WELCOME to our Friday blog. Every Friday we hand over to Carl and Alex Smith – known online as simply Carl & Alex.

These super keen youngsters have a passion for making a variety of fishing videos. Read their tips each week in Angler’s Mail magazine’s unbeatable All The Answers section.

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WE HAVE spent the last few weeks busy filming, editing and obviously fishing. However, one of the biggest events for us in the last week was cleaning up our fishing shed! 

We found so much junk that we never use and also equipment that we had lost and were happy to find again. We realised that we hadn’t done any pole fishing for a long time; all our pole sections and top kits were at the back of our shed in a heap so we cleaned them all up. Maybe this was telling us to get out on the bank and do a bit more match-style fishing. The poles will also come in useful with our carp fishing, presenting a bait near snags with the pole cup to get our rig in the perfect place.

Next target – the quest for the light common

We have also been thinking of a new quest video idea. To date we have filmed Quest for a 20lb Carp and Quest for a Catfish but we wanted a harder challenge. The answer came while we were on our latest night session at Tanyard. When walking across the cattle grid swim, we saw a stunning fish, very pale, and extremely wide and long. This fish is called The Light Common so watch out for our Quest for The Light Common, a fish which regularly goes above 30lb and one we would love to catch. We have already started thinking about tactics, bait and tackle that we will be using to try and catch this monster, also about the filming, what angles we will use and what shots we need to get.

We have spent the last six months busy saving up our money for a new film camera which we will use to film Quest for The Light Common and our other YouTube videos. Hopefully, with the new camera, we will be able to improve the quality of our filming and our viewers will enjoy the film more. We are also planning to buy plenty more batteries for our camera as we desperately want to film a carp run. We will be filming the rods 24/7!

Alex enjoys the recent good weather with a mega catch

And with all the hot weather we have had for the last month we have been stalking lots of big carp. My biggest on the slow-sinking corn has been a 30-45-year-old mirror carp at 26lb; Carl has been catching lots of upper doubles as well! We took a friend fishing for two nights and during the heat of the day he caught his first 20-pounder, a fish which he will probably remember for the rest of his life… Give it a go, slow-sinking corn is very effective and let’s hope this warm weather continues for the rest of the summer!

His first 20 lb carp!

Tight lines, wet nets and bending rods!

Carl & Alex


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