Wraysbury The Return With Dave Lane – Carp Fishing Feature Film

In this full length fishing movie we join Dave Lane of Total Fishing Gear on the banks of the mythical Wraysbury in search of it’s legendary big carp!!

Filmed in conjunction with Carpology Magazine, this hour long video includes many of the tips, tactics and tackle secrets employed by Dave Lane to catch more and bigger carp.

It’s an essential watch for all carp fishing fanatics!!

The TF Gear MIDI Airbomb – Dave Lane Review

Dave Lane carp angler takes a closer look at the new Midi Airbomb – the revolutionary baiting up device from Total Fishing Gear.

Hard on the heels of the original Airbomb, we now have a new model, the Airbomb Midi.

As the name suggests, it is a smaller version of its already very popular big brother – it comes in at approximately 50% of the size and capacity of the original.

Dave Lane carp angler with the Midi Airbomb

Dave Lane carp angler with the Midi Airbomb

Having used the Midi extensively I’ve found it to be superb at all ranges and if you are after something that will put bait accurately to extreme ranges the Airbomb Midi is the one for you,  we have been hitting 150 yards with ease and the edge this has given me over everyone else has been massive.

Another huge advantage I should mention is that you really do not need a specialised ‘spod-rod’ to take the strain, the Airbomb Midi  is light enough that it can be cast with ease on a normal carp rod.  This makes baiting so effortless, and of course you maintain incredible accuracy.

I would still recommend a leader of some kind, just to be on the safe side and avoid any ‘crack-off’ disasters but, even so, my 3.25lb carp rods can launch one of these a long, long way and if you do use a spod rod, well you can cast this thing distances you wouldn’t believe.

The basics are the same as the larger model, you hit the clip in the air and achieve a far greater spread of bait than with other more conventional bait droppers and with none of the unwanted disturbance in the area you are actually putting your rigs and fishing.

Airbomb Midi - New size

Airbomb Midi – New size

They are also outstanding for delivering floaters without spooking the fish. When you put floaters out with the Airbomb it actually lands up to 30 yards away from where the actual floaters land, this is the stealthiest way possible to get fish feeding on the top, and I can tell you from experience that your surface fishing will be transformed forever.

As for actual baiting capacity I suppose you would get about 50% of the payload of the bigger version (about 15 x 15mm boilies or a nice handful of hemp) and this can be advantageous if you are just needing to top up your swim or fishing a small scattering of bait in a ‘single-bite’ scenario when stalking, mobile fishing or even casting at a showing fish.

If you do want to present your free-bait in a tighter spot, like a hole in the weed for example, you can simply over-cast, not against a clip, and then reel the Airbomb slowly back into position over the spot before flicking the rod tip to open it. This method will deliver a very tight packet of bait extremely accurately.

However you choose to use the Airbomb Midi, it’s one of those items that you really should have in the rucksack at all times.

For more about the Airbomb Midi bating up device, check out the video below!!

FishSpy Echo Pro – Review By Dave Lane Carp Angler

For the last few months I have been in possession of a new product from TF Gear, but I have been unable to add it to any of my carp fishing Vlogs or articles because it has been a little hush-hush, secret squirrel and all that cloak and dagger stuff.

Now however leading up to its imminent launch, the cat is well and truly out of the bag so I can tell you a little about it.

My new bit of kit is called the Fishspy Echo Pro, which is a castable floating echo sounder/sonar device but with a major added bonus of having an inbuilt camera! I was more than excited to get this new bit of tech out onto the water and trying to keep it under wraps has been difficult as you can imagine.

Dave Lane - with the Echo Pro

Dave Lane – with the Echo Pro

On a personal level it couldn’t have arrived at a better time as I am currently tackling a vast gravel pit that contains some ancient but very large carp, these fish know every inch of their environment and for me to get one step ahead of them I needed to know the lakebed in as much detail as those wise old carp.

So for my big water feature finding and carp hunting I simply attached the Echo Pro to the back of my boat and towed it as I motored and rowed my way around the wide expanse of a very special lake.

This, obviously, would be a real edge for those of you that use a bait-boat as it would be a simple job to attach the Echo Pro via a strong cord and instantly add not only a sonar but the ability to toggle over to a wireless camera to see the reality of what was below the boat.

Obviously the castable design makes the Echo Pro so versatile and I have been able to get accurate sonar data and live camera anywhere I have been able to cast it and with a range of 100 metres I have been plotting huge amounts of water very quickly, this information has, I am sure accounted for many of my captures already this year.

So, how does it work?

