May 24th, 2013: I always look forward to fishing with St John, a friend from the Traditional Fisherman's Forum site, but we always seem to choose the worst days possible, in terms of the weather! We
are usually blown over and rained on, and Friday was no exception! We arrived quite early at The Other Pool, and I think we found the carp at the end of a brief feeding spell. I fished "the pipes swim", where the farmer's irrigation pipes go in, because
there is a nice underwater shelf there - a real attractive feature for the carp. I could see bubbling, and so I used the simplest approach possible - freelined flake. I had a carp on within 15 minutes - a mid-double common that took about ten yards from the
clutch, boiled on the top and threw the hook! But I was not too disappointed when, ten minutes or so later, I struck into another carp - this time a low double common, and after a spirited battle I was soon admiring in on the unhooking mat, before St John
did the honours with the camera. The bad weather then really decided to settle in and, although I did catch a small common, about one hour later, our prospects didn't look great from then on. The 50mph gusts were just evil! At the end of the day, while
we were packing up, St John's bivvy took off, landed in the lake, and sank! Luckily, it was retrieved with the help of strong line and carp rods!