Korda Underwater 7 FULL DVD Part 2 | Carp Fishing

Korda Underwater 7 FULL DVD Part 2 | Carp Fishing

Good morning. We absolutely
leathered the bait in last night. How much boilie, do you think? – Five kilos.
– Five kilos of 15mm boilies. So a lot of baits. A few good handfuls of chops as well. A few good handfuls of chops
around the camera. We managed to record a little bit
before we lost light completely and around the camera was absolutely
littered with bait last night and it was all up and down
the margins as well. And when we turned the cameras on
this morning there was nothing
on the spot whatsoever. Ali, being the trouper that he is,
he gets up early and turns it all on, saw a fish shnuffling on the spot, just sifting out anything
that was left straight away. They’ve eaten everything. As much as
we can put in, they’re eating it all. So in stark contrast
to yesterday morning where we just fished
a single hook bait, this morning we’ve put bait in as though we were going
to be fishing a normal session. So you put in how much? It was a kilo and a half.
We weighed it yesterday. A kilo and a half
all up and down the margins. What sort of response did that get? They’re still eating it, aren’t they?
They’re not going mad. I thought they would have picked up
in pace in eating but they haven’t. They’ve just come along,
picking the odd bait up. And you just went for a look round
a minute ago. I saw about 20 fish
cruising up and down the margin. It looks like the other bait
up and down the margin has gone and not the stuff
in front of the camera. So I don’t know
if it’s just the camera, or they’re not particularly eating
this morning, or it’s just gone cold,
there are so many factors… It’s blowing a northerly wind now. It definitely feels colder today
than it has felt in the past but there’s a rake of fish there
still, isn’t there? So we’ve basically decided
to put more bait in and try to create competitive feeding like we would
in a normal fishing session. That’s the thing
that you keep saying – that you’re just going to bait up
as though the camera’s not there. The first day, all you think about
is this area in front of the camera and I’m trying
to forget about it now and just think there’s fish there,
if I had three rods out in the water this is what I’d be doing. I’d be baiting up that margin,
not favouring any area at all. Just putting bait out and see
if we can get them feeding properly. Because at the moment they’re not
really going for it, are they? No. In the past we’ve not looked
at how much bait has fallen either side of the spot when Tom’s
been spreading the bait. So this time we’ve recorded some
baits landing probably a rod length off to the right of the spot
that we’re actually fishing. We’re going to go back and
have a look at those a bit later on and see if they’ve all disappeared and the bait on the spot
hasn’t disappeared. Because we’re concerned that the fish
may be eating everything else and just treating the spot
with danger now. So we’re just
trying different things. We’re not going to put a rod in
until everybody’s happy that the fish
are feeding confidently. The weather’s going to stay the same
for pretty much all of today – very dull, very overcast. Quite a cold northerly wind. It’s going to get up
to 14 degrees this afternoon so we’re hoping as the day drags on,
it’s only nine in the morning now. As the day drags on then the fish’s
feeding intensity will increase. And that was the key – when we got
those bites a couple of days ago the fish had been feeding hard in the
swim for probably two or three hours before the rig went in. And just like floater fishing,
you feed and feed and feed, get them going, put a rig out,
catch one straight away. Yesterday we put a rig out
before there was any bait there, caught one straight away but then
the fish were very wary of the area and they never really got going
for the rest of the day. There’s one just coming through now. Eat, eat, eat. But it’s amazing as well,
when Tom was baiting up, I was scanning round with the camera to see where
some of the other bait had fallen and the fish were coming straight in
to investigate even though there was
another kilo or so gone out? Yeah, three quarters of a kilo. So quite a lot of bait compared
to what I would normally fish with certainly over one rod, and the fish are straight back in
and investigating it, and the weather is poor
so it just shows you that when you’re boilie fishing you can get away with more bait
than you think. Definitely,
you can keep putting it out all day. That’s a key thing, actually. We don’t know why but the fish
are not really feeding hard enough on the spot at the moment –
we think it’s the weather. It’s still blowing northerly,
it’s cold for the time of year, probably 10 degrees colder
than it should be. And whilst the fish
are picking boilies up that Tom’s thrown around the camera, the actual bit in front of the camera
is being visited every now and again but not all the time and that’s what
we need to get a rig out there. So I’m going to get Tom
to chuck a bit of this stuff in it. It’s a combination of crumbed up
pellets, crumbed up boilies, whole pellets as well,
a bit of ground bait. There’s some tuna in there, all the things that I know
carp absolutely love just to try and get them feeding. Normally we’d just be fishing
a spread of boilies but that camera
makes so much difference to how willing the fish are to feed, we’ve got to put something else in
to try and get them going and then the rig can go in. Yes, Tom, it’s coming in now,
it’s raining in now. That’s falling lovely
in the centre of shot. There’s quite a bit
of water movement out there. That one
was perfection personified, mate. That is absolutely brilliant. If you can do one
a bit further from the camera and just on that exact same line
is perfect, mate, just a little bit
further from the camera, that is perfect. They’re still in there, aren’t they? Yeah, they’re investigating
straight away, straight away. As soon as bait goes in. Maybe that’s a mistake
that we’re making. That’s come down in a clump. Tom, that’s absolutely perfect, mate. That went down
in a big sort of chunk into the middle of the swim. I would say one more
a little bit more left and about that same sort of distance
will be absolute perfection. That’s lovely, Tom. You’re the man. Here it comes. Yeah, beautiful, beautiful. Return to base, return to base. Well, we’ll see
what difference that makes. Four big palmfuls of that lovely mix
that’s got all tuna milkshake in it and pellets ground up
and whole ones as well, crumbed up boilies,
stuff that carp absolutely love. So we’ll see if that instils
a feeding response in them and what we’ve got to hope now,
if it does, they don’t get preoccupied
on that stuff and they start
eating the boilies as well. As soon as we start seeing
two or three at a time with their nuts down feeding, then that’s when
the rig’s going to go out. This is the rig
that I’ve been using so far. It’s a D rig formed with
a mono filament hook link made of fluorocarbon
which is called IQ2. Basically what I’ve done there
is got a size 6 Kurv shank hook and I’ve tied a whipping knot
onto the shank of the hook and passed it back through the eye to help the hook flip over
and catch hold when the hook link is tightened. And I’ve cut
the tag end off completely and then tied another whipping knot,
bent that back, put a tiny micro rig swivel on there, poked it back through the eye
and burnt it. And that’s formed that great big D. So there’s
a lot of movement on the bait. So even if the bait slides
up to the end of the hook by the eye when it’s sitting on the bottom, when the fish sucks at it,
it will slide back up to the top where it is now
and drag the hook into the mouth. Then once the hook link’s tight,
it turns over and catches hold. It’s important to get the combination
of mono filament hook link and size and shape of hook
exactly right. So here, 15lb IQ2,
it’s got some stiffness to it, but it’s not stiff like Mouthtrap
or something like that. It’s just got some wiriness to it. And basically once I’ve tied it,
I’ll steam it straight so that the line’s not kicking out
of the eye at a real acute angle. It is kicking out an angle and
that does help the hook to flip over but it’s very important
that those two are balanced. Then moving down the hook link
we’ve got a small sized sinker, and moulded around that
is some of the Dark Matter putty just to pin everything
down on the bottom. Then the other end of the hook link
is tied to a link loop with a 4-turn half blood knot. It’s really important
when you tie that knot, pull the tag end tight first
just to get bunch the knot up and then pull the hook link tight. It creates a little bit of space and the knot
tightens down really neatly and you don’t pinch the hook link
and so weaken it. Then that’s connected
on to a cog lead system. Cog stands for centre of gravity, so you can see there
I’m picking the lead up from the centre of the lead.
That’s what the fish is doing. We’ve seen the reaction of the fish. When that bait goes in properly,
the hook link’s tightened, they feel that weight really quickly
and bolt out of the swim at 100 miles an hour,
so it’s doing its job. What’s going to happen,
that will pop out on the take and then you’re back
onto a normal lead clip system. You’ve got a boom there of lead core
with no lead inside it connecting the two,
so that stays connected obviously. The lead is then swinging about
on the lead clip and this particular lead clip has
got no serrations on the back of it so the lead comes off very quickly. That’s held on by just a normal
rubber that fits on any lead clip and then the Dark Matter heavy tubing
on the back of that that I’ve flecked up with a dark pen
to help it blend into the bottom. It wasn’t something I did for here,
I’ve done it already, to be honest, because I pay a lot of attention
to camouflage. That’s one thing
worth mentioning here. You see everything
is a drab brown colour. So it blends in on that clear spot
as much as possible. The IQ hook link
is made of fluorocarbon so it’s almost invisible underwater. That’s a by product really. I like the stiffness of the hook link
more than anything else. The rest of it, as you can see,
a very drab colour. I’ve tried to match everything to the
lake bed as much as I possibly can. This rig’s not just ideal
for this sort of situation. Wherever you’re casting
and there’s no weed, this rig will suit.
So I even fish this on silt. I just use a lighter lead,
probably down to a 2oz, I darken all the products down, so it’s darker rig tube,
darker lead clip, everything else to match the silt. Stick with the fluorocarbon
because it’s almost invisible. And then if I’m fishing
on a hard, muddy bottom or a hard gravel bottom, I’d go to
a 3oz flat pear cog lead like this, maybe even up to a 4oz if I can
cast it accurately to the spot, and the same tubing
and everything on it. It’s very important if you’re
using a cog lead like this, you want to be using
either a little PVA stick on the end just to give it
a bit of extra weight, a big hook bait,
this particular one is only 15mm. I found if I’m casting 20mm
hook baits it just never tangles. If you’re going to use a little
hook bait and not use a PVA stick, then I fold
a little bit of foam round it, that just holds everything apart and when it goes into the water
it’s apart like that and it’ll lay down
nicely on the bottom. That is the rig I recommend. If the bottom’s clean
and the fish are riggy, that’s what I’d be using. That was pretty bang on, Dan. What’s the verdict, then? Was the foam on it
when it hit the bottom? – The foam’s gone.
– It wasn’t. Because that’s a bit of foam
sliced in half like Elliot does it. Because the foam wasn’t on it,
it sank quicker which meant it didn’t go
right the way over your tubing, it only got caught
in the tow a little bit. It sort of pushed away and it’s still
hooking away from the lead. So the tow’s pushed it that way,
If the foam had been on it, it would have ended up
laying right next to the tubing. Which you’d never know
in a fishing situation. I wonder if it was just pink
and there was no smell in it, if it would still do it. Me and Damian just had
this conversation a minute ago. Using plastic with no flavour in it
and people catching fish on it. How much can they actually taste? Can they taste what flavour that is
from two feet away? Or do they have to get it
in their mouth to be able to… They’re feeding on sight,
aren’t they, at the moment? They’re not feeding on smell. There must be so many different
smells from all them pellets and that ground bait
and everything else. They’re feeding on sight,
aren’t they, surely? But the thing that’s helping us
with the cameras is also helping them,
you can see everything. In a normal fishing situation
when it’s all clouded up or you’re fishing a lake
that’s a bit more murky, then they can still see that… Here we go. That’s Tatty Tail.
