So, we’ve chosen Embryo Crown Country Park for Adrian this week. It’s around 15 acres. It’s a very clear lake and it has some beautiful carp. It’s got around 350 fish in it, all different strains. They’re beautiful fish as well. Because of the depths and the clarity of the water, they’re lovely and dark. So, hopefully we’ll get to see a few on the bank. We’ve had a walk around the lake. We’ve looked at a couple of different swims, but we’ve decided on the Car Park swim, not just because it’s closer, but we’ve been speaking to the bailiffs and they’ve mentioned that this is particularly where they feed. We’ve got reeds to the right-hand side which takes me back to when I was fishing with Neil on the last session and I was casting with that pinpoint accuracy to the further margins.This time, we’re going to cast over to the reeds, similar, hitting the clip, making sure it’s in the right spot every time, wrapping up, and then we can get it out as quick as possible every time on the same spot and bring in the fish. So, we’ve got Adrian to set up the singles on staged hands, but not right at the front of the swim, a few feet back, so he’s got plenty of room to play fish when that time arises. The Stage Stands and the Singlez, they’re angled slightly to the right. Most of our fishing will be done down that right-hand margin on that shelf that we were talking about. So we’ll get a perfect line lay then from the rods and it should be good. The next step was to get AJ casting comfortably across to the marginal shelf. Before we attempt to get a solid bag on the spot, let’s get it all wrapped up so, if we do get a bite, we can get out there straight away, and also, getting clipped up onto that shelf.We don’t want to be this side of it in the deeper water. We want to be bang on top of it. – So, don’t roll, down. – Exactly that, mate. So, if we just drop short of it by sort of 10, 15ft and then we’ll ease our way into it on the clip. So, you know your direction. You get it out there and we’ll see how we go from there. On the first attempt, AJ landed short of the spot, which is perfect. He can then pay off some line, clip it up and begin inching up closer until he’s exactly where he needs to be.A second cast saw him land the lead exactly where he needed to be, just shy of the reeds and on top of the shelf. Nice, rod up. Yeah, man. Perfect, not too deep either. It’s like that 10, 12ft. Lovely. Right, let’s get a solid bag on it mate, get that in, wrap that up and then that will be our distance for the rest of the remainder of the session. So, to tie the perfect solid bag, first off you want to get everything to hand. You want your PVA tape to hand, your PVA bags, your mix and your scissors. So, first off, get your two fingers and a thumb, place that into the solid bag and sort of stretch it out, open it out. We’re then going to put about an inch of pellet into the bottom of the bag. We’re then going to lower the hook bait into the bag nice and neatly. At that point, I get the lead and I sort of jam it into… There’s a little crevice that I make and that sits in there nicely, which then gives me a free hand.And with that free hand, I’ll keep topping the bag up with pellet, just until the sort of tail rubber is nearly covered. Once that’s done, I will then tap the bag on my knee and that’s going to allow all the pellets and groundbaits to get in all the crevices and make it a solid bag as such. I then twist the bag and get my PVA tape in place. So each time I wrap the PVA tape around the neck of the bag as such, it’s going underneath each wrap, in turn making the bag even tighter and tighter and tighter. Once that’s been knotted off – just two simple little granny knots will tighten that off – I move on to making the bag even more solid and in that, I will get the edges of the bag, I’ll poke them in, making the pellets even more compact. I then get an edge, I give it a quick lick, give it a couple of seconds until it gets tacky and then fold that edge onto itself and reverse that and do the other side.By this point, you should have quite a solid bag. If everything’s been done properly, it will be nice and tight. I then move on to neaten up the last bit. By the neck of the bag there’ll be your tag ends. Chop them down, chop the remaining excess PVA and you’ll be good to get it out there. Right, mate, to give this bag a little bit more of an edge, we’ll get some Goo on there and we’re going to squirt it all around. – Just on the outside? – Just on the outside, mate. More of an area to cover. All over it, don’t go mad. She’s pimped up, mate. Get that on the money. As with any of your fishing, you’ve always got to make sure that you’re feeling that lead down. You’ve got to feel that donk. Neil’s talked it through all of these sessions that I’ve done with him, but Rob’s also hit that home and said, look, we’ve got to do it again. Today, it’s a different method with the bags but we need to make sure that it’s