MY DAUGHTER AMY AGE THREE CARP FISHING, THIS IS WHY I TAKE IT TO HEART WHEN CARP ARE MISTREATED AT THE LOUGH
MY DAUGHTER AMY AGE THREE CARP FISHING, THIS IS WHY I TAKE IT TO HEART WHEN CARP ARE MISTREATED AT THE LOUGH
For the past six months I’ve been a volunteer for Angling First charity. As a reward for my hard work I was granted a ten day fishing trip in which I would fish the lough in Cork for carp and as a bonus I was taken out deep sea fishing for Blue Shark with Sydney Kennedy which has changed my perspective on fishing all together. As we headed out from cork marina a couple of miles off shore we fished for Mackerel to gather bait for the shark. I also came across a few species that were new to me. We then went about ten miles out into the Atlantic which was far enough as the sea was quite rough. We didn’t have to wait long before this great predator took the bait and then it was game on. The most exciting part of this fight was not knowing what size the beast on the end of my line could be. I knew for sure it was bigger than me as I eventually got it up near the surface it striped line off the reel and dove down about fifty foot. When I finally got it up Mark and Sid pulled her aboard and then I saw what I was dealing with. A seventy pound, seven foot long Blue Shark! I couldn’t believe my eyes as it is the biggest fish I have ever landed. I then held her up for a few photos with the help of Mark and then we safely released her off the side of the boat. I still can’t get over the strength in these powerful prehistoric predators and I have great respect for them. And for the following nine days I fished the lough in Cork which I enjoyed thoroughly as Carp are my favourite fish and ended up with a total of thirty one Carp up to 17 lbs.! I would like to thank Mark McGivern and Sydney Kennedy for giving me this amazing experience that I’ll never forget!
Here is some of the fish we landed with a video of my shark.
Tony quiver Tip Cotter
As Tony had a few days off and the weather was perfect he decided to head to the lough for some carp on the quiver tip. As he arrived on the lake he could feel the warm wind coming from a northerly direction that normally would have a chill in it. With the gear set up and the method feeder on that was packed with pellets, crushed boilies, and ground bait.
With the rod casted it did not take long before he was into his first fish, a carp of 8lb. As the day pushed on the carp did not care that the buddies were being caught. It does pay to have good bait in your swim because as tony proved they will stay around no Mather what is happening around them.
There was so many carp in his swim it was hard to tell the difference between a line bight to a take. As the fish were competing for the free offerings the carp started to hook them self’s with violent rod pulls. You could see that tony was really enjoying himself.
With 10kg of bait gone, it was time to lift the keep-net so we could start tagging the fish. It took the two of us to lift it, it was some days fishing for Tony, looking forward to giving it a go myself.
Keep nets OR Carp sacks are not allowed unless the cork city council give the ok, keep nets are harmful to the fish and both can carry disease if not disinfected properly.
I did a 3 minute video for Tony instead of putting in the pictures click on the video below to see how easy Tony makes it to catch carp and the amount of carp he had in 7 hours
With a few hours to spare Davy Flynn, my son Conor & myself decided to take a quick one day session down to the Lough in Cork in search of a specimen sized Carp. I contacted local carp expert Sid Kennedy to pick his brain, Sid was most helpful and put us on a location where he had seen some big fish moving. Sid also supplied us with a selection of Sticky bait’s boilies. So we set up our gear and sat back for a cuppa, as frequently happens when fishing with the tea poured and the moment being savoured a bite alarm screams and line rips off the bait runner. Conor quickly had the carp under control after a great battle the fish was quickly measured weighed and photographed. The fish weighed exactly 15lb and adds another specimen to Conor’s ever growing list of specimen fish.
With the tea now gone cold and a very happy young angler it was time to re cast the rod again.
After a short while Conor’s rod got another run and he landed a fish of 8 ½ Lbs. it was a good day for some .
We experienced a bit of a lull in the afternoon, but as evening approached Davy observed a few fish tucked in very tight to a snag in the Lough. He cast his bait very tight to the snag and hoped to make contact with one of the fish Within 10 minutes a Carp was hooked and Davy was playing the fish towards the net. This one set the needle at 14Lb 8 oz and was a new Pb for him.
A great short trip and all possible from a wee bit of local expert knowledge and some of Sid’s Boilies Once again thanks Sid Kennedy for all your help.
We are already looking forward to our next session on the Lough and maybe a chance of meeting a twenty !!!!
As the weather conditions were super for carp fishing I planed a session with tony cotter for Saturday. Each night this week we put in only a half a kg of boilies. As we arrived yesterday we could see that the council were putting out the barley straw and were rowing across were we intended to fish. we decided to fish the road side of the lake as it was the only place that the council were not using their boats.
