Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass 5: Back to Basics | Neil Spooner | Free DVD 2018

Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass 5: Back to Basics | Neil Spooner | Free DVD 2018


Over the last few years you would have
been watching the Masterclass DVD and you’d have seen lots of sections based around some really epic trips
across Europe, as well as some highly detailed
technical sections across the UK. Now when we do the shows and things, one of the things
that we are asked most of all is what about a beginner’s section?
There’s a lot of you out there that are either just getting back
into carp fishing, have just started, or just want to know
how to get the basics right. That’s exactly
what we’re here to do today. I’ve actually brought my cousin
along with me. He was the person that first got me
into fishing over 20 years ago when we were catching
whatever came along on the canal that runs through Malden,
but now he’s come back into the sport, wants to give carp fishing a go,
so it’s my turn to help him out. So for the next little while, join us.
We’re going to show you the basics. How to get them right and hopefully
how to put a few more carp on the bank. We’ve come to Peterborough on an
Embryo water known as Pump House. Neither of us have fished here before, so what better way
to put my tactics into practice than testing them out myself. So first things first.
Before getting the gear out of the car we need to locate the fish
and get to grips with the setting of our chosen venue for
the next couple of days. When locating carp, the most important
piece of equipment you’ll need is a good set of polarised sunglasses. Before today you’ve never had a set
of polarised glasses before, had you? No, just normal sunnies. Yeah, which are good for stopping
the sun hurting your eyes, but for sort of seeing what’s going on
in the lake they do nothing. What a pair of polarised do is
actually take the glare off of the water and allow you to see a bit deeper. So to give you a bit of an example,
probably two rod lengths out, what can you see at the minute
without your glasses on? Darkness, a bit of weed,
literally on the top. Yeah, right, now put your glasses on and literally two rod lengths out, you can just see a faint bit of cloud
that’s come off the bottom which you wouldn’t, or obviously
couldn’t see, and that is a sure sign that a carp has been feeding on
something and it’s dropped down, stirred up the bottom
and it’s having a bit of a root around. But without them
you wouldn’t know that. But that on certain days
can be the difference between you seeing something
to fish on, or just going blind and definitely the difference
between getting a bite and not. So polarised sunglasses
I’ve never used in the past. Using them for the first time today
was immense, really. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s just being able to see
the weeds that are in front of you that we wouldn’t normally see
but then going a bit further than that and actually seeing what the fish
are doing underneath the water and across the water as well. After doing a full lap of the lake
and seeing some promising areas that look like they could hold carp, we didn’t see anything
to actually confirm this, whereas on the other side,
it’s been a different story. This could be
a really good starting point, mate. There’s certainly a lot more activity. All the activity we’ve seen is this end.
The other end looks wicked. If you were to turn up and going by
what the weatherman was saying, a nice warm wind
blowing down to a snaggy margin, that might be where you would head, but ultimately
this is where we’ve seen the fish. It’s always nice to be able to see
as much of the lake as possible when you’re on a new lake
for the first time. – So we can move if needed.
– You’ve got it, mate. So we’re literally here,
we can see the whole lake and if they do start moving, we’re
travelling light, we’re only doing days, we can up sticks, get down there
within probably ten minutes and start again. – Go and get some kit.