The device has two different frequencies on the sonar, one is a wide beam for shallower water and the other is a narrower beam that will give you a more defined reading in deeper water. The sonar would be the default mode that I normally employ to start a session with.

Simply attach the Echo Pro to a strong braided mainline via the side mounting ring and cast it into the desired area. Once connected to your phone or tablet it will give you a detailed sonar display of the bottom; depths, contours and any mid water objects, such as carp for example will be shown.

However, whereas a normal sounder will stop there, the Echo Pro can be remotely toggled from the bank using your phone or tablet into camera mode. You now have a floating camera that will live stream the images of what you have found, directly to your phone or tablet. You now have the best of both worlds Sonar and camera in one compact castable unit!

FishSpy Echo Pro - a compact castable unit

FishSpy Echo Pro – a compact castable unit

There are many little tricks and tips that you can adapt the Echo Pro to perform and one that has proved incredibly effective for me this year is to use it around snags, let me give you a little example.

On the lake I fish there are literally thousands of snags but, as is always the case, the fish prefer just the odd one or two and searching the snags first can answer a lot of questions about location.

As we all know, carp can be particularly spooky when they see an angler hanging out of a branch right above their heads but, with the Echo Pro, I have been able to cast it into position around the snags, set to camera mode and retire to a safe distance to watch the live footage of activity in and around the snag. I have even left it in there for an hour, pressed record on the camera and then returned to check the footage it really is amazing how quickly the fish return and become relaxed again once you are not present.

Sonar devices used as fish finders are notoriously unreliable, they cannot really differentiate between the species and, quite often, they will show a group of small fish such as roach as a lesser number of larger fish on the screen, even the really expensive boat mounted models will do this as it is just a beam that gets interrupted on its way to the bottom. For scoping the topography and showing bars, weed and features they are amazing, but the camera function on the Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension that will help to alleviate the false readings and for the first time we will be able to see the actual reality of what is down there in your swim.

ORDER FISHSPY ECHO PRO HERE

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

 

FishSpy Echo Pro – Sonar & Underwater Camera – Pre-Order Now!!!

For the first time ever, FishSpy Echo Pro combines cutting edge sonar and live stream video camera.

If that isn’t enough, Echo Pro also allows you produce bathymetric maps using its built in GPS chip.

Priced at just £229.99, Echo Pro is now available to pre-order here.

A new era begins…. For the first time ever sonar depth sounder and underwater camera combine; the awesome new FishSpy Echo Pro is the complete fish and feature finder. Why settle for just sonar technology when you can have the power of two – Sonar AND live video? Packed with features including sonar, GPS, lake mapping, file storage and amazing high quality live video streaming and recording, Echo Pro can be cast with a rod or attached to a boat.

Uncover the secrets of the places you fish, discover underwater structures; reveal the composition of lake bottoms, riverbeds and floors, reveal the depths of your waters; Echo Pro uses powerful sonar and crystal clear video to locate features and fish. Wherever you fish, bank, boat or shore Echo Pro’s combined power of sonar and video guarantee you miss nothing. Echo Pro streams live lake information direct to your smartphone or tablet and is purpose made to be stored in your tackle box. Echo Pro is even compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

Features:

– Cutting edge Echo Sounder technology
– Live video streaming
– Record and download video footage
– Switch modes at the touch of a screen
– Offline Sonar plot history
– Built in GPS locator
– Build bathometric lake maps – study offline
– Locate features and find fish
– Huge 100m plus range
– Android & iOs compatible

PRE-ORDER HERE

FishSpy Echo Pro cameras - available to order now!!

FishSpy Echo Pro Sonar and Camera – available to order now!!

New SURVIVOR Carp Fishing Bedchairs & Chairs From TF Gear

We are excited to announce we have some new carp fishing beds and chairs – enter ‘SURVIVOR’ by Total Fishing Gear!!

The SURVIVOR range is made up of camouflaged carp fishing tackle. Part of a wide range, SURVIVOR beds and chairs represent incredible value for money in a ‘carpy’ colour pattern.

In this video review, Carpology Magazine take a closer look at the SURVIVOR chairs and beds.

The TF Gear Survivor range also includes carpy camo luggage and carp fishing accessories. Check them out here.

Total Fishing Gear Now On Instagram

Carp and coarse fishing tackle innovators Total Fishing Gear (aka TF Gear) have recently created a new Instagram page!

Here you will find the latest TF Gear fishing tackle news, as well as fish catches by high profile sponsored angler Dave Lane and the rest of the Total Fishing Gear team. With an emphasis on high quality ‘on the bank’ images, the TF Gear Instagram page seeks to  inspire anglers to fish. If you are a fan of carp and coarse fishing why not give them a follow?

