Winter's Here

Get out and enjoy it..but stay warm!

The Elusive Kingfisher

We as Anglers are fortunate enough to witness many magical things whilst on the bank, but what can be more magical than this?

It's River Time

The Chub and Barbel will be feeding.

The Local Legend, Alan Taylor!

Just one of the many lumps that Brown's Consultant Alan Taylor has landed during his trips to foreign lands...

Get out and enjoy being there.

The fish are just a bonus.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Spring is coming.

The weather is changing, the days are getting longer, the winds are warmer, rather than the biting cold winds we previously had.
 Spring is on the way. It's time to get the rods out.
A trip to the shop is always a good idea to get the enthusiasm back, picks up a few new bits and pieces, it's nice to get a new bit of kit to get you keen and make you want to get out and have a go.
Bait is a good place to start, you don't need a lot, the carp are just coming out of their winter slumber. Boilies are the obvious choice, a nice fruity smell would be my choice and a couple of different tubs of pop ups,with different flavour/colour combinations. 
Tactics would be to chose a swim which covered a large area of the lake,I would scatter a few all around the swim maybe 20 baits no more, keeping my eyes peeled for any sign of movement, ready to cast a bait to any moving fish.
 In the meantime I would cast a new brightly coloured pop up with a flavour boost addition into a likely looking spot, repeating the process every hour or so, trying a different spot each time. If you have only gone for the day try to hang on as long as possible, till just after dark at least,as this can often be bite time. Be lucky.

New rods. Once upon a time we used to have one set of rods that we used for all occasions, nowadays you can pick up some terrific rods with a very high specification finish, which not so long ago would have cost an arm and a leg, for a very reasonable price. For instance, if you are fishing a nice little intimate water why not go for 10ft or 11ft 2lb to 2.75lb test curve rods, ideal and a much more pleasurable than a big set of long range rods of 3lb to 4lb test curve in 12/13 ft, or vice versa. If your rods are under gunned and you are going to be doing some long range fishing why not get the tools for the job that will punch a nice big lead or lead and bag incredible distances 150yds plus, you'll get a lot more pleasure using the right tools for the job, just treated myself to some absolute smashing rods 10 ft. 3lb, for my boat fishing abroad, can't wait.
All the best, Alan Taylor 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Mr Consistent

"Mr. Consistent"
Andy, from our Leighton Buzzard shop has been consistently catching throughout the winter. This cracking cold water common from yesterday was more than enough to make his efforts worthwhile.
 Andy has been having great success with the Browns CSI range of boilies, a bait that all of the Team Browns crew have 100% confidence in. If you've used it, you know.

Westy's Match Diary - 28-2-2017

After taking a few days to get over the disappointment of the winter league final , it's time to report on my last 4 days of fishing .
As I mentioned , my team Preston Innovations Blackhorse , had a disappointing day in the final of the winter league . We all knew it would be down to the draw , especially at Decoy , and unfortunately , my drawing arm let the team down , so we ended up a disappointing 22nd on the day out of 34 teams.
  A massive well done to Barnsley who won on the day, well done to Starlets for coming 2nd and a really big well done to Drennan Oxford for coming 3rd . .
Moving on to Sunday, we fished the 3rd round of the Wellingborough league at Theddingworth. After a disastrous first round where we finished 10th , we followed that up with a 4th in the second round and on Sunday we managed to win this round with 44points .
So with one round to go we still may get into the top 3 .
Monday, I went out on a photo shoot with Browns Angling to Alders farm .. had a great day , it was solid . 

So today , I returned to alders for their Tuesday open match .
Today I drew a good peg .. peg 1 , I really fancied it to be honest .
Yesterday whilst filming I caught really well pinging pellets , but today I really struggled using that method . My swim only came to life when I started to feed groundbait .. sonubaits dark F1 , I've then caught most of my fish using light rigs and single maggot on the hook .... funny how it changes so much in 24hrs !!
I ended up with 82lb with was just enough to win the match with 77lb 2nd and Trev price 3rd with 62lb .
So after a disappointing day on Saturday , it was nice to get back to winning ways .
Tight lines
Westy .

