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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. A nice Quartet in the Vale of York

    Ventured out to Elvington Lake yesterday with @drunkenmaster for a long overdue attempt to properly crack it's Carp.

    Got there early and baited two spots with a few hundred mixed KSC and VNF Freebies. Over the top i fished Xcelerate pop ups, KSC pop ups and KSC bottom baits throughout the day.

    Managed a nice four fish catch with fish to 13lb 14oz. Took pics of three of them.

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  5. Nostalgia at the old estate ponds

    Well my week away has come to an end and it was nice to re-visit one of the venues i hadn't fished for a couple of years and first fished nearly 10 years ago!

    Won't delve in to too much detail, but had a few enjoyable, if not spectacular sessions catching a few quality roach in stunning surroundings, so i was quite content. The occasional nice Rudd put in an appearance too.

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