hitting the floor and you feel that donk every time.Right, if you get set up in the exact position as you were. Lovely. Right, because of the depth of the lake here, we’ve got like 12, 14ft on that back shelf, if we were to hit the clip, feel the solid bag down through the water, we’re going to get that pendulum effect where the solid bag’s not going to end up on the bottom where we cast. So, it’s going to drop about 6ft short of the reeds.So when we hit the clip this time, as soon as that bag hits the water, we’re going to take a little step forward. That’s going to give the bag a little bit more of a jump towards the reeds. So, hit the clip, a little step forward, feel it down and we’ll get nice and tight to them. Okay. – Ready? – Yeah, man, let’s do this. Lovely. Perfect. Oh, mate, that would have gone just over that reed, wouldn’t it? That would have been so good as well. Bring that in. Luckily for AJ, I had prepared several bags in advance, so he could simply loop on another one, and recast straight away.Rod up. That’s it, forward. Plop. Lovely. Right, out the clip now, very gently so you don’t move that line. Beautiful. That’s it. Lovely times, man, we are on the dance floor. So the depths here at Crown Country Park are very deep. You’ve got 40, maybe 45ft in the middle. Around the margins, it’s deep as well, sort of 10 to 12ft. If you single skin a solid bag, the potential of it melting before it gets to the bottom is pretty good. So, we are having to double-bag the solids. We’re making a solid bag up and then whacking it inside another one, just to give us that time for that solid to get to the bottom without it melting.There are other ways around it. You can put hemp oil all around the bag and then dip that bag into a groundbait as such, get less water to attack the bag and give us a bit more time to get to the bottom, but on this occasion, we’re sort of double-bagging. Once again, AJ clipped the stow onto the line, making sure to keep a slack line to the rig. Right, now that Adrian’s got the solid bags bang on the money, we’re going to introduce a little bit of bait.He’s fishing along the margins so we’re going to use that to our advantage with baiting up as well. We’ve come to this high point here. He’s fishing literally 10, 15ft away from me down that slope and I’m going to get a few boilies down there. The boilies we’re using, very similar to what we are actually feeding. Very small baits, 10mm in the solid bags. I’m not going to fish an 18mm or a 20mm in it. We’re feeding the small particles, so I’m going to fish on the hook something relatively small as well. So I’m going to get a few handfuls of these on the spot. I’m going to spread it the whole way along the margin, so, when they’re coming up that marginal shelf, they can get confident in a few areas and hopefully trip up on our bag further along the way.Now, I bet you didn’t get this with Spoons. Look at that. Spoons never shares his biscuits. – Does he not? – No. No, I’m not surprised, mate. It’s a Spooner trait. – I came prepared. – Cheers, mate. Pleasure. The wind has swung around right into our favour. We’ve got a southwesterly blowing straight into our bank now, and it’s looking good. There’s been several shows in the last hour, and there’s some nice fish out there. We’re going to hope that they’re going to start creeping up that marginal shelf soon, and hopefully we’ll nab one. In the early hours of darkness, the fish moved onto the bait and AJ was connected to his first Crown Country Park fish. To go all day and to finally get one, it must be the middle of the night, it can’t be just bedtime.I’m sure it must be the middle of the night, I haven’t checked yet, but it’s amazing to finally have it in the net. The first one, it is the first one, there will be more. I’m just relieved but excited to get out there and get some more now. I’m going to give you… 14lb 10oz. Yeah, 14lb 10oz. Take that, wouldn’t you? First one. Yeah. – That’ll do, eh, mate? – Oh, mate, over the moon now. It’s been a long time coming but look, they’ve made their way to the bay, haven’t they? We put quite a bit out. It’s found that solid bag. So, how are you feeling? Just excited.I just want more now. Is that greedy? Not at all. Let’s get that rod wrapped up and see who else is about. I reckon there’s a few more on the cards tonight. When the action occurs at night, it’s important to continue in the same work rate as you would in the day time. AJ’s getting a fresh bait on and tying up a new solid bag. After a few little checks, I can see that AJ has really listened to what I’ve taught him. All he needs now is a little bit of Goo and to get that bag straight back out on the spot. Casting to a margin in the dark is never easy, however, AJ managed to get the bag back in position first time.A couple of hours later, he was into his next fish. Typical of deep water lakes they go jet black, don’t they? Was that one at 18lb 08oz? – 18lb 08oz. – Lovely