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Day Ticket Tactics and Tales
There are many benefits to day ticket carping. No
large sums of money up front is a big bonus in
today’s economic climate, what with some of the
top syndicates fees approaching £2,000 per year,
and the average syndicate charging at least £500
per year. Not everyone has that sort of disposable
income. It’s not only the cost, but in many cases the
most popular syndicates have long waiting lists, up
to ten years or more on some venues, so even if you
do have the money, it’s not guaranteed you can get
a place.
Day ticket carping also gives the angler an
opportunity to fish a variety of different venues.
Paying a large sum to join a syndicate means that to
get your money’s worth you need to fish it. You will
have all your eggs in one basket even if the venue
isn’t fishing well. Day ticket waters tend to be very
well stocked, as they want their customers to catch
so they come back again. This is particularly nice in
winter when bites can be few and far between, and
very often syndicate ticket holders will resort to
moving on to day ticket waters for a bit of action!
With the right tactics and techniques, day ticket
fishing can be extremely rewarding, but it’s a very
different approach to that of syndicate fishing. They
tend to be hard fished with a quick changeover of
angler and constant introduction of different baits,
but use this to your advantage and you can increase
your catch rate by many times. Short hit-and-run
sessions can prove devastating, as I have proved
myself on many different waters. The angler that
hones this approach can be unstoppable. A prime
example of this is father and son carp anglers, Barry
and Ben Oconnor.
Syndicate Tactics and Tales
Syndicate carping has become the backbone of our
carp scene in recent years. Not that syndicates are
a new thing… far from it, as they date back to the
1950s at Redmire and probably earlier than that.
However a syndicate gives the serious carp angler
many benefits – security for cars, tackle and even
the angler himself, camaraderie while fishing with a
group of likeminded friends, the opportunity to work
at certain areas or swims with respect from your
fellow fisherman and an open exchange of
information and catches, which benefits both the
anglers with only limited time and those with more
fishing time on their hands.
Yes, today there are some excellent syndicates
around, albeit that some can be very expensive and
others very difficult to join. There also appears to be
a more gentlemanly attitude to other syndicate
members; the cutthroat, fish-at-any-cost ethos so
common in today’s scene is not apparent… or at
least I hope so!
This journal is the seventh in our technical
series and not only offers some very useful
technical advice from Wayne Iszatt, Steve Briggs
and Barry Oconnor but contains a host of chapters
dedicated to many of the UK’s top syndicate venues
including maps, photos of the stock, details of the
facilities, history of the venue, how to join and also
some great tales from anglers who have fished the
venues over the years. These venues include
Farriers, Horton, Wellington, Rockford, Roach Pit,
Grenville, Ashmead, Catch 22, Burghfield, Manor,
Cleverley, Dinton and Fryerning with a star-studded
list of anglers who have been successful on these
awesome syndicate fisheries.
A Lifetime of Dreams and Memories
Paul started fishing for carp way back in 1982 at the
age of 14 but had already been fishing for several
years before that for anything with fins, mainly on
The River Thames and it's tributaries in Oxfordshire,
and the gravel pits around Stanton Harcourt for
perch and pike.
His early carp fishing career took him from all
the Oxfordshire lakes, into Gloucestershire and then
his true passion of chasing heritage carp saw him
fishing the likes of Yateley, Elstow and the Colne
This book he describes as a "throwback" to
how carp fishing books were written in the eighties
and nineties. Paul is no stranger to writing and had
his first article published back in the eighties in the
then Carp Society magazine "Carp Fisher". He wrote
for many years as a contributor in Big Carp
Magazines Rotary Letter and has written chapters in
several carp fishing books most notably, A History of
Yateley Volume 1.
Paul isn't interested in the numbers game and
generally has only ever fished short sessions
whenever he could fit them in around family and
work commitments. He believes strongly in angling
etiquette which in his view is sadly lacking on many
of the busier waters these days and has forced him
away from many of his local waters.
In the pages of this book you will find a real life
story, one all anglers with busy commitments
outside of angling can relate to and will empathize
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