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Rotary Letter
Mag-aligner 30 – my ultimate rig!
season and a question that was posed
one or two issues ago, reiterating a
point that Sean Leverett made a couple of issues ago… Carp anglers of
the standard that read Big Carp are
going to be like-minded on a lot of
these things, so disagreeing with
someone’s comments is going to be
quite rare. I don’t want this to become
a back patting exercise where we’re
all totally in agreement all the time,
but I think it’s worth making the point
that if we are in agreement a lot of the
time on these questions, it only goes
to underline the fact that we’re right!
There are many, many years’ experience between the six of us, so if we all
agree on something or make the same
sort of comments then it’s got to be a
brave man that stands up against that
much experience and says, “You lot
are all totally wrong.”
In Dave Lane’s answers about
spring and early season edges, he
says that one of his top tips is getting
on the fish. We all said this, and you
know, location at any time of the year
is important, but even more so when
they’re just waking up after a good
old rest throughout the winter, and
they will be active, usually at dawn.
Dave makes a point in his answer,
saying that he was doing a DVD
recently on a very busy lake and most
of the swims were taken. He was getting up at 4.30am, ridiculously early,
to make sure he got those first couple
of hours of dawn to see where the fish
were showing. Sure enough he was
seeing fish, but what he wasn’t seeing was other anglers up at that time.
In fact he said nobody was up, and it
was 7.30am before he saw the first
angler rise from his bed, but they’d
missed all the activity by then.
Likewise, fishing his new water, he
has to get up very, very early in the
morning to drive there by dawn so he
can see if any fish are showing. He
says it would be much easier for him
to get up late, leave after the rush
hour and miss all the traffic, arriving
there at 10.00am or 11.00am. He’d
probably still get a good swim but
have no idea where the fish were
showing in the morning. So I think
one point that has really come along
is about effort. Effort equals reward,
and there are no shortcuts I’m afraid
to the amount of effort that is need to
consistently catch big carp. Whether
it’s visiting several waters and baiting
up and finding spots, or plumbing on
one, two or three waters to find areas,
it’s all a lot of effort. You can take the
easy option, lay back on the bedchair
and play your Gameboy throughout
the day and watch the TV in the bivvy
in the evening, or you can be up at
dawn watching the water, giving up
your sleep in return for finding fish. At
the end of the day it’s those people
who put themselves out the most that
catch the fish.
I found our joint comments quite
interesting about spring fishing. In
fact Ed has kindly posed a question in
his Rotary Letter piece in issue 190
that sort of captures what I’m about
to say. We now all seem to really look
forward to April and May as the hot
times of the year for catching fish at
good weights and getting plenty of
action. Of course as I’ve just been
saying, Facebook pages covered with
captures and Ian Stott’s incredible
week’s fishing all just goes to show
that April and May is the time. But it
wasn’t that long ago that we had a
closed season, and as one of the other
Rotarians commented, we used to
quite look forward to the closed season.
We fished hard throughout the
year; we put a concerted effort in from
February onwards and made sure that


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