Blog Posts by Carl Gee

Back Carl Gee


Business Owner
Other Sponsor(s):
Bait Factory
Favourite Venue:
All large meres

My Bio

I was introduced to fishing as a toddler by my grandfather, who spent every available minute teaching me about fun, and the fun that is provided from our great sport. I progressed from pleasure fishing to specimen angling, and spent most of my junior and teenage years competing quite successfully in opens.

These days I spend my personal fishing time hunting target fish on large meres, but having a son of my own has brought a new dimension to fishing for me. Weekends are all about having fun with my son, Flynn, and teaching him everything I know. We will have a great time learning and enjoying using Bait Factory's products along the way.

25 Aug 2014

Boiled Potatoes Produce the Goods

Everything for me starts in April, and after a relatively poor previous season on Shadow Mere, I decided on using different tactics this year. The majority of anglers where using the boilie/spod mix approach which were producing the odd fish. I decided on using a mixture of different pulses, beans, boiled potatoes and sweetcorn, along with boilies. I decided to put 3kg of this mix, and half a kg of boilies over two rods each day. Whether there was action on them or not, the 3rd rod would be fished just off the baited area with either a pop up, or a wafter. A further half a kg of boilies would be spread around the baited area throughout the day, offering different levels of flavoured attraction.

Three low 20lb commons fell to the rods over a 48hr session. Two of those fish where oozing mashed potato from their vent! I couldn't wait for the next session! into the mix went two extra tins of new potatoes for good measure. These where sliced into disc shapes, the theory being that these would flutter down and sit nicely over any bottom, be it short weed, chod or silt. Also, being white, they were highly visible too.

The mix now consisted of three tins of new potatoes, 1 kg of sweetcorn, two tins of chickpeas and two tins of Borlotti beans. Over three nights I landed four fish - two low 20lb commons, a 27.12lb common, plus a 27.08lb mirror. Again, the mashed potato that was left in the sling told its own story; they were having them, big time!

I was now able to manage a 72hr session per week, and decided never to fish the same swim twice on the go, no matter what the previous session had produced. Another two tins of potatoes were now being added to the mix, and I wanted the fish to find them scattered around the lake. Some of the potatoes were left whole, no matter what size they came from the tin, some even as large as 40mm, but these would be no problem to a large carp whatsoever.

The odd fish have been falling to other anglers throughout the spring and early summer, whilst I have been having my best season ever in over thirty years of fishing for carp. My approach has been the same, just the bait has been changed, and I'm certain the humble potato has been a major factor in my success.

Now, at the end of July, with thirty three fish over 20lbs, eleven doubles and two singles, my catch rate has been consistent, not just the odd fish here and there. Can this carry on through the coming Autumn? Only time will tell!