Follow them here: @totalfishinggear

TF Gear now on Instagram

TF Gear now on Instagram!

5 Top Tips For Keeping Your Bivvy Warm In Winter

With winter at it’s worst keeping warm in your bivvy whilst waiting for that illusive run is key. Our tips explain how you can keep yourself comfortable in even the harshest conditions!

Tip 1. Insulate your floor – the ground is your worst enemy in winter. Moisture, cold and damp rises from the floor up. Always use a groundsheet, and if you can layer the floor of your bivvy with an insulator such as an old piece of carpet or a thermal blanket. You can also strategically place items of luggage around key areas of your bivvy to keep drafts down.

All set up for winter angling!

All set up for winter angling!

Tip 2. Keep dirt and moisture out – Ensure you keep your muddy and wet boots outside your bivvy. A bivvy mat really comes in handy for footwear storage and to help rid any excess dirt or mud.

Bivvy mat

Bivvy mat – a winter carpers best friend

Tip 3. Heating – Many anglers are using bivvy heaters in order to stay warm in winter. When using heaters, safety is a major concern as carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat. Some of these, like the candle powered Nash bank Life heater are perfectly safe and easy to use. A hot water bottle is another essential, again with no safety risk.

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Tip 4.  Select your swim with care – Swim choice and the positioning of your bivvy within it are a major consideration. Unless it is the lake ‘hot spot’ a very exposed swim with the wind howling onto it may not be the best choice. A sheltered swim may also be a good spot to find carp holding in a thermal refuge. Make note of where the wind is blowing and angle the front of your bivvy away from any prevailing cold winds. Also make use of any trees and vegetation in your swim that could give you a wind break or potential shelter from rain.

Tip 5. Clothing and sleeping bags – Your own body heat goes a long way so ensure you have the correct thermal gear for the job. 4 and 5 season rated sleeping bags are a must. A good bedchair cover is another addition that you should not be without. Thermal underwear, hoodies and a waterproof jacket are also ‘must haves’. A great bit of winter kit for sleeping in is the extremely warm TF Gear onesie.

tfg-chillout-onesie

The TF Gear Chillout hoody – perfect for cold weather carping!

For more warm clothing tips, including layering, check out our blog post here.

Top 10 Christmas Carp Fishing Gifts for 2018

Stuck on what to buy a carp fanatic for Christmas? Read on - we've got you covered.

Stuck on what to buy a carp fanatic for Christmas? Read on – we’ve got you covered.

As the festive season approaches, carp fanatics all over the country will be hoping their families forgo the socks and chocs for angling Christmas presents.

Here are ten items to add to your wish list this year, from bargains at well under £50 to top of the range tackle, clothing and accessories. Start dropping hints early…

FishSpy Camera

Fishtec Fishspy Camera

BUY: FishSpy Camera from Fishtec – £129.95

Once upon a time, castable underwater cameras were the stuff of science fiction, or hideously expensive. Not any longer! Get a different view of your swim with this brilliant FishSpy Camera. As well as being fun to use, it’s a great way to find features, check your rig or even watch the fish close in on your feed! There’s some sample footage here if you want to see more.

For a limited time only: FishSpy camera’s are being supplied with a FREE carry case and a FREE device stick.

Korda Mini Rigsafe Combi

All those bits and pieces of rig that carp anglers love to carry have a nasty habit of getting lost on the bank. This tidy rig board plus accessory box comes in handy to store all your crucial components in a small space. An excellent product to keep everything safe and organised!

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

While the typical bite alarm has fallen steeply in price over the last few years, it still pays to invest a little more and buy quality. Three super-reliable alarms plus a receiver is great value at £199.99 with this superb Prologic set. Great performance for the mid range budget-conscious carper.

TF Gear Banshee Carp Rods

Fishtec-carp-rod

BUY: TF Gear Banshee Carp Rods – from £29.99

For beginners to carp fishing, or perhaps for a keen angler who wants to add a marker or spod rod to their set up, you won’t find better value than the TF Gear Banshee. Correct! You get twice the rod for your cash. Hundreds of happy customers will tell you the Banshee is a great carp fishing rod, with prices starting at just £29.99. Check out the options here.

TF Gear Airflo Bivvy

Is your bivvy looking tired or falling to bits? The cooler months are no time to be without a reliable shelter on the bank. This TF Gear Airflo MK2 Bivvy performs effortlessly well, with amazingly easy “air poles” for rapid set up, and rigid, dependable performance in the worst of weather.

