June 14, 2013
bits of stuff Amy Luis can’t do without…
THE UK’S TOP NEWSPAPER ANGLING COLUMN WHAT A BEAUTY! Bob with a 22lb surface-caught carp he had from Alderfen last week
Something to Carp on about! nothing like a bag of mixers for flexibility. Dog biscuits, or mixers, can be bought cheaply from pet stores and supermarkets. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. When carp have seen a bit of pressure a switch to cat biscuits can pay off. Cats are much pickier than dogs so the I’ve been waiting for this to happen for flavours are more subtle. The quality, I suspect, ages because the first warm spell of the has to be a little higher. spring will usually see carp cruising around Dog biscuits lend themselves to modification. in the surface layers and when that happens You can flavour them and use food dyes to change they can be suckers for a well-presented the colour. Preparation couldn’t be much easier. Pop some floating bait. dog biscuits in a polythene bag add a little water Timing is important because other anglers to wet them, making sure not to will be out there giving it a go “on overdo this. Shake them up and seal the top” and it’s not long before up the bag. Leave for a few hours and the fish wise up. Get in early and they’re ready to use. you’ll find the fish are much easier If you add any kind of boilie to catch. Leave it until they’ve been flavouring or food dye to the water hammered and they will make a then the dog biscuits will change complete mug of you because carp colour – not to mention smelling can be as cute as they come. and tasting differently. I spent a glorious afternoon at The set-up can be as simple as a Alderfen Lakes near Wroot in north free-lined bait but most use a small Lincolnshire. It’s run by Dave Walker, the funniest, driest comedian of a controller float to give a bit of casting fishery owner I have ever met. weight. These run freely on the line Honestly, the bloke has me in and can be fixed in position with a stitches but he’s more than just a couple of silicone float stops. joker. He’s created a regular little Floater fishing is as exciting as it paradise that features a match lake, gets because you can see everything. a specimen lake and a carp lake. Catapult out a few free offerings and Right now it’s a riot of colour, with watch them as they drift away from gauze, broom, blackthorn, flag irises, you. Don’t go casting out the first wild orchids – you name it. time one is slurped down by a hungry Four years ago the site was quite bare. The carp or you’ll scare it away. Take your time, be sand and peaty soil would get everywhere and, patient and keep feeding a few free offerings. being in one of the flattest parts of the country, One feeding carp will attract others. Once the wind just cut you in half. they start competing they get reckless and your Today the place is unrecognisable. The trees chances of catching increase dramatically. have matured and he should feel rightly proud. Don’t cast at them, cast beyond and very slowly Alderfen’s carp lake is what many would draw back your bait into the feeding area, always describe as a “runs water”. The fish are mostly remembering to keep replacing the free offerings in double figures running to mid-20s and they’re that get eaten. stocked in good numbers. Pegs are well spaced Watching a pair of rubbery lips engulf your out and there’s a general feeling of serenity. hook bait has to be one of the most heart-stopping I turned up in midweek to find the whole lake moments in angling – especially if it’s a big fish. was deserted which is ideal if, like I was, you Just be careful not to strike until the bait is are intent on wandering around with one rod, a taken and your line moves or you’ll miss the take landing net and a small bag to carry the bait and and spook the shoal. If that happens, reel in, take accessories. a deep breath and start feeding again. Whatever It pays to stay mobile when surface fishing. you do don’t be in a hurry to recast or you’ll catch You move to the fish rather than sit in one spot nothing. and hope the fish will move to you. It’s a case of Surface fishing is a real buzz but it will test being stealthy and keeping your eyes open. your patience to the limit. Get it right and you’ll I’ve caught carp on all manner of surface baits, want to do it all the time. Beware, it’s addictive! from floating seeds, bread, trout pellets, dog and For more information about Alderfen cat biscuits and even marshmallows, but there’s Lakes visit www.alderfenfisheries.co.uk or phone 07772 033398. TOP TIP: When stalking I’d recommend wearing the best polarising sunglasses you can afford as they cut out surface IT could easily be argued that Bluebell Lakes at Tansor, just glare and make spotting fish much outside Oundle, Northamptonshire, is the UK’s premier day easier. Quality is everything. ticket specimen fishery. Six lakes and a two-mile stretch of the River Nene, including a weir and a creek. For the past 15 years I have Many of the records have fallen in the last couple of years. purchased mine from Optilabs, a The roll call includes bream over 18lbs, tench to over 13lb, laboratory that specialises in sports perch of 4lbs-plus and huge pike. It even produced a massive eyewear and they have a selection of catfish estimated to weigh more than 90lbs. lenses dedicated to angling. Prices start from as little as £3.50 for two rods for an Find out more at www.optilabs.com evening ticket on the river. or phone 020 86865708. Go to www.bluebell-lakes.co.uk or phone 01832 226042.
AT LAST! I was beginning to think I’d never see sunshine again but the start of June finally delivered blue skies and much warmer temperatures.
SLIPPING into a sexy basque, tucking into a jar of Nutella and a night out with girls sound like music to Amie Luis’ ears – but not all at the same time!
The busty 32E brunette, from Hertford, has revealed the six things she couldn’t live without. And they include her best mates, chocolate spread, sexy undies and some sky-high heels, amongst other things. Here Amie, 25, lifts the lid on her most treasured posessions:
1. BLACK PATENT LEATHER LOUBOUTINS
These are my sexiest and most favourite shoes on the planet! They were pretty expensive, so I only wear them for best but when I do I feel a million dollars. I’ve got long legs anyway, but when I wear these bad boys I feel so tall and sexy – they make my legs look like they go on for about a million miles.
I love all chocolate, especially Cadburys Whole Nut and those little round Lindt ones that everyone gets at Christmas. But my favourite has to be Nutella chocolate spread. I smear it on anything if I can and I’ve been known to sit and eat entire tubs with a spoon – my friends think it’s hilarious. I’d live on it if I could. And it’s great fun in the bedroom, even if your sheets get a bit messy!
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3. RED PENCIL SKIRT
My favourite item of clothing is a really tight bright red pencil skirt that I bought from online clothing shop ASOS. I love all their stuff as it fits really well and it’s reasonably priced. I wear the skirt with my Louboutins for a killer look and it hugs my bum in all the right places.
4. GYM KIT
I might sound a bit random but there’s nothing I love more than getting my gym kit on and sweating it out in the gym. I love exercising and I’ll do it any chance I get. It’s not only great for the body, it’s brilliant for the mind as well.
5. ANN SUMMERS UNDIES
I love slipping into sexy underwear and I love everything from Ann Summers. My favourite pieces are all-in-ones like basques and corsets. They hold you in and push you out in all the right places, giving you a cracking cleavage.
6. MY GIRLS
My girlfriends are so important to me and I can’t think of anything better than getting them all together for a night on the town. I’d have them all round to mine, open a bottle of pink fizz and then head out for some more drinking and dancing.
Watching lips engulf your bait is one of the most heart-stopping moments in angling!
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