After the last few months preparing and practicing for our first ever competition, we headed off early on the Thursday to Wetlands Animal Park near Retford, Nottinghamshire who were hosting the Ladies British Carp Cup. Having been sorting bait and tackle over the last week, we had been going to bed late and it was catching up with us. Not getting to bed much before 2:30am Thursday morning we over slept and woke up at 5:30am when we had planned to be on the road heading north to the lake.
The competition didn’t start until Friday morning so we had allowed an extra day to get there and chill out before the mad panic and nerves set in.
Arriving at the lake later than planned due to the motorway being shut, we arrived early afternoon, still in plenty of time but completely exhausted before we had even started. We had a social at the lake Thursday night with all those who had arrived a day early but being tired we decided to have an early night and try to have fresh heads ready for the competition in the morning.
Neither of us slept very well, and we both let the excitement and nerves get the better of us. I was pretty worse for wear Friday morning, but I did my best to shrug it off and get my fishing head on to take on the battle ahead of us.
9am we all met up at British Carp Cups base camp for registration, shortly followed by the draw for swims. Debbie and I had made a list of which swims we wanted as the draw was going to be by watercraft. The lake owner drew the first name out of the bag and Mick read out Debbie’s name. She quickly chose the first swim on our list and it seemed to be the preferred swim of most competitors. Debbie then drew out the bag the next competitor’s name to choose their swim, no one could believe it as Mick read out my name! Still in shock I didn’t hesitate to pick the second swim on our list.
Once everyone had picked their swims we all went on our way to set up. This was going to be a massive learning curve for us both, as we had never fished in any competitions before, but decided to take on the challenge this year and see if we enjoyed it. Debbie and I had chosen swims next to each other having decided that these swims looked good at producing fish, if fished right.
We quickly set up home, and got ready to bait up when the first horn sounded. Hearing it bellow across the lake I had an idea of the spots I wanted to fish, so I grabbed my throwing stick and started baiting up. I continued to tidy up and organise my tackle and bivvy, off went the second horn signalling that we could start fishing. I cast out my two rods and the battle was on.
I could see Debbie in the next swim, although too far away to talk to, we quickly picked up on each other’s hand signals. We had never fished totally apart with no contact before and it did seem strange to both of us that we were fishing but weren’t able to chat. I have to add, I did miss my cups of tea too as Debbie is normally on tea duty J
Friday afternoon passed quite quickly and seeing another competitor land the first fish of the competition it now felt like a game of chase and I was playing catch-up already. Early evening I had my first fish, 15lb10oz common. I don’t think I have ever shaken so much. I felt like jelly, the adrenaline rush and high I was feeling because I was off the mark early in the event was something I hadn’t foreseen.
I was even more shocked when the film crew arrived in my swim. I had completely forgotten that the weekend was being filmed for BT Sport. I had no clue what to say or do, but the crew and Mick & Belinda who did the weighing were fantastic; all were so calm and relaxed it eased my nerves.
After the filmed interview, which was the result of catching a fish, my swim went calm again and I sat back and took a few minutes to let everything filter in to some a semblance of order in my mind and have a chat with the crew. Rods back out and I was ready for the next fish. Debbie was pleased from afar for me to be off the mark, and although we were competing against either we wanted to achieve our goal of at least one of the Carpgirls getting on the podium. But it was very early days into the competition and we weren’t going to let ourselves relax until the horn sounded on Sunday to end the comp. Just as everyone was leaving my swim after my fish, Debbie shouted ‘fish on’. I could see she had a bend in her rod and then a sudden explosion erupted just in front of her and the fish was off !! NO!!! From the distance we were sure it looked a very good fish. Gutted, everyone in my swim saw the fish and sunk as the hook pulled.
But Debbie straight away brushed herself off and recast her rod to the same spot. Primed and ready for another fish.
We settled down for the night, confident in our tactics for some much needed sleep, even 1 or 2 hours would be gratefully received.
