ALMOST THERE (Carp) – Blog entry 598

 

On January 1 2014 I embarked on a bucket-list journey. To fish some portion of every day for a calendar year. I had attempted this in 2013, but severe weather at the beginning meant I was snow-bound and unable to progress very far. This time round though, nothing external has thrown a spanner in the works (yet) and so, as we edge towards a New Year, I’m almost there. Has it been a hardship? More like a labour of love, actually.

The opening fish of the session, always good to get off the mark
The opening fish, always good to get off the mark

On this final blog entry of the year, I did my first overnighter for some weeks. As a one-off I was fishing with Beechwood Baits’ new winter boilie, Excelsor. Run by Gavin Astley, who certainly knows his stuff, Beechwood is a growing UK-based company. Arriving at the lake, I baited up a couple of areas, one close to an island and the other in open water. You can see from the video how both spots perform. I ended the session with four common carp and two chub.

An early-morning common on the bank
An early-morning common on the bank

I really enjoyed being back on the overnighter trail and I explain in the video why I haven’t been fishing that way for some weeks. I was a little sore afterwards, but definitely raring to go, so expect to see more winter through-the-night sessions once we hit 2015. The venue that I fished is Kinver Freeliners’ Valley View. It isn’t a day-ticket pool but the club has membership available so if you like the look of it then contact the club. The details can be found in ‘About me’ section on this site.

The final fish and the best of the session
The final fish and the best of the session

The written part of my blog entry has been shortened over the last few weeks and that has been intentional. I’m always experimenting and shuffling the furniture around, and for now I’m leading with the video. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful, and of course fish-filled, New Year. I’ll be back next Saturday, when barring some major disaster, the blog headline will read ‘Mission Accomplished’. (Published December 27 2014)