Ridgemonkey Compact Frying Pan

Here’s a clever idea from Ridgemonkey. It’s a shallow “breakfast” pan in four sections that changes to a deeper pan with a single flip. It’s also durable and super portable. Whether you’re knocking up a breakfast fry up or a curry on a cold night, this space saver is just the job. Click here to order.

HD Waterproof Action Sports Camera

For those who fancy some underwater filming without breaking the bank, this little waterproof sports camera has specifications well above its price tag. It has various settings from 1080 pixel / 25 frames per second film, to stills and time lapse options. Add fittings such as a head mount and selfie set and you have a very versatile camera in the style of the classic GoPro, all for well under £50!

Trakker Waterproof Thermal Core Multi-Suit

For anglers who brave the worst conditions, a warm, comfortable all-weather suit is a must-have rather than a luxury. With features such as reinforced knees and seams, along with fleece-lined pockets, this Trakker Multi-Suit will keep you toasty even when the elements are fierce. A great gift for any fishing fanatic prone to catching colds or staying out too long in the wet!

Jag Hook Sharpening Kit

Carp anglers often get fussy about the sharpness of their hooks, and for good reason. The chances of a hooked fish are greatly increased by having a “sticky-sharp” point as opposed to a less than keen edge. This special Jag Hook kit has all you need to hone rigs to optimum efficiency in one tidy pouch, bringing even tired hook points back to their best.

TF Gear Heavy duty carryall

 

TF Gear heavy duty carryall

TF Gear heavy duty carryall – £54.99

With most carp anglers carrying a fair bit of kit for longer sessions, a tidy way of keeping it all in good order is a must. Designed to hold various accessory cases perfectly, this TF Gear carryall is built to last. Packed with well-thought out features it has an extra long pocket for rig storage and space up-top for your buzzer bars.

But if you still can’t quite decide…

Last but not least, if you can’t choose between these carping Christmas present ideas, why not buy some Fishtec vouchers? Available in multiples of £10, they allow anglers to choose their own treat. Available in paper or digital versions.

Whatever gifts you choose this year, we wish all you tight lines and a very Carpy Christmas!

Early Autumn Carping – With Simon Crow

After the recent summer heatwave, cooler September temperatures are a godsend for carp anglers. Here, Simon Crow shares his top tips for early autumn tactics including watercraft, rigs and bait.

How to succeed in September

A big smile and a September-caught UK 50-pounder

A big smile and a September-caught UK 50-pounder
Image courtesy of Simon Crow

Autumn is one of the best times for catching big carp. Perhaps not quite as good as spring, but certainly the next in line. It’s a time when the carp begin to group up. They start to get agitated and competitive amongst themselves. They know winter is on the way and they head towards the areas they know they’ll find food.

The need for plumbing and searching out the hot spots becomes more obvious in September than at any other time of the year. Generally, results can be a bit hit and miss coming out of summer because the fish will have been bombarded with baited rigs in the preceding months. But, if you track down the spots they visit regularly, you can certainly sneak out a few good fish.

A well-planned pre-baiting campaign will help overcome any shyness built-up by the carp, but a good plumb around now will uncover all sorts of new clear areas, especially those which have been covered by weed throughout the summer. These may only be a few feet across. One of the best ways of uncovering them is with a boat and some sort of looking glass, but not all venues allow anglers to do this so it may be necessary to have a good cast around.

I use two rods to do this thoroughly – the first armed with a simple marker float set up, and the second loaded with a baited rig. I’ll cast the marker out to the area I want to check, and then follow it with the rigged rod, taking note of anything I bring back on the hook. I’ll cast all around the marker, giving the rig plenty of time to settle on the bottom, before retrieving it and moving my attention to another area. I will take note of anywhere clean, especially spots which are several inches deeper than the surrounding area, or where the lead comes back caked in clay.

Presentation

You might endure a few blanks before you get the one you want

You might endure a few blanks before you get the one you want
Image courtesy of Simon Crow

September brings a lot of fallen leaves which can cause problems with your presentation. Even when fishing over my pre-bait I generally switch to pop-ups at this time of the year, not wishing to risk having my hookbait hidden underneath an obstruction. Presenting bait an inch or so off the bottom is ideal, usually critically balanced, but occasionally over-shotted, especially if I’m in shallow water and there’s a strong wind.

Generally I shorten my hooklinks for pop-ups, usually down to 6-8 inches. I think carp, especially pressured ones, tend to approach pop-ups by placing their mouth right over the top of the bait rather than hoovering up. A shorter link gives them less margin for error here, especially when combined with a heavy lead of 3-4oz.