Just after midnight my alarm went off, I flew out of my bag tired and exhausted but I only had one chance at the competition and I was going to give it everything I had. 10lb 5oz mirror graced my net, and while I stood there for a second to regain my composure I called Belinda to ask her to come and weigh my fish. I felt awful all weekend ringing whatever the hour was to weigh fish, but it had to be done. I was in second place and as I settled back down for some sleep after recasting. Re baiting I asked myself ‘I wonder what the night holds?’ A night could change everything knowing that everyone on the lake stood the chance to have a few fish and places on the scoreboard could change in the hours of darkness.
At 3am I could see Debbie’s head torch in the distance moving around, she had a fish in the net but only weighing in at just over 4lb it was under the minimum weight of 5lb to count towards her score. Not too disheartened she got her rod back out in the hope of another fish.
I woke up Saturday morning, not having had much sleep, having dropped to third place. I was panicking a little, thinking I only had just over 24hrs to regain second place and possibly move to first if I was lucky and worked hard.
Saturday afternoon came around quickly without any more fish for me. But Debbie was off the mark just before 3pm with 15lb 7oz mirror. I was so proud of her I couldn’t stop smiling. I knew how she was feeling having had that first fish and then the film crew wanting an interviewing.
While she was having her pictures taken with her capture, her second rod went off. Getting to it, the fish had gone behind a small island and she lost it. The film crew and Mick waited for Debbie to get her rods back out before they continued with the interview and weigh in.
Neither of us had any more fish Saturday afternoon, no matter how much we tried. We really didn’t want this to be the start of a dry spell. I was feeling the pressure; others were catching a fish or two around the lake and I was managing to hold on to third place but who knew what swim the next fish would come out of and if it would increase the lead of anyone, or if someone was going to leap frog positions on the scoreboard.
We continued working hard in our swims, and every now and again Debbie and I would wave at each other across the lake. A bit of reassurance for each other and acknowledgement of the other’s efforts.
Settling down for some sleep Saturday night, having gone through a stressful few hours deciding what to do next to make the night count and put fish on bank. I didn’t want to lose the hours of darkness and not put them to good use to try and bank another fish and hold on to third place. My alarm woke me at 11:30pm; 13lb 12oz common. My guilt kicked in when I was again ringing Belinda & Mick, waking them from their sleep to weight another fish. Once the fish had been weighed and the catch logged, I got back in to my sleeping bag, to grab another hour or so, before early morning and the plan to recast / re bait and work hard in the dying hours of the competition. I was not in bed long before my alarm went again, 3:30am and I had a 14lb11oz mirror in the net. Yet another phone call to request weigh in. These now put me in first place. I couldn’t believe it, my efforts and tactics were paying off.
Recasting and getting back into my bag, Mick woke me just before 6am for a chat and awaited phone call for a possible radio interview (phone signal permitting). We sat watching the lake and had a cup of tea catching up on what an amazing night I had had. I wasn’t sure how I was going to fill the last few hours, but I know I was willing the horn to hurry up and sound at midday to keep my lead. Although half of me was torn, as much as I wanted the horn to go signalling the end of the competition while I was in first place, I wanted the time for Debbie to get a fish and increase her score and placing on the leaderboard. She was up and about still determined to get another bite or 2 and had been since sunrise at just before 5am.
Now with only 3hrs left to go at 9am my alarm went again. I was in shock and confused with the emotions of my position on the scoreboard and yet another fish to increase my lead; 12lb13oz mirror. The film crew hovered in my swim waiting to try and capture a live take on film but it wasn’t to be. They still had interviews to do and left to film more around the lake.
People had started to ask me why I didn’t relax at this point and was it sinking in what the outcome looked like if I stayed in first place. I couldn’t believe it, it wasn’t sinking in at all... and the time was going so slowly. I couldn’t help but fidget about in my swim, recasting and re baiting until the last horn.
Suddenly 11am I was into another fish, this increased my lead even further and although it was not impossible, it was looking unlikely that I was going to move position on the scoreboard in the dying hour.
With the last 5mins to go before the horn went, Debbie came round in my swim together with the film crew, Mick & Belinda and the team from Wetlands. I had been fighting back the tears for the last couple of hours, and when I saw Debbie arrive I couldn’t look at her. Until that horn went anything could happen and scoreboard could so quickly change.