– Let’s do it. Come on. How long till you get your first bite,
that’s the question. Now whether you’ve been fishing
for 30 seconds, 30 minutes, 30 days, 30 weeks, 30 years, the first thing you do
when you get to the lake should pretty much always be the same,
and that is have a good look around, see if you can find the thing
you actually want to catch. And AJ, to be fair,
he was on the lookout for carp. That’s one of the best things to look
out for, things jumping out of the water and luckily he saw a couple
over in one of the corners so we’ve chosen a swim based on that, where we can get as close to them
as possible because let’s face it, if there’s no carp in front of you,
you ain’t catching squat. At least this way we could get a bite
very, very quickly. Right, I’ll do everything, shall I? Well done, mate. Being relatively new to carp fishing,
AJ first needs to put line on his reels. We’re going to be using Touchdown
which is a very low stretch monofilament that’s strong, supple
and incredibly reliable. What I do
is place it into a bucket of water and allow it
to soak for about 15 minutes. This allows the line to absorb water which helps it
go onto the reel much tighter. Next we thread the line through
the butt eye and tie it onto the spool using a grinner knot, ensuring
it’s pulled down as tight as possible before trimming off the tag end. You then begin to wind in, ensuring that
the line is held under tension between your thumb and forefinger. Keep winding at a steady pace, making sure that the spool of line
is spinning upright in the bucket and not over-running itself
which could cause tangles. Part way into this process
stop winding, allow the line to go slack
near the butt eye and if the line
starts to twist up around it, then simply lie the spooler line
in the bucket on its side and continue. Stop winding when the line is level
with the lip of the spool on the reel. Having a correctly loaded reel
will reduce friction when the line is coming off the spool
during the cast, helping it to go further. AJ’s been carp fishing
for a little while but he freely admitted that he had
heard about feeling the donk or feeling the lead down
and he didn’t know how to do it, so had never done it before
and it is quite simply one of the most important things
you can learn as a carp angler because until you know
what you’re fishing on, you’ve got no idea really
if your rig’s presented or not. Just before the lead
hits the surface of the water, trap the line with your finger and as you sort of hold it back
you get the rod to that sort of position and you can actually feel the lead
pulling the rod down through the water and when it hits the bottom,
you feel the tip, you’ll feel it donk, you’ll feel that lead
hitting the bottom. After that you just pull the lead, you can feel it sliding along, it’s actually,
it is still pulling up to weed. I found a spot myself, had a good lead
around, found a nice clean area of clay and showed Adrian
that when you pulled it back through, the lead moved nice and smoothly which indicates it’s a clay
or sandy type bottom and you know that you can present
a bottom bait rig nice and effectively. Once I’d found the spot and clipped
it up, I handed the rod to Adrian and explained
that he had to hit the clip whilst the lead was still
about 6-10ft above the water, cushion the lead down
and then slowly hold the rod and allow himself
to almost be pulled down as the lead is going through
the water and watching the tip and you can see it,
and thankfully he did after a few casts, you can notice it and feel it
when you get that all-important donk. Now remember, slow pull across. Right, then you’ve got to try and whip
it up, keep the rod up and reel high, reel high, reel,
keep it like that, keep it like that. Look at that! Straight away. Ooh, he’s got the cast,
he’s got the rod up, he’s feeling it down, he’s got the donk! Finally managing to feel that lead down,
it makes so much difference. You know that the lead’s solid
on the ground, you know that if your bait’s
laying away from the lead, bait in the water that’s actually going
to catch you more fish ultimately. Right, mate,
I know it feels like a long time coming, I know we’ve covered a lot already, but finally you’re ready
to get your first rod out. Excited? Very much. – Going to do it the first time?
– Yeah, no pressure Go on, then. I’m going to stand back here and watch.
If it is wrong I will make you redo it. Okay. Even though there was a small PVA bag
attached to the rig, I wanted AJ to catapult out a few
additional pouches of the Cell to act as an additional attractor to get the carp in the area
and sniffing around. But we’re not quite ready
to sit back and relax just yet. Right, mate.
