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Wrapping the margins...and a dedication

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Well I guess the title of this little blog could be misleading, maybe it could be construed as a new way of covert and accurate baiting in the edge, but sadly this is not the case at all but for sure it’s a great angling edge and one I am going to be using more and more due to its simplicity and effectiveness.
As I have mentioned in the past I`m out for the day, as long as the lake is quiet and there is a chance or two I`m happy, to me a carp is a carp....to be honest I have no, or very little interest in angling upon busy circuit lakes where your very unlikely to have a quiet and peaceful time ...I feel I have to mention this as today we are bombarded with the mantra big is best, what happened to just getting out there in the great outdoors....lol...anyway, this is what happened when I wrapped up the margins on a lovely water that's was shared with me by my friend Green Giant..
 
In respect to my friend I`ll not say where the lake is except it’s in the most extraordinary setting, yet in its own way is very peaceful. And so, after a thirty-five mile hop up the dual carriageway I finally pulled up and unloaded my kit at the venue, now this place is very affected by the wind and so I like to use this to my advantage and somehow find a way to get a little shelter. What I did was to park up the barrow and have a proper walk around ,and when I mean a proper check I spent a good twenty-five mins or so evaluating in my mind the pros and cons of various spots, in particular at one point I found a group of double figure fish straight away slurping down some bread right in close, but I carried on walking till I found the spot I felt gave me the best all round opportunity of trying out the idea of wrapping firm paste marble sized balls around the hookbait of my choice, in this case, made by Dynamite, called complex T.
 
As this is a two rod only water I planned to wrap a simple bottom bait with Haiths Supernut ground bait, and literally walk the baited trap quietly down the edge to a pre-noted feature, in this case, a stick, for recognition if I got lucky... I reckon the margin was around five feet deep with the now strong breeze slamming into the edge I had chosen to bait...perfect...!!

SuperNut Ground Bait
 
Bait
 
I gently lowered the wrapped hookbait into the edge, plus five boilies and five small tangerine sized Supernut ground bait balls right on the money so to speak, I then walked my rod back up to my now wind hammered brolly and tightened right up, a healthy curve took upon the rod as the trap was set...
 
As I mentioned, its a two rod only water, so the other rod was flicked across the lake on a self-setting combi rig, critically balanced pop up, and again only five or so freebies flicked out, scatterbaiting style.....in the distant past some people have expressed disbelief in the amount of bait that I don't use.....all I can say is that there is a time and place for everything in angling and I wanted to fish two completely different options and see if the Super Nut paste traps work...you see I have confidence in my angling ability, it’s not arrogance, just confidence,....something that cannot be bought or taught...
 
Setup
 
The great thing about angling is there are no hard and fast rules, this was demonstrated when the pop up rig went off and a lovely ghostie common was banked, I thought about a picture ,but at that point the wind was a real issue and I quite like my nice Mr brolly, so I slipped it back without any fuss...this was to be the only take I experienced that day on the pop up, as slowly and surely a succession of carp on the paste wrapped bottom baits came to my net,...
 
Catch
 
Of course, no blog from me Is never the same until I mention food, and on this trip, I fired up some lovely mushroom and sausage fajitas made in the wind, anyone who has never used a Trangia, is to my mind missing a substantial trick, although I do have and use gas ...now and then...and boy did they taste lush ....
 
Food
 
On this trip, I have to say I was very impressed with the way the Supernut performed, I have great faith in it, plus it has been developed by one of the UK’s best bait brains, if you haven`t tried it, I firmly suggest you do ...or you`ll be missing right out ...
 
To further reinforce my faith in the Supernut, I took it to a lovely private lake with a proper otter proof fence in situ, remember in the Southwest the otter problem is so bad, the only way to safeguard the stock is with a decent fencing system...
 
No fence, no fish... it's as simple as that...
 
Now this lake, as I type this is being totally churned over by the head of the carp in the pool, the culprits are tadpoles, lovely free protein for a carp.... have you ever tried angling for carp when tadpoles rule? ...well if you have, I bet you scratched your head in frustration, as they can become preoccupied in them... in fact, most of the lakes pads were seen to be decimated by the urge of the carp to get at them.

So, when I turned up to fish after work I wasn`t feeling too hopeful, but as always remember the confidence word...!!.... Angling wise I did exactly the same as from my previously good day session, except this was an overnight session id planned...similar tactics and baits as aforementioned except I was up against mother nature and her free food...Well, I was really impressed as during the night I had four lovely tadpoles gorged commons, plus a ghostie on the paste wrapped and five ball groundbaited philosophy. Nothing special, some may say till.... they try this lake when its tadpole time...
 
Catch (Night)
 
Instead of using overgunned and stepped up sea fishing kit, treat yourself to some bendy carp rods ...and let everyone else cast over the fish.... perhaps I`d better shut up as that's the real edge, ...the edge and enjoyment...!!
 
Enjoy your fishing and the countryside...by Adam Roots
 
Now...I wish to make a dedication to my good friend and passionate Cornish carp angler Paul Oulton, who sadly passed away a few days ago...at a very young age...
 
I first met Paul when he was trying to float fish the pond in the village and to be honest he was doing it all wrong, I offered to teach him how to plumb the depth ,and I didn`t know it then but a firm friendship was to be held, in short Paul, for a short while was my protégé ,and I mean for a short while because this chap was a carp angling sponge, sucking up and utilising angling knowledge at a frightening rate of knots....I have to be honest Paul was not only a very good friend but one of the best carp anglers I have ever met, yes I taught him, but he went onto great things catching forty pound carp all over the country including Kernow, not to mention several fifty-pound fish abroad, and countless forties ...
Paul also used and did very well on Haith's products, so I feel it right to give my heartfelt feelings to his family and friends...
 
Rest in peace my friend I`ll never forget you.... LP...B...

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