Thinking Tackle OD Season 2 Ep3: Linear – Danny Fairbrass & Lawrence East | Korda Carp Fishing

Thinking Tackle OD Season 2 Ep3: Linear – Danny Fairbrass & Lawrence East | Korda Carp Fishing

Welcome to Linear Fisheries. We’re here on Brasenose One because
there are 2,500 carp in this lake. And I got here this morning.
Loz next to me was already set up. It’s that sort of lake
that suits him perfectly. It’s not my sort of place anymore,
I’m getting a bit old for all this. But he’s been working his arse off
the whole way through and has got nothing to show for it
at the moment. I’ve been fishing zigs
for probably about seven hours now, anything between 2ft under the surface
and just under the surface because when we sent
the drone up earlier on, there are literally hundreds and
hundreds of fish out in the middle, just sitting on the surface
and I’ve tried spodding over zigs. I’ve blended up the sweet corn
that I’ve got with me and I’ve had different colours on
at different depths. A bit of yellow,
a bit of black, bit of brown and nothing’s
actually happened so far. So I’ve literally just put
the three bottom bait rigs out now. What I’m doing is I’m spodding over the same area
that I’m fishing on the bottom. I’m baiting up with just corn. I haven’t
brought a single boilie with me and hopefully anything
that they don’t eat on the way down, ends up making the spot active
for later on and now it’s overcast,
the heat’s dropped out of the day. We’re not seeing fish on the surface
like we were. Hopefully these bottom bait rods
will start to go. But this session is all about effort and
Loz is the man to show you how to do it. It suits him down to the ground. I’m sure he’ll be getting a few bites and over the next few days
we’ll be able to show you all the little tips and tricks
to get bites on this highly-pressured but highly-stocked venue. I’ve fished Linear probably three,
four, maybe a handful of times over the last four to five years. I’m two-and-a-half hours away.
I live right back up north. But I’ve had decent hits
every time I’ve come. I’ve fished Oxlease, B1, B2. I like the aspect
that there’s a lot of fish in here. It’s about getting bites.
We all come fishing to get bites so ringing the changes,
changing methods, changing tactics. Spodding long range. This complex
has literally got everything for you. We’ve chosen to fish in Linear because
this is modern-day carp fishing. This is what
lots of people have to deal with. They haven’t got time
to wait to get into a syndicate. They perhaps haven’t researched
into local clubs and that sort of thing and it’s a bit of a Mecca really
for catching big ‘uns. There’s so many fish in here,
so much bait goes in. It’s now generating loads
and loads of 30s and 40s. I can understand
why people travel to come here. I’m currently fishing zigs
up in the water. I’ve got three zigs
on my spot at the minute, I’m spodding every five minutes. I’m setting the timer on my phone
to literally five minutes, literally that precise. What I want to do is keep that cloud
going through the water. You get a nice cloud up there, if you
imagine you leave it 10, 15 minutes, all of a sudden the cloud’s gone. If there’s any fish in the area,
the attraction’s gone then. You need to keep that consistent, nice
cloudy mix falling through the water, hopefully bringing the fish
into your area and that’s going to be the key
to getting bites on a consistent basis. So I’ve chosen to fish at 26 rod lengths basically because
that’s where Loz is fishing. Out there it’s 12.5, 13ft deep and
just lovely and glassy on the bottom. I’ve cast out
with a marker lead first of all just to feel what the bottom was like,
no marker float on at all and it’s just a case of picking a range
that you’re comfortable with. The fish live down the middle strip
a lot of the time and just having the lead on allows you
to feel that much more. And then once I’ve done that, basically
put the marker float back on. I’ve got a big loop
on the end of the line so I’m able to just loop-to-loop the
lead off, loop-to-loop the marker on, put that out and just use that
as a target for the spod at the start of the session and then once the spod’s clipped up
at the right range, you don’t need the float out again. I’ve got all three rods within
a really big tree dead ahead of me, trying to keep everything really, really tight
and that’s the key on these places. Not to plough the fields and scatter
as we say. You want everything landing
on the money every single time and you’re drawing the fish in.
The bait is the feature. The reason I’m not using boilies is just because corn
is so successful on this lake. They’ve seen everything here. There’s no real tench
or bream to speak of. It’s just only carp in here. There’s not tons and tons
of silver fish as well. So you can get away
with fishing just corn without getting bothered with little,
tiny plastic hookbaits. I’ve got one grain of maize
which I cooked up separately and one piece of pop-up plastic corn. Different colours, different flavours, all fished on exactly the same range,
26 rod lengths. The spod is clipped up at 25.5 because
as the lead hits the clip, it swings back towards me
like a pendulum and lands
that little bit closer towards me. So it’s really important in that sort of
depth of water, 12, 13, 14ft, that you clip up
about half a rod length short and accuracy is the key. I’m going to put a few more out,
just ring the dinner bell, as we say. With this change in the weather,
getting a bit cooler. We’ve noticed on the drone footage that the fish have disappeared
off the surface or are a bit lower down and hopefully that signifies
the start of feeding on the bottom. Nice. – What are you doing?
– Sorry? Playing with my maggots. There’s nothing else to do. Now, Margaret, are you going
to tell everybody out there, all your little friends,
that we’re desperate for a fish? Just go and tell them, all your little
mother and father and dads. Ooh, fish, straight over the spot. Margaret has produced a bosher. I’ve decided to switch over to a bunch
of maggots as a hookbait. This particular lake over the years
has seen a lot of them and the fish
are naturally attracted to them. I need a bite, this one’s going
to get me out of jail, hopefully. Well, the session so far, I’d be lying if I said everything
was going according to plan. I think I’ve probably had the only bite
that’s happened round the lake today. Unfortunately I lost it. We’ve had high pressure,
it’s been baking hot. The fish were up in the surface layers,
they’re down one half of the lake and very little’s been happening. With that said, the rain’s coming now,
