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Clint Walker - Mixed Results
A mixed week this time, with a couple of different targets sought, but with only limited success. My first visit of the week was to the new water I briefly mentioned earlier this month. It’s a weedy, overgrown, neglected pit, with crystal clear water, and a bad reputation, but it holds some hefty tench, and it was tinca on my mind when I turned up in the (very) early morning hours to try and plot a capture. It’s a city park lake, and with that the usual hazards must be considered, so I took only a bare minimum of kit, and kept a wary eye around me! I wanted to fish the ‘lift method’, a classic way to catch June tench, and as the mist burned off the water, I was set up, my float semi-cocked by a BB shot on the bottom. A trio of red maggots adorned the hook, and a small number of their compatriots had been tossed over the red tip of the quill to settle on the bottom for added interest. I was ready for a proper lump! After an hour without so much as a flicker of interest, the float suddenly staggered in the water, then slowly rose up to lay flat! I struck into solid resistance, and a nicely conditioned tench of around 4lb soon lay on the mat, glistening in the morning sun; perfect! Another hour passed, and despite a good number of plump tench rolling in the swim, I had no further interest, so opted to change things. I pieced together the feeder rod, slid a small method feeder up the line, and attached a short hook link. Wrapped in Spotted Fin Classic Corn feeder mix, with more gentles on the hook, the tempter was lobbed out to where the fish had been rolling and left to settle. Within a minute, the tip started quivering as the groundbait was investigated by something; seconds later, the tip pulled slowly around, and I struck into thin air! An unmissable bite missed! I reset the rig, and the same thing happened again, but this time, the strike was met with a solid thump as a bigger tench moved off quickly. It took a bit to tame this one, and when I eventually got it to the net and lifted it from the water, I immediately put it back down again, the net and fish suspended in the margins, because this one was worth a photograph! I love big tench, and consider anything over 5lb to be a specimen, and so was extremely pleased to weigh my prize at exactly 7lb. It was an immaculate fish too, with a dark patch on the tail to add character, but in pristine condition with a tubby belly which almost matched my own! After a quick snap for posterity, the fish was lowered into the margin to recover, and it soon swam away with a defiant flick of the tail! One smaller tench followed, but as the sun rose higher, the activity stopped, and it was time to pack up. I was happy with three plump tench on my first visit, but now my appetite has been whetted, I’m after a bigger one… they are reputed to reach double figures! A second session saw me crossing fields at 5am, heading for the canal to try and catch perch by ‘droplobbing’. It’s the same as ‘dropshotting’ but instead of a plastic bait, a real worm is used. I’m still surprised by the amount of dropshot anglers who have never thought of using a real worm (or even maggots for that matter) on the hook, but in my opinion, a worm should out fish any imitation surely? It’s one of my favourite methods, and after an hour ‘worm charming’ the night before, I had enough worms for a couple of hours fun… Except it wasn’t. Unusually, I couldn’t buy a bite on worm, and gave up after an hour of fruitless twitching, instead changing to a small white lure from the Rapture stable and moving venues. First drop in, and my first fish, a feisty perch came kicked from the depths… and that was it. I walked the whole perimeter of the lake, and never had another bite! It was time to move on for the third time, and I set off for a rapidly drying River Churnet, of which only two small pools were fishable. No matter, I love small river lure fishing, and I was determined to catch! I’d changed my lure once more for a bigger paddletail and flicked it forwards into the flow to allow it to be dragged downstream before steadily retrieving it. Wham! I’d just about tightened the braid when I felt an almighty wallop on the lure, but it was so fast I missed it! After a morning struggling for bites, this was a setback indeed, as one chance is normally all you get in these tiny swims, but I cast out again hoping for another attack. I watched the lure move back towards and espied a dark shadow beneath! It was a trout, a fairly hefty one at that, and as it snatched at the lure, I missed it again! I know, if you are reading this, that no doubt you have advice aplenty, but it was just one of those days… I moved upstream to a swim that I know has some considerable depth as in my days as a firefighter, I once conducted a rescue from the very same place! Again, the big paddletail was cast across the flow, and once again, unbelievably, I missed the bite which almost instantly followed! Enough was enough, so I fined right down to a 2g jighead, loaded with a microfry lure, and flicked it along the margin. Whilst I experimented with my retrieve, seeing how the tiny lure behaved in the barely perceptible flow, a flash of gold and a jerk at the rod tip saw me finally hook into a perch! At around 6oz, it certainly wasn’t big, but on an ultralight Sonik Magna rod, it was good fun. Others followed as I discovered a nest of perch to plunder right beneath my feet, the undercut bank providing great cover for hungry predators, and for the next twenty minutes, a string of river perch came to hand; great fun! The sun was high in the sky, and I could feel sweat beginning to prickle my neck, so I decided to have ‘one last cast’ and deftly dropped the lure right by the sedges on the far bank. The tiny paddler was eased back towards me without result, but as I prepared to lift the rod, a small pike hit the lure with some force, right under my feet, and gave a superb account of itself as the last fish of the morning. Once again, it wasn’t big, a couple of pounds at most, but having struggled all morning, finding a throng of perch and finishing with an angry jack pike meant that I could return home happy. I’ve got a bit of preparation to do, as I’m spending all weekend at the Carp in the Park extravaganza in Northamptonshire. Hopefully I might just meet one or two fellow anglers there, and I’ll be able to talk fishing, even if I have to wait until next week before I can go again! Tight lines!
