Jerry Hammond talks watercraft and the buzz.
With an angling career that puts him up with the best Jerry Hammond is renowned as one of the greats. Backed by some of the best companies in the trade Jerry is a catcher of some of the best carp there are to be caught. We caught up with Mr Hammond for him to share some of his pearls of wisdom……..
How would you describe your angling style?
I would say that I am a big fish angler, by that I mean I like to target certain big carp its what I get a buzz for.
who has been of influence to your fishing and why?
Years back, I was so amazed at Terry Hearn’s angling, and he was way ahead of anyone I new. And now we are good friends and have fished together lots, he still has a massive passion for angling. When you look at Terry’s carping career and try and put in to prospective the fish he has caught its so much more than a life time of angling to achieve this
Being a watercraft legend what would your top 5 watercraft tips be ?
Depending on the time you have available, the time spent walking the banks is such a massive part of getting to know the water.Spend time walking around the lake. pay attention to the weather forecasts.Have an hour or so in the middle of the night to listen out for they’re where bout’s or definitely be up for first light to watch the water.Try and watch the bank as it receives a new wind (weather forecasts).And never leave home without your shades.
whats your favourite tip to bait set up?
My favourite set up is, now this does really depend on where I’M angling really. But to be ready to angle as soon as I arrive at the lake you cant beat the Naked Chod, this I fish on around 20ft of Flouro Carbon, A 2oz lead, A silicon buffer over the lead swivel, and then two beads that fit over lead sinkers, and my chod section between them perfecto.
Whats your all time favourite capture?
My all time favourite capture although there are many has to be my first UK 40, Heart Tail Gerti from the ultra hard venue Sutton at Hone
What would you say the biggest improvement in carp fishing is?
The biggest improvement has to be the Tackle industry, the kit available today is unreal.
3 bankside essentials?
Bank side essentials, Glasses, Cooker, My white pop ups.
when tackling a new venue whats your initial approach?
I would want to know everything about the place, all the history past and present captures. Fish are creatures’ of habit and will end up in the same areas again and again. So I would be trying to build a picture up of the lakebed and where the fish like to spend their time.
what would you like to banish to carp room 101?
The one element of fishing I would like to get rid of is, Predation by Otters and bloody Cray Fish
If you could only fish one lake for the rest of your time where would it be and why?
I know one lake I’d like to fish forever but I can’t mention it as its totally private I will just call it my dream lake, its around 30 acres in size, crystal clear water, surrounded by beautiful country side, and full of huge carp that rarely get fished for and so so peaceful pure bliss.