as you can see, it’s looking
absolutely prime for a bite. I’m just hoping these conditions
swing things in our favour. We’ve made a few little tweaks
to what we’re doing. Yeah, and hopefully the next time you
see us we’ll have a carp to show you. My first bite came over the bed of corn
a couple of hours before first light. Night takes are always
a shock to the system but when it’s fishing tricky,
they’re all welcome. Bosh, got him! Yes! Come on! It’s always good to get the first one. Yeah, man. I feel good. – That’s bang on 21, mate.
– 21, beautiful. The first of many, hopefully. – Well done mate.
– Cheers, brother. And there he is. My first Brasenose carp
for about 10 years. Just thinking about the last time
I was here was with Jake Wildbore. Doing some filming as well. And a lot has changed.
The fish have got much bigger. They’re definitely more moody.
Well, they certainly are at the moment. But this one came on the baited spot,
26 rod lengths, on a little tiny bit of maize tipped off
with a bit of plastic corn and a little tiny stick and
it absolutely roared off in the night. I was expecting more bites
but none have come. But I’ve just refreshed all the rods,
put more bait out and I’m told by Loz
that daytime is the time. So hopefully we’ll get more. But for now I’m really pleased
to be off the mark. It’s always nice to get off the mark, especially when you’ve not been
somewhere for a long time. We know this place can be
absolutely mental at times and all three rods are going off and people have hits
of 20, 30 fish in a session. But you have to take it into context,
we’ve not seen another bite on the lake while we’ve been here. There might have been one in the dark
last night further up the lake So that makes one bite a result
at the moment. Of course I want to build on that. We came here to get loads of bites. If the fish play ball,
I’m sure that will start happening. But for now, yeah,
it’s nice to be off the mark. – There you go, brother.
– Thank you very much, mate. I’m guessing
that you were expecting more action than we’ve had so far by now. I thought we’d have had
a few more bites. Obviously I can only go off, we had a bit of a testing session
last week as well, so that was a little bit slow. Didn’t you say that it took 24 hours
for you to get your first take? Yeah, it took a little bit of time and we’re only here
for 24 hours ourselves. It could all change. When we turned up yesterday
it was high pressure, the sun was out. Flat clam, it was just the worst
conditions we could have expected. It’s nothing we’re doing. I don’t care how good you are
or how good you think you are or where you’ve been
and what you’ve caught but if the fish aren’t having it and you’re fishing confidently
and effectively, you can’t do anything about that,
we can’t make them feed. Unless you’re spodding over zigs
and creating that cloud, getting bait falling through the water and then they are feeding
on what you’re putting in, and you’re getting takes, if you’re
putting a single zig out there, they’re either one, taking it
because they’re inquisitive or two, they’re taking it
out of aggression because it’s in the line of fire. As far as I’m concerned,
I’ve not seen another bite yet. I’m not big upping the fact
that I’ve had a take because that’s nothing to write home
about on this lake at all. But it’s not exactly rocking, is it,
at the moment for anybody? By a long stretch. Loads of people must come here
in this situation and try and try and try
and it doesn’t happen. What’s your best bit of advice
in this situation? What should we be doing now? Keep going.
You’re not doing anything wrong. Like us at the minute,
we’re not doing anything wrong. It’s just all down to the fish
and when they want to feed. It would be quite easy
in these sort of situations, I’ve done it myself in the past, where you start changing, you change
over to rigs you’re not confident in, baits you haven’t caught on before. Realistically, it’s nothing you’re doing
because you know the tactics work. It’s just when they want to feed,
they’ll feed and when they don’t,
you try and scratch around and try and nick bites everywhere. So keep working the swims.
There’s shoal fish in here, we’ve seen them
on the drone yesterday. Where they’re in shoals,
they’re in shoals. Hundreds of fish at a time. So you can clearly see
when you put a big bed of bait down, you’ll nick four or five fish
when they’re on it and it’ll go dead. The whole shoal has moved away. That might be a couple of hours
after spodding. So literally you’re spending
all that time into your swim, they come in, within 10 minutes,
you get four or five bites and they’re gone, they’ve eaten it.
It’s done, simple as that. So when people turn up here
with a tenner’s worth of bait and expect to catch
£1,000 worth of fish, unless he’s on zigs and a bit of foam,
it just isn’t going to happen. So just keep going,
keep working your swims because eventually… Do you mean not necessarily
recasting the rods but rebaiting? It’s the bait that’s the key. If you feel you should have had a bite
or you’ve had a couple of indications that you think
maybe I might have been done, if that’s the case then redo your rods,
there’s no harm. But if you haven’t had any bleeps… Just leave it
and keep the bait going in. Just keep the bait going in
until you start getting takes. It’s the sound of the Spomb. They’ve seen it
and heard it that many times that they’re naturally
now thinking the dinner bell. I know that’s a much-used phrase
in carp fishing but it literally is the dinner bell. We’ve seen it yesterday,
when that Spomb’s going in, there’s fish going in and out
of that cloud all the time. I think if you’ve got something that’s
falling through that water column on a consistent basis, eventually it’s going to leave a little
bit of a trail going down to your bait. Do you think it’s possible
to put too much in, though? Yeah. So we’ve got to be careful
in how frequently you re-Spomb and how much you put out. So what would your best bit of advice,
when it’s slow like this and you’re waiting for your first take, how many Spombs would you put out
and how often would you do it? I’d put a couple out every hour or so. – Just two Spombs?
– Just two Spombs, that’s it. Like I said, you only want that…
You’re not doing it to feed them. You’re wanting a trail leading down
through the water column where the fish are swimming up
through the water. They’ve only got to catch
a piece of corn falling down out of the corner of their eye,
bright and visual… The first one goes down,
