Thursday, 23 March 2017

FAS Badshot Lea - Fishing well.

Earlier this week I spent a few hours at FAS Badshot Lea, a venue that fishes really well at this time of year. Arriving around 6am we headed up the side of the New-Pin, dad cast out 'FTO' rigs and myself the pellet-cone and plastic in hope of an early season tench. Conditions were far from perfect, bright blue skies plus a chilly S/S wind. Dad managed ten bream averaging 5lb, a tench and a common estimated at around 20lb whilst I couldn't manage a bite on a new tactic and plastic hookbait, yet you have to try new things to stay ahead of the game. Finally realizing that it was too early for the new tactic to work I switched to the Helicopter rig and landed a couple of tench.
If you want to catch loads of fish then pick your day carefully, a mild overcast day with a good wind is far better than one similar to what we fished in. The lake is very much an early morning water and will slow up late morning so get there at dawn if you want to get the best from it.
Even better if you want to increase your catch rate then why not email me and book a days tutorial where you will learn everything needed to see a never ending supply of fish gracing your net.
Email - duncancharman@me.com -
Tel: 07928 617006 / 01252 315271

Passies perch


Passies Perch and Anglers Mail

If you are looking for a venue for some really big perch then you will be hard pressed to find anywhere better than Passies Pond, Steyning, West Sussex. In this weeks Anglers Mail you will be able to see how I got on when I headed there to produce my first 2 page 'where to fish' intro.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Big One - Don't miss it!

The Big One.
If you want to catch up with me then head to The Big One on the weekend of April 8th and 9th. I will be there on both days and will be attending the Nash stand so come down, take a look at all the new gear and ask as many questions as you want.
Tickets can be bought by calling the ticket hotline on 0345 873 1900 and cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door, concessions and half day tickets available.
The address is 'Five' Farnborough (basically inside Farnborough airport) Hampshire, GU14 6XL, just follow the signs when you get close.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Monthly Report February 2017

Monthly Report February 2017



I suppose I’d better start by explaining TRD from last month’s write up. This actually stands for ‘The Rudd Diaries’ however to prove I’m not throwing a red-herring in I’m going to reveal that I’ve given up this winter as I just can’t locate them. Yes and not through lack of trying, well maybe, in a total of seven evenings at Frensham Great Pond I have received the grand total of zero bites! Things did look good, as first evening on, and in the face of a howling breeze my brother managed to bag himself a 2lb 9oz rudd. Anyone that has fished next to my brother will know that his flimsy old set-up seems to bleep for England, how he can tell a bite from the thousands of bleeps is beyond me but bag himself one he did as well as saying he had another chance. That evening I received the grand total of one bleep, that I do reckon was an enquiry. 

Feeling we weren’t in the right spot I decided to head to the opposite bank, albeit in another brewing storm. Some days we just talk ourselves into going, even when we know we shouldn’t and tonight was one of those days! It was a Sunday and I had to pick the girlfriend up from work at 4pm and with the light almost gone come 5pm I was on a loser right from the start, especially heading for an area that I hadn’t fished for a couple of years. Arriving at around 4.45pm I decided to pull the chest waders on in the car park and with the rain and wind growing had to wear my waterproof jacket over the top. With the hood flapping in front of my face and the tackle loaded over my shoulders and with hands full I made my way down the track but halfway to the lake I stumbled on a tree root and landed flat on my face. With my hands full I went down hard and after spitting out a bit of Frensham sand lay there for a few seconds wondering if I’d done myself any serious damage. Fortunately I hadn’t and after picking up pieces of kit that was thrown all over the place finally arrived at a swim to be faced with a howling wind coming straight in my face and the ice that had covered the lake the previous day now creating large flat spots in the heavy swirl. I finally moved up the lake a few yards, where there was no ice and after questioning my sanity managed to spod some hemp and maggots out. By now it was dark and here I was standing in the water thinking about going home all the time, but I was determined to fish. First rod went out fine but on casting the second something went wrong and although the feeder hit the spot I felt that I had clipped a tree behind. On winding in I found two foot of carbon dangling of the rod end, Joy. Frensham has been hard this winter and now down to one rod I finally threw the towel in, yet there was more damage to be seen as on winding in the first rod I realised that the handle shaft was bent. More joy. Wet and frustrated I headed home not realising that this sequence of events would be the highlight of my rudd diaries!

