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Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass Vol. 4 Chapter 2: Particle Fishing (13 LANGUAGES)

For a while now
there’s been one venue that I’ve come back to again and again. Whether it’s working on filming projects
or my own personal fishing, it is one of the classic, modern-day
carp-angling venues. This time around
it’s the back-end of summer, my buckets are loaded with what I think are some of
the most effective baits going and I’m going to show you
everything you need to know to get the very best
out of these timeless baits. From bait choice and preparation stages
through to baiting accurately and angling with naughty hook baits,
this is how I fish with particle. The fish have done
exactly what I thought they would do and got on the bait pretty quick. This is the second one now. I’ve just got one in the sling,
was just about to do it and the left-hand rod went,
so, happy days. There’s a lot of fish in here. It’s one of the reasons
I love coming here. You don’t really know
what you’re going to get. It could be a 15lb stock fish
or it could be a 45lb fully scaled. I’ve got three different coloured
hook baits out, a white, a brown and a pink. I’ve had bites on the white
and the pink, I think. That rhymed. So what I’m going to do
is reel the middle rod in and change it for a bright one as well. Ooh, it’s a common. Come on. Come on… That’s a nice-looking fish, that. Right. I’m happy with that but the main thing
to do now when you’re particle fishing, is not to worry about the fish. As long as he’s in deep enough water
and it can sit there for a little while, get your spod rod out, put some more
bait out and see if you can build a hit. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
The fish is fine, I’ll leave the rod there, get my Spomb rod. For years I’ve fished waters
with not many fish in and trying to target big fish, but more and more these days
I’m doing this style of fishing. I’m travelling to Oxford, I’m fishing
St Johns for this exact thing. It’s a really exciting way to fish. Once you’ve got the fish on your spot,
you’re catching regularly, you’re putting bait out,
it’s a really active way of fishing and any moment you could get a bite
and that’s what I find exciting. I really, really enjoy it. That’s nice. It’s on it. This fishing is
a really active style of fishing. When you’re not catching
you’ve got to be putting the spod out, and when you are catching you’ve got
to make sure you’ve put the bait out. What you really don’t want to do
is lose momentum on the spot. So you can imagine there’s probably 10,
15, 20, even 30 fish out there feeding and if you run out of bait
on the spot, those fish will move away and you’ll lose hours,
you’ll lose days, you’ll lose fish. So, as soon as you get the fish in there make sure you get some bait
back out there and keep it going. Having said that, what you don’t want to do is rush and just knock your Spombs
absolutely everywhere. So you still have to compose yourself, put the right amount of bait
in your Spomb every time, line yourself up,
get the bait nice and accurate, get it out there quick. And get your rods back out
with the right hook baits on. When a lake’s got
as many fish in as St Johns, particle fishing is the perfect way
to fish for them. You can get them competing and get
lots of fish feeding in the same area for a longer period of time and that way
you end up catching a lot of fish. With boilie fishing,
you could do that here as well but you don’t get that real strength
of competitiveness when they’re feeding and you don’t catch as many. So particle fishing is perfect
for this place. Just talking about the importance
of getting the rods back out and the baits back out
after you catch one, I did that and had a bite straight away. I’ve still got the fish in the net down
there and it just proves that point. This is on the rod that I changed hook
bait from a brown one to a yellow one. So these are the little things that make
a big difference in the long run. They turn a three-fish trip
into a possible 10 or 15-fish trip. I’m shaking. This is exciting. You feel like a bit of a tool
at the beginning of the session, having two nets ready
but this is what particle fishing can do. It’s fast action
and when you get them going you can have two or three bites at once
so you’ve got to be ready for it. At the beginning of a session
I put out 10-15 medium Spombs. That’s generally enough
to start getting bites and then once I start getting bites, I put four or five Spombs out
after I’ve caught a fish or two. What you don’t want to do is catch
a fish and put 10 or 15 Spombs out. That way, all you’re doing is extending the time it’s going to take
to get your next bite. So, keeping the swim topped up
is paramount and not putting too much
is obviously really important as well. They’re on the spot. On busy day ticket lakes,
the option of moving isn’t always there. In this case, instead of walking laps
in search of fish, I channel my work rate and energy into keeping a flow of bait
and activity in my swim, making the most of what’s in front of me
and making sure the fish gather round. What a cracking way to start
and he’s actually an old friend of ours. He’s a tatty tail Common
from the Underwater 7 and 8. I’m over the moon to catch him.