times, mate. – Little parcel of joy. – Absolutely. Right, now that you’ve mastered the art of solid bag tying, shall we move on and get you up to speed with the rigs that go inside? – It makes sense, mate. – Yeah. All right, let’s get this one back and we’ll move onto that. – Let’s do it. – Well done, mate. Right, mate. Solid bag rig. Probably a bit alien to what you’re normally used to, isn’t it? Just a bit. As you can see, quite a short length of leadcore. We’ve got that all-important inline lead. This is actually the new one. It’s the drop-off inline system. That is perfect when fishing in like weedy or snaggy situations, or even in deep water like we’ve got now. Who knows what’s down in that deep water? So, it’s important that we get that fish up in the water and in the back of the net, and that’s going to really aid us in doing that.As you can see, we’ve got a really, really short hook link there. Why is it so short? We’ve got to get all of that inside a solid bag. So, there’s no need it being a foot long. It’s actually to help us in hooking properties as well. That fish is going to come along, it’s got no room at all. It’s got literally three, four inches all around. That lead’s going to nail it, bang, and we’re away. So that’s the reason behind that.Pretty small hook, size 6. I use size 4 as well, and a small hook bait as well. I’m not going to use anything bigger than that. That’s sort of a 12mm barrel. Again, 12mm little pop-up, bottom bait, whittle it down till it’s next to nothing if you want to. The feed we’re using is very small. Twos, threes, 4mm pellet, dust, all that. I don’t need an 18mm or a 20mm hook bait in there. It’s going to look a bit alien. Something a bit smaller, I’d even whittle that down quite small. Would you ever use a bottom bait on there? – Straight bottom bait? – Yeah.Absolutely, mate. Get one in there, whittle the edges off. If you’ve got a 16mm bottom bait, you can cut it into a little square, get that on there. The world is your oyster when it comes to sort of hook bait choice. A bit of fake corn, a bit of fake maize, play around until you get the bites. But that is your basic solid bag rig.It’s not going to tangle, it’s all very strong tackle, and that’s what it’s about. And would you ever put a bit of sleeve here, so that there’s no sort of tangling, or is that all done in the bag? You don’t need it. It’s just another thing to get in the way. This is really basic stuff. Lead, hook, bit of braid. You don’t need fandangly swivels on the end of it. It’s very much, it’s in the bag. They’re going to come along, they’re not even going to see the hook or the hook link because it’s all covered up in the pellets and the bits of groundbait. It’s just enough to get the job done. We’re using 18lb Supernatural Braid. It’s absolutely perfect for the job, nice and supple, going to fit in that bag lovely. We’ve got a size 6 Wide Gape hook, simple knotless knot, and I’m whipping around the shank of the hook up to the point of the hook. So it’s probably about 12-14 times. Back through the back of the eye, very important, and then about an inch of small shrink tubing.That’s on there, we’ll shrink that nice and neat and then we’re doing a little figure of eight loop at the other end, put that loop through the swivel on the lead system. The hook back through that loop, pull it nice and tight, and that way it’s nice and quick change. If we get a blunt hook or your material gets a bit damaged, we can quickly change that and we’re up and running again. On this session with Rob, I’ve learnt a hell of a lot. It’s been not just about the solid bags, how to fill them, how to tie the perfect rig, what to use in the bags itself. It’s also been about being able to cast perfectly, hitting that clip right and making sure that you’re putting all of that together.This session is far from over. Adrian has learnt a hell of a lot over the last day or so. It’s not quite happened on the fish front, so I’d like to take him to a place I know that he should be able to use the solid bags to its full potential. A little road trip, we’re going to see how he gets on. You’re in. No, no, no, it’s a liner, it’s a liner, I think. – Yeah, it’s a liner. – No? Go on, you’re in. You’ve got to be in. Go on. You’ve got to be in. I have brought AJ to Todber Manor Fisheries. We are on the Big Hayes lake. This place is rammed full of fish.We’ve got 700 to 800 fish in here, a lot of big ‘uns, too. Probably approaching 100 20-pounders now and a few 30s to go at as well. So, AJ’s got a very good chance of smashing that PB. Mate, do you know what? That is going to be close to that PB of yours. – I don’t know about that. – I’m telling you, she’s right up there. As always, it’s super-important to transfer the fish in the sling from the water to the mat. This ensures the fish is safe throughout the process. All right mate, let’s see what the scores on the doors are. Very nice. 24lb 14oz, I’m going to give you. – A