He’s going to have… No, he’s shied away from it. Do you know what I mean?
This is what happens, isn’t it? This is what happens in fishing. You’ve got a hook that’s coloured
the same colour as that lake bed. You can’t get
a better colour than that. It’s right next to the lead which is a brilliant colour
but you can still see it. If you put any other lead on it,
put a gravel-coated lead out there and it’ll look like
a loaf of bread sitting there. It would, though, I’ve tested it. Gravel-coated leads
look terrible on that. They’re far too light in colour.
It’s all the gubbings together. The fact that
there’s a little bit of tubing, it’s alien, isn’t it?
There’s an alien thing on the bottom. What I don’t understand
is how they can tell it’s a rig and tell that’s got
something wrong with it, but not tell that the hook bait’s
got something wrong with it. It’s standing out, isn’t it? Are you saying
they would avoid it completely… If they were that clever that
they could realise that was a rig, surely they’re clever enough
not to eat a bright hook bait. Every single one they pick up
has got a hook in it. Nobody ever puts out
bright bottom baits, do they? – Very rarely.
– No. So why aren’t they figuring that out? If they’re figuring that’s a rig,
it doesn’t make sense to me. – Here we go.
– Three in together. This has got to happen now.
This has got to happen. Go on. Just come in at the wrong angle. Gandalf’s at the back there. He’s lovely, that one. Here he goes, a shnuffler. – They’re coming down.
– You’re going to catch one. – Don’t move.
– What about him? They’re not liking something,
are they? He’s a really
low to the bottom fella. Look at him.
Look at the way he feeds. – Did he eat some of that?
– No. Look at that, how it moved then. Lifted right off the bottom. Properly off the bottom. It’s almost like he’s out of control,
that fish. Doesn’t know what he’s doing. I don’t know. Weird, isn’t it? Really weird. That’s in a good line. 25:35. It’s hotting up a bit now, isn’t it? He’s a nice one, isn’t he?
He’s really nice. There’s obviously something
feeding down the side, I reckon. That’s that 35. A Common coming in.
It’s really hotting up now. Come on… It’s going to increase
and increase and increase. They are loving that bait,
aren’t they? Definitely
they are loving that bait. That crumb and chops
and tin of tuna all mixed in, a little bit of water
going in as ground bait almost. They are loving that. I think that’s the best reaction
we’ve had to bait in the swim. Do you not think, though,
there’s no bait left anywhere else? It’s a mixture of that
and the time of day. No, there is bait left because
we panned the camera right a little while ago to have a look if
there was bait down in that deep bit and there was some bait left
in that deep bit. It’s a combination of things
but they are definitely… That’s a big fish
coming through there. That might even be the Box Common. Perfect. It’s in exactly the same spot, again.
Very, very well done. Try and put
some more bait out or not? We’ve got an hour and 10 minutes.
Or shall we just leave it at this? Well, we’ve just had
three or four fish in. They know when the rig’s gone out. All right,
we’ll leave it at this, then. Yeah, that’s falling perfect.
That’s perfect, perfect, perfect. It nearly hit the hook bait there.
Nearly hit the hook bait. I reckon that might be enough.
Just stay there. Do you think that’s enough?
Or one more? – One more.
– One more of those, please, mate. One more of those. We’re just not getting
the prolonged feeding on the spot to test any rigs, are we?
That’s the thing. They’re coming in. They know, mate.
It doesn’t make any sense how many fish the other guys
have caught off this spot with nowhere near
the amount of placement and everything else
that we’re doing… But they didn’t have a camera
in the water, did they? No. That’s a nice carp, isn’t it? Who’s that? It’s just a big lumpy one, isn’t it? I think we should
just bait this spot in the morning and during the night
or early morning, bait it again. So as soon as we’ve finished fishing,
go round and put a load of bait in, 4 o’clock in the morning
put another load of bait in… – You’re going to do that, are you?
– Yeah, I’ll do that for you. I’ll do that for you.
Brotherly love. Right. Why? Because they need to feed
all the way through. You think they’re clearing us out
hours before it gets light? I think it’s gone before midnight. I totally agree. We’re putting the bait out
as soon as the cameras stop rolling, at the end of the night,
it’s 8.30 or whatever, it gets dark, we put the bait out,
there hours it’s gone. I know it’s a lot of bait
we’re putting out, but it’ll be gone by 12,
one o’clock in the morning. And there’s no rig there. And we have seen them,
as soon as the rig comes out, they come in and feed, don’t they?
Straight away, they’re back. Within minutes. We’ve got out best stuff on out there
and it’s still… You know, fluorocarbon hook links and
changed over to a safe zone leader. It all looks really good
on the bottom, really good. They obviously know it’s there. I don’t think
there’s anything we can do to… They know the rig’s there
but there’s a camera in the water and that’s our biggest disadvantage. Absolutely. Well, at the end
of another very frustrating day, that’s the rig that we’ve ended up on which is basically we’ve swapped over
to a smaller pink hook bait. We felt that the bait
was moving around too much. There’s flow going out there because there’s a pipe
next to where the camera is and you can see by the movement of
the water and the bits floating by, there’s actually flow out there
and it’s wobbling the hook bait backwards and forwards on that D. So we’ve just gone to one
that’s pretty much fixed to the hook and we’ve even put a little non-toxic
shot in the bottom of the hook bait just to hold it down on the bottom
which has worked. We’ve also changed over
to a safe zone leader which is transparent so it’s
even harder for the fish to see but they’re still
not playing the game. So we’re putting our best stuff
out at the moment and they’re making fools of us. But we’re going
to bait up again tonight. We’ll probably put some bait in
in the middle of the night or early in the morning
before it gets light, see if we can
keep the fish in there feeding. Then get this back out in the morning and see if we can
effect a change in our fortunes. But at the moment, everything
together, the terrible weather, it’s just started
pouring with rain again. It’s really cold
for the time of year, not ideal for this area
but the fish are here, they just don’t seem
to be feeding with gusto. It’s very frustrating.
They’re showing all over the bay. I’m sure
if you were fishing this swim now you’d have had loads of fish
but that, unfortunately, is the reality of making
an underwater fishing film. As you can see,
conditions have not improved, if anything, they’ve got worse. There’s a very cold northerly wind
running down the lake but the fish are still out there and young Tom, bless him,
got up at 4 o’clock this morning and put two kilos of bait
all around the camera. The only bait that’s left is the stuff that directly
in front of the camera. Personally I think
they’re now avoiding that spot because there’s been
a rig out there so much. All the other bait all around
the camera has all been eaten left and right of it. So we’re going to put this one out on
the very edge of where that bait is and because it’s a bright one we’re hoping the fish
will pick that up first because they’re still milling
around looking for food but they’re just
double wary of that spot. And to talk to you about the rig,
there have been a couple of changes. First of all, it’s a combi rig now,
not a straight through IQ. So it’s 20lb IQ2
tied to 25lb Supernatural, a size 6 Kaptor Kurv,
mega sharp, that one. Still our lovely pink hook bait. And I’ve weighted that hook bait now
so it’s not going to float around like it was on that D. It was moving around and we were
worried the fish could see that. So we’ve put it on a normal hair and
put a bit of extra weight inside it just to hold it down on the bottom. Then our cog system but
I’ve changed the anti-tangle system to a safe zone leader. Because it’s slightly transparent
and gravel coloured, that blends in really well
on the bottom. So we’re getting all our aces out of
our pockets here and casting them out because we really need to get a bite. We’re going to try this
with a single for a while and then assess the situation
after that. Is that the big Filly?
He’s massive if that’s the Filly. That’s the Box Common.
Or is it the Filly? That is huge. We’ve landed very close to the bait
that they’re treating with caution but it is the right end of the bait so when they’re coming in
out of the gloom that’s the one
they’re going to come to first. There are still lots of fish
coming through the swim. We’ve cheated a little bit
by pulling the rig back because when it landed on the bottom, the hook link was looped up
off the bottom. The foam had come off
as it hit the surface. So it’s sitting as pretty
as it can possibly be. We’re going to give it
a couple of hours like this and see if anything happens. Then if it doesn’t,
we’ll reassess the situation then but it’s tough. When it’s like this,
this is hard work. He’s seen it, he’s seen it. A boilie just came out of his mouth.
He’s going for it. No, pulled away. He’s pulled away. Showing an interest.
How long’s that since we cast out? Five minutes. No, it’s my mate, actually. It’s
the one that’s always been in here. But it seems to be
that all the inquiries come very soon after casting and then once they’ve effectively
marked the rig nothing will go near it. So maybe
we’ll get a couple more chances in the next 10 minutes. Ooh… Go on… Go on, it’s so close.
It’s going to have it. Yeah, he’s got to have it.
Surely he’s going to have that. Yep, he’s got it. Go on, Dan! Yes! Well, we are into a carp. After a very frustrating
day and a half, we’ve just put out a single pink
on that little combi rig and after a lot of miscasts I managed to get it
just on the edge of the bait and this one came in
attracted to the bait and he was over the top
and then he had it and we nailed him straight away. The reaction of the fish,
when you nail them, the reaction of the fish is just like
nothing to a million miles an hour. I thought that had come off then. Oh, mate. He’s going to run out of lake
in a minute. Good they cut this tree back. It’s an epic battle. Look at that. Might be
that tatty-tailed one, actually. – I think it is.
– Yeah. Come on, come on. Come on. The lead’s still on. Get in that net, get in the net. Yes! Come on! – Wicked!
– Well done, mate. Cheers, brother. Thanks, mate. We needed that,
we properly needed that. We badly needed that. Cheers, brother. It’s the bad times
that make the good times good. Well, after all that euphoria we need to make sure
the fish stays in perfect condition so as always we’re going to transfer
it into the weigh sling in the water. So just break the net down. Tom’s kindly unclipped the hook link. So the hook’s still in its mouth but
we’re not attached to the rod now. Then if I just… Oh, easy, tiger. Get that retention sling
the right way round. Like so,
get the straps out of the way. then without even
taking him out of the water just slide him into there,
drop it all in, nice and slack. There we go.
Just check his fins are flat. The sling’s all zeroed already. So we’ll see what he weighs. I don’t think he’s a 30.
I think he’s a mid-20. We shall see. 27, I reckon. You’re not far off. 28 on the money. – 28 on the money?
– Yeah. Wicked. Well chuffed with that one. Look at that. What a creature. So pleased to get this one.
Breaks the deadlock. Lots of frustrations,
lots of arguments in the bivvy. What we’re going to do next,
everybody’s got a different opinion. Finally this one has made us
all feel very happy again. Well chuffed with this one. What we’re going to do now is use
that same IQ2 Supernatural combi link but we’re going
to put on a white boilie. Tom’s dying to see their reaction
to a white boilie. We tried it at the start
with not much reaction at all but now they’ve been feeding harder
I think it’s probably going to work. Gums is back on a brand-new track. There’s lots in there.
Just wait one second, bruv. This is so tense. They’re telling me
there’s loads of fish out there. I’ve got to cast
right next to the pole first time. It’s not easy at all. Keep talking to me, mate.
When can I do it? Right, they’ve just left the swim,
so quick. Danny boy, Danny boy. He’s seen it. He has seen it. Here we go. Get ready. – Is that your mate?
– I think… Yes, it is my mate, yeah. He saw it out of the gloom,
didn’t he? Here we go, surely. One of them’s got to take it,
hasn’t he? Make a note of that. Look he’s eating the bait. That’s the Double Belly Common. Right old weird one, isn’t he? – Here we go, here we go.
