Margin crust worked well again at Hoveland today, although it was hard going. I could not fish my usual area, which was taken by two friendly-enough chaps fishing PVA bags and
pellets/boilies etc...and doing rather well, - ten carp between them, actually. I fished the "top peg" - meaning the one near the fence and the lane, and where a large willow tree provides shelter for nervous carp. Indeed, most carp seem to stay well under
its branches and shade. But I soon spotted signs of carp in a little mini-inlet, nearby, and I set up the rod rests chair etc, just as Walker advised, and settled back to await events. I didn't have to wait more than one hour before the crust went down and
I was battling a powerful 9.5lbs common. Then it was a long wait for the next action...I took to stalking, presenting surface baits tight up against the branches of the willow; I tried freelining bottom baits to bubblers etc, but it was no use...Finally,
I spotted a stray crust going down, right in the margins and just a short step along the bank from me. What happened next is best described as "improvised margin crust technique" - I lowered a crust where the carp had taken the free crust and then lay my rod
along the slightly sloping bank, so that it was parallel to the water and the line was sloping from the tip ring, down that grassy slope, so that no line at all was on the surface - and this was vital...and it worked! Soon enough the crust was clooped down
and I was attached to a very fast and angry common, just one ounce under 11lbs. I've always thought that special, brief moments are the true appeal of angling - and this occasion was certainly one of those.
A technical consideration: I was using those new Nash "pinpoint" hooks, - barbless. They are designed to stay put, and they really do! I had to use forceps to remove each hook. I'm not quite sure, at present, whether
this is a good thing or not so good. I like a firm hook hold - but perhaps not quite that solid. More thoughts on this later...