PREPARING FOR THE 2006 JUNIOR CARP CHAMPIONSHIP [Part 1]:
By Luke Thomas
Seventeen minutes past eleven, Thursday 3rd of
August, I'm worrying about the competition in less than two weeks
time. After filtering the internet for every bit of information
and tips about Linear fishery's Brasenose 1, it is looking more
and more like RMC's Thorpe Lea. An action water, and a big one
The competition layout is 50 competetors in each
qualifier, with random swims, total weight of all fish caught
and top 10 go through. So now I have to make a game plan, what
am I going to do which will make me stand out from the crowd ?
Brasenose 1 is 32 acres in size with just over
3,000 carp, mostly mirrors, resident there. The articles and reports
I have read present stories of mega hauls of carp in single day
sessions, one of which reporting 514lbs of carp in 36 hours. Most
of these mega hauls were taken by some sort of boilie with an accompanying
PVA bag or mesh full of pellet.
So with only 2 rods allowed, I
have my first rod sorted. For the second rod, I have decided
a different approach will hopefully produce the goods, so there
are a couple of options in mind.
- The first is a zig rig, or for those of you who
don't know, an extended hair rig (usually about 3-6 feet in length),
with a pop-up high-vis boilie cast into the same area as my other
rod. With this I would be covering mutiple depths and catch the
fish at whatever level they are cruising around. This was also
reccomended by someone who knows the lake very well (no names lol).
- The second option is a piece of fake bouyant corn counter-balanced
by a piece of fake sinking maize on the hair, and a PVA mesh bag
filled with groundbait mix including, mainline fusion chopped boilie,
sweetcorn, mainline fusion 2mm pellets, bird seed (tried and
tested !) and heathrow baits nutty groundbait.
- And of course the other option is to use the boilie and pellet filled
PVA bag the same as the first rod.
So now with the baits planned I can move on to
a game-plan. Because I have never fished the water, and it is similar
to Thorpe Lea, I
am going to take exactly the same approach as I would at
Thorpe Lea. This means getting myself into a rhythm and having
everything organised so my fishing flows properly and without
any distractions or complications. Using my invaluable marker
rod to search for those ever important gravel bars and getting
some feed and my rigs on it accuratly.
After finding the gravel bar and placing the marker there, I plan to throw
some balls of the groundbait mix around the marker to get that first
carpet of bait down (I usually put balls of groundbait out
first as it gives a cloud effect to the water which draws
fish in so much quicker than just boilies or pellets, Danny
Fairbrass inspired me with this). Then introduce pellets
and boilies, and then finally the hook-baits.
So I have 9 hours and 49 other people to compete
with, I think with a organised and strong game-plan I can qualify
into the finals, or at least give everyone else a run for their
Thanks for reading everyone and will let you all know how it went !
Luke Thomas [Crazy_Carper]