Back to the other things that I have been up to and in truth actually being outside has been dramatically limited, due to a new post that will be revealed next month which has taken up loads of my time. Ten bankside trips have all that I have managed, five being personal outings, mainly evenings at Frensham, three have been guiding other anglers and two have been features which is a shame as halfway through the month we were blessed with some really mild weather, 18 degrees in fact on the 20th. I was hoping that the six pound plus tench taken at the start of the month was going to see an upturn in my catch rate but it wasn’t to be, as from all my efforts I just can’t seem to get any bites, well not from big fish. Fortunately my customers have fared better and caught, so it really proves that I should have knocked the rudd fishing on the head and just gone out and caught what was feeding, something that I will be doing from now on. Although February has seen limited fishing the hard graft in the office is pretty much done so with the days getting longer, the weather getting slowly better and knowing that the fish will be up for a good feed I intend on making up for lost time during the coming months.

Day to Day events.


01/02/17 – Headed to Enton to team up with a mate who was enjoying a few hours on his birthday and with the temperature at 12 degrees thought there may be an outside chance of a winter crucian! Well I live in hope as the first bite of the new month came just as darkness was setting in, the culprit a bloody trout. Looks like my run of form is to continue! Fortunately an hour later another bite came and although not from a crucian it was from a proper fish this time, a 6lb tench. 
03/02/17 – With a storm brewing decided today was office day.
04/02/17 – Headed to Linear Fisheries this morning to team up with my mate Jake Lund and get another Anglers Mail feature sorted. With around 120 rods out the night before and only one fish out to our knowledge Jake took note of what was going on did something different and managed one within 40 minutes of casting out! If you’re a carper and want to put a few extra fish on the bank then it might be worth looking out for this feature coming soon to Anglers Mail. And to make things better I was back hope in time for the rugby, although we won it was a shame it was such a disappointing match.
05/02/17 – Spent the afternoon taking a few images for a feature to be shot tomorrow.
06/02/17 – Headed to a local lake to meet up with a bread/roach expert and gets more article images.
07/02/17 – Fishing come 7.30am, trying to copy a roach approach recently learnt. Conditions not great with loads of overnight rain and by arrival time the skies had cleared leaving a bright sunny start, not what this lake likes. Managed a few roach to just shy of a pound but after just a couple of hours, and once the mist had lifted, knew I was up against it. Loved it though and looking forward to mastering a new art. Should have known that there was something in the air, but headed to FBP in the hope of catching a few specimen rudd (one would be nice!), but fishing another new spot managed just one bleep. Brother Kevin fished next door and lost one as we were packing up. Not sure what hurts most, losing one or not getting a bite?
08/02/17 – Things are on the change, no not the weather or my catch rate but something that will see the direction of my angling career head. Can’t say too much but all will be revealed in around a month’s time. In the meantime and with the weather turning somewhat cooler I spent the day in the office finishing off yet another fishing article.
09/02/17 – The new project is taking up plenty of office hours but struggling to get my head around things I headed to Enton to clear my head. Three hours fishing between 5pm and 8pm on a raw day with temperature constant day and night at 2 degrees bought two bites, both from bloody trout!
10/02/17 – 15/02/17 – I was hoping to get out quite a bit during this period but the new project has taken up far more time than I had imagined, but at least I’m on the better side of it now. The weather over this period hasn’t been that great either and with one of my pets being ill, fishing has taken a back seat of late.
16/02/17 – The planned visit to the Frome had to be thought due to having to deal with the sick pet, so I headed to Frensham Big Pond with Chris in the hope of catching a pike or two to complete a self-take photo article for FAS. I didn’t arrive till 9am due to the problems at home and caught nothing up until noon, yet Chris had a couple in the net as I arrived so job done. Come 4pm I was back on the lake this time in the hope of a big rudd yet we both fished till 8pm when we wound in our rods and inspected the bait which hadn’t been touched.
20/02/17 – Spent the morning with a couple of customers at Waggoners Wells in unseasonably warm conditions, 18 degrees. Sport was steady for all of us with roach to a pound falling to our float tactics.    
21 & 22/02/17 – Another two days getting this new assignment up and running.
23/02/17 – Storm Doris is sweeping the country but where am I, on the Loddon with a customer. As they say a good day for catching isn’t a comfortable day for fishing but roving through the swims Chas was rewarded with three chub, 3lb 9oz, 3lb 10oz and a last cast whopper weighing 5lb 9oz.
24/02/17 – Out with Chas again, this time trotting the Blackwater. After a frost it
was always going to be hard but Chas had chub to 3lb 11oz plus roach, perch, dace, gudgeon and smaller chub. His cousin Jay spent the day on the lead using bread and had four chub, the best around 3lb 8oz.
25/02/17 & 27/02/17 – Another couple of full days in the office getting up to date with things and writing an article for Anglers Mail.