– Go on… That was like a vertical… It was like, put the anchors on. – That’s a banoffee.
– There’s another one. – He selected it, though, didn’t he?
– He saw that one definitely. Definitely.
He went past all the other stuff and then just went down for that. Look at that.
That’s the Box, isn’t it? That is the Box, yeah.
That is enormous. That is like a zeppelin. …really slowly.
That rig will catch him. That little bit of ‘beep beep’ on the end. What do you mean? The little soft bit on the end,
that will catch him. Have you got that rig out now because
you think it’s the best rig out there or have you got that rig out
because you wanted a change? I got that rig out there because
the bait doesn’t move about on it. I really like the shape of him. He’s the upfront one, isn’t he? Yeah, Chesty. That’s the Box.
He’s excited. Look at him. Turn round. Go on, go on, the Box. – Go on, go on.
– Turn around. Look at the size of it. – Massive.
– That is huge. I bet that’s 45lb. – You reckon?
– Yeah. It’s huge, mate.
It is bursting at the seams. Here we go, here we go,
he’s having it. – He’s on it.
– Has he taken it? Yes! We’ve had a bite on a white one.
This is a banoffee. And moments before
the big old Box Common came down over the top of it
and narrowly missed it. Then this one came in behind. The first time
a fish went over the top of it, we’ve nailed it straight away
on that IQ combi rig again. So definitely another IQ combi rig
is going out. There’s Mr Magpie.
Afternoon, Mr Magpie. This is one of those chunky Mirrors,
I think, isn’t it? Big fat one, Tom, isn’t it? I couldn’t quite see what one it was because it come
from the back of the shot. He feels quite heavy. It’s a big old simmo. Mate, this is so rolling on the line,
this fish. Wouldn’t surprise me
if this comes off. You know when they feel like
they’re only just nicked, where he’s thumped his head
so much trying to get away. Properly twisting
and turning out there. Right, what
are we going to do now, then? Still going
to put a pink one back on. Just to see how quick… The thing is you don’t know how
their reaction changes after a bite because they do shy off a little bit. Yeah, but
without any shadow of a doubt that boilie crumb which is a mixture
of the cell and Mainline’s new one which hasn’t got a name yet, coated in a tin of tuna
in sunflower oil, that is definitely
causing the best reaction of anything we’ve put in
in the daytime. So we’re definitely
going to put more of that out. He’s proper burrowing
down in the weed here. I can feel it
pinging through all the weed. Really getting his nut down, he is. I don’t think it’s a big one. No, it’s not.
It’s a 20 by the look of it. It was so close to the camera
it was hard to tell. Look. – It’s not Gums, is it?
– No. Get in the net, get in the net. Get in my net, come on. Got him! Excellent. Good work, Thomas. Another one bites the dust.
That’s wicked. Okay, little fella. Just keep quiet for a second
so we can show everyone. There he is, 19 and a half pounds. Probably one of the smallest fish
that’s been in the swim but very, very welcome. And he’s a male, this one,
because he’s milting. It will be spawning time soon,
in a couple of weeks. We were praying they wouldn’t
be spawning at the moment but because the weather’s been
so cold, they’re nowhere near it. The temperature has to be
a constant 17 degrees for three days and it’s only just under 11,
10.8 at the moment. So a very welcome addition
to our tally. I’m going to get the rod back out now
with a pink one on it and see if I can catch
that Box Common. So this is the rig we were
about to cast out anyway. The banoffee had about five minutes
left of its life span before we were going to wind it in because the fish
are definitely homing in on those pink squid and fruit baits more than they are
the white banoffees. Personally I think it’s the colour. Damian thinks it may be
the squid attractor in there but something about that
is more attractive to the fish. The hook link itself
is exactly the same one that I caught the 28lb
fully scaled on earlier on. I’ve checked the point of the hook
and it’s still razor sharp. That’s a Kaptor
straight out of the packet. The only addition,
halfway down the hook link I’ve put a little bit
of Dark Matter putty just to help
the whole thing fall away. Now Tom’s done loads of tests
on hook links with putty on and he reckons
you need a bit of putty about three or four inches
up from the lead and that helps to push
everything away as it settles and get the hook link out
nice and straight. So we noticed, when I cast
this one out earlier on today, the hook link was looped up a bit. We pulled it back and cheated because
we can look on the underwater cameras but that bit of putty on there
basically forces it away and helps that to happen
every single time. And you can see how well
the cog’s working. Every time the fish pick the bait up
and tighten the hook link, that cog is coming into play and
that’s nailing them in seconds. So I think that type of lead system
is definitely helping over a normal lead clip
and this safe zone leader, this is a gravel coloured one, because it’s transparent it’s
a little bit harder for them to see and they’re not startling off this
as much as they were the rig tube. So it’s working more effectively
but we want to get it out there because we want to catch
that Box Common. We’re going to have
a complete change of bait today. Last night we put in
three or four kilos of boilies all around the camera
and up and down the margins just like
we’ve been doing every other night and they’ve
cleaned us out completely. We panned round with the camera and there’s not a single boilie
in the swim. So that was our plan
to keep the fish in the area but now all we’re going to throw in
is sweetcorn. So no boilie, no hemp, no pellets,
nothing, just pure sweetcorn because people we know that fish here
have fished just corn and caught loads of fish. So that’s what we’re going to put out
over the top of it. We’ve got a single grain
of plastic maize, that’s flavoured with IB which is
a really tangy fruit combination and that’s on
a little tiny combi link, it’s probably about five inches long. That’s the rig that I put the plastic
corn on before the pink stuff that was rejected a few times. So I reckon
with more corn in the swim, we’re going to get
more confident feeding and hopefully
this one’s going to snare them. – Oh, bosh!
– Perfect? Yeah, it’s very close to the camera
but it’s good. Right,
we want it close to the camera. Let me come and have a look
before we settle on it. Right, cool. That was our boilie
where we were before. Can’t get better than that, can you? You can’t hand place it
better than that, mate. It’s awesome, lad. That’s boss. That’s boss, mate. Right on the money, lad.
Only a matter of time now, mate. Right on the dance floor there,
Danny. Get that corn in, mate. Thomas, the scouser in the bivvy
says we need to put the corn in now. Oh yeah, look at that. It’s raining corn, hallelujah. It’s raining corn, hey, hey. Mate, it’s floating down lovely.
It’s all to the left of the rig and slightly further out
so you can go slightly more right and slightly closer to us. but that is a lovely vapour trail
going out into the area. Right, I’m done. There’s about two to three tins
of corn out there now and it’s covered an area probably
half the size of this bivvy or the internal part of this bivvy, so probably six foot by eight foot,
something like that. It looks very concentrated
on the bottom and the hook bait
is just standing out. It’s a slightly different yellow
to the corn that’s gone in. If anything it’s a little bit darker
but the rig’s sitting perfectly. All the bait is level with the rig
and behind it which is the way
I would normally like to bait up in a fishing situation, so there’s
nothing going over the line or over the lead system
and I think that’s really important. So the fish keep approaching the area
from the back, so they’re not coming into contact
with the line first. That’s something that I’d recommend
you put into your own fishing is that you bait up
level with your marker float and behind it, not short of it. So we’re going
to leave that out there now. See what the fish’s reaction is
to the corn and if we catch one on it
we may even change the rig, still using the piece of plastic
as a hook bait and see if we can get
a different response. The corn has been in the swim
about an hour now. It’s 9.15 in the morning. The feeding reaction from the fish
has been phenomenal. We’ve come very close
to catching one already. And as is usually the case
when there’s bait in the swim, the fish have started to come in,
the same one or two have come in, a fish we called Mustard
because it’s as keen as mustard, that’s been coming in
on the edge of the spot, having a little feed,
going back out again and he’s getting
more and more confident and as he does that,
his mates start to come with him. And there’s one
that’s got sort of half a tail, which you’ve seen
from the bank, haven’t you? I’ve seen him round there.
He looks about 30, 32lb. You’re very calm
considering he’s 32lb. But we’re seeing him all the time
and he’s become normal, – which is odd.
– It is odd, yeah. But that fish is very recognisable and that’s been coming
this side of the rig, so closer to the camera
than the actual rig is, so he’s really close and feeding. I don’t think it’s out of the
ordinary that the fish are feeding around the edges of the corn first and working their way
into the middle which is what you’d expect them to do
generally in a fishing situation. It’s very rare
that fish come straight down into the middle of an area and start
feeding in the middle of the area. Not one as obvious at that.
It’s so blatant round there. – It is like corn.
– Ding! It’s so obvious and I’ve chucked some
out the back of the spot a little bit and they’re the ones
they’re taking first of all. It just
gains their interest a little bit. Yeah, absolutely. So far a very good
feeding response from the corn which we expected anyway
because it’s the number one bait certainly on this lake and a lot
of other lakes on this complex. And I don’t think it’s going
to be long before we get a take but, touch wood, the bait’s right on
the edge of the near side of the corn and it’s not standing out. It’s actually a little bit darker,
like you said earlier. It’s hard to see it. It’s hard to distinguish it
from the others. I think the fish is just going to
come down, suck the bits around it and that’s going to go up as well,
so a good feeding response which is what we expected. We’d like to see more of the bigger
fish gaining confidence as well… There’s one just coming through now. He’s big as well. That is a really nice Linear,
along with one of the better Commons. So it’s definitely turning them on. The rig’s been out there
for four hours now and although fish have been
constantly visiting the area, we’ve noticed a couple of things. One, it’s the same fish
coming back and back and not the fish that we had
feeding on the boilie as well. So that may indicate that some fish
prefer the vegetable food, some fish prefer the boiled food. But it seems to be a bit of
a needle in a haystack situation where we’ve got
a bit of yellow on the end, we’re fishing over a load of yellow
and they’re just missing it, they’re not honing in on it
like they did the pink one. So we’re going to take this rig in
and we’re going to try two grains of yellow but popped up,
just the length of the hook so it stands out a little bit more. Throw a bit more bait in and
see what their reaction is to that. So this is the minor adjustment
we’ve made to our presentation. We’ve got a slightly longer combi
rig, still made with the 20lb IQ2 up to a bit of Supernatural braid. A smaller hook,
that’s a size 8 Wide Gape and on there we’ve got
one piece of pop-up corn, that’s flavoured with IB, and then I’ve got a little bit
of yellow foam underneath it just to give it a bit more buoyancy so it stands up
nice and proud off the bottom. I’ve over-weighted it
so it sinks quite quickly because we notice
when the fish are moving around, the bait’s moving around
quite easily on the bottom. So I don’t want it
really critically balanced so it ends up coming off the bottom
and spinning all around. So there’s another piece of putty
on the hook link as well that I’ve added just to help
everything lay flat on the bottom. So I’m going to mould
a bit of foam around that, we’re sticking on the cog lead system and then that’s going
to get cast out there and we’ll see what their reaction is to a bait
just popped up off the bottom. And it’s fallen down beautifully
and considering it’s a pop-up, it doesn’t actually look
that offensive out there. I wouldn’t normally fish a pop-up
on a gravel spot as hard as this but it’ll be very interesting to see
when Tom puts some bait in what the fish’s reaction is because everybody