The countdown start and the horn screamed out!! That was it, I had held on to first place in the first ever Ladies British Carp Cups. Debbie and I had said we were ‘In it to win it’, but never really thought that one of us would.
It was a fantastic weekend, we enjoyed every second, in between the moments of frustration, nerves and lack of sleep J
We have now dipped our toes in the lake of competitions and we enjoyed it. So no doubt we will be entering more and our win doesn’t mean that we are now competent competitions anglers, we know more than ever that this is a very long road and learning curve, but one we will enjoy and hope to travel far on.
2014 we set ourselves a new challenge and found a new passion. We decided at our ripe old age, we would fulfil a dream, and learnt to ride a motorbike.
Upon passing we purchased our beloved Harley Davidsons, and now plan to ride around the country absorbing the sites on two wheels. We even plan to hop over the channel and have a ride around France to look at a few lakes.
We haven't forgotten our passion for fishing either, we just had to include our 'Carpgirls' logo on both bikes !
10 days at Lac de Premiere, Carpgirls plus one.. We invited our friend along with us on this 10day trip. Sam joined us at home and we packed the van to full capacity, 3 lots of gear and 10 days worth of bait for each of us there wasn’t much room left.
Fishing started off great, catching from the first night there. But it did slow and weather was up and down throughout the trip. We swapped swims half way through the week and learnt a trick or two about the swims we fished. We had a storm one day, that i’ve never seen winds and rain like it. It came out of the blue and while Sam had gone for dinner early to catch the footie on TV, Debbie and I were left battening down the hatches while dodging the branches coming off the trees.
No sooner had we got everything packed away safe and made our way up to dinner, the weather cleared and we sat at dinner looking down the lake on a beautiful evening.
As usually we had a great trip, some great fish caught by all and a new pb for every one of us, and a smashing session. We all pulled together and worked like a team helping each other, that is the true spirit of fishing, it’s not always what you catch it’s who you fish with.
After 14 years together, we decided to ‘tie the knot’... on this occasion we aren’t talking fishing knots. We invited all our friends and family to join us to celebrate our wedding day and help make the day special and memorable.
Of course our day had to have a fishy theme, we had a brilliant day. Everything went to plan, and everyone enjoyed themselves. Weather and venue were second to none, as were all of the people who helped make our day special; cake maker, singer, classical duo, room dressers, registrars, all played an important part.
News of our wedding reached the angling press, and Anglers Mail asked us if they could do an article, we didn’t expected any interest in our wedding but we felt very humble that people would be reading about our very special day.
We spent our honeymoon at Lac de Premiere for a week’s fishing. The weather was hot, and fishing was hard, but to be honest we were so tired after organising the wedding we were more than happy to relax and chill with the guys on the lake. Keith & Lorraine welcomed us with a champagne breakfast, and dinner delivered to our swim, they totalled spoiled us.
Wow what a honour and privilege to be invited up to Century Rods for a tour of their product lines and see first-hand how they make such great quality rods! The Century team were just the most friendly and welcoming people we have met. We were in our element having a tour of the rod building processes and watched with such intrigue how their rods came together. Rod building has come such a long way from the original cane rods, science and technology has brought us anglers the best materials and manufacturing process possible to give us the quality of tackle we use today.
We were fascinated how complex the process was, learning briefly the different grades of carbon fibre materials which are used, and how small precise pieces of certain grades when put together give us the different action rods.
We even had a go at whipping the eyes on, that in itself is not as easy as it’s made to look by the team at Century. Truly skilled staff in every step by step process that make us great quality British rods. Their carbon throwing sticks are perfection too. Rifled inside, the light weight stick saves stress on are your arm and allows accurate throwing with as less strain as possible.
Arriving early on the Saturday we looked forward to a great week’s fishing and socialising with a great bunch of people, who were all out at Lac de Premiere for a week’s fishing with Frank Warwick.
It was a great week, plenty of fishing, plenty of food and plenty of drinking. Frank spent many hours with everyone, helping in any way he could, giving advice, tips and chatting about his past adventures and laughs on the bank. Genuinely lovely guy and certainly had some funny stories to tell.
