Days and Ways....

Tadpoles and clear water

The Other Pool is still incredibly clear; and about 1.5ft of water has been taken off for irrigation purposes, and this means that swims which are usually good for the close-in, sight-bob approach are not producing, including The Pipes and The Bay. This is reflected in the statistics I have for this spring, when my carp fishing resumed in earnest. Of the ten carp I have caught so far, all from The Other Pool, only one was fooled with a bottom bait - red maggots. The rest have fallen to the surface approach; - all but one or two, which took floating crust, have taken surface flake, fished at some distance, by virtue of the flake bomb technique. Yesterday was no different. I sat it out on Goat Willow Island for hours, using various soft pastes and bread flake; - I had a few abortive takes, in around seven feet of water, close to the willow branches: and this let me know that carp were present, at least. But there was no take I could actually strike at. I'd thrown in a few rounds of bread behind me, to keep the Canada geese happy, and it was a loud "cloop" which alerted me that a carp had cruised in craftily  behind me. I set up a freelining rig, quickly - just hook and line - and watched the shallow channel to that side of the little island. A large 'free' hunk of crust was taken by overhanging tree fronds and, on the second attempt, I was able to cast a flake bomb into the gap between those trailing branches. The offering was taken within one minute or so, and I had quite a battle on my hands then: due to the shallowness of the channel; and this was all played out against the heady, prickly scents of crushed netttles. I was actually up to my knees in nettles! At one point the carp actually got itself behind the island, due to a power run, and only heavy "pumping" fetched it back. It wasn't a big one - despite its aggression and strength: but it certainly gave an excellent account of itself. The only other carp I had was, again, off the top, near the dam end, and that took a flake bomb fished at about 40 metres. On both occasions, having netted the fish, I found that my net was liberally studded with tapoles, and I had quite a job putting as many back as I could. I expect the carp have been dining royally on the tadpole hatch - and this, at least, is another explanation as to why bottom baits are right off their menu, at the moment.


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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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