Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol. 4 Chapter 1: Lake Exclusive (13 LANGUAGES)

Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol. 4 Chapter 1: Lake Exclusive (13 LANGUAGES)


The fishing here on the main lake
at Gigantica is not for the faint-hearted. This trip always builds up so much. I don’t know, there’s 25 of us here,
I think, and that’s all we’ve done; talked about it and talked about it
and talked about it the past four weeks. Now we’re here, the nerves have come,
the draw’s coming, I’m not enjoying it. I’ve been thinking about this trip
for literally months. The nerves are starting to build now,
the draw is horrible, no-one likes the draw, but it either turns you into a hero or someone trying to make something
out of nothing. If I get in my top eight choices
I reckon I’ve got a good chance. I’ve only been at Korda seven months. I’m the only guy on the main lake
that hasn’t fished it before, so I think I’m a little bit
thrown in the deep end because obviously all the guys
know all the swims, they know the spots or
they’ve fished a lot of the spots before, but, no, I’m confident, but at the end of the day
it’s all about that ball, isn’t it? It’s a couple of years
since I’ve been on one of the work trips and the last time I was on the main lake
that you can see behind me. This year however,
over on the Road Lake. Now it’s the draw time,
I always get butterflies. I normally do rubbish in them
but do you know what, every swim over there
is capable of doing a few fish, I’m just looking forward
to getting going now. We’re just about to do
the main lake draw. Obviously starting with Tom
and going around the room. Tom, do you want to put your hand
in the bag and pull out your ball? No looking, please. I’m really pleased with my draw. To be honest I was going to be pleased
with anything with a single figure after what’s happened before,
so number five brilliant for me. I picked Pole. It’s not a swim I think I’m
going to catch loads and loads out of, but it’s been very consistent
over the last few weeks, so I’m hoping that throughout the week
I’ll get a few chances, but I’m happy. Yeah, managed to draw fourth,
which absolutely over the moon with. I’ve got my second choice, Alcatraz,
so literally so happy. Just got to fish it right now
and hopefully end up with a few bites. Right, number one. I’ve come out first again.
I’ve gone on Co’s Point. I’ve fished it twice before,
so I’m really happy with that. I was torn between a couple of swims
but I went for that in the end because the main one I want, the big ’un,
does come off there quite a bit, so let’s hope he’s out there somewhere. How about that? I’ve got a number one
in the draw. It’s followed by zero. #standard, but you know what,
I’ve come out tenth. I’ve actually got my fourth choice
of swim. I’ll take that. I’ve drawn The Beach, which has done
the biggest fish of the year so far from this lake at 68lb, or the biggest fish
of the summer anyway. So it’s not like it’s frozen over, but it’s going to take
some solid angling to get a few bites out of there this week. People that have had the best success
on the main lake this year is people that have done,
like we’ve talked about before, it’s keeping to their spots,
kept the morale up, kept confident in what they’re doing,
that’s really all you need here is just keep confident
in what’s going on, keep your rigs how you’d fish at home,
don’t try overcomplicating anything and basically don’t fry your own brain
with, “Am I fishing right?” “Am I fishing wrongly?” Just keep it how you would
anywhere else, really. At the end of the day you’re here,
it’s a holiday, everybody that comes out here
is pretty much getting time off work. So first and foremost enjoy it
and people that enjoy it the most are those who succeed, really,
let it happen. My second piece of advice
for people coming out here is, again, spend that extra time
on a Saturday find the spots that you’re happy with,
you’re happy to fish for a week and just keep everything regular, no drastic changes, just keep to what you know
and it’ll happen. It’s one of those waters
where consistency is the key, really. On week sessions like this it’s really important to interrogate
your swim at the start of the week, find exactly what’s out there, select
your spots and stick with them. The worst thing you can do is go out, not really put a lot of effort into it
on the first day because you’re tired and then three or four days in
you’re bringing in weed on your hook and you’re worried
that it’s not clear out there. Then you start interrogating the swim
when there’s bait out there. There could be fish around and
you could end up scaring them away. So this is the marker float set-up
that I use absolutely everywhere. The rod is brand new. This is a Longbow DF X45
spod and marker, So very, very stiff, very fast recovery. It’s got the new Minima guides on it,
which are super, super lightweight. The line absolutely flies through those. It’s really important for me to have a real
high-quality marker rod that’s light, that casts a long way, because
if you can’t marker out there, then you can’t fish out there. If you don’t know what you’re fishing on, what’s the point in just whacking it out
into anything? So although this is
an expensive marker rod set-up, to me it’s one of
the most important rods in your kit. So that’s coupled with a Basia reel, I know very extravagant as a marker reel. That’s the marker braid
so it’s got no stretch in it which is really important for feeling
what’s out there on the bottom, both when the lead hits the bottom
and when you’re dragging back. And to take the force of that cast, I’ve got a 50lb
Arma-Kord leader on there. I join that together
with a four-turn water knot and at the end of it I’ve got a big loop
so I can loop-to-loop everything on. So let’s show you the marker
float set-up. Very simplistic. So a Dropzone Marker float on there,
very aerodynamic. Basically it’s fatter at the bottom end
which keeps it stiller in the air. You’ll notice a lot of other floats,
they’re thin down by the swivel, thick up by the flights
and that’s why they wobble about. So although this is a big float and it’s
very buoyant, it flies out there really true. And then on that I’ve got a new lead, that’s one of the new marker leads with
the prongs sticking out the side of it, and that’s available in three sizes;
4oz, 3oz and 2oz. We developed it with this lake in mind because you’ve got
big clear patches out there and then you’ve got
bits of sparse weed. And with a normal lead,
you can cast into the sparse weed, the lead hits the bottom, it goes donk,
it feels like it’s clear. When you pull it back
it just slides through, you think I’m fishing on a clear spot, you put something out like this
on the same spot, clicked up at the same range, hits the bottom, you go to pull it back
and it feels solid because those prongs are catching
in the weed straight away. So if you cast one of these out
and it slides, you know it’s clear. Obviously when you’re fishing on gravel, those prongs
feel the gravel that much better and you get more vibration
down the rod tip as well. The only time I probably
wouldn’t use one of these is if it’s really weedy everywhere and you do want to skip the lead back
through the weed onto a clear spot. Because as soon as this
gets caught in the weed, you’re just dragging loads back with it. And what I basically do
is loop-to-loop that float off and then I just put the lead on
on it’s own to start off with because you feel so much more
with the lead. You think that float’s really buoyant,
that’s taking away the feeling of the lead because it’s slowing it down
in the water. So cast around with just the lead
first of all, find your clear area, then go around the distance stick
so you know how far it is, loop-to-loop the float back on again,
put it out there, and then you’ve got something to aim at
with your baiting up, whether it be throwing stick or Spomb and obviously something to cast
your fishing rods at as well. So that side of it
is really, really important. I couldn’t fish in a swim
not knowing what’s out there and if you’ve got
a balanced set-up like that, you’ll be able to cast it absolutely miles and know every single inch
of the lake bed. Most of my personal fishing will see me
leave work at five o’clock in the evening, make my way to the lake and gone again
by about seven in the morning. However, on occasions I may want
to be there a little bit longer, or one of my children
may want to come along as well. Trakker have released a utility front
that goes onto their Tempest Brolly. It basically makes what is an overnight
shelter into a full-on two-man bivvy which makes it ideal for me. Clips on around the centre boss,
two more buckles around the side arm and then it pegs down at the front. You then simply put in three support
