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Lights, Camera,Action
filming arrived and I met up with Ian
early on the banks of the quarry lake
at Baden Hall, I’d fished the day
before to give me an idea of where the
fish were and what tactics to employ,
but unfortunately I’d not caught up to
that point, and after packing away my
gear I had moved to the opposite end
of the lake to coincide with Ian’s early
arrival. At the time two friends, Craig
and Paul, had joined me on the water,
and they had quickly got amongst the
fish; in fact Craig had just landed a
corking looking common that looked
every bit of 30lb! After sorting out the
scales and weighing gear Craig was
more than happy when the Reubens
recorded a weight of 29lb 8oz, a lovely
golden common carp. Craig was not
alone in his capture, as Paul had
nailed a couple as well; a lovely 24lb
common and a stunning 22lb 8oz linear ghost mirror.
After capturing Craig’s fish on film,
which kicked of the footage in fine
form, I was eager to get the rods out
and bag myself a carp or two. I set up
100yds or so further down the bank,
and that allowed me to cover as much
water as possible. Tactics would be to
fish small solid PVA bags at various
ranges, combining bright trimmedd o w n D y n a m i t e Tu t t i F r u t t i o r
Coconut Cream pop-ups with little
piles of mixed carp, coarse and Swim
Stim pellet. This is a tactic that I knew
had worked well on Baden; in fact
both Paul’s and Craig’s fish had fallen
to this method. I quickly put together
three solid bags incorporating short
braided hooklinks attached to A.C.E
safety lead clips and 2oz A.C.E dumpy
leads and fired them out into the
increasing northerly breeze that was
now blowing into my face. I had
recently being using a new set of rods
from Harrison, their 3.5lb Torrix model
and these coped with the bag work
admirably. With the rods out and the
kettle on I set about tidying the swim
and clearing away a few bits and
pieces, whilst Ian was busy sorting
out the multitude of cameras, tripods
and microphones, and before long we
were set to go and ready for Take
(Top) Caught live for the Anglers Mail
(Right) A.C.E lead clips and leads
served me well on this trip.
At this point I have to say that like
most people I’ve watched different
fishing films and videos over the
years, and like almost always thought
I could do a better job! Well let me just
say it’s not as easy as it seems, and I
take my hat off to those who are out
filming and presenting and making it
look easy. Anyway back to ‘Brokeback
Mountain’, I mean the fishing show!
Over the next couple of hours we
covered rigs, tackle, tactics and bait
and even managed live fish catching
action, all captured in glorious Technicolor. During the filming and over
the previous couple of weeks I’d had
a number of new tackle items sent to
me to play around with. Amongst
these were some
excellent hooks from
Gamakatsu and vario us ho o k l i nk s fro m
European company
S p r o Ta c k l e. T h e i r
coated and braided
hooklinks particularly
caught my eye, and
I’m more than happy
w i t h t h e m s o f a r. I
w o n ’t g o i n t o t o o
many details as I don’t
want to spoil it for you
potential viewers, but
if your interested you
can watch the filming
at Baden Hall at
I have to say I’m pretty happy with
the final edited film and although I’m
a little ‘wooden’ in a couple of parts I
just about managed to pull it off.
Gavin the onsite bailiff was a star during the couple of days we were there
and nothing was too much trouble –
nice one, mate. I’ve got some more
filming planned over the next couple
of months so keep your eyes peeled
on the onlinefishing.tv site for details.
I would like to say a massive thank
you to Jamie, Dave and Gavin at
Baden Hall. The water holds some of
the most beautiful looking commons
and mirror carp in the area and is well
worth a visit. n


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