8 days ago
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DOVETAIL GAMES AND JENKO FISHING SIGN LICENSING DEAL
Dovetail Games, the multi award-winning simulation developer and publisher today can announce that it has signed a licensing agreement with Jenko Fishing for Dovetail Games Fishing Sim World. Jenko Fishing has made huge strides in the fishing industry and is the brainchild of Coleton Jennings, a former high school world champion angler who has now become a professional. As part of the deal, a selection of Jenko lures and apparel will feature in Fishing Sim World before Christmas whilst the two companies will continue to work together to add further products as the game continues to grow and expand. Darren Nokes, Brand Manager for Dovetail Games Fishing Sim World said “It’s fantastic to be able to work with Jenko Fishing who are a fast growing, exciting company producing quality products. We want to continue expanding the amount of licensed products available to our players to continue making an authentic fishing simulator and working with Jenko Fishing, featuring their products will only add to the overall experience.” Will Robey, Operations Manager of Jenko Fishing said “We are very proud of how well Jenko Fishing has done in the angling industry in such a short space of time. There are very exciting times ahead for us and we are very proud to be able to feature in Dovetail Games Fishing Sim World.” Built with cutting-edge Unreal Engine 4® technology, Dovetail Games Fishing Sim World is the most authentic fishing simulator ever made, taking you around the world on an angling journey like no other. Fishing Sim World is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For the latest news and developments, please visit www.fishingsimworld.com or follow along on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/fishingsimworld/], Twitter [https://twitter.com/DovetailFishing] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/fishingsimworld/]. For further information about Jenko Fishing please visit their website https://jenkofishing.com/ or Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/JenkoFishing], Twitter [https://twitter.com/jenkofishing201] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/jenkofishing/] pages.
8 days ago
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Clint Walker - Fishing in the River Churnet
A joyous week this week, I’ve been on the river, used some new bait, and visited a new venue… but I might leave details of that one until next time… My first session this week saw me don the waders (and hope the mice hadn’t put a hole in them) and slide carefully into the River Churnet in hope of dace and grayling. It’s important to point out that entering any watercourse should be done with utmost care, and I was careful to use a wading staff (landing net pole) to carefully check the riverbed before moving. Although I know the river well, I’m also aware that floods may have changed the contours of the riverbed, and that submerged obstacles may not have been there before; always check, never think “it won’t happen to me” because every year, unsuspecting anglers are drowned… No-one ever wakes up in the morning and thinks that it will happen to them, just like no-one expects a house fire or car accident either, but someone has them; be careful, it’s your life at stake! As it turned out, low water levels put the water barely above my knees, and I was able to select a fairly light float to trot down the steady glide in front of me. Luckily, I’d recently happened upon some old Ivan Marks stick floats at a local car boot sale, battered and chipped, but still classics, and I couldn’t wait to watch one dance downstream. Attached ‘top and bottom’ with float rubbers, I put the bulk of my split shot half way down the line and added a No.6 a few inches from the hook, just to keep the maggots down in the flow. By shotting like this, the float semi-cocked instantly, so I didn’t miss any quick bites, and then settled nicely, but still allowed me to check the float to let the bait rise up over any streamer weed beds of which there were plenty! The sun shone warmly as I flicked a few maggots ahead of me, then lowered the float in behind to move through the swirling cloud of bait, and I couldn’t have been happier; it was indeed a blissful way to get back onto moving water! The red tip of the float moved away from me, carefully controlled by gently thumbing the centrepin to keep pace, and then disappeared! A bite on the first trot through! A deft flick of the wrist resulted in a series of rapid thumps at the other end of the line, and a plump dace was bought to hand… perfect! As I unhooked the silver shimmer, and held it in the flow to recover, a pinch of maggots was sent twirling downstream to keep fish interested, and I dropped the float in once more. Once again, at exactly the same place, it shot out of sight, but this time, the culprit has a beautiful lilac grayling, and the sunlight revealed a myriad of pale hues as it shone through an angrily lifted dorsal fin as it sought to escape… to no avail; it came to hand and was held upstream to get its energy back before swimming away. Throughout the next hour, I plundered a steady stream of beautiful silvery fish as I enjoyed the sunshine. I caught nothing over a pound in weight, but I don’t think I’ve had a more enjoyable hour so far this year! As the sun rose higher though, the bites petered out, so I clambered from the river, and moved to the lake next door to try out some new goodies! I mentioned the new Spotted Fin feeder packs last week, so I was keen to see if the products lived up to expectations. A small flat method feeder was quickly loaded with Sweetmeat method mix, a matching wafter banded onto the hair, and it was gently lobbed out a couple of rod lengths to see what happened. The lake has been fishing poorly, with several anglers commenting on a lack of action, so I was delighted when the ‘tip pulled around and a feisty double figure carp fought hard to the net; first cast, first fish! George, sitting a few pegs below me, soon packed up after only three fish in three hours, as did another angler who hadn’t even had a bite, whilst I quickly hooked a second carp and landed that one too. I heard on the bankside grapevine (Mick the bailiff!) that Derek at the other end of the lake had had several carp and some bream, and another angler even further away had also caught well, but it appeared that at my chosen corner of the lake, things were a little slower, with other anglers eventually departing too… I stuck it out. I’m convinced by the quality of the bait, and after a couple of hours, I’d amassed ten carp, all doubles, whilst others had struggled. Did the new Sweetmeat make the difference? I’d like to think so, as I know many anglers know much more about the lake than I, but they had found fish hard to come by. Recent matches had been won with less than I’d caught, whilst I was pleased to catch steadily and enjoy good sport in fantastic sunshine. I’m pleased with the new products, they are easy to mix properly, smell great and stick to the feeder well, so should be simple to use by all. I’m yet to try the new Classic Corn mix, but as I’ve found a new tench venue, it will be getting put to good use on there, and it will be a proper test too as the water is packed with weed and has probably never seen Spotted Fin baits either! Wish me luck!
14 days ago
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The Pike Fighting Update is out now!