arms, two on the side, one on the front which obviously gives it the support
that it needs and then once it’s all pegged out, you’ll be quite surprised
just how spacious this is. It makes what already is
a great short-session shelter into a full-on two-man bivvy
for a trip like this to France or even for taking extra people
along with you. Yes! Being the new guy on the lake
obviously worried me a tad. Everyone else has got
so much experience on the lake, fished it numerous times. So to get that bite on my first night
or morning essentially was wicked. Really, really chuffed. I was a bit exhausted
after the journey up. Obviously Friday night
didn’t sleep at all hardly, probably half an hour kip at home,
but, yeah, absolutely buzzing. 28lb common. The fish was immaculate. Really, really long,
pristine, dark-golden common. I’d be so happy
to have caught that in England, let alone
in a holiday venue in France, but, yeah, the fish here
are just in superb condition going by the first one I’ve caught, so hopefully if something bigger comes
along it will be just as nice looking and, yeah, it’ll go in the net again. Obviously coming to Gigantica, I knew there was potential
for me to be fishing at long range. I was going to be
putting out a lot of bait, too. I’ve been using the Daiwa
Longbow X45 Spod Rod. It’s coupled with the Daiwa
Emblem Spod reel, a reel I’ve used for many years,
never, ever let me down, a true workhorse, and when you are casting
those distances, putting out a lot of bait in one hit,
it really helps. Your arms do ache
after the end of a good baiting up, the Emblem Spod reel
makes light work of that, really. It’s really important that if you’ve got
some real top-end fishing rods that you can cast a long way with,
that you don’t cheap out on a spod rod. You really need something
to match them fishing rods because there’s nothing worse than
finding a real nice area at long range and then not being able to hit it
with your spod rod because it’s not man enough
to do the job for you. When delivering large quantities of bait
at long range, you really need a line
that’s going to do the job for you, something
that’s going to be really durable and something that’s thin enough
to obviously take you out there. This week
I’ve used the Korda Spod Braid, coupled with
an Arma-Kord leader in 50lb. I really feel like if I was fishing 35 wraps,
I could hit it. They really, really go out there well. Important factor is just to keep the braid
wet and it’ll work wonders for you. You shouldn’t have any issues with it and you should get all your bait
to your spot effectively and efficiently. It’s only the first morning
and Jay fishing over in Scotties has got one of the super beasts. Yeah, 54… BEEP! You’re allowed, you’re allowed. 54 and a couple of ounces. Yes, get in, man. I’m absolutely buzzing.
That 54lb 2oz is a new overall PB for me. I’ve never caught anything
over 10lb lighter than that. When you’re back at home you think I’d love to have just a bite
on your first morning so you can relax, you can take the rest of the week
in your stride. But when they get to a certain size
it’s hard to gauge how big they are, but deep down I thought
that’s got to be my first 50-pounder and luckily it was. Absolutely brilliant. The ring of love first came about
I reckon probably 20 years ago now, which makes me sound old
unfortunately. I always use the… I’ll sometimes be searching the bucket
for sort of five, ten minutes for the smallest tigers I’ve got. You need your Krank Choddy on here,
size-4 barbless, about three or four inches
of 20lb Mouth Trap. I do a seven-turn knotless knot,
pull it tight, make sure that your hair
that you’re going to put back through to correct the D is dead straight
once you’ve tightened the knot down, otherwise it’s going to sit offset. So put on your medium rig ring,
back through the back of the eye, trim it down until
you’ve got about half an inch tag, burn it down with a lighter, just push it
so it blunts off the end and pull it back through
so you’ve got a tiny, not a massive D, but a fair-size D on the back of the hook. You need a size-11 ring swivel. Tie that down. I see people
using them really long. You want them short, you want them so
that they finish at about two inches, maybe two and a half inches. Back through the loop, the ring swivel, tie it down, Pulla through
the ring swivel and the bend of the hook, make sure you wet the knot down
all the time and just pull it tight. Don’t completely stretch it
so that you’re pulling the Mouth Trap, thinning the Mouth Trap out. Just do it so it all pulls down tight, tidy your knots up nice and tidy
and then you’re ready to go. Boom section you need 25lb Mouth Trap, a size-8 ring swivel, a size-11 ring swivel
so you’ve got one on each end. Literally three-turn blood knot each end. Tie the rig to about four inches
because when you pull it you’re going to get another couple
of inches as the knots straighten out. So in all, wet both knots, two Pullas
pull them tight, again, tags off. You want the Boom
ending about five, six inches. So I pick out the four smallest tigers
out of the bucket that I can find, two bits of 8mm cork, about 10mm
wide, I would say, two bits of that. Cut them off,
thread them onto the Bait Floss so that you’ll end up with six pieces
of bait in respect two bits of cork, four tigers. Tie them in an overhand
knot, three knots, pull it tight as you can so that they’re not moving,
it’s a pure, proper ring and then you tie that
onto the back of the D, on the chod part of the hook length
and balance it up. A bit of putty on the chod part and trim the cork down
so it looks like the tiger nuts in respect, and, yeah, check it in the edge,
make sure you’re popping up well and it’s good to go. Over on the Road Lake,
Spooner is into his first fish but it’s not exactly
going according to plan. Since I’ve been here, down to my right
there’s been a lot of fish activity and I’ve had a rod down there all night.
Started off with the pink bait, changed to a yellow bait, still nothing. So this morning I made another change and went with a white one
doused in Wonderberry Goo, so really, really attractive
and it’s done the job. Within about an hour, absolutely
ramped off, took loads of line. I could tell from the off it was
quite a good fish, but if I’m honest, I thought I had lost it. I got it
all the way back, just down in close and there’s a real overhanging snag
and it just absolutely locked me up and if I’m honest,
I was convinced it was gone, but Buzz, the beardy bailiff,
came to my rescue. In Nicole the boat, we went out,
didn’t have to go out too far and I still wasn’t sure it was there, but after fighting our way
through the undergrowth I just saw the carp just sitting
on the bottom, sulking really, luckily still attached. My Safe Zone leader
had just gone around a branch. I managed to get that off,
sort of teasing it in, actually got Buzz to lift the net around it,
the rod was redundant, you saw the celebration with high fives.
It felt like an absolute victory. There we go. First bite’s always nice, nice to get off the mark wherever you go but at 32¼lb,
there’s not many better ways to start. For this trip I’ve decided to use
my Daiwa Mission 12′, 3.5lb rods. Now I knew that the fishing here would be a lot of fishing
around about the 80-yard mark which this rod’s perfect for,
but having used it for quite a bit, if I need to cast further, I know that I can. One of the most important features
as a carp angler, I’m sure you’ll agree, because we’re all tackle tarts at heart, is exactly what the rod looks like
when it’s sitting on the rest, and I’ve got to be honest,
they look really, really good. With a nice slim build throughout,
you’ve got a 50mm butt ring, real minimalist black whipping,
standard reel seat, winches the reel up
and there’s no movement in it when you’re playing a fish,
and finally on the butt you’ve got the shrink wrap handle
that just finishes it off perfectly. But what’s really impressed me
is when I’m playing a fish. As soon as you pick the rod up
the rod just hoops over, you’re in total control,
but once you get it under the rod tip, if that carp takes one more lunge,
the rod just simply goes with it. Up it pops, into the net, happy days. The most common mistake
that people make is baiting up at the wrong time of day. You want to be baiting up between one
and three, that’s the best time to bait up. When the sun’s at its highest, the fish
are not feeding at that time of day, that’s the best time to bait up. The key to success on the road lake is basically picking your three spots
on the Saturday, keeping to your spots
and fishing to your spots. Make sure you’re clipped up
at those distances and you hit that spot
every time you cast. If you don’t, reel in, redo it again.
