of fish ahead of me on the far bank and it looks like some fish
are moving down the lake. So it might be tonight that
the middle rod is the one that goes, but, you know, doing this now means
there’s no commotion later on. That’s better. And I can get the rods out
sort of late afternoon, early evening, and hopefully get an earlier bite. By baiting earlier in the day,
I’m going to leave the rods out all day. If you’re at a holiday venue in France, then sort of after breakfast has been
delivered to your swim, you know, if it looks like this and it looks
rubbish and you’re in deeper water, out in open water, bait up, go and see
your pals, have a beer in their swim. If someone’s doing
like what Darrell’s doing, where he’s snag-fishing in the day,
you know, go and sit with him, or go and do that sort of fishing
yourself once you’ve done this. And just know it’s sitting out there
working for you. So when you come back and
the fish are in your part of the lake, they’ve been feeding a little bit during
the day because there’s no line, building confidence, hopefully,
you’ll get more. Perfect. So a lovely 37lb common last night,
really pleased with that. It’s a lovely spot,
sort of a gravel bar and I’m fishing on the near side of it and they’re obviously feeding
quite well at night. I could spod it out there
as accurately as need be. I could get it on the size
of the clear spots very easily, but the fact is
I had the bait boat with me, I wanted to get a lot of bait out there
and I wanted it really tight and I can do that with a bait boat
in no time at all and it minimalises the amount
of the disturbance on the water. So that’s what I’ve done,
I’m happy with the spots. I’ve changed hookbait,
that’s one thing that I have done. I caught the first fish
on a Banoffee wafter and I’ve had the other one since
on Pineapple pop-ups, but having seen that common
really passing the bait, they’re obviously eating it. I’ve gone with a normal,
like a match to hatch colour, but I’ve still gone with the pop-up. That’s mainly to keep the hook
in tip-top condition. I’m using sharpened hooks
and when they’re on the bottom, they do have a tendency to sort of
corrode and lose their edge. So those pop-ups are sat just like…
on a Spinner Rig, they’re only sat maybe an inch or two
off the bottom, very, very close to the bottom feed. So when they come in on that,
hopefully they hone in on that smell, and, yeah, I feel really confident. It’s just a case of are they here,
because I haven’t seen them and I’m just hoping
this wind means they are. Get in the net… Yes! Got him! On lakes like this it’s so important
to resist the temptation to recast at first light
if two rods are still left on the spot. This is the best time
for a bite in summer and even one recast
can spook feeding fish off the area and ruin the chances of another take. The less fish in your lake,
the better it is to adopt this tactic. On heavier stocked lakes,
I’d often rebait and recast straight away at any time,
even at first light, as more bait can prolong feeding. But on this lake
and many others like it, the fish appear to spook off baiting
in the dark and bites can dry up. It’s a case of trying both tactics and then switching to the one that works
on your lake at that time of year. Yes, got him. Another absolutely pristine
German mirror. This is the one that came in the dark and I chose not to recast that rod
in the hope that the other rod would go, and sure enough, it did. So I’ve got that one to show you
in a minute as well, but two bites in a night,
I’m well chuffed. I found out Darrell’s
not had anything last night and I really thought
he was going to catch. I thought he was in the best spot
and the wind was hacking in there. He reckons he may have put
a little bit too much bait in. But I’m surprised
I got two bites last night, but it certainly shows that the heavier
baiting is definitely working. Yeah, man, proper pretty one. This is one of the stockies
into the lake in recent years. Imagine this when it’s 40 or 50lbs. 21 and a half, it went, and most
importantly, another bite off that spot. So the middle rod this time. It’s about probably half a rod length to the left
of where all the action’s been coming. And I didn’t redo the rod
that I caught the 25-pounder on, left it out the water and
then at first light this one roared off and it’s the first bite I’ve had on
two grains of maize and a bit of plastic and that was based
on that fish yesterday that was crapping out all the maize
into the sling. So the plan has definitely worked. I still feel I can get more
in a night out there. So maybe tonight, I’m going to group
all three rods together really tight… Oh, all right, mate, all right. Let’s give you a dunk. There we go. I’m going to put all three rods together
really tight and then if they go, don’t recast them and
see if I can get three bites in a night and then later in the session I may
even move right over to the far side just for the day, because
I’ve seen fish showing over there, but I know if I do it,
I’ll probably cut that other area off. So, for now, the plan is working. I’ve got him. I’ve got him. I’ve got him. It’s a little fully scaled. Bosh! Well, a bit of a quiet night
for me last night. Put a lot of bait out yesterday
and I think a few fish visited the spot. One of the rods was sort of dragged
down the gravel shelf in the night. It’s quite a bit of wind
and weed on the line and the tension built up on those
little two and a half ounce leads, and either a fish bumped into it,
or it just gave way and I think that was
my chance gone as such. But this morning,
come back into the snag swim. I lost one
really quick after getting out. I wasn’t positive enough on the rod, but the second one,
I was straight on it. Really pulled from the off, got him away
from the trees and this is the result. Lovely fish, probably an upper double. Looks really good for some more bites
out there, and again, for this evening, I’ll move back to the other swim and I’m confident
of some more action there, too. Right-hand rod again. Surprised it’s happened so late,
to be honest. It’s kiting well right, which is good,
keep it away from the other line. Sun’s pretty high in the sky now. I’m guessing it’s sort of 9.30ish,
something like that. It’s not a big ‘un
but it’s an angry one. Tipping over its dorsal there. A lovely scaly one. There we go. Come on, you. Come on… into that net. Bosh, got him. Come here, mate, there we go. What an absolute stunner that is. Just over 17lbs,
fought like an absolute demon and I wonder
if putting in more bait yesterday has brought in a pack
of the smaller fish. I’ve had a 25, 22 and now a 17,
but I’m going to keep going. Going to put a lot more bait in
at lunchtime today, put all the rods out early
and see if I can get an earlier bite because doing it yesterday seemed to
sort of delay when the first bite came. So especially in the summertime
when you’re feeding a lot, you need to think about when it’s
going in, how much you’re putting in, when the bites are coming, and basically, just honing everything
to suit the conditions when you’re at that lake at that time. I’m going to
keep changing things slightly until I find the winning formula. I am using
uncharacteristically tight lines. You see, if I pull that down, that’s banging up against the rod there
because it’s so tight. And the reason for that is
there’s a lot of weed out there and the first fish I hooked into
on the very first day took a load of line, went through