then there’s 50 down there and you start getting bites. There can be 100 fish
out on your spot now but it only takes one of them
to start feeding and it induces the rest to feed. They start clouding it up.
That’s what you’re looking for. Like I said, it’s just keeping that bait
consistently falling through the water and not putting too much in. I’ve got some zig and soup mix
in my spod mix at the minute. All that’s there to do
is create that cloud. It’s not to feed them, it’s literally
to say, look, here’s where the bait is, when you want it, come and get it. That’s all it is. If you start putting
five, 10 spods out every half an hour, which, again,
I’ve been a criminal myself before. Unless you’re consistently
spodding over zigs in which you’re only using
the soupy cloud anyway, so it’s not a problem, but if you’re fishing on the bottom,
feed to your bites. Maybe start with 10 or 15, 20 Spombs
to start with, get some bait down there. But then feed to your bites and
if you’re getting consistent action, you put more bait in. If you’re not,
just keep a little bit trickling through until you start getting those bites. That’s what I’m doing at the minute. So we’ll see what happens. Well, we’ve had a move of swim.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the fish
are down this end of the lake, their backs are out of the water,
big vortexes everywhere. It doesn’t look like the fish
have moved at this moment in time so I’ve decided to chuck a couple
of zigs in amongst them and try and nick
that all-important first bite and if fish continue to stay down here, I might even move down here
for the night ahead. Fingers crossed. Well, we are now spodding over zigs. It’s evident that the fish
are high up in the water column, backs everywhere. We’ve tried single zigs
for a couple of hours with no joy, only a couple of liners for our effort. So I figured the only way,
with them being up there, to get them interested at all is by putting a cloud over the top
of the zigs, try and entice them and get them interested in it and hopefully a change in tactic
will bring us our first bite. So the mix that I’m using
is the Mainline zig soup, literally straight out of the packet. All I’ve done with that
is literally add water to it, make a nice sloppy mix. You want that cloud lasting,
very little food content there for them, so that when they come into the cloud, the only thing there for them to eat
is your zig and hopefully that’s going to be
the key to getting a bite. Fishing with Loz is exhausting. It’s always inspiring
to fish with people that are very aggressive
in their fishing, very driven and it’s like fishing with Darrell, it makes you fish harder
because you’re trying to catch up. There’s no slouching allowed
over the next few days. And also it’s always good to fish
with people you don’t fish with a lot because you see new things that
they’re doing, little tricks that he’s doing – gluing the maggots on the top of a zig,
things like that. I’m going to add that to my armoury. You can’t fail to learn from people
that are as dedicated as Loz is. Just into dark, the first rod
was away off the baited spot. The trick is to try
and guide it away from the other lines so only one rod has to be recast. It’s the right-hand side. I think it’s gone
over the other two lines. It has, right over there now. Let’s go back
the other side of the rods. Waders are essential on B1
because of the shallow margins and with Loz already fully rubbered up,
he took charge of the netting. Get in that net. Bosh, got him! Boom! – That’s a 20-pounder, mate.
– Wicked. It’s a carp, mate,
that’s all that matters. Managed to save my sock. But the camera crew have kicked it in and now I’ve just dripped it
into my trainer while I’m showing you. Happy days. Who cares?
We caught a carp. – It’s a 30.
– Is it? – 30lb…
– Is it really? – Yeah.
– Get in. – 30.4lbs.
– Wicked. My biggest Brasenose carp ever. – Touch. Cheers, brother.
– Well done, mate. I’m well chuffed with that. – Yeah, man.
– Look at the scales. He’s awesome. Fabulous, he is a looker really, mate. Check that out. – We did need that.
– We did need it, mate, yeah. – Confidence boost.
– Yeah. And after getting a funny occurrence
on that rod as well, getting it back out there first cast
which was a fluke just before it got dark
and then here we go. It’s really, really nice
to get one early. It’s not ideal to have night bites
all the way through but if that’s the way the fish want to
play it, then that’s what we have to do. I don’t even know how many
30-pounders there are in here. I don’t think anybody does, to be
honest, because there’s so many. But it’s my biggest Brasenose fish
by a long way. Obviously I’ve not fished it for a lot
of years and they’ve grown a lot. It is a top result, getting a 30lbs English fish
on any lake is a top result. Hopefully
it’s the shape of things to come. That way! That way! Stupid carp. Oh, hello. That’s only a fish in my swim. The next fish powered off well left and there was absolutely
nothing I could do to stop it. Proper pulling, this fish. I still feel it grating on something. With Loz fishing so close, the angry carp have picked up at least
one of his bowstring tight lines so he had no choice but to slacken off
and allow me to net the fish. All three of them. Oh, no! Fortunately for me the big mirror
wallowed straight into the net and I then set about
untangling the carnage. To his credit, Loz took it very well
and got his rods back out fishing in record time. I always rebait before casting
a fresh rig onto the spot to hopefully scare any fish away
with the corn instead of the rig. As is often the case at Linear,
the next bite came very soon after six more medium Spombs
rained corn down onto the spot. The next fish did exactly the same
as the first and kited well left, taking out Loz’s lines again. I always feel so guilty when wiping out
my neighbour’s lines, especially twice in a night and the next day
we definitely needed to have a rethink on how to solve this problem
for the night to come. Well, check that out. You can’t see it but this fish
is absolutely rock solid. 34lbs, obviously a male, led me a merry
dance towards the end of last night. Unfortunately wiped out Loz’s rods. Just kited left,
there was nothing I could do about it and ended up coming back in
with two of his lines tangled round it. But the hook hold was solid
and in the net he went. It’s just proof really just sticking
with a plan, staying at 26 rod lengths, keep putting the corn in and
the fish have turned up on it. We weren’t expecting night bites at all. Normally this is a day lake and I think