That’s the key to success. The best bit of advice I would give
is to go onto the Internet, go onto our website,
check all the information on swims, bait, rigs, social media,
check Facebook, Twitter, they’re updated daily.
That’s the best information you can get on where the fish are coming from,
how much bait is going in and what bait is being used and
the best rigs for that time of year. I arrived at my swim yesterday
at about half three. To be honest, I probably stood
in my swim for about half an hour. I wanted to see fish show, and in the end I saw probably four or five shows in that
half hour, so I was really pleased. So I’ve got a large spread of boilie
just from beyond that large tree there. I’ve got one at throwing distance,
pretty much like a long underarm throw. So I went one with a size-6 Krank
N-Trap Semi-Stiff, just stripped back just below the eye. I had a 15mm
Mainline Banoffee wafter on and that was the first one
that went. Over the moon. Welcome to Bob’s Beach at Gigantica
and welcome also to Chateau Fairbrass. This is my bivvy of choice
and has been for the last few years. It’s a Tempest V2 and basically it came about through
fishing with Darrell out in Belgium and seeing how quickly
he was setting up and packing away and moving onto the fish and I thought I just
had to get me one of those bivvies. I love the Armo bivvies.
I love the stability of them. But this one goes up and down
so quickly it’s a real edge. And this particular one is a one-man,
it’s just big enough for me. It’s quite a spacious one-man actually. The bedchair goes right to the back of it and I keep all the stuff that I’m not going
to use a lot at the back of the bivvy. So my food bag, my camera, spare bits and pieces
that I’m not going to use a lot, they go at the back and then at the front
I’ve got my rucksack and my tackle box, my Rig Safe, various other Trakker bags like my leads bag
and all that sort of thing. Obviously my brew kit
and stuff at the front as well and then a couple
of the wicked Trakker buckets; I don’t know how I fished without these
prior to them coming out. A couple of additions to the V2 recently. First of all the skull cap
on top of the bivvy, that is an absolutely amazing bit of kit. Not only does it cut down
on condensation significantly, but you get a lovely little peak
at the front of it as well. You can see here
I’ve got the vents on the front there, so I’ve got the mozzie panels open. That obviously lets more air through
when it’s really warm. In the evenings when the mozzies
are really bad I zip the door down but obviously have the panel rolled up
so I can see through the mozzie mesh. You still get a brilliant view of the lake
and the little mozzies can’t get you. And then the vents at the back, they’re open during the day
when it’s really warm. It’s amazing how much transfer
of heat there is just by opening those, and if you’ve got a breeze, it goes
right the way through the bivvy and I’m finding I’m able
to get a few hours’ kip during the day even when it’s hot,
just because I’ve got those vents open. The thing packs down into a bag
really, really quickly. The skull cap stays on all the time,
it fixes on really easily, just a few attachments
that you add to the poles. They’re all neatened up
with little caps on the end of them and it just slips through and Velcros up and that gives it a nice tight look
so it’s not flapping around in the wind. I can still get my throwing sticks
underneath there. I used to slot them
into the top of my Tempest and they just about fitted in there
and they still do with that. I’m using the tensioning strap
which gives it this lovely shape so there’s enough height,
I can see out to the lake. I’m not crouching down like that. Can’t really get my head around these
really, really low, really squat bivvies where you spend all day like that.
I want to be nice and comfortable. And then actually on the bedchair itself,
this is the Levelite ELS. It’s the one that’s got rope in the middle
section rather than bungee cords, and that means
it doesn’t sag in the middle at all and I really like that, it supports my
lower back which I do get problems with. So by having the bedchair really tight, it just almost feels
like a normal bed at home. And then on that
I’ve got a Layers sleeping bag. Because it’s warm, I’m either sleeping
on top of the bag completely, so I’m not in it whatsoever,
or just in the first layer at the top. And that’s got a Pertex top
and bottom to it, so it doesn’t get too hot and you’re able
to get in and out of the bag really easily. In the winter time
I have two layers above me so I’m into the bit
that’s fleece-lined on either side and that keeps you
so much warmer in the winter. The last new item of tackle
that’s only just come out this year is what I’m sitting on here,
it’s a Transformer chair. It’s got to be the best chair
that I’ve ever used. I’ve always used stuff
to support my back in the bivvy, really, really comfortable, but this one
turns into a low chair as well. Again, super comfortable,
you can sit out by your rods or sit in the bivvy as well. That’s my bivvy of choice, that’s how
I set it up and all the bits that go with it. If you’re the sort of angler that does
different types of fishing like me, this is what I recommend. I’m more nervous
than on my wedding day. Don’t you put that on the DVD. I’m more nervous
than on my wedding day. Line singing. I’m more nervous
than on my wedding day. My knees are shaking, but it’s a fish on. Go on Dovey. Yes! That is a lovely fish again.
Well done, mate, very well done. There he is.
Absolutely gorgeous Gigantica scaly. 25½lb. Absolutely buzzing with this one. Absolutely gorgeous. Well happy. Back here on the Road Lake, the fish
have been crashing out all morning, which has made a few of the anglers
switch over to zigs. Let’s just say
it was definitely the right decision. I can see your foot is proudly
on the prize, mate. You’re off the mark. It is, mate, there’s one in the net. I had one before this that’s literally
wiped my other two rods out. Oh, bite on camera. Go on! Hectic action on the zigs. There we go, mate, 32½lb. New PB? Yeah, definitely, smashes my PB. How are you feeling? Buzzing, mate.
Top of the range, as they say. They might do where you come from. – Good work, mate.