I’ve let you set your rod out, I’ve let you put it on your bite alarm as you would
if you were fishing currently. Now there’s a couple of, not massive
changes, but certainly in this situation there’s changes I would make to that. To start with, what we saw over there, we saw a couple of fish really close in,
didn’t we? And there’s nothing that would make
me think they wouldn’t come around close in here as well. And at the moment
I feel that with over half of your rod sort of sticking out over the water,
that could spook them. I’m not saying it would do,
but it could do. And secondly, you’re fishing a really,
really tight line. We’re not fishing very far out,
you might be 30 yards out, and at the moment
you’ve got a really tight line going all the way to the lead which means you’ve got a line
cutting through your swim. It’s not particularly deep,
we think about 5ft deep, and at the moment you’ve got a big line
running right through the middle. So what we’re going to do, I’m going
to show you how to slacken off and I’m going to just help you move,
just move everything back a little bit. Other than that, the way you’ve got it
pointed almost directly at the spot is brilliant for indication. A straight line
is always the quickest way to get any form of indication
on your rod. Like I say, we’re just going to
bring it back, slacken off a bit and hopefully watch that Stow fall off
when you get a bite. Cool, let’s do it. It might seem like I’m being picky, but these little tweaks really can
increase your chances of catching. The right-hand rod he did all himself. He found an area, he’s clipped up to it, he’s clipped on his rig and his PVA bag,
absolutely nailed it. There you go. That’s away, that’s away. Take your time,
take your time, take your time. AJ, let go of the line, mate, that’s it. Make sure your clutch is loose enough
to let that take line off the front. Absolute disaster.
AJ’s had his first bite of the day. Unfortunately he’s suffered a hook pull. Carp are incredibly powerful creatures and if you’ve not got your clutch
set absolutely perfectly, that’s what happens,
they can’t take enough line and you just end up
pulling the hook out of its mouth. Take your time. Now this is the bit, AJ. I know you’ve obviously caught
quite a few carp but when a fish gets this close in, there is virtually zero stretch
in the line. So it’s now making sure
that your clutch is set nice and loose. If he does want to go,
he can quite easily take the line, because otherwise if it’s too tight,
well, you know what can happen, it could pull the hook
straight out of its mouth. But it sounds like you’ve got it
absolutely bob on at the minute. Chuck the landing net my way, please. – No, mate.
– Okay, thank you. No problem.
Steep learning curve. Imagine if he was fishing on his own. The landing net should be in the right
position already, shouldn’t it, AJ? It should. Just take your time. It’s only just
behind you, we’ve all been there. Literally I’d be guilty if you lost it,
but I’m still going to make you do it. – Especially now.
– It’s a lovely looking carp, isn’t it? That’s it, mate. As long as you keep a tight line
you can play it off the clutch. There you go. That is a banger, AJ. Wait until it’s properly over the net
before you engulf it, all right? Another common mistake. It gets this close, you see people
throwing the net out in desperation and what you can end up doing
is just knocking the fish off the hook. Wait until it’s over the net cord,
on its way to the spreader block, and then just engulf the whole thing. Rod come in,
carry on slowly over your back, put your left hand on your landing net, keep the rod, keep it,
keep it, keep it, lift… Yes! Get in there! Yes! Well done, mate! That is a banger, that.
That is an absolute banger. So with the fish safely in the net
and not going anywhere, it’s time to get both rods
back on the money. Then all we do, don’t even worry about
putting your bobbin on just yet. Then we’ll keep an eye on it. Your line’s gradually going to sink.
What will happen, where it’s sinking, your line will naturally become tight
again because it’s going down. We already know
that spot’s a bit deeper, so if your line gets really tight, just
simply pay off a little bit more line, and follow that process until your line is almost hanging
straight down from the tip. You then know that it’s laying flat
across the bottom, it’s all the way from here to your spot,
nothing to spook the fish. So fish can just ride straight over
the top without getting caught up. Exactly, without getting scared. Buzzing. My heart’s pounding. So, yeah, can’t wait to get it
out of the sling and in my arms. Before removing the fish
from the water, we always transfer it
into the Trakker retention sling. The sling floats
which makes the process much easier than one that doesn’t. When getting into carp fishing, carp care should be a far higher
priority than an expensive pod or a two-man bivvy, for example. Throughout this process you must make sure that the carp’s fins
are laying flat against its body, as failure to do so could cause
irreparable damage to the fish. The scales have already been zeroed
using the wet sling, so the fish
is going to be weighed correctly. If you don’t zero the scales, your fish could appear significantly
heavier than it actually is. 20lb 12oz, mate. Well done. What a first fish.