new PB, isn’t it? – Yeah, just a bit. – Mate, buzzing for you, well done. – Cheers, mate. How about that, hey? Beautiful, mate. New personal best. – I love moments like this. – Over the moon now. Do you know what, though? I reckon there’s a chance of an even bigger one. – They’re in here. – I can join the 30 club, hey? That would be nice, wouldn’t it? Excellent. What about we put this one back? – Go for another one. – Sounds good to me, mate.Well done, I’m buzzing for you. I’ve just caught a brand-new PB. 24lb 14oz, a lovely mirror, a few scales on it. One side looking very, very nice, the other a bit paler. So, different sides, but it’s just great to get one on the bank and the fact that it’s a new PB makes it even better. We’re still on that solid bag theme, that approach. We’ve tweaked it a little bit to what we’re fishing on here. At Crown, very, very deep, using much bigger leads, double solid bags, to make sure that bag got to the bottom.Here, we’re lucky, we’ve only got 3 or 4ft of water, so we can drop the lead size a little bit, we haven’t got to drop leads, and we can use a single solid bag, haven’t got to double it up, which saves a lot of time and effort. Changed the hook baits around a little bit as well. At Crown, we were fishing pinks and yellows. Here, it’s very much a match-the-hatch. We’re feeding boilie over the top, we’re feeding a Link boilie. We’ve got a nice maroon type colour. So we’re going to whittle down a 16mm bait, get that in the bag, a bit of pellet, a little bit of chopped boilie, crumbed boilie, a little bit of Goo and I’m sure that’ll do us a few bites.When fishing a highly-stocked venue such as Todber, the fish can come on to you in numbers, so it’s essential to get that rod back out on the spot as soon as you can. Along with this, I had AJ using one of my favourite techniques. This session, I’ve got Adrian using backleads, not your conventional backleads, they’re little inline flying backleads. Usually, you pin them on the line just before you cast, cast out, they fly back and end up where they end up, but this time, I’ve got Adrian pinning them on after the cast, so that way we’re in control of where they land and we’re having them sort of 10, 12ft out and it’s really helping with getting that line laid down. The benefits? Nice and light. They fly back down the line obviously, like they would, and they pass the leadcore going right next to our lead.I don’t like that pendulum you can get between a heavy backlead and your lead. You get a lot of hook pulls as well, so, that’s the main reasons why. After a few hours, it became apparent the fish had moved off. You should always act quickly and make the effort, and with a chance to move closer to the fish, that’s exactly what we did. So after that amazing start, AJ smashing his PB, the swim went a bit quiet. No liners, no signs of fish, but just to our left in another swim, a bit of open water in front of that one and I have seen a couple of fish show. So, we’ve made the move, we’re going to get into there, see if we can get the rods out real quick, without any disturbance, and hopefully nick a quick bite. Right, the rig, as you can see, not a lot has changed really, has it, since Crown? We’ve still got the short hook link, sort of 4 inches long.We’ve still got the leadcore leader, still got the inline lead, still got a smallish hook bait. The only thing that’s changed really is we’re not dropping leads here. The reason being, we don’t need to. It’s 3 or 4ft everywhere out there, so, there’s no need to drop leads if it’s not necessary. You can still see a nice, sharp size 6 Wide Gape hook. Always use them in solid bags. Short little leadcore leader, don’t need anything mad long. We’ve added our little backlead onto it to get the lines pinned down. So everything is still pretty much the same concept. It’s just we’ve taken off the drop-off inline and replaced it with a, well, it’s not really a fixed because it still pops off, but it just saves dropping the lead every time.And with the bait, last time we used the wafter, this time we’ve shaved down just a normal boilie. There’s talk of you have to have the bigger boilie for bigger fish. – Is that the case? – No, not at all, mate. As you’ve seen today, we had that 24lbs, didn’t we, on exactly this? We’re feeding a lot more boilie in here. They are very much a boilie-orientated lake, it sees a hell of a lot of boilie, and so, we’re just going to match-the-hatch as such. We’ve got a little whittled down Link. We’re feeding Link in a very similar sort of size. This is more round, just to get it out there. So it’s just a little whittled Link. I’ve tried pinks and whites and yellows in there. Always found that match-the-hatch has worked. So, keep that theme going. It’s called a solid bag for a reason. So taking your time to get the bag as compact as possible will not only help the aerodynamics when casting, but also when fishing in deeper lakes, the bag will get to