– Epic, mate. By the looks of your swim there’s still
a few there, so if I was you… Yes, definitely, get this one back
and get some more. We love a PB, don’t we, mate? It does feel good. It feels just like I say,
just plodding, just nodding its head. It looks hopefully like it’s going to be
another PB, possibly a mid-30. Lovely fish, mirror, led me
a merry dance on that bar again, but, yeah, fingers crossed it’s going
to be another PB. Get it on the scales. Yeah, I knew it was going to be
possibly a 30-pounder, maybe low 30 when I got it in the net, but, yeah, when I actually
had a look at it from the top it was a big old wide fish and you could tell it was going to be
sort of a mid-30, but, yeah, 38, just shy of the magical 40, not far off,
a pound and two ounces short. I had a slight change of plan
for last night. Down the right-hand side
I’ve had loads of activity and I’ve been trying to nick bites
just with little PVA bags and I did, I had a nice 30-pounder doing so, but I didn’t really feel I was ever going
to get anything going by doing that. So last night I went round onto the
sort of dam wall, if you like, put the marker float out
so I could line it up from my swim, wrapped it up from my swim
so I knew exactly where I was fishing and put a nice helping of bait out. I’m pleased to say it’s worked. Early hours of this morning
had a real slow take, which I suppose
it typifies a big-fish take. So I’ve come out all excited, having had a couple of smaller fish
on my open-water rods, this one just felt different from the start,
it absolutely beat me up. Luckily, it didn’t go down to the snags,
it went out in open water. When it rolled over the net
I knew it was a little bit special. What about that? A common.
a couple of ounces under 37lb, caught on a Mainline
Peaches and Cream wafter over a big bed of 18mm Essential Cell. Let’s have a little look at the bait
I’ve brought for this trip. When preparing for a trip to France, there’s so many different bait options
that you can go for and if I’m honest, it an be quite confusing as to what to
go for – 10 kilos of this, 10 kilos of that – some hemp, some maize,
whatever it may be. My advice is simple – use something that you’ve already
got loads and loads of confidence in. I use the Essential Cell
back home quite a lot so that’s what
I’ve brought out here with me. It’s high attract, fish love to eat it.
I’ve just brought it in the one size. I’ve only brought it in 18mm
but with a couple of baiting tools I just make my own bait
stand out a little bit more from others. So to start with I just take a load,
I just run it through a Kutter, just to give loads of different chops,
loads of different-sized bits of bait. Even some of the bits
that have already been chopped, they’ll go back in there as well because
then you get lots of different sizes, it’s not just whole boilies
and half boilies. You really want to give the carp
something to think about rather than just picking up 18mm boilies and that’s exactly
what doing this will do. Once I’ve done a few through the Kutter,
I then bring in the Krusha as well so that I’ve got some crumb
out in the water. It does a couple of things.
It travels up and down the water column, it stays on the bottom
for long periods of time, so when a carp does come in,
they can pick up the bigger bits easily and start to clear the spot but those tiny bits will keep them around
for that little bit longer. So maybe when you’ve had a bite,
just a few more Spombs over the top can really keep them rooting around and can make one bite
turn very quickly into two or three. I’m just going to run a bit
through the Krusha now before showing you the final additive. As I said, I like my bait to stand out
a little bit more if I can. There we go. Finally, as an additive to the bait,
I love adding hemp oil. It does a couple of things. It almost
feels like you’re chumming for carp when you’ve cast a few out
in the Spomb because you get
this massive slick appear that whichever way the wind’s travelling you see it travel off and I can’t help but
thinking it’s like a highway for the carp. They see it,
can’t help but follow it to source, and hopefully
that will start the feeding process. I’m just going to
douse a little bit on there now. There we go, not too much,
just to cover a few of the baits. What that will also do, though, if there’s a ripple on the water as well,
and carp come in to feed, because of the oil,
they tend to disturb the bits that are perhaps caught under the bait
or soaked into the bait, and that comes up, hits the surface
and creates the same flat spot that you see
when you’ve done your spodding, and I always think, as soon as I see that,
I know there’s fish feeding, and get really confident that it’s just
a matter of time before you get a bite. Then it’s onto the hook bait. Now lots of people
like to match the hatch and fish exactly the same
as they’re feeding; I don’t. I prefer a high-attract hook bait that in my head
means I’m going to get a bite quicker. When I’m fishing back at home I have probably 12 hours’ fishing time
a week just as an overnighter, and whilst I want the carp
to feed on the bottom bait, I want to catch them quickly, and the way I do that
is to pre-prepare hook baits. They’re always from the Mainline stable. You can see here
I’ve got some Peaches and Cream, Essential IB and Banoffee wafters but they’re all different colours
and soaked into various different Goos for periods of about six weeks which means the Goo
soaks into the core and the whole time it’s out in the lake,
it might be for 24 hours, it’s pumping out attraction
for that entire time and I can’t help but think
the carp just find it irresistible, they’re drawn in
because of the big bed of the Essential, but can’t help
but nick that hook bait quickly. That’s the theory. Hopefully
I’ll put it into practice in a minute. Over on the main lake, Rob fishing in Co’s Point
has got an absolute monster. Are you sure, mate? How long is that? Fifty… 57lb 12oz. Yay! You said you wanted a big ’un bruv, didn’t
ya? – 57lb 12oz?
– 57lb 12oz bruv, yeah. Buzzing, obviously, absolutely over the moon to get one
that big but so soon as well. Yeah, a bit of personal pressure off. Came out first, so there’s always
a bit of pressure there from the lads. The fish have been out there,
been black on me the last 24 hours or so. I want to catch more fish,
who doesn’t? But, yeah, obviously one bigger
than that would be awesome, but, no, I’m not too fussed. Another few bites, or a couple of bites,
would do me nicely, but I’m over the moon with that one, so, yeah, if I don’t catch one
bigger than that, I’m not bothered. Blowback rig, it’s a rig I’ve used a lot, like
a lot in the past in my fishing. Basically it’s my go-to bottom bait rig because the hook holds have just always
been mega and with a heavy bait. I think the blowback rig
gives such good hook holds… Well, I fish it with quite a long hair, so there’s separation
between the bait and the hook. When the heavy bait is blown back, it gives the hook a precious few
extra seconds in the mouth to catch hold in the bottom lip. Generally they’re a good inch,
inch and a half back, depending on the length of your rig
because the separation… Personally I’d never fish that rig
with a short hair. I tend to use the standard, straight out
of the bag bottom bait, or a snowman, which is
what I’m doing on this occasion just with a small pop-up
on the top of a heavy bottom bait, so I’ve still got the heavy bait, but it’s
just got a little element of buoyancy on it and a bright sort of
a sight bob, if you like. So the first stage of the rig would be to strip around six inches
of the coating off the braid and then tie a hair loop. Then I’ll cut the rough length
or a little bit longer than I want the rig, cut it off the spool. Then the next step
is tying just the rig ring on. To secure the rig ring
I just do an overhand knot, just a single overhand knot. That allows you to adjust the rig ring
if you need to. Thread the hook through the rig ring. The hook’s then whipped on
with a knotless knot, generally I will use
around eight or nine turns, and then next up
is the Kicker or the shrink tube. Once your shrink tube
or your Kicker is on, I thread an anti-tangle sleeve on and do
a figure-of-eight loop knot on the end. This allows me to quick-change the rig using quick-change swivels, so
just purely for quick-change purposes. Add a couple of little blobs of putty
and your hook bait and away you go. The number of bites for the Road Lake
was already well over 100 by this point and now the big ones
started to show up. 40lb, 40lb 12oz. I had that absolutely amazing common
this morning. I’ve been putting more bait out
throughout the day, just topping it up. The same rod’s just gone again and I’ve got a bigger
and even more amazing common from what was a pretty boring fight,
it did nothing. I really thought it was a small fish and it surfaced like a submarine
coming out of the depths. I haven’t weighed it yet but the two rods
are already back on the spot. We’re going to have a look at the fish
and hopefully get another one. Well, there we go, ladies and gents.