just because of the weather we’re having all the action is coming at night. After having a 30-pounder
early on in the night, to get this one late in the night,
plus a 20-pounder as well, which did the same thing, unfortunately,
wiped out Loz’s rods and we’re going to have to have
a rethink on that one. We’re fishing pretty close together. It’s just the nature
of the fishing over here and I think what I’m going to do is start dumping the lead
to bring the fish up in the water. Loz is going to slacken his lines off
because they’re so tight out there the fish is going over the top of them
and as I’m dragging it back towards me, it’s picking them up,
so he’s going to slacken off, I’m going to dump the lead
and hopefully tonight we shouldn’t get into any problems. – A couple more.
– Yeah! Thank you, my darling. Before I recast I thought I’d go through
the all-important rig with you. It’s basically a Combi Rig. When you’re fishing over
a very light bait like the corn is, you want something that moves
very easily into the fish’s mouth. If it’s very restrictive,
if it’s a very, very stiff hooklink then the fish can be sucking at the corn
and the hookbait just doesn’t go in. So this Combi Rig is basically
made up of the Boom material and also then a braided end. So the Boom is really easy to make.
I’ve just crimped it at either end. So basically
they’re double-barrelled Krimps. This is the 0.6mm Krimp,
the smaller one of the two. Just go through one barrel, round to
make a loop, through the other barrel. Then put it into the jaws of the Krimp
and it’s really important that the round bits of the Krimp
fit into the little U in the jaws. You don’t crimp them flat,
you crimp them so you squeeze them to keep them the same shape they are,
just compressed down. So literally just put them
into the jaws of the Krimp, make sure they’re all lined up,
squeeze it down and that’s ready. I test that by pulling it really,
really tightly before I cast it out but if you crimp it correctly you’ll
easily get 25-30lb breaking strain out of this 25lb material. So I’ve got a large loop
at the lead end. That makes it easier for me to clip it
on and off of this Quick Change Swivel and then at the other end
I’ve got another Krimp but there’s a much smaller loop. So again, through one barrel,
round through the other barrel, pull it down
so you’ve got a nice small loop, crimp it down and then cut off
the tag ends nice and neatly. That little tiny loop is what
I’m loop-to-looping the hook section on, so the braided hook section. A Combi Rig basically
is a combination of materials. So it used to be mono and a soft braid,
this is a stiffer mono, so I’m using a stiffer braid. This is Arma-Kord that you’d normally use
on the spod rod Very, very thin, very durable
and slightly stiffer. I noticed by testing this rig again and
again when I first started using it, if I used a soft braid like Supernatural the hook element
always folded back up the hooklink because it was so soft. As it came to rest on the lake bed,
it always folded back. But by having a stiffer braid on
like this Arma-Kord it always sits out nice and straight
and I think that helps it to turn and catch hold in the fish’s mouth
that little bit faster. So making the hook section. It’s a bit tricky and you need to be
able to do the whipping knot to do it. So basically I fold over the Arma-Kord so it’s about 6 inches long
when it’s folded over. I pass it through the eye of the hook,
so a little tiny loop about a quarter of an inch long
is sticking out the eye of the hook. Then I tie my favourite whipping knot. So do a bit loop underneath the hook
and then with both bits of line I’ll wrap up once going up the hook
and then cross over and go down. Two or three more turns
and that’s enough. You end up with two tag ends. Pull those really tight, move it down
onto the hook and pull it tight again. Those two tag ends then,
only one is needed so I cut one off. There’s no way the knot can loosen
or undo or anything like that. So you end up with one tag end
that forms your hair. So then I put a little
tiny rig ring onto the hook, go through the rig ring with that hair, back on itself and then back on itself
again and pull it up tight and that just locks it in position. And you can see there, I want it coming
off the hook around where the barb is. That’s really important to help the hook
turn over and catch hold. The other thing that helps it turn over
is the Kicker. So that’s slid on
after I’ve done the loop and this is
a medium-sized brown Kicker. A nice angle,
sort of bending the eye inwards. As the hooklink is tightened, it flips
over and catches in the bottom lip. Then the hook.
This is one of the Kamakuras. So, how can we put it? The commercially-sharpened hook that is down to an absolutely
super-fine needle point. I’m sure they convert
a lot more pick-ups into bites and every fish on here has been
absolutely nailed on them. This is a size 4 Wide Gape. Just a big hook with a small bait
but that doesn’t matter because I’ve got some buoyancy
to the bait. So the bait is a little bit of maize
that I’ve soaked overnight, brought to the boil
for about half an hour and that forms the counterbalance
underneath the piece of plastic corn. This is the Banoffee, I love the white
colour and it’s the pop-up. So with that little bit
of sinking maize, it just about lifts up off the bottom. It’s not a pop-up, the hook’s not
sinking slowly, the hook’s lying flat but the bait is just that little bit
more visible amongst all that corn. Imagine a huge bed of corn out there
and one little fleck of white. Often you can get bites faster on an
opposing colour rather than matching it. And the two that have really worked
for me on this session, I’ve used the yellow corn
but soaked in the Garlic Goo, in the Garlic Supreme
which is really, really stinky, turns it a sort of orangey colour, and I’ve been soaking the maize
underneath in the Garlic as well and that goes proper orange. That one or this one, this Banoffee, have both worked brilliantly
over those large beds of corn. Changing the hooklink
couldn’t be simpler. The Boom stays on there
the whole time. That would take 20, 30, 40 fish
before I changed it. The end section
I’m changing all the time because the hook’s going blunt even
when I’m winding in across the gravel, that hook point is so fine, I’m dinking
the point of the hook sometimes and then just changing it over. So I’ve got loads of these little loop
sections with the hooks already tied on. The hair’s not tied.
I tie that at the end because obviously