Fishing was hard as the weather was so hot, but we landed a good few fish, and enjoyed the food and company all week. It was lovely to finally meet some Facebook friends, who have now become great friends and we will fish together again in the future.
Having decided we both wanted to push our casting skills further we booked a day with Terry to help us improve our technique and increase our casting distances. Spending the day with Terry was well worth it... we got to cast with different rods & reels and were able to compare these with our own set ups. We managed to increase our cast by nearly 50% on the day, which with Terry’s advice prompted us to change our rods & reels, and help us to understand small improvements in technique meant we could increase our distance with further practice.
Although distance is not everything, it does help to be able to cast to the fish that would otherwise be out of reach. It's just another string to an anglers bow. But never dismiss fishing under your rod tips either.
What a weekend to go fishing…..
Our most recent session at the beginning of February was a bit of a trip down memory lane for us. We went for a 24hr session at a local day ticket lake, which we used to fish on the odd day session over ten years ago.
The lake is very picturesque and quiet, theres no big lumps to be had but the ambience of the lake is enough to enjoy.
Arriving Saturday afternoon in the rain we went for a walk round to decide where to fish. Not surprisingly, due to the weather, we had the lake to ourselves. Using the contour map from M&B Contour Mapping we saved disruption and disturbance of a marker rod. I always like to have an idea of depth and bottom features whenever I fish, I feel more confident knowing even the smallest of information about my swim and spots, rather than casting at random, but we all have our own style and ‘pub chucks’ can often bring surprising rewards.
M& B Contour Mapping can be an advantage especially on short sessions. When you arrive at any lake, the decisions you make before you do anything is sometimes ‘make or break’ for your session. We knew by the map that fishing at the island end of the lake was a definite no, too shallow for this time of year and the current weather conditions. So that knowledge in hand we saved some valuable time and focus our attention on the areas that would be holding the fish.
Setting up took longer than we had hoped, the ground was muddy and saturated with all the recent rain, so using a barrow laiden with a ton of gear was likely to be more trouble than it was worth, and would sink into the mud, plus everything would end up soaked before we even got started. So we decided to get the bivvies up first and then everything else could be kept dry and clean as we manhandled it from the van to the swim.
Daylight was fading and we were rushing to get sorted, we wanted to get some bait in the swim to draw the fish in while we could see the areas we wanted to be fishing. We decided to go for our own mix of ground bait, we had not used the mix previously but it seemed a very simple and good idea, we will definitely be using it again as it worked well. Sometimes the ‘old fashioned’ approach works best and it’s a shame that some modern day anglers and carpers can be fixed on boilies, (although some waters the fish will only take a boilie).
By now after making up around 50 balls of ground bait, darkness had surrounded us but having the foresight that the fading light was going to beat us, we quickly made single casts on each rod with just a lead while we could still see, clipped up the line and remembered and focused on a land mark / treeline so we knew the direction we needed to cast back out to once dark. This is something I do without fail, if you get a run you need to get your hook bait back out on the spot, the fish are obviously in the area and you don’t want to be casting randomly and fishing away from where they are feeding on your bait and where you have had runs from.
Having got the rods out, the rain had got heavier and was set to last for the 48hrs. We got dinner and went to sleep. Being awoken at 11:30pm for a small common in the rain was actually welcomed, first fish of 2013, and although not a lump we knew the size of fish in the lake. I re cast back out on the spot and curled up in the sleeping bag. My alarm went again around 1:30am, another small common made it’s way into the net after a fight that far outweighed it’s size. I didn’t recast after this fish, a few hours of undisturbed sleep before daybreak would be have been welcome but I was woken by Debbie landing a small common slightly bigger than mine around 5am.
Our session was a success, all fish welcomed for this article, but we were glad to reel in for the last few hours for some sleep and to stay dry. Waking up in the morning we grabbed a cup of tea and started packing up, which was not made easy for us. Still raining we packed up as much as we could keeping it in the bivvy dry, then making mad dashes to the van. We were glad to be hit the road or home after a very wet but successful nights fishing at a venue that we sat reminiscing about while we were there……
The Carpgirls attended the Brentwood show again this year, to meet and chat with friends and to see what products where new to the carping world for 2013.
