I had the lovely experience of fishing with a friend from the TFF forum yesterday, at The Other Pool. Loop and I hoped for better weather than we had, given that, last
week, I had six carp in the sun, and my nose was sunburnt! Yesterday saw the British weather bringing it on, with wind, rain, hail and some serious thunder - while I fished next to the steel irrigation pipe with a 26-braid high modulus carp rod! Not wise,
perhaps. And did we catch? Of course we did, because we are real men and stuck it out! We started on the north bank, because that's where
the carp like to feed in the morning, and Loop - fresh and buoyed up from a real triumph at Redmire, where he caught a fantastic 24lb common - soon tempted two carp on ledgered prawn and corn. I sight-bobbed, and managed a common
before we decided to move to the south bank. Loop fancied the island, which can be the swim in the afternoon. But conditions were against us. He had one aborted take on mussel, but the carp were clearly not watching the clock and playing ball.
I fished the Pipes Swim - losing one carp, after three seconds of excitement, when the hook pulled, and I finally managed my second fish of the day, shortly after a truly horrendous hail storm, and as the rain fell and fell.
The final tally, then, was two fish each - and I think we can be pleased with that. None were big, and I was little disappointed that the better fish did not choose to entertain us; but I look forward to seeing Loop
on the pool again in better weather, when I'm sure we'll have one or two pleasant surprises waiting for us.