He’s 32lb and what a cracking fish. I mentioned while I was playing it
that I caught him on a bright hook bait. This one was on a pink one and
the one before was on a white one. So I will be changing all to them now. It’s very important
when you’re fishing over particle to make sure your hook bait stands out
over the top of everything else. What a beauty. When particle fishing, you’ve got lots
of different items out there in your swim, to try and get quick bites,
which is obviously the key to it, you want a hook bait on that they love. So three different hook baits on
the first time, as soon as you get a bite on that,
change them all to that hook bait and you end up getting bites
much quicker that way than if I was to put a single grain of corn
or a single tiger, it will take a long time for me to get a bite
and the action wouldn’t be as frantic. There’s the third
of a flurry of action this morning. The first one was 27lb, the second
was that lovely 32lb common and then you’ve got this one – 31lb
mirror. What a cracking way to start. Who said particle catches a smaller fish? Rig-wise
I’m doing something slightly different to what people
normally would over particle. So what I’m going to do
is slip this one back and show you exactly what I’m using. The business end. This might look like it’s more suited
to a boilie-style approach, but I’ve been using it with that
and other styles and it’s been working really well for me. So I’m using it here again today
with the particle approach. Now I’ll break it down
into three parts for you. First of all, I’ve got the leader. I’ve got about four or five foot of
leadcore to a Heli-Safe at the bottom. That allows me to drop
or keep the lead on if I want. I’m dropping it because I like to have
direct contact with the fish. There’s a little bit of weed in here as well so it’s nice just to be able to get them
high in the water and land them. I’ve got the safety bead about three
or four inches above the lead and that just makes sure
that this stiff boom can slide up and just sit on top
of any rubbish on the bottom and it’s nice and presented
out there for you. Onto the boom section. That’s probably 7, 7½ inches long of 25lb Boom material. It’s stiff enough to make sure
you do not get any tangles and it always sits away
from the lead as well. So it sits out there perfect for you. The main reason
I’m using it here especially is because when you’ve got
lots of particle in the swim, there’s lots of fish feeding, often with a soft hook link
that I used to use quite a lot, the hook can flail up,
get caught into something and you’re not fishing pretty quickly. But that’s going to sit out
working for you constantly. As a little added extra with this set-up because you’ve got that little
tiny quick change swivel on there you never have to change that boom. You have to change it as much
as you do the leader, so very rarely. All you have to do is change the hook. The hook itself is a size-4 Krank,
a little yellow Kicker. I’m using the yellow ones
over the green ones because I’m fishing over bits of maize,
tigers and stuff like that, they’re all crushed up, so that just looks like a bit of bait now
instead of the bottom or a hook itself. I’m mounting the bait
onto a mini rig swivel and that’s being stopped
by a hook bead. That hook bead
I’ve got in line with the barb which just kicks it off
at the perfect angle when it’s being popped up off the bit
of putty I’ve pushed around the crimp. So that’s the rig. It looks complicated
but it’s actually very simple especially when you’ve already
tied that boom. It’s been working for me perfectly so
I’m going to show you how to tie it now. Take a length of 25lb Boom material
and crimp a 10mm loop in the end. Then grab a size-11 quick change swivel
and cut the ring off the swivel. Crimp that swivel
onto the end of the Boom with a smaller loop of about 5-6mm. The boom section
wants to be about 7, 7½ inches long. The next thing to do is to open up
the swivel so the hook can be slid on. I then slide on a size-4 Krank. You then need to pinch
the quick-change part shut again so the hook can’t fall off. I then slide on a cut-down, large,
yellow Kicker. After that you slide on a mini rig swivel followed by a hook bead that stops
the swivel falling off the hook. I then slide bait floss onto the swivel
and then pull the bait onto the bait floss and slide the bait
halfway on to the mini swivel. Then cut the bait floss
and burn down with a lighter. When using the spinner rig you end up sitting back on your bedchair
a confident man because every single time I cast out,
I know that it’s not tangling in the air, with that stiff boom
on a helicopter set-up, it’s sitting free of any rubbish
on the bottom as well. So I know it’s sitting out there
perfectly for me. So I don’t sit down and worry throughout the time
when they’re not catching that my rigs are failing me. They’re out there,
they’re doing the job for you and when the fish turn up,
you catch them. You can get particle from most places,
all good tackle shops do them. I really enjoy using all the Hinders stuff. It’s perfect for carp fishing and they’re
selling the right stuff that carp like. Apart from that
you can go to your local farm shops. They have a massive array
of particles in there and I just like to go and have a look
and see what they’ve got and try some new things. Carp will like anything. The beans,
the pulses, the nuts, the seeds. They love it all so go into your local
farm shop, have a mix about and go and enjoy yourself. I think most people worry that they’re
not preparing their particle right because it’s not ready done
for them when they buy it, but it’s extremely easy. All I do is make sure I soak every particle
for at least 24 hours before I boil it. Then boil it for at least 40 minutes. The biggest worry is that the particle
hasn’t soaked all of the way through so it’s a little bit dry in the middle. You can bite the tiger nuts,
bite the peanuts, you can tell whether they’re wet
all the way through or not. And the hemp,
I just make sure that it splits and you get the little tiny white bits
coming out of the hemp and that’s when you know it’s ready. To be sure, as well, I often boil them,
so I soak them for 24, boil them and then leave them for another 24
hours in the bucket of hot water itself. So when you go fishing,
it’s 100% safe to use. A few of the different particles
I prepare in a different way. Tigers especially, I like them
because they’re sweet, the carp like them because they’re sweet. So I add even more sweetness to them.