wants us to use pop-ups all the time. That’s one
of the major comments we get. Put a pop-up on, put a pop-up on. And I’m sure we will put
a pop-up boilie on at some point but this will straight away
give us an indication as to whether or not the fish are
frightened of baits off the bottom or whether it actually attracts them. So let’s contact Tom
and get him to put some bait in. That’s nice, Tom.
That’s raining all over the area. It’s a nice spread of bait. I think another one of those
just a little bit further out would be lovely. Just enough to draw them in
out of the gloom. That’s lovely.
You can return to base. Thank you. It’s seven degrees at the moment. It says seven,
feels like six on my weather report. And that’s at midday. It should be 17, and it’s been like
that the whole time we’ve been here. I’m sure
that is having a massive impact on how willing the fish are to feed. Because when Ali filmed one
of the Thinking Tackle shows here, you had 38 bites, was it,
you and Tom? 37 bites in three days.
That’s just ridiculous. All right, you’re fishing six rods
between the two of you and you haven’t
got a camera in the swim but even so it’s not
what we were expecting, is it? Yeah, they’re not reacting
to any bait like they would if it was real May conditions. They would be
smashing into that bottom by now. That bait’s going in but,
right now, look at that fish. That’s prolonged feeding
but where’s his mates? What are they doing? They obviously… It just shows
that’s it’s almost like you need to give them
a bit of everything. So like what you put in yesterday,
that tuna with your crumb, a lot of fish liked that,
some didn’t. But they’re coming in now,
aren’t they? – They are, mate.
– The cavalry have arrived. It’s going to be very interesting
to see their reaction to this pop-up. Very interesting. What’s that one? – He’s a nice one.
– That’s a real nice fish. We’ve noticed too many times that
the fish are spooking off the pop-up. It’s only one grain of corn,
a little tiny bit of foam, it’s just off the bottom, I thought
it looked really good out there. But they’ve come in too many times
and either missed it or seen something and gone
or avoided it purposefully. It’s not right so we know recasting
isn’t really scaring them away, it gives us an opportunity to put
a little bit more bait in the swim. So I’m going to take that rig off and I’ve tied another up
that’s almost exactly the same – 20lb fluorocarbon
as the boom, as usual, with a bit of 25lb Supernatural
as the soft section by the hook. We’ve gone back
to a slow-sinking bait so the hook
will lay flat on the bottom, the bait will just hover above
but we’ve gone on to a pink bait. Pink was obviously the colour
when we were putting boilies out, they seem to be honing in on that. And that’s what
we’ve noticed about the corn – they’re not honing in
to the hook bait, whether it’s a pop-up
or whether it’s a slow sinker, a slow sinker,
they were just sort of missing it, it was just needle in a haystack, the pop-up that we tried,
they seem to be avoiding it. So by having something
that is close to the bottom, that’s hopefully
not going to startle them, but is a slightly different colour
to what we’re feeding, we’re hoping
we’re going to snare one. If it works it’ll be a brilliant
thing to put into your own fishing. – Perfect.
– Cheers, brother. Lovely, mate, lovely. Well, it’s properly
hotting up in here now. The corn has really turned them on. We had some other things to do so
we had the rod out of the water for probably two hours,
maybe three hours this afternoon, and as soon as that happened they came in and
cleared all the corn out completely and the boys put more corn in
while we were busy and they’ve cleared all that as well and now
they are coming in mob-handed. The pink bit of corn
is being inspected, the pink hook bait
that we’ve got out there – is being inspected regularly…
– Like now! They’re looking at it. But the problem we’ve got, as you
always get with particle fishing, the fish
are moving around much slower because
there’s lots of small food items. So what’s happening
is the combi link that I’ve put out is a little bit longer
to push it away from the lead whereas now that element of it
doesn’t really matter, keeping it away from the lead,
the fish are so confident. There’s another one. A beautiful Common just swam past. Oh, this one’s… Oh, he’s seen it. It’s been in three
or four fish’s mouths already. And they’re just not
tightening up to the lead because the hook link’s
probably too long. – It’s dropping back out, isn’t it?
– It’s dropping back out again. But the important thing,
what we didn’t say as well, is they baited up again,
they’ve eaten it, and it just goes to prove on these
little margin spots or anywhere, what we were saying previously,
just keep a little stream going in. It doesn’t have to be a lot,
just a little trickle over the top and it seems to stir them up
into a frenzy much more than one load down and then leave it
because they’ll just peck at it. This way they don’t know
how long it will last, it seems like. Their mates are all fighting for it.
Amazing footage. Good if you’re out
fishing in the pond as well. It’d be good to use
one of the mini Skyliners just half full of bait,
next to nothing so it makes hardly any splash… You’re going to get a bite,
you’re going to get a bite. The last one that just stared at it
like a plane just hovering to land. It must’ve stared at that hook bait but he thought
it was too good to refuse, I’m going
to have to get it in my mouth. Get in my mouth. This is good. Noticeable, though, that there’s
a lot of smaller fish in here now. There’s a lot of upper doubles
and scraper 20s now. There are big fish mixed amongst them but there are a lot of smaller fish
feeding in here now. Great news for Mainline because,
to be fair, everyone does say it’s the old wives’ tale
that boilies catch bigger fish. – Well, they do, don’t they?
– It seems to be that way… It’s such a different group of fish
that we’re seeing. I think so, yeah. But the big ones are there,
when you go over there, the Ghostie Common
is floating around the back. But he still hasn’t eaten anything. He hasn’t eaten but he goes
with some big fish, doesn’t he? And they’re not coming in. The Box Common hasn’t been in today. That half tail
is the biggest one that’s eaten. He’s been eating all day. But it just goes to show,
you always said it, when you used sweetcorn,
you caught more but smaller fish. He’s a nice one, though. That’s Mustard isn’t it? No, it’s a different one. But this is cold water
and stuff like that… That is like an aquarium now.
Look at that. That’s like having a tank
in your front room. Can I take your order, sir?
What would you like for dinner? Sorry, I’m watching the fish. It’s awesome footage. It’s very similar
to what we had at Welly, isn’t it, but equally frustrating, isn’t it? Yeah, much harder to catch. Better feeding response, that’s why
with particles, don’t you think, you just have to be on it
all the time? If you haven’t got a bite,
you know you should have had one so you’ve go to change it
to do something because you can see here… It’s more
of an active way of fishing. Yeah. It’s going
in and out of fish’s mouths… – Frustrating.
– Oh, it is, mate. It’s a kick in the nuts, personally. It doesn’t stop us
blaming things, though. You start thinking about things
you shouldn’t be thinking about when you’re particle fishing. There must be a way
of getting round it. There must be a way of hooking them
as soon as it goes in their mouth. I’m going
to shorten the hook link, I think. I’ve seen enough now of enough
different fish picking it up and getting away with it… He’s had it twice. So let’s see him go again. No. He’s had it twice, that one. He knows, he knows. Good morning. As you can see, I’m donning some
fantastic headgear at the moment. Mr Hamidi
is off to the FA Cup Final today to watch his beloved Liverpool. So I’m wearing this
out of homage to him, and if I catch one
I shall do the piece to camera with the fish and the hat on as well. It’s, again, bitterly cold
for the time of year. Northerly wind’s blowing, it’s about
seven or eight degrees at the moment. The sun is out which is helping but just to fill you in
with the baiting up and everything that went on last night – I put a load of boilie
all up and down that margin, and a lot of crumb and everything
all round the camera, and then made the effort to get up
again at 4 o’clock in the morning and repeat the process
with a bit less bait. When we’ve turned the cameras on
this morning, they haven’t even eaten the crumb
that I put out yesterday evening just before it got dark. Because there were
bits of sweetcorn in it and I can actually
pick the sweetcorn out on the bottom. So what I’ve effectively done
is thrown bait on top of bait. Neil, one of my colleagues,
has been kind enough to come down and take Ali’s place. Tom’s disappeared
back into the real world as well to see his girlfriend
for the weekend. And they’ve started to come in now,
mate, haven’t they? Yeah, we’ve seen quite a few
more and more regularly now. That’s probably
the best fish we’ve seen today. Yeah, coming in from all angles,
off of the spot, – the odd mouthful of food.
– They’re not feeding with gusto yet. You haven’t seen it the other days
but unfortunately now, because
I’ve chucked bait on top of bait it’s absolutely littered in the swim. And because it’s cold as well the fish seem to have migrated
out of the bay in the night because it went down to about two
or three degrees last night and it’s going
to do the same again tonight. The sun is hopefully
pushing them back in again but we’re just going to have
to play the waiting game for now and just let them
get more confidence on that food and then when
they’ve got enough confidence, then we’re going
to put a rig back in. This is the rig we started
yesterday with over all that corn. It’s a single grain
of slow-sinking maize so the hook’s
going to lay flat on the bottom and the maize is just hovering above. That looked really good
amongst that corn. But the thing we noticed was
the fish weren’t singling it out like they had done
the pink hook baits in the past when we were boilie fishing. It was just like
a needle in a haystack. They just weren’t going for it. They’re eating
the other bits of corn as well. I don’t think
it’s particularly startling them. We weren’t seeing them reject it
or move away from it, they just weren’t noticing it
amongst everything else. This is a combi rig
which is exactly the same as the one
we caught the fish on on boilies. Combi rig
means combination of material so a stiff mono section,
this is 20lb IQ2. At the end we’ve got a soft braided
section which is 25lb Supernatural. So it pushes away from the lead and
then the hook lifts very quickly because of that soft stuff. But because that one
didn’t go in the mouth at all we couldn’t check
how effective it was. So this is what we changed over to. We thought
let’s go with a piece of pop-up corn. That’s what most people use
on these waters. We’ve got one grain
of floating corn there and then a little tiny bit
of foam underneath it just to give it a bit more buoyancy
so it sits up nicely off the bottom. A smaller hook,
that’s a size 8 Wide Gape, just because it’s off the bottom
we wanted the hook to be smaller so it was more difficult
for the fish to see. And it looked really good
on the bottom. Still a bit of IQ2
to push it away from the lead and it didn’t really
stand out that much but the fish were definitely seeing
it and definitely avoiding it. How we catch fish on these waters
with pop-ups over all that bait, I do not know. Darrell Peck came down yesterday just to have a look
at what was going on. He done a tutorial
on one of the other lakes, fished almost exactly that rig
and had 15 fish in a night and a day. Yet we could not buy a bite on that
because it was up off the bottom and the fish were just spying it. So the last thing that
we moved over to, also a combi rig, was that fella. A shorter hook link,
still a size 6 Kurv shank hook but we’ve changed over
to a piece of the pink plastic. That’s the slow-sinking maize
and what I’ve done in there, I don’t know if you can see that but
I’ve just pushed a bit of heavy wire up inside that bit of plastic
just to make it less buoyant so it sits closer to the bottom. That was only out there probably
for an hour at the end of the day but we had two pickups on that. Unfortunately
we didn’t convert either of those And I think in that situation, when you’ve got
the fish feeding so slowly and there’s only
a couple of them coming in at once, I think that’s when it’s difficult
to hook the fish. So in hindsight what I wished we done is put more corn out and fished
more during the middle of the day with that set-up, and I reckon it would have converted
a couple of pickups. But at the end of the day
we had a really big Common come in very, very slowly