Our second update for Fishing Sim World has now been launched on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Again, your input has been invaluable on our forums or through reviews and social media channels. This update focusses primarily on bug fixes but here are the highlights; · Improvements * Improved the pike fighting. Bigger pike have more energy and the fight takes longer * New ripples and water foaming to indicate a fishes location (fish tells) * Improved weather conditions and effect of conditions to the environment on all venues * Ensured trees appear more ‘crisp’ and less blurry over distance on all venues * The character now gets wet when it rains in game * Decreased the number of fish tells on Grand Union Canal * Improved collision on water features such as rocks to stop fish swimming through them * Improved collision between players in multiplayer * Improved collision between the players boat and reeds in the water · Bug Fixes * Fixed crash related to those players who purchased the Sunline Siglon PE 30lb line. ▪ IMPORTANT: For those players who created a tackle box using the Sunline Siglon PE 30lb line between 1st Patch and 2nd Patch the game will no longer crash when viewing the item or attempt to go onto a lake. However, it will crash if you go into the lake and equip the faulty tacklebox. To fix this issue, delete your tackle box containing the affected line after the Pike Fighting Update patch installs * Catching Walleye now awards experience points (XP) * Fixed rod failing to be sitting on bank sticks correctly when you are a multiplayer client * Fixed fellow player appearing to walk on the spot in multiplayer * Fixed random coloured flashing reflections on the water * Fixed thick black line on the horizon of the water * The loading spinner icon no longer shows indefinitely above an item in the in-game shop * Ensured boats appear correctly in the shop model viewer * Button prompts appear correctly for all actions on Xbox One * Replaced the canopy for a roof on second jetty building on Lake Boulder so a rod no longer passes through it * Depth UI appears correctly when fishing at depths of over 100ft * Equipment textures immediately load correctly in shop and customise menus * Fixed species stats circle not appearing correctly on lake selection screen * Dovetail Live (DTL) article buttons appear correctly * Message is given when no articles are available or no internet connection when accessing DTL articles * DTL options appear in settings menu after loading the game not signed in but then signing in when prompted * Lure rattling audio no longer plays when driving * General clothing improvements We also want to tell you what we are working on in the next update, ‘The Trolling Motor update’ which will be coming soon. Highlights include * Trolling motor feature – ability to use the trolling motor in-game * New species – Zander will be added to all appropriate lakes * New rod resistance – the amount of resistance when moving the rod will give you the feel for the weight of the fish you are fighting * Added bigger trophy catfish to Waldsee * Improved the amount the rod bends in relation to what type of rod it is. Carp rods will bend less than bass rods * Slightly moved boat spawn positions on Lake Boulder so all boats spawn consistently in single player tournaments * Ensured button prompts disappear when teleporting to another location * Improved the balance of audio after recent changes to tension sounds * Ensured all lakes and live events appear in menu correctly and can be loaded * Ensured lure rattling audio can only be heard at appropriate times * Fixed branches of trees popping out on character on Bergsee * Characters no longer walk on top of banksticks/rods * Improved collision on US lakes to stop boat driving through vegetation * Ensured male and female smiles appear correctly on catch screen * Improved appearance of rain falling from sky * Ensure the pause menu doesn’t show when in fish presentation screen in multiplayer
15 days ago
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Clint Walker - Back at Home
I've returned from Australia, and for the first time in a month, I'm currently sitting on the bank back home in the UK. In truth, I’ve been looking forward to returning to what I know, Australia has some fabulous fish to target, but some are also deadly, so to the uneducated (me!) I’m now far safer! This time of year is also one of my favourite periods to target tench, so with that in mind, I packed my van, set the alarm, and groggily got up at 3.30am to drive to my preferred tinca water... Rode Pool, on the Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society card is a simply gorgeous estate lake, shallow, silty, and with some superb tench to target. I parked up to find that I was the first angler of the day to arrive, and quickly barrowed my kit through the gate, pushed through the undergrowth, and settled down to watch the water for a while. I wasn’t too pleased to find the wind pushing down the lake away from my usual peg as I seem to do better when it pushes into the shallows, but with the whole lake to choose from, it wasn’t going to cause an issue. After thirty minutes, I hadn’t seen much aside from hordes of insects flitting over the rippled surface, but was delighted to watch bats hunting them in the morning gloom as the sky lightened. I walked the banks hoping to spot fish, and finally, just off the peg I like, I saw a dark back roll; it looked like a tench, and was all the encouragement I needed to drop my kit, mix my groundbait, and start to set up. I’ve ‘upscaled' my rods on here this season, moving to the 2.75lb test curve Sonik Vader X just to allow me to cast a little bit further as a lot of fish tend to patrol the far bank reed line, and I’ve been dropping short. The Vader X is still soft enough to enjoy a scrap with feisty tench, and if one of the resident carp interrupts, I’ll have a chance of landing that too. Twinned with the matching Vader X reel, it’s a great set up for general fishing, and won’t break the bank either! I love to fish The Method here, so a sticky mix of Spotted Fin Betafin pellets and Super Sweet groundbait was wetted with lake water and left to stew. I know it will cling to a method feeder and withstand an 80 yard cast, and it’s always a great attack on what is renowned as a tricky water. On the hook, a Catalyst 8mm dumbbell from the same company was banded on and pushed into the method ball...perfect! Both feeders splashed down about 25 yards apart, a rod length off the inaccessible far bank and I sank both lines before adding a backlead. As I’ve mentioned, it’s a shallow venue, with a lot of backside vegetation, so I didn't want to risk crossing the lines with a fish! Bobbins set, it was time to relax and absorb the English countryside. I’ve enjoyed my time in Australia, but the greenery of England is always missed, and I love to sit beneath the established oaks and sycamore which border the lake. Nestled away from the rest of the lake, my first brew was interrupted by a rattling take which saw the first dark green tench of the day safely netted. At about 4lb, it wasn't the biggest in the lake, but just 5 minutes into my session, it was a good start! Quickly returned, it was followed a few minutes later by another of similar proportions on the other rod as the Catalyst bait lived up to its name and started a feeding spell! After recasting, I pinched the line to hook up the back lead, and was amazed to feel resistance on the other end! The ripples hadn't subsided before I was into another fish! I lifted into the third fish and started to move it away from the distant cover, before easing it into the waiting net. As it was enveloped in the mesh, astonishingly, my other alarm sounded, and I quickly swept that one aloft too to connect with a fourth tench! Madness! Less than an hour in, and four glistening tincas had seen the bank! My brew was going cold... The fifth fish was a slab sided bream, a chunky fish of around 6lb, then more tench, then another bream; by 9am, after fishing for about 3 hours, I’d landed 10 tench, and 4 good bream, all of them tempted by the Spotted Fin baits during a bumper morning session. I do know that things usually slow around 10am, and so prepared a carp rig; I still haven't caught a carp here yet, so one rod has now been swapped to pop up boilies whilst on the other, the method feeder continues to pick off fish with frightening regularity every half an hour! So, this week for a change, I’m writing from the bank, and as I sit and wait for the next fish, I’m already planning to visit a carp water later in the week to try and rack up some images for sponsors and clients as part of my freelance writing employ. Although I’m enjoying myself today, I’m conscious that one of my clients, Carp-talk magazine, have decided to close down after 24 years, of which I’ve been part of the team for the last 9 seasons, leaving me with a gap in my schedule when it ceases the final print run at the end of June. As a result, I’m hoping to pick up another slot somewhere else (get in touch if you need a copywriter!) but if not, then I may just have to do a bit more fishing, and see what turns up... Either way, when I'm lucky enough to be sitting here, shaded by woodland, watching the waterfowl and waiting for the alarm to go again, I can’t really complain can I, even I have just missed another run! Ahhh!