44lb 6oz. I told you it was an epic common, but it just goes to show that regular
baiting with something you believe in, the results are there to be had. I can’t put into words
how amazing this carp is. Just have a quick little look
at the rig I’m using this week and whilst some bits are a little bit fiddly,
it actually couldn’t be simpler. To start with
I’ve got a size-4 Krank barbless hook and that’s knotless-knotted to some
18lb Supernatural in Gravel Brown. Then does come the very small fiddly bit. You’ve got to tie a very,
very small overhand loop here to get a real, real short hook section. The next part is the new Boom material
and it’s crimped at both ends. Now this end is a very, very small loop of no more than maybe
sort of 1.5mm in diameter, and then I thread the loop from
the Supernatural section through, pass the hook back through
just like the old loop-to-loop knot. Really, really simple
but incredibly strong. Coming down to this end I’ve crimped
again a slightly longer loop which allows me to quick-change it
onto a swivel under here. That’s all covered up with a cut-down
piece of Dark Matter anti-tangle sleeve. With the putty here as well,
what it means, when in conjunction with a sort of
slow-sinking wafter hook bait, once you’ve cast out it means that this will push this section
away from the lead as far as possible and then the bait will come down
to rest nicely on the bottom. And once that’s in conjunction
with this heli-style set-up as well, it can almost be cast anywhere. I don’t think this one’s going to go 40,
but I’d say it’s a 30. It’s been ten years since I broke my PB. It feels great.
Absolute carnage in my swim. I haven’t got any rods left in the water. Speechless, really. Yeah, PB broken. The fish continue to show
on the main lake, even though it was well past bite time. I saw one show on the spot, both
bobbins are actually up in the blanks, so obviously I didn’t know. I thought one had gone through, had
a bite and gone through the other rod so I didn’t know really
which one to pick up at first. So I’ve just grabbed one and there was
a fish on, so happy days, started playing it in,
came in all right initially. It was when I got it onto the rod tip,
it was just fighting really hard. I could see it was a good fish eventually
when it came up off the bottom and it just ploughed around,
for probably five, six minutes and then Jay was there with the net
and, yeah, so happy days. Then I thought I better have a look and see what was going on
with this other rod and picked that up
and there was a fish on that as well, so I started playing that in,
it came in absolutely as good as gold, right the way in and then much easier
than the last one, just come straight up
and pretty much straight into the net, and, yeah, two lovely 30s –
34½lb and 38lb, so happy days. So the first fish was a carp
called The Clean Fish, well spawned out, 38lb, looked immaculate,
lovely deep body, big fins, massive gob, considering it was recently spawned,
really, really good condition. Second fish, a fish called Quasi,
again spawned out at 34lb 8oz. That’s a bit of a character, shall we say. Sort of a bent, kinked back, but again,
nice carp, great big mouth, wrinkly old skin. Yeah, well chuffed,
well chuffed to get it. Obviously I wanted to get the rods
back out really quickly, quickly wrapped them up, put both
fresh rigs on, fresh baits and back out. The spot seems to be rocking
a little bit now, so the plan is just to keep the bait going
in, keep fishing that the same spot. I’m not going to move the rigs at all. The fish are clearly happy to feed there. I’m just going to keep baiting up
and doing what I’ve been doing and hopefully
keep a few more bites coming. Job’s a good ’un. Pouring it on your foot, pouring it
on your… What’s going on there? Your hook link’s
about three miles long, isn’t it? – 18 foot.
– 18 foot? – Yeah, I’ll go and stand in the car park.
– How deep is it out there? – 23.
– So you’re five foot under? I’ve got one six foot under
and one four foot under. – You’re about right then.
– Yeah, I ain’t had nothing. Playing it quite hard, aren’t you,
for a zig? Yeah, I have confidence in the zig line and I don’t want it to fall off
with a barbless. Yeah. What hook have you got on? Size-6 Choddy. – Size-6 Choddy?
– Yeah. I’m fishing for big ‘uns, Dan. Right, I’m going to walk back Dan,
if that’s all right. A bit of white, is it, the hook bait? Yeah, I did have a Pineapple on before
but when I cast with bait, the bait stop had pulled into it
where I cast so hard. So these are the hardest baits I had. So nothing to do with the colour? Get in that net, come on. Come on. Yes! You the man!
you the man! – It’s not a tiny fish, is it?
– No. He weren’t happy, but I am. Lots of my fishing throughout the whole
time here is done with a Tempest Air and with that type of system
you do not get a front on it. Trakker have recently released
an insect panel that will fit all of the Tempest family,
whether you’ve got the full system and perhaps are only going
for a quick night, whether you’ve got an Air like myself,
or you’ve got the Brolly, there is one for you. It goes on so easily as well. It just buckles on at the back
behind the centre boss, two more clips around the side and then finally at the bottom
two clasps just hold it all in place. The rear is then elasticated which goes
behind the boss and behind the arm so that no insects can get in there,
then you peg it all out at the front. It gives you a door, more importantly
you can still see the lake, air can still come through
but most importantly no flying insects
can ruin a good night’s sleep. Four o’clock in the morning, had
a really good take on the middle rod, on a snowman and, yeah,
resulted in a 33lb 4oz common, one known as Bobbins Dancing, I think named by Ian Bailey.
Yeah, really, really nice carp. Stay there, look at the tail. I’m using slow sinkers
on obviously my bottom-bait rigs. There’s a couple of reasons, really. Purely the first one is
because to hit the range I’m fishing I can’t fish it with any PVA foam nugget
or a stick of any kind because it will just
hinder my casting distance. So I’ve got to fish them as a single
essentially around my baited area. Yeah, slow sinkers
obviously tangle-free, when casting help to extend the rig
and present it well and obviously
neutralise the weight of the hook and essentially help with
hooking the carp in the first place. Got back to my swim after dinner,
wrapped the rods back up to my spot, put three new rigs on, fresh baits
obviously, and then got them out first. I put the rods out first so they’re in
position and then bait up over the top. No particular reason,
it’s just something that I do. Was seeing quite a lot of fish
long off the back of the spot, went to bed, probably around 10, 10.30, quite tired
from the long day yesterday. From memory about two o’clock
this morning middle rod’s pulled up, churned off and up popped a rather large
mirror and Dan scooped it up, first time of asking,
and, yeah, there she was. We got her out onto the mat
and quickly weighed it and, yeah, 53lb pound bang on
and we confirmed it then as definitely being a fish
called The Clown. Really, really nice deep-bodied, chunky
mirror, really clean, not got a mark on it despite being about 5lb down from
spawning, so she’s had a good spawn, but, yeah, looked absolutely immaculate,
lovely, big, huge great mouth. So, yeah, a really, really nice carp. Once we’d weighed the fish
we transferred it to a sack, just popped it in a sack in the margins
for a few hours, nice deep margins here so
it was never going to come to any harm, but we just wanted
to be able to show everyone. Such a nice fish we wanted to be able
to show everyone in the daylight and get some nice footage and things,
so, yeah, once we’d got the fish out on the mat
and peeled back the mesh, just even more impressive to see it
in the light of day. Just mind blowing, just lovely colours, like real deep,
deep chestnut-brown colours, orangey belly, yeah, just an awesome,
awesome-looking carp. Fish like that are the reason
we come to Gigantica. When they get to that size, I mean,
you don’t see carp that size every day, so to see them on the bank,
they are just awesome creatures and in here
they’re in such immaculate condition, so they’re just absolutely pristine. Its mouth looked like it had never
been caught, just immaculate. We got in the water, I just got straight in,
it was a hot day, so just jumped straight in
which was rather refreshing and, yeah, she was good as gold whilst
I held her up for a few water shots. However, it didn’t go quite to plan
as she was a bit lively towards the end and just bolted off out of my arms
but she was ready to go by then. After returning the big girl,
We were still stood in the water. Dan was just checking
the photos in the camera. All of a sudden left-hand rod
has absolutely shredded off, an absolute churner. Had a little sort of chug around
under the rod tip but he soon popped up and we could see he was sort of
a real beautiful, scaly one, probably around low 20s. 23lb 8oz. Absolutely stunning linear, real,
real cracker, so really chuffed with that. Here on the Road Lake the guys
continue to fine tune their rigs which resulted in one thing –
even more carp. Ah, hero. I’ll stand up now, this is in quite close. Yes! Cheers, dude. With a helping hand from Benny boy, I
managed to get another cracking mirror at a snip under 30lb.