if I don’t need them on this session and I want a longer hair
because I’m boilie fishing, I’d use exactly the same setup
and just tie a longer hair. So loads of those are tied in advance. I just cut the old one off and then
just loop-to-loop this one on and you’re ready to go again. Then the all-important lead system, I’ve
been using running rigs on this session. So if I pull against this, that swivel pulls out of the lead clip
really easily. What I’ve done is I’ve just squeezed
the eye of the swivel slightly so it doesn’t click
into the lead clip properly. That’s done on purpose so that
when the fish picks the bait up, shakes its head, the swivel pulls out,
the fish has got no anchor point and the takes I’ve been getting
have been absolute steamers. So that’s a really good little tip. If it’s not weedy which it’s not here
and you can fish a running rig, I would fish a running rig. The lead clip is super-duper
anti-tangle. Obviously you can change
the weight of the lead really easily. I finish it off with a rubber connector
and some of the green Dark Matter tube. For me that’s really, really important
with this rig to stop any tangles. If I pull that back in together like that,
it just about clicks in now. But you’ve got a pivot point
formed by that loop. There’s no way it can get off of that
Quick Change Swivel that’s inside there so it’s really easy to change. When I’m sliding
my PVA sticks down that, literally I’m just
pulling it out of there, unclipping it, sliding the stick down,
clipping it back on because at that sort of range,
over 100 yards, sometimes you do get it wrong,
you need to wind in, put another stick on
and get it out there quickly. If you’re fishing
over any kind of particle mix, not just corn, whether it’s hemp
and corn, hemp on its own, a mixture of different particles,
I recommend you use a Combi Rig with a nice light hookbait like that
so it lifts up into their mouth and snares them really quickly. Right, I’ve decided
a move’s on the cards. It’s evident that there’s a lot of fish
down that side of the lake, literally to Dan’s right. We’ve moved down there a couple
of times during this session already for a few hours at a time,
just chuck zigs out there. We haven’t had anything but it is
evident that the majority of fish that I’ve been seeing
are down that end of the lake. So it makes sense
while nothing’s happening here to make a move and hopefully
we’ll be on a few more fish. This morning I’ve been up since 6.30
spodding over zigs. It’s been clear skies, high pressure,
screams zigs all day long and absolutely nothing’s happened. The only ones I’ve seen boshing
are down that end of the lake so without further ado
I’m going to make the dreaded move and hopefully it pays off later. Right, so we’ve had a change of swim and I’ve decided
to go with a change of tactic. It’s the last night of the session
and we really do need a fish. I don’t think it’s any coincidence
and any shock to anybody that over the years naturals have really
produced big hits of fish on this lake. You’re not allowed
to spod maggots anymore although, like this session I’ve been
using them in bags and as hookbaits. However,
you are allowed to spod worms and I’m not talking
a handful here and there. I’m talking in kilos. Now you might be thinking
it’s expensive and, yeah, if you get them at the right price,
probably £15 a kilo is expensive but when you compare it to boilies, you might be paying £13
and £14 a kilo for boilies and these, in my opinion,
on this particular venue have a more devastating effect
than boilies will. So this is what I’m going to go in with
for the last night of the session. Hopefully
it’s going to get me a fish or two. I had a practice session a few weeks ago
on here with this and I had 16 fish in the same time
that we’ve been done now. So it’s definitely had an impact
on that session. I’m hoping
it does the same for me tonight. I’m going to talk you through the rig
I’ve been using on this session now. For all intents and purposes,
it’s a standard Combi Rig but each component
serves a specific purpose. So starting from the important end
which is the hookbait. I’ve got a trimmed-down
Cell Cork Dust Wafter. I’ve tipped it off
with a piece of Slow-Sinking Corn and that will just balance that rig out
just so the corn’s sitting nice and proud. Moving to the hook,
I’ve got a size 4 Kurv Shank which is my chosen hook pattern
wherever I go. I just use a JAG file
just to sharpen it. There’s some big fish in here and
when it goes in I want it to stay in. On there I’ve got a nice little bit
of silicone tubing. Again, all that’s doing
is trapping the hair in place. When I’m chucking single hookbaits
at long distances, it just makes sure that the hair
can’t get wrapped around anything and also I’m not going to use
any PVA tape to tie it back. I’ve just got a small piece of shrink
tube just to cover the eye of the hook. All that’s there for is to help the hook turn more
aggressively in the fish’s mouth. I’ve got maybe a couple of mil
of supple braid. All that is, is the Kamo material,
the 20lb Kamo. I’ve just stripped the coating off and it’s just a normal,
nice braid underneath there. I’ve got the albright knot covered up
with a small piece of Dark Matter putty. That’s just to ensure everything’s kept
nice and tight to the deck. The Boom section itself
is 20lb IQ material. Now that’s stiff enough
so that when you cast you know you’ve got that nice
anti-tangle property, so I know that chucking this
without any foam on or a PVA bag, it’s not tangled in flight. I’ve made hundreds of casts this session and not one of them
has come back tangled. Obviously with it being fluorocarbon,
it’s going to be hard for the fish to see. With that said,
because I’m not using any putty or a sinker
in the middle of this hooklink, I’ve got an anti-tangle sleeve on there
and it’s one of the Dark Matter ones so it’s heavy to make sure everything’s
pinned down to the lake bed should the rig fall in any debris.
I’ve then got a simple overhand knot. That’s going to allow me
to attach this to my Quick Change Swivel on my lead clip and away I go. And the last thing I do
just before casting out is add a small squirt of the Sherbet Goo
around the piece of corn and hopefully this will get me
a bite or two tonight. There’s one on this one as well. – You’re joking.
– Joking, yeah. Do you know what?
I’ve waited two minutes for this. Oh, mate, it’s not me,
it’s took something else. Just to rub salt in the wound,
Loz picked up a fish trailing line. This is an occupational hazard
on busy waters like B1 and when it happens the priority