What Tony uses when he goes carp fishing, rods are Harrison torrix 3.25 test curve 12 foot, reels shimano medium long cast bait runners with shimano invisitec 15lb line, solar globe trotter pod to keeps your rods low under water and away from passing birds on the lake, a good 42 inch landing net and carp mat. Tony would point out to any angler that fish the Lough that a good net and mat are required it is very important for carp safety . ANGLERS HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS A CLUB ON THE WATER THAT HAVE BOUGHT THE FISH YOU ARE FISHING FOR AND HAVE BROUGHT IN BY-LAWS TO PROTECT OUR CARP SO EVERY ONE CAN ENJOY A GOOD DAYS FISHING, so put them back
A picture of Tony gear
With Tony and my gear set up and casted, it only took about 15 minutes before tony was into our first fish. The carp fought a lot harder due to the water temperatures are up.
Tony with his 13lb carp caught on sticky boilies 20 yards from the bank
As the morning pushed on we could see a lot of carp jumping and topping, I believe it was down to the lads putting in the straw. We had another few carp around 10lb before the council were finished. Within the next hour you could see that the carp were starting to settle. we decided to put out a good bed of boilies to see would the carp move to it and they did. We landed a good few around 8 to 10lb but only had 4 over 12lb the largest was 14lb
I had this 14lb common on a double 16mm krill boilies over a bed of krill
Tony with the last carp of the day a old original Lough carp that once was a 20lb
Met my friend Nick Ward 9.30am today to show him were we seen most of the carp yesterday, I hope he lands some crackers.
Adam Barrett’s Fishing Tips
I am back with another piece on carp on the lough, I met my friend Tony cotter last week and we decided to give it a go after the hassle that the lads had two weeks ago. We decided to flip a coin to who will have first choice and of course it was Tony that picked the right side of the coin. For the next few nights we pre-baited 1 kg of sticky bait boilies in the hope we could hold the carp in the area. That morning, Tony and I through out a half of a kg of boilies into each spot before we stared fishing for the day. Even do the temperatures were down we still believed we were going to catch a few carp. It was 5 hours before Tony got his first run, just as the fish was netted his other rod screamed into action. I had to put the carp into the carp sack to free up our landing net. With the second carp safely landed Tony checked his bait and put on another pva bag and casted out. As we put the carp into the sling to weigh it, his alarm screamed and the line was pealing off his reel. He ran for his rod as I put the carp back into water with the third carp landed I hoped we could weigh and take pictures before Tony caught another [JAMMY]
Tony with 14.8lb 15.12lb carp on the math and this cracker mirror that weighed over 16lb
With the carp safely back in the water I was weighting for my turn that never happened unlike jammy with another carp bending his rod as the carp neared the net we could see it looked a bit better and as we lifted the carp out of the water you could see it had a good belly. We took the photos and then weighed the fish it brought the needle around to17lb
Tony 17lb common
I must admit Tony is very neat and careful when he puts his gear together and his boilies on the hair, his pva bags are the same size and when he puts out the free bee boilies he nearly hits the same spot every time. Well done Tony, I look forward to kicking you ass on our next session.
Sid’s fishing adventures
At this time of year I start ordering sticky bait boilies basemix, I decided to include some of there krill active mix as it nearly time for method feeder. Method feeders with the right feed can be deadly because as the method ball hits the water large amounts of it get released and the sent of it travels through different liars of the water. This can draw carp that are near the surface down to were the remainder of the method ball is sitting. As the carp starts to feed you will some times get short drop backs, don’t strike them unless the drop back it quite server and the line is slake other wise Wight until the reel screams off. When you are mixing your dry method feed add small amounts of water, do this until you are able to make a firm ball. If it is too soft it will come off as you are casting, too firm it won’t break up when it hits the water. It won’t take long to get it right when you are making it for the first time.
Krill active mix with trout pellet, crushed krill boilies with krill juice that was moulded around a method feeder.
When using large method feeders with large amounts of feed you will need a rod that can take the weight and pressure of a long rang cast. You are looking for a rod that is stated as long range with a test curve of 3lb to 3.5lb. these rods are quite powerful and you can get hook pulls if you try to rush the fish, all you have to do it set your clutch on your reel and take your time especially as the fish nears the net. That day the lake temperature was up to 9drees. I decided to use method feeder on all rods just to see would it work. It took a good few hours before I got my first run, it felt like a good fish until the hook pulled, [downer] with in ten minutes I was into another, it was fighting like a small carp and it was, a carp of around 7lb and then another one of the same size and weight.
My second carp landed on the first day using the krill active mix.
The weather changed not long after that fish, it got wet and cold and as I was living close by I decided to go home and make some rigs with slightly larger hooks, on the hope that if I hook one of the larger carp like I did that day it my stay on instead of dropping off time will tell. [I hope] as I was finished, I dropped the rest of the method mix over to Gerry o Connor who was fishing on the road side of the lough. After changing to a method feeder He landed this carp within 20 minutes of recasting.
Gerry’s first carp on krill active mix.
I am going to go perch fishing in the lee reservoir in the next few days as the weather it starting to settle.
Although thoroughly enjoyable (as always), my recent pike and sea fishing exploits have been largely unsuccessful. So, to say I was excited about the prospect of a day’s carping at the infamous Cork Lough, is putting it mildly. I am extremely lucky that the lake is literally minutes from my house and, with half decent weather and a reasonably good knowledge of the venue, I must admit I was confident of landing a carp or two. The fact that I had been trickling some bait (mostly Sticky Baits boilies) into a few areas also helped boost my confidence no end! Pre-baiting doesn’t have to be extensive (especially in the cooler months) nor does in need to be expensive. A handful or two of bait into a spot on a regular basis is often all that is required to attract, and hold, a fish or two.