the weed beds at an angle and I ended up
pulling out of the fish. So I learned from that, and basically,
tightened everything up from then on. I’m fishing out
at a reasonable distance, 104 yards. The water’s only shallow,
about seven foot deep, so some of the line is going to be
on the bottom near the rig anyway and I’ve got a very, very few liners. Maybe just the odd bleep
here and there, but generally,
I just get a take out of the blue which means the fish haven’t been
coming into contact with the line. So even though it’s tight,
it’s not prohibitive and it’s not stopping fish
coming into the swim. The added advantage of having a tight
line if the fish kites left or right, when I get it closer in, I’m playing it
underneath the other lines and there haven’t been big weed beds left and right
of where I’ve been fishing, which I didn’t know at the time, so I’ve not really been getting fish
caught up in the weed. Occasionally, they’ve moved into weed
that I didn’t know about and I’ve managed to pull them free,
but having those tight lines just allows me
to guide the fish underneath when they get really close in. And you want to be thinking
at the start of a session, where am I going to land my fish? Are they going to come into contact
with the other lines? And if I was fishing much slacker,
when the fish came in close, you’ve seen me passing the rod
underneath the others at the end of a battle. If the lines were slack there,
I’d be in real trouble. There’s no point using back leads
in this situation because the weed is up and down
like an egg box out there. So the line’s not going
to be on the bottom and if the fish ends up going through
a line that is back leaded, you’re really in trouble. So in this sort of situation
where there’s a lot of weed around, I think a tight line is much better. I’m using the Stow bobbins
which are my absolute favourite. I know there’s a fashion for using ones
like the Black & Whites now, but I can’t see any advantage the Black &
Whites have got over a Stow. I love the fact
that it’s semi-fixed to the line. Any movement forwards at all,
basically, is just straight away, is registered on that bobbin. There’s no line running through it
because it’s semi-fixed. And I love the way they look, I love
the way that they ping off the line when the fish
does start to take some line and I can’t see myself changing
from anything else. So the line I’ve got on
is 15lb Touchdown. That’s sailing out there.
I’m fishing really tight now. I’ve got all three rods
facing out towards those pylons. They’re probably
only three or four foot apart and it’s important
to have a line that casts really well and you can feel the lead down with to get those sort of distances
with pinpoint accuracy. It’s all well and good saying, oh, yeah,
I can cast 100 yards or 120 yards, but if you can’t drop it
on a dustbin lid, then it is definitely
going to work against you. They’re on the Basia reels,
the brand-new ones. The matt black versions,
absolutely beautiful reels, an absolute Rolls-Royce,
can’t recommend these highly enough. Obviously, they are a lot of money, but
they are absolutely top of the range. And the most important part of fishing
at long distance is the rod and these are
12 foot 3¾ Infinity DF X45s. Really, really good recovery,
which means they snap back straight after you’ve finished the cast
really quickly. The line flies through them
and absolutely sails out there and these for me
are sort of multi-range rods. You might be scared
by the 3¾ test curve, but you’ve seen how much they bend
when I’m playing the fish and if I was fishing
20 yards further than this I would really struggle with a 3¼. So the 3¾ for me, when you are big fish fishing
with heavy lines at long distance, that’s what you want to have on. And if I had to go further,
I would scale up to the 13 foot 3¾ because it casts that much further. When you’re playing the fish
with these sort of stiff rods, you want to let the tip of the rod
do the work, especially when the fish come in close. If it’s bending right through
to the mid-section, you’re putting too much pressure
on the fish and that’s where
you can pop hooks out. So you’ll see a lot of the time
I’m holding the rod above the reel and just absorbing the lunges of the
fish in the latter stages of the fight and then you won’t pop hooks out. And the whole lot is sitting
on my favourite Singlez System. This is the Stainless version. You can
see that is absolutely rock solid there. I’ve got the Solar backrest
which really grip the rods. They’re not getting pulled forwards
at all, and you can see there, I’m using the new digital Delkims,
just out this year. I’ve got them set
on medium sensitivity. So you can see
even if no line is being pulled through because they work on vibration
I’m getting really good indication and pretty much every bite
is just pulled up tight and that bobbin’s
tried to get into the buzzer. The rod’s bucking around in the rest. Off it screams
and you get a roaring take. So that’s the hardware I’m using
on this particular session. It’s no surprise that Darrell
is using a virtually identical set up. It’s our first choice for this
sort of multi-range fishing. I think it’s out to the left. Another small one. We’re good. Well, you might have just seen how that
fight started, and these snag battles, they’re all won or lost
in the very first few seconds. If you can get that first few yards
back on them and turn them and get them away from the snags,
then you’re onto a winner. This isn’t a very big fish, to be fair,
it’s a really small one. The smallest one so far,
but even little ones can pull hard and you’ve still got to get back
from the water’s edge rather than try and wind and crank and
it’s worked perfectly again this time. Absolutely nailed. Bosh. Come on. Well, not the biggest fish in the lake,
but they all count. It’s proper hit and hold fishing
in this swim and I’m sure there’s some more fish to
come, much bigger than this, hopefully. But I’m really keen
to get the rod back out. The wind is just trickling in
in this corner. Lovely, it just looks perfect. So, yeah, fingers crossed,
the next one might be a bit bigger. Just getting the rods sorted again
for the night ahead and you’ll see me and Darrell
using the Distance Sticks technique pretty much in all of our fishing. Once we’ve found the spot and
especially once we’ve had a bite off it, we want to get back on there again
and again and again. Using the Korda Distance Sticks
which have got the grooves in, which means the line
doesn’t come off too quickly and you don’t end up
with a massive bird’s nest. It’s a great idea.
We didn’t think of it. It was Jim at JAG that did it. And you’ll notice
when I’m going around the sticks, I’m going around
in a figure of eight direction, rather than just round and round, and that again, stops the line
from slipping off the sticks. If that happens, you just get a massive
loop of line, it’s impossible to undo. You have to cut it all off
and start again. And when I’m winding back off,
I’m using a little tiny bit of sponge, just an old dish sponge
and this one’s really worn down so it’s gone really soft. And as I’m winding the line on,
it’s going on tight and it’s going on wet
and it’s going on clean. So obviously it doesn’t show up
so much in the water because all the grit sticking to it
makes it more visible and it casts like an absolute dream. You can come back off the distance
sticks, through that bit of sponge with it nice and wet