17 days ago
Clint Walker - Fishing in Australia
After a week of champing at the bit, waiting to get out fishing in Australia between family engagements, I finally managed to get my feet wet with a boat trip with my brother-in-law, who fortuitously owns his own boat! It’s a cracker of a vessel too, well equipped, with a powerful 115hp Evinrude motor which propels the hull nicely at over 35 knots, which meant that we got to our intended spot quickly and safely, dropped anchor, and prepared to fish… but what would we catch? In truth, neither Mick nor I had much idea what might lurk beneath us (except Great White Sharks obviously) and we went with light tackle intending to have some fun. I took a Sonik Sports Magna 4 piece travel rod, designed to be used with small lures, and Mick tackled up with slightly heavier gear, just in case! My AVX reel was loaded with 30b braid, a 10lb fluorocarbon leader added, and I flung lures for a while whilst my compatriot offered slivers of fish and shrimp hook baits to see what happened. In my ignorance, I’d selected lures which I just couldn’t fish effectively in over 40 feet of water, and as Mick had detected bites on ‘proper’ bait, I opted to switch tactics. Although designed primarily as a lure rod, needs must, and I swapped the lure for a simple paternoster rig, slipped on a sinker, and baited the hook with a shrimp. It was easy to drop over the side of the boat, control the braid with my thumb as the lead descended, then carefully feel for any piscine attention. I didn’t have to wait long before I felt something nibbling at the other end, and as the rod tip bounced downwards, I struck into a tiddler which was quickly hoisted aboard. Even though we were both unsure about what we might catch, I’d done enough reading prior to travelling, and easily recognised the intruder as a small reef fish similar in body shape to the black bream found in UK waters, but much more brightly attired in a coat of bold stripes, yellows, and blues which shone beautifully in the early morning sun. I’d caught my first Australian fish! Mick then caught a Spanish Mackerel, bigger than my bream, but equally feisty, providing great sport as it fought from the depths. I could feel huge fronds of kelp wafting across the braid, and as the tip flexed, I quickly settled into a rhythm of spotting the long, slow pulls of kelp, and the much faster yank of an actual bite; great fun! I caught a Tailor fish, so did Mick, and we matched each other fish for fish as the morning progressed. On leaving the harbour, we’d already spotted dolphins cavorting across the surface of the ocean, but the next thing I witnessed was a much bigger surprise. My hearing isn’t too good, but I distinctly heard a whooshing noise behind us, and Mick pointed out a huge swirl around 30 yards from the boat as something slipped away; “whale” he exclaimed! I couldn’t believe this, I’m around a mile out at sea, in Australia, we’re catching fish, the sun was shining, and now we had a humpback whale for company! Brilliant! It was indeed a humpback, on her way to breeding grounds further north, and she offered one more glimpse of her huge back, shining black and barnacle clad, as she slowly moved away from us. I have to say that as fishing trips go, this was getting better and better! Both Mick and I continued catching a myriad of (mostly unidentified) species, all of which were safely returned, before I felt a surprising wrench on the rod tip which saw the rod hoop right over as a fish felt the hook. This one stayed deep, straining against my rod as it fought to reach the safety of the kelp below. I held the pressure, and as I pumped the fish upwards, saw a flash of brilliant red as the first of a trio of Eastern Red Scorpion fish broke the surface. Clad in fearsome red armour, and protected with an array of venomous spines, we both knew this was a fish not to be trifled with, so it was netted, rested on the mat, and the hook removed with long nosed pliers before it was hoisted aloft still in the net for a picture, then lowered back into the sea; another species to add to the tally. The action slowed, so we decided to move, and jetted off to find another spot. We noted that most boats had moved further away but opted to give the new mark an hour to see what would happen. Nothing did. We enjoyed the sun and the gentle ocean, but couldn’t get a bite, and soon moved again to a third mark, dropped the anchor, and spooled the lines into the depths. For the next 15 minutes, things were quiet, but then a series of brightly coloured wrasse were boated, Morwongs followed, juvenile snappers were caught, more tailors, more mackerel, and more fish we couldn’t identify all came to the surface in a steady stream of bites which saw us both having fun. As an added bonus, we also enjoyed a few minutes watching a huge seal playfully tossing some flotsam on the surface of the waves in the sun. We probably caught around 80 odd fish between us before deciding to head back and trailer the boat, so enjoyed a fast ride back to the harbour as the sun started to set. We’d both had a fantastic day, and as the sun started to sink, and the smooth ride back was a blissful way to finish things off. At the jetty, I got out to fetch the pickup and back the trailer down the ramp into the sea so that Mick could drive the boat aboard. As I crossed the gunwale, leaping to the jetty, I glanced down to see a huge ray glide beneath us! It was massive, and a wonderful way to finish the day…yet another treat to see in Australian waters! We’ve made a decision to go again soon, but this time we may have a crack at bigger fish; I’ll let you know how we get on…
17 days ago
Clint Walker - Deeper Sonar Fishing
