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  1. Back to the Vale of York

    After what seemed like an eternity since last catching a Carp, i was hurtling back over towards the Vale of York with @drunkenmaster and @spooner for another crack at Elvington's Carp, hoping they would be as obliging as they were on our previous visit.

    However, we knew with the first frost a couple of days previous, a day of rain the day before, the fishing could potentially be a bit moody.

    I dropped in 'Peg 2', which ...
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  2. Birds Blues...

    Today was one of my scheduled days off, so I packed up the Dwarfs and wobbled over to Birds Green. I set up in the Aerator swim and put a bait either side of it as the fish were knocking the securing poles like Billy-oh, but after a few minutes of scanning the water, I noticed a huge jacuzzi going on 3 swims down at about 30 yards out... I needed no second invitation, I did an offski and dropped both baits (CC Moores Live System) on ultra low resistance run rigs, on either side of the bubbles ...
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  3. Yateley Magic

    It seemed like ages ago since I was last on the bank, and even longer since I had last posted a blog on craftycarping, but what with my birthday and Reading Festival then holidays to Cornwall and finally settling in to Year 13 I was left with little time. In my absence I abruptly realised I no longer wanted to fish Tarn, after a year on and off it was no longer 'lighting my fire' and I was feeling ever so slightly bored. So my dad and I decided to spend Saturday night at Yateley South Lake. A venue ...
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  4. A Wye Valley Line Wetting (not Carp)

    Friday morning saw me rise at stupid o'clock and after loading the bait and cakes, I was on the road by 5am. Heading for deepest Hereford and a meeting with some Traditional Fishermans Forum regulars... The rain was hammering down despite forecasts of muggy overcast conditions and remained so for most of the journey... It was a nightmare trip, with spray so bad on the motorway that traffic was down to 45mph at times, add to that the odd numpty hurling themselves at the scenery and it took well over ...
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  5. Moreton Magic

    After another manic stint at work I sought refuge at Moreton Pit, one of Ongar and District's waters... The MkIV got the nod over the as yet properly christened Marco Test, and as it was going to be a margin session the 10' MkIV was a little more manageable, mated with the Matt Hayes pin I set up the simplest of rigs.... A short piece of raw peacock quill affixed top and bottom with a single swan shot about 6" from the hook, a size ten barbless hook with a hair rig completed the whole ensemble.... ...
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