and whack it immediately without having to pay the line out first
and get it wet and get it straight before you really whack it. So that’s a major, major edge
having one of those. Nick it off your missus out the kitchen and basically put it in a cup
like I’ve got there. Just a bit of lake water in it and that
will mean that you never frap up again. So I’ve caught a couple of nice fish
from the snag swim today but it’s time to move,
to get back into the open water, get onto those gravel spots. I’m going to make a rig change. I have been catching on pop-ups
but the water’s coloured. We’re catching at night. So if you take away
a pop-up’s greatest asset, you might as well
be fishing on the bottom. And for me, I’ve caught loads of fish on
Banoffee wafters. In Masterclass 2 in Belgium,
caught some absolutely massive fish. It’s a really simple rig, we’re talking
very, very basic, but it just works. There’s nothing on it
and I think the reason it really works is because there’s nothing on it,
there’s nothing for them to feel and there’s nothing for them to eject. They take that bait, they move away, they hit the lead with that ultra-sharp
hook and that’s them done. I’m only going to fish two rods tonight and the reason for that is
I think I’m compromising. When you’ve got two rods on one spot, you end up not putting it on
at exactly the right part of that spot. So one rod exactly where I caught
that 37lb common, be really happy with that,
one on the right-hand spot as well. I think it’s highly likely there’s still
quite a lot of bait out there on the bottom, but you never know. I could have been cleared out. For that reason, I am going to put
eight spods per rod out, just enough to get them sniffing around, but not enough to overdo it
if there is still some down there, and hopefully,
we’ll get another one tonight. The three lines are going out
beautifully off the tips there. Tram-lining out to the spot and I’ve decided to fish all three rods
on that area tonight. The left-hand spot
didn’t produce anything. I hung it out to about midday. Although I saw a fish show there, what
it means is I can put a rod back there. If one of these goes tonight,
I can cast that rod onto that spot. I know it’s 16 and a third wraps. I haven’t put any more bait
into that area. The ducks have still been diving on it
from time to time. If I am lucky enough to get bites
off of that right-hand area, rather than the rod
sitting up against the bivvy, I can put it out in the dark there,
leave the other two on the spot and hopefully,
that will produce more bites. So what I’ve basically done
with the baiting, it went up to 29 degrees again today, so it would not have been fun
Spombing in that. I would have done it if I had to, and I did Spomb earlier on
in the session for two reasons. One, I didn’t want to go out
in the boat, the water’s quite shallow, didn’t want to potentially spook
any fish that are in the area away and the second reason is
people that fish these sort of venues all around Europe
often can’t use the boat and they have to fish from the bank, so I wanted to show
that it could be done from the bank. Now that’s been working and I can use
the boat, I thought I’d go out there, just one trip,
put the marker float out first, go around the sticks 26 times,
put the float out, let it up in the middle of the spot, so I knew how much right and left
I had to go from the float, go out in the boat, edge up to the spot,
spread the bait all around it, so I knew
it would be over all three rods and then the wind would push me away
and then I’d move back up again and spread it again. And I find it’s better to throw the bait
from a little bit further away, so it’s spreads out a little bit. The tendency when you’re out in the
boat is to put everything in one spot because you can do it so accurately
and then your rods are splayed out and there’s only really bait
over one of them. I did about half, maybe two thirds
of one of those 11 litre buckets. Again, maize and boilies
that had soaked up the maize juice and I did throw some further
which I’ve not done with the Spombing. I threw some further behind the spot
to try and draw fish off that far bank. But for tonight, I’m pretty confident
that at least one of these rods is going to go, if not more, but the one that was on the left has now
leap-frogged over the top of the rod that I’ve been getting the bites on. So it’s further right
and I’ve just dropped it back and I’ve gone around
the distance sticks, I’ve dropped it back by about six foot,
so it’s not cutting the other rod off. So if those fish
are coming from the right-hand side, I’m hoping
that any of the rods could go. The left-hand rod
is fished six foot slightly further out. That’s the one that’s got the two grains
of maize and a bit of plastic on that I had that lovely scaly 20-pounder
this morning on, and the right-hand rod,
I’ve put a match the hatch wafter on it. So I’ve got a Link wafter
that’s got cork dust in it to give it some buoyancy. That’s been soaked in Garlic Goo,
which I’ve had loads of fish on pretty much on every lake
that I’ve fished and it’s more matching
what I’ve been feeding the whole week. You think the fish that have been coming
into the swim and not getting caught, have been eating that bait,
eating that Link, eating it, eating it, and not getting caught on it and maybe they’ve avoided
the high attraction of the Isotonics
and the corn sticking up off the bottom. Maybe they’ve just been eating
the bottom baits and maybe I’ll snare
one of those fish on that rig. If that rod doesn’t go at all tonight
and the other two do, then tomorrow night,
I definitely won’t have it on there. But when you’re learning a new lake, it’s good to change things
up a little bit and it might be that rod goes first. I’ll have put it out on the other spot
and it goes on the other spot as well, then I know the fish are really
switched on to having the Link. So it’s really interesting
when you get into a new lake, working out how to unlock the code, what’s really working
at that time of the year. Everything I learn is going
to get written down on the phone because I’ll definitely
be coming back here, then I can employ them same tactics
again another summer. Well, I do love it
when a plan comes together. It’s not even dark yet and we’ve had our
first bite over that heavier baiting. And it’s the middle rod which is in the same spot
as the right-hand rod’s been in, still on the Isotonic
and that has gone first. It’s well clear of the other lines but I have got a big weed bed out here. So try and steer him… Yeah, if I keep the rod low, hopefully, he’ll just keep moving. He’s going more over there. There he is on the top. That’s good, that’s above the weed bed
and there is a tree out there. That’s why I’m playing it so hard. There he is on the surface. Just keeping the rod low, trying
to keep the fish up in the water. If you put the rod high,
they tend to dive down deep. Come on, mate, come on. Death circles, as Darrell calls it. Get in that net. Bosh! Got him! Yeah, man. A good start. Hopefully, the shape of things to come and it looks like a 30 as well. Well, did I or did I not say
it looked really carpy? And it doesn’t get much carpier
than this. 32.08lbs on the middle rod
which used to be the right-hand rod. That Isotonic wafter
doing the business again. Absolutely nailed
on that size 4 Long Shank X, fished D-Rig style with a D-Rig Kicker. Spinner-style as well on a helicopter
