Solar Tackle is pleased to announce the signing of Dave Wood to the Solar Tackle team. The 29-year-old fishery manager from Surry already has a well-earned reputation for successfully targeting
big carp, and is particularly good at succeeding on tricky venues with short sessions.
Commenting on joining the Solar Tackle team Dave said: "I've got a long association with Solar Tackle and Founder Martin Locke ever since working for Martin for brief spell after I left Sparsholt
College. "I'm thrilled to be part of the close-nit Solar team and having seen the new projects that are coming from the Solar camp, not least the Originals baits, I'm excited to be part of it.”
One of Europe’s most prolific big carp anglers is back at Solar Tackle as Arjen Uitbeijerse rejoins the Solar team.
Well-known for targeting, and catching, some of Europe’s biggest carp, Arjen has one of the most impressive catch records of any carp angler. With a PB of 91lb, the famous Scar Fish from Les Graviers, and with 9 carp over 77lb to his name including The Brown Fish, Perfect Common, Scarface, Ten Scale, The Pig, Big Common, Red Belly, Long common to name a few, and as editor and owner of Spiegel Magazine Arjen is truly a big-carp specialist.
Having spent 3 years as part of the Solar Team previously, Arjen is returning after a short time away. Having seen the projects in the pipeline at Solar Tackle and with the imminent re-launch of The Originals bait range, it’s no coincidence that Arjen’s timing is perfect and, along with the other team members, Arjen will form a key part of the Solar family as the UK brand pushes forward like never before.
Having officially joined the Solar Team Arjen is currently 3 days in to a session at Feuilette in France using the soon-to-be-released Originals boilies. His current tally is 20 carp, with some being over 50lb. In fact he’s landed 9 to nearly 60lb in just 6 hours!
Commenting on the sponsorship Arjen said; “I’m thrilled to be back on board with Solar, and particularly to be using the Solar baits again. Behind the scenes the plans for the future are huge, both short term and long term, and it’ll be great to part of this given my past ties with the Solar brand and my long-standing friendship with Solar Tackle founder Martin Locke.
“I’ve got some tough lakes in my sights for the coming months, most of which are new venues for me, so I can’t wait to get out there and really put the new baits to best effect.”
Watch this space, and Solar Tackle’s online platforms for plenty of impressive catch reports, videos and more from Arjen.
48-hours on the Waesmere syndicate in Belgium has seen Solar Tackle team member Alain Servaes enjoy 7 takes, with a 32lb mirror and a true ‘old character’ fish tipping the haul before ending the trip in a heart-stopping fashion as he put Solar's Originals Club Mix boilies to great use.
Alain explains: “I arrived at the lake on Monday evening to be told that there had been a social on the lake for the past 3 days and from the 11 anglers only 3 carp were caught. The lake can be very tricky nowadays and so I planned to try something a bit different. Most fish at range, and so I was going to target some margin spots.
“I positioned two rods on two clear areas in the margins. Hook baits were Originals Club Mix boilies and matching freebies were spread over both spots too.
“At first light came the first bite. A crazy, close-range battle resulted in a 32lb mirror… what a start!
“The day passed quietly until dusk when one of the rods ripped off, but within seconds the fish had found its way in to some sunken trees and it was game over. I topped the spot up with more club Mix boilies and an hour later my rod was away again. It wasn’t the biggest carp in the lake at around the mid twenty mark, but it’s certainly one of the oldest and a great character.
“In a repeat performance, the following day passed without event. With the onset of evening, the rain started to fall heavily. Almost the moment the rain stopped, a couple of hours later, I was in again and quickly landed a small common. The landing net had barely touched the ground again when the second rod tore off and one of the lake’s younger stockies paid me a visit.
“Again, the spots were rebaited with Club Mix boilies and first light brought another bite, this time from a 20lb common, which was quickly followed by another take, and another 20lb common.
“Please with my result and needing to get back to work I started to pack up when I got a screaming take. I picked up the rod, but couldn’t stop the fish as it tried to empty the spool. A fun, powerful fight, but the big sturgeon responsible wasn’t exactly what I was after. Even so, it was a hectic way to end the session.”
This awesome 44lb mirror has graced Solar Tackle team member Wesley Lagaert's net as he presented an Originals Club Mix bottom bait and Candy Floss pop-up snowman presentation over a bed of Originals Club Mix and Red Herring boilies.
Fishing an overnighter on the Integra syndicate water in Belgium Wesley had pre-baited a clear area among weed the night before his session.
The Originals bait range will be re-released by Solar at the start of September.
A 48-hour guest session on Chilham Mill fishery has seen Solar Tackle team member Jake Anderson land two of the ‘A Team’, the Starburst Mirror at 35lb and The Stunner at 33lb, both over using the new Originals Club Mix and Red Herring baits.
Jake explains: “After arriving at the lake I found a nice clear spot among weed, although the spot wasn’t hard as there was still some low-lying weed, but the area was fishable.
“I put in around 6kg of 20mm Club Mix and 15mm Red Herring boilies to start and around 5kg of HOB Chilli Hemp with some 11mm low-oil pellets added too. Two rods were fished a rod length apart on this area. The third rod was placed around 16 yards away from the main baited spot to another clear area, which I baited with around 2kg mixture of boilies and particles.
“The idea of the third rod was that it would be just off the big baited area and hopefully attract the warier carp that sit back from the main shoal. The first 24 hours passed uneventfully for me, but Josh Scoble, who accompanied me on the trip, managed to land an absolute pearler called Ringo at 33lb.
“The second night brought with it perfect weather. It went from hot, humid conditions to overcast, raining with periods of thunder. When I woke up at around 6am I was puzzled as to why I had not caught during the night. I had seen fish fizzing over the bait, the weather was perfect but a carp was missing.
“It got to around 10am when my rod placed on the smaller baited area sprung into life. After a short battle, the hook pulled!
“I re-rigged the rod, and this time made some slight rig alterations as I put the hook pull down to my rig rather than the weed or the barbless hook rule. It’s all too easy to blame the weed, the rules or anything else for losing a fish, but it's only you that can prevent it.
“With the rod back out one hour passed and the same rod screamed into life again. After a dogged battle, one of the ‘A Team’ popped up in the shape of the Starburst mirror, which was at a spawned-out weight of 35lb. The next 2.5 hours were quiet until I started packing up. Just as I started taking down the brolly one of the rods on the larger baited area sprung into life. The culprit put up an enjoyable, strong fight, but after 15 minutes a fish aptly named The Stunner popped up at 33lb.
So a great session had with 3 30s landed between the two of us and also 3 of the best lookers in the 26-acre, Kent pit!”
Solar’s The Originals boilie ranges will be released to the public at the start of September.
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