The show is held in the Brentwood leisure centre, an ideal venue for the outdoor space it offers, especially for the casting demonstrations & tuitions from the big names in carping.
Arriving early was a must as we had heard the field normally used for free parking was water logged due to the volume of rain we have all been suffering. This didn’t seem to dampen spirits or affect attendance, the show was mega busy! The show had a definite buzz about it and it was great to see such support and the high volume of people looking and buying at the show! ....(click here to read more)
Once ‘time’ was called we packed tools away and made our way down to the lake, decision was difficult to choose between the new lake or the smaller old lake. Using Maurice contour mapping I decided to edge my bets the best I could fishing the new lake swim 2. My decision was base on the variety of depths of water that I could cover. The map was great advantage, only fishing a short 24hrs I didn’t want to start using a marker to find so spots so, you choice would be decided by depths rather than type of bottom.
The water temperature was cold, but air temperature was very mild. I choose swim2 because the depths that I could fish to arrange from 5.5ft to 14.5 ft covering the most water and find which depth the fish may be at. Winter fishing is always hard and more can be more about endurance than success, but that why we all love carp fishing in the winter… it’s an added achievement to succeed against the odds.
I was pushing the odds against me, using new bait, fishing a new lake for the first time, using a new rig and fishing winter. Needless to say for a very long time I had to swallow a bitter pill called ‘blanked’.
Being a true dedicated carper, I don’t look at it as a failure, I weigh up all the reasons and work harder to succeed on my next visit, fishing a new lake can take it’s time to find your feet and what works.
- France Lac de Premiere 6th-10th Nov 2012
Well what can we say about Lac de Premiere? Absolutely Awesome!!!
We had the best time ever!
We were invited over by Keith & Tony to help add stock to the original fish, which all are exceptional condition and awesome looking, stunners!!
Only confirming the trip 6days before we left, it was a rush to get everything organised in between work. Once bait was ordered and delivered, ferry booked we knew we were on our way…..
The whole point of the trip was to help Keith stock the lake but he had kindly offered us to stay on and fish…. Which we couldn’t turn down.
After some pleading with Debbie, I couldn’t wait to confirm we were going. Saturday and Sunday were busy, we had a lot to sort out and get ready. I couldn’t wait to be part of something special, something that I may only get this one opportunity to help with. I was beaming from ear to ear all weekend, didn’t sleep much Sunday night through excitement and planning. Up for work early Monday we went to work counting the hours down until we got home at 6pm to pack the gear in the van and catch the ferry at 11pm, (needing to arrive at the port 1 ½ hrs before to check in).
I was so excited at work I had to keep grounding myself, trying so hard to concentrate on work so I got as much done as I could. I felt like the Cheshire cat grinning, luckily my work colleagues know how passionate / mad I am about fishing.
Rushing home from work we took forever to pack everything, time was running out fast and it got to a point where we just had to get in the van and go….. nearly missing the ferry…. My heart was pounding, customs would have to let us on the ferry otherwise I felt a ‘Dukes of Hazard’ moment coming on and my van would be taking off to land on the top deck to get there.
Luckily customs waved us through with minutes to spare before the ferry left. Having not eaten since lunch and not slept since Saturday we were knackered, but the adrenaline was keeping us going. I hoped to get my head down for a few hours on the crossing but was too excited to sleep.
Rolling off the ferry at 4am we hit the road for the next 2½ -3½ hrs drive to Lac de Premiere. The drive was slow, the weather was foggy but we would rather get there safe.
Reaching the drive down to the lake, we got the feeling of anticipation. I was feeling knackered and was fighting between exhaustion and excitement. We drove into the car park but couldn’t see the lake, the fog / mist was thick and it was natures way of keeping the lake secret from us for a few more hours before it revelled it’s beauty.