I add some brown sugar and that makes them go
nice and globule-y, if you like, whilst they’re soaking
and once they’re boiled after. The hemp – do not put anything
with the hemp, especially salt, before you boil it
because it stops it from splitting. So the hemp I just cook
completely on its own until it splits and then you can add anything
after that you want – maybe some chilli or something like that
– carp really like that as well. The maize,
I’ll add lots and lots of salt with. Carp love salt after they spawn
so my maize is very, very salty. That way I have different buckets
with different things in. When I add them together
and cast them out, there’s lots of different scents
and smells in the water at the same time. With the evening setting in and a morning feeding spell
potentially on the cards again, getting the rods all bang on before dark
was a must, allowing me to relax
for the rest of the night. Good morning. And it is as well. This is the second one this morning. It seems like the fish are turning up
at a similar time. And as soon as they get on the bait,
they’re going through it. So they’re obviously enjoying it. It seems like a good time
to talk about what I’ve actually put out. On this occasion I’ve actually got
quite a good mix of particle out there. I’ve got some peanut,
I’ve got some crushed peanut, I’ve got some hemp, tigers,
quite a lot of maize. I think a lot of people
would measure it out – two parts this, one part this,
three parts this – but, to be honest, I just boil it all up,
I have a bucket of each and then when I get here
I just mix it all up just so there’s a lot of everything
out there. There’s something for every fish
if they like this, they like that. When we did the Underwater
there was a lot of fish that as soon as we put the sweetcorn in
they came in and fed. So it’s quite good
to have a little mix out there. But having said that, on a few occasions
I have just come down with clean maize or with clean hemp
or clean anything else and that works as well. So, if you’ve boiled it right,
you’ve prepared it right, and it’s the right time of year,
the fish just seem to go for it. I’m not going to say that you have
to have a certain mix to fish it – particle is particle and they love it. After location,
bait is the most important thing to me. As a rule of thumb nowadays
I’ll fish a small amount of boilie and a pop-up in the spring. Then, as soon as the fish spawn,
I use particle all the way through to the end of September/October. I think it’s a fantastic way of fishing and they just love it
through the summer. I’m not quite sure what it is but they certainly go for it
more than they do anything else. July, August, September
are my particle months and then I switch back to boilie
after that. But I really wouldn’t go anywhere
without particle in the summer. I think the one in the sling I caught an
hour ago is probably another 30-pounder so it’s going well even though
the lake is fishing relatively slow compared to normal,
if I’m completely honest. Come on, fish. Get in the net. Another one to the particle
and a yellow pop-up this time. Lovely. Just like clockwork, the third rod’s
ripped off just like the morning before. This is the time you obviously know
everything you’re doing is right. And one of those things is rigs. They’ve been out there
for quite a long time now and if the fish have been out there
feeding throughout the night or throughout the morning there’s a possibility
that they would have been snared up if I was fishing soft hook links but, like I said, these sit out there
and work for you until they go. So they’ve turned up, they’re all
sitting out there sweet still and you have a bite on each rod. Number six. What a result. Bait. The most important thing
is to put bait out there. They’re obviously out there feeding,
get some more grub in the swim, sort your rods out,
get your rods back out quick. I think one of the biggest mistakes
people make when coming to a water like this
and Spombing accurately is that they’re fishing out of their depth,
they’re fishing too far and that way they end up fishing badly. So if I were someone that came
to this lake and could only fish 60 yards but wanting to fish 90, fish 50, so it’s very easy
for you to fish accurately and you fish better
and you end up catching more. If you go too far,
your spods are going everywhere, there’s bait everywhere in your swim, it’s just not conducive
to a good session. This is the first of three this morning. I actually had this bite
just as it was getting light. So I didn’t bother
putting that rod back out because I thought it might
have taken me a few chances to get it right in the dark. So I left the rod out hoping
