Days and Ways....

One mystery of The Other Pool is solved

The Other Pool is the sort of water where you have to continually change your approach, from hour to hour, in order to catch on even a moderately regular basis. It's hard this year compared with other years - I'm seeing fish leap which are larger than the fish I'm catching; and yet the carp can also carry out a vanishing trick, so that it appears as if the pool is temporarily devoid of carp! However, certain patterns are forming. Quite early in the morning, from 8am to 10am or so, it is usually possible to take one or two fish off the top. I managed this yesterday - two nice commons to the flake bomb approach - the largest slightly over average for the pool. Then all went quiet. This happened a  few weeks ago, when I fished the pool with my nephew, Steven....."where have they all gone?" he asked, as every carp in the pond seemed to disappear, after a few had been caught. I had no answer. However, brother Dave, during a recent fishing chat I had with him on the phone, did suggest that a form of zig-rigging in the pool's deeper areas might be a possible solution. I did try this yesterday - using bread dipped in curried cream as the bait - and I was rewarded with two more carp - bringing my day's tally to four. However, the two I caught while zig-rigging were very small indeed - the largest only going two pounds or so. This said, I was pleased, because the solution to a mystery, it could be argued, has been found. Where do the carp go to when they appear to vanish? Answer - they go to the deeper areas around the dam, or they stay there; but they hang around in mid-water: about six to eight feet off the bottom. Zig-rigging, then, has real potential for The Other Pool. Two other memories from yesterday should be recorded - the loss of quite a big fish, due to a hook pull. This carp took surface flake at around 40 yards, and I didn't really see much of it, except its lips as it rose and took the offering. The clutch was set OK, I think; but it bent the rod to the butt instantly as it powered off - losing the hook in the process. I also mis-struck another decent carp when fishing a surface bait off the island. The water's still gin clear and it was like watching a take at a vast aquarium. The bait was completely inside the carp's mouth and it had turned away nicely - and I still missed! How do they do that?!?  One other issue remains the tadpoles - the bottom is literally studded with tadpoles! They appear to be dormant, just lying there, most of the time, unless a ripple stirs 'em back into life. What chance can a bottom bait have? The carp must be having a field day, gorging themselves on the tadpole bounty. I'll be glad when those things have all turned into frogs - that is, if the carp don't get them first!      

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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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