I’m just back from another interesting session at The Other Pool, having managed four carp to high single figures, including
a rare fully-scaled mirror: a rare carp for the pool, in any case, and totally gorgeous. The astonishing appearance of the commons, (in short, the best-looking commons I’ve ever seen) and the presence of one or two fully-scaled mirrors, or more,
makes me suspect that some of these fish have Leney origins. Whether that’s really the case, or not, it doesn’t matter – because a fine-looking carp is a fine-looking carp, no matter its recorded pedigree. All the carp I caught today
came in a two hour window, when the fish were willing to take surface flake. The flake bomb (described in an earlier diary post) really proved its worth today; – I was able to cast 35 to 40 metres to the fish, and against a head-on wind. It helped, also,
that I decided to use my Mitchell 410A. Folks who only use modern reels won’t believe me when I say that, for the casting of relatively light free-lined baits, the Mitchell will out-cast most modern reels: at least, that’s been my experience.
I really tried to catch a carp on the bottom today, however, – but again, following last week’s struggles, it proved to be impossible…. I think I know why –
“the bottom’s coming up”. This is a phrase I first read in Sharman’s great book, “Carp and the Carp Angler”. Basically, it means that clumps of algae are rising to the surface – it’s just something that happens
on some waters in the spring. Now, a great deal of “bubbling” at times also seems to be going on: but whether this is down to carp actually feeding or the release of gases, or both, is hard to say. If the carp are feeding on the bottom, they aren’t
taking my baits, in any case. At the moment, it seems, I can only catch them on the surface.
There was one more interesting thing which happened today – I saw a very
large common leap clear, close to the willow on the island. It wasn’t a terribly deep fish – but it was very long – I’d say, 33 inches, at the very least: and that was judging it at some distance. I wouldn’t say it is the largest
carp in the pool; but at least it proves, to my own satisfaction, that I am not fishing for ‘ghosts’, when it comes down to the pool's larger fish.
encouraging to know!