I’ve been out using my Deeper ™ sonar this week. “Real anglers don’t need it, it’s just cheating!” I hear you say? Really? It’s certainly got a place in my fishing, and here’s why. I’m time limited, I don’t get to camp out for days at a time, watching the water, or studying Facebook to see who is on the same lake and catching so I can poach their swim, nor do I fish the same water every time I go out. I hate the thought of thrashing the water to a foam with a marker float and lead, and more’s the point, I don’t have hours to do it either, preferring a quick chuck about with Deeper™ to find exactly what I’m fishing over, and then let the swim settle. Ten minutes with a Deeper™ rather than hours with a lead and marker, can save valuable fishing time, so I’m all for it, especially when I’m on a job for a client! Don’t take it the wrong way though, I’m not saying I’m right and you’re wrong, (angling shouldn’t be like that) I’m just saying that I’ve got another tool in the box when it comes to a tough session, and if you haven’t used one yet, then you may be pleasantly surprised when you do. I get that it might not be your cup of tea, and I fully respect that, but if you’re ‘on the fence’, then maybe I can sway your thoughts… Technology needn’t take the fun out of fishing; we all (the vast majority) use bite alarms at some point during our fishing, some use bait boats, underwater cameras, others use drones, and my point is, that things move on, technology and advancement can help us get more enjoyment from our fishing, and like you, I go fishing to catch fish, not try and appear ‘carpy’ by spending hours sitting by the lake catching nothing whilst telling all on social media that “…it’s a proper tough nut”. Well, make it easier then! No-one likes blanking, admittedly some can use it as a learning experience, but a pound to a penny, most anglers would much rather catch something, and Deeper™ can make all the difference on those really tricky sessions. It’s not bias, it’s fact, and I really believe that…Although I use it predominantly to feature find, on occasions, when times are tough, I’ll use it to locate fish too, and recently, I had cause to do just that. This week. I’ve been back on the banks at a local club water, one which I would describe as ‘fish soup’ and one I return to when I need images for whichever client needs them at short notice… it’s a ‘banker’ water! On arriving at the car park, I found one of the bailiffs, Mick, unloading his car too. I like Mick, he’s a good chap, with a finger on the pulse at the fishery, and when he told me that it had been “…fishing c**p” then I knew I was on for a long day... We both left the car park together, walking down the path and watching the water; nothing showed. Normally, it’s like a jacuzzi, especially early in the morning, but not today, not a thing! Both perplexed, we settled into swims a few yards apart, and tackled up. I usually fish close in, under the rod tips, with either a method feeder packed with goodies, or a straight lead with a small wafter and tiny pva bag of boilies on the hook. Choosing the wafter option, I lowered the rig, shovelled in a load of Spotted Fin particle, and sat back to wait for the inevitable run. It came within five minutes, a chunky scraper double hitting the net, and then the rig was reset for the next unlucky carp. Bang! The bobbin flew up and smashed against the rod blank, and another double figure fish soon lay on the mat; easy! Mick seemed less confident however; his rod tip hadn’t quivered, and within an hour, he moved swims, hoping to find the elusive fish… After an early hit, things went quiet in my swim too, with only odd fish slipping up over the next few hours. Normally, I expect a fish (or at least a run) every thirty minutes or so, with the culprit usually a carp of between 10-20lb, but for some reason, it just wasn’t happening. Mick walked back towards me, crestfallen as he explained that he hadn’t had a bite, never mind a fish, and he was going home. Another angler took his place nearby, and I watched as he scored with a quick hit of five fish, then his swim too went very quiet. Where were all the fish? It’s usual to catch close in during the early part of the day, with fish moving out into deeper water as the hours progressed, before returning to mop up match anglers cast off bait in the margins at around 4pm. I’d followed that pattern, chasing the chunks into open water at range, but aside from losing two fish, I hadn’t caught any more. Time for action! I rigged another rod, twinned with a big fixed spool reel loaded with 50lb braid, and tied on my Deeper ™ Pro+ before lowering it into the water to initiate the battery and connect the Deeper ™ to the app on my smartphone. Within seconds, the devices paired, and I cast out the sonar to about seventy yards. With the early Deeper ™ some anglers had perhaps suspected connectivity issues at long range, but with the Pro+; the team have really got the technology right now, and this model is effective to over one hundred metres, giving accurate real-time information to the angler instantly, and it’s so simple to use! I let the sonar stabilise and waited for the colourful screen to light up and show me exactly where the fish were… It didn’t… the area I’d been fishing was flat, and almost completely devoid of fish, which was unexpected to say the least, and I wasn’t sure why… The water level was down considerably, and the wind was coming from the north which is not ideal on this lake, but it didn’t usually have such an adverse effect on the inhabitants. The other angler wandered over to me to say that he too was struggling in his usual spots, so we both watched the screen as the sonar was slowly retrieved (every angler is interested!) and we watched the lake bed begin to climb up as the Deeper™ passed over the marginal shelf, and there they were! A series of fish icons pinged into view as we noted the fish stacked up along the base of the shelf, and it became apparent that for some reason, whether shadow, water temperature, or undertow, they were hovering close in, not at range as expected! One or two casts with the device, and the secret was revealed! Changing tactics, we both caught fish almost immediately. Careful feeding kept fish in the swim, and by the end of the day, I’d picked off more than a dozen carp, almost all in double figures, to post a respectable tally, whilst my compatriot had equalled my score, and added a bonus barbel too. Did the Deeper™ make a difference? Of course it did, we found fish within a minute, and dropped baits on them immediately to resume catching. One thing that Deeper™ can’t do is make the fish take the bait; that bit is still down to you, but if you can’t find them, then you can’t catch them can you? https://deepersonar.com/uk/en_gb