rig over loads and loads of bait. And that seems to be the key now,
getting the bait in earlier, not baiting up again before I cast out,
just putting the rods straight out and it took a few casts
to do it as well, and I’ve got to be honest, I am surprised it has happened
as quickly as this, but what a pleasant surprise. So it’s the left-hand rod again
and I’m not surprised, really. The fish are coming
to that gravel patch, been cruising around
behind the island there and just working their way onto it. Obviously, a change
to the Banoffee wafter rig and it certainly
hasn’t hindered things. It’s so hard to tell where they are. It’s just chugging through the weed
a little bit I can feel there. Picking up another rod
is sometimes completely unavoidable when fishing three rods
so close together at range, especially with weed around. Over the years, I’ve found it’s best
to slacken off the rod on the rest, loosen the clutch,
or even open the bail arm, to allow the fish to come slowly in,
dragging the offending line above him. It’s very tense,
it’s caught around the other line. So horrible, you’ve got no real contact
with the fish. Hopefully, the second line doesn’t slide
down far enough to pop the hook out and if you take your time
and don’t panic, you can often land more than you lose. What a palaver, but it’s in the net,
thank God, and the road is awake. A proper character, this one.
Look at him, or her probably. Big old distended belly,
proper Italian looking strain. 34lbs taken on the left-hand rod. Two grains of maize
and a grain of plastic, just to give it a little bit of buoyancy
on a size 4 Long Shank X and I waited all night
for another bite. I thought I was going to get
loads last night. Getting that bite really early
was a really good sign. Got the cast back out there,
sort of after a couple of goes and nothing happened
all the way through the night. And this one’s come at first light
which is a fantastic time. It’s getting really warm already
and I reckon my chance of a bite, I’ve probably got another hour or two
out in open water and then if I want
to get a bite after that, I’m going to have to move the rods
over to that far side. But for now, I’m absolutely chuffed
with this proper character. The first consideration of any rig
when you’re constructing it is is it going to be anti-tangle? The second one
is will it suit the substrate it’s going to end up landing on? Then from then on, you can start looking
at hooking arrangements and how effective is it going to be
at hooking the fish. But if it goes out there
tangled in the first place, or it doesn’t match the lake bed,
then the rest of it doesn’t matter. So I thought I was going to be fishing
with Lead Clips here. I’ve moved over to helicopter rigs,
which I’ve used a lot in recent years, and the main reason for that
is because they cast brilliantly and they are also very,
very good at anti-tangle, especially if you’re going to use
a small hookbait. And because there are
no nuisance fish in here, we’ve been able to get away
with much smaller hookbaits. I’ve brought everything with me. So I’ve got them up to 24mm
and down to 10mm and I’ve settled on a 15mm wafter and that sometimes on a lead clip
can be problematic when you’re casting it a long way. There’s not enough weight
in the hookbait to keep it away from the tubing
and sometimes you can get tangles. So that’s why
I went over to a helicopter rig. I’m using a leadcore leader
that I’ve made myself. They’re just about three feet long. The other thing about the helicopter
is when I’m casting it into weed, I can move the top bead
up that bit of leadcore and by moving that up
the hooklink can slide up on the cast, the lead can go down into the weed, then the hooklink
just finds its natural position and if it is really hard on the bottom,
like I’ve got out on that spot, it will probably come down
and rest next to the lead again. And I’m using very tight lines, so the fish is hooking itself
as much against the tight line as it is that 4oz Distance Lead. I’ve cut the swivel off the lead
and that’s fished on a Heli-Safe so that basically
the lead comes off when I get the bite. And the reason for that is there’s loads
and loads of weed in here. If you’ve got the lead on
the whole time, it keeps the fish lower in the water and it can end up going into a weed bed
and you can end up losing it. So I don’t dump the lead all the time. If there was no weed at all, I’d be putting the little collar in the
Heli-Safe and I wouldn’t be dumping it. But here, if you’re going to get
snagged up in the weed and end up losing everything, I’d rather
lose the lead than lose the fish and lose the lead and the leadcore
and everything else. So the hooklink itself
is made from Boom material. It’s what I use for probably 90%
of my fishing now and just with the 25, or in this case,
the 35lb Boom on, I just know it’s not going to tangle. And I’ve scaled up to 35
because we’re fishing for bigger fish. We don’t know what snags
and stuff are out there and it’s just that bit stiffer. And with big fish and great big mouths
and using bigger hooks, you can get away
with a stiffer material. So that’s sliding up and down
that leadcore leader. I’ve got a size 11 Ring Swivel
crimped onto one end of it and then I’ve got one of the Spinner
Swivels crimped on to the other end. Now you can cut the ring off
of the Spinner Swivel, or now we actually do them
just the swivel itself for clipping the hook onto. And fishing with wafters, it’s probably
better not to have that ring there. It hasn’t really got in the way
of me getting bites in this session, but if I knew I was going to be
doing that at the very start, then I probably
would have cut the ring off, just so there’s a little bit less weight
around the eye of the hook. I’m using a size 4 Long Shank X and
even the guys that are working with us, some of the crew are like,
oh, you’re using a new pattern of hook. It’s gone so out of favour,
the Long Shank X, that they thought it was a new hook,
they’d never seen it before. And I basically used the Gamakatsu
Long Shank to design this hook, whatever it was,
probably 15 years ago now, and the thing I didn’t like about
the Gamakatsu, the barb was really big. So, we’ve made the barb much smaller and the eye wasn’t inturned,
so we’ve inturned the eye a little bit. But on this particular setup,
I’ve inturned the eye even more. So, I’m just putting it
inside the Krimp Tool and then just applying pressure
to the back of the shank and just bending the eye in more and that just helps it to flip over
even faster and catch hold. And I’m using one of the new
D-Rig Kickers on that. On a normal hooklink, you would keep
the taper on the bottom of that Kicker, but I’ve just snipped it off to make it
easier to get over that Spinner Swivel. So what you do
when you’re threading it on, the large end goes on first,
then the thin end. I’ve already put a Micro Ring Swivel
onto it before I do that and I do push that on
before I cut the taper off. It just makes it easier to get the ring
of that ring swivel onto there. So, once it’s onto the hook, I’ll clip
the hook onto the Spinner Swivel and then I’m basically using my T-shirt
and the Krimp Tool to pull it down
over the top of the Spinner Swivel to make sure that the hook can’t get off
during the battle. And that is probably the hardest bit
of the whole rig. I’ll wet normally the Spinner Swivel
just with a bit of saliva, clamp down on the pliers
really, really tight and then just use the friction