Let’s have one of them. It’s just over the magic 20lb barrier, lovely big scales all over it and what
a brilliant way to start his session. – How are you feeling, mate?
– Ecstatic, and worn out. Quality. Is that your second ever
20-pounder? – Yes.
– Wicked. What a carp, mate. Propolis Carp Liquid
has been designed to aid fast healing. Although a carp scale will grow back
in a matter of weeks, if you notice damage like you can see
here, it should always be treated. Once you have located a spot, it’s important that you know
exactly where you were fishing. The last thing you want to do,
get your rod all sorted, have a bite and think where did I have it from? There’s a few simple rules
to make it really, really simple. First and foremost,
once you’ve found the area, have a look at the horizon and look
for something that’s the highest point, the lowest point and work out
exactly what you’re in line with. So if you are fishing at night,
you will still see it because it will still be silhouetted
in the night sky, but even in the day you know
exactly what you’re aiming at. Then secondly, using distance sticks
you can mark out by counting the wraps, exactly how many rod lengths
you’re fishing. Once you’ve had the fish,
you want to get it back out there, it’s a case of redoing it,
lining the clip, clip on your bag, whatever it may be,
straight back on the spot again. Hitting the clip and landing the baited
rig in exactly the same spot got AJ another quick bite. This is
the key to multiple takes in one day. Many people think we’ve got a bait
and a rig they cannot use and that is our secret. Well, there are no secrets,
accurate fishing is the edge. Once again we slip the fish into the
sling before it comes out of the net to protect it as much as possible
when it’s lifted out of the water. We never lift it in the net as this
is the easiest way to break a fin, pull off a scale or damage its mouth. The first day ended
with two fish landed, which just goes to show that these
basic tips can get the rod bending, but tomorrow’s another day
and we still have lots to cover. Huge patches of bubbles like this
directly over the spot are a great indicator
that carp are feeding. More uniform sets of bubbles can often
be gas escaping from the lake bed, but big moving patches like these ones
are almost definitely carp. As I was playing it,
it crossed over the second rod and my immediate fear was that it was
going to tangle with the second rod, but thankfully Neil mentioned that
where we had it on a slack line, it meant that it could quite nicely
play over the line and meant that I could pull it back without it interfering
with the other rod. It’s now in the net, so we’ve got another one to weigh
and have some photos with. Nice common. So since recasting the right-hand rod,
we’ve seen two fish show. We’ve had a liner already,
so we’re going to leave it where it is and see how the day pans out
on that rod. Because AJ is fishing
on a firm clay lake bed, we’re using a simple lead clip set-up and
I’m going to show you how to set it up. Now first and foremost, before you
thread the tubing onto your main line, take a sharp pair of scissors
and cut your main line to a point because that will just ensure that
the threading process is even easier. We’re going to put a short length
of rig tubing on. A length of about 10”
is absolutely perfect. Next up, you take your tail rubber and you thread the thin end
onto your main line first and that’s followed by the lead clip
and exactly the same, thin end first. Once that’s done, we’re choosing
to use ready-tied rigs today to keep it really simple. It’s a Krank set-up, just utilising
a seven turn knotless knot to a size 4 or a size 6, we’re sort of chopping
around between the two, and that’s tied using Kamo hook link, a loop at the end, which is in turn
tied to a size 8 swivel. Once you’ve tied your main line to that
swivel using a five turn grinner knot, you then pull it inside the lead clip
and you know you’ve got it right because you’ll hear a loud audible click
as it goes in. Once that’s done, you can slide
your lead into place onto the lead clip, then make sure that you just moisten
the top of the lead clip with some saliva,
put the tail rubber on top of that and then followed by the rig tubing,
