Days and Ways....

Now at least I can count those sunken trees...

The best fish I had yesterday, at the Other Pool, came to my first or second cast in the bay; but I almost deserved to loose that high single common. A great deal of water had been taken off the pool, for irrigation purposes, and most of the bay is only 2ft deep at present, and the bistort is having a field day, of course! A good many carp are in and about that bistort, and some good fish too - some perhaps touching 20lbs. But the carp are hanging out by the sunken tree stumps in the bay - I've always wondered how many treacherous stumps are present and now I know for certain, because of the exceptionally low water levels. There are eleven sunken tree stumps in the bay. It is a veritable fortress for carp that do not wish to be caught. And that means all of them, effectively! The high single came in wrapped in bistort: from a fight in which I gave very little line and allowed the AKN 116 to absorb the considerable shocks. I had to scramble down the bank to net that fish, while balancing on a devilish slope of mud. Tricky stuff! Despite the presence of bigger carp in the bay, I decided that, given the snags and the bistort and the shallow water and the mud-slope margins, it wasn't fair on the fish to try for more.The fish I caught, on surface flake, was truty beautiful in any case. I ended up catching two smaller carp off surface flake, up near the dam, - and eight more on sight-bobbed sweetcorn, from the shingle beach of the Pipes Swim. Before anyone congratulates me on a fine result, I must admit that five of those sight-bobbed fish were very small indeed - under 1.5lbs in weight - the babies of the pool. But it was still good sport. Perhaps the most useful observation came when I was fishing surface flake in open water. Twice, a large carp came to investigate and twice the fish backed off. Why? In short, I think the slight bow in the line, driven by a soft breeze, was pulling the surface bait along at a slightly quicker speed than the surface drift, due to momentum. That at least was my observation, and it's something I need to think about a little, for future sessions. The problem is, over-correcting the line will also put fish down.... 

Write a new comment: (Click here)

SimpleSite.com
Characters left: 160
DONE Sending...
See all comments

| Reply

Latest comments

18.06 | 10:49

Thanks Mathew, that means a lot. Much appreciated.

...
18.06 | 10:25

Well done Gents and yes some of those carp do look authentic enough to be called proper wild carp.

...
31.05 | 16:57

That's brilliant, WHERE is the nearest village, l want to.look on my map!

...
04.04 | 10:52

I must agree

...
You liked this page