What a trip this was turning out to be. For this trip I’ve opted to use the Daiwa
Emblem 25A Bite N’ Run reel. It’s a nice and small compact reel
that’s jam-packed with features. I’ll start with the mechanism at the back,
which engages the free spool. Once you’ve got your rig into position,
you simply pull the lever back which engages the free spool. This is actually controlled
by a rear dial at the back so you’ve got varying degrees
of tension on that, however once you pick up the rod, if
you hook into a fish, you start to reel, the lever goes forward and then
you’re in control to the front clutch which is controlled by a dial
at the front of the spool. Now lots of people
like to play their fish like that, getting that to just the right tension,
so should the fish start to power off, it can take a bit of line without
risking pulling the hook out. It’s a great way of playing fish, but personally I actually prefer
to use backwind. I don’t know why, I think it’s something I
started to do when I first started fishing. It’s a habit that I can’t break. To be honest, it feels like I’m wasting
the quality clutch that this reel’s got by doing that, but I can’t help it. You either backwind
or you play fish off the clutch. Aside from that
it’s got fantastic line capacity. I’m actually using
the Touchdown 15lb in green. I’ve got almost 250 yards onto each
Spool, which is more than enough. Ranges – I’m fishing up to 80 yards
and I have to say for such a small reel, I’m actually casting that with ease and
could easily cast much, much further. So for such an affordable reel, it really is
punching well above its weight. Well, I’ve just put three zigs out
which is a bit of a last resort for me, but needs must at times like this. I’ve had three rods out on the bottom for
a few days now and nothing’s happened. I’m not massively on the fish, but just knew that it’s not really
the one because I’m not getting bites, so last night I chanced my arm,
put a zig out and within 45 minutes I had a bite. So they’re obviously up in the water,
so tonight I’ve put three out. It would be stupid not to. I think some people get confused
about zig fishing. They think it’s much more complicated
than it is, but when you set it up like this
it’s extremely simple. I’ve got a 3½oz Distance Casting
inline lead, an anti-tangle sleeve and a tail rubber on the end. All of that is to stop tangles because when you’re fishing
with a long link of light line, you can get some tangles
so that’s the best way to set it up. I’ve got 18ft of Zig Line,
all the way to a 16mm pop-up which is a bit of a crude bait for a zig,
but when you’re out here the fish are massive
and I’m fishing at night as well, so I want something
that’s going to stick out and, again,
because the fish are so big, I’ve got a size-6 hook on there
and a coloured Kicker, a little yellow one, and that’s just to make sure that
the line kicks out at the right angle, just to make sure it catches them. It’s a devastating method,
especially when they’re up in the water and that’s why I’ve got three out tonight,
see what the night brings. It feels nice, chugging. Get in that net. Get in that net, get in that net. Yes! Got him! Come on! Yeah, baby, yeah! That was a long time coming, man.
I’m buzzing. Finally I smell of carp
and it’s a sweet smell. I’ve not lost my head, I had a terrible
draw, came out 12th out of 13. Didn’t really fancy this swim at all,
but persevered, stayed on my spots, didn’t panic,
kept with the plan and it’s paid off and I think the fish is called
the Godfather of Soul and we’re going to show you
him in the morning, but for now I’ve already re-spodded,
the rod’s gone out first time. I’m going to tie some spare rigs
because I didn’t have any tied because I really wasn’t that confident but it’s action stations now.
Hopefully we’re going to get some more. Get in that net, get in. Yes! Get in! That’s awesome, man. Nice, leathery one. 40lb 4oz. Get in!
Three in the night. It’s light in two hours, so into the sack
with the other ones. I’ll show you them in all their glory
in the morning. What a night. Yeah, check that out. The biggest one of the trio,
a fish called The Leather, at 40lb 4oz, absolutely
immaculate Gigantica carp and tastes so sweet when it all comes
right at the end of the week. There he is,
the fruits of not losing your head, sticking with a plan and when
the fish turn up in the baited area, the rigs are right
and you’re going to get them. Too many people on here,
I’ve done it myself, have changed too much during the week and you move away from a winning
formula and end up blanking. So I’ve learnt from this, stick to the plan
and it will happen. Yeah, awesome, Tom. Mate, absolutely awesome. It’s the settings I’ve put it on. – Is it the settings?
– It’s the settings I’ve put it on. This is the technology
that’s really turned it round for me this week at Gigantica. It’s an updated version of the rig I used
a few years ago on Alcatraz to devastating effect. I managed to snare Fudgie’s and
a couple of the other big ones that week plus a load of other fish.
