Days and Ways....

What kind of carp at The Other Pool?

The Other Pool remains a glimpse of how carp fishing must have been, not so long ago, when semi-abandoned pools were found by use of maps: as eager-eyed carp fishermen looked for those little blue shapes. Clearly, nobody has fished the pool since my last session. On the island, the nettles were literally chest-high and, while I am no giant, neither am I a Hobbit ! - so that gives some idea of how tricky the fishing can be there. I wouldn't have it any other way, however - because this is real angling. It's so real, I still don't have any clear idea of how many carp the pool actually contains. Yesterday was sunny, and there were fair numbers of carp on the surface - one or two were much longer than the carp I have been fooling. These mysterious carp were lengthy dark shapes, always cruising through at a distance. I managed seven smaller carp - all off the top, because that's the way I decided to fish. The last carp was a repeat capture - the fully-scaled mirror - which I had to play from the island while chest-high in those very potent nettles. I was virtually stung from head to toe! It was the largest fish of the day; the fish shown here was only the third largest of the day - but perhaps it was the most memorable, because of its rather feral lines. It took off like a rocket, managing a 50 yard run against a fully bent AKN 116 - and that was impressive, given the carp's modest size. So, what do I know about the stock here? Well, to repeat myself, I know the pool was stocked around 30 years ago, and these were certainly king carp. On the two occasions I fished the pool with St John - (who at the time was Redmire's assistant baliff) - he commented on the similarity between Redmire commons and The Other Pool king commons. Were some fish stocked from Redmire or are they Leney carp from another source? I don't know and I can't say. However, I have since discovered that the pool contained carp before that particular stocking; - what sort of carp? Again, I don't know: but given that some of the carp seem to show wildie/feral characterstics, I'd put my money there.

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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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