is always to free the fish from the hook and the line that it’s dragging around. As we’ve said, this is not Loz’s fish.
It’s basically hooked on another rig that was trailing loads of line,
sticks and everything else. Probably somebody else’s line as well. So the best bit of all is the fish
is now away from the hook and he’s free to swim away but
the hook’s been in there quite a while, it’s gone very red
around the mouth there so I’m just going to apply a little bit
of this Carp Care, this Propolis. Basically it goes off when it gets wet,
it’s antiseptic, antibacterial. That’s going to help the skin there
just to heal. Then a scale’s come off there as well
in all of that commotion. So, again,
just a little bit of water onto it and the water just basically
makes it go off, go hard. That will stay on the fish now
even when we put him back. So it’s a major pain for Loz.
He’s sorting his rods out now while I do this
so he can get back on the money again but the most important thing
is this fella is free to go. There you go. Good boy. Carp god’s got to be smiling on us now. We’ll try again. Better. – There you go, brother.
– My hero. Get that down you, son. Glass of red wine as well.
I think we deserve this. I’ve never seen anybody work as hard as you have worked
over the last three days. Thank you. I take that as a compliment. It is, it is. I wouldn’t have put that much effort in and to no avail as well. It must be grating a bit now, come on. The trouble is if you start letting
negativity get through to you, you’ll just finish completely. So at the minute I’m trying
to keep it on the back burner and say I’ve got one more night,
anything could happen. When we wind in, that’ll be it.
That will be the point I’ll give up. But you’ve altered things today. There was a nasty rumour
while I was asleep earlier on that you went and got some worms. Obviously you’ve moved
the other side of me and we have to say thank you
to the people at Linear because they’ve given us four swims
to fish between the two of us. So we’ve had the room to manoeuvre and you’ve been able to leapfrog
backwards and forwards. So first of all,
why have you moved this side? The main reason is the majority
of the fish we’ve been seeing since we’ve been here have been sort of from your
left-hand side down to this end. I think maybe there was a few
in front of me at the odd times. Obviously I’ve come down here
a couple of times. Yeah, because the bulk of fish
has ended up out… Yeah, it’s just been ridiculous. So, all right I lost one on the zig
the first time I tried it. Nothing else since but it just
made sense for the last night that I’ve done a few nights up there
and nothing’s happened. Now I’ve got the worms
what I didn’t want to do was cross-contaminate with all the bait
I’ve put out in the main area and I wanted to come in here
and start afresh. So that was the only thing down there
at the time to see whether it does actually
really make a difference. So obviously we know the back story
of the worms and how well it’s done in the matches
and everything else on here, but for the people that don’t know,
explain to me what they are, what’s the process is of using them and
why you think they make a difference. Obviously worms are a natural and this
particular complex over the years has been dominated by natural baits,
maggots, casters. Hence now the maggot’s been banned
for spodding. You are allowed to still use them,
just not spod them. But I think because of
how well they were and the amount of success
people were getting, somebody then decided to try the worms
as another alternative and has just had it off, you know? So how do you get them?
Where do you get them from and what’s the process
of actually using them? You can get them from any tackle shop. Ideally for the quantities you want
it’s no good bringing a little tiny pot and expecting bites and bites and bites. It’s got to be done properly in kilos. It’s expensive but the way
you’ve got to look at it, what do you want out of your session? Because at the minute it’s difficult but if it turns it tonight
into a decent session, is it worth that money? So, alternatively you can go to a maggot
farm, again, pre-order it from there. – Get the worms from a maggot farm?
– Yeah, or a wormery. There’s loads of different alternatives
you can do to try and get the cheapest price. But for me
I just go to a local tackle shop, get them to pre-order them in advance,
a week in advance and they’re there for me. How do they come
and what do you do with them? They come in kilo bags. So at the start of a session
or when I start using them, I get the bag, cut it open. Ideally what I’d like to do
is riddle the soil away to start with so I’m just left with the worms. Because what you don’t want to do
is be putting whole worms out there. One, it’s not cost effective, two, they’d be wriggling all over
the place away from your spot. So I want to chop them up
as much as humanly possible. Tiny little pieces
falling through the water column. Obviously the amino acids are leaving
a trail as well for the carp to find. But also you still want the soil. Now when you get the worms, some
of the soil will be nice, ground, fine. Look lovely,
and then you’ll get big bits in it. And, again, by riddling them
you can take those bits away. At the end you’ll be left with loads
of little pieces of worm, almost like a ground bait which you can add some liquid to
or water to bulk up and then obviously you’ve got
that nice cloudy aroma going through the water
with the worms as well. And how much do you put in
as an opening gambit? How much have you put in
this afternoon? A kilo and a half, two kilos. Again, if it’s going to work and you
want the best out of it to maximise it, you need to get some down there. You’ve got to have a carpet there
to start with. Once they start eating them, it’s very,
very difficult to get them off you. So if the fish come on me tonight,
I suspect if I get a bite, – I’ll get two, three or four.
– Right, okay. Because they’ll hold them
and they’ll keep wanting them. You can put a couple of spods out but you don’t know
what other nuisance fish are in here, anything else can be eating it. So you need to make sure that you
constantly keep ringing that dinner bell and have the worms
falling through the water column. So, for instance, every hour
I’ve just been putting two spods out. It’s only two spods, however you’ll get that nice little
trickle effect down to your spot and you’ll also maintain that
there is something down there for when the carp do come in. Are you still putting corn out