of my T-shirt to pull it down onto it. And once you’ve done it once,
you can make the hook barbless once you’ve got the fish in,
slide everything off and slide it back onto another hook. And these D-Rigs will last
10 fish, 20 fish, if you want. They’re really robust bits of kit
and I don’t like throwing anything away. If there’s nothing wrong with it,
use it again. Obviously, if the hooks have gone blunt,
then I’ll be changing them and I’m not sharpening my hooks
at all here. Straight pointed hooks
like this Long Shank X are very, very difficult
to sharpen effectively. And when we’ve got gravel
and stuff out there, I don’t really want to sharpen it. I don’t want to take the point down too
fine, my hook holds have been brilliant. I’ve landed virtually
every single fish on this and I’m convinced that that kind
of setup with a stiff hooklink, a Spinner Swivel and a Long Shank
straight pointed hook, it just turns so quickly. I think the first time they suck it in,
you just nail them. And the bait is a 15mm,
it’s an IB wafter, which is a brilliant bait on its own, but I’ve just soaked it
in the Isotonic Goo and that has been by far
the best hookbait. If you’ve forgotten
about the Long Shank Xs, put them back into your fishing because
they are super, super efficient. Got to love a John Wilson strike,
haven’t you, in the morning? Carp number two of a good night, really. The gravel spot, the quite slopey one, the change to the flat leads and
to the wafters has proven a good one. Two fish.
This is obviously the smallest one and another one
in the retainer to show you. Well, the first carp from last night,
an absolute pearler, a lovely fish. Probably another stocky. Again, taken on the Banoffee wafter
on the very simple Dark Matter rig and a size 6 Wide Gape X. This is a rig that I’ve used so much
in the past, but I’ve come away from it. Everyone is using Spinner Rigs
and they are super, super effective. But if you think the fish are really on
the bait and especially in the summer, when you are summer fishing,
the fish are really eating. In the spring, single pop-ups catch you
loads of fish, but in the summer, when they are eating bait,
it seems silly sometimes not to fish on the bottom. And this rig, loads of people, the first thing they’re going
to look at it and go, that’s brave, that’s going to tangle. And I’m going to talk you through
the components that make sure that it doesn’t tangle. So first of all, Dark Matter tubing. Tubing is more anti-tangle
than leadcore. You can use this rig on leadcore and if you’re really sort of meticulous
with your casting and smooth and hit the clip
at just the right sort of force, then it shouldn’t tangle. But Dark Matter tubing is thicker. It fills out the tail rubber
that much better and you don’t end up with that sort of, that little edge
that the braid can catch on. That goes onto a Hybrid Lead Clip and I’ve got a 3.5oz
Flat Pear on there and the reason I’ve got
the 3.5oz Flat Pear is one night,
fishing to that gravel slope, the tension of the wind
and the weed on my line meant that it sort of
came trundling back towards me. This 3.5oz Flat Pear
since then has stopped that altogether. Really important for a braided hooklink when you’re going to be casting out
is this Ring Swivel. A lot of people do quick change systems
these days and they’re putting bits of rubber
and all sorts on there. Now I can’t guarantee
if that won’t cause tangles, but what I can guarantee
is if you use it like this, with a Ring Swivel tied directly to it and the rig is roughly
seven to eight inches long. This is Dark Matter in 20lb. And the next most important thing
is the size of the boilie. If you’re going to use this rig, you can’t just put a 15mm boilie
on there and expect it not to tangle. It won’t tangle sometimes,
but it will tangle sometimes. So it’s a bit inconsistent and when
you’re sitting behind rods all night, you really, really don’t want that. So if you’re going to use it,
18-20mm bait or a snowman rig. It’s just important to have that weight and that wind resistance
during the cast that keeps it away from the lead
during the cast. I always use this rig
with a size 6 Wide Gape. A Wide Gape X in this case, because I’m fishing in quite weedy
situations for big fish, but the single most important part
of that is the knotless knot and how many turns you do. I’m using the boilie,
just brushing the bend. You might have two,
three mil clearance on the bend, and then I’ve whipped down past
the point, down level with the barb, so that when I tighten it,
it ends up still level with the point. And it may be a fraction closer
to the barb than the point. You don’t want it to be the other way. If you haven’t done enough turns, you’ll have what I call
a hair tangle occasionally and in that situation, when the boilie
wraps around the shank like that, I have lost a lot of fish
when that happens. So make sure you wrap
down the shank far enough and the finished rig,
the boilie is exiting somewhere between the point and the barb, closer
to the point, but not closer to the eye. So there you have it. A very, very,
very simple rig, but trust me, I’ve caught fish from some of the UK’s
most difficult venues on this and all over Europe. It’s just an absolute winner
when you want to fish a wafter or a bottom bait on the clear bottom. We got this one. I think this might be all right. It’s getting bigger. It’s getting bigger. That’s all right, that is.
That’s what I wanted. One of the mirrors, the nice old ones. On the old back wind. Yeah, yeah, get in there. Come on! That’s more like it! Well, finally, a better fish out of the
snaggy corner, it came this afternoon. Again, simple tactics.
A little yellow pop-up on a little… a little pop-up rig that I sort of
concocted after losing a few fish. One thing that I sort of changed
was I stopped using sharpened hooks. I’m using them straight from the packet because I was thinking
that the sharpened hooks were sort of cutting out under heavy
pressure and this is the result. An absolutely perfect
crusty old German 35-pounder. If ever there’s a time
to be using fishmeal baits, it’s in the warmer weather and in the summer and for this session
I’ve been using exclusively Link. I have used a few tiger nuts
but not many, really. I think these fish in here
really do like boilies. The water’s really warm and that’s when
fishmeals come into their own. It is prime time to be feeding that sort
of bait and it’s really worked well. One tip that I could give you, rather than just catapulting
straight out of the bag, which obviously works,
but to pre-soak them. I like to put my bait into a bucket,
add some lake water or the liquid from the tiger nuts,
that’s a really good thing to do. I like them to be
sort of semi-saturated. So they’ve taken on the water
and you’ll see the attractors, they come out into the water
in the bucket and they become saturated in that. And what that means is
when they go in the lake, they don’t suck up
the bottom smells as much, and also, they’re much easier to eat for
the carp when they come across them. It is absolutely roasting today. They’ve given it 31 degrees
this afternoon and it seems like an ideal opportunity
to talk about sun protection and basically
what you need to be wearing and what you need to be doing
to make sure you don’t burn. I don’t know if you’re aware, but I got diagnosed with skin cancer
a couple of years ago and anyone will tell you whenever
they get diagnosed with the big C the first thing you think