It is worth noting that if you are fishing with boilies in cooler temperatures, it is in your and the fish’s best interest to use a bait which is highly digestible – for example, one which is made up of pre-digested/low temperature fish meals, various bird foods, wheat germ etc. The colder the water the slower a fish’s metabolism and digestive processes will be. So, by feeding with such a bait, the chances of a fish feeling ‘full’ are reduced, which means there is a greater chance of it continuing to feed and hopefully picking up your hook bait!
The day began bright and clear, almost (almost!) spring-like, with a stiff breeze blowing from behind me. At this time of year sunshine is a great incentive to get carp moving, as they naturally seek out warmer water. Areas of waters which receive more sunlight will also generally be the first to produce new weed growth and hold more substantial numbers of natural food items. Surely the combination of pre-baiting and choosing to fish an area where the fish felt more comfortable would be a winner?
Two hours after casting in and one of the rods signalled a take – a slow, twitchy tightening of the line. Despite the sluggish bite, the fish put up a very good account of itself, plodding around under the rod tip for much of the fight, refusing to surface. When it did, I gasped – it was a stunning looking mirror! It looked even more impressive once netted and placed onto the waiting unhooking mat. A chunky scaley carp, in true winter colours, golds, yellows, browns, blacks. Size does not matter one bit when fish are this beautiful.
A truly beautiful carp
An hour later, the same rod resulted in another similar size common (8lb+), which also put up a decent scrap. Not long after, in this short spell of activity, I had another bite and landed another fish, this time a copper-coloured female common of almost 12lb. I was delighted with my result, three fish in a few hours, with a ‘double’ thrown in to boot! However, the feeding spell, at least in this area, seemed to end after that and all became quiet. In fact, the only feeding signs I saw in my swim for the next while were those of the migratory Tufted ducks which call the lake home during winter. Oddly, they seemed to leave my baited spots alone. Maybe the carp had eaten all of the bait?
Perhaps a little greedily, I decided to move swims for the last few hours of my trip. This is the benefit of having more than one area pre-baited and more than one area in mind; it gives you the option of moving should the situation arise. By now the sunny, blue skies had long been replaced by a strong gusting wind and lots of driving rain. As if we haven’t seen enough of that this season?! Still there was one carp who was hungry (foolish?) enough to take my bait in the new plot and, as the right hand rod signalled a typical winter take, the wind howled through the rod rings and I became quite wet! Did I care? Did I heck! To me, this is what fishing is all about, what I live for, what I crave.
The fish felt much bigger than the previous three from earlier on and sure enough it was. Although it did come in like the proverbial wet sack, my buddy Adam Barrett and I were elated when we saw what lay in the mesh of the net – a lovely, plump mid-double figure mirror! It was a great end to a great day, one which surely wouldn’t have been as successful without the correct bait and the correct bait application…
A very wet but very happy angler!
Another good at the lough
my self and jack Higgins decided to go carp fishing after school. As it was going to be a short session we only brought one set of rod. As I have said I am lightly pre-baiting for the last few weeks in different spots around the lake. As I was setting up the rods jack was making up the krill pva bags. It did not take long for us to get or rod in the pre-baited spot and it was even quicker I was fighting the first carp of the session,
My first specimen carp of 2014 was this 15lb cracker
With the pictures taking and the rod back out jack’s rod screamed off, as jack is new to carp fishing he could not believe the power when the carp was making it wild runs. As I looked at jack I could see the excitement on his face. As the fish entered the net he started to do a jig.
12lb 8oz carp, Jack first ever specimen
We lost one more 15 minutes later due to a snag that must fell of the large trees after the last storm
It does pay off when you introduce quality baits when you are fishing for carp.
Until next time
As a young man Barry had won most competitions on the lough Cork, one of his favourite memories was winning the Jackie Lennox Cup in June 1973
Barry was one of Ireland’s first pioneers in Carp fishing, landing Carp over 15lb in 1974, which is like catching a carp of about 28lb in today’s standards out on the lough.
Back then the water quality was much better and the lake was deeper and even better it had lilies. This lead to Tench breeding and the Rudd having a place to hide from predators Barry was no stranger in catching large bags of Rudd with some cracking Tench.
I have been good friends with Barry for a number of years now, this all came about when we got our club [Cork Carp Anglers] to rally together to stop a few Cork and Dublin anglers with the aid of the fisheries board removing all the Carp from the lough including all the record size fish. After 6 months of hard work by our club and some of our local TD’S we got it stopped before they took too many. Since then Barry has caught so many cracking Carp on all different types of bait but in the last few years Barry turned to sticky bait boilies that I make. He said if I only had bait like that in 1973 “I would have caught a lot more carp”.
Nearly 40 years later and he is still showing me how to do it, well done Barry keep up the good work.