to approach the bait, sucked it in, didn’t move at all. It was in his mouth
for what seemed like ages, then blew it back out because
it hadn’t tightened the hook link. But I wouldn’t let that put you off
these kind of rigs. This is what I use in that baiting
situation when I’m fishing normally and I’ve caught loads
and loads of fish on this. So I’m baffled as to why we didn’t
convert anything yesterday on it. I think it can only be that there
were just not enough fish in the swim when that rig was out there. And to talk you through
how to tie all these combi rigs – first of all we join the two lines
together with an albright knot. So we make a big loop
in the stiff section and then go through that loop
and then around both bits of line with the soft braid,
back over the top three times and back through the loop the way
you started, that’s really important so the knot tightens down properly. Then you’ve got the two materials
joined together and then I pass the line
through the eye of the hook and tie my favourite whipping knot and that means I can get that little
soft section really short on there. Then the rig rings goes on,
shrink tube goes on, shrink that down, putty goes
over the join between the two to neaten everything up
and also hold it down on the bottom. And I’d put a second bit of putty
on a hook link if it was a bit longer than that just
to hold the midsection down as well. Then at the other end, again, very important
your attachment to the lead system. Here I’ve got a link loop and it’s
just tied on with a 4-turn water knot so through the link loop,
around the line four times, back through the loop you’ve made and then pull the tag end
tight first, wet it up and then pull the hook link tight
and by pulling that tag end tight you create a little bit of space for
the knot to tighten down properly. And can you see there
I’ve not kinked that line at all? So it’s retained its breaking strain. And in this clear water
the IQ creating that boom seems to be the hardest thing
for the fish to see. You could use just a coated hook link
and strip away the bit at the end to create
that soft section by the hook. It’s going to work
in a very similar way but I think in this clear water it is going to be easier
for the fish to see. But whatever you do,
make sure you put some putty on it to pin it down on the bottom
and don’t ignore the pink even when you’re fishing
over loads of the yellow corn. Amazingly
I got it in there first cast. It sat a little bit weird
where the hook link was bent round. So we just dragged the bait back
ever so slightly and it straightened everything out
and because there was still a bag on, it hasn’t actually dinked
the point of the hook or anything, the bait itself hasn’t actually
moved, it just puffed the bag open. So it’s right in the middle
of all that bait. I would have liked it a foot further
away from where I’m casting which has been more
in the left-hand side of the screen but such is life. I’ve got to swap this over
in homage to Hamidi. Get that on.
Right, we’re rocking now. There’s fish coming in. What we felt was because
I put a lot of bait out last night not knowing that there was
still bait left in the swim, we could sit here all day and
just watch them picking at the food and we know they’ve picked
those pink hook baits out from all the other baits out there so by putting just a little tiny bag
of just crumbed-up boilies and a little bit of tuna
in it as well, we’re more than anything
stopping the rig tangling and protecting the point of the hook
as it hits the bottom. And obviously then
it’s given us that opportunity just to pull the lead back
a little bit without dinking
the point of the hook. There is obviously loads of smell
and everything coming out of that but whether or not
they can distinguish that between all that other bait out there
which is too much, really, I don’t know but certainly with
the pink one sitting there pretty right in the middle of it all…
and there’s always the chance that we could snare a fish
that’s not really feeding and turn a day which could have been
a complete write-off into a success. So it’s worth putting into
your own fishing, on days like today when it’s much colder than
it should be for the time of year and it’s blowing a northerly wind
or an easterly wind, you want to hold back on the bait
and not put too much in, if anything at all. And those days
where it’s real low pressure, it’s a warm south-westerly blowing,
there’s not many anglers about, those are the times
to put plenty of bait in. We’re pulling
all the big guns out today. Not only am I wearing
the mascot hat for Hamidi, this is Neil’s little mascot,
aka, Monkey, that always goes on one of his rods. If you see him on the Telling Tales
chapters that he does, that is always sitting on his rod. So I’m going
to plonk Monkey on there. As you can see, he’s been
through the wars a little bit. There’s a little bit of singeing
going on there. He doesn’t smell very nice,
to be fair. And he’s definitely been through it
but he’s going to stay on there and see if he can inspire a bite. Come on!
If he takes this, we’re having it. Oh yes, we’re going to catch
the Box Common, mate. Put boilie out, Box Common. – Put corn out, jog on.
– Put corn out, jog on. Ain’t catching no Box Common
on corn. He likes his boilie. That cast was absolutely perfect. But I’ve made a mistake
of not balancing the hook bait before I’ve cast it out assuming that the hook was going
to lay over flat on its side and the bait
was just going to hover above. And looking at the close camera here
we can zoom right in on the hook and you can clearly see that the point of the hook
is touching the bottom and the bait is sitting above it. And even that far off the bottom it’s
being completely ignored by the fish. Another very frustrating day. I know you’ve heard it
a million times before but it is freezing cold here. It’s not got above eight degrees
and it feels like five when it’s eight degrees
and that’s the northerly wind that’s been blowing virtually
the whole time we’ve been here. And the fish
just haven’t fed with gusto. They came in
during the middle of the day which is when
we had the best bit of weather, started to feed
and we thought we’d have a chance and I started off with a pink bottom
bait, no buoyancy in it whatsoever, and they just ignored it,
didn’t spook off it, just ignored it. So I put a white hook bait on
with a little bit of buoyancy in it and they’ve definitely
spooked off of that. So that’s too blatant.
The other one wasn’t blatant enough. There’s too much bait in the swim
because I baited twice last night not knowing
the fish hadn’t eaten the first lot. So, all in all,
just mistakes with baiting up, mistakes with rigs and
when it’s really tough like this you have to get everything right
and basically we haven’t been. So we’re going to hang it out
for another 15, 20 minutes. There’s been a couple of fish
coming in every now and again but it’s been very,
very quiet this evening. A lot quieter
than we would have expected but as always I think we’re just
being beaten by the weather. It’s Bank Holiday weekend
and there’s loads of people here and virtually every swim’s taken. We thought that would force
more fish into this area but it just hasn’t done that,
the cold weather’s kept them away. A sad day for the underwater team
at the moment because Liverpool lost 2-1,
so Ali won’t be happy tomorrow. But we’ve just to get some kip, pull our belts in
and start again tomorrow. Well, what a difference a day makes. It’s about five or six degrees warmer
at least at the moment. The wind’s dropped down
to almost nothing. In fact, it looks,
from looking over there now, that it’s actually
changing into a westerly which is perfect for here because it means
it will be in the lee of the wind, the water will warm up quicker,
the fish will come in. So now we’re on
an inline lead fish shocker style. Basically it’s going to sit
very flat to the bottom. It’s as inconspicuous as you can get. That brown coating on there
blends in beautifully. The lead is very difficult to see and we’ve got
a fluorocarbon hook link on. This one is a combi rig so I’ve got
a bit of soft on the end there, that’s 25lb Supernatural to my old faithful pink
slow-sinking hook bait. I’ve put a little bit
of heavy wire in there just to sink it down even further so it doesn’t flutter around in that
flow that’s coming out of the pipe. I’ve joined that
with a little stick there just to protect the hook on casting and put a little bit
around the hook as well. We’ve noticed
with an inline lead and this set-up, the bag and the lead
often land very close together so with the beauty of the cameras
we’ve got in there, we can actually pull this back
and see it straighten out and get it absolutely perfect. So the weather’s in our favour,
hopefully we’re going to get a bite. The intensity
is really hotting up now and all due to this man, really. He said they’re
not eating the boilies properly, we need
to put something else in the swim. I was reluctant to do so
but there’s two more coming in now. Make a note of that. 1820. So Ali put a couple
of handfuls of corn in over the top of the baited area and it has started
to make them go mad out there. I’m not sure whether
they’re just eating the corn or whether they’re eating the chopped
boilie and the whole boilie as well. But there are fish visiting the swim
time and again now. It’s been a nice day today. There’s a lot of fish
showing in the bay again which is always a good sign and they’re coming back
in here with gusto. Bet you can’t wait
to get a rig in the water, can you? Well, it’s just fascinating watching
their reaction to different baits. It makes you think, I know we keep
talking about different things, like you talk about those days
on Welly or wherever where it’s not happening and you might just take it
and say it’s not happening and just take it
as one of them things but clearly there are things we can
do to get fish active in the swim. And they change
their habits daily, hourly. – It’s unbelievable to watch it.
– Angling pressure, wind direction, air temperature,
water temperature, pressure, air pressure,
all those things come into it but certainly
from this you can see definitely that by adding a different
food source into the swim, completely different type of food,
from boilie to sweetcorn, it’s made a massive difference
to their willingness to feed. And obviously the longer they feed,
the more chance you’ve got of getting a bite. It’s just a shame
we’ve got a boilie on the end now. It is. A single piece of pink plastic
would be the one right now but we haven’t
got a lot of daylight left and there’s a lot of fish in the area
so I don’t want to recast. But it does show you
on these gravel spots, you cannot have it
camouflaged enough. That lead is exactly the same colour
as all the stones around it. Fluorocarbon hook link, safe zone leader with just
a little bit of a gravel tint in it, you’re not going to get a nicer
looking rig on the bottom than that. And they’re still seeing it. It just shows
you’ve got to get them feeding hard for the to stop thinking
about all of that and just eat the bait. That’s the Holy Grail,
get them preoccupied so that nothing else matters. It’s just a fight with his mates
for the food. He’s having it. You ready? Yep, we’re in! We’re in! Yes! Get in! Get in there! Well, after another frustrating day,
adding loads of corn into the swim has completely turned these fish on
and it’s all down to him. I wouldn’t have done it
but he’s absolutely right. Having two different food sources
in the swim at one time has really turned them on and
this is only a little baby Common. He’s been in here a lot, this fish. He’s avoided the rig time and again and he just came in
looking at that corn and we saw him spy the rig
and just look at it for a minute, weigh it up and then he just had it
and we nailed him instantly. He didn’t know what hit him.
He was floating around really slow, it took an age
before he realised he was hooked. That was how well he was feeding. So it just shows you,
mixing up the food items in the swim can make a big difference,
especially at times like this when the fishing is tough. He’s not very big
but he’s very, very welcome. Brilliant. Get in the net. Come on, you little fella. Yes! Got him! Come on! Never have I been so pleased
to get a little one in the net. And there he is.
14 and three quarter pounds. He’s been in the swim loads,
this one. And finally we’ve nailed him and it
was all down to Ali’s change of bait. It just shows you having two
different food items in the swim can make all the difference.
Well pleased. Hang on, Dan, hang on. Yeah, Dan, we’ll take that.
Just tweak it a little bit. That’s it, stop there! Stop there, that’s it.
Yeah, mate, we’ll take that. With an hour to go, you’re getting
a bite on that, without a doubt. In fact, one’s coming to take…
