My best of the day - 10lb 15oz. More like a Leney, I thought, than a Wildie.. Whatever it is, quite superb!
When we heard the torrential rain yesterday (September 9, 2017), it sounded like an approaching jet fighter, howling and stirring the tree tops as it neared us. Then we were struck
- actually struck by the torrent which was sudden and alarming and sent us scurrying under our brollies. Not ideal autumnal weather for carp fishing, you might say; and perhaps you would be right: but we wouldn't have missed it for the world. We both caught
carp, to low double figures, with Steven. my nephew, catching almost twice as many carp as me and landing a PB Crucian of 1lb 10oz into the bargain.
Steven stuck with
the float all day - placing a crystal wagger under a bush and feeding with corn and meat. I tried sight-bobbing with various baits - missed four apparently excellent takes, no doubt due to poor timing, before I connected - with a small bream. I don't mind
bream, actually, but with Steve having no problems finding the carp, I felt despondent because I was more than struggling. However Steve, who lectures in sports psychology, had the right advice - to treat the afternoon like a whole new session. I decided
to go stalking, because - especially after the rain and one rumble of thunder - carp were showing on the top. One was a very plump mirror, two tone in colouration, with its colours dividing along the lateral line. I failed to fool it, but I managed five carp
in total - to just under 11lbs. The commons are said to be the original stock, and I was pleased with this. Some even say they are big wildies, although they remind me more of Leney carp, in some ways. And what about Evesbatch? It's a very well run day ticket
water - tree girt and secluded. It was once part of an estate owned by the Cadbury family. Today, anyone can fish it if they buy a ticket in advance. There's a huge metal gate and a combination lock, and a bailiff who visits around three times a day. It is,
all told, a secure, well-established and pleasant place to fish
One thing's for certain: we will return.