28/02/17 – An early start, up at 5.30am but still didn’t cast out till around 7.30am due to one thing and another. Perch were are target for the day but we couldn’t have wished for worse weather as there had been loads of overnight rain, yet come dawn the ground was frosty and the skies clear. For some reason, every time I plan to head to this certain venue with a customer I’m faced with similar conditions yet we still managed to catch our target species, yet the planned for two pounders and hopeful three’s failed to show. A few carp kept us on our toes but sometimes you just have to take what’s delivered and do the best you can. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Chub on the feed.

Chub on the feed.

Getting out for myself of late has been difficult of late due to a new job that has taken up much of my time, yet a couple of days guiding did sort of give me my angling fix. The first was whilst storm Doris blew and luckily a change in tactics saw four three-foot twitch bites come Chas's way producing three personal best chub, the best 5lb 9oz.
The following day we moved river in the hope of some quality roach on trotted bread punch but although the roach weren't as cooperative as expected the chub were with fish to nearly 4lb falling. His cousin Jay joined us and using a more specialist approach took four good chub, again just shy of 4lb.


If you fancy a days chubbing then time is running out but I still
have a couple of days free.


Email me at duncancharman@me.com or call me 07928 617006.

Friday, 3 February 2017

River Wye guided barbel dates for 2017

River Wye Barbel guided days 2017

Due to popular demand (and due to the lack of barbel on the Loddon and Kennet) I will once again be offering the chance to fish the beautiful river Wye for barbel and chub during the summer and autumn of 2017. Dates for these feeder/float guided sessions are limited and cost just £135 per person, per day. Spaces limited to just two anglers per day so you are guaranteed I will spend plenty of time with you.

 Below is what a day with myself consists off -
  • Session last up to 10hrs.
  • Tickets to venue.
  • All bait & terminal tackle (rigs etc) – most anglers want to use their own rods and reels but mine can be used if needed. If using your own l will advise on the rods, mainline strength etc prior to our day out.
  • Rig explanation.
  • General watercraft.
  • Your questions answered all day.
  • Photographs of your catches plus general shots throughout day, all supplied on disc.
  • Specimen fish entered into competitions and sent to weekly magazines.
  • Blog entry of days event on personal website - www.duncancharman.co.uk
Dates available are July 25th and 26th, August 24th and 25th, September 21st, 22nd, 27th and 28th along with October 26th and 27th. Dates bookable by a £50 deposit p/p. 
If these dates aren’t suitable then please let me know as I can offer alternative dates for one or two anglers based on travelling up and back on the same day or staying over, prices on request. Dates in bold have unfortunately already been taken!

Book now and take advantage of receiving a £60 Nash goodie bag for just £15 extra. These goodie bags are designed so that you can return and put what you have learnt into practice. Goodie bag offer available only on booking and payable with deposit.

If you are interested then dates can be booked by either calling me on 07928 617006 or by email – duncancharman@me.com
Other additional information – Recommended B&B close by are Sink Green Farm (Sue and David) 01432 870223, The Falcon 01989 740223.
Woody’s Angling Centre Hereford 01432 344644.

Hereford and District Angling Association – hdaa.blogspot.co.uk

Monthly Report January 2017

Monthly Report January 2017
January can always be a difficult month which is a shame as it’s also a great month for catching big fish, that’s if it’s possible to get to the water’s edge and cast a line which hasn’t been very easy of late. The lakes have for a while been frozen and as soon as they thawed the rain and wind came making the sort of angling I was trying to do, almost impossible.
Looking at my diary inputs it’s not been
from a lack of trying as I have still managed to brave the weather on a dozen or more occasions but although I’ve tried actually putting fish on the bank has been somewhat disappointing. I have always said ‘wherever there’s a famine there will be a feast’, well I’m well and truly ready for some well deserved rod bending action now. It’s been difficult and unproductive for a number of reasons, firstly due to the lakes freezing has meant that quite a few features and guided trips have had to be cancelled or rescheduled, however on a positive note the fishing shed is sorted, the mice that were causing all sorts of problems have now gone and a few things around the house have also been done. I’ve also spent time writing articles but the only thing they are lacking is any decent catch images, something that I have to get out and shoot/catch if I’m not to use old dated images to many times, something I try my hardest not to do, yet with February upon us, who knows what’s in stall.
 All in all January has been very difficult and I can see why many anglers dust the rods of and don’t bother during this and next month, but if I go more than three days without casting a line I’m crawling up the walls to get out. Yes I could have made different venue choices and caught more but I still like a challenge, yet when things aren’t quite going to plan, or the fish aren’t responding it’s hard to keep focused but I’m still young enough to be slightly mad as well as keen. Hopefully February will be slightly kinder, allow me to fish where and how I want to and the results will come. We will see.