is how long am I going to live? Is this thing going to take me? And it is proper scary and skin cancer
basically has only come about through me over-exposing myself to the
sun, so basically burning in my youth. If my missus hadn’t seen the mole on the
back of my arm and we caught it early, it could have been the death of me. It’s the reason
why we’ve brought these clothes out. This long-sleeved top
you can see me in now is the second generation
of these kind of tops and I wanted something
like the sea anglers wear when they go out on the boats and obviously there’s no shade there
at all for the whole day, but in a more carpy sort of colour. So this top is basically, you can see,
it’s got a zip up, a very high zip up neck on it,
almost like a roll neck which I know you don’t want to be
wearing when it’s red hot, but if I was cast back 20 years and
sort of have a word with myself, I would wear this non-stop
when I was fishing. Really long sleeves, goes right up
to the edge of your wrists. This will give you that protection
that you need. And couple it with a hat
and we do boonie hats as well now and the boonie hat and the tops, all the proceeds
that come from these products that would normally
go into Korda’s coffers, go to a children’s charity
to help kids and their families. Kids that are diagnosed with cancer,
help them get through it more easily, help them have trips
with their families, help their families
be able to stay with them in hospital. And I think
the first year these were out and it was just the buff that we do
and the original long-sleeved top, I think it raised £15,000
for that charity and I’m sure
as the range of these things grow, we’ll be donating more and more money
to that Lennox Children’s charity. So the other thing, obviously,
is to wear sun tan lotion and I don’t like wearing it
when I’m fishing. It’s hot anyway, you’re normally dirty, you’re rubbing that into your skin.
it feels oily and sticky, it is not ideal, but you need to do it. If you’re going to be out in the sun
for long periods, one bad burn can set you off
on the road to skin cancer. So I normally use the kid’s stuff,
the factor 50 that I smother my little girl in
when we go on holiday. Any of those ones from any company are all really good protection
from the sun. And I just take skin wipes with me,
like the deep cleansing skin wipes and just wipe it off
at the end of the day. When we’re fishing
our normal syndicate lakes, there’s no access to showers
and that sort of thing. We’re all roughing it
for two or three days and it can get pretty
sort of sticky and uncomfortable, but it’s just so, so important to do. And you’ll see most of the time
on this session I’ve been wearing long trousers. The combats are very, very lightweight. They were made to be worn
all summer long and whilst
they’re not as cool as shorts – I’ve sort of
defaulted to the shorts today. I’ve put a bit of factor 50
on the old pins because they’re going to be
out in the sun, but I’ve kept in long trousers
as long as I can, because it’s just that much
better protection. And then finally, the sunglasses,
you’ll see me in Polaroids all the time. Whether you’re spending £15 on a pair
or £50 on a pair, I wholeheartedly recommend them. Not just for spotting fish in the water, but for watching your rigs
go out in the air when it’s sunny, so, you’re not squinting, for picking out the marker float
when you’re Spombing, making sure you’re accurate. You haven’t got to spend the earth and
if you think about sun protection, especially if you’re younger, all you lads that are fishing that are
teenagers and in your early 20s, that is the time
that you can get skin cancer and it will stay in your body
until you get to my age, sort of late 40s, into your 50s and it
can really give you some problems. So I’m not saying don’t enjoy it. Having a sun tan is absolutely fine,
but just do not burn. Dan to Darrell. Come in, Darrell. Hello, mate. Are you all right? Yeah, mate, good. Been a bit of a sort of uneventful day
over here, but I saw the pictures of that one you
had, that was an absolute stunner, mate. Yeah, it’s been quite quiet
around there, really. They were in there bubbling literally
first cast I made this morning. A massive sheet of bubbles
come up straight away and the first chance
sort of went begging. I think the rod hadn’t gone down, must have been sitting badly
or something, but that take came this afternoon, but it’s the only bit of action
I’ve seen. Yeah, I put all three out long
sort of late morning, early afternoon and as you probably saw, and I don’t think I dropped them
close enough to the far side. I was worried about going over
that really shallow bit where all the rocks are
and being too close to the trees with it being
a couple of hundred yards away, I just thought they’d be in the trees.
But the fish that we saw, we sent the drone up to get some
general shots later on, and of course, we had a look as well
while it was up there and the fish
were sort of milling around, just odd fish
milling around in the weed, sort of quite close to the trees
on the far side. Yeah, that’s very… It’s just like
the likely safe zone, isn’t it? It’s the furthest point
from all the swims. That’s where they’re going to be,
isn’t it? Yeah, but where I’ve seen them
showing before, they were definitely the other side
of that really shallow bit, which is only about a foot,
18 inches deep, with big rocks on it. And I was just worried
if I got a bite beyond it, the fish would kite left or right
and cut me off on one of the rocks or do me in the trees, you know? So I was only, I don’t know,
two rod-lengths away from where we saw this fish, just as it was sort of
sloping back down towards me. Nice spots, and then the right-hand rod
was even closer to the trees, as I found a nice bit close to it
and still nothing happened. But we did notice some further up
the lake, back up near where you started but sort of around the corner from it
on the far margin, there appears to be
a carp nest up there. There was quite
a few hanging around it. So this evening
I’ve gone back up there and I had a little donk around
with the Pronged Marker Lead to see if there’s any weed there
and it’s lovely and clear and like really firm sand. So I’m going to fish it probably
a couple of rod lengths off the trees tomorrow with the hope
of getting a bite on the last day. But how are you feeling
for tonight, mate? Do you reckon
you’re going to get any more? I baited up pretty early on.
I used the bait boat again, got it nice and sort of tight around
the float, just cast back over it. One cast each spot
gone down with mega drops. If they’re not tangled and the fish
are there, they’re in trouble. Mate, give us a shout if you get
a big ‘un and I’ll do the same. We’ll have a little chat
in the morning, yeah? Roger that, mate.
Good luck for tonight. Cheers, bruv. Over and out. That’s a liner. That’s a liner. It’s the final day and you’ve seen me
and Danny doing different tactics. Danny’s sort of static
in a central swim, changing it up, sort of trying to get
as many bites from one swim. And you’ve seen me being ultra-mobile
and trying to do what I do – find the fish
and catch as many as possible. Loads of different tactics employed,
all sort of based around summer fishing and I’m sure if you add these tactics
to your own there’s definitely something
anyone can take from this session, apply in their own angling in their
summer fishing and catch more carp. Get in there. Here he is, another scaly little banger