He’s going towards the stick now. Oh, mate, they are shnaffling this
corn like it’s going out of fashion. That’s all clipped up. Well, we have hung it out
as late as we possibly can. As you can see, the sun’s gone down,
they’re in there feeding. They’re just coming back
and back and back on this corn but we haven’t managed to get another
bite in the last couple of hours. That was definitely
the trigger in the swim today and sometimes when you wind in
at the end of a fishing session you think I’m dragging it
out of the fish’s mouth, 10 more minutes and I’d get a bite,
and this time it really is like that. We can see them out there
and I think 10 more minutes we would catch one
but we’ve lost the light so we live to fight another day. Oh, Daniel son,
couldn’t have hand-placed it. You are the absolute sugar daddy.
Bang, bang. Excellent. Awesome cast. This is the part
when you’re sinking your line, you’ve got to be
really, really careful. That’s one thing I’ve noticed –
when the line’s on the surface that’s when
you can really move the rig because the line’s
coming up out of the water and if you try to put tension on it,
it’s sort of springing the lead up. I bet you’re happy
with that, aren’t you? Yeah, that’s where it wants to be. Oh, stop it! Evolution? Evolution of a rig? Oh, awesome, mate. You couldn’t
hand-place that any better. Even I’m pleased with that. That’s good, that. That’s really
pushed that away from the lead. Having that stiffness
and that no hinge, straight out of the front
of the inline, that’s really good. Here we go, here we go. Here we go, here we go. He just never took it, did he? He fanned around
and he just didn’t take it. Yeah, he just missed it.
That happens. Well, just as we thought
it was all quiet, there are a number of fish now
moving into the swim. Constant traffic over the hook bait. I think Dan’s just outside
trying to keep those ducks at bay. They just constantly
want to dive on the bait and that definitely scares the carp. Keeps them
from coming to that kill zone and it’s a matter of trying to spod
just to scare them out of the way, leave that line out there
so it’s a real pain in the butt but hopefully
the effort will be worthwhile but there’s
definitely fish moving up. It’s 10.40.
It’s a northerly wind today. Still the pressure’s above 1,000. But it’s better
than it was a few days ago and with the cloud cover it does seem
to get the fish moving a lot more and I think as the cloud increases
and the day warms up, we’ll have more fish moving in. Here’s another one cruising over.
It’s looking really good for Dan. Well, it’s mid-morning now and the fish have started
to come back in in numbers. The wind is horrendous again,
it’s gone north-westerly. It’s now seven degrees,
feels like three which is incredible
for the time of year. But the sun
is beating down into this bay. The wind’s sort of off our back so the whole bay
is in the lee of the wind. And they’ve had a lot of bait
out there over quite a few days now and they just keep coming back to it. There’s fish drifting around
all the time now having a look. I’m really pleased
we’ve had a rig sitting. What I’ve done is,
I’m still fishing a running inline but I’ve gone from a safe zone leader
to tubing because I noticed how well the Dark Matter tubing
was pinned to the bottom and how it was taking up
the contours of the bottom. So I’ve just flecked that with a pen
just to break up the straight line and looking at it now, I probably put
a little bit too much black into it. So when I wind it in
I’ll just run my fingers up it and just smudge it a little bit and just try and change the colour
ever so slightly, but the rest of the rig looks great. Most importantly, I’ve changed over
to an anti-tangle sleeve so there’s no hinge
at the lead end at all. It’s pushing the hook link away and that’s been coupled
with a bit of Mouth Trap material which you’d normally use for a choddy but on this occasion
I’m using it for the boom. So I’ve got that anti-tangle sleeve
which is really stiff and that stiff boom of Mouth Trap
with a little bit of soft on the end. 30lb Arma Kord
on the end as my soft hinge and it’s sitting out
perfectly straight and all that’s happening,
when the fish come over it, that end piece is just moving around but the rest of the hook link
is staying as straight as an arrow which I really like
and if we get one pickup on this, I’m going to make a prediction
that we hook it straight away. We’ve had a couple come close
and pull away at the last minute and a little while earlier on
the hook was sitting funny, sort of up on a stone
and it was very visible. Now it’s been moved around again.
The bait is just hovering above. It’s not moving around which is good. There doesn’t seem
to be hardly any flow today. So everything is cocked perfect. We just need
a few feeding fish in the swim and I reckon we’re going to get one. Well, just out of nowhere, a long,
lean fully scaled just shot down, Dan’s outside preparing some new rigs
maybe with some new hook baits, but one just came down, it’s the
first one that showed any interest in the hook bait. The others are diving down
and feeding other areas very close to the hook bait. We’ve got four,
five of them in the background now. It’s an unbelievable
number of fish in here. It’s certainly hotting up. That’s the first chance. It didn’t
actually take the rig fully in, just sort of went for it, missed it,
shook its head again, missed it, and then it was game over
and it swam off. But Dan’s rig’s worked perfectly
well. It’s reset itself. That anti-tangle sleeve
has kicked it all out. it’s sat cocked
waiting for another go, so good rig mechanics, definitely. Well, unbelievable. That Common
just came in nice and slowly. Looks like the Little Plated
is in the background as well. Just came straight in, took the bait
in and spat it straight back out. Unbelievable. So many carp in here
now, it’s absolute carp soup. The rig’s worked well again,
reset itself. That’s two carp
that have come very close. That one
actually took the hook bait in. Unfortunately, he got away with it. Oh, man, I thought
that was going to be the one. That is like as aggressive
as aggressive can be. I can’t believe that’s gone
in a mouth and it’s not done him. I can’t believe it. Your best clothes and done by a chav. It’s totally mugged me off on the
dance floor, I can’t believe it. Well, Mr Gums…
We had a nice big Mirror feeding just on the left-hand side
of shot as I’m looking, and then Gums shot in
around the side of him, like that, as it always does,
gives you a little grunt, takes the hook bait in
and it just rolled back out. How will we ever catch Gums
nobody knows. I don’t think on the sort of rigs with the finesse
that we’re trying to use on this spot with a little bit
of suppleness in the end, I really don’t think
you can catch him like that. He’s just got a mouth
like an open wide drainpipe, it’s a big old gob, it all goes in,
all rolls back out because he can’t shut his mouth.
Entertaining footage, though. That was a turn-up for the books. We saw the rig
disappear out of the swim. The buzzer went
and in a normal fishing situation you would have thought
you had a take. We think it was probably
a fish trailing line but it really aggressively
dragged the rig out of the swim. I was going to wind it in anyway because it’s been in two or three
fish’s mouths and not hooked them so my absolute best thing that
I thought was going to be the answer, is not the answer. So we’re going to change the rig
slightly and cast it back out again. This is what I thought
was going to do the business, I was really confident in this
this morning. So we’ve got an anti-tangle sleeve
on the end there with a little bit of putty
just to hold it flat to the bottom. Then we’ve got the boom section
out of Mouth Trap. The join between that
and the 30lb Arma Kord is covered in a little bit of putty
to hold it flat down on the bottom. My favourite size 6 Kurv,
very, very sharp hook with a little shrink tube kicker
on there to turn it over. Rig ring so that the hair leaves
the hook roughly opposite the point. And the slow-sinking
squid octopus hook bait. I thought that
was going to be doing the business. It’s been in two fish’s mouths and Gums which is going
to be very hard to hook because of the way
his mouth is shaped but I thought that would hook
the first one that picked it up and it didn’t,
so this is what we’re moving over to. Still an anti-tangle sleeve. What they’re doing
is pushing everything away. Because we’ve got that flow
out there where the pipe is, if we put foam on, it’s tending
to push the hook link back against the anti-tangle system. With that anti-tangle sleeve there,
it’s actually pushing it forwards because
there’s so much tension to it. The hook link itself
is fluorocarbon, that’s 15lb IQ2. Still a size 6 Kurv on there, tied on
with my favourite whipping knot to help it flip over and catch hold. Again, a squid octopus bait and underneath there we’ve got
a little bit of bottom bait mix and a little bit of slow-sinking mix
put together. So it’s not going to float up
high off the bottom, the hook’s going to sit flat and the
bait’s going to hover just above it because we’ve seen
on those gravel spots anything off the bottom
is treated with caution. So that’s
what we’re going to put out now. The swim
is absolutely alive with fish so we’re going to throw a few more
boilies in to scare them away and get the rig in. Oh, centre of shot, my son. Cha-ching. Beautiful, beautiful. What timing.
Just as I was going to chat to you he goes and lands a cast
straight on the money. There’s carp swirling over it. The sound of the lead is obviously
drawing them in as well. You are the carp whisperer,
Mr Fairbrass. No, he isn’t. Oh yes, he has! You got him! Oh no, you haven’t. – That’s Ramora, wasn’t it?
– Yeah. What is going on? Maybe it’s just too short,
I don’t know. Maybe it’s too restrictive. You definitely got it
for a second there. – He felt something, didn’t he?
– He was gone, wasn’t he? The bait was there for a sec,
it was there and the next thing it wasn’t there. I don’t… How much
has that hook link been pulled out? – It’s longer, isn’t it, or not?
– Yeah, it was only short. Look, is that the anti-tangle sleeve?
And that’s a bit of line. Look, I think
that’s the anti-tangle sleeve. I’m guessing. It’s very blurry. Right, well… – That’s pulled it out a bit.
– Yeah. Now it’s been hit like that,
I’m going to reposition it in the middle of the swim, weather permitting because
the wind’s really getting up now. It’s a strong north-westerly
which is a big fish wind, I’ve found. It’s not going to be easy to cast but it can’t stay there
now it’s been moved. I’ll have to check
the point of the hook. And I will put it back out again but I’m going to go and tie one
of my favourite IQ D rigs and see. Maybe it’s all
just a little bit too restrictive and it’s just not going in
far enough to hook them. I don’t know. Brilliant! Do you want to tell me which one? The one that has been
our nemesis this morning. The big fat thing
that keeps coming in. I’ve said to camera earlier today
he wants that hook bait because he keeps coming out
like a dirty old rash. This time he just approached it right
and it was game over. – Game, set and match, Fairbrass.
– He’s not in the net yet, mate. It will be a fitting end
if we get this in. He’s a decent fish.
He’s a big fat chunk. I don’t know, mate. We’ll find out, I hope. Bit of weed. I can feel it
pulling through the weed. He just couldn’t help himself.
He kept coming back. I think the second time or the third, it’s come very close
to the hook bait. Is it swimming towards me
or has it come off? It’s going, this fish. Feel a bit of weed there. Come on. Well, that’s the rig that’s been done
three times now, I think, that kind of rig. Did you lengthen the supple bit
slightly on that one? I did. I was just tying a longer one
with an even longer bit of supple. It shows that the fishing we do,
99 times out of 100… Well, not 99 times out of 100. Nine times out of 10 that rig
does not hook them the first time. Dan, I’m pretty sure
that’s the first time it touched it. Yeah, but it has been in
at least three fish’s mouths. I’ve got to walk forward.
There he is, just there. I don’t think he’s a monster.
I think he’s just a hard fighting… Maybe a low 20. But very welcome all the same. Just to conclude
what we’ve been seeing, I think all of our rigs
are getting done and we still haven’t found
the Holy Grail by any stretch of the imagination. But it certainly tests your angling
prowess, there’s no doubt about that. I think we’ve all got to accept that that rig is going in several
fish’s mouths before we hook one. Thank God we can’t see it
every time we go fishing. Brain damage. – Yeah, that’s all it’s good for.
– But brain damage. There he is. He looks so much bigger on the telly. He’s a little…
I told you, he’s like a… He’s a Jake Wildbore Simmo. Who cares, mate? It’s one in the net.
