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  1. #1
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    Default All change yet again.

    I've decided to yet again drop fishing for carp.
    It used to be carp, then I decided I wasn't enjoying my fishing as much has I liked so turned to silvers.
    I turned back to carp last year, now I fancy silvers again. I was put off fishing for roach because the bigger roach simply weren't there.
    My last escapade was fishing for bream, had a really nice day catching skimmers. Unfortunately a distinct shortage of roach. I wasn't surprised at the lack of roach, they had been removed. The EA said it was to make more room and more oxygen for the bigger fish. The roach had been taken for breeding purposes said the EA, the fish belong to them so it's their choice to do has they please.
    They are also supposed to be restocking the silvers like with bream later this year.
    That's a laugh because they stuffed the silvers lake with carp last year.
    So through the colder days that are not too far away it will be dominated by silver fish. The main match lake holds a good head of bream, with the silverfish lake getting a stocking of bream there will be plenty of choice.
    There is also a specimen lake that holds plenty of tench, roach and bream.
    Fishing int half exciting. See how long this change lasts.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    In my opinion there is always a danger that fishing can become a bit like Groundhog Day if you always fish in the same places for the same species of fish. I fish a lot - most days if the weather is okay - so I've made it my mantra to try to become competent at just about every style of fishing there is. Yes, it gets a bit expensive when you're kitting yourself out again for yet another style or species, but it guards against boredom and keeps things fresh. Also it makes it easier to find something to fish for throughout the entire 12 months of the year. If you're into setting yourself challenges I think this is a good one.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I dropped the idea of repeatedly targeting a single species. I find that I get fed up with fishing unless I mix things up (venues, species, and sizes). I much prefer to target whatever is likely to be most prolific on a given day. If nothing is likely to be particularly obliging, I stay at home in preference to banging my head off a brick wall. All of it is subject to the waters available to me.

    The annual rotation isn't set in stone, but will usually revolve around tench in the spring/early summer. Onto the rivers for dace and chub (while they are there) from mid-July. Once we are into September it's rivers for the last of the dace and the first of the grayling, maybe the odd bonus perch. Into Autumn proper and Winter, it'll be grayling all the wa,y with the odd foray after some stillwater roach. Much of that vague routine will be interspersed with trips fishing for anything with fins, or, very occasionally, barbel.

    There will be curveballs and anomolies along the way. I rarely target carp these days, but I've no problem if they turn up. I simply make hay whilst the sun shines. Whatever presents the best local opportunity will be what I'm fishing for.

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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I think it's good to have variety in your fishing. Personally I will never fish on a commercial and have no interest in modern carp fishing, but I still enjoy catching them, in most stillwaters nowadays they can't be avoided. I've fished the same small lake a lot recently but will be on the canal soon. As the weather turns colder, I'm going to try and improve (ie actually catch something) at drop shotting and using small jig heads.
    There appears to be a lot less mixed fisheries than I used to remember, carp are dominant, I enjoy the challenge of the canal and still get a buzz from wondering what species I could catch next.

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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Like Sam, I like to vary what I fish for during the year.

    Spring is the time I tend to go for Tench, Crucians and large Carp (in that order of preference)

    Summer is the time I tend to target Barbel, Chub, Crucians, Dace, Rudd and large Carp (in that order of preference)

    Autumn is the time I tend to target Barbel, Large Roach and Dace, Perch and Chub. NB: The Barbel are putting on weight now to help them through the colder months ahead and the days are getting shorter.

    Winter is the time I to target Pike, Roach and Chub and also start to fish a local small club water which has warm springs erupting from its bed where the fish (smallish Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream and the occasional Crucian) often take advantage of the slightly warmer spring water, and tend to feed even when there is ice on the surface and snow coming down.

    I spent quite a few years back in the 1980s fishing almost exclusively for big Carp on the Colne Valley lakes to the west of London and other lakes in Kent like Darenth to the east of London; however although I used to catch some really nice Carp back in those days I just started to yearn for the Barbel Chub and Roach fishing and the Tench and Crucian fishing that I had experienced in the years before I had turned to fishing almost exclusively for Carp, and I just went back to catching them and didn’t look back.

    Although I still can’t get excited over catching small Roach, Rudd, Dace or Bream, and I’d rather be doing something completely different than spend my time catching small stunted fish, unless I’m fishing in a team match in the depths of winter where a couple of tiny fish could mean points of course.

    Keith
    Last edited by Keith M; 28-09-2019 at 11:17.
    Happiness is fish shaped (It used to be woman shaped but the wife is getting on a bit now)

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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I think that hooking bigger fish on lighter tackle is THE most exciting thing in fishing,especially when you know it might happen,this year I've had several double figure carp to 25lbs,a 30lb plus cat,several decent tench,pike to 12lbs plus(in the mouth on double red maggot)whilst fishing for roach on 4lb line,I still change around a bit mind,barbel,chub and bream fishing....been good to have a play LRF on holiday too....

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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    I emperthise with all the comments so far. My philosophy is relatively simple. I go on the rivers when they are right, stillwaters when their are not. My prime objective is to fish for a bite. If I achieve that I'm happy for it to be as repetitive as you please. Pete.
    Casternets

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    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Agree with others here that variety is the spice of life.
    Sometimes its the weather or wind that causes the choice of venue. Sometimes the time of year. Sometimes the species. Aint life grand.

  9. #9
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    Default All change yet again.

    I’ll add my two pence worth and just say I’m happy if it’s got fins. Usually if I target something in particular I get something different.
    Tomorrow I’ll venture down to the lakes, and I’ll see what sweetcorn and pellets bring me.
    Variety is the spice of life, if the weather improves I’ll be on the Soar with a pint of maggots later in the week.

  10. #10

    Default Re: All change yet again.

    Now I only fish for roach, preferably bigger ones. The only problem is that I still catch chub, barbel, tench, dace, carp, snotties (yuk), perch, minnows, trout, grayling, bleak, rudd, gudgeon, ide, crucian, etc, etc. Yes, no doubt about it I'm a roach specialist ..........

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