from the German snag swim, taken fishing across to the trees and hopefully, there might be
another one to come yet. Well, the carp nest
has produced a bite. Just inching it back
away from any weed. Done the hard bit,
it’s away from the snags. Just walk myself back down
to the fish. This is the area
that we called the carp nest. Out sort of on the right-hand side
underneath the pylons, an inaccessible bit
from pretty much every swim, unless you do what I’ve done
and boated out a long way. I’ve changed the leads over
from a 4oz Distance to a 5oz Flat Pear
because obviously I’m not casting it, and the rig has stayed the same. I’ve put a size 2 hook on
with a curved point, just to help it stay in a bit better and
just threw a little bit of bait around. I baited up yesterday evening as well,
because we saw fish over there, I just sprinkled a little bit
of that same mix in and I’ve done the same thing
again today, just a handful, and I’ve dropped the rigs probably
10 yards from where the trees are. No point getting a bite at that range
unless you’re going to get it in and it’s 250 yards to over there. I’ve got a range finder
that the golfers use. Fish is still on,
I can feel it kicking. And these reels,
they only take 270 yards of 15lb. It’s right on the surface, the fish,
a long way out, though. Yeah, I wasn’t surprised that this
was the first rod to go, to be honest. Just got to keep it moving,
such a long battle. If it weeds me up, I could go out
in the boat, obviously, and get it, but I didn’t really want to do that
because of the other lines out there. But he’s obviously got weed around
his head and he’s just coming in, just slowly, slowly on the surface. The best thing you can do, really, if you’ve got a little sort of blanket
over his eyes and he can’t see anything,
then you just sort of wind him in, which is what’s happening
at the moment. Lead’s obviously come off
because it’s right up in the water. Going to go down and put the net in
at the last moment, so, hopefully, the fish doesn’t know
the net’s there until it’s too late. If I can get that bit of weed
around his face, then it’s going to make the whole thing
a lot easier. He’s quite a long way
behind that weed bed. See if I can… Yes! Get in! That was hairy! Only just in the net
because of all that weed. I love it when a plan comes together. Yeah, man, check that out. A very, very angry 27lb male mirror. Look at them lovely scales
on the flank there, absolutely gorgeous, and the best bit about this, the bite
came at 1.30 in the afternoon. Sun’s high in the sky, 30 degrees, and it just shows you,
if you change the spot to somewhere where the fish want to be
during the day, you can continue the action
day and night. So if you pick a swim
that’s got a lovely margin to it and some open water,
you’re absolutely laughing. I’ve really enjoyed staying put
and working the swim and it shows if you go onto a lake
where you go into a draw, a lot of these holiday commercial venues
in France are like that, and you get a swim and you can’t move, you have to make the absolute best
of that swim. And I’m really pleased that I’ve done
that with the way I’ve baited up and how I’ve fished out in open water. I’ve had bites virtually every single
night, or the next morning, right the way through the session. What I would do differently here, when Darrell moved away from that swim
at the far end, I would have gone around there
during the day when I didn’t want to fish in my swim,
markered up, found an area that I could cast down to because there was a lot of fish
on that far margin that weren’t being fished for at all. So by baiting up that other swim, I could have gone down there
for a few hours in the day, been on all of my clips,
just baited every single day again to train the fish to feed there
during the day, put two rods out for five or six hours and I might have caught more fish
that way. I’m out by the nest again. This tactic of walking back
just keeps it up closer to the surface because I’m going so high up the bank and just keeps it moving
at a steady pace, rather than pumping and keep slackening off slightly
and pumping back in. As usual, the fish is about
two feet behind the weed, maybe three feet behind the weed. There he is. Not a great situation, this,
but not a lot else we can do. Just hang on
and hope it tires itself out. It’s come in a long way already. Got to be able to see the fish. It’s sort of down in the water. I’ve only got it! Oh, mate, how about that? Netted it under the water
like a match angler. Get in! Touch, and it’s a good fish as well.
A nice 30. All right, mate, calm down, calm down. Yeah, there we go. I’m so chuffed that the effort of moving
the spots and going out super long, taking advantage of the boat,
has paid off. Look at this amazing 31-pounder. Well chuffed with this one, and thank
God for Delkims working on vibration. No lines getting taken whatsoever. I’ve got them all locked up because
I’ve got about 20 yards of line left and there’s loads of snags out there and anything more than one bleep
on the Delkims is a fish on the end and, yeah, it just went off
two or three times, felt the line, it was bow-string tight and that was when I wound down
as much slack as I possibly could and then just started walking back
to get him away from them snags. Result, yes. In this summer’s Masterclass
we’ve caught some really nice fish but there’s always certain things
that you can take away from a session and location,
it’s always the number one thing. We turned up, we found the fish
and I did catch one on that first night. And to be honest, I probably
could have stayed in that swim and I probably would have caught, but I did notice that the bulk
of the fish that had been there were no longer there. And having been there before, I knew they’re very likely
to go to that snaggy corner and like I said in the film, I could
easily have fished that swim at night and I would have definitely lost more
fish and that’s not good angling. So I’ve been able to hop
between the two swims, keep bait in both of them. It enabled me to keep
those bites coming and if you find yourself
in a snag swim like I was and you use the tactics that I did, then you’ll be able to land those fish
from those really snaggy areas and I’ll tell you what,
when that buzzer goes, you will know that excitement. What a fight. It doesn’t look that big,
but it’s absolutely having it. It’s got to be a better one,
pulling like that. It’s a common it’s on the top, thrashing. Wow! We’ve got him, we’ve got him. What a fight. What a battle! Went off and I got it away
from the trees fairly easily and then it decided, once it was sort of
safe and I had eased off a bit, to really go for it. But held on tight, and he’s still on. It’s not really ready, but I reckon
he’s going to go in. Bosh! Get in there! Yes! Yes… Oh, yeah, it’s a good fish, that is. It’s a tiny bit under 20 kilos. So it’s 43… 43.12! Check that out. I’m absolutely blown away. 43lbs and probably the very last carp
of this year’s summer Masterclass. Danny has employed tactics,
sort of staying stationary, but changing spots, and I’ve been
really mobile, moving around. Obviously, I’ve fished the snag swim. A few little tweaks here and there
to help me land the fish, and again, fishing in the open water
on the gravel spots. So I’m sure there’s loads of tactics
and loads of tips for everyone and something that will help
put more fish in your landing net.