It’s super, super aggressive and I’ve updated the way I tie it,
basically to make it more tangle-free and to make it easier
to change the hook after a bite. I also used it on Co’s Point a couple
of years ago to really good effect when I had The Twin and a few others, and the principle behind the rig is it’s
a very, very aggressive hooker of fish. The COG Lead system is much more
aggressive than a normal lead clip. I started off fishing running lead clips
on here because they cast so well and they just never tangle
and a few days into the session I felt I needed to up the ante a little bit,
so I’ve moved over to this and like I say it’s sailing out there
perfectly, even in the dark, getting no tangles with it
and it’s produced me three takes. So to talk to you about the components,
working from the bait down here, I’ve got basically an 18mm slow sinker. That’s a new Mainline Toffee bait
which I’ve put a new Goo on top of. This is the Butterscotch and Corn. It absolutely reeks, got a lovely,
lovely creamy buttery smell to it and it’s the only thing I’ve found
that repels the silt. It’s quite silty out there
and although you get a firm drop, so the lead’s not plummeting in,
the baits are coming back smelling and this is the only stuff
that seems to be pushing through that and still smelling of butterscotch
in the morning. So basically I’ve got a loop tied on there that’s basically loop-to-looped that soft
bit onto the end of the boom section. So what I’ve basically done is folded
over some Arma-Kord 30lb, poked it through the eye of the hook and
then done my favourite whipping knot. Just three turns of that
and you end up there with two hairs. And what I’ve basically done
is cut one of the hairs off, there’s no way
it’s ever going to come undone, and then that single hair that’s left
forms the blowback system. So I’ve got a large rig ring there
that’s just tied in an overhand knot and then a short hair and I’ve tied
a couple of extra overhand knots in that to shorten it down so that there’s only a
small gap between the hook and the bait so it doesn’t sit off the bottom too high. I’ve got an Extenda Stop
actually pulled into the bait so if there are crays out there it’s much harder
for them to get the bait off the hair. If you use normal hair stops, what we reckon they can do
is pull the hair stop out and drag the whole bait off the hair
without eating it in situ. So that’s a real good tip
if you’ve got crays around is to use the Extenda Stops. The hook itself is a size-2 Kurv,
my absolutely favourite pattern. If I’m fishing with bottom bait
I like to use a big hook and this one is super, super sharp
and turns really aggressively. And to help it turn further you’ve
basically got a large Kicker on there. I don’t use shrink tube any more. There’s no need for steam or anything
when putting this rig together. That just gets slid up over the loop
before you loop-to-loop it on and that forms
that aggressive Kicker there that’s going to turn the hook over
and catch hold in the bottom lip. Probably about an inch of exposed braid
there, two bits of braid obviously because it’s loop-to-looped on, and then I’ve got a crimped section
of the new Boom. This is the 055mm version
and they’re 0.7mm Krimps and that is super, super durable and
basically that bit remains the whole time. All I change is that end section,
that soft section and the boom itself
just stays on there forever. This boom is seven inches, pushes everything away
from the lead really well. And then down at the lead system, this
is one of the other changes I’ve made. Normally I would have
a quick-change system there, but watching Darrell fish over the years,
he doesn’t use a quick-change system. He just uses a ring swivel and his rigs
are so neat he just gets no tangles at all and I’m sure
it’s because they’re so uncluttered. So I’ve adopted that as well in my fishing and just having a loop there onto
that swivel rather than a quick-change, I think helps reduce tangles
even further still. The COG system there, that’s a 3½oz distance COG
and the boom going down to that has to fit perfectly, so it has to be nice and tight like that. If you use them too long they’re all
baggy and basically you can get tangles. If it’s too short the lead will sit funny
before you cast it out. So they’re all numbered
to correspond with the lead itself and that 3.5oz gets me out there. I’m fishing 80 yards at the most,
65 at the least, and that just flies out there
onto a lead clip. And, again, this is fished running. If I imitate what’s going to happen
when the fish shakes his head, so the lead’s come off there, yeah,
but it’s now running. So after the initial panic of hooking itself, the lead’s just sliding away
and away and away from the fish. There’s no anchor point
for it to get rid of the hook and we’ve seen here loads of times
people are winding in with no lead on, where the fish have shook everything,
shook the lead off and got away. And because it’s not weedy, we don’t
need to dump the lead any more. By fishing a running rig
you can muck the fish up and get bites which would normally
just be a couple of bleeps. So that is the technology that’s
going out there for my last night. I’ve got different hook baits
on different rods. This one is fished over the top
of a load of maize and I’m just fishing that one boilie,
just a carpet of maize, one boilie over the top; it worked
brilliant for us on the Underwater films. One of the days we just put corn in and still fished my little pink
squid hook baits over the top and it worked brilliantly,
so I’ve employed that tactic and it’s worked on here as well and then the other two are going out
over the top of the boilie. One’s going to be this hook bait,
that lovely Butterscotch and then the other one’s
going to be the classic Almond, a little tiny 10mm pop-up
on top of an 18mm bottom bait, so it just sits slightly up,
sitting up proud on the bottom, keeping it away from the silt
and that’s what’s doing the business. So if you’re fishing somewhere
where the fish are riggy and they are super-riggy on this lake, they’re so, so pressured as they are on
a lot of lakes in France and around Europe, if you want something
that really mucks them up, the COG system is the one. Yeah! After some footage that we’d seen
from Dan last night from the drone, put a 17ft zig on, whanged it in that
direction, towards the toilet block, and, yeah, there we go, a 20-pounder. As you might have already gathered, the fishing here on the main lake
at Gigantica is not for the faint-hearted. When the wind gets up
and is whipping across here, it is very, very difficult to get out
to your spots and get accurate and basically the gear I’m using
is absolute top of the tree. So, yes, it is expensive, but it is worth it. The rods are Infinity X45s, so they’re
the new Infinities that are out this year, still under the DF label. Basically the X45 material
is that what goes into the Basia rod, so it’s all the way through the Basia rod,
that makes it very slim and very crisp. What they’ve done with these
to improve on the old Infinities is put it just in the mid section of the
rod, and that improves the recovery and the tip speed
to make you cast further. The other thing they’ve done
is added Minima guides to it and if you look at those, they’ve almost
got no ceramic inside them. One, they look super cool
and I love that, but also it makes the rod
much lighter in the tip which means you can move it
through the air quicker which means you cast further. So basically it’s an improvement
as much as they can on the old Infinity. And then coupled with that,
I’ve got the Basia custom reels, again, absolutely delightful
bits of kit to use, styled exactly how I want them. There’s a million different combinations
that you can go on and if you look on the Daiwa website,
go on the DCR part of it, you can design your own Basia, have a look at what it’s going to look like
in the flesh before you buy it and I promise you
they absolutely stop the traffic. That’s loaded with 15lb Touchdown. In the Beach I’m not fishing that far out. Fishing 80 yards on one rod and
just over 60 yards on the other rod, and basically,
you know, that’s easy fishing. I could be fishing out in some
of the other swims 120 yards with the same rod
and reel and line combination and it would do that no problem. On places like this and anywhere like it, where you’ve got big fish
and you’ve got weed, some underwater snags
that no-one knows about, you want to be using thick line. There’s no point coming to places
like this with 12lb line, hooking a big one, it takes you
around the corner and you get cut off. So you want the heaviest line on
you can possibly have. I could fish this swim with 20lb
Touchdown, absolutely no problem. That will cast for me
well over 100 yards. Back onto the rods again for a second, they’re 12ft 3.75lb, which sounds stiff,
it frightens a lot of people, but you need it for casting the distances
with heavy line into the wind and when you’re playing a fish,
they’re hooped over, they’ve got a lovely battle curve,
keep the rod tip high and basically let the tip of the rod
do all the work and absorb the lunges of the fish. And one thing you find
on these particular places, people fish their clutches
really, really slack. They pick up into the fish,
the rod’s hardly bending and then when the fish gets close in they see it and then start pulling
really hard and pull the hook out. I do the opposite. So these reels are locked up
almost solid, so when I get a bite, no line comes off the clutch,
there’s stretch in the line at 80 yards, there’s no way
that they’re going to break the line. The rods are locked in solid
with those back rests, they’re not going anywhere. I’ll pick up the rod and I’ll wind
until the line goes fully tight and then pull up into it. I play the fish quite hard at the start
and then when they get close in, I ease off and relax. That’s something
you can put into your fishing. If you’ve got really loose clutches and you’re not pulling into the fish
properly at the start, and then you’re finding
they’re falling off, that can be why. So if I had to have one set of rods,
it would be 3.75lb. I’d rather have the power there so
I can cast into the wind when I need to and when you get them close in,
you just don’t play them as hard. And then the whole thing
is sitting on the Singlez system. I’m sure you would have seen this
on other Masterclasses by now. Just looks absolutely gorgeous. Here I’ve got
the 8½ back and the 9½ front, so basically I keep my rods
quite close together and that splays them just enough. If you fish them further apart
then you’d want 2″ difference between the back and the front rest
to give them a nice splay, and I use the long uprights at the back
and the medium uprights at the front and that basically just gives my rod
that nice level sort of look. It will actually point slightly up
if the ground is flat, but most swims are sloping
towards the water’s edge, so they go nice and level. Sometimes
if you want the tips up in the air, I will swap the heads around so I’ll take
the back rest off those long ones, put the buzzers on there and then
put the back rests on the medium and then I’ve got my rods
jacked up straight away without having to extend them
and it just takes a few minutes to do. So that is the hardware that I’m using
on this particular session. If you are fishing waters like this
that are super-demanding, you need top-of-the-range kit. Corin in Alcatraz has got another
stunning Gigantica mirror on his favourite snowman rig. – 33¼lb.