17 days ago
Clint Walker - Carp-talk and Australia
Well, since getting on the plane at Manchester, I’ve had an unpleasant surprise. Carp-Talk magazine, a staple of many carp anglers for the last 24 years, and a publication I’ve written for for over 9 years, is to close. After initially sending a cheeky email to Editor Simon Crow which basically stated ‘gissa job’ and subsequently being given the opportunity of a 3 month temporary slot, I’ve gone on to write not just the northwest column, but after a reshuffle, the north and west area catches which covered around two thirds of the UK. In total, I reckon I’ve written about 650 weekly reports, each of at least 750 words, sometimes double that, so at a conservative estimate, I’d guess close to 700,000 words over the years! Almost all have come from my readers, sharing their reports, and all I’ve really had to do is edit into readable format, add the picture, and submit for deadline. As a result, I’d like to thank each and every angler who has submitted catch reports and read my columns, I couldn’t have done it without you! Rising print costs and an increase in spending on online advertising have no doubt contributed to a difficult decision for the owners, but I’d also like to place on record my gratitude to them, for giving me a chance to write in the first place… I’ll miss it! Having covered that, I mentioned recently that I’m currently in Australia, and well, things are a little bit different here! I haven’t had time to go fishing yet, but I have had the chance to visit a couple of tackle shops to see how things vary from back home. I wandered into popular chain store BCF to be met with a vast array of tackle, much of it similar to UK stock, but with the addition of plenty of other things too. Lure fishing is huge in Australia, and the shops are really geared up to offer the imitation angler an overwhelming amount of choice, but bait fishing is also catered for too… I haven’t seen a boilie yet though, and when I explained what they were, I’m sure the staff thought I was quite mad! In truth, carp are viewed as little more than a pest in Australian waters, and I’ve already spoken to anglers who thought nothing of throwing a 20lb fish ‘up the bank’! When I revealed that in the UK, a specially reared carp of particular strain could fetch large sums of money if you wanted to buy it, I wasn’t too surprised when Australian anglers offered to post some over for free! There are even plans in place by Government to introduce KHV to supress the amount of ‘invaders’ in local waters it’s got that bad! Imagine not being able to catch your target fish without hooking carp? I know some UK anglers who can only dream of such things! Back in the tackle shop though, it’s easy to recognise many of the brands on show, with Savage Gear, Rapala, ZMan, Ecogear and many others represented, but also dozens of smaller lines I’ve never heard of. I was surprised at the pricing of many ‘known’ brands, most coming in at around half of UK prices. I’ve never seen so many varieties of lure either, whether soft or hard body, there were aisles stacked floor to ceiling with thousands of tempters, and I did struggle to keep my wallet in my pocket! Rod and reel combinations were superbly priced too, with a Shimano beach rod and matching fixed spool reel available for as little as £50, and hooks were a real bargain. I picked up 60 Gamatsu circle hooks to allow me to present pike deadbaits later in the year for just a few dollars… Some of the reels would not have looked amiss on a crane, with big game fishing, although expensive, a real attraction for many anglers, who could also pick up foot long marlin lures, spearguns, and shark hooks off the shelf! It’s not often I can use the phrase ‘like a kid in a sweet shop’ but I was. It was astonishing! The staff were on the ball too; I visited a shop around 10 miles from where I’m staying (which is classed as ‘close’ over here) and they were able to tell me what I could expect to catch in the tiny local creek, and how best to do it, right down to the best time of day… I know shops in the UK where I wouldn’t get that kind of information. Eventually, I had a day to myself, so struck out for the town beach and harbour to see what the locals were catching. I spoke to a beach angler, casting small fish tails for bream, whiting and flatheads (no, I don’t know either) who described dislocating his shoulder whilst returning a shark he had caught which flipped and caught him by surprise. I asked what kind of shark, and he just winked at me, and said “…what sort do you think?” Apparently, the Great White can be caught just a few metres from shore, so I’ll have to ask the wife to check… I then moved on to the harbour and chatted with a trio of locals who were targeting similar species, again with small baited hooks and tiny leads but unfortunately without much success. I stared deep into the clear blue waters, and spied some big bream, hordes of tiny fish in midwater, but then glimpsed a dark shadow glide across the ocean floor… It took a second or two to realise that I was staring at a stingray, and a big one too. It was at least four feet across, and it stopped directly below to inhale the remains of the filleted fish in use by the anglers next to me. I was less than a rod length away from it and hadn’t bought one with me! There was no point in the Australian anglers having a go either, as their 15lb braid and tiny hooks would have been no match for it, but what a treat to see! After having a beer, comparing notes with my Aussie compatriots, and sharing catch pictures, I’ve now found a few spots to fish; I’ll have to return to the tackle shop just to pick up a few extra bits, but then I’m good to go. I have no idea what I’ll catch, but then I’m in Australia, so who really cares? For the angler, this country is perfect… unless you’re a carper, then I probably wouldn’t recommend it! Tight lines!