Monday, 23 January 2017

Derren Trots for Some Winter Silver

I didn't rush about this morning.
Tea and toast were swallowed before exiting the back door. You see, I had been out and ticked the car over to defrost the old girl and the temperature was reading a warm -7!!

Saying that, when I finally arrived at the river, although cold, it looked stunning out there.
I fished quite hard, and so did it! Trotting maggots through half a dozen swims only produced a handful of bites.

But at least they were silver and in perfect condition.

 "I love winter" get out there and have a go!!..Derren.

Westy's Match Diary 22-1-17

Well , with this cold snap affecting most of the venues in the country , we decided to give Decoy a miss this weekend, and head to alders farm , simply because the team at alders will go out in and break the ice .. Unfortunately when we arrived at the alders , it was still -6 !!! The lakes were all solid and even the boat couldn't break the ice .

 So today they turned the match into a rover , 14 anglers decided to stay . I drew 14 out of the bag , so I had last choice , but that's not always a bad thing , because I could then pick a lake with no one on it . I decided to go up on to pines lake , peg 5 . It took me an hour to break the ice out to 13 metres . Two rigs , both for 13 metres . 4x12's shippy maggot , one bulk down , the other strung out . Both with 0.13 reflo power ,to 0.11 reflo and an 18 PR 412 hook . Offering a single red maggot or dead red as hookbait .

Both rigs attached to a size 10 dura hollo laccy. I know there's lots of skimmers in pines , so with this in mind , I fed two balls of sonubaits F1 dark , with a few dead reds at the off , just hoping for a few fish late . I had two carp in the first 30 mins ..

 I thought this is gonna be solid !!! That's where it ended !! Lol !! I did miss a few bites throughout the day , but not many , an odd skimmer helped me out today , catching two in The last 20 mins , using the new Cad Sprinkle Pots .

They are excellent for dripping maggots because you can count how many you feed at a time ..Really clever . The whole venue fished rock hard as expected . My two carp and 4 skimmers weighed 14-9-0 , which was enough to win the match on a bitterly cold day . Well done to everyone who stuck it out today wherever you've been . With a mild spell on the horizon , let's hope we've seen the last of the sub zero temperatures for this winter . "All the best" Graham West.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Alan Taylors Rainbow Diary - April 2016

I had returned to Rainbow. 
The water level was still high and the weather was still all over the place, high pressure, low pressure, warm, cold and just like the weather the carp were the same. The odd good day followed by slow days with not much action anywhere around the lake.
I was in peg 17 which consists of fishing to the far bank into the snaggy 60' foot pine trees that had been blown or collapsed into the lake over the years, at about 150' yards range. The only problem, apart from the mass of snags is that there are very few places in shallow water to fish. One spot in 12ft being the shallowest and from what I could gather from around the lake was that the carp wanted shallow, calm water that got a bit of sun, unfortunately this was scarce in 17.

Anyway, we had been fishing five days and nights and I was still waiting, along with the majority of others. 
The walky talkies used by anglers around the lake to keep in touch with each other for news had been full of doom and gloom. people blanking. Especially those on their last night not wanting to go home with the humiliation of going to France and catching nothing, cos' even next doors cat knows that going to France guarantees the catch of a lifetime!...if only!
 Some were first timers expecting daily runs, others were summer anglers, again expecting constant action. Some were complaining of strange occurrences rod tips bouncing, bobbins twitching,  good old bream, carp trailing rigs or liners - the real reason was they were getting done by cautiously feeding carp.
Time to try Something different I thought.
  I was pretty sure I hadn't had many fish in front of me, or indeed that I'd had an enquiry of any sort, but if they were being awkward and cagey I wanted something that would trip one up...should I get an enquiry.
 I wound in, went for a wash and brush up and came back a few hours later refreshed. I re-baited three rods as before and one rod (the one I could fish on my shallow spot) I changed over to Mainline Baits Essential Cell and put on my favourite "scratching rig ", an old faithful that's a bit different and comes out when the going gets tough, presented in a PVA bag full with only dry ingredients, which will instantly dissipate leaving the little trap perfectly set. Once in the mouth, it don't come out! A modicum of freebies were spread in the vicinity.
Well,Saturday around 1oclock there's a ding a ling on the rod tip bell, brilliant for early indication in these snaggy situations..

