I have been fishing for carp for 35years +.
Favourite venue. Anywhere quiet really, over the years I have been fortunate enough to fish some of the most beautiful carp lakes in the country. Some have been right mind teasers, which is what I really like, a challenge from the carp and the water they reside in.
Style/approach. Depends on the situation; having an open mind is what brings success I think, I never go in with preconceived ideas. Yes I will listen to the locals, but I like to build up a picture in my own mind of how I can nail the fish. I guess that comes with age as well. I have got a few refined rigs that are my main stay and I can adjust to suit, one thing is for sure my hooks are always sharp! You need to know where they are feeding to catch consistently; the rest can be quite easy then, well sometimes LOL!
Fav bait. I am lucky in that I have over the years rubbed shoulders with some good bait heads; I used to buy bait off Keith in the 80’s, proper good gear, he knew then what made a bait work and why, never come across a mind like his who has taught me so much, and he’s still learning, so long may I know him. I have been involved with development with him, and in fact there will soon be a very special little number cropping up in store, old skool!
Memorable session. That would be a tale of 5 40’s fishing with Keith and Dave his son, imagine the situation fishing with only one rod each and all three of us playing forties at the same time. We went and caught, did what no one had ever done on this water then or ever since. That was bait, simple as that three different areas and they just seemed to be looking for it. Its great when you are mixing with good mates, swapping ideas and all wanting each other to have a result. We certainly did that thirty-six hours, we had over twelve between all of us thirties, forties, awesome and that wasn’t including a massive leather that Dave caught twice in the same session…………get Keith to talk to you about it over a coffee he’ll have you in stitches.