Day to Day event.
02/01/17 – It might be a bank holiday but I spent the day in the office completing the Lure Attack feature with Serhill photographed just before Christmas.
04/01/17 – Headed to Frensham for a couple of hours pike fishing but really raw and never had a touch.
05/01/17 – I was hoping to get out for a few hours but being so cold and with the atmospheric pressure really high decided it was time to start the major job of cleaning the tackle shed due to having a new roof laid a few weeks back and the place being covered in dust. It’s also a good time to start chucking out/giving away loads of old stuff that I was saving to give to some youngsters which unfortunately have shown no interest in fishing.
06/01/17 – Met a friend outside Yateley Angling and headed to a stretch of the Loddon for a day’s roving with deadbaits. Knew it wouldn’t be easy due to the air pressure, hard overnight frost and a temperature that wasn’t going to rise above 4 degrees. Very little happened until we dropped in a swim on the way back to the car when Mark managed a pike. Sadly it wasn’t the specimen we were hoping for but any pike on such a trip has to be regarded as a result.
07/01/17 – Spent a few hours organising the rods for a few different sessions coming up during the following week. A couple of area’s that I have decided are a must for the coming year is to stop using any reel that I don’t have complete confidence in using as well as loading the ones that I am using with new line. This will mean having to buy a small match fixed
spool, one with a very good clutch and a closed face reel to replace the old lumpy Daiwa 125 that has served me so well for so long but it’s now far from perfect for trotting or playing a fish.  
08/01/17 – Met my mate Chris at Frensham Great Pond for a few hours pike fishing as well as starting to think about our holiday to France in April for carp. The weather feels perfect, overcast, with little wind, far better atmospherics and mild at 10 degrees but for some reason just one small jack fell during our stay.
09/01/17 – TRD (all will be revealed).
10/01/17 – Arrived at The Lower Itchen Fishery at 8am, headed upstream to find the fishery nice and quiet. The weather was being kind, mild, overcast and with very little wind which helped my two customers presenting a float down the river. Neither John M nor John G had ever caught a grayling yet straight away that all changed with both catching there target of a pound plus grayling within minutes of starting. Every swim that was fished produced fish after fish which kept them well happy before we headed downstream to the deeper, slower stretch to see if a bigger grayling or specimen roach could be located. Sadly neither showed, yet a few modest grayling still kept their interest before dusk fell and we had to retreat of the river.

11/01/17 – Before Christmas I pike fished a local lake with Paul Garner. Between us we managed three modest pike after finally finding them smashing the small roach up along a bank where they don’t usually show. Unfortunately due to one thing or another this was the first chance to return and I was hoping to create a short video of the events, however the pike had done a disappearing act and the five hours fished saw nothing happen. Finally I headed to the Blackwater, scene of a pike grabbing a customer’s chub a few weeks before and second cast on a sink-and-draw dead roach saw a jack grab the bait, which fortunately saved me from another pike blank.
12/01/17 – 14/01/17 – With the freezing conditions and the howling wind everything planned has had to be rescheduled so have spent the time writing features and getting on top of things such as sorting the kit out for next week and tidying the tackle shed.
15/01/17 – TRD.
17/01/17 – TRD.
18/01/17 to 26/01/17 – Due to the really cold conditions decided to spend a few days in the office sorting words and images for an AM Carp Crew article, drumming up some new work and still trying to get some sort of organisation in the fishing shed.
27/01/17 – Met brother at my parents at 7am and headed to the Frome in the hope that the milder weather would bring rod bending action. With anglers around we headed downstream but soon after starting we knew that things weren’t quite right as bites were hard to come by. In brief Kevin ended the day with a 3lb sea trout and two grayling to 1lb 11oz after switching to the feeder and all I had was a 3lb sea trout and a net grayling on the float. Proves we know little about fishing.
29/01/17 – TRD.
30/01/17 – TRD.
31/07/17 – A guided trip to Mill Farm Fishery for silver bream last year was ruined by a major algae bloom and although we did catch the odd fish the silvers were definitely not playing ball. Today was meant to be a return for Neil but with the venue closed till Easter, and knowing how much Neil loves his float fishing mentioned a small lake that was worth trying for its roach. Well after a very slow start he managed to start catching and come the end of the session had put together a double figured bag of roach to around a pound.
01/02/17 – Tench image. Maybe my fortunes are changing.


TRD – All will be revealed soon.