 ..The tip pulls down the buzzers sounds and we are away on the "scratching rig", a major battle ensues as I take to the boat after walking him back from the snags.
 I have to use the boats motor to stop the powerful carp reaching the snags, I eventually entice it away from the other three lines and the far banks snags until he is over the deep water. The  battle continues for sometime, until it finally surfaces, it's a nice deep common and quite long as I have to give the net a shake to get its tail over the cord.
 I carefully wrap him in the net and head ashore slowly with me prize, I roll him into the retaining sling ready for taking ashore for weighing. Matey calls out, "Is it a nice one ?" "Yes it's 40, maybe make 50 any chance of a photo please ?" He comes over takes one look and says, "That will make 70 lb all day long". 
 I had been deceived, he just didn't seem that big, and sure enough on the scales to my amazement 73 lb of immaculate common carp!

That was it for me I had been lucky enough to catch a another big one following on from my 86 lb last trip. I just chilled for the rest of the trip managed another common of 37 lb  and drove home a very happy chappy,

I'm off somewhere new next trip that has a 90 lber. You never know, and as that old Chinese proverb goes, "You gotta be in it, to win it "

Until next time...

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Alan Taylor's Diary - September 2015 Back at Rainbow

I had been given the privilege of fishing the right hand side of peg 6, I had fished in 6 before but never on the right. On that side there was a large area of open water directly in front of me which led right up to a large opening leading to swims 11&12 with islands and bars to the right and a channel leading up to peg 5. The left hand side of the swim was a little more tricky a narrow snaggy channel, a few close in islands and lots of humps and bumps.
 I had a plan, which was to only fish half way up the open water onto a nice big plateau, to allow the fish to move through and around the swim without cutting them off by fishing to the limit of my swim with lines all over the place. As I've said before they love where there are no lines and feel a lot more comfortable. The plateau was about 8 foot in depth, which seemed perfect considering all the extreme hot weather they had been having making the water temperature very high.
 I had a good prod around on the plateau finally finding a lovely bit of bottom to place my hook bait a nice big hand rolled hybrid bottom bait, with plenty of the right stuff in, so that I could leave it out as long as was necessary. I pulled the boat back to the plateau and gave it a real good scattering of boilies. The other rods I fished in likely looking spots in shallowish water with a handfull of baits around, just enough to get a bite. Once again a nice big hard bottom bait lowered onto the chosen spot with a pva hybrid stick mix, glugged up with the usual goodies for added attraction. Unbelievably after two months without a sprinkle of rain on the first night we had a massive thunderstorm, one tree on the lake was hit by lightning, another was felled by the high winds blocking the track, and some sheer devastation occurred to those whom had erected gazebos, these were completely blown away or smashed to pieces!
  The morning arrived and it looked bob on for a bite, I was well happy with my spots and the plateau rod felt like my banker rod, and fishing in fairly open water was a real bonus for Rainbow fishing. To make matters even better the French lads in peg eleven were out in their boats constantly. Hopefully them making a disturbance on the water will move a few fish my way. I was sitting tight now for a few days, until a bite or whatever.

 I didn't have to wait long, 6 o'clock that evening I am away.  That's an early one I thought after all the boat work and sure enough it was the plateau rod. Into the boat ,off we jolly well go in hot pursuit, and after a bit of a battle with no dramas a lovely looking scaley mirror rolls into the net. Happy days I am thinking and not only a pretty one but a big one to boot, back on dry land a quick weigh and photo it's 59lb that will do very nicely, thank you very much.

