Days and Ways....

Two winter sessions - and both blanks...

I think I've lost my Carping Mojo - or is it just ring rust? I blanked at Redmire, at the end of November and, on Friday, February 27, my first outing since then, I blanked at the Other Pool. I had my chances - well, one chance, actually, on what was an unexpectedly cold day. I walked to the bus stop on a day of frost, which was not forecast, actually; but the morning seemed to be warming up nicely as I strolled down the grassy verges towards the pool. The pool looked good -  but there were no signs of fish - no bubbles, no clouds of silt - nothing. I decided to move from swim to swim, giving each area about one hour to help me find the fish. Finally, in the bay, I did see bubbles - just one or two, and what John Bailey calls "nervous water", - ripples caused by moving fins, far below. By then I'd been fishing for five hours. At the end of the afternoon, something accepted my offering of broken up prawns - a good take that dragged the sight bob into the depths; but I struck into thin air. In fact, I had been dosing and I suspect it was a ham-fisted, snatched strike, - befitting someone who has barely cast a line for months. I stared towards the spot with disbelief - but missed I had! A few minutes later, I threw a few hunks of crust against the far reeds and saw one piece go down - although the fish must have been well below the offering, for I did not see lips! I cast a ball of floating flake to the spot - but nothing rose. Typical.

Thirty minutes on,  however, I did see a good common head and shoulders out, and it was a fine looking carp, around mid-double I'd say.

So that was that. I had a long walk back to my bus stop and needed to leave before dark. I saw buzzards and heard a woodpecker, so all was not lost; and I also started to bait up swims with par-boiled spuds - because I have a peverse desire, this year, to catch a carp on a spud. First of all, however, I need to catch a carp or two on my usual methods, just to get back into the general swing of things.

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Gary | Reply 09.03.2015 21.43

I need luck with the spuds, JAA, I think, - but the baiting up continues this Friday!

JAA | Reply 07.03.2015 17.22

Nome, if it wasn't for the blanks the good days would seem less good. Good luck with the spud...

Gary | Reply 03.03.2015 18.52

Hi Derek, great to hear from you! Yes, this will be my year for a spud-caught carp! When the pool is fishing well, it would be good to share time on the bank...

Derek | Reply 02.03.2015 20.48

Great write up Gary. Fishing with spuds is proper D.W. esque. That would be a great experince if you could nab one king edward . Hope to catch up again soon

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