the bottom a lot quicker.Being consistent with your baiting approach is the key. The fish in Todber definitely react to the plopping of boilies, so, just like a match angler, the catapult becomes a very important tool in getting the fish swimming around, looking for food. You’re a boy, aren’t you? Snap one out, right at the death. I didn’t think I was going to, mate. It’s been… Confidence is the key. I did say there was a chance at any time. Go on, the boy! Well done, mate. Relief, hey? Well done, man. Deserved that one. Stuck it out, kept to the plan. – Cheers, mate. – Got a bite. As always, the fish should be removed from the water using the sling and safely transported to the mat for weighing. I’m going to give you… 18lbs on the button, mate. – Take that, wouldn’t you? – Yeah. 24lb and 18lb in a day. Happy days, isn’t it? – It’s not bad, is it? – No, take that, mate, take that. There you go, mate. What do you think? Lovely, mate. Nice, clean fish. I’ve totally enjoyed the last couple of days at Crown, again, coming to here, I’ve really enjoyed it.Hopefully you’ve learnt a bit about solid bags. Certainly have. And it’s not just the solid bags, it’s the casting, it’s the moving when needed to, but the biggest thing, obviously I did one with Neil, now with yourself, you talk to different people around the lakes, it’s actually taking on board what people are saying and learning all the way. Exactly, more time on the bank, the more you’re going to learn. So it’s just using your eyes, using all the tactics you’ve learnt from myself and Neil, and you’re going to go on and catch loads of these.And enjoy it at the same time. – That’s what it’s all about, mate. – Yeah, well done. Let’s slip this one back, get home. – No more time? – No, we’re over, mate. – There’s always next time. – I’m on the ball now. Quality. Oh, my God, look at the shoulders on it. Come on. That’s another new PB, I reckon. She’s a wide girl. Could be another PB. It’s close. I was literally just… When you said get the rods in, I thought no, I’ll get all that stuff first. Rods are always last, rods are always last. – Excited? Nervous? – Wow. Don’t give me wow, just tell me. Welcome to the 30-pound club, mate. – No, don’t be silly. – Mate, I’m telling you. I can’t do one PB and then a new 30. How about I give you 31lb 08oz? You’re the man, you’re the man. Well done, I’m proud of you. That’s brilliant. – Hard, but worth it now. – Yeah. I can’t believe it. We were literally packing up, everyone had put everything in the van.We had just caught a really nice fish that we thought would be great to end the day on and I thought cheekily I’ll just leave the rods out for a bit longer, just pack everything else away. Walking over to the rods slowly, I’m so glad I did it slowly because it’s just ripped off, and I’ve now just joined the 30s club, and I can’t wait to get this fish in my arms just to have a proper look. How about that? I told you them solid bags were naughty, didn’t I? Naughty? You are a hero. 31lb 8oz. I’m speechless, mate, I’m speechless. You’re going home a happy boy. Yeah. And going home with a few more tricks up your sleeve, and all.Totally. I think that’s the biggest thing, is the fish are great, but it’s the learning, that’s what’s the key. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. I’m absolutely buzzing for you now. I didn’t think we’d get one this big, but that’s fishing. You get the tactics right, you get the spot right and this bit’s even better, isn’t it? Let’s have a look at her in the water as well.In true PB fashion, he’s not going to be going home a dry boy. I’ve got a bucket of nice, cold water for him. It’s going straight over his head, and he’s going to be going home a wet boy, but a happy one at that. Hello, mate, are you all right? – Yeah, you? – Yeah, you sound a bit tired. No, just had a bit of a cold, just sort of come out the back of it. Who got Rob involved, mate? – Who got what? – Rob involved. One fish in two days.Jeez, well, technically, what is it, three fish in about 18 days now, isn’t it? Well, don’t make it worse. What’s the crack, then? So, 24lb 14oz yesterday, so, a new PB, and I just did a famous you. We had one just before e were shutting up. So, we finished on that, and then I did a famous you, didn’t put the rods in when they told me to. They had put all the cameras away, everything, it just rocketed off – 31lb 08oz. Get in! Mate, we’ve just smashed it. Oh, that’s the bollocks, mate. You’ve got it covered as well? Did they manage to film it? Well, they had to get the cameras out quickly, and then just got it all on film, got some cracking photos as well.Well done. I’m a better coach than you, mate, it’s got to be said. You’re paid to do it! Well done, lads. I know it’s been a bit of a grueller, but a good result all around. 100% well done. It’s still only five fish. How many did we do in the first one? Oh, let’s not bring numbers into it, we don’t want to embarrass him. .