It’s been a little while since my last blog as my life has had a bit of a change of direction….for the better.

After nearly a decade of living in the North East I decided that it was time for a fresh start and I’ve been fortunate to land a brilliant new job in York and move back to a part of the world I love, East Yorkshire.

The change of lifestyle has been a real positive for me and not least for my fishing.

Although, I’ve had to understandably sacrifice quite a bit of fishing time recently to relocate my life and settling into a new job.

Luckily the Carp have been spawning on my regular waters so I’ve not missed out on too much action.

The great thing is that I’m now within a few minutes drive from some lovely Carp waters and I’ve been taking full advantage!

I’ve been doing a bit of surface fishing on the Red Crustacean soft pellets. They are really buoyant and because they’re only small the Carp absolutely love them and when fished on a small hook in conjunction with regular mixers they often get fooled by these subtle little hookbaits.

A little Mirror Carp from Conifer Lake, East Yorkshire caught by Mike Linstead

Although I’ve not had anything too big it’s been brilliant to stalk some fish at close quarters and I’m going to be doing a lot more in this scorching weather.

The other great thing about living back in Yorkshire is the variety of fishing available so, for an all-rounder like me, it’s perfect.

I celebrated the glorious 16th June with Carp Army member and fishing partner James Davies on the Swale chasing Barbel and I’ve also been doing plenty of Fly Fishing for Pike on my local Canal.

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do more of and it’s been great fun catching 6-9lb Pike on light tackle.

A small Pike caught on the fly by Mike Linstead
I’ve even dusted off my old Mitchell Avocet reel, re-spooled it and I’ve been chasing big Roach on the same water. I’ve had some real crackers in the crystal clear water but I’m still chasing a small shoal of 2lb+ specimens!

A selection of Roach caught by Mike Linstead

So, all in all, coming back to my roots has been brilliant and hopefully now that spawning is almost out of the way I can get my head down on some local waters and chase some big Carp again!

Mike

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