Days and Ways....


It is strange to catch four carp and return home perplexed and disappointed; but that is what happened to me today, because I should have caught five carp, and the one that got away was, I think, very much the one that got away! Allow me to explain.

Today was my first fishing session for several weeks, due to a jaw abscess which made me feel somewhat ill and required antibiotics. I set out on the bike, nervously, at 6am, - wondering if I was up to the usual gruelling trip to the Other Pool. As it turned out, I felt fine and full of beans on arrival, at around 7am, or just after. May blossom had blown into the dam corner, on the south side, and it didn’t take me long to find carp. They were in the margins, under and around the floating May blossom, which also contained a great many seeds from dandelion clocks; at least, that’s how they appeared. They may have been a different kind of seed altogether.

Freelined flake did the trick, and I had the pleasure of seeing the line tighten nicely through the blossom, - scattering it aside when the water exploded and a decent fish was ‘on’, after the strike.

About 30 minutes later, the same delightful scenario happened again, and I was pleased to land a second fish, another common, and slightly larger than the first. All was going very much to plan. Neither of the fish fought very hard, running as they did from the margins to deep water. The battles were slow, plodding affairs, and very different indeed to something I was to experience later on during the day.

Just after noon, I moved to the narrow bay to sight-bob prawns. I missed four or five takes, and then I caught two very small carp in succession, and so I suppose that very small carp were the culprits. I contemplated moving, but something made me stay. Call me a romantic, or a liar, but I could sense the presence of a very large carp. The heavens opened, and I started to doubt my eerie hunch; then the sight –bob simply twitched across the surface and vanished.

The rod went to full battle curve immediately. I had set the clutch pretty hard, because of the near proximity of many, many sunken trees – or rather their blackened stumps. When the pool was expanded in the 1950s, these remained on the bottom – and genuine snags from Hell they are! I’ve lost a few fish now, because of them. Despite the clutch being set pretty hard, something fast moving and heavy was taking line at a rate of knots. I didn’t mind too much. I didn’t even get to my feet, which I should have done, really, - because I was happy that the fish was heading towards open water.

However, the pressure told, and the fish stopped. I started to pump back line furiously, but the fish was cute and simply kited, against the full bend of the rod, down and away to the sunken, blackened boles of the long dead trees. All went solid. I slackened off, - hoping against hope that the fish was still on and that it would move, I tweaked the line, tugged the line, - felt the line for movement. Eventually, though, I had to pull for a break. The fish had indeed gone.

Now I’m wondering what I did wrong. Now I’m thinking I must treat the whole area as a snag swim and simply hold hard – but that is certainly not necessary with most of the fish in the pool. I’ve played several doubles out of that swim with the utmost nicety...

In truth, I don’t have a plan for this swim at present. It is the pool’s problem area: but it clearly attracts some the largest denizens of the water, even though I didn’t see my lost fish today , - I only felt its impressive, even terrifying power.

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Gary | Reply 17.07.2014 14:50

Yes, I'm sure they are bright!

Steve | Reply 17.07.2014 14:02

Recent research suggesting that fish are much brighter than previously considered is old news to us anglers I feel. Several experiences of playing a hooked...

Steve 17.07.2014 14:06

..creatures. *wrapped

Steve 17.07.2014 14:04

..Carp that has suddenly 'changed its mind' and direction and conveniently wrapping me around a snag has always led me to believe they are extremely intelligent

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27.11 | 23:05

We missed you, dear nephew, we missed you...x

27.11 | 19:45

It's Ok, you guys just keep enjoying your little fishing sessions without me...we all know why

07.09 | 21:31

Yes Dave, I look forward to a Three Amigos' reunion at a carp pool. Our fishing sessions together are always a great joy.

07.09 | 20:49

Lovely account of a most enjoyable day Gary.Lets hope that Steven can join us next time.David

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