 I lost one down the channel, just seemed to fall off for no good reason, then had a 20 lb+ common and a barney rubble on the channel rod and a nice 44lb mirror from the plateau rod.

  The weather was nice and sunny again now. The peg 11 men continued to be constantly on the water but I didn't actually see them land a fish,they may just have been topping up their tans as they were both cavorting around in their "budgie smugglers" !! Some people just can't sit still and stay off the water, I wasn't complaining as the plateau rod and another I had managed to 'fit in' the area were busy! Twice I was in the boat sorting out fish and one of the other rods went. I had another take on the plateau rod but by the time I had got into the boat and out to the fish it had found a non visible under water snag. I have described my snag set up before, I believe it to be the ultimate from the hook all the way through to the 50 lb braided mainline, when I got close enough I could tell it was definitely snagged, I got right over the top of the snag and had a little pull on the 60lb nylon leader sure enough it had swam under a cluster of branches. Don't panic Captain Mainwaring I say to myself, I have been in this situation countless times before, it's obviously not coming back through all those branches so out with my little grappling hook lower it down and try to locate my line exiting the other side of the snag, slacken off and pull it up, right cut through the nylon, ( it's easier to do it than describe it) on the rod side and pull the now slack line out of the snag and quickly rety it to the other end, I am now free of that snag and ready to do battle, if the fish is still on that is! 
 I move another few yards closer but it's snagged again, this time it's the old landing net handle trick. Take the arms of the net wrap the spreader around the leader and follow it down to the bottom. Whooh! The fish is still on, I can feel it now, patience, it's a virtue you know! Well this went on for some time, in fact long enough for my mate to write in his log that I had had a bite and lost it! I could feel the line under another snag the landing net trick lowering the line under the snag worked a treat. The carp was free and surging up the lake. Chasing the fish up the lake and trying to re-assemble the landing net head to the handle was fun. It felt a good fish and on first glance as it rolled ready for netting looked a nice forty, I quickly unhooked him in the net checked everything was ok gave him a little rest and decided not to put him through the rigours of a trip back to the bank but to set him free there and then, as he laid on his side it I thought mid-forty lovely, but as he righted himself in the net it was very broad across the back and as he slowly swam out the net he got longer and longer.
 I thought to myself HMMMM! Schoolboy error there my son, he could have easily been a fifty not to worry ( w****r, is what I really thought) . I can't remember the last time I left any gear in the lake, let alone in a fish, if the fish has gone I wrap everything round my pulling bar, and give it the big heave ho. I have raised a few impressive "trees" from the depths! And have to be careful not to sink the boat at times. 
 I use two hook link materials either the Camo coated hook link in 65lb, or Duracord which I splice onto the hook and the swivel (no knots), the toughness and abrasion is phenomenal, this is attached using a new super strong Kwik link which I have been testing, then I use either Kable XT extreme lead core 70 lb or Armacord 85lb approximately 4 ft.-6 ft length, then a nylon leader XT snag leader 50lb or 60lb in an 8 metre length this puts a tiny amount of stretch into the set up which I like when playing fish particularly from a boat and helps considerably if the fish becomes snagged i.e. does not cut into snags, finally attached to Apex mainline braid 50lb.
 I don't know how many times I have said this but I believe this to be the ULTIMATE snag set up, that's why I have listed everything concisely.
   The weather became changeable some really hot days followed by heavy thunderstorms with strong mistral winds. I could have easily gone down to the two plateau rods,as the other two had completely dried up, and these two continued to catch come rain or shine, I had some nice commons from 40lb up to,48 lb and other lovely carp of 58lb and52lb.

  A few things cropped up so I had to,head home early but hay- ho no regrets had a lovely trip with some nice fish.

  Until the next time, be lucky.