Bait

Strong smelling fishmeals are my choice of bait for September

Strong smelling fishmeals are my choice of bait for September
Image courtesy of Simon Crow

Half a dozen or so freebies on a stringer alongside the hookbait would be my first line of attack in September, perhaps with a light coating of pellet just to increase the attraction. I always find mimicking nature is the best option, which is why I like to keep everything as tight as possible (similar to how the fish would find bloodworm beds). Early autumn hot spots tend to be quite isolated, so there’s no need for heavy or broad scatterings of bait just yet.

If you’ve been targeting a venue with the same bait throughout the season, you may have lost a bit of faith with it during August as the catches dropped off. That’s the nature of carp fishing, but have confidence in your efforts because now’s the time that they will really come through. The carp will recognise established bait now, more than any other time of the year.

Stick with it

The pre-baiting pays off with my target northern common of 38lb

The pre-baiting pays off with my target northern common of 38lb
Image courtesy of Simon Crow

Last year I’d been piling bait into my target venue since April, and despite having a rough couple of weeks fishing in August, things picked up in September. It was hard listening to the advice of angling friends that my target prey wasn’t on my pre-bait, but catching new fish boosted my confidence and proved that sticking with it was the right choice. I went on to land the one I most wanted – at a healthy 38lb!

September is a brilliant month to go carp fishing. You might experience a few blanks along the way as it’s very much a transition period between summer and autumn. However, stick with it and believe in what you’re doing. The results are there for the taking if you put in the graft. It‘s the start of one of my favourite periods of the year, when the fish are beautifully coloured and the big ‘uns love to have a feed.

Dave Lane on September Carp Fishing

It’s been a challenging summer for all of us, nobody could have expected that we would be plunged into a heatwave that lasted for months, and the carp fishing suffered as a result.

However, it seem to have broken now and, at last, we have dew in the mornings, condensation on the windows, and some much needed rain so things are looking up at last.

Sustained periods of hot weather can seriously deplete the oxygen levels in a lake, making the fish very lethargic but the conditions we have now will soon rectify that and the carp will once more be on the feed.

September stunner on a large baited area

September stunner on a large baited area

Also, we have the magical month of September looming and this is my favourite time of the year, a time when the carp really get their heads down and those dried up landing nets get wet once more.

Now is the time to start introducing a bit of bait and step it up over the next couple of weeks in areas of activity, which will become far more noticeable at first light.

Look for signs of feeding by scouring the lake for early morning patches of bubbles and, of course, the odd head breaking the surface. Try to feed a decent quality boilie as well as the carp will be looking for a good food source and one that is easily digested and readily available.

When I undertake a baiting program I also like to spread my bait over the whole area I am targeting, keeping the fish grubbing about and ensuring there is room for plenty of carp to feed at once.

Either use a catapult for close quarters or, if you haven’t already, try the new TF gear Airbomb for baiting at range.

The beauty of the Airbomb is that it deploys in the air and this spreads the bait over a larger area rather than just depositing in small clumps on the bottom like a spod or spomb would do. A bigger spread will give you a better feeding pattern and really get those carp tearing up the bottom looking for more.

With shorter evenings and cooler mornings, you can expect longer periods of feeding activity, but you must also pay heed to your own situation and stay comfortable on the bank. Nobody likes to be cold or wet and you cannot fish effectively if this happens.

I always carry a decent set of fishing waterproofs at this time of year and a spare set of clothes, just in case.

I also make sure I have the front of my bivvy attached at all times, just in cast the wind gets up or the heavens open during the night.

It’s weird really, the rest of the country is praying for an Indian summer and moaning already about the change in conditions, but the carp anglers are all rubbing their hands together in glee.

I like nothing better than sitting out there on a big pit with the wind whipping across the surface and huge clouds racing across the sky; proper carp fishing weather.

Proper carp fishing weather.....

Proper carp fishing weather…..

September has two other main attractions for me, apart from just the changes in conditions.

Firstly, there is the Autumnal Equinox, the point in time when we have equal day and night as the sun crosses the celestial equator. This is probably the finest time of all to be out there, carp fishing, I don’t understand exactly why, but the carp certainly do, and I have had so many bumper session on this particular week.

A big pit equinox mirror

A big pit equinox mirror

The actual Equinox itself is normally around the 22nd of the month.

The power of the moon is a mystery

The power of the moon is a mystery

The second phenomenon is the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Equinox and for those of you that follow moon phases then you will already know that this is a special one indeed. This year the two events fall together so I am expecting a bumper session and I am going to spend as much time between now and then getting some bait in the water, sussing out feeding areas and, also, taking advantage of the fish starting to get on the munch…are you?