17 days ago
Fishing Terms Explained
This article will explain some of the terms and concepts used in Fishing Sim World. We will continue adding to it in future, just let us know what you would like us to explain. What is a bite alarm? Alarms are a form of bite indication. If a fish takes your bait and starts to swim away with it, the line the will start to move. Any movement or vibration of the line is recognised by sensors making the alarm sound which tells you you have a bite. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/7Tnla4xFRO0 What are bed types? The bed type is the surface that your bait is landing on at the bottom of the lake. There are three main bed types which are featured in game, these are gravel, silt and weed. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ypjJR3xKxDM What is carp fishing? The carp is a freshwater species belonging to the cyprinidae family. Carp can be found in lakes and rivers across Europe and can grow to over 100lbs (45kgs). Carp are renowned for fighting hard. Popular baits to target them include boilies, pop-ups, sweetcorn and tiger nuts. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ECSKna2BYy4 What is casting? There are two main styles of casting. The most common is casting overarm which is suitable for any distance over 20 yards. For close fishing, an underarm cast is used. The further you want to cast, then the more powerful rod you will need. The power of the rod is measured by its test curve. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/pkRjMPUGKOk What other equipment can I see in my swim? General Equipment in carp / coarse fishing can include an unhooking mat for the fish to be placed on whilst out of the water, to protect it from the ground and in match fishing, a keep net which sits in the water next to you where you put all of the fish in to get a total weight at the end. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/BJkJHoinW04 What are match fishing rules? A competitive form of coarse fishing which involves people drawing out a random peg (a place to fish), and then trying to catch as many fish as possible within the allotted time. Usually the winner will be the one with the greatest weight of fish caught. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/KEM79dbGE8Q What are multiple rods? To increase your chances of catching it is possible to fish with more than one rod if you are fishing from a static peg and not stalking. In the game you will be able to use up to three rods during your session. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/cyzEt8D2W4M What is netting a fish? Once you have hooked into a fish and brought it close to the bank you will need to net it. The best time to do this is when the fish is tired and has stopped fighting, often rolling onto its side. If you try to net a fish too early it will try to escape, so be patient. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/YKn4SOHNa4g What is a peg? A peg is a pre-defined area on the bank to fish from. There will be pegs spread out around the lake and whatever peg you are in, dictates what part of the lake you can fish. You must not cast into an area of water controlled by another peg that is occupied by an angler. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/nr-3zE8CB7U What is a rig? A rig is the length of line tied from your main line down to the hook. There are many different types of rigs designed to present your chosen bait in all different ways, whether it be on the bottom of the lakebed or all the way up to the surface, you can find the right one for any conditions. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/xxJSLU5mUZo What is spodding? Spodding is getting a lot of bait out into an area quickly and accurately to keep fish feeding. A spod is a rocket type tube that you fill with bait and when cast out, will deposit all of the bait out of the open end. A spod rod will not catch a fish as you do not cast out a bait and hook. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/LM9ncYqp4j4 What is stalking? Stalking is one of the most exciting ways of fishing. It involves finding fish close to the margin of the lake and trying to catch them with an underarm cast. You need to be quiet and stealthy so as not to spook them. Stalking often takes place in quiet areas of the lake away from traditional pegs. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/u_w6VGC9jbI What is time of day and weather? Time of day and weather conditions have a massive impact on fish behaviour. Hot and sunny conditions will see fish move to the upper layers of the water but cold and dark conditions tend to push the fish to the bottom of the lake. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/xto0upPACC8 What is watercraft? Watercraft is an anglers ability to work out the location of the fish. A fish may give away its location by splashing, swimming just below the surface or sending bubbles up to the surface through feeding. Other things to consider are weather conditions, wind direction and the time of day. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/1er_hJXq7Gc What are baits? The bait is what you attach to your hook to entice and catch the fish. Bait possibilities are endless but popular baits include boilies, pellets, sweetcorn and bread. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ZLbgzrWnFM0 If there are any technical issues we can help you with, contact us at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com
22 days ago
Fishing Sim world - Win an Xbox One or PlayStation 4
To celebrate the launch of the Monster Reward Update we are giving you the opportunity Terms and Conditions 1. The Competition is being promoted and operated by RailSimulator.com Limited T/A Dovetail Games (“Dovetail”). 2. The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over except Dovetail employees, and anyone Dovetail deems to be connected with the Competition (“Entrants”). 3. By entering the Competition, the Entrants agree and confirm: * To be bound by these Terms and Conditions; * That their full name and place of residence may be released if they win a prize; * That should they win the Competition, their name and likeness may be used by Dovetail for pre-arranged promotional purposes; * Each Entrant consents to Dovetail sending them news and marketing about Dovetail Games Fishing products. 4. No purchase is necessary to enter. 5. The Competition will run for a period of three (3) days opening at 4:00pm BST on 14th September 2017 and closing at 12am BST on 18th September 2017 (“Closing Date”). After the Closing Date, one (1) Competition winner will be selected based on the criteria set out in clause 10. 6. Entrants should like the Facebook post and Facebook pages for Dovetail Fishing and Linear Fisheries to be entered into the competition. Entries must be made prior to the closing date. 7. Only one (1) entry will be permitted per person regardless of method of entry and bulk entries (meaning the use of any form of technology which allows multiple simultaneous entries) will not be permitted. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered for any technical or other reason. Entries received after the Closing Date will not be considered. Entries cannot be returned. 8. Dovetail will only ever use Entrant’s personal details for the purposes of administering this Competition and the provision of news and marketing about Dovetail Games Euro Fishing products, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. The Dovetail Privacy Policy is available at www.dovetailgames.com/privacy. 9. One (1) winning entrant (“Winner”) will be selected by a Dovetail employee decided at random from all entries. Dovetail Games decision shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into in respect of such decision. 10. The Winners will be notified within seven (7) days of the Closing Date using the details provided by them on entering the Competition. If the Winner is unable to be contacted within seven (7) calendar days of the Closing Date of the Competition, Dovetail reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner-up, or to re-offer their prize in any future Dovetail competition. 11. The Winner’s prize shall be one (1) 24 hours for them and a friend to fish at the Manor Farm Lake on the Linear Fisheries complex. 12. There is no cash alternative and the prizes will not be transferable. Dovetail accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prizes and not specifically included in the prize. If the prize is unavailable, for whatever reason, Dovetail reserves the right to substitute the prize for a prize of equal or greater value. The substituted prize shall be at Dovetail’s sole discretion. 13. The name and place of residence of the Winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Fishing Business Director, RailSimulator.com Limited T/ Dovetail Games, The Observatory, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4NT, United Kingdom, within two (2) months of the closing date of the Competition. 14. Any promotional activity or press release the Winner makes in relation to the Competition must be pre-approved by Dovetail in writing. 15. Dovetail excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the Competition or occurring to the Winner or a runner-up arising from his or her acceptance of a prize. 16. Dovetail excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the Competition or occurring to the Winner or arising from his or her acceptance of a prize. 17. Entry into the Competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 18. Dovetail reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the Competition or the prize at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. 19. The Competition is subject to the laws of England and Wales. Promoters: RailSimulator.com Limited T/A Dovetail Games, The Observatory, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4NT, United Kingdom.