Keith and the other guys turned up not long after us, we all sat and chatted while waiting for the fish to arrive on the lorry. I was lagging badly at this point. Lack of sleep over the last 48hrs+ and hardly eaten was getting the better of me. Debbie had managed to contain the excitement better than me and had slept better Sunday night and grabbed a couple of hours on the ferry. I had to go grab a cat knap for half hour just to keep on my feet… absolutely gutted I reluctantly went back the van.
Seeing the fish arrive in tanks on the lorry was fascinating. Grabbing our waders and getting kitted up warm we headed back to the group to start the stocking.....
Each fish being accurately weighed and photographed we released them into their new home. Some didn’t want to wait after being in tanks, one look at the lake and they were eager to be released.
Standing there watching the fish rise releasing oxygen across the lake after release was a sight to behold.
The fog was gradually lifting and by the time we finished stocking the fish we could see the vast expanse of the 33 acre lake. Wow! Standing there looking out over the lake was just breathe taking… immaculate!
Soaked, numb and cold but exhilarated, we went off to get dry and changed before we all sat down to a lovely meal in the restaurant. The food was great and hospitality second to none.
We all sat there chatting, eating and soaking up what we had just been apart of.
After lunch we all went for a walk round the lake chatting to Keith and Lorraine, listening intensely to his advice about the swims, we all picked a swim and made our way back to the car park to get our gear and get fishing.
Having worn so many layers to stay warm, Debbie and I had got soaked so Lorraine and Keith very kindly took our wet clothing to dry off at home for us.
Setting up in the swim, it was getting late and tiredness was creeping in again…. Not one to miss a night of fishing, I got set up and casting the rods out just before dark. Debbie had the bay side of our swim where the wind was steadily blowing into, I had the open water side looking across the lake.
First night, I had my first welcomed meeting with a Lac de Premiere carp is the shape of a beautiful mirror weighing in at 35lb 9oz. I was happy with that. Second night, followed adding a 29lb 13lb mirror & 37lb 6oz to my catches, and lost 1 at the net in early morning. Debbie got off the mark with mirrors 31lb 9oz, 32lb 6oz, 31lb 6oz. The third night went quiet for me, making me want to move but Debbie was still adding to her catches from the bay with 37lb 6oz and 26lb 15oz. I was working hard to find that ‘spot’ but staying with Debbie the forth night remained much as the third, but Debbie added one more 39lb 14oz.
Our tactics were completely differently, Debbie casting into the bay randomly, while I was trying to get the fish back feeding.
The whole trip was amazing and everyone we had the pleasure of meeting, Dean Macey & Stevie (Tulisa’s dad), were fantastic!
We can not wait to get back out there, it is a very magical lake and will definitely keep pulling us back in the future… Lac de Premiere is a treasure to be enjoyed and it will certainly cast’s it spell over anyone who goes there.
- Local syndicate lake 7th-11th Sept 2012 96hrs
Sneaking an extra night in we got to the lake earlier than planned. Debbie had taken the favored swim and I had planned my session around looking to catch a catfish but it was a tough target as only 3 in the lake. My choice of swim was next to Debbie and was near a treeline that had produce the catfish on occasion. Settling in and casting out I spent the first night tight to features but looking more closely in the morning I notice the water was fairly shallow where I had planned to pick a fish or two up from. Debbie done well first night started her session as she meant to go on. I on the other hand struggled, feeling under the weather for 2 days I continued to fish but feeling out of sorts was affecting in my fishing. Not feeling that the swim was right I decided to move half way through the session to a different swim and hoped that Ii would feel better and get on the fish. Debbie continued to catch and her rods had little compassion for me needing the rest to get back on form :o)
After moving swims my 'inner carp' got the better of me and the cat would have to wait for another time. I had one run early the next morning but lost it due to the hook straightening! It was off like a rocket one toner from the start, it may well have been the cat I had given up on that done me!
Last night of the session looking like it was going to be my first blank in about 3yrs, I was woken at 1:30am by a small 10lber to my rescue :o) Debbie's last night was quiet. Then as I got up around 8am having that first morning stretch outside my bivvy door, my middle rod ripped off, just as the fish slipped into the net, my left hand rod was jumping off the bite alarm..... two fish at once?! Result! 18lb 5oz linear/zip and 20lb 13oz common.