which all plugs up nicely. Now whilst this
is an incredibly simple setup, don’t be fooled into thinking
that it’s just for beginners. Anglers the likes of Darrell Peck,
Myles Gibson, that’s their go-to method. A lead clip and a bit of tubing
is what they use first and foremost. It will work everywhere. It’s really easy to get caught up
in the amount of different hook baits you can buy from a tackle shop, but here
we’re keeping it uber, uber simple. All we’re using
is a Mainline 15mm bottom bait with a few different coloured tippers
on the top, and what we’ve done, to again make it even easier, Mainline do some Cell-flavoured
10mm pink and white pop-ups. You’re getting two colours
in the same pot. I’ve actually separated the two colours, I’ve put some Almond Goo
on the pink ones to give them some extra attraction. On the white one, gone with Buttercorn
Goo as well for exactly the same reason. Now again there are over 20 flavours
of Goo in the range. You can buy whichever ones you want
and have a play with, but by far the Almond one
is one of the biggest sellers, it’s one of the most productive and the Buttercorn being one
of the newest ones in the range has already proved itself
as a firm favourite for a lot of people. And finally we’ve just gone
with some flavoured corn. Again, loads to choose from but
the yellow IB-flavoured pop-up one is by far the biggest seller, that’s
a lot down to the flavour, the colour. It mimics a bit of sweetcorn and it just adds that little bit of
brightness on the bottom – perfect. Once we’ve got the chosen hook bait
all set up on the rig, we’re then tying up
some really small PVA bags, just to make sure that it remains
tangle-free during the cast and to give the hook bait that added
boost of attraction once on the bottom. And as soon as that hits the bottom
and AJ has felt the donk down, that’s when
he’s putting the rod on the floor and he’s catapulting some matching
Cell freebies in 15mm all the way around it –
absolutely perfect, but most importantly, nice and simple. We haven’t had a bite
for about an hour now, so it’s going a bit quiet. I must decide what to do,
whether to reel in and recast again, but the right-hand rod we moved slightly
when we recast from the last fish, rather than the 8.5 wraps,
we went 9.75 because we saw more fish showing
a bit further along the bank and it’s just gone off again. Yes! 18.5. Straight after returning
this lovely common, AJ is in again on the left-hand rod. Yes! So with the left-hand rod
we haven’t had a bite all morning and usually I wouldn’t change bait,
I’d normally keep on the same bait, but Neil advised to change
from the pop-up that we were using, over to sweetcorn, so we did that
to give it a bit of a different colour and now we’ve just pulled out
this lovely mirror. Ecstatic, it’s fantastic. The change to the IB corn
really made a difference and was keeping AJ well and truly busy
on the left-hand rod. IB corn again. Yes! Right, mate, I’ve just noticed that
you’re getting your rod ready to go out, which I like to see, however,
what I don’t like to see is the fact you’ve got a bit of coily
line going on there. Can you see that? – Yeah.
– Now basically what happens, when you’re playing your fish
using the clutch, when the fish
is taking line off the Bite n Run System
in the initial part of the fight, all of that
is adding twists to the line. Now to be fair, it might not have
any impact, but it could weaken it and you’ve also got to be checking
for damaged line all the time. You’ve had a few fish that have
brought you in through weed, so it’s worth, when you reel in, just feeding the line
between your fingers and just if you feel any slight dinks,
it’s worth investigating just to make sure it’s not damaged. Because it’s monofilament and
when there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s incredibly strong. As soon as it’s got a little dink
out of it, it can snap like cotton, so you’ve got to keep on top of it
and keep looking after it. But what we’re going to do, before you
do that we’re going to cut your rig off, take the tubing and tail rubber,
lead clip, take it all off, take off probably
two rod lengths worth of line and it will be as good as new. Just rethread it all
and get it back out there. – Sounds good.