Go on, get in, get in. Yes! Got him! Come on! What a way to finish. Wicked. And there he is. A stunning little Oxfordshire Mirror.
18 and three quarters, this one. Well pleased to get this one
at the end of the session. Unfortunately
that is all we’ve got time for on this leg
of our underwater journey. I’d just like to say
thank you very much to all the crew. This is a massive effort by everybody
to get these fish on the bank. It’s not just me. We’ve got caterers,
we’ve got runners. Loads of cameramen, directors and, of course, those top
angling minds in the bivvy helping me as well. Obviously I’d like to say thank you
to all the boys at Linear. To Len, to Chris and to Roy for letting us have
this fantastic part of the lake for such a long time
at the best time of year. Obviously the highlight for me was catching that amazing fish
at the start, the Big Plated. I never could have dreamed
we were going to get that one on the underwater cameras. And since then I’ve learnt loads
to put into my own fishing and I hope you’ve learnt loads, too. So I’m going to put this fella back and I’m going to hand you over
to all those top angling minds and they’re going to tell you
what they’ve learnt so you can put that
into your fishing as well. Thanks very much for watching and
we’ll see you on the bank some time. What have I learnt so far
from the underwater? Watching Dan,
it was very clear that rig-wise, his use of the IQ was brilliant.
I’m a total fan of the IQ. I’ve been using the combi rig
for a long time but maybe the old coated hook links
have slipped back into my game a bit but it was a sharp reminder of just
how good that IQ looks on the bottom. The way it kicks away
from the lead system, and it also enables it
to reset itself time after time. That’s really, really important. When a fish sucks it up
you’ve got to take it as a given that time and time again fish are going
to get rid of the hook bait and the rig and it needs to go back
and be fishing for you because if the fish can’t
get the hook bait in its mouth then you’re not ever
going to catch it. So a rig that resets itself
is really, really vital. Moving on to rig mechanics. Dan is a really
technically-minded guy and I always thought
that maybe there was a chance that by closing the gape
of the hook with shrink tube, there was a chance that it wouldn’t
nick the fish as well as it could but having seen the way he absolutely
snarled that Big Plated, it was clear he had a rig that was
working efficiently and effectively. It was brilliant to see how well
that cog system was working. The times that the fish got nailed,
it was just instant. They took it in,
just wallop, they were done and you just saw them
absolutely power out of the swim and they were nailed. Hook bait choice
is really, really vital. When you come to a pressured
day-ticket lake like St John’s, or any lake in the country,
or anywhere in Europe, the fish
will have different preferences. Every lake will be varied. So it’s no secret,
I’m a total Goo fanatic. I’ve got loads of different flavours
in loads of different colours soaking into my baits. And the key point here
is every lake will have that colour that just seems to get a response. And while we’ve watched Dan,
they just seem to be switched on by that little washed-out
pink colour. His squiddy fruit combination
amongst all that cell, corn and mixed baits
that we’ve been putting in seem to just get them carp down
to the bait time and time again. So from St John’s, it’s clear
the washed-out pink is the colour that will be a part of my armoury
going forward, without a doubt. What would I do differently now?
It’s hard to say at the moment. I’m still a solid bag fanatic and I haven’t seen that yet
on the underwater. I’d like to see
how that performs on that spot. Do fish spook off from bags
on pressured day-ticket lakes, they get used to much? I’d like to see that and I’d still probably
be using them in my fishing. The cog lead system. Definitely be
incorporating that into my fishing. Generally looking
at the way those fish were reacting, assessing the swim and casting out
a lot more and being busy. On these lakes there’s fish
over you all of the time. If they’re showing in front of you
and you’re not getting bites, you’re doing something wrong. So you’ve got to,
firstly, adjust the hook bait and make sure there’s something
on the end they want to pick up. In any type of fishing, pike fishing,
fly fishing, sea fishing, the thing on the end
is the most important part and that’s what you’ve all
got to take into account. If one thing’s not working,
change it, make it work because if the buzzer isn’t going
off, you’re not learning anything. What have I learnt the most? That it’s really important – it’s
something I’ve thought before – it’s really, really important
for your rig to reset itself because no matter how good
your rig is, it gets done. So it needs to reset out
for another take five minutes later. Rig mechanic-wise, I really
liked the way he used his IQ. You cannot see it underwater at all. And the way he whipped it
to the Kurv shank with a D so the hook’s close to the bait but there’s a lot
of movement there as well. It’s a brilliant way
of setting it up and it caught the Big Plated
pretty much instantly as soon as he took it. And his cog system as well
is probably something I’ll use. It’s just instant,
as soon as the fish pick it up. It’s definitely
something I’ll use more. Bait for different conditions. I think
if you’re struggling with boilies and it’s not
really getting them going, using a small amount
of little particles, even pellets, Tiger nuts,
anything that’s slightly different, like we’ve been using corn, is probably more likely
to get them going than the boilies. And if you want to fish with boilies, you can carry on feeding them
as soon as you’ve got them going. The corn works really well. If you can fish it,
then I would definitely. Dan’s hook baits are fantastic.
They were coming down to them first and picking them up
before anything else. The pink colour,
not something that I’ve used before, I’ve used
generally yellow and orange, but pink seems to have worked
much better than them this week. Yeah, brilliant. What would I do differently? I would maybe bait
with more than boilies sometimes. Like I said before,
but apart from that, there’s not much else. The setting the rig thing
was the biggest change for me. And that was something
I made sure I did anyway so that’s something
I’ll concentrate more on. Bait application. The spread baiting
I still think is the way forward. Getting them moving instead of
putting a lot of bait in one spot just isn’t the one for me. Spread baiting gets them moving
and makes them far more catchable, just like the Big Plated. It came in, took one bait and
it makes them more catchable. The first thing
I’ve really noticed from this is that when the weather’s poor and you think
you shouldn’t be catching them, the fish are not really feeding. So low temperatures
for the time of year, the wrong wind direction,
a northerly or an easterly, use a lot less bait,
maybe even just a single hook bait. Then when it feels muggy
and it’s overcast and you’ve got
a south-westerly blowing, you can afford
to put a lot more bait in because the fish
are going to be feeding harder. Moving on from that, we found that
rising and falling water temperatures make a big difference
to the fish’s willingness to feed. So in the spring,
if the water temperature’s going up, the fish are in
more of a feeding mood, there’s more chance
you’ll catch them. If the temperature’s going down,
still fish, obviously, but just maybe use
a single hook bait or a bag or just a sprinkling of bait. Something I’m going to take with me
in my fishing now is a thermometer and I’m going
to check the water temperature against the last time I was there. If it’s dropped,
I’m going to ease off, if it’s gone up,
I’m going to put more bait in. Regarding the spot you’re fishing on, without a doubt on every
underwater film that I’ve made if you’re fishing
on clean, hard gravel, the fish treat anything that’s
off the bottom with suspicion and that can be
even a couple of ml off the bottom. So if you want to convert
as many chances as possible, fish something
just nailed to the bottom, it might have
a little bit of buoyancy in it, but it doesn’t want to be waving
around and use bright ones, as well. Without doubt
the carp have got fantastic eyesight. The difference in colour of the hook
bait makes a massive difference to how many times it’s picked up. They can also see the rig,
especially in clear water. So the more effort
you put into camouflaging your rig and making your hook bait stand out
without being treated with suspicion, the more bites you’re going to get. One other thing I’ve noticed
is that a mix of baits can make a big difference
to how willing the fish are to feed. So normally
I would just feed with boilies. Having seen this,
I’d put sweetcorn in the swim, I’d put a few Tiger nuts in the swim,
because if they don’t fancy boilies, they’ll almost certainly
eat the other ones and if you’ve got something bright
right in the middle of it, you’re bound to get a chance. Another good way to trick the fish
into feeding harder is to bring the line out of the water at times of the day
when you don’t really fancy it, and put some more bait in
and let them have a feed with no line in the water. Because 100%
they know that line is there. Whatever colour it is,
however much it’s sunk, they start feeding harder as soon
as it’s taken out of the swim. So they must know it’s there. What have I learnt
from the underwater films? Well, I’ve done
quite a few of them now and from this underwater film one of
the things I will take away from it is using
different coloured hook baits. I’m definitely going to make white,
pink, red, the same flavours, in different buoyancies because
at different points of the day, the fish
have been interested in them. So that’s one thing
I’ll take away from it. The other thing, I’m definitely
going to start using IQ hook links. They push the bait away,
they’re invisible, they offer a great degree
of stiffness, anti-eject properties. I’m going to work hard
on those kind of rigs. Bait application during the session,
especially this time of year, I’d probably use less boilies. Stick with what I did before
which would be maggots, more digestible baits. The conversations we’ve had in
the bivvy have been really helpful. It’s a minefield of information
to process in a few hours. Paste baits, other things that are
more digestible, more attractive, I’m going to give them more of a go
on the lakes that I’m fishing. Use more winter kind of baits when
the water temperature’s really low. Like hemp, sweetcorn, maggots,
even bread and paste because it’s easier
for them to digest. Get the fish feeding really hard, you’ve got more chance
of getting a bite. I think if the water temperature was
higher, the weather had been warmer, a lot more sun
as we should have in May, then I think we’d have got
more chances on the boilies. It’s difficult
to draw any solid conclusions because you’ve got
a camera in the water, it’s not
like a proper fishing situation, we’ve only got one rod out. We’ve got fish
that are feeding through the night, there’s no rigs out there. So we’re feeding them up, they’re
eating all the boilie at night, and during the day
they’re picking at them and at certain points in the day
we’re getting more frenzied feeding when we’ve entered chopped boilies
and stuff with tuna in it so there’s different food signals, it’s a difficult choice to make
at the moment. I think rig-wise, we started off
with the brown Dark Matter tubing. Dan changed to a safe zone leader
which seemed to get less reaction when the fish were coming up to it. We had a couple of instances where
the fish backed away from the rig and it’s difficult to know
whether they can see the rig. They certainly sensed
something was wrong. So I think for my own fishing maybe I wouldn’t have started with IQ
like Dan did because he’s been using that
on other lakes. I would have started
with N-Trap softer hook link, probably a similar sort
of lead system, a lead clip. So it’s been an eye-opener
in that shallow water. When I’ve been round there and looked
through the water with Polaroids I can see the hook bait
really clearly. So it reiterates the point
that the carp can see a lot more than I’ve given them credit for
in the past. I guess when the fish
are not feeding that hard, the more percentages
you can put in your favour by disguising your rig,
using the camouflage, it can only help you. If I was fishing now, I would
have caught more fish than Dan if I’d used maggots or something
like that in this situation. But we’ll never know that. We were fishing with boilies
while I’ve been here. For my own fishing there are a few
points that I’m going to take away and hopefully
put a few more fish on the bank.