Releasing the fishing quickly after photos, I quickly got the baits back out which produced a 9lb 8oz mirror and small pike.....Not the biggest fish but nonetheless very happy I turned the session around in the last 12hrs landing 5 fish, Debbie landed 6 fish through the session to 23lb. Looking like it was going by 5 -0 to Debbie, we ended on 6-5 :o)
- Local syndicate lake 6th-10th August 2012 84hrs
Arriving late at the lake, setting up was priority to make the most of the light left. Light faded fast and I eventually got my rods out casting into darkness around 11pm. Having only been settled for a few hours I was awaken in the early hours with the sound of new my ATT's screaming, landing the first fish of the session and recasting I settled back down again passing the time away by sleeping waiting for the next screamer. By morning I had landed 3 fish the first night not bad for rushed casts. I decided to completely approach this session differently to what I would normally have done... I fished open water, not tight to features, I felt a little lazy in my baiting approach but it was successful the first night so I decided not to change my tactics unless needed. I also rested the swim all day, only fishing later afternoon / evening through to morning..
By the end of the seesion I had landed 9 fish (some not the biggest, but all count). Packing up in the morning I thought I may as well recast with my last boilie while packing my gear away..... the fizzing and feeding around my bait was amazing, it had to rip off at some point.
Half way through packing up my ATT screamed, what fantatsics alarms! Jumping across the swim I grabbed my rod, with my hand clamped tight over the spool, the fish was fighting hard to reach a huge set of lilly pads. A sure outcome for the fish if I gave it an inch.... playing it hard I gain line quickly and in no time at all it was it the net.... WOW what a fish, last cast- last boilie, result! A golden 28lb 13oz perfect common!
- What great opportunity! August 2012- Taska Tackle Consultants
When will our feet touch the ground again....... flying high with excitment, we are extremely pleased and honoured to say that 'The Carpgirls' have been taken on as consultants for Taska Tackle!!!
Watch this space, the furture is looking bright and very rewarding for us.... I find it hard to put into words how excited and thrilled I am to be given the opportunities we have recently. A lot of hardwork and dedication reaps rewards....
- More good news! July 2012- ATT Sponsorship
Well and truely buzzing at the moment. I had a few rough months with my tackle being stolen, but fishing life is ABSOLUTLEY FANTASTIC at the moment and I'm yet to wet a line. I'm going to be sinking my heart and soul into our future fishing.
We are extremely proud to annouce that the Carpgirls now sponsored by ATT
- Cunning Plan! July 2012- Part Two
I'm back on track and fins are on fire :o)
Woo hoo! all went well and I have passed my Level 2 Angling Coaching Qualification...... how excited am I :o)
- Success! July 2012- Never give up!
All I can say is 'Never ever give up'. One girl stand against a very big and well known insurance company....... and I won..... I was not going to back down. After a 4 1/2 month battle for my future, my fishing and my happiness; I won!!! (click on the picture below for full article published by TOKS)
Some scumbag stole my tackle but I was not going to let an insurance company steal my future fishing as well.
- Cunning Plan! April 2012- Part One
Achieved!... saying no more at this point but thats one big smile on a very destroyed Carper at the moment. Such a pitty the achievement has been overshadowed by my tackle theft and insurance battle.
Still raw, still hurting, still ANGRY!
- Scum! Mar 2012- Complete and utter disappointment in people !
My tackles been stolen :o(
One extremely angry and unhappy grieving girl. I find it very hard to understand that people can be so nasty. Having had the best part of my tackle stolen I find myself battling with my insurance company fighting a completely unnecessary battle, if only they listened and did what we all trust they do correctly!
Words fail me at the moment and this year I was going all out to make something of myself and where I wanted to be heading for my future... fishing has ground to a complete halt for us, although Debbie's tackle is wasn't taken we enjoying sharing our time on the bank together.
'You may have taken my tackle, but you will not take my passion for fishing away'!
- Orchid Lakes Mar 2012- Here we come !