as well or is it just pure worms? It’s definitely corn as well because
obviously as a hookbait presentation I’m still using little tiny wafters
tipped with a piece of corn. So what I don’t want to do
is alienate my hookbaits. So I’ll probably put in
two Spombs of corn to every six Spombs of chopped worm. Just so there’s something down there
that looks like my hookbait because you know and I know
if they’re feeding on the worms, if there’s corn about
they’re not going to ignore it. So you’ve effectively
sparked a feeding response in the fish and once they’re feeding
they end up eating everything. And they won’t be able to stop. Then obviously your hookbait
presentation doesn’t look unnatural. That’s the thought process anyway. Well, mate, let’s hope it works
because 10 out of 10 for effort. If anybody deserves a couple of fish
it’s you. But for now I think… – Cheers, mate.
– Cheers, mate. And let’s eat this lovely steak. Yes! Get in there! Come on! Get in there! I’m so, so happy. I’ve been throwing
absolutely everything at them and the last night after a change
of tactic, a move of swim, it’s just… you couldn’t write it. It was 1.30 in the morning. To be fair, it hadn’t happened for
a while so the receiver started to go and for some reason I turned
the receiver off, not even thinking, just shut up and let me go to sleep. Then when I clocked on
what was happening, obviously, yeah,
I’m absolutely over the moon. It was probably one of the fish that
I wanted to get in the net the most. I can’t remember feeling like that
for a long, long time. Nervous, people at home won’t understand what’s actually
happened over the last couple of days, the amount of effort to get that bite and it all makes it worthwhile when
that fat fish finally goes in the net. So I’m absolutely over the moon.
I can’t take the smile off my face now. It saved a blank and now it’s easier
to turn one bite into two than it is to turn no bites into one. So hopefully we’ll catch another couple
before first light. To be brutally honest, I’m disappointed
with what we’ve caught. The guys at Linear have been very kind
to us giving us four, prime swims which I know locals
can’t get that sort of privilege and I felt like we should have
done better than we’ve done given that advantage. We’ve had four swims between two of us
so we’ve had extra space. One of the things on these lakes
is what the guy does next door to you can have a major negative impact
on your fishing and we’ve not had to deal with that. I’m really pleased that I’ve caught
my first Brasenose 30 and then followed it up with another one
and that was brilliant. I’m really pleased that the pure corn
situation has worked. I’m happy with how I’ve fished
from an accuracy point of view. I haven’t done anything stupid. And the lake is massively,
massively out of sorts. We haven’t seen a single fish
being played in the daytime at all. And there’s probably
40 blokes here at the moment. So that gives you an idea
of how the lake’s fishing. We chose to come here
because it’s known for big hits. There’s 2,500 fish or whatever,
as we said at the start, and they have been really, really moody. There have been odd bites
around the lake at night but one guy’s caught a couple,
another guy’s caught one. But there’s probably been 30 blanks
while we’ve been here. So, yes, we are in good swims
and that’s definitely an advantage. Stick us in a corner with no fish there, me and Loz
are not going to catch either. We’re not saying
that we’re superhuman anglers at all, not by a long stretch. But put us in front of the fish and we can show you the techniques
to catch them and I think if I came back
and the fish were feeding and I got on some fish with the tactics
I’m using, over three days, I’d expect 15 or 20 bites. And they certainly wouldn’t be
all at night as well. So I know the tactics are the ones
to fish this particular venue. And I think the fish
have just been out of sorts. You look at Loz,
he’s 20 years younger than me, he’s like an absolute dynamo. He’s up all day, all night
changing everything and it’s exhausting just to watch him
and he’s had one in all that time and that’s the worst
he’s ever done on here. He came over here a week or so ago to
practise over the Bank Holiday weekend, every swim was taken, so 41 swims,
and only three people caught and he had 16 fish in three days
doing the same as what he’s doing now. So it just shows you
what the lake has been like and for him it’s been an unfair
representation of his skill and the effort that he puts in
and I do feel for him in that respect. I’m pleased that I’ve done okay
under the circumstances. I’m pleased with how I’ve fished but I really, really would have liked
to have caught more. Yeah, man. There we go. I don’t think anyone has worked harder
for one carp, mate, I really don’t. – Fair play, 10 out of 10 for effort.
– Cheers, mate. What’s your take on the situation?
Why has it been so tough? My take is it’s nothing we’re doing.
It’s the fish. You can see from around the lake. If other people were catching, buzzers
going off left, right and centre, and we weren’t, I’d be worried. But you can clearly see during the day
the high pressure, I think we have
five or six degrees last night so it was a massive contrast in weather. And I just think it’s putting them off,
mate, to be honest with you. We’re getting the odd fish
coming here and there. You’ve done really well considering
the amount of bites round the lake. I have to say, for an old-timer
I’m quite pleased. I’ve been lucky, I’ve been lucky with
the size of the fish as well, I think. Definitely getting tipped off
about the pure corn has worked. There’s no doubt about that
but, like you said, you’ve got to put it into context. We think there’s probably been three
or four other carp caught to the other 35 anglers that are round
here over the time we’ve been here. With a lake fishing as tough as this,
any fish is a result, isn’t it? It just goes to show, we spend two days of literally throwing
the kitchen sink at them and it just goes to show
that if you’re willing to persist, not let your head drop, try different
things and just keep positive and not be downbeat about it,
you can still get results even when it’s tough. – I’m really, really pleased, mate.
– Well, thank you for coming. I’ve massive, massive admiration
for the amount of effort you’ve put in and hopefully next time we’ll go somewhere where the carp
are actually eating, shall we? – Let’s do that.
– Yeah. Well, that’s all we’ve got time for
in this edition of Thinking Tackle. Thank you very much for watching and
we’ll see you on the bank some time.