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Monster Reward Update Out Now
We’ve been working away on all the feedback, bugs, thoughts and comments that you’ve made on our forums or through social media and reviews. Many thanks to everyone who has helped us! The first update for Fishing Sim World will launch this Thursday the 18th October on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Let’s go through the highlights step by step. New Fish Species! For all players, two new species of fish will be added in this update: Walleye and Bluegill. Perfect for the vast open lakes of bass fishing, these will be available to catch and fully represented in the Anglers Log. Bug Fixes! This is a long list of the majority of the detailed fixes. There are changes, fixes and improvements across almost every area of the sim. Achievements * All achievements are now available and unlock correctly Audio * All sub menus now available in the audio tab of the options menu * You can now no longer hear boats starting up wherever you are on the lake Controls Enhanced settings * You can now invert camera (Y Axis) * You can now alter mouse sensitivity and controller vibration options HUD & Menus Immersion Mode * You can now turn off the HUD entirely while fishing * You can turn off other players names in Multiplayer in reduced HUD * Depth widget has been removed from ‘minimal’ and ‘no hud’ modes * You can toggle off the UI during catch shot screens * New tension audio added when reeling in fish, that corresponds to the weight of the fish * Minimal HUD mode also now available * Various minor localisation bugs fixed * Bits of the HUD no longer show during loading screen * Correct list of species of fish available to catch for each venue * Lake description now correct in Freedom Fishing for Bergsee * Setting screen now saves correctly * Fixed rough edges in customisation screens * Fixed boat clipping the UI in the customisation screens * Improved tool tip images Fish & Fish Behaviour Fish and Fish Fighting Improvements * Smallmouth bass swim differently to largemouth to differentiate fight between species * Bass have more energy and the fights last longer * It is now more difficult to catch fish in Gigantica * Fish now swim away when escaping rather than disappearing * Catfish can now be caught when using lures * Fish no longer get stuck on water debris in Grand Union Canal * Fixed fish ‘bouncing’ on water surface when they have given up fighting * Added Pike to species list in Bergsee * Fish can no longer escape between being caught and the catch shot! * Fish can no longer swim on land next to the canal inlet in Grand Union Canal * Fixed catfish occasionally appearing black * The yellow perch appearance has been improved Equipment Improvements * Boats require less build up and button pressure to drive at speed * Added nightglow sweetcorn into the tackle shop * Lures now sink faster or slower as appropriate for the lure * Fish attraction to lures has been improved, depending on the size of both the lure and the fish * Correct asset and description now shown for Sunline Siglon PE 30lb and Vursa Braid Spinning 20lb * Fixed controller vibrating when reel speed changed but not reeling in * Improved collision with shoreline while on a boat * Improved clothing appearances, fixing clipping issues * Yellow maggot now has the correct colour image within the tackle shop * Rotating reels sit on top of rods with line attacher and line will no longer appear to float Characters * Characters no longer get stuck in terrain if turning on the spot * Characters hands no longer look detached if wearing a hoodie in a catch shot * Characters no longer get stuck in path debris on the Grand Union Canal * Character polish improvements * Added smile to characters when holding fish! Gameplay * Catch prompt no longer appears when fighting fish as netting is automatic * Temperature now displays correctly * Temperature in fahrenheit now has the degrees symbol * Boat spawn location on Lake Boulder moved to allow better access * Fixed camera if the player is rotating while fighting a fish * Added gameplay intro video into the start of the game * Gigantica and Grand Union Canals landing mat positions have been updated Multiplayer & Single Player Tournaments Improvements * You can now mute players in multiplayer mode * You can hide other players names using the advanced hud mode * In-game live tournament leaderboard now has ‘show my position / show top’ options * Variable weather is now available in live tournaments * Added voice chat widget to message overlay widget to see who is talking during loading screens Live Event Tournament Rewards * Finishing well in a tournament now gives you clothing rewards * Fixed an issue with claiming pegs * Fixed catch screen HUD staying visible when starting multiplayer * Fixed rare issue of fish finder component crashing at the end of a tournament * Buoys in single player tournaments on Gigantica no longer too high in water * Fixed boats not appearing when the multiplayer host migrates * Fixed rare bug where a player could spawn in the middle of a lake * Fixed it taking longer to catch fish in multiplayer as the host * Host of multiplayer sessions now see catch shots * Players can no longer get stuck after catching a fish in a tournament * The continue prompt at the end of a single player tournament will now always be clickable * Fixed timer disappearing after opening inventory in live events XBOX specific * Fixed various issues caused by signing in after launching the game PC specific * Selecting English language in Steam will now work correctly on a non-English set PC * Mapping your own keyboard controls (Keybinding) PlayStation 4 specific * Ensure fish can be caught and catch screen appears correctly for both host and client Dovetail Live Improvements and Rewards We’ve upgraded Dovetail Live within Fishing Sim World. As a main reward, anyone who has registered and logged into Dovetail Live within Fishing Sim World will receive two pieces of free equipment. To receive these two items, sign into Dovetail Live and go to the Online menu option. The items will unlock for you. 1. The Haichou Odyssey Live is a high performance 50MPH addition to your boat fleet, superior to the immediately available starter boats. 2. A new t-shirt with a classic blue digital camo design that you can find unlocked in the customise menu. You can now also read Dovetail Live articles directly in-game! Tournament Clothing Rewards Starting in November, winning and placing highly in our tournaments now bring you prizes in the form of clothing. Wear them with pride and let everyone in multiplayer know what they’re up against. Winners of weekly events will be awarded a ‘Champion’ t-shirt whilst 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded a ‘podium’ t-shirt. If you finish in the top 5% of all entries, you will earn a ‘series’ t-shirt. The same rewards are in place for the end of each season but hoodies as well as t-shirts are your prize. That’s our full list of fixes, improvements and rewards for this update. We are working on more updates so please keep your feedback coming. We hope we’ve addressed some of the points you’ve all referenced in reviews, forum comments and on social media - if we did, let us know! Thanks for playing so far, more of this to come. The Dovetail Games Fishing Team.
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