Having caught up with Crowy & Marsh for some info, let's see if we can make it happen. Here's how we got on...
Had a fantastic session, can't thank Marsh enough for the invite. We arrived excited full of anticipation, sometimes I need Debbie to keep my excitement levels under control :o)
We walked around the lake watching the water carefully to choose where our best chances would be to land one of these fantastic looking carp! Marsh pointed us in the direction of a couple of swims but unfortunately we had not packed our 1mans so we had to rethink and adjust our immediate plans.
We ended up choosing to fish a silt bar that ran down the middle of the lake, and took on the challenge to fish open water at a venue we had never fished before. The weather was warm during the day and some bright sunshine, but nights were cold. We were also testing a new bait so it was all going to be trial and error, and a certain amount of effort to succeed.
I started landing a few bream which was not the desired fish but none the less, proved rig, bait and spot was working right. I just hoped I could get enough bait down to get through the bream and give the wild birds a belly full, still leaving some for Mr & Mrs Carpy.
Sitting eating dinner one evening with a rampant frisky swan sitting on my shoulder, slightly too close for comfort after nearly sinking the baitboat! Deb was saying that I shouldn't make any sudden movements when suddenly my bite alarm sprang into action.... swan or not I'm on my feet playing the fish...(not sure who moved faster me or the swan as it left the swim, could also hear it saying 'WTF?'). The result was an absolute perfect chocolate brown common. Winter colours have me well and truly hooked!
The following day Deb landed a nice sized tench and a 28lb mirror, pressure off we had both had a nice fish each and had taken on the challenge and succeeded!
Will definitely be going back!
- Carpin-On (5 Lakes) 4th Mar 2012
Great day spent chatting and catching up with some familar faces & legends. Enjoyed the hospitality on the Trakker stand.....lovely cup cake Cashy!
Thanks to everyone that always makes us feel at home, some first class anglers, Jerry (Hammond), Jules (Cundiff), iCarp Crew (to name a few)...... you all never fail to say Hi, can't believe how much we are recognised these days. Thanks To Rach from Crafty Carper absolutely thrilled with you approaching us and your offer, Big Thanks!
- Crowsheath 19th-20th Feb 2012 24hrs
- Brentwood Carp Spectacular Show 28th Jan 2012
What can I say.... we have the best bunch of Facebook friends.... Absolutely fantastic meeting everyone at Brentwood!!! Everyone was so nice, look forward to catching up with them all again soon. Really enjoyed the day! It brings a smile to our faces when you guys; best of the best carpers, recognise us and say Hi...once seen never forgotten, hope thats a good thing lol ! Came home on a real high from Brentwood & Carp Society Show -Sandown in November.
Arriving we were offered the chance to fish a lake we had not planned to, so with little knowlegde or research we thought 'what the hell lets go for it'. The morning was cold and grey with the threat of rain. Quickly getting the bivvy up and made homely, the rods were cast out in what looked like a good place to start. We settled back to enjoy New Years Eve wrapped up warm in our bivvy, waiting for midnight to be ringing with the sound of my bite alarms screaming. Unfortunately a catch that night was not to be, but the pleasure of being on the bank at the end of one year and the start of another was contentment in itself!
Waking on New Years day the weather looked like it was going to get nasty, quickly turning my attention to what matters most to a carp angler, the rods were re-baited and recast to the other end of the lake. While eating breakfast the rain came, more rain, more rain and more rain. The bankside turned to mud around us and we found ourselves bivvy bound all day Sunday. Time passed quickly watching fishing DVD's..... I was extremely dissapointed at one point when suddenly I jumped out on my sleeping bag hearing a screaming run , only to realise it wasn't coming from my rods.... it was on the DVD, damn!.
The second night my rods saw no action but we had a good nights sleep and woke to a bright cold sunny morning, always great to pack up in the dry, what a difference in weather. With the thought of leaving the session on a blank.... I wanted one last attempt, I rebaited, recast for a few hours while we packed up in the hope of a bite, which wasn't ment to be. Nonetheless, excellent time on the bank and a great way to welcome in 2012!