27 thoughts on “Thinking Tackle OD Season 2 Ep3: Linear – Danny Fairbrass & Lawrence East | Korda Carp Fishing

  1. aquarium…check. rod…check. looks identical….check. How about NOT fishing on those syndicate lakes ? FFS

  2. You don't need that much bait . I fished single hookbait last visit and had 6 fish out probably landed on the last guys 100kg of bait

  3. In this situation get some bread bombs out there, flat calm water with the carp on the surface! the simpliest methods can be the best

  4. Heard about you guys through my sister and her modelling, been watching loads of your videos since. Im a stinky sea fisherman but carp fishing looks pretty cool and less stinky. Think im going to have a go with my boy. Great videos lads. Thanks.

  5. The sort of lake that makes me cringe.. people lined up 20 yards apart, no thanks. Modern day carping… Take me back 20-30 years please

  6. 25 quid a night to fish, 3 thousand carp in the lake, 200 quid in bait and 1 fish on the last night barely over 10 pound, great fishin !!

  7. What a complete shit fest. Why oh why would you pay your hard earned money to sit on the bank with 50 other fully camo cocks spodding the granny out the lake for 20lb pastie mirror.Commercial fishing fufucwitts.Still…frees up room on any decent lakes for the rest of us. I thought the guys at korda where getting back to good vids but this was piss poor. Back to the sell sell sell of pretty shitty products to be fair ,Sad sad sad. Im off to watch a decent vid by Esp.

  8. Decent vid but I couldn’t be done with every swim occupied would drive me mad the constant sound of spombs and noise. I’d rather fish quieter venues with smaller fish tbh

  9. absolute joke of a angling video, about 200 quid later in bait. 3 KILOS of worms, and a poxy 20 for the donught lawrence, oh yeah and 25 quid a night to fish linear, these videos and influences are ruining carp fishing, turning to golf nowadays, go down any river or canal with a 2 pound pint of maggots and anyone can have a great days fishing, these mongols spending literally hundereds per day fishing for rubbish carp, filled to the brim with carp hundereds of anglers fishing the water each week, thousands of pounds of bait going in, the fish fattened up to the point where they look discusting, and more or less animal cruelty how the carp are breed and reard in these noddy angler waters

  10. how are you supposed to get kids into carp fishing, when your having to spend hundereds on bait, and on a water thats 25 quid a night, absolutely destroying the sport KORDONUGHTS

  11. i wouldnt be supprised if danny got his wallet out and paid the lads around the lake to hold there catches for the camera lol,


  13. Lawz you twat.. 2 spombs an hour my alarms set for 5mins so I spomb when it goes off thats 12 an hour what a div should of took my kids telescopic rod a small float size 16 hook and a pint of maggots and caught more.

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