64 thoughts on “Korda Underwater 7 FULL DVD Part 2 | Carp Fishing

  1. Stop using pink and put out same color boilie on the hook, no pop up… because the color difference make them think the hook bait has to look like the rest, simple as that.

  2. Is not the sink is the pink color that scare them…why are you guys so in to that pink? Commercial purpose?

  3. You catch one carp after many been in the swim, if your boilie was looking like the rest you probably have catch it sooner and more fish as well, like i say ,again is not the pink color is just a case that you got 1, but you are making it more difficult.

  4. Awesome video lads I've caught 3 fish on popups in my life I find bottom baits are king. The bollie is called the link and it's out now in a freezer near you

  5. pucker video guys …great work and pucker fish…..these videos just messes your head up more ….thanks for that …..lol

  6. Absolute amazing great video thanks for that (sorry for my bad english i am dutch guy) love all your video`s team korda truly amazing!!!!!!!!!

  7. Didn't have a camera in the water did he…..ummm yeear, that'll make them spook. Electricity..they pick that up fools.

  8. Good video. Enjoyed it. But could of done more on rigs and not just combi rig. Seemed Danny got his own way again lads.

  9. Glad there's no camera watching my bait – it's shocking to see how quickly they spot your bait, and exactly how much time they spend ignoring it…..

  10. Fecking love these underwater films, gives you such a insight into what is going on down there. Thanks for doing this and hope there's more to follow.
    Well appreciated

  11. Why is only one person fishing? 😀 frustrating sitting 14 days on the water without have the feeling of a fish on my rod 😀

  12. Float fishing from where the camera was, less cool but more bites, ledgering is good business I guess

  13. Top, Top effort chaps, just watched 1 & 2 back2back. One question if I may – after catching the various fish did you see them come back into the swim in the time you were there? cheers

  14. Great Chapter boys, really enjoyed it. Watched both on the trot.
    I do think you put to much bait in, in the first place boys, the carp came to take a looksie & thought Jesus what's goin on here & spooked em for 2 days.
    Little & often.
    Rigs. Less is more, keep it simple, braid hook length, curve hook, boillie or pop up corn, x3 boillie stringer. Job done owd.
    Get some sleep now boys you're all looking a bit red eyed after that🤩

  15. After blanking a few times on a hard lake while others were catching i started to question my tactics ( which worked on other lakes ). I changed to an iq d rig with dumbbell wafters and boom i started catching. Thankyou Mr Fairbrass

  16. This is such an insightful episode, really makes you assess how you do things
    How often would you guys recommend to re-cast the rods during the day if there's no takes? On a day session I usually recast around the 2 hour mark with no takes. Also how often should I be refreshing my bottom bait boilies, they break down fairly quickly, is it better to recast the same boilie or put a fresh one on? Cheers.

  17. ce qui est bizarre c'est papa Korda n'utilise jamais de Goo ! pourquoi ?
    Dans la première partie , on voit ali en mettre dans le sac de maïs mais quand il les jette dans l'eau , aucun halo fluo car tout est resté en surface !!
    Est ce pour cela que Danny n'en utilise pas ? il sait que son produit n'arrive jamais au fond , mis à part pour les visqueux mais il ne les utilise pas non plus sur la durée du squat qu'ils font !

  18. Loving this footage and looks like an awesome venue! I’m looking at doing a week there in may and was wondering what you would use there in terms of hookbait. I usually use a 14mm fruity flavoured boilie which I have had a few good fish on and am confident in using and was going to take there to use at Linear. Many thanks

  19. 23:02 Did he really said "This is hard work"?????? Did he really said that??? Man, come to work with me 14 hours per day in a kitchen and you will see what really is an hard work!

  20. Despite watching the underwater so intently, they all miss the bleeding obvious. Not a single person observed a single carp suck up half the lake bed and spit it out, not afraid to search for food where a lot of it hides, but create a false feeding area they immediately become wary of. Now all you have to do is find a way to bury the food, and they will suck it up without any fear at all. The obsession to catch the biggest blinkers the angler into seeing what's actually is going on. Where those with an open mind see the bigger picture, the rest see SFA.

  21. Of course I respect Fairbrass, his flatliners still no1 run leads, but fishing loses its mystery with cameras, and old bob is still in hospital after what he saw on cameras at former bream mecca Coombe Abbey.

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