– I’ll leave it with you. Thank you. With the rod sorted
and back on the spot, it was time to take some photographs
of this lovely common. Amazing. I’ve got a sneaking feeling
it could be another 20. In my opinion,
one of the biggest game-changers in recent years of carp fishing
is a set of distance sticks. To be able to get your rig back out in the exact position
you’ve just had a carp from in my opinion makes such a difference to turning a one or two-fish trip
into a five or six-fish trip. It’s simply a case of remembering
where you clipped up in the first place, by putting your lead next to the stick,
marking it around, counting the wraps. As long as you remember that number,
remember your horizon marker, you can get it back there every time. Now I’m not going to lie to you,
we make a set. They are very expensive
because in our opinion they do exactly
what they’re meant to do, but give you
a load of added extras as well. Being able to screw it into any ground
is a massive advancement. Having the grooves in the sides so that
the line can actually sit into them to stop it from pinging off
is a great help as well. There’s none of this
big birds’ nest coming off and making you have to cut loads
of line off and get rid of it. But do you know what,
you haven’t got to use them. You’re better off using something – we’re actually using just a couple
of very bog standard banksticks – as long as you mark them out
exactly the same and you’re careful when you wrap them
out, they will still do the same job. We’re not saying you have to use
the expensive Korda ones, but by using something, you will help
yourself get more fish on the bank. More fish on the bank is exactly
what happened with AJ yet again in on the left-hand rod –
this time a lovely scaly mirror. What are those? What are you doing? Yes. Carp fishing equipment
in the last ten years really has come on in leaps and bounds. If you go back ten years, maybe 15 years
and you bought a cheap carp rod, that’s exactly what you’d get,
a cheap carp rod. The same goes for reels. You spend less money years ago,
you got a lesser performance. However, the tackle that you can get
today, which is reasonably priced, will still deliver you
a high performance that some higher-priced stuff years ago
would have given you. On this session, AJ’s opted to use
the Daiwa Mission rods in 3.5lb test curve. They’re forgiving enough
when playing fish of any size, but if he turns up to a lake and
he’s got to cast into a headwind, the rod’s suitable. If he’s just flicking rods 50 yards
down the margin, the rod’s suitable. It will literally do
everything that you need it to do and it’s not going to break the bank. It’s a stylish sleek rod that looks
the part when it’s sat on the rests and it’s delivering the performance
that you need it to. And similarly with the reel, he’s using a Daiwa Emblem
25 Bite n Run reel, which gives him the free spool
mechanism when he needs it, but as soon as he picks up
into the fish and starts to wind, it engages the front spool. Now me personally,
I actually prefer a backwind facility, which the reel still offers, but Adrian’s used to using the clutch
when playing a fish so it’s perfect for him as well. Once again,
it looks the part on the rests, it’s not too big, it’s not too small,
it perfectly sits in the middle and maybe in years to come
when he wants to fish extreme range he might have to upgrade, but until then it’s doing everything
that he needs it to. With the session drawing to a close there was still time left
for one more beautiful mirror. Over the last couple of days,
AJ has learnt so much that he can add
to his carp fishing armoury. The best thing
and the reason that’s happened is because he’s had
such a great willingness to learn. For me, the standout highlight
if I was to pinpoint one thing, it’s probably got to be the donk. Throughout this session,
I felt every weight go down. I know that the rig
is in perfect presentation and that’s been shown. We’ve caught all day long
and it’s been immense, so that for me has to be the highlight
of this whole session. As always, whenever we learn something
new or learn to do something different, there’s always a few things
that really stand out. Now for me, watching him
over the last two days and he was a little bit nervous
of holding fish of over 20lb, to now, doing everything on his own from transferring it safely
into a weigh sling, checking all the fins are always flat, taking it onto the mat,
making sure his water’s ready. He had his Carp Care kit ready
at all times. He absolutely nailed it. And even being able
to teach somebody to do that, it’s been great for me as well
and great to see the smile on his face with the wicked carp he’s caught. For me the biggest memory
I will take away from this session is when we were
weighing in the last fish, the crew all mentioned
how much I had improved as an angler. Now for me that is fantastic. It proves that what Neil has taught me,
I have managed to put that in place within the few hours
that we’ve managed to be fishing. I’ve learnt so much, we’ve caught fish. I’ve had a fantastic time
and I’ve got lots to go away with. There’s a saying in fishing that
a few of you might not have heard and it goes
a little something like this. Any time you visit a lake,
take only memories leave only footprints,
and kill only time. Be lucky.

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