– Really? – Yes.
– Sweet. Wicked. Meanwhile, over here on the Road Lake, Johnny Mann is using
his favoured blowback rig and Heli-Safe system to great effect. 42lb 5oz of prime mirror carp. Absolutely given me a soaking. I don’t care, the adrenaline level
is through the roof, so made up. So another fish
on the little snowman rig. Mainline Topper,
a bit of a Wicked Tuna Goo. I really wanted a 40. I’ve worked my way
through a fair few fish now and managed to get them all in as well,
which I’m pretty proud about and, yeah, 40lb 4oz,
absolutely buzzing, another PB. Out she goes. Lovely. This is the area
that I’ve only just started fishing. Produced two fish for me
the first night I fished it basically because I saw fish
showing here a couple of mornings and the long area wasn’t producing,
so I thought I’d just put one rod here and lo and behold it produced two fish
and the long area produced one as well. So obviously
I’m going to recreate that tonight. 20 Spombs of the maize
is going out there and even though
I’ve just seen a fish show on this area, I’d much rather scare them with bait
than put a rig amongst them. I’m using maize only on this rod,
which was basically sparked off by Tom. Dovey’s one of the most natural anglers
that I’ve ever met and he said
we’re making it hard for ourselves just all using boilies all the time. He’s a real particle fan and he said he just opens up
the tactics that people can use and the more different tactics used,
the less the fish know what to expect, the less they get used to a certain tactic
and the easier it is to trip them up. And it certainly worked. I wish
I had done it at the start of the week, but, you know, you live and learn
on these trips with all these fantastic anglers –
Corin, Rob Willingham, Bailey – we never get a chance to fish together because we’re all on
different syndicates fishing for big ’uns and this is one of the times
where we get to exchange ideas. It’s a real melting pot here,
a really fertile environment and it improves your fishing. Not only have we had a brilliant time
and a proper laugh and seen some amazing fish, but I think we’ve all added
something to our fishing because of that interaction
and long may it continue. Yes, get in! Come on! That was a battle and a half. I quickly weighed mine
and put it in the sack because it was going to be light
in a couple of hours. I just heard over the radio that Dalton
in Big Girls was into a big fish and Garth, bless him,
jumped straight into net it. Get in! The fish turned out to be Mr Angry,
one of the lake’s real characters, so we slipped it in the sack
so we could all see it at first light. It’s the final morning of the trip
which means one last cup of tea and time to get round to see what fish
have been caught on the last night. That’s a seriously impressive fish.
How are you feeling? Buzzing, mate.
I’ve been waiting for 96 hours for this. What an amazing week we’ve had on
the Road Lake. Everybody’s caught carp. Not only has Ben
just had this 50lb 10oz beast, we’ve had other mirrors to over 45lb,
commons to over 47lb. Absolutely amazing. You do look a bit warm, mate,
so there’s only one thing left to do. – Let’s get it out the way.
– I’m going to enjoy this. Here we go, son! Yeah, highlight of the week for me
probably, it might sound funny, but actually getting a good draw
at the beginning of the week, ending up in probably
one of my first-choice swims, which was really, really good. All went from there, really, couldn’t have
dreamed of a better week’s fishing. Eight bites in total, six landed. If you’d offered me that
at the beginning of the week I would have absolutely
snapped your arm off. So some mega carp caught and like
everyone, really, really cool common. One called Bobbins Dancing,
that was a sort of a highlight for me and, yeah, seeing Rob
have a couple of 50s, he’s been waiting for one
over 50 from here. I think he’s had numerous trips and
finally to have a couple under his belt, that was cool to see. Everything, really. The food was wicked,
weather was really nice and, yeah, just being here
with all the guys from work, a fantastic week,
can’t wait to come back. My highlights of the week,
catching two 50-pounders. I came here wanting just one, so
to get two was awesome, well chuffed. Having a double take as well
one afternoon, a brace of 30s, but the two rods that I had out
both went and, yeah, a brace of 30s. Well chuffed with that. And lastly, my best mate, Corin,
falling in my swim whilst attempting to catch rudd, yeah,
that was just a really funny moment. Well, we have come to the end
of our week at Gigantica. As you can see I am hanging it out
for another bite in the 11th hour but what a week it’s been. Starting off with the Road Lake. It’s so nice after all the work
we’ve done there. We’ve had divers in removing snags, we’ve created that bund to bund
off what is now the stock pond because the fish were going in there
last year all the time and it’s very snaggy in there and people were going around there
catching them in the day but getting cut off a lot. By putting that bund in,
obviously we forced 90% of the fish out into the main lake,
there’s still a few in there. Spooner’s been
smacking them this week and obviously they’ve all been getting
transferred into the main lake, but to do over 200 bites, that’s back
to what it was like a couple of years ago, so I’m really pleased
that all that effort and money that we’ve put into that
has really paid off. And the key on there,
compared to the normal weeks when we get 12 anglers on,
is these guys have used loads of bait. They’ve brought 30kg each with them and most of them
have gone through it and more. And most fish, they’re just greedy pigs,
they love bait. If you put enough in and keep it going in,
you will eventually catch them, so that is definitely the secret on there. Just good, solid angling
and loads of boilie. And then on here
there’s been four 50s out and it’s been brilliant to see some of
the guys that I don’t normally fish with in the prominent swims. People like Corin and Rob,
and they’ve done really well out there, just boilie fishing. They’ve been consistent
all the way through the week and, again, just good solid angling. No-one’s fishing at mega distance. Corin’s the furthest one,
I think he was fishing at 108 yards. Personally I’m fishing at 80 and 65,
Rob was at 96. So they’re manageable distances
for everybody. So if you thought that Gigantica’s
main lake was a long-range lake only, you’re absolutely wrong. So hopefully we’ll see a lot more
lake exclusives here in the future. It’s a brilliant atmosphere when
you’ve got a whole lake to yourself. It’s all your mates together,
you have a brilliant holiday and catch a load of big fish as well. Last fish of the trip. Yeah, check that out! Gorgeous. Carp only prettier.

10 thoughts on “Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol. 4 Chapter 1: Lake Exclusive (13 LANGUAGES)

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  2. This shower are like little kids with a new toy. Look guys I know carp that size can take quite a while out of water but it looks to me like you are pushing it and stressing the fish, too many photos and messing about … grow up. Catch them, weigh them, take a photo , get them back, stop showing off and kissing them … you clowns. If I recognize the fish and have caught them before I dont take them out of the water, unhook them in the net and let them go immediately, they dont even know they have been caught.
    Still I like the technical details Thanks

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