to get another bite on the other rod and that’s exactly what happened. This one’s 32lb. I’m going to get him
back and show you the other ones. It’s so important
to get your rod back out first time because the least disturbance you make
the bigger chance you have of getting a quicker bite and if you’re doing that
all the way through your session it makes for a smoother ride
throughout the whole thing. So I always make sure
I cast out at the right time and even if that means waiting a little
while for the wind to calm down, sometimes I do that, if there’s a massive crosswind
it does make it difficult. So instead of just casting
and casting and casting, just wait 10 minutes,
maybe put some bait out and then recast your rod when it’s right. Other things I do as well
is just fish quite big leads so when the lead hits the clip or
my line’s tight and it’s all very accurate. I don’t fish bags or foam any more
when I’m doing this style of fishing. If I do mess up the cast,
I can get momentum going and get the rod straight back out there. And in the first instance, I always make sure
that I mark all of my lines. I use the Distance Sticks
so I know I’m accurate. That way it’s very, very quick
to get your rod back out. Distance Sticks are a revelation really. I can’t believe
I used to get away without them. I use them
pretty much every time I’m fishing, especially when you’re fishing
in this style. In this instance I’m fishing 22½ wraps,
which is 22½ rod lengths which equates to 90 yards exactly. I’ll wrap them around the sticks
as many times as you are for the spot and then I’ll wrap them
exactly the same for the spod. Then when I cast out, I have my tips
all in exactly the same position and because I’m that distance out
and it’s not very deep, it’s only 10ft deep, I’m not expecting
much swingback. So I have all of the rods clipped up
at exactly the same range and I know that that is super,
super accurate. This is the second one of the three. Would I have got the bite so quickly
if I’d put that first rod back out? Not so sure that I would
but what I was going to do was put some more bait out
after this one. But I didn’t get the chance
because the third rod went. So this one’s 18lb. He’ll do for now but
I’ll get the other one out and show you. This is the third one
of another flurry of fish. Exactly the same thing happened
yesterday morning as it did today so I’m hoping that tomorrow morning
I’ll get my rods out all nice and perfect and the same thing could happen again. Another thing that’s of paramount
importance to accurately fishing is your kit. You kit needs to make it
easy work for you. If you’re struggling to get to the spot,
it obviously makes it harder and you end up fishing extremely badly. So in this instance I’ve got the
Basia AGS rods, they’re the very best on the market, they’re the best rod Daiwa do and
they’re the best rod that I’ve ever used. They’ve got carbon rings
so their recovery is very, very quick and the blank speaks for itself. Normally I wouldn’t say that the rods
make that much difference when you’re fishing 50, 60, 70 yards
but when you’re fishing 90-100 yards and you want to get them
all in a 5ft area, 2ft apart, the rods make a massive difference
so you’ve got to have the very best kit. The same for the reels.
They’re the very best on the market. They’re the Basia Custom QDXs. They’re very light and
they match the set-up perfectly. Another thing is your line. You don’t
want to be fishing too thick line. If you’re fishing 15, 20lb line and
you’re fishing at your maximum range, again it makes it very difficult for you. In this instance I’m using 12lb line,
it gets out there very easily and it makes it easy work. In this session I’m getting bites in threes
and I think why that is is because the fish
are just turning up in numbers because I’m fishing very accurately
and very condensed, I’m getting a bite on each rod. I think if I wasn’t fishing so accurately, I’d get one bite and that would be it,
or maybe two. And then the fish would move off
and then when they come back I might get another one but I’m making
the most of the time that they’re feeding. I’m getting bites on all rods
when the fish turn up. Then they’ll leave and then, hopefully,
when they come back, the same will happen again
but it’s just making the most of that time. Well, St Johns is very kind to me again.
Three thirties out of six fish. No, they didn’t turn up
for me again this morning but, hey-ho, that’s fishing sometimes. We had a big night wind last night and I think the fish have pulled down
into the corner a little bit but it’s been a brilliant session. I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m already
looking forward to my next trip.


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