95 thoughts on “Korda Masterclass Vol 7: Summer Carp Fishing | Danny Fairbrass & Darrell Peck

  1. What luck – my wife is out tonight! Just need to get the daughter to bed, and then it’s 1 and a half hours of putting my feet up!

  2. Yet another fantastic watch from Danny and Darrell …Not only do these guys want to help anglers improve or add extra edges to their/our armoury , even tips that hit home about health / big C awareness …Proud to fish in a era where its not all hush hush and secrets …Danny / Darrell and the WHOLE  Korda team ( my hat off in respect to you guys ) …Good Angling Steve M

  3. Top Mark's Danny for the donation s to kids cancer charity
    … I never knew Danny was diagnosed with skin cancer but now I know the back story , fair play to you mate …😎😎😎

  4. Korda back to their best over the last couple of years. Cinematography is beautiful , loads of great info. Puka puka puka
    Top mark lads.

  5. Nice to see he admits he gets things wrong makes it more like a proper session not just showing you the captures!!!

  6. cheer's guys ,love it !i feel a bit honored that you shoot another masterclass almost on my doorstep,awesome!switch now over to tom doves part ,yessss!

  7. Thinking tackle..THINK for yourself and learn your water you don't need to buy all this stuff ,keep it simple and you will catch !

  8. I got that immersed into this video I actually moved in my chair when he shouted to love out of the way 😂🤣😂🤣😂😅

  9. at 19:00 you need to learn some cooking skills.. always cool down first. it's like a thunder cloud above. btw.. if we eat that corn here in midsummer.. ohmy.. something else will run

  10. Bless ya daddy for supporting the kids.. Their the future of fishing full stop so bless ya for that. I Love angling I'm in Norwich on the rivers and using ya tackle for years never let me down…

  11. Don't eat bait that's been soaking in lake water!
    Weils disease is something you definitely DO NOT want to catch.

  12. Danny gets a lot of undue stick, fair play to the geezer he gives a hell of a lot back to charities and back to the angling community. Respect to him!!!

  13. Just one think…
    Darrell said he always use sharpened hooks and he was sharpening his hooks… so is he not using the new kamakura hooks???

  14. Beautiful work again guys. Congrats to the whole team; a brilliant job. Beautiful photography, great and knowledgeable presenters and a bunch of information to take away and try. What else do you want.
    Thanks so much to you guys for continuing to make these stunning films. I know the overall aim is the sale of gear but I am extremely happy with the way you go about marketing it to me and earning my fun dollars in tackle sales. I have no problem with that at all and will continue to buy many of the excellent products you produce.
    Top marks.
    Brown nose over.

  15. I don't agree with Danny ………….those big German carp are bland 'orrible looking things.Well someone had to say it.

  16. Awesome nothing else to say! Seen on Facebook today Daryl peck hitting 50 wraps on the spod? What a machine! That’s 600ft what a guy

  17. Danny is a mega fella. Why people give him shit is something I just don’t get.
    Great angler
    Does loads for the carp seen
    And you can just tell he loves this game we play called carp fishing.

  18. You can tell the difference in taste between them 2 buckets of maize cos one is full of lake water! Lol love you df you are a star! Get in!!!

  19. Danny is a business and ladies man who doesn't fish regularly and his angling is confused and tries to cover all bases. Fishing three rods close together over the top of a weedbed is bad angling. He should have found margin spots and spread the rods well out, or found a swim facing a weedbed so he could fish towards it via open water.

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