OUR weekly Carp Blog on the Angler’s Mail website comes from Korda Developments - one of the most popular carp fishing companies in the world, that strives to give something back to the sport. James Armstrong provides this update.
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BEATING THE COLD KORDA-STYLE
THE white stuff has made the fishing amongst Team Korda pretty tricky this month. So tricky that it has, in fact, been nigh-on impossible to hit the bank. This has given us time to crack on with plans for 2013 and prepare for the exciting year to come.
To keep you warm in the cold, check out the new, stylish Korda beanie in its carpy green colour and knitted design. This is the latest release and there’s not a better time to get yourself one.
It’s showtime during winter and as I write this the guys in the office are getting all the bits and bobs ready for the Brentwood show (preview in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine). With most of the lakes containing a lid of ice, get yourself down there and meet the team. Ask questions, check out new gear and attend the many intriguing slide shows that will take place.
Believe it or not a couple of hardy Korda anglers have braved the elements. A few weeks ago, we received an amazing email from a guy named Paul Amos. On his first session of the year, targeting the tricky Roach Pit in Hampshire he managed to land three of its prized residents. Quite remarkably he banked a brace of forties including the Big Lin at 45lb. Paul was using Hinged Stiff Rigs complete with Mainline Milky Toffee pop-ups.
Another report we have received recently was from James Turner.
James commented for Korda’s wesbite: “This capture marks the end of some unfinished business for me and this lake. I was lucky enough to catch the other two big fish that resided in the lake back in 2008, but unfortunately these fish have since passed away.
“For the past two winters, I have fished in the hope of catching up with Clanger. However, it is renowned for being a tricky fish to snare and often goes long periods of time avoiding capture.
“Since I last fished the lake it had been restocked and the total stock now stood at about 20 fish in seven acres of shallow, silty water.
“In January 2012, I caught Baby Clanger and returned in February when I managed to catch another fish – a 17lb stockie, closing the season with a respectable two fish in five nights.
“With other fishing targets to pursue, I didn’t return to Silvermere until October, when I fished a single overnighter to no avail. With the unseasonably warm weather, I decided to make the most of it and head down to the lake.
I arrived at about 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon and stopped in for a brief chat with some of the lads doing a day session. I headed off to walk the lake and unbelievably I found Clanger virtually straight away, mooching about. The big, old mirror looked active in the unusually clear water.
“I got all my gear into a swim that covered the margin I had seen Clanger patrolling. Rigs were dispatched as stealthily as possible for the night and nothing, barring a bream, disturbed me. I repositioned the rods in the same area in the early afternoon to ensure that everything was set for the evening, when I hoped Clanger would return.
“Just after my friend Warren Fenn arrived in my swim, the left-hand rod was away, it was immediately apparent that I was connected to a good fish. With help from Warren, I was into the waders and out into the shallow pit – the fight was an impressive demonstration of the fish’s raw power, with steady powerful runs and huge bow-waves. With the fish finally surfaced and beaten, a huge set of shoulders breached the surface and with no hesitation I slid the net under my prize. A glance into the net confirmed our thoughts – Clanger was sat in the net indignantly.
“We weighed the old warrior in at 42lb 10oz and quickly snapped away in the bright January sun, before Clanger powered off into the lake.”
That about sums it up for this month but as the snow disappears more and more of us will be hitting the banks and hopefully a few fish will be smiling for the camera.
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